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Leading the New Route News are Air Canada, LAN, and Hainan Airlines

December 6, 2013 at 8:51 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.

· Air Canada:
It’s been a long time coming, but Air Canada is finally going to score its very first Boeing 787s once 2014 rolls around. Things seem to finally be on scheduled for delivery, and if all goes according to plan the new planes will be hitting the hangar as soon as March. If you’re eager to fly in one of these new planes it looks like Air Canada is planning to introduce them on nonstop flights between Toronto and Tel Aviv and Toronto and Tokyo-Haneda. Both flights are scheduled to take to the skies on July 1, but before then they’ll be testing out all the buttons, switches, and whatnot on the new toy—probably even flying it domestically between Toronto and Montreal and on a few transatlantics.

· LAN:
So you’re in Aruba enjoying the sun and the sand, but then you start thinking that somewhere else might be nice to visit. Just head over to LAN Airlines’ website, as they’ve got an option that you might enjoy. This week they started up new nonstop service between Bogotá—in Colombia—and Aruba. Things took off earlier this week, and the planes and people will head back and forth on Mondays and Thursdays. Airbus A320s are in charge with the flying, of course with some help from the pilots, and it’ll be a quick flight with only roughly 500 miles between the destinations.

· Hainan Airlines:
This week Hainan Airlines got the necessary paperwork in order, as the carrier just received approval to start up some new nonstop service between the United States and China. It looks like the plan is to link Boston with Beijing beginning in June of 2014. There’s still a few more stamps and seals to acquire before things will hit 35,000-feet, but it does sound like the flights will be go for launch. In case you’re interested in the flavor of airplane that they’ll be using—it’s going to be Boeing 787.

· Norwegian:
If cheap flights are on your list to Santa this season look no further than Norwegian, as now they’re flying back and forth between a new spot between the United States and Europe. This week they started up some new options—bringing their total to five—as Fort Lauderdale just got a few new nonstop options. Boeing 787s are the planes heading back and forth across the Atlantic, as you and 290 of your closet friends will be taking to the skies. From Fort Lauderdale you can head to Copenhagen, Oslo, or Stockholm—just pick your favorite. Flights run to each destination two times per week, so fill out that paperwork and get those vacation days on the calendar.

· Emirates:
Those looking for a nice long flight have a new option, as the world’s longest flight aboard an Airbus A380 has recently taken to the skies. Emirates is in charge here, as they just started nonstop A380 service—replacing Boeing 777 service—on its route between Los Angeles and Dubai. The new nonstop flights started up on December 2, and it looks like these big, bad planes are an option each and every day of the week. Maybe you can get in that in-flight shower sooner than you thought.

[Photos: Air Canada and hugh llewelyn]

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