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30 May 2009

Air New Zealand will reduce its daily Hongkong-London flights to five times weekly, starting July 1, Bloomberg news has reported. This is part of a second round of cuts following reduced demand on international and domestic travel. A number of domestic services will also suffer the same fate and two hundred employees will be made redundant in November.

Emirates will be adding 22 weekly flights to India from its Dubai base starting June 2. The emphasis is on high-demand routes Ahmedabad, Chennai, Kolkata, Kozhikode and Thiruvananthapuram. This bumps up the current 163 flights weekly to the sub-continent to 185 weekly.                                       

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is set to carry more passengers weekly between Singapore and Amsterdam, following the deployment of the higher capacity Boeing B777-300ER on two of its daily flights starting June 3.

The new aircraft can carry 425 passengers (35 in World Business Class and 390 in Economy Class) and flies the route on Mondays and Wednesdays. It takes over from the Boeing B777-200, which will fly between Singapore and Amsterdam on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The B777-300ER is more fuel efficient than its predecessor, and offers the same inflight entertainment system as the B777-200 featuring individual screens for every seat with an interactive audio-video system, video on demand, language courses, audio books and SMS and email system.                                                                        

Joshua Tan

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