Singapore Airlines and Lufthansa Group have signed a partnership agreement that will see the two airline groups operating routes between Singapore and Europe on a joint-venture basis, in addition to expanding codeshare ties significantly and deepening commercial cooperation.

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Star Alliance member Lufthansa will operate five round-trips a week on the route, using Airbus A340-300s offering Business Class, Premium Economy and Economy seating.

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With the introduction of its 2015 summer schedule, Lufthansa will serve New York JFK with its two largest aircraft types for the first time.

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Finnair has begun selling tickets for its first long-haul services with the Airbus A350-900 and reveals its first long-haul destination with the type will be Shanghai. It has also detailed a series of shorter, intra-Europe A350-900 commercial flights it will operate in October before serving Shanghai.

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Lufthansa is introducing a three-tier Economy Class fare structure this autumn for all its flights within Europe. The airline is calling its three intra-Europe Economy fare tiers Light, Classic and Flex.

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On November 16, Lufthansa will begin serving Panama City five times a week using Airbus A340-300 widebodies, each configured to seat 298 passengers for use by its leisure market-oriented ‘Jump’ operation.

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From December 2015 until April 2016, Jump will operate twice-weekly, Lufthansa-branded A340-300 services linking Frankfurt Airport with Cancún in Mexico, Malé in the Maldives and Mauritius.

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The new operating unit, internally code-named ‘Jump’, will begin service between Frankfurt and Tampa on September 25, 2015, using Airbus A340-300s. Each Jump flight will operate under full Lufthansa branding and using a Lufthansa flight number.

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Fraport AG, the company which operates Frankfurt Airport, is expanding its free Wi-Fi access for passengers and visitors at Germany’s largest airport from 60 minutes each day to free access round the clock, seven days a week.

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Lufthansa will operate Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental jets on the airline’s Frankfurt-New York JFK route this summer, the first time it has scheduled the type for regular commercial service to New York.

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Air Dolomiti, an Italian regional airline owned by Lufthansa Group, will soon sign its first three codeshare agreements outside the close relationship it has with Lufthansa German Airlines.

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Located in the huge ‘groundscraper’ known as The Squaire, the recently opened Hilton Frankfurt Airport and the HIlton Garden Inn Frankfurt Airport right next door are steps away from the airport’s inter-city rail station and about a 10-minute indoor walk from the airport’s Terminal 1.

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All Nippon Airways will launch daily services between Tokyo Haneda Airport and Munich and between Tokyo Narita and Düsseldorf on March 30. It will also add a daily daytime flight on its existing route between Haneda and Frankfurt Airport. However, ANA is dropping its services to Tokyo Narita from Frankfurt and Munich, to codeshare on Lufthansa’s flights instead.

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Together, Lufthansa and fast-growing low-cost subsidiary Germanwings will serve 211 destinations in 81 countries in their forthcoming winter flight schedules, a marginal expansion of services which includes at least one new destination, the Russian resort city of Sochi on the Black Sea.

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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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Flight LH416 departed Frankfurt at 9:50 a.m. and was scheduled to touch down at Dulles at 12:45 p.m. local time. The return flight, LH419, was scheduled to depart Washington Dulles International Airport at 5:55 p.m., arriving in Frankfurt at 8:05 a.m. the following day, local time.

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This summer US Airways is offering daily, seasonal service to Barcelona, Athens, Glasgow, Venice and Lisbon from its hub at Philadelphia. The carrier will also add daily, seasonal service from US Airways’ hub at Charlotte Douglas International Airport to Dublin, Madrid and Rome.

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BA CityFlyer’s latest Embraer 190 will be used for new year-round flights from London City Airport to Venice beginning in September and to increase service frequency by one flight a day to the key business destinations of Frankfurt and Glasgow.

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SIA’s inaugural A380 service to New York was scheduled to touch down at JFK at 11:10 a.m. on January 16, but according to Flightstats.com actually landed early at 10:39 a.m. The aircraft was scheduled to depart New York JFK again at 8:10 p.m., bound for Frankfurt and Singapore.

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