Hainan Airlines plans to launch its first service to North America on June 9 with four-times-weekly Beijing-Seattle flights aboard A330-200s featuring 186 economy and 36 business-class seats. It plans eventually to switch to 787s. Gulf Air was granted additional capacity to India, giving it operating rights for daily service from Bahrain to Hyderabad, Kochi and Kolkata. Austrian Airlines will launch thrice-weekly Vienna-Baia Mare on April 21.
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