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KLM is First Airline to Use Facebook Messenger

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will be the first airline to use the Facebook Messenger app to communicate with its customers. David Marcus, Vice President of Messaging at Facebook announced the news in a post: The airline has always been a social media pioneer, asking travelers for their Twitter handle in case they can’t get in contact with them via phone or email. The airline also allowed customers to book tickets via Twitter and Facebook in February 2014. KLM’s customers will…

Delta to Begin Los Angeles to Beijing Service

Delta Air Lines announced it will begin daily nonstop service between Los Angeles (LAX) and Beijing’s Capital International Airport (PEK). The announcement comes a week after American Airlines announced it will begin service between Hong Kong and L.A. Beginning December 16, 2016, Delta will operate daily Boeing 777-200ER service to…

Vietnam Airlines to Fly 787 to Australia

Vietnam Airlines, a member of the SkyTeam Alliance, announced that it will begin flying its Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft to Australia later this year. The airline currently operates a Boeing 777-200ER between Ho Chi Minh and Sydney, as well as an Airbus A330-200 between Ho Chi Minh and Melbourne. Both…

Qatar Expands Global Network with 14 New Destinations

Qatar Airways announced a significant expansion of its global network today at ITB Berlin, including five new routes to Europe six new routes to Africa, and one new route to Asia. In addition, Qatar announced it will begin the world’s longest flight on December 3 from Doha to Auckland, New…

American to Launch New Hong Kong Service

American Airlines has announced it will begin daily nonstop service between Los Angeles and Hong Kong, beginning September 7th. The airline previously announced new flights out of its Los Angeles hub in January. The new Hong Kong route will join the airline's existing service to Shanghai and Tokyo, including recently-launched…

United Expands Its Asia Presence With New Route to China

United Airlines has announced it will begin service between its west coast hub in San Francisco and Hangzhou, China. This will be the airline's fifth new route this year from its San Francisco hub, a gateway to the Asia-Pacific region. United will operate the new route three times weekly with its…

Will Emirates Say “Hello” to New Fifth Freedom Rights Flight?

Emirates has recently requested fifth freedom rights to fly between Zurich, Switzerland and Mexico City, Mexico. Fifth freedom rights allow the carriage of passengers between two countries by an airline of the third. Emirates already operates several fifth freedom rights flights, which include New York to Milan, Bangkok to Hong…

Emirates Expands Presence in Southeast Asia

Emirates has announced it will begin daily nonstop flights from Dubai to Yangon (RGN), Myanmar, and Hanoi (HAN), Vietnam beginning August 3. The new flights will strengthen Emirates’ presence in the Asia region. The airline currently serves 12 cities in seven countries in the Southeast Asia region, with flights too…

United Launches New Amenity Kits and Changes to Catering

In an internal memo, United announced it will be introducing new amenity kits to its GlobalFirst and BusinessFirst premium cabins. In addition, it announced several changes to catering, which will take place on March 1. New Amenity Kits The new amenity kits will feature a tribute to United’s heritage. Wrapped…

Singapore Airlines to Take Delivery of Airbus A350

Singapore Airlines will take delivery of its first Airbus A350-900 on March 2, which will arrive in Singapore on March 3. The airline currently has 63 firm orders for the jet with options for 20 more. After delivery, Singapore will operate the aircraft on crew familiarization flights between Singapore and Kuala…