From May 26, Delta will operate daily service linking Minneapolis-St. Paul with Rome, as well as six weekly flights linking Detroit with Munich.

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The carrier’s existing shareholders and Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways, Alitalia’s new 49 per cent shareholder, announced on January 20 that the Italian carrier would adopt new network, fleet, cost-management, airline partnership and customer-service strategies. It is also adopting a new look.

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United Airlines will operate its seasonal Chicago-Rome service five times a week from May 16 through June 3, daily from June 4 to August 17, and six times a week from August 18 through September 23.

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Delta Air Lines will launch daily, year-round service from New York JFK to Zurich Airport and is planning to increase its service frequency from JFK to Rome. Delta and its joint venture partners Air France-KLM and Alitalia are also expanding service to Paris and Amsterdam from Atlanta.

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This spring Air Canada’s leisure-carrier subsidiary, Air Canada rouge, is taking over eight routes previously operated by Air Canada from Toronto and Montreal to Cuba, the Dominican Republic, The Bahamas, Barbados, Haiti, Cancun and Tampa.

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The Air Canada group of carriers is expanding its international services to Europe from Toronto, Montréal, Vancouver and Calgary in its summer 2014 Europe schedule.

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According to SAS, it will offer direct flights to new destinations from all main airports in the Nordic countries and a number of regional airports. SAS will also increase the frequency of its services on a number of existing domestic and European routes.

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Monarch Airlines has expanded its flight program for summer 2012, introducing new scheduled flights to Barcelona and Nice from Birmingham Airport. Monarch has also launched its first program of flights from its new UK base, East Midlands Airport, to Mediterranean leisure destinations.

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This summer US Airways is offering daily, seasonal service to Barcelona, Athens, Glasgow, Venice and Lisbon from its hub at Philadelphia. The carrier will also add daily, seasonal service from US Airways’ hub at Charlotte Douglas International Airport to Dublin, Madrid and Rome.

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The move follows the announcement that International Airlines Group (which owns British Airways and Iberia) is shutting down East Midlands Airport-based Bmibaby, a low-cost subsidiary of BMI which IAG acquired from Lufthansa along with the parent company and BMI Regional.

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New for the winter schedule, as a continuation of Monarch Airlines’ 2012 summer program, are the Italian destinations of Venice, Verona, Milan and Rome. The airline will now operate year-round services to the four Italian cities.

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Aer Lingus has announced 10 new routes as part of its winter schedule for 2011/2012, including a route from Cork to Las Palmas on the island of Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands.

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The airline will operate its SQ12/SQ11 round-trip service on the Singapore-Tokyo Narita-Los Angeles route with A380s from March 27. Singapore Airlines currently operates the route with Boeing 747-400s.

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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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American Airlines customers departing from New York John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK) and San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU), as well as six international airports, will now be able to receive their boarding passes electronically on their mobile phones.

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JDB Fine Hotels & Resorts’ ‘SmartStart: One Night Free’ offer provides an additional night free for clients pre-paying for two or three nights at more than 60 participating hotels in Italy, Spain, Ireland, France and Mexico.

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Each book lets users play the storyline, from location to location, across five Italian cities – Venice, Florence, Verona, Milan and Rome – interweaving the fictional and the factual to create a new high-tech adventure in city sightseeing and touring.

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United Airlines is beginning daily seasonal service between Chicago and Italy’s capital Rome on May 1, 2010. The daily flight will operate through the peak summer travel season, ending on August 31, 2010.

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