South African Airways (SAA) will launch its delayed service between New York Kennedy and Lagos, Nigeria, on 22 February. The three-times weekly flights will be operated by a Boeing 747. The service was scheduled to begin last October, but was held up by delays in reaching agreements between SAA and Nigeria Airways. American Airlines will begin daily Boeing 737 services from Miami to Maracaibo, Venezuela, on 2 March. LanPeru will resume international service on 5 March, reinstating daily flights from Miami to Lima, Peru, using a Boeing 767-300 operated by major shareholder LanChile. Aloha Airlines will begin four weekly Boeing 737-700 flights between Kona, Hawaii, and Oakland, California, on 5 April. On 9 April, the carrier will begin weekly 737-700 roundtrips between Honolulu and the Marshall Islands, with stops at Kwajalein and Majuro. Aloha has launched new twice daily roundtrips between Honolulu and Las Vegas, and between Kahului, Maui and Las Vegas. Both flights include a connecting stop at Oakland. Qantas and Alitalia have signed a codeshare agreement as the Italian carrier prepares to resume services to Sydney and Melbourne next month. The agreement covers four flights a week from Rome to Melbourne and Sydney via Bangkok. Australian low fare airline Virgin Blue will add a daily Brisbane-Townsville service on 15 March, which will be flown by a Boeing 737-400. Cathay Pacific is introducing a four times weekly direct service between Hong Kong and Delhi using Airbus A330s. Midwest Express will introduce two nonstop roundtrip flights each weekday between Kansas City and New Orleans on 23 April. Lufthansa will add several new services next month, including: Berlin-Washington; and Munich to Sao Paulo, Singapore, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Ankara, Bordeaux, Tunis and Kiel. Denver and Phoenix are also being added to the airline's network this year.

Source: Flight International