Oneworld alliance members Japan Airlines and Qatar Airways are launching a codeshare agreement and will begin codesharing flights on December 3.

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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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LAN Colombia officially joined the oneworld airline alliance on October 1 and immediately began offering the alliance’s full range of services and benefits. On October 1, also, LATAM Airlines Group carrier TAM Airlines announced it would join oneworld as of March 31, 2014.

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From September 23, American Airlines AAdvantage members can earn and redeem AAdvantage miles and Qatar Airways Privilege Club members can earn and redeem Qatar Qmiles when traveling on flights operated by the other carrier.

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Qatar Airways’ first Airbus A380 has flown from Airbus’ widebody final assembly facility at Toulouse to Airbus’ facilities at Finkenwerder airfield in Hamburg, where the aircraft will be fitted with its cabin before being painted. Meanwhile, oneworld has announced that Qatar Airways will be inducted into the alliance on October 30.

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Customers can now book tickets on American Airlines-TAM Airlines codeshare flights, for travel from August 22.

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Finnair has joined the transatlantic joint business founded by fellow oneworld alliance members American Airlines, British Airways and Iberia. On July 1, Finnair also announced its intention to join the joint business agreement between oneworld members Japan Airlines and British Airways on traffic between Japan and Europe.

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

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Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport will offer service to 200 non-stop destinations this summer, 52 of them international and 148 of them in the U.S. In reaching 200 destinations, DFW joins a select group of airports with that distinction.

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Once Finnair joins the transatlantic joint business later this year, customers in North America and Europe will have increased choice of flights and services as well as more convenient connections to flights across the Atlantic, according to Helsinki-based Finnair.

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LATAM Airlines Group has confirmed that oneworld is to be the global alliance for all its passenger airlines. The decision means that Brazil’s TAM Airlines will leave the Star Alliance to join oneworld, along with its Paraguay subsidiary.

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Malaysia Airlines has signed a firm order for 20 ATR 72-600s and optioned 16 additional aircraft, in a deal which ATR values at more than US$840 million if the carrier firms up all its options.

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All board members of AMR Corporation, the parent company of American Airlines, Inc., and US Airways Group, Inc. have unanimously approved a merger agreement for the two companies to combine to create what is likely to be the world’s largest airline.

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According to oneworld, Malaysia Airlines, which serves more than 60 destinations in almost 30 countries, will substantially expand the alliance’s network in Southeast Asia, which is seeing rapid economic expansion.

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JAL is expanding its Russia network by codesharing on S7 Airlines’ non-stop flights linking Tokyo Narita with the two Russian cities of Khabarovsk and Vladivostok. S7 Airlines will codeshare on JAL-operated flights between Narita and key Japanese domestic destinations.

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As part of its new “Transformation Plan” to reduce operating costs and increase revenues, Iberia plans to optimize its route network in 2013. The route network changes mean that this summer Iberia will introduce more capacity to the U.S cities it serves from Madrid.

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Subject to government approval, Dragonair will launch a new three-times-weekly service between Hong Kong and Da Nang on March 28.

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American’s agreement with Qatar will include codesharing on non-stop flights between the U.S. and Doha, flights connecting at the carriers’ European gateways such as Paris and London, and flights to cities in the U.S. and beyond Doha.

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