Ethiopian Airlines to Operate A350-900s on Addis Ababa-London Heathrow Route

The new service will coincide with or immediately follow Ethiopian’s acceptance of the second of 14 A350-900s it has ordered from Airbus.

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Review: Shangri-La Hotel at The Shard, London

Occupying 19 floors in The Shard, a 1,016-foot-high skyscraper on the south bank of the Thames near London Bridge, the 5-star Shangri-La, which opened in May 2014, is the highest hotel in town.

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Finnair has begun selling tickets for its first long-haul services with the Airbus A350-900 and reveals its first long-haul destination with the type will be Shanghai. It has also detailed a series of shorter, intra-Europe A350-900 commercial flights it will operate in October before serving Shanghai.

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Delta Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic Airways have announced that their transatlantic joint-venture partnership will add six new transatlantic services between the U.S. and the UK for the summer 2015 season.

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The airline will introduce its Premium Economy Class on August 9, when passengers traveling on select flights from Singapore to Sydney will be able to sit in Singapore Airlines’ new cabin class.

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Japanese carrier All Nippon Airways and Ethiopian Airlines have signed a codeshare agreement covering flights from Addis Ababa to Europe, Kenya and two major Asian cities, and from Tokyo to the same two Asian cities.

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The airline is the first European carrier to take delivery of a Boeing 787-9 and plans to operate the aircraft initially on its London Heathrow-Boston route.

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AeroMexico says replacing 767-200ERs with 787-8s on its three weekly round-trips between Mexico City’s Aeropuerto Benito Juárez Internacional and London Heathrow Airport from April onwards will make it better equipped to satisfy increasing customer demand from the UK to Mexico.

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Japanese carrier All Nippon Airways is proposing to launch services to Vancouver and Hanoi for the first time, planning to serve both destinations from Tokyo Haneda Airport from March 30. ANA also plans to introduce new routes on March 30 from Tokyo Haneda Airport to London Heathrow, Paris Charles de Gaulle, Jakarta and Manila.

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Delta Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic Airways will operate a new joint-venture schedule on transatlantic services to and from London Heathrow Airport from summer 2014, aligning their services and offering more flight choices for travelers on both sides of the Atlantic.

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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 Boeing 787-8 departed Paine Field in Everett, Washington on the evening of October 2 for a 6,540-nautical mile non-stop flight to Royal Brunei Airlines’ base at Brunei International Airport, which serves the country’s capital Bandar Seri Begawan.

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Air Astana, Kazakhstan’s flag carrier, will launch a new weekly service between London Heathrow Airport and Astana on October 29, increasing its weekly total of round-trips between Kazakhstan and the British capital to three per week.

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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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Berlin-based Germania is expanding its flight network from London Gatwick for its 2013-2014 winter schedule from November by operating twice-weekly services to Erfurt-Weimar Airport in central Germany.

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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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The airlines say an antitrust-immunized joint venture would allow Delta Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic to be more effective competitors on routes between North America and the U.K., particularly between the U.S. and London.

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BA will receive its first Airbus A380 in July and seats are now available for purchase for A380 flights on the Los Angeles-London Heathrow route from October 15. BA’s second A380 route will be London Heathrow-Hong Kong and customers can book flights now for travel from November 15.

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US Airways will operate its service between Charlotte and London Heathrow with Airbus A330-300 widebodies seating 28 in Envoy, the airline’s international business class, and 263 in the main cabin.

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