Lufthansa Confirms December Delivery Date for Its First A350-900

The aircraft will be based at Lufthansa’s secondary hub at Munich Airport, along with nine others of the 25 A350-900s it has ordered to date.

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Air Canada is launching three-times-weekly seasonal Vancouver-Delhi service on October 20.

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Lufthansa has announced that its first 10 Airbus A350-900s will be based at Munich Airport, the airline’s second-largest hub, and will begin operating long-haul commercial services from there in January 2017.

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According to Air India, the 16 hours 5 minutes flying time for its non-stop San Francisco-Delhi flights will be fully three-and-a-half hours less than the flying time any other airline (notably Emirates and other Gulf carriers) offers for its one-stop service on the route.

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The new route will be the first to be operated primarily by Air Canada’s Boeing 787-9 widebodies, according to the airline. The Indian subcontinent is currently the largest international market not served by Air Canada.

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Indian carrier Jet Airways is adding an additional daily service to Bangkok from each of its two main hubs and one of the two new Bangkok services will continue on to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, a new destination for the airline.

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Singapore Airlines plans to operate A380s daily to both Mumbai and New Delhi from May 30, replacing daily flights that currently serve each city using Boeing 777-200s. SIA will continue to operate a second daily flight on each of the routes with Boeing 777-200s.

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Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways has agreed to pay $379 million to acquire a 24 per cent shareholding in the Indian carrier Jet Airways. Additionally, a wider overall commitment to Jet Airways by Etihad Airways includes the UAE-based airline injecting $220 million to create and strengthen a wide-ranging partnership between the two carriers.

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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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American Airlines and British Airways have received approval from the Indian government to place American’s ‘AA’ flight code on British Airways’ flights from London to Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad and Mumbai.

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After a 14-hour non-stop flight from Seattle, a Boeing 787 Dreamliner in Air India’s colors touched down at Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi on March 12.

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Japan Airlines will launch non-stop Dreamliner service from Tokyo to San Diego in December and to Helsinki in March 2013. JAL has also announced new orders for 10 Boeing 787-9s and conversion of existing orders for 10 787-8s to the larger, longer-range 787-9.

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Owned and operated by Eros Resorts & Hotels Ltd. and managed by Hilton Worldwide, the newly built DoubleTree by Hilton New Delhi-Mayur Vihar is located in Mayur Vihar within a 20-minute drive of the business district in the New Okhla Industrial Development Area.

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Japan Airlines and Cathay Pacific Airways have agreed to extend their existing codeshare deal to allow JAL to codeshare on flights operated by Cathay Pacific via Hong Kong, Bangkok and Singapore to destinations in Asia, Africa, Australia and Europe.

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Finnair is planning to increase the frequency of its nonstop flights to Seoul, Nagoya, Osaka and Delhi from the end of 2010 and is launching a new route to Singapore in May 2011, as well as increasing service to Hong Kong in June.

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Finnair starts flying daily to New Delhi on September 25.

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Organic cosmetics company Surya Brasil is holding a World Dance Festival in New Delhi, the capital of India, from September 10 to September 13.

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