· Korean Air:
Big news this week over at the airport down in Houston, as the area’s Bush Intercontinental Airport just welcomed Korean Air along with some new nonstop options over to South Korea. The new flights took off on May 2, and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. Back and forth options are available each and every day, as the airliner takes off from Houston on its way to Seoul-Incheon. Boeing 777-200s—along with the flight crew—are responsible for the up in the air activities with flights leaving Houston at around 10:40am and arriving over in Seoul at 3:30pm the following day—local time.
Okay so this is not exactly a new route, but we thought the airplane switcheroo was worth mentioning. Qantas does a really long nonstop flight between Dallas-Ft. Worth and Sydney, but later this year they’ll be sending the Boeing 747s back to the hangar in favor of flying the route with some Airbus A380s. As of this week it seems that September 29 will be the day the bigger birds will start serving the nonstop flights, so start checking those award calendars to cash in some of those frequent flyer miles. Qantas is going to be the first to operate the A380 in and out of Dallas-Ft. Worth, but they won’t be the only ones doing the A380 thing for long—Emirates brings their A380 nonstop to the airport days later with service to Dubai. The only bummer is that A380 service will just be six days a week, as the carrier is going to take a day off on Tuesdays.
· American Airlines:
The new carrier that is the combined American Airlines and US Airways is getting ready to add a few more options to their route network this fall. The plan has nonstop options heading to Grand Rapids, Michigan from both Charlotte and Philadelphia beginning on September 3. After that it’s October 2 when more flights will be rising towards cruising altitude, as spots like Evansville and Fort Wayne—both in Indiana—will get nonstop flights out of Charlotte. Other options include Dallas-Ft. Worth to Bismarck, North Dakota, as well Phoenix to Cleveland. If you need more information, head right here to get the juicy airplane details on these new options.