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New York (AirGuide - Airport News Asia / Pacific) Jan 15, 2012

Air Asia X Air Asia X to withdraw Gatwick flights. Air Asia X is to abandon its route from Gatwick to Kuala Lumpur from March [ETH] just six months after switching its flights from Stansted. The no-frills carrier started flights from Stansted to the Malaysian capital in 2009 but moved them to Gatwick in October 2011. But the airline, which is currently running six weekly flights, will stop flying on the route from March 31. The airline has been offering a two-cabin service from Gatwick with both economy and premium including a flat-bed product. Air Asia X is also withdrawing flights from Paris as well as the Indian cities of Mumbai and New Delhi to Kuala Lumpur. The carrier said it wanted to concentrate on markets in the Far East and Australasia where it could Obuild a leadership positionO. Azran Osman-Rani, CEO of AirAsia X, said OAirAsia X remains focused on maintaining its global leadership position in the low-cost, long-haul segment. We intend to concentrate capacity in our core markets of Australasia, China, Taiwan, Japan, and Korea where we have built up stable, profitable routes within an infrastructure that supports low cost services. Osman-Rani added that the implementation of the emission trading scheme (ETS) and the rise of Air Passenger Duty (APD) in the UK from April were key reasons in the decision to withdraw its European services. The airline's Paris services will end on March 30, while the last Mumbai and New Delhi flights will be on January 31 and March 22 respectively. Jan 12, 2012

Air Austral Air Austral Routes. Air Austral will cease 2X-weekly Saint Denis (RUN)-Sydney-Noumea service as well as its 2X-weekly RUN-Bangkok service at the beginning of summer. It will also add 2X-weekly Seychelles-Paris CDG and will increase its Lyon service from 2X-weekly to 3X-weekly. The carrier has recently returned one Boeing 777-200ER. Jan 12, 2012

Air China Air ChinaOs Boeing 777-300ER Set to Debut February 1, 2012 on Los Angeles-Beijing Route. Dr. Zhihang Chi, Air ChinaOs Vice President & General Manager for North America, officially announced today the deployment of one of Air ChinaOs 777-300 ERs on the Los Angeles-Beijing route effective February 1, 2012. As the largest long-range twin-engine jetliner, the B777-300ER is cleaner, greener and more fuel-efficient. It also brings twin-engine efficiency and reliability to the long-range market. On September 1, 2011, Air China doubled its daily flight between Los Angeles and Beijing, the first time in the companyOs history that the frequency at an international gateway is increased in a daily fashion. The new state-of-the-art 777-300ER will debut on the night flight, CA 984/CA983, between LAX and Beijing. Air China is the only airline that provides nonstop service between these two cities. Passengers of Air China will be treated to a host of onboard amenities. The environment-friendly B777-300ER delivers better fuel performance and is much quieter than other aircraft. Its sculpted side walls, ceiling and overhead carry-on compartments create a feeling of openness and space. The aircraft cabin is configured with 8 Forbidden Pavilion first class luxury suites, 41 fully flat Capital Pavilion business class seats and 259 economy seats. The enhanced entertainment system features generous monitor screens at 23 inches in first class, 15 inches in business and 9 inches in economy. As well there is a wide range of audio and video on demand (AVOD) programming and a 3D Airshow. Personal power outlets are available in all three cabins. Jan 11, 2012

Air China Air China introduces self check-in at more foreign airports. The carrier introduced self check-in at three additional airports outside Mainland China - Vancouver International Airport, Osaka Kansai International Airport and Nagoya International Airport - in December of 2011. The user-friendly system supports transfer to other Chinese cities via Beijing and offers five languages including Chinese (both Simplified and Traditional), English, Japanese, Korean and French. It allows passengers to select their preferred seat, accrue Air China kilometers and print boarding pass, sparing them the trouble of having to queue in front of the traditional check-in counters. The self check-in service is in compliance with the IATA industry standards and its introduction ties in well with the carrier's overall strategy to stay ahead of the competition in the field. By the end of 2011, Air China has made self check-in available to eight airports outside Mainland China. The other five airports are Tokyo Narita, Tokyo Haneda, Hong Kong, Frankfurt, and Stockholm Arland. Jan 10, 2012

Air Mauritius Air Mauritius to go nonstop to Shanghai. It was confirmed overnight from a source in Port Louis, Mauritius, that national carrier...

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