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Virgin Atlantic, JetBlue, and ANA Star in This Week's New Routes

August 24, 2012 at 9:39 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.

· Virgin Atlantic:
Transatlantic flights—and beyond—are the first things that come to mind when you think of Virgin Atlantic and their route network, but the latest news out of the airline might just cause you to start thinking a little bit differently. Virgin Atlantic just announced their intention to start up their first domestic route, as the plan is to fly from London-Heathrow over to Manchester starting early next year.

If all goes according to plan the flights will operate three times per day between the two cities. They’ll be leasing some Airbus A319s to get the job done, and we even heard that they’re thinking about heading to spots in Scotland—Aberdeen and Edinburgh to be specific.

· British Airways:
British Airways just made it a little bit easier to get around the globe, as the plan is to start up some new service over to Sri Lanka. The plan is to link London-Gatwick with Colombo beginning on March 31 of next year.

Unfortunately this isn’t a nonstop option, as there will be a stop on the way over. However, that’s not necessarily a bad thing as it sounds like the stop will be in the Maldives. Flights will run back and forth three times per week, and all the passengers will be riding aboard Boeing 777s. Apparently British Airways hasn’t visited Sri Lanka since like 1998, so it’s good to see that the planes are heading back over there.

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.

· Virgin Atlantic:
Transatlantic flights—and beyond—are the first things that come to mind when you think of Virgin Atlantic and their route network, but the latest news out of the airline might just cause you to start thinking a little bit differently. Virgin Atlantic just announced their intention to start up their first domestic route, as the plan is to fly from London-Heathrow over to Manchester starting early next year.

If all goes according to plan the flights will operate three times per day between the two cities. They’ll be leasing some Airbus A319s to get the job done, and we even heard that they’re thinking about heading to spots in Scotland—Aberdeen and Edinburgh to be specific.

· British Airways:
British Airways just made it a little bit easier to get around the globe, as the plan is to start up some new service over to Sri Lanka. The plan is to link London-Gatwick with Colombo beginning on March 31 of next year.

Unfortunately this isn’t a nonstop option, as there will be a stop on the way over. However, that’s not necessarily a bad thing as it sounds like the stop will be in the Maldives. Flights will run back and forth three times per week, and all the passengers will be riding aboard Boeing 777s. Apparently British Airways hasn’t visited Sri Lanka since like 1998, so it’s good to see that the planes are heading back over there.

· JetBlue:
This week JetBlue started what they’re calling their new “capital-to-capital” nonstop flight between Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and San Juan, Puerto Rico. We knew that JetBlue had this in the works, but now the flying fun has finally started up.

The airline is celebrating the new option with flights for as little as $99 each way through August 28 for a plenty of dates between September and November. Flights will do their thing each and every day of the week with the planes leaving Washington, DC around 9am and arriving down in Puerto Rico at like 12:30pm.

· Allegiant:
If you’ve been thinking about finally checking out Palm Springs, Allegiant is hoping that you’ll think of them when you go to buy your ticket. The carrier is starting new nonstop service between Eugene, Oregon and Oakland, California over to Palm Springs beginning on November 15.

One-way fares on the option between the two California cities will set you back for as little as $40 each way, and if you’re flying between Oregon and California flights can be had for around $90 each way. If you’re interested in the new flights and low fares, just be sure to book before August 28 and to fly before the end of January.

· ANA:
Get ready to lose your Boeing 787 virginity, as the latest flights out of the nifty fifty are starting up thanks to All Nippon Airways. The folks over at ANA have confirmed all the juicy details about the new nonstop option between San Jose and Tokyo.

The flights will head back and forth five times per week, and the new flights will start doing their thing beginning on January 11, 2013. Flights will depart San Jose at around 11:45am—local time—on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, and the 787s will land around 4pm the following day over in Japan. We’re sure that there will be quite a few titans of tech hopping aboard to get some work done or to just check out the plane. It’s the first 787 service planned for the greater San Francisco area, so we’re sure the airports at OAK and SFO are pretty darn jealous.

[Photos: DWissman and Jaunted]

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