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New York, Geneva (AirGuide - Airline News Europe) Apr 10, 2011

Air France Air France resumed its non-stop flights to Tokyo-Narita. Since the beginning of the earthquake that hit Japan, flights to Tokyo made an intermediate stopover in Seoul-Incheon as a temporary base for flight crews. Air France did not suspend its service to Japan at any time. In the very first hours following the catastrophe, Air France teams were fully mobilized to enable a rapid resumption of flights to Tokyo and guarantee the continuous operation of the two daily flights connecting Paris-CDG to the Japanese capital. Air France operates two daily flights to Tokyo-Narita and one daily flight to Osaka-Kansai. Air France said its staff in Tokyo, Roissy and worldwide would like to express their solidarity and support for Japan, which the airline has served since 1952. The Air France Foundation has launched a fund-raising campaign among Air France KLM staff. The funds collected will be used to finance initiatives in favor of children and other adolescents. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 800-237-274 or visit www.airfrance.com/us. Apr 7, 2011

Air France Beginning in November, Air France will begin direct flights to Cape Town, making leisure and business travel easier and more convenient. The new schedule will bring 3 flights per week to Cape Town. This announcement comes at the back of EmiratesO addition of an additional daily flight to and from Cape Town from late last month. Air France and Emirates have extensive routes from both traditional source markets in Europe and new markets in the Middle East, and increased flights will add much-welcomed seat capacity to the Mother City. Earlier this year, Edelweiss Air had also announced a new seasonal flight program from Zurich to Cape Town with non-stop flights twice a week from the end of October 2011 for their winter timetable. Apr 7, 2011

Air France, Airbus French investigators have confirmed they will launch a fifth phase in the search for flight AF447 after the discovery of wreckage from the Air France Airbus A330. The vessel Alucia, whose on-board team located the wreckage during the fourth phase of an extensive search effort, is to leave the mid-Atlantic crash site tomorrow and return to the Brazilian port of Suape. French investigation agency Bureau d'Enquetes et d'Analyses says it is undertaking a fifth phase in the operation - centred on the recovery of the flight recorders and, if necessary, other structures - and that the French Government will fund the work. Apr 8, 2011

American Airlines Airlines see pros, cons to shared airport space. U.S. airports increasingly are following Europe's lead in maintaining common-use gates and ticket...

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