All Nippon Airways will begin routes from Osaka/Kansai to Shanghai, Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur in mid-July. The routes are subject to approval by Japan's Ministry of Transport.

Philippine Airlines has begun a three time a week service from Manila to San Francisco using B747-400s.

SilkAir and Merpati Air have both begun operations between Singapore and Solo, Central Java, following an MOU on tourism cooperation between the governments.

Eva Air has started services to Melbourne and Surabaya from its base in Taipei. The Australian destination will be a twice weekly service while Indonesia's second largest city will be served by three weekly flights.

Asiana Airlines of Korea has become the 16th member of Orient Airlines Association.

Maersk Air is to launch a daily service from Billund to Paris/Charles de Gaulle from the end of the year.

Iberia has taken over the London/Gatwick-Madrid service, previously operated by its subsidiary Viva.

SAS has withdrawn its service to Kiev due to a Ukrainian government tax of 15 per cent imposed on all ticket sales to and from the country. It is retroactive to include all revenue from May 1994.

BWIA is set to fly from London to Montego Bay and Kingston from the end of October, subject to government approval. Meanwhile, BWIA Express adds 19 new island destinations to the BWIA route map, including St Thomas, Montserrat, Guadeloupe, Dominica, Martinique and St Vincent.

American Airlines and Canadian Airlines won US Department of Transportation approval for their codesharing agreement and began implementation in June.

British Airways is hiring 3,000 temporary and part-time employees due to the increased demands of the summer schedule.

Source: Airline Business