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The Passage to Terminal 5 at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport. Credit: Magic Madzik.

By Joe Brancatelli

Cathay Pacificdoesn’t add new flights lightly. It’s been more than a dozen years since it opened a new gateway in the United States. But on September 1, Cathay will launch daily nonstop flights between Chicago/O’Hare and Hong Kong. Why Chicago? Well, besides the fact that it’s the logical place to add flights (Cathay already serves San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York), O’Hare has an American Airlines hub and American and Cathay are partners in the Oneworld Alliance.

Lufthansa has tapped New York’s Kennedy Airport as its first U.S. route with Airbus A380 service. Starting February 18, Lufthansa Flight 400 from Frankfurt on Mondays and Fridays will use the super-jumbo. Flight 401 from JFK to Frankfurt will have A380 service, too. The two flights will have daily A380 service by mid-April. There are eight first-class seatbeds, 98 business-class seats and 420 seats in the back of the gigantic bus.

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