Taiwan's EVA Airways has dropped its seven-month-old Kaohsiung-Los Angeles service because of low demand. The decision marks an end to EVA's ambitions to make the southern Taiwanese port of Kaohsiung its second international hub.
-South African Airways is increasing its Hong Kong to Johannesburg non-stop service to three weekly flights to handle increased traffic from Hong Kong. ++ American Airlines will codeshare with Fiji's Air Pacific on the latter air carrier's nonstop four-times-weekly flights between Los Angeles and Nadi using Boeing 747s.
-Continental Airlines will inaugurate a new daily service in May between New York Newark and Brussels.
-KLM and its partner Braathens are increasing frequencies on services between Amsterdam and Norway from the end of March. Meanwhile KLM Cityhoppper will begin three daily services between Amsterdam and Sandefjord using Fokker 70s, while Fokker 50s will be used on three daily flights from Amsterdam to Kristiansand. On the Amsterdam-Bergen route, KLM Cityhopper's three daily Fokker 70 flights will be replaced by larger 737s operated by Braathens.
-LanChile has launched four weekly flights from Miami to Iquique, Chile.
-TAM is adding flights from Sao Paulo to Recife and Fortaleza, in northern Brazil using recently delivered Airbus A330-200s.
-Delta Air Lines will expand services to Europe in its 1999 summer schedules. From Atlanta, Delta will introduce its first direct services to Athens, Barcelona and Istanbul. It will also launch a service from New York's Kennedy International to Ireland, serving both Dublin and Shannon nonstop.
-United Airlines will in April increase daily departures from its hub at Washington Dulles from 73 to 117 and add non-stop services to 13 US cities. ++ VLM is planning scheduled services from April from Antwerp to Basle and Geneva. Code-shares with Crossair and Swissair are being finalised.
Source: Flight International