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Emirates Partners With Alaska, Launches 2 New Non-Stops From U.S.

Emirates Partners With Alaska, Launches 2 New Non-Stops From U.S.

Alaska Airlines and Emirates Airline have announced a new frequent flyer program partnership.
With the new partnership, Emirates Skywards members will accrue miles when flying Alaska Airlines, and Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan members will be able to earn miles when flying Emirates. Both carriers will offer double miles March 1 through May 31, 2012.
Starting March 1, Emirates will also launch a new daily nonstop between Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) and Dubai …

Virgin America to Inaugurate San Francisco and Los Angeles Flights to Philly

Virgin America to Inaugurate San Francisco and Los Angeles Flights to Philly

Virgin America announced new transcontinental flights from the west coast to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  The airline has started selling tickets for its new Philadelphia service, which is scheduled to begin in April.
Virgin will offer two flights from Philadelphia to San Francisco, starting on April 10, and three flights from Philadelphia to Los Angeles, starting April 4. Philadelphia will be Virgin America’s seventeenth destination.

ANA to Launch 787 Dreamliner Routes to San Jose and Seattle

ANA to Launch 787 Dreamliner Routes to San Jose and Seattle

San Jose and Seattle will be the first destinations in the United States to see the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.  ANA, the aircraft’s launch carrier, will begin service from Tokyo’s Narita airport to both locations some time in 2012.
ANA will be the only airline operating a San Jose-Tokyo route.
The first commercial Boeing 787 Dreamliner flight was in October of this year and the aircraft started to fly its first regular route, …

Delta Investing $145 Million in New Domestic LaGuardia Hub

Delta Investing $145 Million in New Domestic LaGuardia Hub

Eva Leonard reports live from Delta’s press conference in New York City
As part of a $145 million investment in a new domestic hub at New York’s LaGuardia Airport (LGA), Delta Air Lines is adding more than 100 new flights, as well as 29 new destinations.
“This is a very competitive market, and we do want to be the competitor of choice,” said Gail Grimmett, a senior vice president at Delta responsible …

Asiana Airlines to Begin Da Nang Service

Asiana Airlines to Begin Da Nang Service

Asiana Airlines, a member of the Star Alliance, is scheduled to begin flights between Seoul’s Incheon Airport, the carrier’s hub, and Da Nang International Airport on December 14. Da Nang is one of Vietnam’s key industrial cities.
Asiana will operate the flights twice weekly using Airbus A321 aircraft. The service is currently scheduled to run through March 24, 2012.

Air China to Launch Direct Flights Between London Gatwick and Beijing

Air China to Launch Direct Flights Between London Gatwick and Beijing

Air China, a member of the Star Alliance, will begin direct flights between London Gatwick and the carrier’s Beijing hub starting May 2, 2012.
Air China will operate the flights four times weekly using A330-200 aircraft.  The new flights will be in addition to Air China’s current London Heathrow service.

Qatar Airways to Add Routes in Asia-Pacific, Middle East, Africa, and Europe

Qatar Airways to Add Routes in Asia-Pacific, Middle East, Africa, and Europe

At the Dubai Air Show, Doha-based Qatar Airways announced that it plans to add new international routes in early 2012. Destinations include Perth, Helsinki, Zagreb, Gassim in Saudi Arabia, Zanzibar in Tanzania, Kigaili in Rwanda, and Mombasa in Kenya.
In addition, flights to Baku, Azerbaijan and Tbilisi, Georgia are to begin February 1. Qatar Airways recently launched flights to Benghazi, Libya, and on November 28, 2011 is to begin service to …