By Joe Brancatelli
- Air Canada says it will add serviceto seven more U.S. cities from its Toronto/Pearson hub. First up is John Wayne/Orange County, where daily Airbus A319 flights begin on April 6. Then come flights to Memphis; Cincinnati; Portland, Maine; and Syracuse. Those routes will operate twice a day beginning May 17, with 19-seat turboprops (Portland and Syracuse) or 50-seat regional jets. Daily San Diego A319 flights begin on June 17. That’s the same day daily flights to Portland, Oregon, launch with E90 regional jets.
- The slow-motion descent of Japan Airlines into bankruptcy in January is proving to be quite an opportunity for All Nippon Airways. JAL will drop at least 14 international and 17 domestic routes and ANA announced it will add a slew of new service. None of the routes affect U.S. markets directly, but ANA’s new flights will operate from both Tokyo/Narita and Tokyo/Haneda as well as some regional Japanese airports. If nothing else, ANA’s bulked-up network will offer better connecting service for Star Alliance fliers.
- Lufthansa says that it will resume Toronto-Dusseldorf flights. The five-a-week service returns on May 13.
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