United Airlines will begin daily services between Los Angeles and Paris Charles de Gaulle next April using Boeing 777s. Sabena is introducing daily services from Brussels to Washington this month using Airbus A330-300s The airline has also upgraded its flights between London City Airport to Brussels, replacing de Havilland Dash 8 turboprops with Avro RJ85 jets. Five daily round-trips are offered. Emirates will begin serving Sydney from its Dubai base via Singapore next March, with four flights a week using Airbus A330-200s. Frequencies will later increase to daily and the airline will add two Australian destinations - Perth and Brisbane. KLM will cease services from Amsterdam to Guatemala City from its summer 2000 flight schedule. British Airways will expand its ties with Nigeria Airways from early December, boosting the daily Boeing 747-400 service it operates from London Gatwick to Lagos in conjunction with the Nigerian carrier with three weekly flights from Heathrow. The new services will be operated by a BA 747 painted in Nigeria Airways' colours. Newcastle-based Gill Airways is increasing its flights to Düsseldorf to twice daily. It has also agreed with KLM to take over services between Norwich and Aberdeen, starting a three times daily return service, with one flight each way on Sundays, using 66-seat ATR 72s. Peruvian carrier Aero Continente will launch services between Lima and Miami later this month. Two flights a week will be operated by Lockheed L-1011 TriStars and Boeing 757s, and frequencies will go daily in December. SIA says it will continue to operate services to Australia and New Zealand "throughout New Year's eve and on 1 January, but in other regions there will be cancellations and service changes". Most affected are services to and from points in Africa, Europe, the Middle East and South Asia, as well as transatlantic services, because these are normally scheduled to be airborne at midnight in various time zones.

Source: Flight International