On October 25, Japan Airlines will launch new daily services from Tokyo Haneda Airport to Guangzhou and Shanghai and will add a second daily round-trip from Haneda to Beijing. However, on the same day it will drop its Tokyo Narita-Guangzhou service and one of two daily Narita-Beijing round-trips.

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Japan Airlines, which has served Dallas/Fort Worth from Tokyo’s Narita International Airport in the past, is relaunching service on the route on November 30.

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J-Air Corporation, JAL Group’s wholly owned regional-airline subsidiary, will operate the 32 Mitsubishi MRJ regional jets.

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On the same day, August 28, Embraer received both welcome and potentially unwelcome news from Japan Airlines concerning the manufacturer’s E-Jets and E-Jets E2 families.

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Japan Airlines will add a second daily round-trip on its Tokyo Narita-New York JFK route on March 30. According to JAL Group, Japan Airlines’ parent company, the second daily round-trip will be operated by Boeing 787-8 equipment.

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Japan Airlines has placed a firm order for 18 A350-900s and 13 A350-1000s and has taken options on a further 25 A350 XWBs.

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Finnair has joined the transatlantic joint business founded by fellow oneworld alliance members American Airlines, British Airways and Iberia. On July 1, Finnair also announced its intention to join the joint business agreement between oneworld members Japan Airlines and British Airways on traffic between Japan and Europe.

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At the 50th Paris Air Show at Le Bourget Airport, Embraer has announced four deals for its current E-Jets family.

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The JAL Business Class cabin in each refurbished Boeing 767-300ER will be fitted with 24 new JAL Sky Suite II seats, each designed to recline 180 degrees into a fully flat bed. Each 767 will also have a total of 175 Sky Wider economy-class seats, arranged in a 2-3-2 configuration.

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JAL will codeshare with Jetstar Japan on the latter carrier’s domestic flights connecting to and from JAL’s international services at Tokyo’s Narita International Airport, Osaka Kansai International Airport and Nagoya’s Chubu Centrair International Airport.

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JAL is expanding its Russia network by codesharing on S7 Airlines’ non-stop flights linking Tokyo Narita with the two Russian cities of Khabarovsk and Vladivostok. S7 Airlines will codeshare on JAL-operated flights between Narita and key Japanese domestic destinations.

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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 use its Boeing 787-8 fleet to inaugurate the world’s first and only non-stop flight between San Diego and Asia on December 2, launching four-times-weekly service from Tokyo’s Narita International Airport on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

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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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Rapidly growing Finnair is focusing its business strategy on becoming the undisputed top airline in the Nordic countries and becoming the most desirable option for travelers between Asia and Europe.

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Japan Airlines has set December 2 as the date for the launch of its new non-stop service between Tokyo’s Narita International Airport and San Diego. The airline will fly the new route four times a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays.

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American Airlines is resuming service between New York JFK and Tokyo’s near-downtown Haneda Airport on June 1. It briefly flew between JFK and Haneda from February 18, 2011, but suspended the service when demand for travel to Japan subsided following Japan’s March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

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The Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism has granted anti-trust immunity for the joint business planned by Japan Airlines and International Airlines Group. The business does not require formal approval from the EU authorities and is set for a March 2013 launch.

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The Japanese carrier will start commercial services in July operating from Tokyo’s Narita International Airport to Kansai, Fukuoka, Sapporo, and Okinawa with an initial fleet of three Airbus A320s. This fleet will grow to 24 aircraft within three years, according to Airbus.

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