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New York (AirGuide - Airline News Asia / Pacific) Jan 16, 2011

Afriqiyah Airways Afriqiyah Airways launched twice-weekly Tripoli-Beijing service aboard an Airbus A330-200. Jan 12, 2011

Air China More seats will be available for business and leisure travelers to and from the United States and Mainland China on September 1, 2011 when Air China starts its second daily nonstop flight between Los Angeles and Beijing. The flight, operated with the B747-400, is scheduled to arrive in LAX at 11 a.m., and turn around and depart for Beijing at 1:20 p.m. This additional flight will not only double the choices for passengers, especially business travelers bound for Beijing or onward to domestic Chinese cities, but will also create excellent connections to such important Asian destinations as India, Vietnam, the Philippines, Thailand, etc. Jan 13, 2011

Air China Air China will launch a second daily Beijing-Los Angeles service Sept. 1 aboard a Boeing 747-400. Jan 12, 2011

Air New Zealand Tips for sleeping more comfortably in economy class. More than 30 airlines are reportedly considering adding "cuddle class" seating similar to the concept recently introduced by Air New Zealand. But in the meantime, writes travel blogger Laura Bly, coach-class customers can still get some quality shut-eye by choosing a window seat, packing gear such as inflatable pillows or eye shades and skipping in-flight meals. Air New Zealand's SkyCouch - a row of three coach seats that lean back like a recliner and come with pop-up footrests - seems to be a big tilt in the right direction. Available on the airline's new Boeing 777-300ER jets between Auckland and Los Angeles starting in April, what's been dubbed "cuddle class" lets a couple or parent and young child stretch out in relative comfort. Cost will vary according to the price of an economy class ticket, but two people flying together can buy the third seat at roughly half-off. (For example , on a midweek flight in mid-April between Auckland and L.A., the lowest price for an economy class ticket was $550 each way; cost for booking a SkyCouch row was $1,400 each way.) Jan 13, 2011

AirAsia An AirAsia A320 skidded off the runway while landing at Malaysia's Kuching International Airport last night, resulting in the closure of the airport as workers try to remove the aircraft. The aircraft, which was flying from Kuala Lumpur, "veered off the runway" while landing at 22:02hr yesterday in heavy rain, says airport operator Malaysia Airports Holdings (MAHB). Passengers on board the aircraft were evacuated after the incident. Four passengers were sent to the hospital but were discharged soon after, says AirAsia. The carrier did not say how many passengers were on the flight. Airport staff, along with engineers from AirAsia, are trying to remove the aircraft but "works are currently hampered by the continuous heavy rain since last night", says MAHB. The airport will be closed until further notice today, it adds. Only one flight, a Kuala Lumpur-bound Malaysia Airlines service, took off today from Kuching, says...

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