British Airways is adding Barcelona, Helsinki, Lisbon and Glasgow to its London/

Gatwick network. GB Airways will operate on behalf of BA from Gatwick to Faro, Malaga and Oporto. BA is also extending its non-smoking trials from January 1997 to cover 90 per cent of its system-wide seats, equivalent to more than 1,000 smoking-free flights per day.

Singapore Airlines has become the first carrier to guarantee passengers interactive IFE on any route. The carrier will rotate its 11 B747-400s fitted with the system to ensure full coverage on Singapore-London.

Debonair is to start daily flights from London/Luton to Rome in November as well as daily services from Munich and Barcelona to Rome.

SAS was to launch a thrice-weekly flight between Copenhagen and Minsk, Belarus in August.

South African Airways plans to reintroduce a service between Johannesburg and Abidjan.

Swissair was to introduce a weekly freighter service between Basle and Sïo Paulo in September, operated by Gemini Air Cargo using McDonnell Douglas DC-10Fs.

Sabena is to start codesharing with Delta Air Lines on flights to Dallas-Fort Worth, Fort Lauderdale, Houston, New Orleans, San Francisco, Denver, Los Angeles, Washington, Cincinnati and Salt Lake City in late October.

Dragonair was to introduce a twice-weekly flight from Hong Kong to Qingdao in August, using an Airbus A320.

Eurowings was to introduce five weekly nonstop services between Düsseldorf and Katowice in September, using ATR42s.

Ansett Australia plans to start two weekly flights from Sydney to Shanghai and a weekly Melbourne-Shanghai service in the last quarter of 1996, using B767-300s.

Northwest Airlines was to start codesharing on Mahalo Air's daily services from Honolulu to Kapalua, West Maui and Molokai in September.

Japan Airlines was to launch an improved business class product in October under the name JAL Executive Class - Seasons.

Cargolux has started operating three weekly scheduled freighter services from Hartford, Connecticut to Luxembourg via Manchester, and one in the reverse direction, using B747-200s.

Iata is to launch its Billings & Settlement Plan-India in mid-1997 to include 32 Iata airlines and more than 1,200 Iata-approved agents.

Cathay Pacific has increased frequencies between Hong Kong and New York via Vancouver from six weekly flights to a daily service.

Atlas Air has entered into an aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance contract with Fast Air of Chile.


Source: Airline Business