Varig is introducing 50-seat Embraer ERJ-145s on weekend flights on the Rio de Janeiro-S‹o Paulo air-shuttle, replacing Boeing 737s. Austrian Airlines has introduced a direct scheduled service from Vienna to the western Poland city of Poznan. Delta Air Lines' summer schedule restores some of the capacity cut after 11 September, but not as much as other US airlines. The carrier has been operating at 85% of its normal schedule, and will increase this to 87-89% beginning in June. Delta will increase frequencies on US domestic services and add flights by its Delta Express low-fares division, but cuts in international flying remain in effect. Continental Airlines plans to begin daily Boeing 737-800 service from New York Newark to Montego Bay, Jamaica, with continuing service to Kingston, Jamaica, on 12 December, pending government approval. China Airlines has launched thrice-weekly services between Taipei and New Delhi. Air Canada has begun daily services between Madrid and Toronto, using the Boeing 767-200, and plans to begin services to Dublin on 13 June. Malév and Aeroflot have signed a codeshare agreement to operate joint flights between Budapest and Moscow. VLM Airlines will inaugurate a twice-daily scheduled services from Antwerp to Manchester next month. Flights will be operated on weekdays only and will include a stop in Rotterdam. United Parcel Service (UPS) has introduced two Airbus A300-600 Freighters on to its European network from its main European hub in Cologne, Germany. One aircraft has replaced a smaller Boeing 757-200PF on services to Madrid, while the other is operating between Cologne, Malmo in Sweden and Oslo in Norway. Meanwhile UPS has opened its intra-Asia air hub in the Philippines, at Diosdado Macapagal International Airport, the former Clark US AFB. United Airlines will begin seasonal daily services between Chicago and Calgary on 7 June, using the Airbus A320.

Source: Flight International