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Delta, ANA, and Southwest Lead This Week's New Routes News

December 20, 2013 at 8:50 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.

· All Nippon Airways:
Plenty of Boeing 787s are now circling around the globe, and this week is no exception with another new route announcement. The folks over at All Nippon Airways will be adding a new daily nonstop option between Tokyo-Haneda and Munich, and they’re also adding a new flight between Tokyo-Narita and Düsseldorf. It looks like the flights will take to the skies for the first time on March 30, and it will be Boeing 787s doing all of the up in the air stuff back and forth between the different cities and countries. It’s just another option to get aboard one of these new planes—and to check out some new spots—so we’re not complaining.

· Southwest Airlines:
The planes and people over at Southwest Airlines have opened up their schedule well into 2014, as flights are now bookable through June. That means there’s also some new options to check out, as the carrier has added some new flights to get you to where you need to be. Out of New York-LaGuardia Southwest will be doing the nonstop thing to new spots like Nashville, Houston-Hobby, Chicago-Midway, and Akron-Canton over in Ohio. It should be around May 11 when these flights start cruising at 35,000-feet. They’re also mixing things up down in San Diego, as Southwest Airlines will also be connecting the California coast with spots like Orlando, Seattle, New Orleans, and Portland—the one in Oregon.

· Delta:
Once again we have news about Delta and their plans to do this and that right in Alaska Airlines’ backyard over in Seattle. This week Delta is planning yet another new nonstop route, and this time it sounds like they’re heading between Seattle and San Jose. The new options will begin on May 29 of next year, but that’s not the only flight that they’re adding to their route network. Delta will also be doing the nonstop thing between Seattle and Juneau, Alaska, and that flight will also start doing its thing on May 29. We’re sure Alaska Airlines is less than thrilled about the new competition, but maybe that will bring fares to more affordable level for travelers like us.

· Aerolineas Argentinas:
For those who call New York home—or just enjoy connecting through New York-JFK—there’s a new option to Argentina. Aerolineas Argentinas has added New York-JFK to their menu of nonstop options, as the carrier started up service between New York and Buenos Aires earlier in the week. It’s international option number 22 for the carrier, and all the flying will take place aboard some Airbus A330s. The carrier is buddies with Delta over in the SkyTeam airline alliance, so if you’re looking to cash in some of those Delta miles that you have acquired during 2013—this could be a decent option for you as well.

· American Airlines:
We knew that American Airlines had their eyes on adding a new nonstop between their base in Dallas-Ft. Worth and Hong Kong, and this looks like the week you’re finally able to buy some tickets—or book some awards. The flights aren’t scheduled to start doing their thing until next summer, but if you’re looking for one last Christmas present—this is a good one. It’ll be a long flight at a little over 16 hours, as the planes will leave Dallas around 12:40pm and arrive in Hong Kong at 6pm the next day, all times local. The best part of these new flights might be that some of those brand new beautiful Boeing 777-300ERs will be the ones doing all of the flying fun.

[Photos: BriYYZ and James Wang]

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