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Virgin America, Air China and Frontier Lead This Week's New Routes News

February 8, 2013 at 8:47 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.

· Virgin America:
One of the best—if not the best—domestic carriers is on the move again, as it looks like Virgin America is busy building their route network. Up next for the carrier is Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport right in the heart of Silicon Valley, and not too far from where the carrier calls home over at SFO.

The new flights will head back and forth between San Jose and Los Angeles four times per day each and every day of the week. Tickets are already up for grabs, so feel free to head over to your favorite travel booking site and start entering those credit card digits. The flights start hitting the skies for the first time on May 1.

· Delta:
The folks over at Delta have been waiting on the necessary stamps, seals, and other approvals, but now it looks like it’s go time for one of their latest nonstop options. We knew this was in the works, but now it sounds like Seattle to Tokyo is now officially going to be an option. The nonstop flights will fly into Tokyo-Haneda, and if all goes according to plan the planes will take to the skies on June 1 of this year. Now’s the time to start checking that award calendar, as this certainly would be a nice way to use up some of those Delta SkyMiles.

· Air China:
Right now Air China does its very best to head back and forth between New York-JFK and Beijing, but it sounds like they’re getting ready to do even better. They’re upping the options on their weekly round-trip schedule, as the end of March—March 31 to be specific—will be when weekly flights are bumped up to 11 times each and every week.

Air China is also saying goodbye to the use of Boeing 747s on these routes, as they’re making the switch over to some Boeing 777s for the heavy lifting on these long-haul routes.

· Frontier:
It’s been a little bit since we first heard about Frontier and their plans to head in and out of Trenton-Mercer Airport over in New Jersey. It looks like things are going well, and they’re even ready to add another option. The latest nonstop flight is scheduled to do its thing on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays, as Frontier will connect Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport with the Trenton, New Jersey area. Pretty sure that introductory fares can still be yours for as little as $99 or so each way, so get booking and start enjoying New Jersey—or Florida.

· Qatar Airways:
It’s almost time for Qatar Airways to start one of their newest routes, so if you’re looking to check out the scene before the World Cup arrives in 2022—now’s the time to do so. The carrier is getting ready to launch nonstop options between Chicago and Doha beginning on April 10, and to get everyone excited about it they’re offering up some decent introductory fares. You need to book by February 18, but if you want to go to Doha—or even one of their onward destinations—round-trip routes can be yours for as little as $979. Qatar Airways is quick to point out their ability to provide five-star comfort on the “World’s Best Airline,” but just remember that coach is still coach.

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