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Sep 8, 2008

Air Fiji, Airlines Tonga

Air Fiji and its sister carrier Airlines Tonga are continuing to suspend services with the Fijian carrier involved in a dispute with its workforce and the Tongan carrier involved in protracted negotiations with its fuel supplier. Today's flights have all been canceled and yesterday there were only a few flights using one Britten-Norman Islander. Sep 2, 2008

Air India, Zoom Airlines

Air India will be filling the market gap left by Zoom if, as expected, it confirms the launch of a new London-Toronto service. Air India is rumored to be rerouting its current Amritsar-Toronto service via Heathrow rather than via Birmingham from the end of next month. The change would take effect from the start of the winter schedules on October 26, and would see Air India operating the new route every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday with Boeing 777-200 aircraft. Sep 4, 2008

Air New Zealand

FAA Acting Administrator Robert Sturgell, following the early arrival of a demonstration flight between New Zealand and San Francisco that saved 1,200 gallons of fuel and cut carbon dioxide emissions by some 30,000 pounds. Dubbed ASPIRE 1 -- Asia and South Pacific Initiative to Reduce Emissions -- the Air New Zealand flight was optimized gate-to-gate for maximum efficiency in a joint effort between regulators in the U.S. and New Zealand. The demonstration flight was intended to show how carriers can cut carbon dioxide emissions, but it also showed that many elements of the FAA's air traffic control system modernization plan are already in place. Sep 15, 2008

Air New Zealand

Air New Zealand will launch a new cabin product on its A320 and 767 fleets used on Pacific and Australian services on Sept. 9. Rather than back away from capital expenditure, ANZ has embraced further product upgrades designed to snare premium customers . This year it is investing more than NZ$55 million ($38.3 million) installing IFE throughout the 767s and A320s used on short- and medium-haul routes and increasing seat pitch in economy ahead of the wing to 35 inches. Passengers paying the higher economy fares and Gold Elite members will have access to those seats and can book them online. Rollout of all aircraft will be completed by November. Sep 3, 2008

All Nippon Airways

All Nippon Airways canceled 45 domestic flights on Sunday due to a computer system glitch, affecting at least 6,000 passengers. No international flights were impacted by the incident, the airline said. The...

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