Finnair’s first Airbus A350-900 will start long-haul service on November 21, when the aircraft flies from Helsinki to Shanghai.

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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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Global logistics giant Panalpina and U.S. cargo airline Atlas Air are strengthening their long-standing partnership in the air cargo industry, with a new five-year agreement which envisages Panalpina expanding its “controlled” network of air cargo services.

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The airline will introduce its Premium Economy Class on August 9, when passengers traveling on select flights from Singapore to Sydney will be able to sit in Singapore Airlines’ new cabin class.

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Japanese carrier All Nippon Airways and Ethiopian Airlines have signed a codeshare agreement covering flights from Addis Ababa to Europe, Kenya and two major Asian cities, and from Tokyo to the same two Asian cities.

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Hong Kong Airlines is launching five-times-weekly service between Hong Kong and Sapporo on December 19.

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From April 1, Finnair will dedicate aircraft with flat-bed seats in Business Class to flights to Tokyo and New York, and from May 1 to Beijing and Seoul. From June 1, Finnair will also offer flat-bed seats on its routes from Helsinki to Hanoi, Hong Kong, Nagoya, Osaka and Shanghai.

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Cathay Pacific Airways has become Asia’s first Boeing 777X customer with an order for 21 777-9X widebodies. Boeing values Cathay Pacific Airways’ Boeing 777-9X order at more than $7 billion at current list prices.

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Subject to government approval, Delta Air Lines plans to launch new daily non-stop services from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to Seoul’s Incheon International Airport and Hong Kong International Airport on June 2 and June 16, 2014, respectively.

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British Airways has become the 10th operator to receive an Airbus A380, after taking delivery of the first of 12 aircraft on order.

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The entire routing for Etihad Cargo’s round-the-world freighter service is Abu Dhabi-Hong Kong-Chicago-Miami-Viracopos-Quito-Amsterdam-Abu Dhabi. The routing is eastbound overall but features one westbound leg, Viracopos-Quito.

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On June 18, Ethiopian Airlines will begin serving Ho Chi Minh City, Manila and Seoul, all apparently on a one-stop basis.

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BA will receive its first Airbus A380 in July and seats are now available for purchase for A380 flights on the Los Angeles-London Heathrow route from October 15. BA’s second A380 route will be London Heathrow-Hong Kong and customers can book flights now for travel from November 15.

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Subject to government approval, Dragonair will launch a new three-times-weekly service between Hong Kong and Da Nang on March 28.

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Hong Kong-based Dragonair plans to launch a new four-times weekly service to Yangon, the largest city and main economic hub of Myanmar, on January 9, subject to government approval.

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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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Hong Kong-based Dragonair is launching four-times-weekly service to Kolkata on November 2, offering more travel choices for passengers travelling between Hong Kong and Eastern India.

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Kazakhstan’s Air Astana is launching twice-weekly service between Almaty and Hong Kong on August 28, a month after Kazakhstan and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region begin a reciprocal 14-day visa-free travel agreement.

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For its 2012-13 northern winter operating season, Singapore Airlines will stop flying Airbus A380s to New York JFK but will offer A380 service to San Francisco for the first time.

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