The carrier’s existing shareholders and Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways, Alitalia’s new 49 per cent shareholder, announced on January 20 that the Italian carrier would adopt new network, fleet, cost-management, airline partnership and customer-service strategies. It is also adopting a new look.

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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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Based at Milan Malpensa Airport in northern Italy, Neos will become Italy’s first Boeing 787 operator when it takes delivery of two leased 787-8s from ILFC in 2018.

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Air Dolomiti, an Italian regional airline owned by Lufthansa Group, will soon sign its first three codeshare agreements outside the close relationship it has with Lufthansa German Airlines.

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The Air Canada group of carriers is expanding its international services to Europe from Toronto, Montréal, Vancouver and Calgary in its summer 2014 Europe schedule.

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American Airlines is launching daily non-stop service between Miami International Airport and Milan Malpensa Airport on November 21.

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The new route, which will represent the airline’s only transatlantic service, will provide an important connection between the U.S. and Europe and will allow Emirates to capitalize on the significant traffic flow between these cities, according to the airline.

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Rezidor has reached agreement with Luigi Simari, the owner of the Grand Hotel Milan Malpensa, to have the hotel re-branded as the Park Inn by Radisson Milan Malpensa.

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Aer Lingus has announced 10 new routes as part of its winter schedule for 2011/2012, including a route from Cork to Las Palmas on the island of Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands.

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From June 23, Singapore Airlines’ customers from the Belgian city of Brussels can fly to Singapore and beyond via three European hubs through a codeshare agreement with SIA’s Star Alliance partner Brussels Airlines.

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Singapore Airlines is adding a sixth continent to its route network in March 2011 with the launch of three-times-weekly flights between Singapore and the Brazilian city of Sao Paulo, via Barcelona in Spain.

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American Airlines customers departing from New York John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK) and San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU), as well as six international airports, will now be able to receive their boarding passes electronically on their mobile phones.

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The Boeing Company is supporting the expansion plans of Italian freight airline Cargoitalia S.p.A. by providing the carrier with its third MD-11 freighter under a long-term lease.

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