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Everyone from Alaska Airlines to US Airways Deals Up New Routes This Week

September 7, 2012 at 9:03 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.

· Alaska Airlines:
There’s a brand new option between Portland—the one in Oregon—and Washington, DC, as Alaska Airlines just started flying between the two cities. The new flights will link the Pacific Northwest with Reagan Washington National Airport. Things are scheduled to depart from Portland around 9:30am local time, and the Boeing 737s are set to touch down over in Washington around 5:40pm local time. Apparently this is the only nonstop flight between the two airports, so expect to pay a little bit of a premium if you’re looking to cross the country with Alaska Airlines and their new flight.

· Singapore Airlines:
New daily service is soon arriving in Myanmar, as Singapore Airlines is planning to link Singapore with Yangon beginning on October 28. The new flights are done thanks to a little assistance from the airline’s regional buddies over at SilkAir, so don’t except Airbus A380s on these routes. However, Singapore Airlines will operate certain flights, and they’ll be using some Boeing 777s to boost the number of seats available between the two cities. It sounds like the flights are still subject to government approval, so you’ll have to wait a little bit to book your tickets.

· Frontier:
Just in time for the holidays—November 20 to be specific—Frontier will be offering up a pair of new routes to and from Orlando, Florida. The new nonstop flights will head to both Columbia, Missouri as well as Shenandoah Valley, Virginia. This brings the total destinations to and from Orlando to around 13 thanks to Frontier, so if you’re looking to visit Mickey Mouse or Harry Potter they probably have you covered. Airbus 319s will do all the flying—with a little help from the cockpit crew—and there will even be some live television in the seat back screens to keep you entertained.

· XL Airways:
You can now start planning your trip for next summer, as there’s a new option to and from the south of France beginning in May of 2013. XL Airways—remember them—is planning a new transatlantic option between New York-JFK and Marseille, and it’s the first scheduled flight between the two cities. Airbus A330s will do all the heavy lifting across the ocean, and things are scheduled to run just two times per week. It doesn’t look like the airline has loaded this option into their booking system as of yet, but keep an eye on them if you’re looking for an affordable option for your next European vacation.

· US Airways:
We just missed the party to celebrate this new route—if there even was one—as yesterday was the day that US Airways inaugurated their latest flight. The new option now links folks in Philadelphia with Austin, Texas. The nonstop flights are an option each and every day of the week, with the flights leaving Philly at around 5:50pm and arriving in Austin around 8:40pm—both times local. The flying fun will be done with Embraer 190 regional jets, but if you ask us they probably could have used some bigger planes to keep everyone a little more comfortable. Eh, we guess they know what they’re doing.

[Photos: Xa'at and Mr. T in DC]

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