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United Airlines plans to add Tokyo Haneda Airport to its route network by offering daily non-stop service from San Francisco from October 26, should it receive the requisite government approval.

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Virgin America has announced it will launch services from Dallas Love Field to New York LaGuardia Airport, Washington Reagan National Airport, Los Angeles International Airport and San Francisco International Airport in October.

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AeroMexico is launching new services from San Francisco to Morelia and León-Bajío on April 7, and from Chicago O’Hare to Morelia on June 7.

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Southwest Airlines is more than doubling the number of flights it operates from Washington Reagan National Airport this summer, launching seven new routes and additional connecting itineraries.

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United Airlines plans to fly six round-trips a week on the route, using Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft. United is the North American launch customer for the Boeing 787-9 and this will be its first international deployment of the type.

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The aircraft upgrade means that as of February 11, Air China will be operating Boeing 777-300ER jets on all its routes to destinations in the continental United States ‒ San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles and Houston.

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From mid-June, Alaska Airlines will fly one daily round-trip between Salt Lake City and San Francisco, while Horizon Air will operate a daily round-trip between Salt Lake City and Boise and two daily round-trips between Salt Lake City and Las Vegas.

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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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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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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’s new service to SEA from San Francisco and increased service from Los Angeles will be operated by Delta Connection carrier Compass Airlines, with the exception of one daily mainline flight from Los Angeles. Delta’s increased Las Vegas-Seattle service will be operated by Delta Connection carrier SkyWest Airlines.

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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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United Airlines is launching daily non-stop service from Indianapolis to its hub at San Francisco International Airport on January 7.

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United Airlines has applied to the U.S. Department of Transportation for authority to begin non-stop service linking the airline’s hub at San Francisco International Airport with Chengdu, the fourth-largest Chinese city, from June 9, 2014.

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Air Canada has decided to extend its current seasonal flights between Montréal and San Francisco to a year-round service, beginning in November. The airline will operate all flights on the Montréal-San Francisco route with Airbus A319 aircraft.

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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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Delta Air Lines is launching hourly, non-stop Delta Shuttle service between Los Angeles International and San Francisco International airports on September 3. The Delta Shuttle services on the Los Angeles-San Francisco route will offer 14 daily round-trips and a service product tailored to business travelers.

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Once the flying public regains confidence in the 787, ANA’s embrace of the new-generation aircraft may come to be seen as a smart move. It’s a very beautiful, comfortable plane.

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Scandinavian Airlines President and Chief Executive Officer Rickard Gustafson recently flew to San Francisco on SAS’ new Copenhagen-San Francisco service. The dual purpose of his trip: to promote the route and demonstrate the carrier’s determination to grow, even in challenging times.

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