Lufthansa Confirms December Delivery Date for Its First A350-900

The aircraft will be based at Lufthansa’s secondary hub at Munich Airport, along with nine others of the 25 A350-900s it has ordered to date.

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Air Canada is launching three-times-weekly seasonal Vancouver-Delhi service on October 20.

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Lufthansa has announced that its first 10 Airbus A350-900s will be based at Munich Airport, the airline’s second-largest hub, and will begin operating long-haul commercial services from there in January 2017.

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According to Air India, the 16 hours 5 minutes flying time for its non-stop San Francisco-Delhi flights will be fully three-and-a-half hours less than the flying time any other airline (notably Emirates and other Gulf carriers) offers for its one-stop service on the route.

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The new route will be the first to be operated primarily by Air Canada’s Boeing 787-9 widebodies, according to the airline. The Indian subcontinent is currently the largest international market not served by Air Canada.

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Indian carrier Jet Airways is adding an additional daily service to Bangkok from each of its two main hubs and one of the two new Bangkok services will continue on to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, a new destination for the airline.

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Singapore Airlines plans to operate A380s daily to both Mumbai and New Delhi from May 30, replacing daily flights that currently serve each city using Boeing 777-200s. SIA will continue to operate a second daily flight on each of the routes with Boeing 777-200s.

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Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways has agreed to pay $379 million to acquire a 24 per cent shareholding in the Indian carrier Jet Airways. Additionally, a wider overall commitment to Jet Airways by Etihad Airways includes the UAE-based airline injecting $220 million to create and strengthen a wide-ranging partnership between the two carriers.

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Singapore Airlines has appointed architectural and interior design firm Ong&Ong to develop a new airport-lounge design concept which will be applied to all of the airline’s SilverKris lounges worldwide.

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After a 14-hour non-stop flight from Seattle, a Boeing 787 Dreamliner in Air India’s colors touched down at Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi on March 12.

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American Airlines and Indian carrier Kingfisher Airlines have agreed to enter into a comprehensive codeshare and frequent-flyer relationship starting in 2011, subject to regulatory approvals.

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