Singapore Airlines is increasing the frequency of services to points in Southeast Asia, North Asia, the Indian subcontinent and other markets during the northern-winter operating season from October 30, 2011 to March 24, 2012 because of continuing growth in travel demand.

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Korean Air has become the sixth A380 operator worldwide and the first in North East Asia with the introduction on June 17 of revenue service with its first super-jumbo.

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The airline says it plans to operate the “highly anticipated” Boeing 787-8 configured with business and economy class seating on the route, making Boston the first destination named by JAL to be served by its Dreamliners.

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Singapore Airlines has announced it will now begin operating the Airbus A380 superjumbo on the Singapore-Tokyo Narita-Los Angeles route from July 1.

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Both airlines’ inaugural services from the Japanese capital’s newly expanded gateway departed within minutes of one another on the morning of February 20, local time.

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The carrier begins nonstop service to Tokyo Haneda from Detroit and Los Angeles on February 19. Delta Air Lines will launch new routes from Boston and Miami to London Heathrow Airport on March 26.

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The carrier launches the new service on February 18 from New York John F. Kennedy International Airport and on February 20 performs the first return flight from Haneda.

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Just two months after the U.S. Department of Transportation followed the Japanese government in granting final approval for a joint transpacific business involving American Airlines and Japan Airlines, the two carriers announce they have agreed to launch their joint business on April 1.

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Delta Air Lines has expanded its Asia-Pacific network with the addition of new nonstop flights between Japan and two Pacific-island vacation destinations – Honolulu on the Hawaiian island Oahu, and Koror in the island nation of Palau.

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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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Japan Airlines and Qantas subsidiary Jetstar Airways have reached an agreement to expand their codeshare partnership to include flights operated by Jetstar on routes linking Tokyo’s Narita International Airport and Osaka’s Kansai International Airport with Gold Coast Airport in Queensland from November 25.

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Earlier this year, Hawaiian was one of three U.S. airlines to win government approval to serve Haneda Airport and is launching service there months ahead of the other two, American and Delta.

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The airline’s flight SQ634, carrying 246 customers, departed on the afternoon of October 31 (local time) on its inaugural journey from Singapore Changi International Airport to Tokyo Haneda Airport, marking a new chapter in SIA’s operations to Japan.

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All oneworld-alliance member airlines serving Tokyo’s Narita International Airport will be operating from the same terminal from the end of this month, once British Airways transfers its operations to be alongside those of its alliance partners in Terminal 2 with effect from October 31.

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The five-times-weekly service between Heathrow and Haneda will begin on February 19, 2011. British Airways will operate its Heathrow-Haneda round-trips with Boeing 777-200ERs outfitted in four-class configuration.

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The expanded codesharing agreement with oneworld partner Qantas Airways allows JAL to retain Brisbane in its international network as it suspends its direct flights between Tokyo Narita and Brisbane from September 30, after 22 years of flying to the Australian city.

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Air China is launching twice-weekly nonstop service from Chengdu to Tokyo on September 22, becoming the first airline to launch a direct route to Japan from Southwest China.

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Finnair is planning to increase the frequency of its nonstop flights to Seoul, Nagoya, Osaka and Delhi from the end of 2010 and is launching a new route to Singapore in May 2011, as well as increasing service to Hong Kong in June.

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Delta Air Lines has announced the schedules for its new daily, year-round flights between Tokyo’s near-downtown Haneda International Airport and Detroit and Los Angeles.

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