· Hainan Airlines:
If you’re not familiar with Hainan Airlines, now’s the time to get familiar. The carrier based over in China is getting ready to link their home with the nifty fifty, as they’ll be sending planes between Chicago and Beijing. Right now things run twice weekly thanks to Airbus A340s, but as of November the flight frequency will be doubled and Boeing 787s will head back and forth. Finally, if things go according to plan, the options will be available daily beginning in June of 2014.
· Alaska Airlines:
We might have mentioned this one in the past, but this is the week that the flights finally took to the skies. Alaska Airlines is now sending planes pretty much across the whole darn country, as they’re now doing the nonstop thing between Seattle and Portland—the one in Oregon. This is like destination number 35 for Alaska Airlines to and from Portland, and they’ll be using some of their 737-800s to get all the flying completed.
We lied—one more option from United. This flight isn’t happening for a little bit of time, so you can plan on getting out of work well in advance. Beginning on January 7, United will use some Airbus A319s to connect Indianapolis with San Francisco. Flights will run each and every day of the week, as a round-trip option will be on the schedule. Pretty good flight times as well, as things leave Indianapolis at 8am and depart San Francisco at 10am—all times local.