The A350s and A330s are slated for Iberia’s fleet modernization and to open new long-haul routes, and the A320neos will be allocated to the group’s airlines for fleet replacement, according to Airbus.

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Flydubai is launching four-times-weekly service to Asmara, the capital of the northeastern African nation of Eritrea, on October 25. The service will represent the first direct link between Eritrea and the United Arab Emirates, according to the airline.

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The airline, which already operates several ATR turboprops, booked an order for six ATR 72-600s in 2014, along with options for six additional aircraft. ATR valued the potential 12-aircraft deal at US$296 million at list prices.

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SkyWest Airlines is launching daily non-stop service from Portland, Oregon to Kansas City, Minneapolis-St. Paul and Omaha on February 18, 2016, on behalf of Alaska Airlines.

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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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The new Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport pedestrian tunnel under Lake Ontario will open to the public on July 30, providing travelers with fast, reliable and convenient access to the airport.

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This winter WestJet is launching two new routes to Florida, one to Mexico and one to Costa Rica, as well as adding more than 85 flights throughout its domestic and international networks. Additionally, WestJet Encore will launch three-times-daily service between Toronto and Boston.

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JetBlue Airways has begun selling tickets for its new Fort Lauderdale-Providenciales daily service, which the carrier will begin operating on November 19.

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Its schedule calls for American Airlines to begin serving one of the routes in September, one in November and the other six in December.

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TAM Airlines expects its first Airbus A350-900 to arrive in Brazil in December and to schedule its first commercial flight with the type for January 2016, on the long domestic sector from São Paulo Guarulhos International Airport to Brigadeiro Eduardo Gomes–Manaus International Airport.

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Ryanair has announced that its first route to Israel will link Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport with Ovda Airport, which serves the southern-Israel resort destination of Eilat on the Gulf of Eilat. Ryanair will begin operating twice-weekly service on the route on November 7.

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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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The airline and Boeing signed a memorandum of collaboration, which proposes the companies work together toward the goal of Vietnam Airlines’ fleet replacement and expansion and for it to place an order for eight 787-10s and eight 777-8Xs, on July 6 at Washington Reagan National Airport.

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Skyteam alliance member Vietnam Airlines took delivery at a ceremony at Airbus’ delivery center in Toulouse on June 30 of the first of 14 Airbus A350-900s it is due to receive.

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China Aviation Supplies Holding Company has signed a general terms agreement with Airbus for 45 A330-family aircraft and a memorandum of understanding covering options for 30 more.

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In extending its bookable flight schedule from January 6 until March 8, 2016, Southwest Airlines is launching four new year-round routes on January 6.

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Alaska Airlines’ sister regional airline Horizon Air is launching two new routes from Los Angeles and one new route from Boise in Idaho in late fall.

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Late this fall Delta Air Lines will begin offering additional seats on its U.S. transcontinental service linking New York JFK with Los Angeles and San Francisco, two of the busiest domestic routes in the United States.

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United Airlines and Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras have announced a new strategic partnership in which United will acquire a stake of approximately 5 per cent in Azul, Brazil’s third-largest airline. Through a wholly owned subsidiary, United will invest $100 million for its economic stake in Azul.

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