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Etihad, Volaris, and Alaska Airlines Set Up Some New Routes

December 13, 2013 at 9:11 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.

· Etihad Airways:
There’s some moving and shaking this week over at Etihad Airways, as the carrier is getting ready to send some more planes and people back and forth between the United States and Abu Dhabi. The only problem is that you’ll have almost an entire year to wait, as the new service will hit the skies on December 3, 2014. Boeing 777-200LRs will do the flying between Dallas/Fort Worth and Abu Dhabi. For those looking to hop aboard to join in on the journey there will be eight first-class suites, 40 business class seats—flat bed ones—and 189 spots in the back of the plane.

· Alaska Airlines:
A few new flights went up for sale this week, as Alaska Airlines is getting ready to add a few new options to their route network. Nonstop flights are being added in June of next year, as the carrier will start flying between Salt Lake City and Portland—the one in Oregon. They’re not done there either, as Salt Lake City is also getting nonstop options to spots like Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Jose. These new options kind of coincide with some existing options offered up by Delta, so hopefully a little friendly competition leads to more affordable fares between these cities and states.

· All Nippon Airways:
Hockey, maple leaves, Tim Hortons and other Canada stuff is coming to Japan, as All Nippon Airways—ANA to their friends—are getting ready to start up their first nonstop flights between Canada and Japan. The new flights will begin on March 30, as ANA will link Vancouver and Tokyo-Haneda with one daily round-trip flight. For those interested in the planes that will be doing the heavy lifting across the globe, Boeing 767-300ERs have been tasked with this mission. Honestly we were kind of surprised ANA didn’t already fly to Canada, so this is certainly good news for our neighbors to the north.

· Volaris:
Who wants to go to Mexico? The answer is Volaris, as this week there’s some news regarding options to spots that are south of the border. It sounds like things will take to the skies on April 12, as the carrier will link Guadalajara—that’s in Jalisco—with Ontario—that’s in California. Things are scheduled to run twice weekly, and Volaris will utilize some of their A319s or A320s to get the job done. It’ll be Wednesday and Sundays heading to the United States, and it’ll be Thursday and Sundays for the departures going towards Mexico.

· Qatar Airways:
We just mentioned Dallas/Fort Worth a minute ago, but it’s time to talk about Texas once again. This time is also all about those carriers that call the Middle East home, as now it’s Qatar Airways linking up with the Lone Star State. The plan is to start flying on July 1 of next year, as the Boeing 777-200LR will head between Doha and Dallas. For those that just can’t get enough of Texas, this actually is option number two from the state. The carrier also does the nonstop thing to and from Houston.

[Photos: Aero Icarus and BriYYZ]

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