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New Routes Galore from Hawaiian Airlines, US Airways, and Qatar Airways

March 22, 2013 at 9:10 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.

· Hawaiian Airlines:
We can never get enough of Hawaii, so it’s good that Hawaiian Airlines is busy adding more flights between the islands and the mainland. This time it looks like Portland, Oregon is the carrier’s focus, as Hawaiian Airlines is sending some of their new Airbus A330s back and forth between Portland and Honolulu. Demand for the flights must be up, as they’re now getting ready to start things a little sooner than initially planned. It’s roughly three weeks early, as things should now take to the skies beginning on April 20. In case you’re interested in booking something for you and your crew, the flights depart Portland at around 10am and arrive into Hawaii around 1pm—all times local.

· Qatar Airways:
It might not be the vacation destination of 2013, but this year has certainly seen a boost in service when it comes to flight in and out of Iraq. This week it looks like Qatar Airways is planning service over to the country, and they should begin as soon as this summer. As it stands now the plan is to fly between Doha—that’s in Qatar—and Basra—that’s in Iraq—beginning on June 3. After that there will also be some flights over to Sulaymaniyah beginning on August 20. The flights will run four times per week once they start up, so there’s plenty of options from which to choose.

· US Airways:
Over at US Airways they must be expecting a busy summer travel season, as they’re extending some seasonal service before the warm weather flights even start doing their thing. The carrier plans to fly nonstop between Philadelphia and Shannon, Ireland as well as between Charlotte and Dublin beginning this summer. However, the flights are now going to do their thing for around a month longer than initially planned, as the flights will continue heading back and forth until like October 5 or October 6—depending on where you’re heading. If you can’t make the seasonal routes—no problem—US Airways does the nonstop thing between Philadelphia and Dublin all year long.

· Ethiopian Airlines:
It’s not a carrier that’s usually on the tip of our tongues, but when it comes to new routes news Ethiopian Airlines is no stranger. This week they’re on the move once again, as they’re planning to do their thing over to three new spots. The flights will all depart from their home over at Addis Ababa, as they look to connect to spots like Ho Chi Minh City, Seoul, and Manila. The new flights will require a stop on the way in either Bangkok or Hong Kong, but that might just give you a chance to hop off into the terminal and stretch your legs.

· Malaysia Airlines:
They just joined the oneworld airline alliance, and now they’re throwing around some serious airplane hardware to show off their new identity. We’re talking about Malaysia Airlines and some of their Airbus A380s, as it sounds like they’re getting ready to send the big birds all the way over to Paris. The carrier just upgraded to the larger plane on its existing service between Kuala Lumpur and Paris. Besides way more space there’s going to be way more seats, as there’s going to be close to 500 seats aboard the new planes. They used to use Boeing 777s to head back and forth, and those are like toys in comparison—only around 282 seats—ha.

[Photos: Bytemarks and markyharky]

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