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New Airline Alert: Qatar's Saudi Offshoot, Al Maha

January 20, 2014 at 12:15 PM | by | Comments (0)

First Qatar Airways goes against the grain of its fellow regional airlines by joining Oneworld, and now they plan to grow their footprint in the region by opening up a new airline in neighboring Saudi Arabia.

As the country in the Middle East with largest land mass and population, it makes sense to have more than just Saudi Arabian Airlines and Flynas to take passengers from city to city in the Kingdom. Al Maha will focus on Dammam, Jeddah, Riyadh and secondary Saudi cities before expanding to smaller domestic cities.

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New Airline Alert: What's Up with 'UP' by El Al?

Where: Israel
December 3, 2013 at 9:04 AM | by | Comments (0)

The past few years have absolutely been high times for full-service airlines to stretch their legs and enter the low-cost carrier market. Singapore Airlines has Scoot, ANA has Peach and Vanilla Air, Thai Airways has Nok Air, Air Canada has Air Canada Rouge, and these are only a few examples. Now, El Al is getting in on the fun with their own little brother of an airline, UP by El Al.

The new airline will fly from Tel Aviv to five cities in Europe, giving cost-conscious travelers a new option between Israel and Berlin, Budapest, Kiev, Prague and Larnaca. Offering the typical à la carte service model we've come to expect from budget airlines, Up will save passengers some cash with tickets to Prague and Budapest starting at $69, and the other destinations from $99 one-way.

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New Airline Alert: Get High in the Himalayas with Bhutan Airlines

Where: Bhutan
September 25, 2013 at 9:33 AM | by | Comments (4)

Bhutan, the little country tucked away in the Himalayas, has some big plans for increasing the number of tourists visiting the country. Now, air access to the high altitude nation is just that much easier with the launch of Bhutan Airlines and expanded international service.

The new national airline will officially take off on October 10 with flights originating in Bangkok and flying over mountain peaks to the nation's only international airport in Paro. As you can probably guess, the terrain and remote location make Paro one of the more dangerous airports from which to take off and land, so perhaps read the fine print on your travel insurance policy.

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New Airline Alert: Fly Micronesia Hopes to Connect the World to Paradise

Where: Micronesia
September 18, 2013 at 9:07 AM | by | Comments (0)

You guys, Pacific Islands are so hot right now! We mean both literally and figuratively, but we're going to focus on how travel to Oceania's tiny dots is making the bucketlist of more and more travelers. To reach them, however, it takes a lot of flying just to get your toes in the sand, but thanks to the governments of the Federated States of Micronesia, Palau and the Marshall Islands, flying to any one of the islands will be a lot easier with Fly Micronesia.

These island nations plan to collectively create a new airline with connections to Asia, eliminating the need of the bulk of passengers to connect through US ports in Hawaii and Guam (currently served by United's Micronesia unit). Flying a small fleet of Bombardier Q400 prop planes, Fly Micronesia plans to ease the bottleneck to and from the Western edge of the Pacific Islands, reducing some travel times by half depending on the destination.

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New Airline Alert: Hop! Puts Destination Dots All Over Europe

Where: France
January 30, 2013 at 10:06 AM | by | Comments (0)

Thank goodness for even more options for low-cost, short-haul flights in Europe; we were worried that that market wasn't big enough. [sarcasm] You see, Air France just announced the launch of their own little regional carrier and, keeping with the theme of onomatopoeic budget airline names, this time we introduce "Hop!."

Hop! isn't exactly new; it's just a fresh brand that encompasses the three legs of AF's regional carriers. Brit Air, Regional and Airlinair will be folded into the one name to operate as a single short-to-medium haul carrier, mainly, out of one of Paris' other airports, Orly. Hop! will also have a handful of flights out of Charles de Gaulle, just to keep things interesting.

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