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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.
Not too long ago we heard that American Airlines was getting ready to fly down to Brazil, and now it looks like Delta has also applied for the ability to fly some new routes. Delta is awaiting approval to get things moving, but they’d like to add some more flights to their current schedule between São Paulo and spots like New York-JFK and Atlanta. They’re looking to get the necessary stamps and seals lined up as quickly as possible, as they are ready to start flying as soon as this year.
· British Airways:
So this one isn’t exactly a new route, but it is a new airplane on an old route. British Airways is finally prepping to receive their very first Airbus A380, and they’re thinking about where to send it.
It sounds like they’ll use the big bird to do the nonstop thing between Los Angeles and London-Heathrow beginning on October 15. Airbus A380 number two will be deployed out of London over to Hong Kong, and those flights should start doing their thing on November 15. There’s 469 seats across four different cabins, so you better start looking for a seat now.
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We’ve been following the possibility of cheap 787 flights over to Europe for quite some time, and it looks like that might actually be happening sooner rather than later. Norwegian Air Shuttle has been running the numbers and counting their airplanes, and now they have some details and information to reveal.
The carrier is still on schedule to launch some flights between New York City and Oslo as soon as May of 2013, and they’re even ready to start taking reservations for these new routes. Their booking engine went live yesterday and, with the promise of roughly €250 for roundtrip flights, it quickly crashed. The site is back up now and there are still cheap flights to be had if you’re flexible, but the crazy deals may be a little hard to find.
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Just about a year ago we heard about Norwegian Air Shuttle and their plans for cheap flights between spots like Oslo and New York City. The airline has a whole bunch of 787s on order to get that flying done, and they'll likely be the cheapest transatlantic travel aboard a Boeing 787 Dreamliner. However, it might technically be a separate airline carrying you across the Atlantic.
It looks like the carrier is creating sort of a subsidiary to be responsible for some of the longer flights. The new venture will be known as Norwegian Long Haul, but we’re not totally sure if that’s what they’ll be plastering along side of the fuselage. The new carrier—that’s not really a new carrier—will have a different operating certificate, but apparently might retain the usual branding.
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We’re only weeks away from 2012, but we’re already looking forward to some exciting stuff scheduled to land further in the future. The new year definitely has cool plans in store for commercial flights, but 2013 is when Norwegian Air Shuttle plans to link the United States with Scandinavia—on the cheap.
There was some news kicking around about the airline’s plans for low-cost, long-haul routes, and it sounds like things are still moving full speed ahead. Best of all it sounds as though NAS will utilize Boeing 787s on the new routes, so this might be one of the cheapest ways to experience the Dreamliner in all its glory. Even if Norwegian Air Shuttle goes no-frills, some of the 787's standard features should still shine through. Just so you know, right now they’ve got like six of the brand new birds on order.
You might not have heard of Norwegian Air Shuttle—they usually just do their flying under the Norwegian name—but you might want to add them to your airline "to-do" list. Right now the carrier kind of does mostly domestic routes here and there around Norway along with some international options to spots like Stockholm and Copenhagen. However, it’s the future we’re most interested in, because it sounds like as soon as they get some 787s, they’ll be headed to New York City.
Unfortunately the airline is a little ways down on the Boeing 787 delivery list, but once they do arrive there are already plans in place to link both Stockholm and Oslo with New York-JFK as early as two years from now. Scandinavia is perpetually on the travel to-do list, so maybe we'll be checking that off over and over come 2013.
While a host of airlines both foreign and domestic figure out what they're doing on the in-flight WiFi front, a budget airline in Scandinavia is working to make the whole Internet available in mid-air. Norwegian Air Shuttle, a low cost carrier with destinations throughout Europe, will outfit its fleet with both web access and cell phone service by the fourth quarter of 2008.
In addition to WiFi and mobile phone coverage, VoIP calls will also be allowed so you can talk to your buddies in Timbuktu on the cheap.
So far there's been no mention of how much the service might cost. Here's hoping that jabbering away on a cell is prohibitively expensive.