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Now Departing on New Routes from United, American and Delta

January 4, 2013 at 9:38 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.

· American Airlines:
Not that long ago the Raleigh-Durham area down in North Carolina was awarded a new nonstop over to San Francisco, and for 2013 they’re adding another nonstop to the west coast—this time right over to Los Angeles. It’s American Airlines doing the flying fun on this new nonstop option, as the carrier says it’s getting ready to fly back and forth beginning on April 2.

It’ll be an option each and every day of the week all year long, and things are scheduled to leave RDU around 7:30pm and land over at LAX around 10pm—all times local. Heading back to the east coast with be a redeye flight leaving Los Angeles around 10:30pm and getting into Raleigh around 6:30am the following morning—bring a pillow.

· Finnair:
When it comes to Finnair, they’ve always got some pretty interesting options when it comes to their flights. This week they’re getting ready to start a new nonstop all the way over to China, as the plan is to connect Helsinki-Vantaa Airport with Xi´an Xianyang International Airport. It sounds like things will just be seasonal—at least for 2013—as the flights will start up on June 14 and will run through October 26. This is the carrier’s fifth destination in China overall, so if you’re in Finland and need to get elsewhere they truly have you more than covered.

· United:
This is more of new airplane news than new route news, but we still thought it was worth passing along. United Airlines has clearly worked out the kinks with their small but mighty fleet of brand new 787s, and they’re ready to send them out of the nest. Some of the first international options for the 787s started up out of Los Angeles International Airport, as this week saw the planes heading all the way over to Tokyo Narita International Airport. In the past this option was served by another flavor of Boeing aircraft—the 777—but now it’s up to the 787 to do the heavy lifting. In case you want to take the new plane for a spin it’s scheduled to depart LAX around 11:15am, and it’ll touch down overseas the following day at 4:10pm local time.

· Delta:
If you’re looking to continue your west coast exploration it might be time to give Delta a call, as they’re getting ready to hook you up with nonstop flights between Los Angeles and Seattle. The flights are set to start doing their thing on April 8, as the plan is to fly three daily roundtrip options between LAX and SEA. Bombardier CRJ900—the better than average regional jets—will be doing the heavy lifting back and forth between the two cities. Flights are scheduled to leave Los Angeles around 8:15am, 3:20pm, and 9:30pm, so you have plenty of options from which to choose.

· American Airlines:
One more new route tidbit from American Airlines this week, as they’ve got a little more to share than just that nonstop between LAX and RDU. The carrier is also planning to head to Martinique, as they’re getting ready to launch a once weekly option beginning on April 6. The nonstop flights down to the Caribbean will take place on Saturday, as the flights will head back and forth out of Miami. It’ll be Boeing 737s doing the back and forth flying, and with plenty of connections to and from Miami you should have little trouble getting down to Martinique sooner than later.

[Photos: BriYYZ and United]

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