Canadian Airlines has started codesharing with British Airways on the latter's routes from London to Brussels, Belgium and Stockholm, Sweden. Qantas and Western Samoa-based Polynesian Airlines have signed a memorandum of understanding to develop a "commercial relationship" which will include codesharing. UK cargo carrier Channel Express is launching a weekly Airbus Industrie A300B4 schedule from London Stansted to Istanbul, Turkey. Luton, UK-based low-fare carrier easyJet is to launch services from Liverpool to Belfast, Northern Ireland and Malaga, Spain in July. Meanwhile, it is also to increase frequencies from its Luton hub to Edinburgh, Belfast, Glasgow and Amsterdam, Netherlands. Singapore Airlines has launched a new non-stop scheduled service to Lahore, Pakistan, twice a week, returning via Karachi. Air-India is continuing its long-term restructuring programme by reorganising some frequencies out of Delhi, consolidating, it says, on its most profitable services. In practise, this means raising frequencies eastbound and reducing several westbound. Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Singapore frequencies have all been increased, and those to Rome, Italy, Frankfurt, Germany and Manchester, UK reduced. The airline has also started flights from Chennai (Madras) to Kuwait. Royal Jordanian Airlines has launched a schedule to Tripoli, Libya, from its base at Amman. American Airlines and Japan Airlines have initiated codesharing, which will be expanded in the next six months to cover 147 flights between Japan and the Americas and, eventually, west of Japan. Some 87 flights by American and 60 by JAL will be involved by the time the scheme is operational. Air Mauritius has applied to the Indian authorities to operate a schedule from its Port Louis base to points in north and south India. Air India holds a minority share in the airline, which operates three flights a week to Mumbai and one to New Delhi.

Source: Flight International