JetBlue Airways has decided to install 162 seats rather than the originally planned 165 seats in retrofitting each of its Airbus A320 jets with new cabin interiors. Each JetBlue A320 currently has 150 seats, so JetBlue’s A320 cabin refurbishment will see it add 12 more seats in each aircraft.

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The new branding and livery – which retains Alitalia’s famous stylized ‘A’ logo, rendered in the colors of the Italian national flag, on the aircraft’s tail – were unveiled at an indoor launch event in a hangar at Rome’s Leonardo Da Vinci International Airport.

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As one of two growing airlines actually based at Brussels Airport, Brussels Airlines must constantly evolve its network and its service offering carefully in order to compete sensibly with the sizable forces now ranged against it at its only hub.

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United Airlines is planning to offer Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi-based personal-device entertainment on more than 200 two-cabin United Express regional jets and expects its first Wi-Fi-enabled regional jet flights to operate later this year.

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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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According to Delta, completion of the installations in all its international-service widebodies makes it the only U.S. carrier to offer flat-bed seats and direct aisle access in the business class cabins on all its overseas long-haul flights.

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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 airline’s new travel class will be bookable from May and will be available for travel from November, initially on the airline’s Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental jets.

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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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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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Southwest Airlines says it has become the first airline to offer its passengers gate-to-gate Wi-Fi services. From November 20, all Southwest Airlines passengers may use small portable electronic devices in “airplane mode” from gate to gate.

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JetBlue Airways will introduce on June 15, 2014 a new, transcontinental premium service which the airline is calling ‘Mint’ and for which it has begun selling tickets.

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The American A319 Main Cabin definitely has a modern-day feel overall. American expects this feel to remain rather timeless. While each Main Cabin seat only has 30 inches of legroom, it feels like there is much more.

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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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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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Once the flying public regains confidence in the 787, ANA’s embrace of the new-generation aircraft may come to be seen as a smart move. It’s a very beautiful, comfortable plane.

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According to a new Harris Poll, most Americans who fly at least once a year would be willing to pay for extra legroom on a flight of three hours or more and over half would be willing to pay more to avoid sitting in a middle seat on a flight of the same length ‒ as long as the additional fee is $50 or less.

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United now offers live television on most of its Boeing 737NG aircraft and on many of its Boeing 757-300 jets.

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Alaska Airlines is installing in most of its Boeing 737NG aircraft new Recaro seats like those in its new 737-900ERs, allowing the carrier to add more seats in each aircraft’s cabin while providing the same amount of personal space for each passenger in each aircraft as they have now.

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