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During May, June, and July, Lufthansa will operate a number of flights from its main hub at Frankfurt (FRA) to Lisbon (LIS), Moscow (DME) and Rome (FCO) with Airbus A330-300 wide-body aircraft instead of airplanes from the A320 family. The flights to Moscow are additional daily flights operated under the flight numbers LH1440/1441 during the FIFA World Cup.

American Airlines is discontinuing its services between Chicago (ORD) and Beijing (PEK), which is currently operated on a daily basis with Boeing 787-8 aircraft. The last flight is currently scheduled on the 20th of October 2018.

Starting in November 2018, Mexican national carrier AeroMexico will be operating flights from Mexico City (MEX) to Barcelona (BCN) onboard Boeing 787-8 aircraft on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. The return flight for each service will take place the next day.

Eurowings will further expand its long-haul offering from Dusseldorf (DUS) with two weekly flights to Bangkok (BKK) and Cancun (CUN), beginning on the 28th of October 2018. Both are former Air Berlin destinations. While flights to Cancun were operated until the very end, Air Berlin’s last flights to Bangkok took place in March 2012 as a result of the airline’s cooperation with Etihad Airways.

At Dusseldorf (DUS), Irish low-cost giant Ryanair is set to open its 86th base in Europe. It will have one Boeing 737-800 aircraft operating daily flights to three Spanish destinations, namely Alicante (ALC)Malaga (AGP) and Palma de Mallorca (PMI).

Another new airline for Dusseldorf (DUS) is Icelandic national carrier Icelandair, which will open flights from its home base Keflavik (KEF) to the German city in October 2018 onboard its new Boeing 737-MAX8 aircraft. Dusseldorf is the fifth destination in Germany for Icelandair after Frankfurt, Munich, Hamburg, and Berlin Tegel, the latest addition.

South Africa’s third-largest city, Durban (DUR), is set to receive its second non-stop connection with Europe, with British Airways launching three weekly flights on the 29th of October 2018 with Boeing 787-8 aircraft.

Frontier’s service adjustments highlighted. Red – canceled services, green – new services. Map generated by Alexander Stahl using the Great Circle Mapper ( – copyright © Karl L. Swartz.

American low-cost carrier Frontier Airlines is adjusting its network. Services from Atlanta (ATL) and Austin (AUS) to Providence (PVD), between Philadelphia (PHL) and Birmingham AL (BHM), and from Islip (ISP) to Detroit (DTW) and Minneapolis/St. Paul (MSP) are to be discontinued in July. Expect for the PHL-BHM route, all of those routes had only been launched in April of this year.

However, the airline is adding six new routes, including flights from Denver (DEN) to Sacramento (SMF) and Santa Barbara (SBA), from Raleigh-Durham (RDU) to Detroit (DTW) and Minneapolis/St. Paul (MSP), between Austin (AUS) and Salt Lake City (SLC), and between Las Vegas (LAS) and Sacramento (SMF).

Emirates is adding daily flights between Dubai (DXB) and Edinburgh (EDI), which will become Emirates’ become their second destination in Scotland after Glasgow. The flights will be operated by Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.

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