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IBE­RIA AND QATAR AIR­WAYS have en­tered into a code­share agree­ment. Pas­sen­gers have ac­cess to more des­ti­na­tions when con­nect­ing at hubs in Doha, Spain and Por­tu­gal, as well as mu­tual ben­e­fits with fre­quent flyer pro­grammes Ibe­ria Plus and Qatar Air­ways Priv­i­lege Club. KLM is to double the num­ber of week­day flights of­fered be­tween Lon­don City and Am­s­ter­dam from four to eight. The ad­di­tional KLM Ci­ty­hop­per ser­vices start on May 15 and will be op­er­ated by Ci­ty­jet un­der a “wet-lease” ar­range­ment. Ci­ty­jet has re­duced its own LCY-Am­s­ter­dam ser­vices and axed its Lon­don City-Rot­ter­dam route, which it pre­vi­ously op­er­ated up to four times a day. NOR­WE­GIAN has an­nounced year-round routes from Gatwick to Seat­tle and Den­ver, to start in Septem­ber. The twice-weekly (Tues­day and Satur­day) Den­ver ser­vice will de­part Gatwick at 0950 and ar­rive at 1240, with a Thurs­day flight be­ing added for the win­ter sea­son. The four-times weekly Seat­tle ser­vice will op­er­ate on Mon­days, Wed­nes­days, Fri­days and Sun­days, de­part­ing Gatwick at 0950 and ar­riv­ing at 1145. AMER­I­CAN AIR­LINES has re­sumed its sea­sonal ser­vice be­tween Ed­in­burgh and New York with a new busi­ness class cabin. The B757-200 has 16 fully-flat busi­ness seats in a 2-2 lay­out. On May 6 the air­line will re­sume its sea­sonal Glas­gow-Philadel­phia route, also with a B757-200. WOW AIR will fly from Reyk­javik to Chicago from July 13. The low-cost car­rier will of­fer a one-stop ser­vice with con­nec­tions avail­able four-times weekly (Mon­days, Wed­nes­days, Thurs­days and Satur­days) from Lon­don Gatwick, Ed­in­burgh and Bris­tol air­ports via the Ice­landic cap­i­tal. BRI­TISH AIR­WAYS’ Gatwick ser­vice to Lima, which started last year, has been can­celled for the up­com­ing win­ter sea­son. In­stead it will boost its Gatwick-Mau­ri­tius route to five times a week. VIR­GIN AUS­TRALIA has launched an en­hanced econ­omy prod­uct. Econ­omy X seats have greater legroom and are lo­cated at the front or in exit rows. The ex­tra charge ranges from AU$29 (£17) for short-haul ser­vices such as Mel­bourne-Syd­ney to AU$149 (£88) for long-haul flights be­tween Syd­ney and Los An­ge­les. ALASKA AIR GROUP is to re­tire the Vir­gin Amer­ica brand fol­low­ing last year’s US$4 bil­lion merger. It said: “The com­bined com­pany will adopt Alaska’s name and logo, likely re­tir­ing the Vir­gin Amer­ica name likely some­time in 2019.” Vir­gin Amer­ica’s loy­alty scheme will be merged with Alaska Mileage Plan next year.

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