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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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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Japanese carrier All Nippon Airways will launch a new route on June 12 from Narita International Airport near Tokyo to Houston, subject to receiving required government approvals.

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Indian carrier Jet Airways is adding an additional daily service to Bangkok from each of its two main hubs and one of the two new Bangkok services will continue on to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, a new destination for the airline.

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Bangkok Airways has been operating ATR aircraft for two decades and currently operates eight ATR 72-500 turboprops. Its first new ATR 72-600 will be delivered later this year, allowing Bangkok Airways to start renewing its fleet.

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Japanese carrier All Nippon Airways is proposing to launch services to Vancouver and Hanoi for the first time, planning to serve both destinations from Tokyo Haneda Airport from March 30. ANA also plans to introduce new routes on March 30 from Tokyo Haneda Airport to London Heathrow, Paris Charles de Gaulle, Jakarta and Manila.

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Star Alliance carriers Singapore Airlines and Ethiopian Airlines are expanding their existing codeshare agreement with effect from December 3.

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The aircraft is the first Boeing 787 delivered to ILFC and its lessee, Norwegian Air Shuttle, which will operate the aircraft. The 787 also is the 700th aircraft that Boeing has delivered to ILFC.

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On June 18, Ethiopian Airlines will begin serving Ho Chi Minh City, Manila and Seoul, all apparently on a one-stop basis.

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Loaded by IFE Services Limited, Jet Asia Airways’ passenger iPads contain two categories of movies, including two recent Hollywood blockbuster titles and three Hollywood classics, as well as five video games and 10 music CDs.

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Thai Airways International is launching non-stop service between Bangkok and Brussels Airport on November 17. The airline will become the only Southeast Asian carrier to operate direct flights between Belgium and Thailand.

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Scandinavian Airlines will deploy a sixth Airbus A340-300 to increase frequencies to and from Newark and Chicago in the carrier’s winter schedule, which begins on October 31.

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