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New Planes and New Routes from Emirates, American and More

July 6, 2012 at 8:56 AM | by | Comments (0)

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.

· American Airlines:
It’s not exactly a new route, but we thought we’d share some new plane news. We knew that American Airlines was all excited over the upcoming arrival of their new Boeing 777-300ERs, and it looks like next summer will see the arrival of the new planes on the airline’s route between Los Angeles and London-Heathrow.

It’ll be a three-cabin affair up at 35,000 complete with the lie-flat beds, WiFi access, and plenty of in-flight entertainment. If all goes according to plan the planes should start doing their thing on a daily basis beginning on June 1 2013, so start saving up those frequent flyer miles.

· ANA:
Looks like Boston is getting a little competition from a city on the opposite coast, as All Nippon Airways is bringing some of their Boeing 787s to Seattle. ANA already flies between Tokyo and Seattle, but the plan is to shift the planes doing the flying over to the 787s starting as soon as October. The airline didn’t announce a specific date for the switch over as of yet, but in the interim it’ll be Boeing 777s doing the heavy lifting across the Pacific.

If you have plans to be in Tokyo or Japan this fall, it might be worth considering routing yourself through Seattle for a chance to score a shot at the 787.

· Emirates:
Who wants more A380 flights? We do. Thanks to Emirates more of the big birds will be on their way shortly over to New York-JFK. Starting on January 1, the carrier will be adding a second daily nonstop option aboard the Airbus A380 between New York-JFK and Dubai. In total this will probably add around 1,000 more seats between the two cities each and every day of the week, so we guess that means there’s quite a demand for these back and forth flights. Of course we probably won’t be the ones utilizing the in-flight showers, but we’ll settle in with some in-flight entertainment in the back along with 399 other economy passengers.

· JetBlue:
This week JetBlue is pretty darn excited about what they have going on down in Puerto Rico. They just cut the ribbon on their new home at the airport, and now they’ve officially confirmed that San Juan is the sixth focus city in the carrier’s extensive network.

In addition to all the fanfare surrounding the announcement the airline also revealed that they’ll be connecting one more city with San Juan. JetBlue will be the only airline offering up nonstop service between Washington Reagan National Airport and San Juan beginning on August 23.

· Condor Airlines:
If you’re looking for a more affordable option to travel over to Europe, Condor Airlines might be just what you need. They’re now offering up nonstop flights between Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport—BWI to its friends—and Frankfurt, Germany. It’s going to just be a seasonal thing for the summer running twice per week, but we bet that they offer up fares a little bit lower than the major foreign and domestic carriers. The flights will be on the departure board on Mondays and Thursdays, and you’ll be flying with around 270 of your closest friends aboard a Boeing 767-300.

[Photos: wbaiv and BriYYZ]

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