Japanese carrier All Nippon Airways will launch a new route on June 12 from Narita International Airport near Tokyo to Houston, subject to receiving required government approvals.

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The LATAM Airlines Group has announced five new long-haul international services it plans to begin in the next 15 months, to strengthen the group’s connectivity in Latin America, North America and Europe.

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Singapore-based leasing company BOC Aviation has ordered 50 Boeing 737 MAX 8s, 30 737-800s and two 777-300ERs.

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Leasing companies dominated Boeing’s order announcements on the second day of the Farnborough International Airshow 2014, three lessors accounting for all of the firm orders Boeing announced during the day.

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Emirates is replacing Boeing 777-300ERs with Airbus A380s on its routes from Dubai to San Francisco and Houston, from December 1 and December 3 respectively.

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All Nippon Airways’ parent company ANA Holdings is placing firm orders on the airline’s behalf for 70 new aircraft from Boeing and Airbus, Boeing emerging with the bulk of the business in terms of both aircraft numbers and dollar value.

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China Southern Airlines, Asia’s largest airline in fleet size and number of passengers carried, has taken delivery of the first of 10 Boeing 777-300ERs it has on order from Boeing.

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EVA Air is a serious, emerging competitor, not just to older, larger China Airlines, but to other players in the burgeoning Asia-Pacific market, as well.

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Singapore Airlines and Air New Zealand have agreed to form an alliance which will enable Air New Zealand to fly the Auckland-Singapore route again and Singapore Airlines to operate the Airbus A380 to New Zealand for the first time.

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Etihad Airways will double its flights between Abu Dhabi and New York, introducing a second daily service from Saturday, March 1, 2014. From May 1, Etihad’s new strategic partner Jet Airways will operate these flights, using the same two Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.

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The aircraft upgrade means that as of February 11, Air China will be operating Boeing 777-300ER jets on all its routes to destinations in the continental United States ‒ San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles and Houston.

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The order, which Boeing values at about $1 billion at current list prices, will bolster Cathay Pacific Airways’ fleets of Boeing 747-8 Freighters and Boeing 777-300ER widebodies to 14 and 53 aircraft, respectively.

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Emirates Airline has rewritten all records in civil aviation history with an order for 150 Boeing 777Xs ‒ comprising 35 Boeing 777-8Xs and 115 Boeing 777-9Xs, plus purchase rights on 50 more aircraft ‒ and an additional 50 Airbus A380s. Together, the Boeing and Airbus orders, excluding purchase rights, are valued by Emirates at US$99 billion at list prices.

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The Air Canada group of carriers is expanding its international services to Europe from Toronto, Montréal, Vancouver and Calgary in its summer 2014 Europe schedule.

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The latest ANA order will increase the total number of Boeing 777s in ANA’s fleet to 57 aircraft once the three jets are delivered. Of these 57 aircraft, 22 will be Boeing 777-300ERs.

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Together with a new corporate tag-line displayed prominently on its aircraft exteriors, Japanese carrier ANA is introducing new in-flight services and standards in its premium-class cabins from September.

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The Turkish flag-carrier has exercised options on five Boeing 777-300ER widebodies that were revealed in December 2012 as part of a previous firm order for 15 777-300ERs.

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In September, passengers traveling on select flights between Singapore and London will be the first to experience the new cabin products, installed in SIA’s First, Business and Economy classes. Singapore Airlines will roll out the new seats and KrisWorld in-flight entertainment system to other routes as additional new aircraft enter service.

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The long-haul aircraft is the first of 10 Boeing 777-300ER widebodies for the airline and is a key component of Garuda Indonesia’s ‘Quantum Leap’ fleet revitalization program.

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