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New Options and New Routes From American, United, and Lufthansa

June 13, 2014 at 9:46 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:
China is just a little bit closer this week thanks to the planes and people over at American Airlines. The carrier launched nonstop options to Hong Kong and Shanghai from their hub and home over at to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. The flights leaving for Shanghai depart from Texas at just before 11am, and those headed to Hong Kong will depart at around 12:45pm. Best of all the flights to Hong Kong will use some of those snazzy new Boeing 777-300ERs to make the trip—the first time American will use these planes over to Asia.

· 'Ohana by Hawaiian:
Those new interisland flights from the offshoot of Hawaiian Airlines must be doing well, as ‘Ohana by Hawaiian is getting ready to offer up a few more options. It sounds like the carrier is planning to start turboprop service to spots over in Maui and the Big Island. The new options will link Kahului, Maui with Molokai, as well as between Kona and Hilo over on the Big Island. Things in and out of Molokai will start up on July 8, and those Kona and Hilo flights should start doing their thing a couple days later—on July 10.

· Qatar Airways:
This week was a big week for Qatar Airways, as they’ve added yet another destination to their expansive route network. The carrier is now doing the nonstop thing between Miami and Doha, and this is city number six for them to and from the nifty fifty—and like destination number 142 worldwide. Planes will be departing from Doha on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays, and then when it’s time to leave from Miami things are an option on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday. Boeing 777-200s will do all the heavy lifting—and flying—on this long-haul route which clocks in somewhere between 14 and 15 hours depending on the direction you’re heading.

· Lufthansa:
You will have to wait a little bit of time for this new route to take to the skies, but it sounds like Lufthansa has some big plans for their planes once December rolls around. They’re actually bringing back nonstop flights between Munich and Miami, as things should start up again on December 2. Round-trip options will head back and forth between the two countries and two cities five times each week. Things do sound like they will be seasonal to start, but we can always hope that things stick around through both the good and bad weather. This time the route will be served by some Airbus A330s, and that’ll give you 217 seats from which to choose across first, business, and economy class cabins.

· United:
We are kind of not totally in love with United Airlines lately, and our feelings for them weren’t exactly improved this week—with that frequent flyer announcement and all. Anyway, we must move on, and that’s why we’re excited to share their plans to help plenty of passengers make their way over to Spain. United has just started up nonstop flights between Washington-Dulles and Madrid, and these flights are a daily option through the rest of the summer—September 4 to be exact. Unfortunately Boeing 757s will be making the trip across the Atlantic, so don’t expect a spacious wide-bodied aircraft for your journey.

[Photos: Hawkeye UK & Aero Icarus]

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