Airline route network updates, announcements and key events from the week of 20-26 February 2012.
- Delta Air Lines from 17th April will be discontinuing flights to London Gatwick, following the move of all of its London flights to London Heathrow. As economical as it may sound, it may also be emotional to some – as Gatwick was the first ever international air route for Delta when it began international flying in 1978.
- Gulf Air from 1st May begins introducing Airbus A321 aircraft with near-flat-bed seats [to be confirmed] to its fleet. The aircraft features 8 flat bed seats and 161 economy class seats. Entering service on Mumbai flights, the fleet would then expand to Cairo, Delhi, Dubai, Karachi, Kochi (all effective 1st June) and Colombo (from 1st September).
- Emirates Airline, from 1st September 2011, is to upgrade its Newcastle service to a daily 2 class Boeing 777-300ER. This represents a 1043 – 1148 weekly seat increase (depending on the configuration) over the Airbus A330-200 presently used on the route.
- Air France from 8th June will launch service on the Marseille – Berlin (Brandenburg) route. Services will operate twice weekly on board Airbus A319 aircraft.
- Air China from 1st October will be introducing Boeing 777-300ER aircraft on its Beijing – New York JFK route; replacing Boeing 747-400 aircraft.
- Air New Zealand from 19th June to 13th October seasonally resumes service to Denpasar out of Auckland. The service will operate twice weekly on board Boeing 767-300ER aircraft. ANZ last operated this route in 1995.
- United Airlines from 1st July will launch service on the Newark – Istanbul route. Service will operate daily on board Boeing 767-300ER aircraft.