Business Traveller (Asia-Pacific) - - UPFRONT -

AIR CHINA will de­ploy its B787-9 Dream­liner on its Bei­jing-New York Ne­wark route start­ing De­cem­ber 2. AIR FRANCE has un­veiled the name of its new air­line fo­cused on mil­len­nial busi­ness trav­ellers – Joon. Medium-haul flights will be­gin fly­ing from Paris Charles de Gaulle air­port this au­tumn, with long-haul routes be­gin­ning next sum­mer. AIR NEW ZEALAND has be­gun fly­ing from Auck­land to Tokyo Haneda three times a week, and is set to ramp up fre­quen­cies on its Van­cou­ver and Honolulu ser­vices next year. CATHAY PA­CIFIC has con­firmed it will de­ploy its new A350 to New York Ne­wark Air­port start­ing Oc­to­ber 29, the same day it will start fly­ing the A350 to San Fran­cisco. DELTA will fi­nally con­nect its main Harts­field-Jackson At­lanta Air­port hub di­rectly with Shang­hai in July. This will be the air­line’s fourth route to Shang­hai along­side Detroit, Seat­tle and Los An­ge­les. ETI­HAD re­cently re­ported a US$1.87 bil­lion loss for 2016, due to fuel hedg­ing losses and fi­nan­cial ex­po­sure to eq­uity part­ners in­clud­ing Al­i­talia and Air­ber­lin. EVA AIR re­tired its B747-400 last month, with the “Queen of the Skies” mak­ing its fi­nal flight on the air­line’s Hong Kong-Taipei Taoyuan route. The route is now served by var­i­ous air­craft based on fleet ro­ta­tion flex­i­bil­ity. HAINAN AIR­LINES has its eyes set on launch­ing two non-stop New York routes this Oc­to­ber – one from Chongqing and an­other from Chengdu, each op­er­at­ing a Dream­liner air­craft twice per week. PHILIP­PINE AIR­LINES has brought for­ward the launch of its new B777-300ER on its Lon­don Heathrow ser­vice by three months, mean­ing the air­craft will now be de­ployed on Septem­ber 19. The two-class, 370-seat air­craft re­places the A340. QATAR AIR­WAYS will dou­ble the flight fre­quency of its Doha-Syd­ney ser­vice, adding Can­berra as a “tag” des­ti­na­tion from next Fe­bru­ary. SCOOT and TIGERAIR of­fi­cially merged their brands in July, with both Sin­ga­pore-based bud­get car­ri­ers now op­er­at­ing un­der the Scoot name. UNITED is drop­ping its non-stop San Fran­cisco-Hangzhou ser­vice next month, with the fi­nal flight on Oc­to­ber 16. The route is one of the air­line’s more re­cent, hav­ing only launched in July 2016.

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