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Hawaiian Airlines plans to launch non-stop service between Honolulu and China’s capital Beijing in April 2014, pending approvals by U.S. and Chinese regulatory agencies. However, Hawaiian will discontinue its under-performing non-stop Manila service this summer, its last outbound flight on the route leaving Honolulu on July 31.

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Air China is increasing service frequency on its non-stop New York JFK-Beijing service from 7 to 11 round-trips a week on March 31. At the same time, Air China is switching to Boeing 777-300ERs to operate the route, from Boeing 747-400s.

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China’s Hainan Airlines plans to begin non-stop, four-times-weekly service from Chicago to Beijing on September 3, 2013.

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Pending U.S. government approval, Air China will launch four-times-weekly service between Beijing and Houston on July 11. The new service will see Houston become the first gateway in Texas and the South Central Region of the United States with a direct connection to China.

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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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The U.S. Department of Transportation has approved American Airlines’ request for a reciprocal codeshare agreement with Hainan Airlines of the People’s Republic of China.

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Air China is introducing the Boeing 777-300ER to its Los Angeles-Beijing route on February 1. The airline will debut the Boeing 777-300ER between LAX and Beijing on its night flight, CA 984/CA983.

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Air China began daily non-stop service between Beijing and Tibet’s capital Lhasa on December 15, the flight representing the first non-stop scheduled service between the two cities.

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The new three-times-weekly service will be South African Airways’ first-ever service to China. SAA will operate the flights with Airbus A340-600s.

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Air China is launching four-times-weekly, non-stop service between Beijing and Copenhagen on June 2, 2012, using Airbus A330-200s.

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Air China will launch a second daily nonstop round-trip between Los Angeles and Beijing on September 1, operating the flight with a Boeing 747-400.

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Air China has launched a non-stop route from Beijing Capital International Airport to Yushu Batang Airport in the province of Qinghai in order to support post-disaster reconstruction in the earthquake-stricken area of Yushu.

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American Airlines has finally launched its first flight between Chicago O’Hare International Airport and Beijing Capital International Airport, after delaying the start of the service because the Chinese government initially gave the carrier take-off and landing slots that American deemed not to be commercially feasible.

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American Airlines has postponed the launch of its planned service between Chicago and Beijing, saying that in contravention of internationally accepted industry practice China’s aviation authorities have only offered American commercially inviable slots at Beijing Capital International Airport.

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Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways has begun serving Japan with the launch of service to Nagoya and will begin flying to Tokyo in March.

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American Airlines is moving the start date up for its new service from Chicago O’Hare International Airport to Beijing Capital International Airport by a few days from its previously scheduled May 1, 2010 launch date.

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Star Alliance members Air China and All Nippon Airways will begin codesharing on flights operated by both airlines between Beijing Capital International Airport and Tokyo’s Haneda Airport from October 25.

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Brazil’s TAM and Chinese airline Air China will begin codesharing this month on flights that connect Sao Paulo and Beijing via Madrid Barajas Airport.

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