Brussels Airlines is strengthening its long-haul network, in a move that will see it add two more Airbus A330s to its fleet within the next 15 months.

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Nigerian carrier Arik Air has placed the first dual-class Bombardier CRJ1000 NextGen configured with three-abreast business-class seating into service in West Africa. Arik Air will use the CRJ1000 NextGen to increase service on its most popular business routes in West Africa.

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Brazilian carrier GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes S.A. is considering opening a new route between Brazil and Nigeria. GOL says the new flight would be operated by aircraft from its existing fleet of Boeing 737NG single-aisle jets.

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On the day that United Airlines re-launched Boeing 787 commercial service from the airline’s hub in Houston, the carrier has provided details of new 787 services it plans to begin this summer.

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United Airlines has announced the first six international routes it will operate with its Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners, the first of which it is due to receive at the end of September.

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The carrier launched its first flight between Atlanta and Johannesburg, South Africa, via Dakar, Senegal, on December 4, 2006. A week later, Delta began serving Accra, Ghana, from its hub at New York JFK.

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Coninental Airlines is inaugurating on November 16 the first daily scheduled passenger service between Texas and Africa, with a new nonstop flight between Houston and Lagos in Nigeria. Continental is operating the service with Boeing 777-200ERs.

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United Airlines has announced its schedule for the airline’s new service between Washington and Lagos, Nigeria, which begins on December 12.

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Best Western International reveals it has more than 40 new hotels in Asia and the Middle East in various stages of development. Additionally, Best Western has major hotel-development efforts underway in Africa, South America, the Commonwealth of Independent States and New Zealand.

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Continental Airlines plans to launch daily nonstop flights between Houston and Lagos, Nigeria on November 10, 2011, subject to government approval. It is the second route that Continental has said it will operate with Boeing 787s.

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United Airlines will inaugurate its first-ever service to Africa in 2010, as well as extending its existing daily Washington Dulles-Kuwait flight to include Bahrain and offering a new non-stop flight between Chicago and Brussels.

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