Air Canada will expand use of its new Boeing 787 Dreamliner fleet from Vancouver International Airport in early 2015, introducing the type on its routes to Beijing and Seoul from the British Columbia city.

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Lufthansa German Airlines expects to put forward to its supervisory board in December a business plan to create a non-Lufthansa-branded, long-haul, low-cost carrier which would operate a fleet of leased Airbus A330-200s, each configured to seat approximately 300 passengers.

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A day before its delivery flight, I went onboard Air New Zealand’s first Boeing 787-9 – the first 787-9 delivered to any customer and also the first long-haul jet painted in Air New Zealand’s glossy black ‘All Black’ theme livery – to see for myself the innovative new cabin-interior features the airline had installed.

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LOT Polish Airlines is launching a new premium-economy class called Economy Plus on its short- and medium-haul flights, and on those flights is also introducing LOT Economy Simple fares offering discounts of up to 30 per cent from its standard economy fares.

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This means Transaero’s Airbus A380 superjumbos will easily have the highest seating density of any A380s delivered by 2015 and will also have more seats than any other commercial aircraft.

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Flight attendants will offer each Delta Air Lines long-haul Economy passenger a sleep kit, which will include eyeshades along with earplugs to help customers get better rest when traveling between continents.

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The interior refurbishments by Delta Air Lines will provide power at every seat, add new slim-line seats with adjustable headrests, install updated lavatories, add more efficient galleys and additional features to improve passenger comfort.

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American Airlines will introduce its first three new Airbus A321s – each configured with just 102 seats – into service on January 7 on the New York JFK-Los Angeles route and will build up its A321 transcontinental schedule until the type is operating 18 round-trips a day on two routes by mid-June.

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Air Canada has unveiled a new international cabin design and new seating, to be introduced on its Boeing 787 Dreamliner fleet. The airline will take delivery in the spring of 2014 of the first of the 37 Boeing 787 widebodies it has on firm order.

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United Airlines says it has become the first and only airline to offer premium-cabin, flat-bed seats on every scheduled transcontinental flight between New York JFK and San Francisco and between New York JFK and Los Angeles.

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American’s first Airbus A321 is scheduled to enter service early next year on trunk transcontinental routes. The airline is dedicating its initial group of A321 deliveries to transcontinental service, mainly to replace aging Boeing 767-200ERs which the carrier now operates on the routes.

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The Air Canada group of carriers is expanding its international services to Europe from Toronto, Montréal, Vancouver and Calgary in its summer 2014 Europe schedule.

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The carrier will deploy the new, slimline seats on hundreds of aircraft that fly within the United States, Canada, Central America and the Caribbean.

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In September, passengers traveling on select flights between Singapore and London will be the first to experience the new cabin products, installed in SIA’s First, Business and Economy classes. Singapore Airlines will roll out the new seats and KrisWorld in-flight entertainment system to other routes as additional new aircraft enter service.

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The JAL Business Class cabin in each refurbished Boeing 767-300ER will be fitted with 24 new JAL Sky Suite II seats, each designed to recline 180 degrees into a fully flat bed. Each 767 will also have a total of 175 Sky Wider economy-class seats, arranged in a 2-3-2 configuration.

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Brussels Airlines will begin non-stop service on June 18 from Brussels to Washington, D.C. its second U.S. destination in little more than a year, part of a concerted long-haul expansion strategy. The airline says it picked Washington D.C. for its second transatlantic route because of the large market demand for flights between the U.S. and European capitals.

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Delta Air Lines is adding new elements to its U.S. transcontinental service, offering customers traveling between New York JFK and Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle more in-flight dining and entertainment options.

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The Airbus A330-300 landed at 11:46 a.m. local time on February 15 at Madrid Barajas Airport and docked at a gate at Iberia’s Terminal 4 hub.

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The five Boeing 777-300ER jets – due for delivery in June, August, November and December of this year, with the last coming in February 2014 – will be the first aircraft configured with Air Canada’s new Premium Economy cabin.

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