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South­west Air­lines has added two ad­di­tional des­ti­na­tions to the car­rier’s sched­ule with new

China South­ern ser­vice, op­er­at­ing aboard the air­line’s new Boe­ing 777-300ER air­craft, started at the be­gin­ning of Au­gust. The 777-300ER fea­tures four classes of ser­vice; First, Business, Econ­omy and China South­ern’s new Pre­mium Econ­omy Class.

Eti­had Air­ways con­tin­ues the ex­pan­sion of its US net­work with the ad­di­tion of daily ser­vice to San Francisco In­ter­na­tional Air­port (AUH) will op­er­ate aboard a three-class Boe­ing 777-300ER.

An­ge­les LAX, Chicago O’Hare and Wash­ing­ton, DC’s, Dulles In­ter­na­tional Air­port (IAD). Be­gin­ning in De­cem­ber, the car­rier will add a sixth gate­way with ser­vice to Dal­las/Fort Worth In­ter­na­tional Air­port (DFW).

Amer­i­can Air­lines is mak­ing changes to its in­ter­na­tional win­ter sched­ule to add new ser­vices and ad­just

The JFK to VCP ser­vice will op­er­ate three times per week be­gin­ning Dec. 1, and the

Amer­i­can will also con­tinue to serve Sao Paulo-Guarul­hos In­ter­na­tional Air­port (GRU) from its hubs in Dal­las/Fort Worth, JFK and Los An­ge­les. US Air­ways ser­vice from Char­lotte Dou­glas In­ter­na­tional Air­port (CLT) to GRU will be discontinued be­gin­ning Oct.1.

Aus­trian Air­lines has launched a new route be­tween Vi­enna and Ne­wark Lib­erty In­ter­na­tional Air­port. The new ser­vice com­ple­ments the air­line’s es­tab­lished daily route from Vi­enna to John F. Kennedy In­ter­na­tional Air­port.

Air Canada has in­au­gu­rated the only non-stop year-round ser­vice be­tween Toronto and Tokyo-Haneda Air­port. The new from Toronto, Cal­gary and Van­cou­ver, and op­er­ates aboard a Boe­ing 787 Dream­liner,

be­gin­ning Dec. 17. With the launch of the three-times weekly, year-round ser­vice, Air Canada will be the only Cana­dian net­work car­rier op­er­at­ing be­tween Canada and Panama.

And a new sea­sonal non-stop ser­vice op­er­ated by Air Canada rouge will com­mence Dec. 18 be­tween Van­cou­ver In­ter­na­tional Air­port (YVR) and Palm Springs In­ter­na­tional Air­port (PSP) in Cal­i­for­nia. The sea­sonal ser­vice will op­er­ate three times weekly on Thurs­day, Fri­day, Sun­day, un­til April 12, 2015. the new air­port will have four run­ways and will han­dle up to 45 mil­lion pas­sen­gers an­nu­ally. Fu­ture plans call for an ad­di­tional two run­ways, a to­tal of six in all, and ca­pac­ity of up to 72 mil­lion.

Lat­est re­ports have de­mo­li­tion work at Dax­ing com­menc­ing some­time in the sec­ond half of this year. Lots of de­ci­sions re­main up in the air. For one thing, the new air­port has yet to be of­fi­cially named; Dax­ing is the name of the dis­trict where it’s lo­cated, and thus has be­come the de facto and fa­mil­iar moniker.

But a more salient ques­tion is: How many car­ri­ers will ac­tu­ally move to Dax­ing as op­posed to stay­ing at Cap­i­tal? Sited in a dis­trict 29 miles south of Tianan­men Square, the new field is some 15 miles far­ther dis­tant from the heart of Beijing. That fact alone is likely to keep Beijing Cap­i­tal Air­port as a more con­ve­nient fa­vorite for O&D (ori­gin and des­ti­na­tion) business trav­el­ers headed to the Chi­nese cap­i­tal it­self.

Guangzhou Baiyun

Round­ing out China’s Big Three is Guangzhou Baiyun In­ter­na­tional, in terms of air­craft move­ments the sec­ond busiest aero­drome in the coun­try. CAN is the code here, rem­i­nis­cent of the days when the sprawl­ing city it serves was called Can­ton.

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