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It's Delta, Tiger Airways and Air India Doing the New Route Thing

October 12, 2012 at 9:56 AM | by | ()

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.

· Delta:
Earlier in the week the suits over at Delta flew out to Seattle as they were pretty excited to talk about some future plans for the area. Among all the news were a couple of new route announcements; however, we will have to wait for the government paperwork and approval to clear before the planes and pilots start doing their thing.

Delta is looking to launch nonstop service between Seattle and Shanghai beginning on June 17 of next year, and they’re also thinking about a flight between Seattle and Tokyo-Haneda as soon as next March. They’re even planning on adding an additional flight between Seattle and New York-JFK, and when they’re all said and done there should be roughly 40 daily flights to 15 destinations out of Seattle.

· Air India:
This might be short notice, but if you haven’t been to India—or Germany—next week just might be the best time to visit for the first time. Air India just announced that they’ve fueled up their brandy new Boeing 787, and that they’re ready to send it into the skies.

They’re using the new bird between Delhi and Frankfurt beginning on October 15, as the new plane will replace its airplane sibling—the Boeing 777—on the route. According to our buddies over airlineroute.net, the flights are ready for booking and ticketing, so warm up those credit card digits and start planning an impromptu journey.

· China Southern:
This might be more of a new plane announcement than a new route announcement, but we still think it’s worthwhile to mention what China Southern has been up to lately. The carrier just got some A380s to include in its hangar, and now they’re ready to start flying them.

One of the more interesting routes—at least to those who call the nifty fifty home—is China Southern's new Airbus A380 route between Los Angeles and Guangzhou. Sounds like the carrier is pretty darn excited to finally get behind the wheel—or the controls—of the new plane, and they’re even marketing their new plane as an “experience beyond your expectation.”

· JetBlue:
We knew that JetBlue had plans to invade Charleston, South Carolina with their planes and their people, and now it looks like the carrier is ready to reveal some of the details. Tickets are now on sale, and the plan is to fly back and forth between Charleston International Airport and John F. Kennedy International Airport two times per day.

JetBlue will also link Boston with Charleston once per day, and all the flying fun is schedule to start beginning on February 28. It might be a little cool for a spring break destination, but we’re pretty sure South Carolina is way warmer than New York or Massachusetts—especially in March.

· Tiger Airways:
If you’re looking to get up to the Great Barrier Reef—or at least that general area—you might want to give Tiger Airways a call. The carrier has been doing the nonstop thing between Melbourne and Cairns, but now they’re continuing linking the two Australian cities all year long. It looks like the flight is technically still a seasonal option, but there are now both winter and summer options—so it’s pretty much all year long. Flights for their summer season are already on sale through the end of March, and will start at roughly $135 or so each way.

[Photos: redlegsfan21 and Kentaro Iemoto@Tokyo]

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