The carrier will introduce 412-seat, two-class 777-300ERs on its three-times-weekly Abu Dhabi-Chicago service in August in place of the three-class, 240-seat Airbus A340-500s and 284-seat A340-600s it now uses.

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Air China’s new domestic routes for the late summer and autumn seasons include the leisure routes Beijing-Manzhouli, Chengdu-Urumqi-Korla Sinkiang and Chongqing-Qingdao.

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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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American Airlines has finally launched its first flight between Chicago O’Hare International Airport and Beijing Capital International Airport, after delaying the start of the service because the Chinese government initially gave the carrier take-off and landing slots that American deemed not to be commercially feasible.

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American Airlines has postponed the launch of its planned service between Chicago and Beijing, saying that in contravention of internationally accepted industry practice China’s aviation authorities have only offered American commercially inviable slots at Beijing Capital International Airport.

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Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways has begun serving Japan with the launch of service to Nagoya and will begin flying to Tokyo in March.

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American Airlines is moving the start date up for its new service from Chicago O’Hare International Airport to Beijing Capital International Airport by a few days from its previously scheduled May 1, 2010 launch date.

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Brazil’s TAM and Chinese airline Air China will begin codesharing this month on flights that connect Sao Paulo and Beijing via Madrid Barajas Airport.

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