Taiwanese low-cost carrier V Air has begun operating its maiden commercial service, from Taiwan’s capital Taipei to Thailand’s capital Bangkok. V Air is a new, low-cost subsidiary of established Taiwanese carrier TransAsia Airways.

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The Regent Taipei, ensconced in a high-rise building above the posh Regent Galleria shopping mall on Zhong Shang North Road, is also the flagship property of the reconstituted Regent Hotels & Resorts.

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EVA Air is a serious, emerging competitor, not just to older, larger China Airlines, but to other players in the burgeoning Asia-Pacific market, as well.

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As a result of the new codeshare agreement, Singapore Airlines and EVA Air customers traveling between Singapore and Taipei now have a choice of three daily flights: one operated by EVA Air and two by SIA.

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Hawaiian Airlines is planning to launch non-stop service between Taiwan’s capital Taipei and Honolulu in July 2013. Taipei will be the ninth new gateway that Hawaiian has introduced since November 2010.

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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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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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Singapore Airlines is adjusting service frequencies to various destinations during its northern summer operating season from March 25 to October 27, in order to match capacity to prevailing demand for travel.

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The airline will operate its SQ12/SQ11 round-trip service on the Singapore-Tokyo Narita-Los Angeles route with A380s from March 27. Singapore Airlines currently operates the route with Boeing 747-400s.

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