American Airlines Group Inc. is dropping 17 destinations from its schedule at Washington Reagan National Airport and three major cities from its New York LaGuardia schedule, but is adding new service to 10 cities from LaGuardia.

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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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In its new schedule extension through June 2014, Southwest Airlines is adding new routes from Portland in Oregon and San Diego, and is increasing its services in existing markets from New York LaGuardia.

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United Airlines says it has become the first and only airline to offer premium-cabin, flat-bed seats on every scheduled transcontinental flight between New York JFK and San Francisco and between New York JFK and Los Angeles.

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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 has applied to add 18 daily non-stop flights to five destinations from Dallas Love Field in October 2014. Among other necessary pre-conditions, the Dallas Love Field expansion contemplated by Delta requires that full repeal of the Wright Amendment goes ahead as agreed by both Houses of Congress on September 29, 2006.

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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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Rare Leonardo da Vinci Notebook on the ‘Flight of Birds’ on Display in the U.S.

Through October 22, at The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., a special treat is in store for visitors: a rarely seen, five-centuries-old notebook written and illustrated by Leonardo da Vinci that demonstrates his absolute fascination with flight.

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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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On August 10, Lufthansa Group is commemorating the 75th anniversary of the first non-stop transatlantic flight of a land-based passenger aircraft to New York. A Focke-Wulf Fw 200 Condor of the original Deutsche Lufthansa landed at New York’s Floyd Bennett Field on August 11, 1938, nearly 25 hours after taking off from Berlin Tempelhof

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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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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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LOT Polish Airlines, the first European carrier to operate the Boeing 787, is introducing a new premium economy class on its Dreamliner flights. The carrier is offering introductory round-trip fares in the ‘Premium Club’ cabins of its Boeing 787-8 jets.

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From Toussaint Louverture International Airport, which serves Port-au-Prince, JetBlue Airways plans to offer one daily non-stop flight to New York JFK and two daily flights to Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport from December 5, subject to receipt of government operating authority.

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Southwest Airlines is launching service to Memphis, Pensacola, and Richmond in Virginia on November 3. Both Southwest Airlines and subsidiary AirTran Airways have newly extended their schedules through until New Year’s weekend and the two airlines are launching a sizable number of new year-round and seasonal services.

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Etihad Airways will bring greater capacity to its daily flights between Abu Dhabi and New York JFK from June 1 by replacing an Airbus A340-500 on the route with a Wi-Fi-enabled Boeing 777-300ER. The three-class Boeing 777-300ER will offer a total of 328 seats daily, a 36.6 per cent increase in capacity compared with the A340-500.

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