· Etihad Airways:
New flights are headed to San Francisco sooner than later, as the planes and people over at Etihad Airways are adding a new option to their route network. Daily nonstop service between Abu Dhabi and San Francisco is starting later this year, as the carrier adds US destination number six to its route options. November 18 will be when things finally take to the skies, and in an interesting move they’ll be borrowing some Boeing 777-300ERs from their buddy and partner over at Jet Airways.
· 'Ohana by Hawaiian:
The baby brother carrier that belongs to Hawaiian Airlines—known as ‘Ohana—is adding a few new interisland flights to its route menu this week. There’s a pair of new options out of Maui, as on July 8 the carrier started flying between Kahului and Kona over on the Big Island. They’re using some of those ATR 42-500s, and they’re also headed from Maui over to Molokai. Hopping between the islands is getting a little bit easier than ever before, so be sure to check out a couple spots on your next trip over to Hawaii.
· Ethiopian Airlines: [Photos: Aero Icarus and Air Canada]
It will be a little bit of time before this one takes to the skies, but there are plans in the works for a new long-haul option from Ethiopian Airlines. The plan is to connect Los Angeles with Addis Ababa, but apparently that flight is a little long without a stop for a little bit of gas and what not. So for now it sounds like the plane will stop over in Dublin, so things will be more of a direct flight rather than a nonstop option. The paperwork for this one is still very much pending; however, just keep this one on the radar for sometime in 2015.
[Photos: Aero Icarus and Air Canada]