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It's Condor, Alaska and WestJet Starring in This Week's New Route News

October 14, 2011 at 8:10 AM | by | Comments (0)

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.

· Alaska Airlines:
This week’s big new route winner—at least to us—has to be the new options from Alaska Airlines. They’re sending their eskimo-tailed planes to two new spots beginning sooner than later. Up first is a nonstop option between Seattle and Kansas City starting up in March of 2012.

Next is a new option between San Jose and Palm Springs, but this is just a seasonal thing. This flight runs throughout the winter before taking the summer off beginning around June. Alaska is ready to celebrate the new options, so they’ve got both routes on sale for between $89 and $99 each way depending on when you’re headed.

· Porter Airlines:
Residents of the Big Apple aren’t too far from some great skiing this season, as Porter Airlines is bringing a new nonstop option between Newark-Liberty and Mont Tremblant, Quebec beginning right before Christmas. Sure it’s not Aspen or Park City, but it’s definitely a lot closer and in the same time zone. The flights begin on December 22 and continue to do their thing through the April 5. Expect plenty of fun and service both on the ground and in the air, as Porter Airlines is all about customer service—including free booze!

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South Africa, Hawaii and London All Welcome New Routes This Week

May 13, 2011 at 9:17 AM | by | Comments (0)

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.

· Hawaiian Airlines:
Not too long ago Hawaiian Airlines placed an order for a whole bunch of Airbus A330s, and now the planes are starting to make their way into the fleet. There’s been a couple flying around here and there, and now the latest is looking to link San Francisco with Honolulu. Those looking to escape the Bay Area for a slice of paradise can now do so in comfort—along with new airplane smell—as Hawaiian Airlines starts service with the new planes between the two cities on November 6. If you make it out to the islands this fall, be sure to have a Mai Tai for us.

· Virgin Atlantic:
‘Tis the season for seasonal routes to start doing their thing, and recently Virgin Atlantic once again started an option between London and Chicago. The flights run between May and October, so there’s plenty of time to hop across the pond for a pint and some fish and chips. There’s some decent competition on this route, as British Airways, United, and American Airlines are also options. That means some savings for passengers, as we were able to price out some seats for just under $1,000 per person—including taxes and fees—for travel at the beginning of June.

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Europe is This Week's Big Winner When It Comes to New Routes

March 11, 2011 at 9:17 AM | by | Comments (0)

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.

· Continental(...and United):
The combined force that is the new United is bringing us their fifth nonstop option into Germany. United and Continental—although for now it’s technically Continental—are teaming up to launch nonstop service between Newark and Stuttgart. We’re thinking tickets should be on sale soon—if not already—as the new flights start up on June 9. Just beware that the flights will be operated by Boeing 757s, which means only one aisle of airplane space to stretch your legs during the overnight flight! The new flights will run back and forth seven days a week.

· Spirit Airlines:
You know how we feel about Spirit Airlines, but we still have to let you know what they’re up to. After all, even with all the fees slapped onto some of their tickets, they still can be a great deal. So the new option is between Chicago-O’Hare and Atlantic City. Sure, it’s not exactly Las Vegas, but when you need some gambling and a dose of Jersey—it’ll do. The flights run five days a week right now, but after April 1 things run every day.

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Mexico's Air Safety Rating is Once Again Top Notch

Where: Mexico
December 6, 2010 at 12:35 PM | by | Comments (0)

Not too long ago the Federal Aviation Administration wasn’t totally cool with Mexico’s less than stringent stance on the country’s air travel safety. Spring Break was in jeopardy, as nervous parents might warn against flights aboard Mexicana or AeroMexico, but it appears that college kids are now ready to hit the beach without a care in the world...like usual.

US Aviation officials last week gave the all-clear to raise Mexico’s aviation safety rating back up to the top level, as things have improved south of the border. It sounds like whatever they weren’t doing before they’re doing now as the FAA feels Mexico is following all of the international air safety rules.

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This Week's New Routes Include Air Canada, AeroMexico, and a Double Dose of Continental

November 5, 2010 at 8:41 AM | by | Comments (0)

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.

· Continental:
If there’s one market that’s well served, it has to be flights from the New York area to London. However, Continental doesn’t think there are enough flights, and they’re adding one more option into the mix between Newark and Heathrow. Daily flight number five started on October 30 and offers a new evening option, so you can work all day in the city and then fly to the UK while trying to get a little bit of shut eye in the back of the plane—great.

· AeroMexico:
Even if you’re not ready to start thinking about a winter vacation, AeroMexico is, as they’re adjusting their schedule to prepare for the cold days ahead. The airline is bringing back service from Denver to Mexico City as well as from Ontario—the city in California not the province in Canada—to Guadalajara. Things should start up later this month for the California routes, and December will see the initiation of the Denver service. The airline is also adding more flight frequencies from places like New York, Los Angeles, Miami, and Chicago—so get ready to say adios to the winter and buenos dias to the beach.

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Bankrupt Mexicana Stops All Flights, but They Could Still Come Back

Where: Mexico
August 30, 2010 at 8:56 AM | by | Comments (0)

Apparently that last minute infusion of cash was not enough, as Mexicana and its planes might be going to that big terminal in the sky. Over the weekend, the troubled airline shut down all flights until further notice, as they continued to blame all of their money issues.

Things were struggling on Friday like the past few weeks, but by Saturday afternoon, the planes stayed parked at their gates. Mexicana wants passengers stuck with tickets to visit their website to request a refund. There’s a pretty straightforward refund form that can be filled out online, but that doesn’t mean you’ll be saving your cash anytime soon. For those stuck away from home, Aeromexico is promising to help out, but you’ll still have to spend a little money, as they’re only offering discounts on standby flights.

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Mexicana May Be Saved, but Only Time Will Tell

August 24, 2010 at 9:09 AM | by | Comments (0)

Mexicana has not been having a good August, but it looks like a group of fairly wealthy folks want to help the airline end 2010 with a smile.

A group of Mexican investors under the name of "Tenedora K" have put together enough money to buy 95 percent of the troubled airline. They left just enough for the pilots’ union to keep control of the remaining five percent. At this point, Mexicana has not released any information about their sale, but we’d expect to get some news any day now.

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Canceled Flights and Unpaid Pilots Aren't Good Signs for Mexicana

Where: Mexico
August 11, 2010 at 10:46 AM | by | Comments (0)

Things are not going well for Mexicana. You already knew that they just became the latest airline to file for bankruptcy, and there’s that whole FAA downgrade thing that has to be a blow to their airline ego. It seems that the bad news is compounding quickly, and we might not be hearing much from them in a few months if their bad luck continues.

Last week the airline suspended ticket sales just days after filing for bankruptcy protection, but the airline promised that they would continue flying for those passengers that already held tickets. The airline hoped that this would give them some time to continue labor talks with some employees, but we just think that this reveals how bad things really are.

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The FAA Downgrades Mexico's Air Safety Rating: What It Means for Travelers

Where: Mexico
August 2, 2010 at 12:01 PM | by | Comments (0)

It’s a little too early to start planning spring break just yet, as college coeds haven’t even reported back to the dorms for the fall. However, there’s something that will concern them a little more than this year’s textbook bill. The FAA isn’t cool with Mexico’s airline safety ability, and the agency has downgraded their air safety rating to the level usually enjoyed by third-world countries.

This doesn’t mean that your dreams of delicious tacos in the streets of Mexico City and beer funnels in Cancun are ruined forever, but it does mean that Uncle Sam is slightly concerned about your safety while flying aboard Mexican airlines. Flights will continue, but AeroMexico and Mexicana won’t be getting any new routes to the United States anytime soon. Also, US airlines will stop allowing codeshares on flights operated by Mexican airlines. That means Delta can’t sell AeroMexico flights as their own, and the same goes with American Airlines partnering up with Mexicana.

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New Routes Bring Aloha and College Football to Even More Cities

July 2, 2010 at 9:31 AM | by | Comments (0)

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.

· Alaska Airlines:
As the economy begins to improve, airlines seem to be working overtime to get vacation-starved passengers to warm and sunny destinations. Alaska Airlines has announced several new routes to the Aloha State, and their latest route will send passengers from San Jose to Kauai. The new route won’t begin until early next year, but come next March it will be possible to fly nonstop from the fancy new airport to Kauai, Kona, and Maui. Sorry Honolulu, but it seems that there’s no reason to get stuck with a stopover anymore.

· Frontier Airlines:
Fresh off their rebranding and merger-thing, the airline that loves furry animals is mixing things up to and from its hub in Milwaukee. Frontier Airlines has announced new flights from its hub to Hartford and San Antonio this fall. Connecticut flights will begin September 27, and flights to Texas begin November 19. These routes aren’t too exciting by themselves, but if you love Frontier the new connection opportunities should help you get where you need to be.

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New Airline Routes from TACA, Qatar, American and More

June 25, 2010 at 4:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

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.

· TACA Airlines:
You probably haven’t flown TACA Airlines often, or even heard of them, but it’s good to know that the airline is an option for your travels to Medellin, Colombia and Guayaquil, Ecuador. Both flights will head out of New York, and the flights to Colombia will make a quick connection in Costa Rica and the Ecuador flights will stop in El Salvador on the way. July 17 is when the Medellin route kicks off, and both flights will be heading back and forth by August 1.

· Qatar Airways:
We would really love to try out Qatar Airways—especially when their 787s are available and weighed down with awesome in-flight entertainment. They’re looking to expand things even before their new planes arrive, as the airline is starting new flights to Bangkok via Kuala Lumpur. These flights start October 11, but November will bring flights to Hanoi and Nice. Finally, Bucharest, Budapest, and Brussels will all be available from Doha beginning in January.

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More No-Fly List Drama Sees Flight Interrupted in Montreal

June 1, 2010 at 9:12 AM | by | Comments (0)

Over this weekend, while you were likely BBQing or breaking out your swimsuit for the summer, more Federal No Fly List drama went down in the skies. An Aeromexico flight from Paris to Mexico City was diverted to Montreal when it was discovered that a passenger onboard was listed on the US' No-Fly List.

Abdirahman Ali Gaal, believed to be a part of al-Shabaab, an al-Qaida ally in Somalia, was removed from the plane, which then continued on to Mexico City. So why, you ask, would a flight that does not land in the US be stopped abroad for a passengers on a US list? Well, it's simple: the United States wouldn't allow the plane to fly into its airspace. And you kind of need that permission when you're on a Paris-Mexico City flight.

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