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It's United, Turkish Airlines and Ethiopian Leading This Week's New Route News

February 22, 2013 at 9:55 AM | by | ()

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.

· United:
At this point you’re probably well aware of some of the issues that the Boeing 787 has been experiencing. As a result, new flights, new routes, and other in-flight improvements have been delayed. Now it looks like United is grounding its planes to at least June, but there’s one route that is suffering a little bit less.

Assuming they fix those pesky batteries sooner rather than later, it sounds like the nonstop option between Denver and Tokyo will takeoff on May 12. Initially it was scheduled to start doing its thing at the end of March, but we’ll keep our fingers crossed that May is when it finally hits the skies.

· Delta:
For travelers looking to hit in big during North Dakota’s oil boom, Delta has you covered as they’re getting ready to boost their service over to the Roughrider State. Tickets are scheduled to go on sale tomorrow. Delta is planning to fly nonstop between Minneapolis-St. Paul and Dickinson.

The flights will begin on June 10, and they’ll do their thing two times per day. Sure there’s money to be made in western North Dakota, but just don’t expect anything too comfortable on these flights. The back and forth flying will be done thanks to SkyWest and some less than comfy commuter jets.

· Ethiopian Airlines:
We don’t hear from Ethiopian Airlines that much, but we’re kind of thinking that things could change. Just this week they announced a few new planned expansions. They’re planning to head in and out of spots like Blantyre, Malawi and Ndola, Zambia. The new flights will depart from the airline’s hub over in Addis Ababa, and it’ll be three times per week for each of the new flights. Things are scheduled to start on March 31, so start packing your bags.

· Turkish Airlines:
If you haven’t finalized your summer vacation plans yet we think that Turkish Airlines would be more than happy to help you out. They’ve got warm weather on the mind, as they just announced that they are planning to fly nonstop between Istanbul and Malta beginning this summer. The flights will do their thing on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays, so after a few days in Istanbul we think it makes perfect sense to bop on over to a Mediterranean island for a few days.

· Hawaiian Airlines:
Tourism must be bouncing back over in the islands following the recession, as it looks like Hawaiian Airlines is getting ready to boost some of their existing service. Starting this spring they’re upping the capacity on some of their routes, as they look to add more seats on routes between Honolulu and spots like Oakland and Portland.

Airbus A330s will do the heavy lifting across the Pacific in and out of the Portland beginning on May 10, and that should allow for around 30 more passengers to head over to paradise on each flight. For the Oakland routes it’s more back and forth aboard Boeing 767s to increase capacity, as they plan to have the planes head between the two cities every day of the week.

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