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The journey between San Francisco and London was necessarily long, but BA provides a high level of comfort and a wide range of distractions, and that helped the time, er, fly by.

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United Airlines has introduced on to its transcontinental ‘p.s.’ premium service the service’s first aircraft featuring a revamped and enlarged premium cabin, which is fitted with flat-bed-seats.

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Delta Air Lines is adding new elements to its U.S. transcontinental service, offering customers traveling between New York JFK and Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle more in-flight dining and entertainment options.

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Virgin America is launching daily non-stop service between San Francisco International Airport and Austin-Bergstrom International Airport on May 21. It will also operate six times a week between SFO and Anchorage’s Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport from June 6 through September 9.

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Air China is increasing service frequency on its non-stop New York JFK-Beijing service from 7 to 11 round-trips a week on March 31. At the same time, Air China is switching to Boeing 777-300ERs to operate the route, from Boeing 747-400s.

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Virgin America is launching three-times-daily service to New Jersey’s Newark Liberty International Airport from both Los Angeles and San Francisco on April 2, 2013, Newark becoming the carrier’s 20th destination.

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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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Delta Air Lines is introducing flat-bed seats in the BusinessElite cabins of all its transcontinental flights linking New York with Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle from March.

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American Airlines has launched an entrée reservations program, saying it has become the first U.S. airline to offer premium-class domestic passengers the opportunity to review menu options and pre-select their desired meals prior to departure of their flights.

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For its 2012-13 northern winter operating season, Singapore Airlines will stop flying Airbus A380s to New York JFK but will offer A380 service to San Francisco for the first time.

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United Airlines plans to launch year-round and seasonal service on several new international and domestic routes, including new, daily transpacific and transatlantic flights from San Francisco, its largest Pacific gateway.

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Scandinavian Airlines is expanding its network to North America by launching non-stop service between Copenhagen and San Francisco on Monday, April 8, 2013. Additionally, from a week earlier, SAS is adding another three flights a week on its existing Newark-Copenhagen route.

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Southwest Airlines and its subsidiary AirTran Airways have announced new routes as they extend their flight schedules for travel bookings through January 4, 2013.

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Alaska Airlines, JetBlue Airways and Virgin America have all scheduled August start dates for their new “beyond perimeter” services from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport to destinations beyond the 1,250-mile radius to which U.S. law restricts most flights from the airport.

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The U.S. Department of Transportation has selected Alaska Airlines for service to Portland, Oregon; JetBlue Airways for San Juan, Puerto Rico; Southwest Airlines for Austin, Texas; and Virgin America for San Francisco.

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San Francisco-based Virgin America has begun interlining with Taiwan’s China Airlines, to offer seamless travel on the networks of both carriers across their respective North American and Asian routes.

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Virgin America is launching service to Portland International Airport in Oregon on June 5, offering two daily non-stop flights from Los Angeles International Airport and one daily non-stop flight from San Francisco International Airport.

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Virgin America filed an application with the U.S. Department of Transportation on March 12 for the right to operate two non-stop daily flights to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport from its home base of San Francisco International Airport.

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Virgin America has launched a new interline agreement with Korean Air, allowing the two airlines to offer seamless travel on the networks of both carriers across their respective North American, Asian and South American routes.

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