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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Munich Airport Looks for Third Runway to Open in 2022

Dr. Michael Kerkloh, president and CEO of Flughafen München GmbH, Munich Airport’s operating company, says that while the airport already has legal approval for construction of the third runway, construction remains “subject to [receiving] a political green light”.

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Ethiopian Airlines will launch three-times-weekly scheduled service to Newark Liberty International Airport from Addis Ababa, via Lomé in Togo, on July 3. Ethiopian had announced in January that it would resume service to the New York metropolitan area in July but said it planned to serve New York JFK.

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TAP Portugal will launch new daily non-stop service to Lisbon from both Boston Logan International Airport and New York JFK, in June and July respectively.

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By the end of June Ethiopian expects once again to provide a link between New York and Africa, by launching a new three-times-weekly, one-stop service linking Addis Ababa with New York JFK via an intermediate stop in both directions at Lomé, the capital of Togo and the main base of its partner ASky Airlines.

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Brussels Airlines is strengthening its long-haul network, in a move that will see it add two more Airbus A330s to its fleet within the next 15 months.

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Singapore Airlines and Lufthansa Group have signed a partnership agreement that will see the two airline groups operating routes between Singapore and Europe on a joint-venture basis, in addition to expanding codeshare ties significantly and deepening commercial cooperation.

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From May 11, 2016, Frankfurt-based Lufthansa will operate five round-trips a week between Munich Airport and Denver International Airport, using Airbus A330-300s.

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Star Alliance member Lufthansa will operate five round-trips a week on the route, using Airbus A340-300s offering Business Class, Premium Economy and Economy seating.

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According to Air India, the 16 hours 5 minutes flying time for its non-stop San Francisco-Delhi flights will be fully three-and-a-half hours less than the flying time any other airline (notably Emirates and other Gulf carriers) offers for its one-stop service on the route.

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Star Alliance member Air China says it is adding the four-times-weekly Bejing-Newark service to its existing twice-daily Beijing-New York JFK service “in order to further meet the buoyant demand for air travel between China and the United States”.

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Air China will launch three-times-weekly Beijing-Montreal non-stop service on September 29. According to Air China, the new route will represent the world’s first transpacific non-stop service between Asia and Montreal.

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The induction of Avianca Brasil brings a Star Alliance presence back to South America’s largest air transport market, after former Star member TAM Airlines left the alliance on March 31, 2014 in order to join the rival oneworld alliance.

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Addis Ababa-based Ethiopian Airlines is launching three-times-weekly service to Goma on July 10, offering one-stop service to the city via Entebbe in Uganda, one of six countries which lies next to the DRC’s long eastern border.

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Turkish Airlines will launch non-stop service between Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport and Istanbul Atatürk International Airport on May 16, 2016.

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Accra, which Brussels Airlines will serve four times a week from its Brussels Airport hub with its fleet of Airbus A330s, will become the carrier’s 16th destination in West Africa. However, the carrier will stop serving Kenya’s capital Nairobi at the end of October.

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Subject to receiving the required governmental approvals, Star Alliance member ANA will introduce its new route from Narita International Airport to the Belgian capital in its 2015 winter schedule, which will begin in the fall.

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Air China will create the first direct transpacific link between Asia and Montréal when it launches non-stop service between Beijing and Montréal on September 29. Air Canada and Air China intend subsequently to form a revenue-sharing joint venture for their flights between China and Canada.

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Star Alliance member Air New Zealand will launch non-stop service between Auckland and Houston Bush Intercontinental Airport, a major hub for alliance partner United Airlines, in mid-December.

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