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United to Launch Four New Routes this Month

United to Launch Four New Routes this Month

United Airlines announced it will begin four new routes next week.
On October 26, the carrier will begin new service between Los Angeles and Melbourne, Australia.  The flights will operate six times a week, using Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft configured with 48 seats in first class, and 204 in economy, including 88 in United Economy Plus, the airline’s premium economy lite section.  The new Los Angeles-Melbourne route will be the carrier’s …

Japan Airlines Acquires 51.2% Stake in Hokkaido Air System

Japan Airlines Acquires 51.2% Stake in Hokkaido Air System

Hokkaido Air System announced that it has become a subsidiary of Japan Airlines, with JAL acquiring 51.2% of the shares in Hokkaido Air Systems.
The regional carrier was founded in 1997, and operates domestic service from its base in Hokkaido, Japan.  It currently has a fleet of three Saab 340B aircraft.
Japan Airlines is the flag carrier of Japan, and was founded in 1951.  It has its main hubs at Tokyo Narita …

American, Jetstar Japan to Begin Codeshare

American, Jetstar Japan to Begin Codeshare

American Airlines announced that it signed a codeshare agreement with Jetstar Japan.
Codeshare flights will begin October 26, 2014, when American will place its code on select routes by Jetstar Japan, including between Tokyo Narita International Airport, Fukuoka, Matsuyama, Okinawa, Osaka, and Sapporo.
In addition, Jetstar Japan will place its code on American flights from Tokyo Narita International Airport to Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth and Los Angeles
Jetstar Japan currently has a fleet of …

ANA to Expand Partnership with TAM Airlines

ANA to Expand Partnership with TAM Airlines

All Nippon Airways announced that it plans to expand its codeshare agreement with Brazilian carrier TAM Airlines later this month.
Beginning October 26, ANA will be allowed to place its code on TAM-operated flights to São Paulo from both Paris and Frankfurt.  Along with the transatlantic routes, the carrier will also put its code on five additional TAM routes from São Paulo.
The airline currently offers codeshare flights with TAM between London …

Hong Kong Airlines to Launch Hong Kong-Sapporo Route

Hong Kong Airlines to Launch Hong Kong-Sapporo Route

Hong Kong Airlines announced it will begin new service between Hong Kong and Sapporo, Japan on December 19.  Flights will operate five times a week, using Airbus A330-200 aircraft.
Flights from Hong Kong will depart at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays, and at noon on Fridays, arriving in Sapporo at 2:55 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., respectively.  From Sapporo, flights will depart at 3:55 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays, …

JAL to Launch Nagoya-Bangkok, Osaka-Los Angeles Routes, Reduce Flights from Tokyo Narita

JAL to Launch Nagoya-Bangkok, Osaka-Los Angeles Routes, Reduce Flights from Tokyo Narita

Japan Airlines announced changes to its schedule for the second half of the fiscal year.  The airline plans to launch new flights as well as operate different aircraft on select routes.  The carrier also said it will introduce its JAL Sky Suite on various flights, and decrease the number of flights to several destinations from Tokyo Narita.
On December 20, Japan Airlines will launch new daily service between Nagoya’s Chubu Centrair …

JAL Orders Embraer E-Jets and Mitsubishi MRJs

JAL Orders Embraer E-Jets and Mitsubishi MRJs

Japan Airlines announced orders for new aircraft from Embraer and Mitsubishi.  The carrier signed a purchase agreement for 15 Embraer E-Jets and a letter of intent for 32 Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) aircraft.
All of the new planes will be operated by J-Air, a wholly-owned regional airline subsidiary.
The carrier’s Embraer purchase includes E170 and E190 aircraft, and is valued at approximately $677 million.  In addition, the order includes options for an …