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Each month, airlines around the world launch and announce dozens of new flight routes and service changes — and today, TPG Assistant Editor Matt Zuzolo shares just a few of the latest flights that will take to the skies this month or in the near future. Keep in mind that exact flight details (e.g., flight schedules, aircraft and more) could change based on travel dates.
NEW ROUTES LAUNCHED IN NOVEMBER 2015
San Francisco (SFO) – Honolulu (HNL) on Virgin America (launched November 2, 2015)
Details — Virgin America launched its first flight to Hawaii this month, with service between San Francisco and Honolulu. This service operates once daily in each direction on the airline’s A320 aircraft. Virgin will also be launching flights to Maui in December; at present, Virgin is unable to offer Wi-Fi on this route, but that service is coming in 2016.
VX51 San Francisco 7:45am Departure ⇒ Honolulu 11:25am Arrival VX50 Honolulu 12:55pm Departure ⇒ San Francisco 8:15pm Arrival
Las Vegas (LAS) – Copenhagen (CPH) and Stockholm (ARN) on Norwegian (launched November 10, 2015)
Details — Norwegian has recently added new routes to/from the US, providing nonstop service from Las Vegas to Copenhagen and Stockholm on the airline’s Dreamliner. Service to/from Copenhagen runs each Tuesday, while the Stockholm flights operate each Saturday.
Each Tuesday — Copenhagen
- DY7106 Las Vegas 1:45pm Departure ⇒ Copenhagen 9:00am (+1) Arrival
DY7105 Copenhagen 9:50am Departure ⇒ Las Vegas 11:45am Arrival
Each Saturday — Stockholm
DY7104 Las Vegas 5:25pm Departure ⇒ Stockholm 12:30pm (+1) Arrival DY7103 Stockholm 1:45pm Departure ⇒ Las Vegas 3:25pm Arrival
New York (JFK) – Abu Dhabi (AUH) on Etihad’s A380 (launched November 23, 2015)
Details — Etihad brought its A380 to the US this month — including the plane’s famed Residence and Apartment suites. A one-way trip in The Residence will set you back more than $30,000, but you can book the Apartment for a much more reasonable 90,000 American miles each way — at least, before the upcoming devaluation. Etihad’s A380 has nine first-class suites, 70 flat-bed business seats and 415 economy seats.
EY102 New York 2:30pm Departure ⇒ Abu Dhabi 12:15pm (+1) Arrival EY103 Abu Dhabi 3:20am Departure ⇒ New York 9:10am Arrival
Toronto (YYZ) – Dubai (DXB) on Air Canada (launched November 2015)
Details — Earlier this month, Air Canada launched nonstop service between Toronto (YYZ) and Dubai (DXB) on the airline’s three-cabin Dreamliner. The flight operates three times per week with 30 flat-bed business seats, 21 premium-economy seats and 247 economy seats.
AC056 Toronto 8:55pm Departure ⇒ Dubai 6:40pm (+1) Arrival AC057 Dubai 11:55pm Departure ⇒ Toronto 5:00am (+1) Arrival
Ryanair Service to Israel (launched November 2015)
Details — Ryanair began new service to Eilat, Israel’s Ovda Airport (ETH) in November. The budget airline now flies to ETH from Budapest, Hungary (BUD); Kaunas, Lithuania (KUN); and Krakow, Poland (KRK), and each of these flights will operate twice per week.
Alaska Service in the Western US (launched November 2015)
Details — Alaska launched a bunch of new flights servicing the western US in early November. The airline will mostly operate regional jets on these routes, although flights between Portland, Oregon (PDX) and Austin (AUS) will be on an Embraer 175 operated by SkyWest Airlines.
New Alaska Airlines routes:
Portland, Oregon (PDX) – Austin, Texas (AUS) Eugene, Oregon (EUG) – San Jose, California (SJC)
- Los Angeles (LAX) – Monterrey, Mexico (MTY)
- Boise, Idaho (BOI) – Reno, Nevada (RNO)
NEW ROUTES ANNOUNCED IN NOVEMBER 2015
New international flights from Los Angeles on American Airlines (launching 2016)
Details — American Airlines will launch new international routes departing from Los Angeles next year. In February, AA will bring service to Tokyo-Haneda and come June, American will start flying between Los Angeles and Auckland, New Zealand. Both flights will be operated on the airline’s Dreamliner.
Los Angeles (LAX) – Tokyo-Haneda (HND)
- AA27 Los Angeles 6:00pm Departure ⇒ Tokyo-Haneda 11:00pm (+1) Arrival
- AA26 Tokyo-Haneda 1:30am Departure ⇒ Los Angeles 6:20pm Arrival
Los Angeles (LAX) – Auckland (AKL)
- AA83 Los Angeles 10:45pm Departure ⇒ Auckland 6:35am (+2) Arrival
- AA82 Auckland 1:20pm Departure ⇒ Los Angeles 6:30am Arrival
New SAS service from Miami to Scandanavia (launching September 2016)
Details — Miami is getting two more flight routes to Europe next fall — this time to Copenhagen (CPH) and Oslo (OSL) on SAS. The Copenhagen flights will operate three times per week, and the Oslo flights will operate four times per week.
Miami (MIA) – Copenhagen (CPH)
- SK954 Miami 3:50pm Departure ⇒ Copenhagen 7:10am (+1) Arrival (Wednesday, Friday, Sunday)
- SK953 Copenhagen 9:35am Departure ⇒ Miami 1:50pm Arrival (Monday, Thursday, Saturday)
Miami (MIA) – Oslo (OSL)
SK956 Miami 3:50pm Departure ⇒ Oslo 7:05am (+1) Arrival (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday)
- SK955 Oslo 9:40am Departure ⇒ Miami 1:50pm Arrival (Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday)
New Air Berlin Service to the US (launching Summer 2016)
Details — In 2016, Air Berlin is launching three new flights between the US and Dusseldorf, Germany (DUS). The airline will add this new service to/from Boston (BOS), Dallas (DFW) and San Francisco (SFO), with each flight departing four or five times per week.
Boston (BOS) – Dusseldorf (DUS) — Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday
- AB7473 Boston 5:50pm Departure ⇒ Dusseldorf 6:45am (+1) Arrival
- AB7472 Dusseldorf 1:50pm Departure ⇒ Boston 3:30pm Arrival
Dallas (DFW) – Dusseldorf (DUS) — Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday
AB7011 Dallas 2:40pm Departure ⇒ Dusseldorf 7:05am (+1) Arrival
- AB7010 Dusseldorf 9:15am Departure ⇒ Dallas 12:50pm Arrival
San Francisco (SFO) – Dusseldorf (DUS) — Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday
AB7393 San Francisco 5:55pm Departure ⇒ Dusseldorf 1:35pm (+1) Arrival
- AB7392 Dusseldorf 1:20pm Departure ⇒ San Francisco 3:55pm Arrival
Minneapolis (MSP) – Reykjavik, Iceland (KEF) on Delta (launching May 26, 2016)
Details — Delta will continue expanding its international service from the midwest in 2016 with service from Minneapolis (MSP) to Reykjavik, Iceland (KEF). The airline will operate its 757-200ER aircraft on this route with 20 premium-cabin seats and 29 Comfort+ and 150 standard economy seats in the main cabin. (Last month, Delta announced two other new flights: Minneapolis [MSP] – Rome [FCO], and Detroit [DTW] – Munich [MUC].)
- DL260 Minneapolis 9:52pm Departure ⇒ Reykjavik 9:00am (+1) Arrival
- DL261 Reykjavik 8:30am Departure ⇒ Minneapolis 10:00am Arrival
New York – Belgrade, Serbia on Air Serbia (summer 2016 pending approval)
Details — Air Serbia will be adding a new flight to the US between Belgrade (BEG) and New York-JFK in 2016. The airline is expected to fly a leased A330-200 for the long-haul flight, as its fleet presently has only short-haul and medium-ranged aircraft.
New Southwest flights (launching 2016)
Details — Southwest will add a bunch of new flight routes around the US in 2016. Specific dates vary based on the flights. Along with these changes, Southwest will also be ending service on a few different routes next year.
New routes on Southwest:
- Chicago (MDW) – Dayton, Ohio (DAY)
- Chicago (MDW) – Grand Rapids, Michigan (GRR)
- Chicago (MDW) – Flint, Michigan (FNT)
- St. Louis (STL) – Des Moines, Iowa (DSM)
- St. Louis (STL) – Pittsburgh (PIT)
- St. Louis (STL) – Wichita, Kansas (ICT)
- Newark (EWR) – Orlando (MCO)
- Newark (EWR) – Las Vegas (LAS)
- Greenville-Spartanburg, South Carolina (GSP) – Atlanta (ATL)
- Wichita, Kansas (ICT) – Phoenix (PHX)
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