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Hawaiian Airlines, Icelandair and American Airlines Lead This Week's New Route News

April 19, 2013 at 8:55 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.

· Hawaiian Airlines:
It’ll be a little bit of time before things start flying back and forth, but Hawaiian Airlines is once again eager to get over to Asia. This time they’re planning to fly all the way over to China, as if things go according to plan the nonstop flights will run back and forth between Honolulu and Beijing.

Things should start in April of 2014, so you certainly have some time to get the funds in order if you’re looking to take advantage of this new route. This is international destination number 10 since November 2010 for Hawaiian Airlines, and this new flight should do its thing three times per week. Sounds like more tourism dollars will be arriving in the Aloha State, or it’s just a great stopover on the way back from China—Beijing, Waikiki, and then home.

· Lufthansa:
Here’s a little bit of an aircraft announcement, as it looks like Lufthansa and one of their A380s is on the move once again. Beginning on September 26, Lufthansa will be connecting Frankfurt with Shanghai five times per week, and it’ll all be done thanks to the Airbus A380.

The world’s biggest passenger aircraft will leave Germany around 5:20pm or so local time, and will arrive over in China at 9:55am—fancy. There’s room for 526 passengers across three different cabins, so we’re pretty sure there’s a seat that’s perfect for you. That’s not it when it comes to new airplane news either, as the latest Boeing bird—the 747-8—will now be doing its thing between Frankfurt and Los Angeles thanks to Lufthansa.

· Icelandair:
If you’re looking to head over to Iceland there’s another option coming sooner than later. Icelandair is getting ready to start up some nonstop flights out of New Jersey, as the plan is to head between Newark Liberty International Airport and Reykjavik beginning on October 28, 2013.

This new option will supplement service that already does its thing out of New York-JFK, as the Newark flights will fly on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. If you’re ready to go just remember that Icelandair allows a stopover in Iceland, so it might be a good idea to bop over to another spot in Europe as well.

· JetBlue:
It’s finally time to start heading over to Albuquerque, as JetBlue is filling up its planes for service that’s scheduled to start-up this Monday—April 22. The flights will head between John F. Kennedy International and Albuquerque International Sunport.

They're set to do their thing all year long, and there will be a flight back and forth in each direction. It’s a late departure out of New York-JFK, as things are set to fly out towards New Mexico beginning at around 8:25pm local time. If you’re heading back to New York it’s an overnight flight leaving Albuquerque just before midnight, and it’s set to arrive back at JFK at around 6am local time the next day—so be prepared to grab a coffee.

· American Airlines:
We knew this one was getting ready to hit the skies, but early this week was the very first flight for American Airlines and their latest new route. Nonstop flights are now heading back and forth between Chicago-O’Hare and Düsseldorf, Germany.

Boeing 767-300s are doing the flying fun, as passengers are spread across 28 business class seats and 184 back in the main cabin. The new flight—it’s American Airlines 242—is scheduled to do its thing from Chicago around 3:35pm local time, and then after a whole bunch of time in the air it’ll arrive over in Düsseldorf at around 7am local time the following day.

[Photos: Simon_sees and BriYYZ]

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