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It's SAS, Hawaiian Airlines and Allegiant with This Week's New Routes

December 7, 2012 at 8:47 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.

· SAS:
Known to its buddies as SAS, it’s Scandinavian Airlines planning all kinds of stuff for 2013. We think that we mentioned that they’ve got their eyes on a new nonstop between San Francisco and Copenhagen, but that’s not all. Tickets went on sale over the last week or so, as SAS is planning plenty of new regional routes to help get passengers to where they need to be. Out of Stockholm there’ll be flights to spots like Innsbruck, Palermo, and Tel Aviv—among plenty of others. Oslo is getting on the fun to with options over to Salzburg, Berlin, Budapest, Malta, Lisbon, and Athens. That’s just scratching the surface of what’s on tap for SAS, so stay tuned.

· Japan Airlines:
We let you know about this one some time ago, but this was the week that it finally took to the skies. Japan Airlines started to connect San Diego with Tokyo-Narita on December 2, and it’s all being done thanks to some brand new Boeing 787s. Plenty of officials in suits were on hand to welcome the new planes and passengers to San Diego, as the new service is scheduled to do its thing at least four times per week—at least for now.

· Hawaiian Airlines:
Another week and another new option is on the schedule for Hawaiian Airlines, as the carrier does its best to expand far and wide outside its island home. This time the carrier is on the move over to Taipei, as the plan is to connect Honolulu with Taipei beginning as soon as this summer. Airbus A330s will do the heavy lifting on this new route, and the planes will head back and forth three times per week beginning in July. We’ve kind of lost track, but this seems to be like one of many, many new options from Hawaiian Airlines—especially over to Asia.

· Qatar Airways:
Not really sure how this one fits into their overall business strategy, but we’ll just assume that officials over at Qatar Airways know what they’re doing when it comes to their route network. It sounds like the carrier is getting ready to link New York with Athens. Details are limited for right now, but if things go according to plan the flights will take to the skies at some point during the middle of 2013. Details about exactly when things will happen or what type of planes will be used are limited, but we’ll keep an eye on this. However, a nonstop option all the way to Athens sounds pretty convenient to us.

· Allegiant:
We haven’t mentioned Allegiant in a little bit, but don’t worry they’re still plenty busy and doing the new route thing. This week they announced that they have several new options up their sleeves, but you’ll just have to be patient until 2013 when they first take to the skies.

Once February rolls around the plan is to connect Las Vegas with Reno as well as Phoenix-Mesa with Provo, and the plan is to run these flights two times per week. That’s not all, as Allegiant is also getting ready to head down to Punta Gorda, Florida, as the low cost carrier has plans to link the city with spots like Rockford, Illinois and Plattsburgh, New York—oh, and Toledo, Ohio too. Watch for plenty of low cost fare opportunities, but just keep an eye out for extra fees and charges.

[Photos: Wikimedia and Ack Ook]

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