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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JetBlue Airways is launching New York’s only non-stop service to Albuquerque, New Mexico on April 22, 2013.

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Delta Air Lines is introducing flat-bed seats in the BusinessElite cabins of all its transcontinental flights linking New York with Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle from March.

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American Airlines plans to launch service to new markets in Asia, Europe and Latin America in 2013. On February 14, American will also add four new domestic routes, through its regional-airline affiliates American Eagle and ExpressJet.

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The new service – which represents a re-launch of a route OpenSkies operated in the past – will bring OpenSkies’ schedule to three daily services between New York and Paris Orly: two round-trips from Newark Liberty International Airport and one round-trip from New York JFK.

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American Airlines has launched an entrée reservations program, saying it has become the first U.S. airline to offer premium-class domestic passengers the opportunity to review menu options and pre-select their desired meals prior to departure of their flights.

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Delta Air Lines plans to expand its international service and customer enhancements at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, offering benefits to its own and Alaska Airlines’ customers as a result of the alliance between the two carriers.

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Delta Air Lines is increasing its presence at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport next summer with new year-round and seasonal service from 11 destinations in the United States. Delta will also add an extra seasonal flight between New York JFK and Amsterdam Schiphol Airport.

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Through the interline arrangement, effective immediately, travellers can book single-ticket travel combining flights on both carriers and benefit from one-stop baggage check-in when they transfer between the airlines at New York JFK.

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Set to open in early 2015, the new arrivals facility will include six international arrivals gates – three new and three converted from Terminal 5 – and an International Arrivals Hall with full U.S. Custom and Federal Inspection Services for customers arriving from international flights.

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JetBlue Airways has released its schedule for the services to Charleston, South Carolina which it is launching from New York JFK and Boston Logan International Airport on Thursday, February 28.

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The carrier’s inaugural Boeing 787 service from Warsaw to Chicago will be on January 16. This will be followed closely by LOT beginning Dreamliner service to Toronto on February 1 and to New York JFK on February 3.

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JetBlue Airways will serve Charleston International Airport with twice-daily round-trips from New York JFK and one daily round-trip from Boston Logan Airport from Thursday, February 28, 2013.

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This isn’t the kind of review that AirlinesAndDestinations.com usually publishes, but when I got the chance to fly with the U.S. Air Force Reserve Command’s 514th Air Mobility Wing on a mission to refuel four F-15C fighters, I jumped at it.

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Finnair’s four youngest Airbus A330-300s feature both a new Business Class seat – a lie-flat bed which angles down to become completely horizontal – and a new seat-row configuration. Finnair also works hard to keep the in-flight service in its Business Class cabins excellent.

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Mexican carrier Interjet has launched its first service to New York, the daily round-trip operating between Mexico City and New York JFK. The service adds a third gateway city in the United States for Interjet, which already operates to Miami and San Antonio.

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Through the arrangement, effective later this summer, JetBlue and Cathay Pacific Airways plan to offer single-ticket travel and one-stop baggage check-in for travelers transferring between the airlines at New York JFK and Los Angeles International Airport.

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For its 2012-13 northern winter operating season, Singapore Airlines will stop flying Airbus A380s to New York JFK but will offer A380 service to San Francisco for the first time.

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The flight, which routed over Manhattan and other parts of New York City and which gave passengers a close-up view of the new, still-unfinished ‘Freedom Tower’, celebrated the 70th anniversary of Azriel (Al) “Blackie’ Blackman’s service with American Airlines and a forebear company.

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