Routes Weekly top five: Air France-KLM, Guangzhou, United Airlines, Route rundown, Tewolde GebreMariam podcast

Our top five stories this week: Air France-KLM and Air Europa set for joint venture; Guangzhou outlines its international ambitions; United Airlines focuses on domestic expansion; Route rundown; Tewolde GebreMariam podcast and more.

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1. Air France-KLM eyes South American joint venture
SkyTeam partners Air France-KLM and Air Europa are hoping that a planned joint venture agreement on flights between Europe and Central and South America will help to unlock new routes and direct flights between the two continents. Read more

2. Guangzhou outlines international hub ambitions 
Ahead of World Routes 2018 in the Chinese city of Guangzhou, Routesonline caught up with the Guangdong Airport Authority to find out why it is hosting the event and its wider route development ambitions. Read more

3. United continues to push domestic expansion
United Airlines has launched 33 new point-to-point destinations in 18 US states over the past four months as part of its strategy to strengthen its domestic hubs. Read more

4. Route rundown: AMS-BOS, GRU-UIO, ICN-OKA
This week: KLM resumes Boston after 24 years; GOL to start an Ecuador route; and Air Seoul expands Japan network. Read more

5. Routes Podcast: Tewolde GebreMariam, CEO of Ethiopian Airlines
Industry heavyweight Tewolde GebreMariam, the chief executive of Ethiopian Airlines, outlines the carrier's strategy and how the dominance of non-African airlines in the continent can be challenged. Read more

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