Scandinavian Airlines is expanding its route network in 2011 with two new long-haul routes, Newark-Oslo and Copenhagen-Shanghai. The airline is also adding more intra-Europe routes and service frequencies.

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Turkish Airlines took delivery of its first Airbus A330-300 and first A330-200 Freighter at a delivery ceremony in Toulouse on September 29. Both of the aircraft sport a new tail livery which modernizes the airline’s flying-bird symbol.

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Lufthansa Group’s supervisory board has approved orders for 40 Airbus aircraft and eight Embraer 195s, with the Airbus aircraft destined for Lufthansa, group subsidiary airlines Swiss International Air Lines and Germanwings and the Embraer 195s to go to Lufthansa Regional.

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EgyptAir’s first A330-300 is also its first aircraft to feature on-board communications technology, enabling passengers to benefit from in-flight mobile phone services and Wi-Fi internet access.

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Thai Airways International has signed a memorandum of understanding for the purchase of seven more A330-300 widebodies. The aircraft will be delivered from the end of 2011.

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Russian flag carrier Aeroflot has signed a firm contract with Airbus to purchase 11 A330-300 widebodies, in a deal that was widely expected beforehand. Aeroflot has chosen the Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engine to power its new A330s.

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Etihad Airways is installing new advanced technology on its long-haul aircraft that can monitor the condition of passengers who display signs of illness that might require immediate medical attention.

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Etihad Airways has taken delivery of its first Airbus A330-300, which is configured with the airline’s new first, business and economy cabins and probably has the lowest overall seating density of any A330-300 in commercial service.

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Finnair has introduced new, fully lie-flat business class seating with the entry into service of its latest new Airbus A330-300, the fifth to join the airline’s fleet.

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As part of the harmonization of its fleet structure, Finnair says it is going to withdraw three of its Boeing 757s from service next spring. The airline’s Finnair Leisure Flights vacation-related charter division operates the three aircraft.

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