Star Alliance member Air New Zealand will launch non-stop service between Auckland and Houston Bush Intercontinental Airport, a major hub for alliance partner United Airlines, in mid-December.

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On April 10 Panama’s President Juan Carlos Varela Rodriguez and U.S. President Barack Obama witnessed an agreement signed by Copa Airlines to order for 61 Boeing 737 MAX 8 and MAX 9 jets.

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Air China has announced two moves which would considerably increase its presence on routes between China and the two largest nations of Australasia, Australia and New Zealand.

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According to Air China, its new four-times-weekly service starting on May 1 will represent the only direct route linking China with Belarus and Hungary.

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On November 16, Lufthansa will begin serving Panama City five times a week using Airbus A340-300 widebodies, each configured to seat 298 passengers for use by its leisure market-oriented ‘Jump’ operation.

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As one of two growing airlines actually based at Brussels Airport, Brussels Airlines must constantly evolve its network and its service offering carefully in order to compete sensibly with the sizable forces now ranged against it at its only hub.

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All Nippon Airways has announced its intent to purchase three Boeing 787-10s to add additional flexibility to the airline’s 787 fleet. In addition, ANA has announced an order for five Boeing 737-800s to bolster the airline’s growing narrowbody fleet.

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Air China is launching four-times-weekly service linking its Southwest China regional hub at Chengdu with Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka, on February 10.

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The airline’s new Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental fleet made its debut on the Beijing-New York route on January 7, when flight CA981 landed at New York JFK in the early afternoon.

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Japanese carrier All Nippon Airways will launch a new route on June 12 from Narita International Airport near Tokyo to Houston, subject to receiving required government approvals.

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Air Canada is expanding its North American route network by adding eight non-stop routes in its summer 2015 schedule, as well as increasing capacity on two other routes. Four will be operated by regional-airline partner Jazz Aviation LP and four by Air Canada rouge.

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Air Canada has decided to launch non-stop service between Toronto and Dubai, beginning on November 3, 2015. The airline will operate the route three times a week, using Boeing 787 Dreamliners.

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The new route will be the first to be operated primarily by Air Canada’s Boeing 787-9 widebodies, according to the airline. The Indian subcontinent is currently the largest international market not served by Air Canada.

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The proposed alliance between the two national flag carriers and Star Alliance partners would see Air China operate a new direct Beijing-Auckland service, in addition to Air New Zealand continuing its existing Shanghai-Auckland service.

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Japanese carrier All Nippon Airways and Ethiopian Airlines have signed a codeshare agreement covering flights from Addis Ababa to Europe, Kenya and two major Asian cities, and from Tokyo to the same two Asian cities.

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Star Alliance member Air China becomes the first carrier in Asia to operate the passenger version of the Boeing 747-8.

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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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Star Alliance member Aegean Airlines has brought forward the delivery dates of five new Airbus A320s it ordered before the beginning of the economic crisis in Greece but later deferred, and has ordered two additional A320s in a new deal.

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The New Zealand Minister of Transport has approved Air New Zealand’s proposed alliance with Singapore Airlines. This clearance represents the New Zealand regulatory approval needed for Singapore Airlines and Air New Zealand to proceed in creating the alliance.

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