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Philippine Airlines has signed a memorandum of understanding with Airbus to order six A350-900s and take purchase options on six more.

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The Hon. Benito Bergzon, Jr., undersecretary of the Department of Tourism of the Philippines, says PAL’s new Manila-New York route is of particular importance in potentially increasing foreign-visitor arrivals to the Pacific Rim nation.

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The arrival of a Boeing 777-300ER at New York JFK early on March 16 heralded the return of Philippine Airlines service to New York City, 18 years after the carrier ended its brief and unsuccessful first attempt to serve America’s largest metropolitan area.

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ANA and Philippine Airlines plan to begin codesharing on flights between Japan and the Philippines on October 26. They also plan to begin offering reciprocal privileges in their frequent-flyer programs at the same time.

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Japanese carrier All Nippon Airways is proposing to launch services to Vancouver and Hanoi for the first time, planning to serve both destinations from Tokyo Haneda Airport from March 30. ANA also plans to introduce new routes on March 30 from Tokyo Haneda Airport to London Heathrow, Paris Charles de Gaulle, Jakarta and Manila.

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Hawaiian Airlines plans to launch non-stop service between Honolulu and China’s capital Beijing in April 2014, pending approvals by U.S. and Chinese regulatory agencies. However, Hawaiian will discontinue its under-performing non-stop Manila service this summer, its last outbound flight on the route leaving Honolulu on July 31.

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On June 18, Ethiopian Airlines will begin serving Ho Chi Minh City, Manila and Seoul, all apparently on a one-stop basis.

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