· 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.
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: [Photos: Air Canada and hugh llewelyn]
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]