-Continental Airlines and British Midland have signed a code-sharing agreement for routes between and Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow in Scotland and New York Newark, via Manchester.

-Lufthansa franchise partner Augsburg Airways will launch services from Hof and Bayreuth to Frankfurt, operating Bombardier de Havilland Dash 8 turboprops in Team Lufthansa colours, from the beginning of November.

-El Al and Brazilian airline VASP have agreed to code-share on the Sao-Paulo to Tel Aviv route. VASP will operate two weekly frequencies with Boeing MD-11s.

-Lufthansa Cargo, Japan Airlines and SAS Cargo have launched a new joint freighter service linking Frankfurt, Gothenburg in Sweden and Osaka in Japan once a week from 21 September with a Boeing 747-200F.

-Delta Air Lines and Korean Air will expand their alliance to flights linking US cities with Tokyo, Nagoya and Fukuoka in Japan and to Seoul in South Korea from 15 September.

-Delta and Sabena plan to start code-sharing on Sabena's twice-weekly service between Brussels, Belgium, and Lome, Togo, from 6 September and on Delta's non-stop daily service to Guatemala City from Atlanta, effective 24 August.

-Icelandair will end services to Luxembourg on 9 January and increase services to Paris and Frankfurt, improving connections through Keflavik.

-Northwest Airlines will suspend services on five Asia-Pacific routes while adding two routes from Osaka. Northwest will stop Nagoya-Guam and Nagoya-Honolulu on 1 November and suspend Minneapolis-Osaka service from 1 November until 1 June. The nonstop Osaka-Taipei service will cease from 15 January while the Minneapolis-Hong Kong service will end on 1 November. The airline plans to begin three-times-weekly Osaka-Kuala Lumpur flights on 16 January and four weekly flights from Osaka to Kaohsiung, Taiwan, effective 15 January.

Source: Flight International