Brussels Airlines began non-stop flights between Brussels and Washington, D.C. on June 18, with promising signs for the success of the new service. Flights in both directions on the first day were full and advance bookings for the five-days-a-week service are very strong, some even sold out.

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United Airlines has re-launched international service with the Boeing 787, with the June 10 inauguration of a new service from Denver International Airport to Narita International Airport near Tokyo. The daily flight marks Denver’s first non-stop service to Asia.

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Brussels Airlines will begin non-stop service on June 18 from Brussels to Washington, D.C. its second U.S. destination in little more than a year, part of a concerted long-haul expansion strategy. The airline says it picked Washington D.C. for its second transatlantic route because of the large market demand for flights between the U.S. and European capitals.

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United Airlines has opened a new United Club lounge in Concourse A at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, the second club to feature the airline’s new design concept. The opening coincides with the consolidation of United’s terminal facilities at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to Concourse A.

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Austrian Airlines has begun five-times-weekly non-stop service between Chicago O’Hare International Airport and Vienna International Airport, the first flight operating on May 17. The carrier is operating the service with Boeing 767-300ER widebodies.

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Scandinavian Airlines President and Chief Executive Officer Rickard Gustafson recently flew to San Francisco on SAS’ new Copenhagen-San Francisco service. The dual purpose of his trip: to promote the route and demonstrate the carrier’s determination to grow, even in challenging times.

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On June 18, Ethiopian Airlines will begin serving Ho Chi Minh City, Manila and Seoul, all apparently on a one-stop basis.

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Star Alliance member Aegean Airlines has launched an expanded schedule which includes 29 new scheduled international routes from a total of 12 Greek and Cypriot airports, eight of which Aegean uses as bases.

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LATAM Airlines Group has confirmed that oneworld is to be the global alliance for all its passenger airlines. The decision means that Brazil’s TAM Airlines will leave the Star Alliance to join oneworld, along with its Paraguay subsidiary.

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All board members of AMR Corporation, the parent company of American Airlines, Inc., and US Airways Group, Inc. have unanimously approved a merger agreement for the two companies to combine to create what is likely to be the world’s largest airline.

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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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US Airways will begin non-stop, daily year-round service from its international gateway at Philadelphia International Airport to Salt Lake City, Utah on June 8.

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US Airways is launching new codeshare agreements with fellow Star Alliance member carriers Avianca and South African Airways. The U.S. airline is also expanding its codeshare with TACA, another subsidiary of the AviancaTaca Holdings group and also a Star Alliance member.

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US Airways will operate its service between Charlotte and London Heathrow with Airbus A330-300 widebodies seating 28 in Envoy, the airline’s international business class, and 263 in the main cabin.

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London Heathrow Airport has designated its new Terminal 2 as the new facility for all 23 Star Alliance member carriers operating at the airport. When it opens in 2014, Terminal 2 will also be home to Aer Lingus flights as well as Virgin Atlantic Airways’ domestic routes.

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The agreement will include Air Canada’s code on Turkish Airlines’ Toronto-Istanbul flight and several destinations beyond Istanbul, some in Turkey and others in the Middle East and Africa. Turkish will also codeshare on Air Canada’s planned new non-stop service between Toronto and Istanbul.

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At a ceremony held at Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport on November 29, Mark Schwab, the CEO of Star Alliance, welcomed Shenzhen Airlines into the alliance on behalf on the alliance’s Chief Executive Board.

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Singapore Airlines and Star Alliance partner Aegean Airlines have signed a reciprocal codeshare deal, which goes into effect on December 1.

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Ethiopian Airlines will begin operating its twice-weekly Addis Ababa-Toronto service with Boeing 787 Dreamliners on November 9.

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