Delta Connection carrier Atlantic Southeast Airlines will begin a Bombardier CRJ regional jet service between New York Kennedy and Toronto on 1 June. British Airways resumed services between London Gatwick and Belgrade on 1 May, after a 13- month hiatus due to a European Union flight ban instigated as a result of the Kosovo crisis. BA is operating three services a week with a Boeing 737. Oneworld partners Finnair and Qantas are to codeshare on Finnair-operated flights from Helsinki to Bangkok and Singapore. Finnair passengers will transfer to Qantas flights from Bangkok to Melbourne and Singapore to Sydney. Flight International's sister on-line service Air Transport Intelligence reports that United Airlines and BWIA West Indies Airways (BWIA) will codeshare between the USA and the Caribbean. BWIA has applied for US approval to serve Chicago and Denver from its hub in Port of Spain. America West Airlines has begun non-stop services between Phoenix and New Orleans, using a Boeing 737. Continental Express has launched daily non-stop flights between its hub at Houston's George Bush Airport and Puebla, Mexico. The route will operate with a 50-seat Embraer RJ-145. Western Samoan carrier Polynesian Airlines will begin services to Sydney and Honolulu when it takes delivery of a Boeing 737-800 on lease from International Lease Finance (ILFC) in November. Midwest Express Airlines is to expand its codeshare agreement with American Eagle, adding services from Boston to 15 cities in the north-east USA and Canada. Codeshare flights will be operated by American Eagle and its subsidiary Business Express, and are expected to begin by the end of June. Meanwhile, American Eagle has begun regional jet services between Midland/Odessa, Texas, and Dallas/Fort Worth, replacing turboprops with Embraer regional jets on four of its nine daily roundtrips.

Source: Flight International