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Etihad, Volaris, and Alaska Airlines Set Up Some New Routes

December 13, 2013 at 9:11 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.

· Etihad Airways:
There’s some moving and shaking this week over at Etihad Airways, as the carrier is getting ready to send some more planes and people back and forth between the United States and Abu Dhabi. The only problem is that you’ll have almost an entire year to wait, as the new service will hit the skies on December 3, 2014. Boeing 777-200LRs will do the flying between Dallas/Fort Worth and Abu Dhabi. For those looking to hop aboard to join in on the journey there will be eight first-class suites, 40 business class seats—flat bed ones—and 189 spots in the back of the plane.

· Alaska Airlines:
A few new flights went up for sale this week, as Alaska Airlines is getting ready to add a few new options to their route network. Nonstop flights are being added in June of next year, as the carrier will start flying between Salt Lake City and Portland—the one in Oregon. They’re not done there either, as Salt Lake City is also getting nonstop options to spots like Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Jose. These new options kind of coincide with some existing options offered up by Delta, so hopefully a little friendly competition leads to more affordable fares between these cities and states.

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Airlines Get Hip to Family-friendly Flying with Onboard Nannies and Lactation Stations

September 5, 2013 at 10:02 AM | by | Comment (1)

After the recent news that more airlines are creating "child-free zones" in their aircraft, we are excited to announce something to actually benefit families. Etihad now has plans to train 500 of the airline's cabin crew as childcare specialists to act as "onboard nannies" for long-haul flights.

The Flying Nannies will be on hand to keep kiddies entertained throughout a long flight by serving meals earlier to ease into nap time, and filling milk bottles and offering snacks for the next leg of transiting passengers. If the kids just won't get some shut-eye, the attendants trained in the "gentle art of distraction" will use straws, stickers and cardboard teaching origami techniques. If you think all of that sounds fun, sock puppet kits are on the arts and crafts list too, but calm down as they are only for kids.

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The Airline Formerly Known as Jat Airways is Now Air Serbia

August 6, 2013 at 3:09 PM | by | Comments (0)

If you're traveling around Southeastern Europe soon, keep your eyes open for a new paint job taking the skies, thus saying "doviđenja" to Jat Airways and "zdravo" to Air Serbia. The name change not only comes with a refreshed paint job and corporate identity, but brand new owners with some deep, deep pockets.

The details go like this: Etihad has gone on an airline shopping spree lately and snatched up a portion of the formerly Yugoslavian carrier. In total, the Middle-Eastern behemoth now owns 49% of what we used to know as Jat Airways and, as part of the restructure, the 66-year old name will be no longer emblazon the side of planes. "Air Serbia" will.

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Etihad Elevates New York Service With Bigger Planes And In-Flight Wi-Fly

May 10, 2013 at 10:31 AM | by | Comments (0)

Here's some good news for Middle East-bound New Yorkers this summer: Etihad just upgraded one of its most popular routes, the 14-hour flight between New York and Abu Dhabi. The airline announced on Monday that it will increase capacity for the daily service by upgrading to a WiFi-enabled Boeing 777-300ER, the largest aircraft in its fleet.

The changes will go into effect on June 1, so, East Coasters, you've still got a little time to plan your Arabian Nights adventure. And hey, even if you haven't finished planning your trip on the day of your flight, you can continue planning it while you're in the air, surfing the web, making hotel reservations, and whatever else you need to get done.

The new aircraft will offer 328 seats (a 36.6% increase from the planes currently being used for the route), and represents a growing focus on one of Etihad's most successful daily service routes. The New York route has been around since 2006, and since then, they have shuttled over 800,000 passengers between the Middle Eastern and North American hubs. Etihad's CEO made clear that the US routes are ones in which they "see a need for more capacity."

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JetBlue, American, and Delta Add New Routes And New Cities

May 10, 2013 at 9:35 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.

· JetBlue:
Okay at this point it’s pretty much getting out of hand, as we can hardly go a week without talking about a new option from JetBlue. This week the carrier is celebrating the announcement of destination number 82, and it’s going to be Port-au-Prince in Haiti. One daily flight is an option to Toussaint Louverture International Airport from New York’s JFK Airport, and it’ll be two daily options back and forth from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. Government paperwork is still pending, but it sounds like the flights should take to the skies on December 5 of this year.

· American Airlines:
We knew this one was in the planning stages, but yesterday was the official kickoff for the new American Airlines service between the United States and South Korea. To be specific, American Airlines will now be doing the nonstop thing between Dallas-Ft. Worth and Seoul each and everyday of the week all year long. It’s Boeing 777-200s that will do all the flying fun between the two counties. To celebrate American Airlines is even feeling pretty generous with their frequent flyer miles, as they’re offering up to 50,000 miles for those flying between the two cities on eligible fares between now and the middle of August.

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Etihad Will Give Economy Flyers a First Class Ride to the Airport, for a Price

January 29, 2013 at 10:33 AM | by | Comments (0)

There are plenty of airlines out there offering up a free ride to the airport for their first—and sometimes business—class flyers, but that’s not usually the case for those stuck in the back of the airplane. For those people—like us—that usually means taking a taxi, hopping aboard the train, or just parking in the long-term lot. Well it sounds like Etihad Airways is looking to change that, as they’ve begun offering up transportation to the airport for some economy class passengers.

The carrier is now providing their chauffeur service to passengers seated in Coral Economy, as long as the passengers are doing their thing to or from London-Heathrow Airport. It may be limited to one airport as of now, but that’s a heck of a lot better than what a lot of other carriers are offering.

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It's Air China, JetBlue and Etihad with This Week's Newest Routes

January 18, 2013 at 8:33 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.

· Air China:
The government paperwork is still in the mail, but if things go as planned then Air China will be touching down over in Houston. The plan is to link Houston with Beijing as frequently as four times per week, as Air China wants to start heading back and forth beginning on July 11. Boeing 777-300s will do the heavy lifting across the globe, but there’s no doubt that it’s going to be a long haul to get where you’re headed. Air China is buddies with United thanks to the Star Alliance, so we’re pretty sure that Houston is a great place to help domestic flyers hook up with their new Air China connection.

· Etihad:
If you’ve had enough of Europe then give Etihad a call, as they want to get you from Amsterdam to Abu Dhabi once you’re done doing your thing over in the Netherlands. The plan is to start the new flights just in time for the busy summer travel season, as May 15 is the day that they’ve circled on their calendars. Airbus A330s look to be the planes of choice for this new option, and Etihad will team up with KLM to market the flight as a codeshare option too.

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Etihad Airways Has a Farm, EE-I-EE-I-O

June 26, 2012 at 8:52 AM | by | Comments (0)

When it comes to airlines of the Middle East, it seems like there's pretty much nothing they can’t do. The latest carrier to spend money on a crazy idea is Abu Dhabi's Etihad, as they’re looking to do a little in-flight farming. They might not be truly growing stuff at 35,000 feet, but they’re getting behind the local food movement firmly on the ground.

Etihad just called up the local Agway—that’s our guess—as they placed an order for a whole mess of chickens and a few beehives. The organic eggs and honey will be served to passengers in the hopes that this kind of service will differentiate them from some of the other fancy pants carriers in the region.

Etihad was quick to comment that they’re the first airline in the world to offer up this kind of service, which obviously isn’t too darn surprising. The eggs will currently find their way only to the Diamond First Class cabin, so don’t be surprised if your omelet or egg sandwich doesn’t exactly look farm fresh all the way back in coach, though offering more organic items further back in the plane is in the works.

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Just About Everyone, Including Ryanair, Trying to Buy Aer Lingus

June 25, 2012 at 2:51 PM | by | Comment (1)

Gather around children, as we spin a fable about the magic that is European airline industry regulation. In early 2011, the European Union was in the midst of an airline merger blocking spree. Regulators rejected a proposed merger between Olympic Air and Aegean Airlines because they declared it would leave the resulting airline dominating the Greek market. Then Olympic went out of business because it was unsustainable—hence the need for the merger in the first place—putting a lot of people out of work and leaving Aegean dominating the Greek market anyway. The End.

It bears mentioning that around the time when regulators were putting Olympic on a path to insolvency, they also rejected an attempted takeover of Aer Lingus by Ryanair. Now Ryanair is trying again and forecasters predict—perhaps in light of the Olympic fiasco or perhaps because of the challenging economy or perhaps simply a function of the changing industry—that its odds "of clearing competition hurdles...have improved."

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Airports from Dublin to Delhi to Have 787 Dreamliners When Etihad Gets 'Em Delivered

June 14, 2012 at 9:57 AM | by | Comments (0)

As more 787s begin to roll off the assembly line there’s plenty of carriers prepping their planes for new routes. Even when the deliveries are years away, the airlines are just like us—they enjoying dreaming. Etihad is the latest to think about the future, and they’re already itching to share their plans.

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It's Etihad, Alaska Airlines and United Starring in This Week's New Route News

February 24, 2012 at 12:02 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.

· Etihad Airways:
They’re serious about expanding around the globe, as Etihad Airways is already focused on where they can send some of their planes in 2013. They must be really prepared—or just pretty darn excited—because Etihad just announced that they’ll be doing a nonstop flight between Washington, DC and Abu Dhabi starting on March 31 of 2013.

The flights will do their thing thanks to a little assistance from the airline’s fleet of Airbus A340s, and there will definitely be some swanky options for those with the cash to spend. In addition to 200 economy seats there will also be 28 Pearl business class seats and 12 Diamond first class seats. We’re willing to volunteer to serve as some first class diplomats—just let us know.

· Germanwings:
A little low-cost carrier love is now heading back and forth between the UK and Germany, as Germanwings has just launched some new service. Instead of heading to one of the lesser known airports, the latest Germanwings route is heading right into London-Heathrow after departing from Stuttgart, Germany.

The flights will head back and forth via plenty of Airbus A319s. If you don’t want to head into Heathrow there’s always still the option of London-Stansted, as Germanwings has plenty of flights to and from there as well. Just expect a little bit longer of a trip into the city once you're back on the ground.

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Etihad, JetBlue and United Bring It with This Week's New Routes

December 2, 2011 at 9:42 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.

· Etihad Airways:
There’s been a few flights trickling back into Libya now that things have—uh, stabilized—a bit, and now it’s time for the National Airline of the United Arab Emirates to do their thing as well. Etihad Airways is planning to fly some planes between Tripoli and Abu Dhabi beginning on January 17. Initially the flights will arrive via a stop in Alexandria, Egypt, but the flights will supposedly become a nonstop option once the airport in Tripoli can handle a little more traffic. Flights are scheduled to do their thing three times a week, so if you still need a collectable Tripoli shot glass for your collection, you know what to do.

· VietJetAir:
If you haven’t heard of VietJetAir—that’s okay—we just learned about them too! They’re the region’s newest low cost carrier, and they’re planning to do their thing starting on December 25—that’s Christmas in case you didn’t know. According to our pals over at AirlineRoute.net, the new airline will offer a couple daily flights between Ho Chi Minh – Hanoi, and if all goes well they’ll up it to thrice per day starting in January. After that, the plan is to link Ho Chi Minh with Da Nang beginning in February—happy holiday hopping in Vietnam!

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