Air China to Offer Shanghai-Barcelona Non-Stop Service

Its new non-stop service from Shanghai will be the second route operated by Star Alliance member Air China to Barcelona, the capital of the Spanish region of Catalonia. On May 5, 2014, Air China began operating four-times-weekly Beijing-Vienna-Barcelona round-trips.

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Finnair’s first Airbus A350-900 will start long-haul service on November 21, when the aircraft flies from Helsinki to Shanghai.

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On October 25, Japan Airlines will launch new daily services from Tokyo Haneda Airport to Guangzhou and Shanghai and will add a second daily round-trip from Haneda to Beijing. However, on the same day it will drop its Tokyo Narita-Guangzhou service and one of two daily Narita-Beijing round-trips.

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Finnair has begun selling tickets for its first long-haul services with the Airbus A350-900 and reveals its first long-haul destination with the type will be Shanghai. It has also detailed a series of shorter, intra-Europe A350-900 commercial flights it will operate in October before serving Shanghai.

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Air China has announced two moves which would considerably increase its presence on routes between China and the two largest nations of Australasia, Australia and New Zealand.

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Hainan Airlines plans to launch three new routes between the United States and China in June and increase service frequency on three of its existing China-U.S. routes, as part of a planned large-scale expansion in the Chinese carrier’s service to North America.

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The airline will introduce its Premium Economy Class on August 9, when passengers traveling on select flights from Singapore to Sydney will be able to sit in Singapore Airlines’ new cabin class.

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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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Delta Air Lines is planning to begin daily service between Los Angeles International Airport and Shanghai’s Pudong International Airport on July 9, pending U.S. Department of Transportation and Chinese government approval.

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The proposed alliance between the two national flag carriers and Star Alliance partners would see Air China operate a new direct Beijing-Auckland service, in addition to Air New Zealand continuing its existing Shanghai-Auckland service.

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From April 1, Finnair will dedicate aircraft with flat-bed seats in Business Class to flights to Tokyo and New York, and from May 1 to Beijing and Seoul. From June 1, Finnair will also offer flat-bed seats on its routes from Helsinki to Hanoi, Hong Kong, Nagoya, Osaka and Shanghai.

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To be operated as part of American’s joint business agreement with fellow oneworld alliance member Japan Airlines, the new route will complement American Airlines’ existing services to Shanghai from its hubs at Los Angeles International Airport and Chicago O’Hare International Airport.

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Together, Lufthansa and fast-growing low-cost subsidiary Germanwings will serve 211 destinations in 81 countries in their forthcoming winter flight schedules, a marginal expansion of services which includes at least one new destination, the Russian resort city of Sochi on the Black Sea.

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On the day that United Airlines re-launched Boeing 787 commercial service from the airline’s hub in Houston, the carrier has provided details of new 787 services it plans to begin this summer.

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Delta Air Lines plans to expand its international service and customer enhancements at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, offering benefits to its own and Alaska Airlines’ customers as a result of the alliance between the two carriers.

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United Airlines has announced the first six international routes it will operate with its Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners, the first of which it is due to receive at the end of September.

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JAL will use its Boeing 787-8 fleet to inaugurate the world’s first and only non-stop flight between San Diego and Asia on December 2, launching four-times-weekly service from Tokyo’s Narita International Airport on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

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As part of its effort to build a hub at Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport in southwestern China, Air China will launch a four-times-weekly Shanghai-Chengdu-Mumbai route on May 2.

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The U.S. Department of Transportation has approved American Airlines’ request for a reciprocal codeshare agreement with Hainan Airlines of the People’s Republic of China.

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