United Airlines and Spanair have agreed to a codeshare deal covering Spanair flights from Washington to Madrid, and from Madrid to three other cities in Spain. The agreement will begin at the end of October, and gives the Spanish airline a link with a second Star member after Lufthansa. British Midland has introduced the Embraer RJ-145 on routes between Brussels and East Midlands, replacing a Fokker 100. Team Lufthansa franchise operator Augsburg Airways will begin daily services between Hamburg and Newcastle, UK, in November, using 50-seat Bombardier Dash 8-300s. Air Maldives' acquisition of three additional Airbus A310s (Flight International, 22-28 September) will allow the airline to start services to Bangkok, Johannesburg, Kuala Lumpur, London and Paris from its Male base. Copa Airlines of Panama is introducing direct services between Panama and Buenos Aires in November, using a Boeing 737-700. Start-up JetBlue Airways has been awarded 75 landing slots at New York's Kennedy International to be phased in over three years. The slots will initially be used to operate services to another point in New York state, Burlington, Vermont, and an un-named Florida city, with the carrier planning to serve 30 destinations within three years. LanPeru has received US approval to begin scheduled services between Lima and Miami, and services beyond. The airline has received a two-year exemption, limited to wet-lease operations, and aims to begin services in November using aircraft wet-leased from LanChile. Cathay Pacific and Canadian Airlines will begin a codeshare service between Hong Kong and the Canadian cities of Vancouver and Toronto at the end of October. Eurowings will launch services from Nuremburg to Stockholm Arlanda, via Berlin-Tempelhof, in early November. The airline will also launch a Hanover-Stockholm service next month.

Source: Flight International