The biggest news this week comes from the planes and people over at Etihad Airways. They’re getting ready to start up service between Los Angeles and Abu Dhabi beginning on June 1 of next year. They’re still awaiting the necessary government approvals, seals, and stamps, but we’re thinking they will be all set once next June rolls around. This is the carrier’s fourth destination to and from the United States, and these latest flights will be operated thanks to some Boeing 777-200LRs—which they’ll apparently be borrowing from another carrier. There will be room for 237 passengers in total with 8 Diamond First Class suites, 40 Pearl Business Class options, and 189 Coral Economy Class seats.
· Air Canada:
Air Canada is already looking forward to the warmer weather of summer 2014. One of the new options is Canada’s first nonstop flight to Milan, as the carrier is planning to start five weekly flights between Toronto and Milan. These flights are scheduled to continue all year long, so feel free to plan ahead. Also, with the delivery of some new Boeing beauties, the carrier will be able to continue its flights between Vancouver and London-Heathrow year-round.
In what we can only guess is a little friendly competition, United is adding some flights to some cities that Delta usually calls home. April 1 will bring new nonstop flights between San Francisco and Atlanta as well as between Los Angeles and Minneapolis-St. Paul. There will be two daily round-trip options back and forth each and everyday, as United brings a bunch of extra seats between these cities. Hopefully this will encourage some fares to head into more affordable levels, and allow United passengers to connect to other flights in San Francisco and Los Angeles.