Having been the first airline to offer an Airbus A380 service to the U.S., Emirates operating flights to New York JFK with the superjumbo from August 2008, the Dubai-based carrier will replace a Boeing 777-300ER with an A380 on its other daily Dubai-JFK flight from January 1, 2013.

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American Airlines is resuming service between New York JFK and Tokyo’s near-downtown Haneda Airport on June 1. It briefly flew between JFK and Haneda from February 18, 2011, but suspended the service when demand for travel to Japan subsided following Japan’s March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

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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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Delta plans to launch new or expanded service to 10 destinations in the Caribbean, Bermuda and Florida from New York LaGuardia Airport and John F. Kennedy International Airport, continuing its program of service expansion in New York. The new flights will begin in late 2012 and early 2013.

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Air Canada has inaugurated service between Toronto Pearson International Airport and John F. Kennedy International Airport, making the airline the only carrier serving all three major airports in the New York City region from Canada.

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The new flight, AM408, departs MEX at 7:15 a.m. on Mondays through Fridays and touches down at JFK at 1:00 p.m. local time. In the other direction, flight AM409 leaves New York JFK at 2:20 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays and touches down at MEX at 6:40 p.m. local time.

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JetBlue Airways is planning nearly a doubling of its service from New York LaGuardia Airport and Washington Reagan National Airport by this summer, increasing flights at each of the two airports by eight round-trips a day to at least 16 daily flights.

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SIA’s inaugural A380 service to New York was scheduled to touch down at JFK at 11:10 a.m. on January 16, but according to Flightstats.com actually landed early at 10:39 a.m. The aircraft was scheduled to depart New York JFK again at 8:10 p.m., bound for Frankfurt and Singapore.

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The Courtyard by Marriott New York Manhattan/Herald Square, to be located on the northeast corner of 6th Avenue and 35th Street, will occupy the former Atlantic Bank of New York building, constructed in 1928.

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From October 30 through November 5, 2011, ‘Gotland in New York’, an exhibition and event series at Scandinavia House (located at 58 Park Avenue at 38th Street) will highlight the beauty, history, culinary heritage and artistic legacy of Sweden’s largest island.

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At the heart of the extensive renovation is the brand’s re-invented lobby, including two restaurants and lounges. The makeover also encompasses the hotel’s nearly 2,000 guest rooms and a new, high-tech, 29,000-square-foot Broadway Ballroom.

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Designed by architect Nobutaka Ashihara, the building will rise to a height of 752 feet, 9 inches. According to Marriott International, this will make it the tallest stand-alone hotel building (without office or residential space) in New York.

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Located at the corner of Kenmare and Elizabeth Streets in Manhattan, The Nolitan Hotel is the first boutique hotel in what is labeled as the ‘Nolita’ district. The Nolitan has 55 rooms and is aiming to provide personalized attention and intuitive service.

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Air-touring company Mauiva has launched two U.S. ‘AirCruise’ tours which it believes will revolutionize the concept of guide-escorted sightseeing packages both in the United States and internationally.

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Rather than touting the amenities of its hotel interiors, as do most other hotels, boutique-hotel group Affinia Hotels is promoting the rooftop bars, pool decks, and terraces of its properties in New York City, Chicago, and Washington, D.C. for the summer of 2011.

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Amidst fireworks and fanfare in New York Harbor on January 14, Cunard Line’s flagship Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria joined the new Queen Elizabeth during her maiden visit to New York. The meeting marked only the second time in Cunard’s 171-year history that all three of the company’s ships have met simultaneously in New York.

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The oneworld alliance is relocating its headquarters to New York City under new leadership, the latest move in oneworld’s bid to establish itself as the world’s premier airline alliance.

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Marriott International has opened the newly built Courtyard New York Manhattan/SoHo in SoHo’s Hudson Square area on Varick Street.

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The Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd. has accepted new member hotels in Bahrain, Egypt, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, United States, Barbados and the Dominican Republic.

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