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A large-sized maintenance hangar operated by Vietnam Airlines Corporation began service on 7 June. The hangar, the first of its size in Vietnam, meets international standards and means that Vietnam Airlines no longer needs to have its aircraft serviced overseas, AsiaPulse reported.

Alitalia Express flight attendants staged a 24-hour walkout on Monday (11 June) starting at 0900 GMT. The flight attendants are demanding reduced working hours. It was not certain what effect the strike would have on services, The Associated Press reported.

Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS) has signed a multi-million dollar contract to deploy technology from TIBCO Software Inc across its enterprise. SAS will use TIBCO's total business integration solutions to provide improved customer service and develop new services faster according to a company statement.

Southwest Airlines, a US carrier, has selected ILOG's Parallel CPLEX optimisation software to help increase the performance and speed of its crew scheduling systems.

Express Airlines I, a Northwest Airlink affiliate, will upgrade a second flight between Moline, Illinois and Minneapolis/St Paul from 4 September when a 50-seat Canadair Regional Jet (CRJ) aircraft will be used on the route. The remaining flights will continue operations using Saab 340 turbo-prop aircraft. Express Airlines I will also upgrade service between Sioux City, Iowa and Minneapolis/St Paul on 4 September to a 50-seat CRJ aircraft.

Air Canada began a twice-daily nonstop service between Piedmont Triad International Airport and Toronto on 11 June. Flights will be operated using a 50-seat Canadair Regional Jet aircraft.

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