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On October 25, Japan Airlines will launch new daily services from Tokyo Haneda Airport to Guangzhou and Shanghai and will add a second daily round-trip from Haneda to Beijing. However, on the same day it will drop its Tokyo Narita-Guangzhou service and one of two daily Narita-Beijing round-trips.

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Air Canada will launch year-round mainline service to Amsterdam from Toronto next June to expand its international network. Additions to the airline’s summer 2015 network also include new Air Canada rouge seasonal service from Montréal to Venice and between Vancouver and Osaka.

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Japan’s All Nippon Airways and Garuda Indonesia have agreed a partnership under which the two airlines will launch and codeshare on flights between the two countries and will allow the two carriers’ passengers to collect and redeem miles on the frequent flyer programs of either airline.

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Oneworld alliance members Japan Airlines and Qatar Airways are launching a codeshare agreement and will begin codesharing flights on December 3.

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JAL will codeshare with Jetstar Japan on the latter carrier’s domestic flights connecting to and from JAL’s international services at Tokyo’s Narita International Airport, Osaka Kansai International Airport and Nagoya’s Chubu Centrair International Airport.

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JAL will use its Boeing 787-8 fleet to inaugurate the world’s first and only non-stop flight between San Diego and Asia on December 2, launching four-times-weekly service from Tokyo’s Narita International Airport on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

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Singapore Airlines will mark its 40th anniversary of operating direct services between Singapore and Osaka by operating daily Airbus A380 flights between Changi International Airport and Kansai International Airport from Friday, August 10 to Wednesday, August 15.

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Japanese low-cost carrier Peach Aviation has taken delivery of its first aircraft, a new Airbus A320 acquired on lease from GE Capital Aviation Services.

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The first flight on the route, which Hawaiian Airlines operated on July 12, represented the third time in eight months that the carrier had begun service to a new destination in Asia.

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Throughout the coming days, ANA pilots, together with Boeing, will fly a Boeing 787 on actual airline routes in Japan using airline dispatch and flight rules. ANA’s mechanics and ground crews also will gain experience with the aircraft in a simulated operational environment.

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The service-ready operational validation is expected to take place during the week of July 4. Anticipated city-pair routes include trips between Haneda Airport in Tokyo and airports in Osaka (Itami and Kansai), Okayama and Hiroshima.

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The airline will operate its SQ12/SQ11 round-trip service on the Singapore-Tokyo Narita-Los Angeles route with A380s from March 27. Singapore Airlines currently operates the route with Boeing 747-400s.

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Japan Airlines and Qantas subsidiary Jetstar Airways have reached an agreement to expand their codeshare partnership to include flights operated by Jetstar on routes linking Tokyo’s Narita International Airport and Osaka’s Kansai International Airport with Gold Coast Airport in Queensland from November 25.

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Struggling Japan Airlines has decided to discontinue service on 15 international routes on which it operates a total of 86 weekly round-trip flights, as well as cutting 30 domestic routes on which it operates up to 58 daily round-trip flights.

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