Singapore Airlines has agreed to sell its 49 per cent stake in Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd to Delta Air Lines for $360 million in cash. Together with its share purchase, Delta Air Lines has reached agreement with Virgin Atlantic Airways to form a new joint venture on transatlantic routes.

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From April 2013, Virgin Atlantic will operate six round-trips a day between Heathrow and Edinburgh, and three between Heathrow and Aberdeen. It will also use three of its existing Heathrow slot pairs to fly three daily round-trips between Heathrow and Manchester from March 31.

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US Airways has been awarded operating slots to inaugurate daily, non-stop service in March 2013 between its hub at Charlotte Douglas International Airport in North Carolina and London Heathrow Airport.

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Singapore Airlines and Star Alliance partner Aegean Airlines have signed a reciprocal codeshare deal, which goes into effect on December 1.

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Gambia Bird’s schedule will begin with flights to Accra in Ghana, Monrovia in Liberia, Dakar in Senegal, Freetown in Sierra Leone, Conakry in Guinea, London and Barcelona – all coordinated from its headquarters at Banjul Yundum International Airport.

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United plans to offer five-times-weekly seasonal service between Chicago O’Hare and Shannon Airport in Ireland from June 6 to August 26, 2013. The airline will also begin operating a third daily service between Houston Bush Intercontinental Airport and London Heathrow from March 30.

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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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Aer Lingus is to move its Belfast operations to the near-downtown George Best Belfast City Airport in late October after a five-year presence at Belfast International Airport, which is more than 30 miles outside Northern Ireland’s capital and largest city.

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From June 1, 2013, American Airlines will operate the Boeing 777-300ER on its flight AA136 from LAX to London Heathrow Airport and in the other direction on flight AA137 from LHR to LAX.

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American Airlines has announced the initial flight schedules and markets for its first group of Boeing 777-300ERs, which will enter the airline’s fleet from December. On December 13, the Dallas/Fort Worth-Sao Paulo route will be the first to feature American’s Boeing 777-300ER.

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The first A380 for Malaysia Airlines returned to Toulouse on May 9, 2012 following completion of interior furnishing and cabin system tests in Hamburg. The aircraft is now stationed at the Airbus flight line at Toulouse for final system checks before customer acceptance and delivery.

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Currently, Singapore Airlines operates two of the flights with A380 superjumbos and one with a Boeing 777-300ER. From June 1, the third daily service will also be operated by an A380.

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To mark 60 years of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign, England will hold Diamond Jubilee celebrations all over the country, the events centering around an extended weekend from June 2 to June 5.

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Virgin Atlantic Airways is launching a new, four-times-weekly seasonal route between Vancouver and London Heathrow Airport in May 2012 and in March 2012 is launching a second service between London Heathrow and San Francisco, operating three times a week.

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As part of its new winter schedule, Aer Lingus will now provide six flights every day between Dublin and London Gatwick, an increase from the four flights per day that the airline had offered on the route last winter.

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Corinthia’s new flagship is a landmark Victorian property located in the heart of London, a short walk from many of the city’s major attractions.

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Through their new transatlantic joint business arrangement, American Airlines and British Airways have created what BA describes as being effectively a transatlantic shuttle service on top U.S.-UK routes by aligning the timing of their summer schedules.

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Delta Air Lines and the Air France-KLM Group begin a sizable international-service expansion this week with new flights connecting Florida with London, Paris and Amsterdam.

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Through subsidiary BA CityFlyer, British Airways is increasing its leisure-service offering from London City Airport to Southern European sunspot destinations to 41 flights a week at the height of the 2011 summer season.

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