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American, Korean Air, and Southwest Bring Us All Kinds of New Routes News

February 7, 2014 at 8:51 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.

· American Airlines:
It looks like the new American Airlines is on the move again, as the carrier already has their eyes on the summer weather and some new flights. It sounds like they’re more than ready to move forward with new nonstop flights between Dallas-Ft. Worth and Shanghai, as the planes and people are set to hit the skies for the first time on June 11.

Daily flights will be an option aboard some Boeing 777-200s, and flights were opened up for your booking pleasure earlier in the week. In case you’re looking to call ahead to arrange a taxi—your flight will leave Dallas at just before 11am and will arrive at Shanghai's Pudong International Airport the following day at just before 3pm, all times local.

· Copa Airlines:
For those looking to head to Central America there’s a strong possibility that Copa Airlines will be flying toward your desired destination. It sounds like they’re ready to add more options to their route network, and they have their eyes on Florida. The plan is to do the nonstop thing between Fort Lauderdale and their hub down in Panama City.

The new flights should head into the clouds beginning on July 11, as Boeing 737-700s will do the flying between the two countries. This is destination number four for the airline in the Sunshine State, and overall they’re now flying to eleven destinations in the states.

· Southwest Airlines:
There’s a lot of news coming from Southwest Airlines this week, as they just announced their expansion plans to and from Dallas-Love Field. The airport has had all kinds of restrictions and regulations for years and years due to something called the Wright Amendment, but this paperwork is going into the trash later this year—and Southwest is free to fly.

October 13 will bring new nonstop options out of Dallas-Love Field to spots like Baltimore-Washington, Chicago-Midway, Denver, Las Vegas, and Orlando. After that comes November 2, as that will be when Southwest starts new options to Atlanta, Fort Lauderdale, Los Angeles, Nashville, New York-LaGuardia, Phoenix, Orange County, San Diego, Tampa, and Washington—Reagan National Airport to be specific.

· Air China:
Here’s a good option for that around-the-world itinerary you are planning, as Air China is now connecting its planes with Hawaii. Towards the end of January the carrier started up nonstop service between Honolulu and Beijing.

Flights head back and forth three times each and every week, as the long journey is completed thanks to some assistance by the airline’s fleet of Airbus A330-200s. Just remember that Air China is part of the big, bad airline family known as Star Alliance, so if you have some miles to burn—this could be a strong option.

· Korean Airlines:
The baby blue planes from Korean Air are on the move again. The airline is getting ready to add another option to their menu of flights this May, as the carrier will start nonstop flights between Houston Bush Intercontinental Airport and Seoul-Incheon International Airport.

The first flight will take place on May 2, and right now it seems that Boeing 777-200ERs will be the planes responsible for the long-haul connection. It won’t be a daily affair, but the schedule does indicate that flights will head out of Texas on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.

[Photos: markyharky and Aero Icarus]

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