Malaysia Airlines has been given permission by the Indian Government to begin services to the southern cities of Hyderabad and Bangalore and to increase weekly frequencies to Mumbai and Delhi. Sources say the airline was encouraged to open the new services by the Indian Government. Air India has also signed a codeshare agreement with Malaysia Airlines to operate flights to the west coast of America. FedEx Logistics subsidiary Caribbean Transport Services has introduced an Airbus A300-600F cargo flight between Puerto Rico, Dallas and Los Angeles. Virgin Express will discontinue all operations from London Stansted Airport this winter, focusing on Gatwick and Heathrow. Vanguard Airlines has expanded its Kansas City hub with a new nonstop service to Los Angeles, commencing 12 October. Royal Air Maroc will add a third weekly flight between London Stansted and Marrakesh from November. Air Canada will begin a daily Vancouver-Shanghai service on 21 November, using a Boeing 767-300. Delta Air Lines is to discontinue flights to Tokyo and Nagoya, Japan, from Portland, Oregon, from 1 April, replacing them with daily New York Kennedy-Tokyo and Los Angeles-Nagoya services. Lufthansa will begin a daily Airbus A340 service between Frankfurt and Denver and Phoenix on 25 March, also adding a daily Munich-Los Angeles Boeing 747-400 flight. US Airways plans to begin a daily Boeing 767-200 service between Philadelphia and Brussels on 9 May, subject to government approval. It will also introduce new Caribbean services on 12 November, launching daily flights between Philadelphia and Aruba and Santo Domingo and between Charlotte and St Thomas. China Southern Airlines has begun a Chicago/Shanghai Boeing 747-400 freighter service. The flights are an outbound service from the USA only and will use the new Shanghai/Pudong International Airport.

Source: Flight International