Lufthansa starts long-haul routes from Berlin and Dusseldorf, Delta to allow free text messaging, Ryanair retreats from Alitalia and network growth
– Singapore Airlines Krisflyer has been adding the option to earn when taking Alaska Airlines flights
– Lufthansa got the airberlin long-haul routes without even paying a cent
Lufthansa plans to launch 5X-weekly Berlin Tegel-New York JFK Airbus A330-300 service; this will be the first time since 2001 the German airline has based long-haul aircraft in Berlin. The Star Alliance carrier also plans to launch new 3X-weekly Dusseldorf-Miami A330-300 services from Nov. 8. These two routes will be transferred to Eurowings in summer 2018.
There will be more routes that airberlin operated coming very soon under the Eurowings brand.
– Delta is planning to make basic Internet text messaging (no pictures though) available for free
– Ryanair has suddenly gone scared and is withdrawing their bid to buy Alitalia routes and is cutting their own route network