New Routes from ANA, AirTran, and More to Get You Psyched for 2012
Sometimes it’s hard to stay on top of all the new route announcements that come our way, so we’ve complied a little bit of a rundown below. As long as you can afford the fares, this should definitely help add to your passport stamp collection.
· All Nippon Airways:
It’s finally time for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner to head to the nifty fifty, as All Nippon Airways is planning some nonstop service out of Tokyo-Narita. The new flights will head right into San Jose, California as well as Seattle, so it’s kind of a homecoming for the new plane—after all, all the bits and pieces were put together in Seattle.
The flights are supposed to start at some point after April 1 of next year, and we’re thinking that it’ll be sometime that month for sure. Japan Airlines launches their 787 flights to Boston in April, so we bet that ANA will do everything they can to be the first ones to fly to the United States. So if you still haven’t planned a trip to lose your 787 virginity these might just be the flights that you’ve been waiting for.
Down in the Caribbean it’s business as usual for REDjet, as the area’s first low-cost carrier continues to link slices of paradises on the cheap. The latest plan is to connect Barbados with Saint Lucia two times per week thanks to their fleet of MD82 airplanes. There are still some $9.99 one-way fares—before taxes, fees, and other stuff—during the month of January, but more popular dates seem to go for around $40 each way. Still it’s way faster than renting a kayak—and way safer—so definitely give REDjet a call if you’re looking to a little Caribbean island hoping.
Despite all the stuff that needs to be done to finalize their merger with Southwest Airlines, it’s still all business for AirTran. The low-cost carrier is looking to still add some new routes, and their plans include a couple new options to and from Orange County, California beginning next summer. Starting in June of 2012, AirTran will fly to Las Vegas and San Francisco each day of the week. The new flights should be perfect for a weekend escape from Southern California, especially because they can’t be much longer than an hour up in the air.
· American Airlines:
Sure it SUX to live in Sioux City, Iowa, but things are getting a little better thanks to American Airlines. The city was at risk of losing its daily nonstop flight options, as Delta was looking to drop their flights to and from MSP. However, American Airlines has come to the rescue and they’re brining nonstop jet service to and from Chicago-O’Hare. The new flights will start up sometime next spring, and obviously the connection opportunities through Chicago are pretty much limitless.
There must be plenty of Europeans hungry for some gambling and excess, as there’s a new route connecting Las Vegas with Dusseldorf. Beginning next May—looks like May 10 to be exact—airberlin will be flying between the two cities thanks to some assistance from one of their Airbus A330s. The flights are scheduled to run back and forth a couple times of week. The airline is usually pretty good with cheap airfare—they’re kind of like an LCC, but kind of not—so expect some decent airfare if you’re looking for a European escape or a roulette run.
[Photos: Kentaro Iemoto@Tokyo and wbaiv]