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The LATAM Airlines Group has announced five new long-haul international services it plans to begin in the next 15 months, to strengthen the group’s connectivity in Latin America, North America and Europe.

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The new, twice-weekly round-trip will provide the only non-stop service to Curaçao from New York, according to JetBlue Airways. It will operate the flights on Tuesdays and Saturdays from December 2, subject to receiving government operating authority.

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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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Delta Air Lines will launch daily, year-round service from New York JFK to Zurich Airport and is planning to increase its service frequency from JFK to Rome. Delta and its joint venture partners Air France-KLM and Alitalia are also expanding service to Paris and Amsterdam from Atlanta.

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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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Now both Delta and strategic partner Virgin Atlantic Airways operate to and from the same terminals at both ends of the London Heathrow-New York JFK route, which is the world’s most important international business-travel market, according to Delta.

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From March 10, each airline will no longer accept new interline sales for travel on the other carrier. Then, from April 1, customers of JetBlue Airways or American Airlines will no longer earn miles or points when traveling on eligible routes operated by the other airline.

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The first retrofitted American Airlines Boeing 767-300ER will operate its inaugural commercial service between New York JFK and Zurich Airport on April 1.

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The agreement will see Etihad Airways place its ‘EY’ code on JetBlue Airways-operated flights, initially facilitating connections between the two airlines at New York JFK and Washington Dulles International Airport.

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Etihad Airways will double its flights between Abu Dhabi and New York, introducing a second daily service from Saturday, March 1, 2014. From May 1, Etihad’s new strategic partner Jet Airways will operate these flights, using the same two Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.

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American Airlines will introduce its first three new Airbus A321s – each configured with just 102 seats – into service on January 7 on the New York JFK-Los Angeles route and will build up its A321 transcontinental schedule until the type is operating 18 round-trips a day on two routes by mid-June.

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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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American’s first Airbus A321 is scheduled to enter service early next year on trunk transcontinental routes. The airline is dedicating its initial group of A321 deliveries to transcontinental service, mainly to replace aging Boeing 767-200ERs which the carrier now operates on the routes.

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Delta Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic Airways will operate a new joint-venture schedule on transatlantic services to and from London Heathrow Airport from summer 2014, aligning their services and offering more flight choices for travelers on both sides of the Atlantic.

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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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JetBlue Airways is planning to launch non-stop service in February 2014 to Trinidad and Tobago’s capital Port of Spain and to Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport from New York JFK.

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The carrier expects its new lie-flat seats to debut in the market on new Airbus A321 jets beginning in the second quarter of 2014 on the two most popular non-stop routes in the United States – New York to Los Angeles and New York to San Francisco.

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The aircraft is the first Boeing 787 delivered to ILFC and its lessee, Norwegian Air Shuttle, which will operate the aircraft. The 787 also is the 700th aircraft that Boeing has delivered to ILFC.

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In its 2013-2014 winter schedule Airberlin is increasing the frequency of flights on its routes from New York to Berlin and Dusseldorf and from Miami and Fort Myers to Dusseldorf.

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