Singapore Airlines has taken delivery of its first Airbus A350-900, becoming the fifth operator of an A350 XWB widebody airliner.

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The first A380 for Malaysia Airlines returned to Toulouse on May 9, 2012 following completion of interior furnishing and cabin system tests in Hamburg. The aircraft is now stationed at the Airbus flight line at Toulouse for final system checks before customer acceptance and delivery.

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Air Astana is planning to boost frequencies on its scheduled services from Almaty to Bangkok, Delhi and Kuala Lumpur from December. It will also launch a new twice-weekly nonstop service linking Almaty with Hong Kong in February 2012 and a winter-season-only service between Almaty and Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam in October 2012.

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Air Asia X is offering introductory NZ$99 (US$73.70) one-way direct flights from Christchurch to Malaysia. When combined with its regular fares on its flights linking Kuala Lumpur with London and Paris, this means Kiwis will be able to fly to Europe for around NZ$1,000 (US$744.50) round-trip, according to the airline.

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Low-cost, long-haul airline Air Asia X is to launch non-stop service between Kuala Lumpur and Christchurch, the biggest city in the South Island of New Zealand.

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