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UK long-haul charter carrier Thomas Cook Airlines has announced it will launch twice-weekly services from Manchester Airport in the UK to Los Angeles and Boston in May 2016. It will also increase service frequencies on three of its other routes to U.S. destinations from Manchester.

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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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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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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 aircraft, the first of eight Boeing 787-8 widebodies Thomson Airways has on order, is the first Dreamliner to be delivered to a UK airline.

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Greek carrier Aegean Airlines is launching non-stop service between Athens International Airport Eleftherios Velizelos and Manchester Airport on Saturdays and Mondays on May 25.

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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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Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways and Ireland’s Aer Lingus have signed an interline and codeshare agreement following the UAE national airline’s recent purchase of a 2.987 per cent shareholding in the Irish carrier.

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Monarch Airlines will expand its existing network of scheduled destinations, with 10 of the new routes providing easy access to some of Europe’s best winter ski resorts via Grenoble airport in France and Friedrichshafen and Munich airports in Germany.

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Monarch Airlines has launched twice-weekly scheduled service from Manchester to Verona’s Valerio Catullo Villafranca Airport.

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Boeing will bring its 787-8 demonstrator to seven cities in the U.K., Norway, Italy and the U.S. on the sixth leg of the Boeing 787 Dream Tour of the world later this month and in May.

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New for the winter schedule, as a continuation of Monarch Airlines’ 2012 summer program, are the Italian destinations of Venice, Verona, Milan and Rome. The airline will now operate year-round services to the four Italian cities.

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American Airlines customers departing from New York John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK) and San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU), as well as six international airports, will now be able to receive their boarding passes electronically on their mobile phones.

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Singapore Airlines is increasing its existing five-times-weekly Singapore-Munich-Manchester flights to a daily service from September 1. The carrier began flights from Singapore to Munich on March 28, using Boeing 777-300ERs.

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Virgin Atlantic Airways plans to launch twice-weekly nonstop flights from Manchester in the UK to Las Vegas on April 3, 2011.

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Singapore Airlines is launching service to Munich, Germany’s third-largest city, on March 28, 2010. The five-times-weekly flights will operate Singapore-Munich-Manchester, departing Singapore on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, using Boeing 777-300ERs.

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Researchers in the United Kingdom are developing a new computerized approach to airport operations that aims to reduce delays, speed up baggage handling and decrease pollution.

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