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United Airlines is planning major upgrades to its app over the next few months as part of a digital push.
Scandinavian carrier Primera Air has confirmed the expected expansion of its long haul operation from the UK and France with the addition of flights to Canada from its Birmingham, London Stansted and Paris CDG bases. Adding to its already announced services to Boston and New York from spring 2018, the airline will introduce links to Toronto from next summer.
Qantas has talked about Brisbane-Seattle or Brisbane-Chicago to round out the initial portfolio of routes to be launched with the new 787-9 fleet. Qantas supposedly will select the US airport that provides the best deal but given the relative grim prospects of a Brisbane-Seattle route the talk about Seattle seems to be more a negotiating ploy than a serious option.
After being confirmed as the launch customer for the new Embraer E190-E2 jet, Norwegian regional carrier Widerøe has announced it will introduce the type into schedule service on the Bergen to Tromsø route from 24-Apr-2018. The jet will also debut just a couple of days later on 26-Apr-2018 on the Bergen – Bodø city pair, with both sectors connecting Norway’s west coast and northern regions.
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They are many things; but few would ever describe Southwest Airlines as exotic. But their planned expansion into Hawaii alongside their more recent Caribbean adventures will seem exotic alongside much of their network. But strategically it’s an important development for the carrier and will undoubtedly lead to some hot fares between Hawaii and the mainland.
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LOT Polish Airlines believes its recent comprehensive business restructuring has delivered sufficient cost savings for it to be able to deploy its long-haul aircraft on routes outside of Poland. The Star Alliance member will initially fill a gap in the Hungarian market by launching flights from Budapest to Chicago and New York from summer 2018, but is understood to also be considering other markets outside of Poland for its Boeing 787 Dreamliner fleet.
Latin American aviation stirs: economic activity and new entry and aircraft types underpin innovative moves
Latin America is enjoying its best ever connectivity, buoyed by the arrival of new generation widebodies like the A350 and Boeing 787 that are allowing longer distance routes to be served more efficiently, analysis completed for the inaugural CAPA - Centre for Aviation Latin America Aviation Summit taking place in Cartagena, Colombia, has showed.
United Airlines capacity in the Australia market will reach a 20 year high as it introduces a nonstop flight from Sydney to Houston. United’s Australia traffic should approach 600,000 passengers in 2018, a level last reached in 1997 and 1998.