American Airlines has begun daily direct flights between New York Kennedy and Zurich using 189-seat Boeing 767-300ERs. Philippine Airlines will launch services between Manila and Shanghai on 28 October, with five flights a week. GB Airways will take over the operation of British Airways scheduled services between London Gatwick and Montpellier, France, with four flights a week from 28 October. American Trans Air is going ahead with earlier plans to begin flights between Chicago Midway and Miami, and Miami and San Juan, Puerto Rico, in November. Royal Brunei Airlines has introduced twice-weekly services to Shanghai. British European is increasing Birmingham-Edinburgh services to five daily, but is pulling its London City-Aberdeen and Exeter to Birmingham routes from its winter schedule. The airline is to retire its sole remaining Shorts 360, which flies the latter route, at the end of October. The UK carrier is also increasing frequencies between London City and Belfast City to six a day. Flights to Belfast City from London Gatwick will increase when extra slots are available from the London airport, with the plan to go to seven frequencies from next March. Connecticut-based Shuttle America will become a US Airways Express operator this month, operating 11 daily services from Boston. Euroceltic Airways is introducing twice-daily services between London Luton and Liverpool this month. China Southern Airlines and Japan Air System (JAS) will launch a joint codeshare, non-stop service between Guangzhou and Tokyo on 29 October. JAS will operate it using an Airbus A300. DAS Air Cargo will begin freighter services between London Gatwick and Muscat, Oman, on 6 November, using a McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30F. The weekly flight will operate in conjunction with Oman Air. US Airways has added four Shuttle round-trip flights each business day between Boston and New York La Guardia.

Source: Flight International