As part of its new “Transformation Plan” to reduce operating costs and increase revenues, Iberia plans to optimize its route network in 2013. The route network changes mean that this summer Iberia will introduce more capacity to the U.S cities it serves from Madrid.

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The stylish fledgling carrier has earned customer loyalty from many travelers who have flown it, especially frequent fliers fatigued and frustrated by the vexations of U.S. domestic air travel.

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Finnair is offering its customers five new ticket types in a bid to simplify the purchasing of airline tickets, improve clarity in ticket pricing and offer suitable fares to all customers. Finnair will also begin checking in passengers automatically and sending boarding passes to their mobile phones.

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Delta Air Lines is introducing flat-bed seats in the BusinessElite cabins of all its transcontinental flights linking New York with Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle from March.

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Based on customer feedback, Ethiopian Airlines asked the manufacturer to reconfigure the airline’s latest Bombardier Q400 NextGen deliveries and as a result Ethiopian is the first carrier to take delivery of a Q400 NextGen with the reconfigured cabin.

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Thai Airways International has taken delivery of the first of six Airbus A380s on order, becoming the ninth airline to operate the world’s largest airliner.

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The carrier’s inaugural Boeing 787 service from Warsaw to Chicago will be on January 16. This will be followed closely by LOT beginning Dreamliner service to Toronto on February 1 and to New York JFK on February 3.

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In the first phase of the project, Japan Airlines will introduce a sweeping change called JAL Sky Suite 777 to the seat designs in every cabin class on 13 of its Boeing 777-300ER widebodies. The JAL Sky Suite 777 service will be indicated in JAL’s flight timetables as ‘SS7’.

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Qatar Airways has unveiled new Business Class seats and Economy Class seats for its Boeing 787s at the International Travel Bourse in Berlin, as well as a revamped in-flight entertainment system which will feature in the airline’s new aircraft type.

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Now available on all Virgin Atlantic Airways flights, the new meal service is intended to create a more restaurant-like environment, using a redesigned menu which aims to offer a fresh approach to dining at 30,000 feet.

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Previously, the ability to perform specific seat selection in SIA’s Economy Class was exclusively available to customers who booked their flights via the Singapore Airlines website.

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Delta Air Lines is planning to equip each of its 16 Boeing 747-400s between summer 2011 and 2012 with new fully horizontal flat-bed seats in their BusinessElite cabins and with new Economy-class seats featuring personal, on-demand entertainment, increased personal space and added under-seat storage.

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