Tunisian carrier Syphax Airlines has ordered three Airbus A320neos and three Airbus A319s and A320s, according to engine manufacturer CFM International.

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United is planning new flights to Latin America from Chicago and Washington, D.C. The carrier is also planning to launch new services to Canada from Denver, New York, and Washington, D.C., as well as additional domestic routes from Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.

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According to the manufacturer, EASA European certification for CFM56-powered Airbus A320-family jets with Sharkets will be followed very soon by certification from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration.

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Gambia Bird’s schedule will begin with flights to Accra in Ghana, Monrovia in Liberia, Dakar in Senegal, Freetown in Sierra Leone, Conakry in Guinea, London and Barcelona – all coordinated from its headquarters at Banjul Yundum International Airport.

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British Airways is launching three-times-weekly service from London Gatwick Airport to Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo, via the Maldives, on March 31. BA is also doubling its service between London Heathrow Airport and Dublin Airport from four round-trips a day to eight, from October 28.

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Frontier Airlines is launching non-stop service in November between Orlando International Airport and both Trenton Mercer Airport in New Jersey and Piedmont Triad International Airport in North Carolina.

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SilkAir has signed a letter of intent to purchase up to 68 new Boeing 737s from the manufacturer. Its 737 order will comprise firm orders for 54 aircraft and purchase rights for another 14. The carrier will place firm orders for 23 Boeing 737-800s and 31 Boeing 737 MAX 8 jets.

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U.S. carrier Allegiant Air will begin operating used Airbus A319s in the second quarter of 2013, giving the ultra-low-cost airline a third type – along with the McDonnell Douglas MD-80 and the Boeing 757 – for its fast-growing fleet.

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American will dedicate some of its new Airbus A321s to operating transcontinental flights linking New York JFK with San Francisco International Airport and Los Angeles International Airport. These aircraft will feature three-class cabins with First and Business Class lie-flat beds.

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The order, announced at the Farnborough International Airshow 2012, follows a memorandum of understanding signed in February.

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Already rated by the Carbon Disclosure Project as the world’s top airline for sustainability practices and open-disclosure reporting, Finnair is intensifying its sustainability efforts. The intensified focus comes as Finnair increasingly brands itself an “ecosmart” airline.

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US Airways is launching daily, non-stop service on September 5 from Austin and San Antonio to the airline’s main international gateway at Philadelphia International Airport. On September 5, also, US Airways will introduce a sixth daily flight between Dallas/Fort Worth and Philadelphia.

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With the expansion of in-flight Internet across its Airbus A320-family and Embraer 190 fleets, US Airways will have 90 per cent of its mainline domestic fleet equipped with Wi-Fi Internet access. The service will also be expanded to US Airways Express Embraer 170 and 175 jets operated by Republic Airlines.

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As part of its effort to build a hub at Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport in southwestern China, Air China will launch a four-times-weekly Shanghai-Chengdu-Mumbai route on May 2.

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Drukair, the flag carrier of the landlocked Eastern Himalayan mountain Kingdom of Bhutan, has signed a memorandum of understanding for an Airbus A319 fitted with fuel-saving Sharklets, to complement its existing fleet of two A319s.

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Seating 112 passengers in a two-class layout, the Airbus A319s will operate on Air Namibia’s regional international routes from Windhoek Hosea Kutako International Airport to other major African cities.

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Air China’s southwest division will begin twice-weekly service from Sichuan province’s capital Chengdu to Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, on January 5.

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Air China began daily non-stop service between Beijing and Tibet’s capital Lhasa on December 15, the flight representing the first non-stop scheduled service between the two cities.

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American Airlines has selected the Airbus A319 and A321 as the variants it will receive under its 130-aircraft A320-family fleet order, which the carrier announced in July. American is not confirming yet the exact breakdown of the two types by numbers of aircraft.

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