-Sabena will introduce jet services on its Brussels to London City service on 13 September, replacing the existing Bombardier Dash 8 with an Avro RJ85 on one of five daily flights. ++ Swissair will cease flights to Philadelphia at the end of October. The airline will offer connections via New York Kennedy through its code-share operations with Delta, and will add a service to New York from Zurich in December with newly delivered Airbus A330-200s.

-London Stansted-based Love Air has signed a three-year franchise agreement with Regional Airlines of France to operate British Aerospace Jetstream 31s on Rouen-Le Havre-Birmingham and Caen-Le Havre-Southampton services from 14 September. Love Air took delivery of its first Jetstream 31 in June from British Aerospace Asset Management-Turboprops and hopes to add a second by November.

-American Airlines is to begin operations to Houston Hobby Airport in September, from Austin, Texas and New York LaGuardia, with Boeing MD-80s. American Eagle already flies to Hobby from American's hub at Dallas/Fort Worth.

-The US Department of Transport has cleared Delta to begin code-share operations with Aero California on certain services between the USA and Mexico.

-Emirates is to start a daily Dubai-Melbourne service from 25 October, increasing from four flights a week.

-British Midland and Virgin Atlantic are planning to code-share on the UK airline's daily London-Heathrow to Warsaw route. From 17 August, passengers travelling from Warsaw can link in via Heathrow to Virgin's long-haul network, offering transatlantic links and services to Hong Kong, Japan and South Africa. The airlines also code-share from Heathrow to Amsterdam, Brussels and Dublin as well as UK destinations.

-Lufthansa and partner Air New Zealand have begun code-sharing on flights from Frankfurt twice weekly to Auckland via Los Angeles, and daily to Christchurch via Singapore.

Source: Flight International