Virgin Atlantic will start thrice weekly services from London/ Heathrow to Johannesburg from October.

British Airways is to ban smoking on all flights to US and Caribbean destinations, except where more than one daily flight is available.

South African Airways has resumed service to Buenos Aires from Johannesburg after an 11 year absence with a weekly flight via Sao Paulo. The flag has also introduced a basic form of electronic ticketing on its Johannesburg-Cape Town service.

Domestic operator Zimbabwe Express has sold a 49 per cent stake to Trans Zambezi Industries.

America West is to start a nonstop night service between Las Vegas and Newark from April using an A320. The carrier is also introducing a basic form of electronic ticketing from the second quarter of 1996 system-wide and is standardising its entire fleet in dual-class configuration.

Reno Air is starting twice daily MD-80 services between Fairbanks and Anchorage. The southbound morning flight will continue to Seattle and Reno and the northbound evening flight will originate in Seattle.

Continental Airlines is closing its Greensboro flight crew base and relocating 300 pilots and cabin attendants throughout the system, following the demise of Continental Lite.

American Airlines is revamping its international business class product at a cost of $400 million.

Cathay Pacific will launch five weekly services to New York from July via Vancouver. The carrier is also starting separate weekly cargo services to Chicago and New York using a B747-400F. Both are extensions of the Toronto service.

Source: Airline Business