From June 14, Finnair will operate three round-trips a week between its hub at Helsinki-Vantaa Airport and Xi´an Xianyang International Airport until the close of the summer season on October 26.

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American Airlines has signed agreements to codeshare with both São Paulo-based TAM Airlines and Bogota-based LAN Colombia. Additionally, American plans to launch new Dallas/Fort Worth-Bogota, Miami-Curitiba and Miami-Porto Alegre services in late 2013.

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From the information British Airways provides, it is clear the airline’s Boeing 787-8s in particular will not provide the same levels of personal space in their business class cabins as do some of BA’s European rivals in the business class cabins of their long-haul widebodies.

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American Airlines is the first U.S. carrier to order and take delivery of the Boeing 777-300ER. To date, American has ordered 13 of the type. American’s first Boeing 777-300ER was delivered on December 11 without the traditional American Airlines livery.

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The national airline of Malaysia has received clearance to become a full member of oneworld after successfully completing a thorough review of its readiness conducted by Qantas Airways, which is sponsoring Malaysia Airlines’ entry into the alliance, with the oneworld central team.

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American Airlines plans to launch service to new markets in Asia, Europe and Latin America in 2013. On February 14, American will also add four new domestic routes, through its regional-airline affiliates American Eagle and ExpressJet.

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The new service – which represents a re-launch of a route OpenSkies operated in the past – will bring OpenSkies’ schedule to three daily services between New York and Paris Orly: two round-trips from Newark Liberty International Airport and one round-trip from New York JFK.

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Airberlin is a well-run, passenger-friendly, forward-looking airline, known in Europe for affordable fares. It flies to seven U.S. destinations: New York JFK, Chicago O’Hare (from March 2013), Fort Myers in Florida, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, and, in summer, San Francisco.

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Hong Kong-based Dragonair plans to launch a new four-times weekly service to Yangon, the largest city and main economic hub of Myanmar, on January 9, subject to government approval.

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Qatar Airways’ CEO Akbar Al Baker says the airline will add more U.S. destinations to its network as a result of becoming a member-elect of the oneworld alliance.

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American Airlines and Iberia Express, a low-cost subsidiary of American’s joint business partner Iberia, have received approval from the U.S. Department of Transportation to launch a codeshare agreement.

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Airberlin is launching non-stop service between Chicago and Berlin on March 23, making it the first airline ever to provide a connection between the major U.S. metropolis and the capital of Germany.

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Members of American Airlines’ AAdvantage frequent-flyer program can now book award travel via AA.com on Qantas Airways, a oneworld alliance carrier and joint business partner of American on transpacific routes.

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Rapidly growing Finnair is focusing its business strategy on becoming the undisputed top airline in the Nordic countries and becoming the most desirable option for travelers between Asia and Europe.

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Japan Airlines has set December 2 as the date for the launch of its new non-stop service between Tokyo’s Narita International Airport and San Diego. The airline will fly the new route four times a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays.

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American Airlines is resuming service between New York JFK and Tokyo’s near-downtown Haneda Airport on June 1. It briefly flew between JFK and Haneda from February 18, 2011, but suspended the service when demand for travel to Japan subsided following Japan’s March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

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The Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism has granted anti-trust immunity for the joint business planned by Japan Airlines and International Airlines Group. The business does not require formal approval from the EU authorities and is set for a March 2013 launch.

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Air Berlin launched twice-weekly Dusseldorf-Las Vegas service on May 10, and thrice-weekly Berlin-Los Angeles service on May 11. It will also upgrade its seasonal Dusseldorf-Los Angeles service to year-round and is upping its Dusseldorf-Miami schedule from four to six round-trips weekly.

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American Airlines has decided to redesign and refresh the interiors of its international widebody aircraft – a move which the carrier says will mean it investing several hundred million dollars per year in enhancements to its passengers’ in-flight experience.

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