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Your future vacation to the Greek Isles just got a little bit easier, as it looks like a new carrier has its sights on non-stop flights in and out of Greece. Sure there are seasonal non-stops for when the weather is warmer, but year-round options just aren’t available. That might not be the case for much longer thanks to this new airline with a new vision.
SkyGreece Airlines is based out of Canada—not Greece—and they're looking to link Athens with both Canada and the United States sooner than later. Obviously there’s still plenty to do before the flying fun begins, but if all goes according to plan they’re thinking planes will take to the air as soon as May of 2013. Nonstop options will depart and arrive from spots like Toronto and Montreal, as well as New York and Chicago.
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Hey look! There's fun new airline stuff happening up in the Canada, too! Today, Air Canada makes the announcement that they're proceeding with the launch of a low-cost carrier little brother airline, to be called Air Canada rouge, a name decided through a Facebook contest. Yes, that "R" is lowercase, but we're going to uppercase it from here on out to save our sanity.
Beginning July 1, 2013, Air Canada Rouge will jet from Toronto to a variety of international destinations, some never before serviced by Air Canada itself. We're talking Venice, Edinburgh and Athens from $949 roundtrip, Cuba from $538 (roundtrip) and Jamaica, Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic from $269 (one-way). These are the introductory, yay-we-will-fly-soon fares to get you all hot and bothered, and they're good for booking on aircanada.com and aircanadavacations.com until December 25, 2011.
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We’ve been watching the deal with FastJet for quite some time, as the start-up looks to bring the cheap low cost carrier model across Africa. The initial idea was proposed by Sir Stelios of Easyjet fame and, about a year after we heard of this new venture, it’s almost time for the carrier to finally hit the skies.
As part of their plan to get up in the air as quickly as possible, FastJet kind of gobbled up another regional airline—Fly540—as this gave them some easy access to rights to fly to spots like Angola, Ghana, Kenya, and Tanzania. With that kind of paperwork in place it was time to pick a spot to start, and it sounds like they’re going to begin with Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The head honcho over at FastJet is eager to expand to more countries, but it sounds like his carrier plans to stay firmly planted in Africa.
Just like a ninja and what seems like overnight, a new airline popped up in Thailand. We now introduce your to U Airlines, flying out of Bangkok both domestically and internationally. They're specialty seems to be pumpkin colored planes and offering up cheap fares while still preserving a premium service model.
A little back-story: in April of this year, a very wealthy Thai business man, with beginnings in cable TV, branched out to fill a void in the aviation market by slashing prices and not cutting any type of service. You'll find two cabins of service aboard the bright planes, all at what the airline calls 'reasonable' fares. Honestly, it sounds a little scary because that word is subjective.
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For what feels like forever, we've been talking about Singapore's newest long-haul, low-cost carrier, Scoot. Finally, just last week the day came for our flight reservations and we got our butts in the seats to experience the so-called "Scootitude."
The basics: Offering a no-frills service model that brings passengers from international cities to the Southeast Asian metropolis of Singapore, Scoot is the low cost little bro of Singapore Airlines. We flew from the Gold Coast, Australia (OOL) on up to SIN and back, snagging tickets for basic economy at $88 AUD. For an 8-hour flight from Australia to Singapore, that is basically $11 per hour. Our return flight was in ScootBiz for $388 AUD.
Last time we spoke about Thai Airways' newest little budget carrier, THAI Smile, it was little more than a twinkle in their eye. Well, the time has come to welcome these new airplanes to the skies with, well, a smile.
The LCC has been doing it's thing since the beginning of July, flying between Bangkok and Macau. Thai Smile Airbus A320s take off and land twice daily so there are a few options if you are traveling between the cities. A typical roundtrip flight will put you back around $224, with the option for Smile Plus, business class, at around $425.
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Indonesia has just gotten even more accessible for travel to their tropical paradise. With the introduction of a premium subsidiary, Lion Air will try to go head-to-head with the national flag carrier, Garuda. Batik Air is planning to get their birds in the sky by March of next year.
Usually, we see premium airlines creating low-cost offshoots, but this the exact opposite. Lion Air is the low-cost carrier while Batik will be the one with higher ticker prices and, to go with it, high levels of service. It's to be based out of Jakarta, flying to South and East Asian destinations and Australia.
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New airline alert! Well kind of, as this carrier has been around before and is just now coming off a pretty long hiatus. Palestinian Airlines used to do its thing around the region, but it stopped all that back in 2005. Now, once again, they’ve got the planes and people ready to re-launch the airline. Thus, Palestinian Airlines is back and in business.
The carrier is starting of small with only like two flights per week, and only a couple of airplanes to their name. They’ll be using Fokker 50s to do their flying, as the plan is to connect Egypt and Jordan with Gazathough they’re really doing their thing to and from El Arish International Airport in Egypt. Obviously they’re taking off with a pretty small fleet and a pretty small plan, but hey it’s a start.
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Baltia Air Lines is the newest option bringing travelers from the Big Apple to St. Petersburg, Russia. Okay so they aren't the only ones running this route, but the website claims that they're America's newest option on it..
Have we confused you yet? Yes, this is an American carrier flying non-stop from JFK to St. Petersburg. Well, they arent flying...yet. There are still some things to iron out, but the hardest steps are completed and the planes are eager to get in the sky. Airport space has been obtained and headquarters have been leased, there's just no passengers with boarding passes.
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We admit to sneaking a smile when we see a plane smiling back. That's why it is with great pleasure we announce the newest airline with a grinning livery: Bingo Airways. Bingo, based out of Poland, is the newest way for Poles with wanderlust to get around Europe on the cheap.
It's basically a charter airline group flying to Mediterranean holiday destinations from Warsaw, Poznan, and Katowice, Bingo promises to keep the fun in flying from take-off to landing by operating a budget-based carrier with food and drink for purchase on-board. And by drink, we assume lots of vodka.
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After a challenging time finding the right dance partner to waltz around the floor, Qantas came up empty on their plans to create an all-premium airline based in Kuala Lumpur. On the other hand, they've had a win in Hong Kong. No, not with the creation of an all-business class carrier. but instead to go low-cost again with Jetstar, Qantas' budget off-shoot.
On Monday, on that side of the world, Jetstar partnered with Shanghai-based China Eastern, to create Jetstar Hong Kong. Yes, the bright orange star will be flying happy passengers all around Asia for a fraction of the cost of other airlines.
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Alright, Asia is now the unofficial mecca for new airlines. Not only is the region responsible for the majority of new tails showing up in airports around the world, but the continent is home to a significant number of budget carriers. It's all about the new, new, new; new carriers mean new reasons to hop on an airplane with the "new plane smell," heading off to new destinations.
Starting in July, Thailand will be the battleground for LCCs with the incarnation of THAI Smile. The cheerily named airline is a subsidiary of the national premium carrier, Thai Airways and both plan to mix up the aviation industry both domestically and, eventually, international short-haul. We talked about it last year, but now we have lots more info on the baby airline.