Its new services to Sydney, operated by Boeing 787-8s, reduce travel time between the two cities in Fujian province and Australia to nine hours, according to the carrier.

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Etihad Airways will introduce the Airbus A380 on its Abu Dhabi-New York JFK route on December 1, 2015. Before that, the airline will begin A380 service between Abu Dhabi and Sydney on June 1.

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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 new concourse extension at Terminal B contains a total of 10 new gates. The gates, numbered from B30 to B39, will be used to serve American Eagle regional jet flights. Meanwhile, Qantas has announced it will replace the 747-400s used on its Sydney-DFW service with Airbus A380s.

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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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Singapore Airlines has appointed architectural and interior design firm Ong&Ong to develop a new airport-lounge design concept which will be applied to all of the airline’s SilverKris lounges worldwide.

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Our reviewer found some things to like about United Airlines’ BusinessFirst service on a round trip between San Francisco and Sydney. But while the in-flight service was fair and the flat-bed seat good, the reviewer found the service in the United Club lounge at SFO’s International Terminal to be poor.

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As part of a joint plan to increase services to northern Australia, Singapore Airlines’ regional full-service airline SilkAir will begin four-times-weekly service between Singapore and Darwin on March 26. Virgin Australia will complement these flights with daily service between Sydney and Darwin from April 2.

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Qantas Airways will grow its DFW service incrementally, initially expanding to six flights a week from January 12 and with the airline planning to add a seventh weekly flight by July 12.

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Responding to increasing demand for its service to Hawaii from Sydney in Australia, Hawaiian Airlines will increase the frequency of its service between Sydney and Honolulu from five flights a week to year-round, daily flights on December 14.

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Australia’s Qantas Airways will begin nonstop service from Sydney to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) with four flights a week starting on May 16, 2011.

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Dubai-based Emirates, and Virgin Blue Group’s new international airline V Australia are beginning a codeshare partnership on the trans-Tasman route between Australia and New Zealand on October 25.

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