All board members of AMR Corporation, the parent company of American Airlines, Inc., and US Airways Group, Inc. have unanimously approved a merger agreement for the two companies to combine to create what is likely to be the world’s largest airline.

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Once installation is completed by autumn 2014, all of Finnair’s long-haul Airbus fleet will have flat-bed seats in Business Class, with the exception of three older Airbus A340-300s. These three aircraft will be the first to leave the fleet when Finnair starts receiving new A350-900s in 2015.

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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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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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SIA says its cabin-upgrade program for its Boeing 777-200ER fleet will provide greater product consistency across the airline’s long-haul fleet, with Business Class seats that convert into full-flat beds and larger in-flight entertainment screen sizes for both Business Class and Economy Class.

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The new aircraft will start flying the Mumbai-Brussels route on December 22, according to Jet Airways. A second new Airbus A330-300 will be delivered later this month, with two more arriving in 2013.

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From the information British Airways provides, it is clear the airline’s Boeing 787-8s in particular will not provide the same levels of personal space in their business class cabins as do some of BA’s European rivals in the business class cabins of their long-haul widebodies.

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American Airlines is the first U.S. carrier to order and take delivery of the Boeing 777-300ER. To date, American has ordered 13 of the type. American’s first Boeing 777-300ER was delivered on December 11 without the traditional American Airlines livery.

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The last of the 16 Boeing 747-400 widebodies, each with 48 BusinessElite seats, has been retrofitted with full flat-bed seats. It entered scheduled service this week on a flight between Singapore and Tokyo’s Narita airport, before making its way to Atlanta.

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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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Delta Air Lines is increasing its presence at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport next summer with new year-round and seasonal service from 11 destinations in the United States. Delta will also add an extra seasonal flight between New York JFK and Amsterdam Schiphol Airport.

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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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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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JAL will start refitting 13 of its flagship Boeing 777-300ERs with new seats; eight new seats in First, 49 in Business, 40 in Premium Economy and 135 in Economy Class. Subsequently, JAL will introduce the latest seats on its Boeing 767-300ERs, beginning in the second half of 2013.

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American will dedicate some of its new Airbus A321s to operating transcontinental flights linking New York JFK with San Francisco International Airport and Los Angeles International Airport. These aircraft will feature three-class cabins with First and Business Class lie-flat beds.

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United Airlines has introduced into international service its first reconfigured Boeing 767-300ER, with the June 11 evening departure of flight UA908 from Chicago to Amsterdam.

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American Airlines has decided to redesign and refresh the interiors of its international widebody aircraft – a move which the carrier says will mean it investing several hundred million dollars per year in enhancements to its passengers’ in-flight experience.

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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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British Airways has completed refurbishing the first of 18 Boeing 777-200ERs with the same new First, World Traveller economy and World Traveller Plus cabin interiors and new Thales in-flight entertainment system that are installed on BA’s six new Boeing 777-300ERs.

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