AIR­LINE NEWS

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MALAYSIA AIR­LINES will place the A350 on one of its two daily Lon­don flights from Jan­uary 15. The air­craft will re­place the A380 on day­time flight MH4 from Kuala Lumpur to Heathrow, re­turn­ing the same day on overnight flight MH1, which ar­rives in Malaysia mid-af­ter­noon the fol­low­ing day. The A350 will take over the se­cond daily flight on March 5. LUFTHANSA will de­ploy an A350 on its daily Mu­nich-Hong Kong ser­vice from Septem­ber 13. CHINA AIR­LINES is to launch Taipei-Gatwick flights on De­cem­ber 1. The four-times weekly ser­vice will op­er­ate on Mon­days, Wed­nes­days, Fri­days and Satur­days us­ing a three-class A350. JA­PAN AIR­LINES will add a se­cond daily Heathrow-Tokyo Haneda ser­vice on Oc­to­ber 29, us­ing a Dream­liner. The flight will de­part Haneda at 0245, ar­riv­ing at 0625, be­fore re­turn­ing from Heathrow at 0930, ar­riv­ing at 0625 the next day. PHILIP­PINE AIR­LINES will place its new B777-300ER on the Heathrow-Manila route from Septem­ber 19, al­most three months ear­lier than planned. The two-class air­craft has 370 seats. AER LINGUS will add a fur­ther Heathrow-Dublin fre­quency this win­ter. Flight EI156 will de­part Dublin at 0830, ar­riv­ing at 1000, with re­turn leg EI157 de­part­ing Lon­don at 1050 and ar­riv­ing at 1210. EASYJET has been awarded an Aus­trian air op­er­a­tor cer­tifi­cate, en­abling it to es­tab­lish a Vienna-based air­line. The new car­rier, called Easyjet Europe, would al­low Easyjet “to con­tinue to op­er­ate flights both across Europe and do­mes­ti­cally within Euro­pean coun­tries af­ter the UK has left the EU”. IAG’s low-cost long-haul air­line, Level, is to boost the fre­quency of its Barcelona-Buenos Aires route from three to five ser­vices per week from Oc­to­ber 29. It will take de­liv­ery of three new A330-200s next year as it looks to ex­pand op­er­a­tions. BRI­TISH AIR­WAYS has an­nounced a code­share with Scot­land’s Lo­ganair. Pas­sen­gers trav­el­ling from the Scot­tish High­lands and Is­lands can now book flights on BA’s net­work, con­nect­ing on to its do­mes­tic ser­vices at In­ver­ness, Ed­in­burgh, Glas­gow and Aberdeen on a through-ticket. AIR FRANCE has re­vealed the name and brand­ing of its new air­line. Joon will be tar­geted at mil­len­nial trav­ellers and will launch medium-haul flights from Paris Charles de Gaulle this au­tumn, fol­lowed by long-haul next sum­mer. It will not be a low-cost air­line, the car­rier said. Air France is sus­pend­ing its Paris CDG-Glas­gow route from Oc­to­ber 28. QATAR AIR­WAYS will add Can­berra to its net­work in Fe­bru­ary, while also dou­bling flight fre­quency into Syd­ney. The new Doha-Syd­ney-Can­berra flight will be op­er­ated by a B777-300ER, with the other Syd­ney ser­vice be­ing plied by an A380.

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