New Routes Taking Off – Airline Updates February 2018

Get your travel resolutions in gear with these new services and routes taking off in 2018. Plus, peacocks on planes? And why is a plane’s seat belt different from a car’s? We’ve got your answers!


Hawaiian Airlines

Hawaiian Airlines announced that Southern California travelers no longer have to head to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to start their island getaway. Starting June 1 (inaugural flight May 31), travelers can fly directly from Long Beach (LGB) to Honolulu (HLN) on Hawaiian Airlines.

Just in case you still want to travel to LAX, Hawaiian Airlines previously announced a new route from LAX to Kona (KOA) that will also take off this summer.


United Airlines


Adding to its already bustling San Francisco service, United Airlines announced that it will add nonstop flights from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) to Fa’a’ā International Airport in Pape’ete (PPT), the capital of Tahiti, starting Oct. 30, 2018 and running through March 28, 2019, subject to government approval. The new service will fly three times a week – Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday – and utilize the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.

Travel Weekly reports that United plans to roll out a premium economy cabin on international flights sometime this year. United Premium Plus will boast larger seats, free alcoholic beverages, an amenity kit, china dinnerware, and a Saks Fifth Avenue pillow and blanket.  

Delta Air Lines


Delta Air Lines’ new daily nonstop service from Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) to its Salt Lake City hub (SLC) will take off on July 9. This new route will give Pittsburgh travelers access to Delta’s Salt Lake City hub routes with flights to more than 90 destinations, including Hawaiian, Mexican, and Canadian cities.

Delta will also be adding a new route from Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) to Charleston, S.C. and seasonal service to Aruba in 2018. The new daily round-trip service to Charleston International Airport (CHS) will take off on July 9, while Delta will offer new Saturday nonstop service to Queen Beatrix International Airport (AUA) in Aruba, starting on June 9 and flying through Aug. 18.

Delta is also increasing its existing service from Boston on June 8, adding morning and evening flights to Jacksonville (JAX), Kansas City (MCI), Nashville (BNA), and Pittsburgh (PIT)


American Airlines

American Airlines decided to help you with that New Year’s resolution by adding a whopping 52 new nonstop flights and enhanced schedules. Here’s a complete rundown:

From Charlotte (CLT), service to:

  • Nantucket, MA (ACK)
  • Panama City, FL (ECP)
  • South Bend, IN (SBN)
  • Tucson, AZ (TUS)
Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park, Chicago, Illinois

Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park, Chicago

From Chicago (ORD), service to:

  • Bangor, ME (BGR)
  • Burlington, VT (BTV)
  • Calgary, AB (YYC)
  • Charleston, SC (CHS)
  • Missoula, MT (MSO)
  • Myrtle Beach, SC (MYR)
  • Portland, ME (PWM)
  • Savannah, GA (SAV)
  • Vancouver, BC (YVR)
  • Venice, Italy (VCE)
  • Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, PA (AVP)

From Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW), service to:

  • Asheville, NC (AVL)
  • Flagstaff, AZ (FLG)
  • Key West, FL (EYW)
  • Missoula, MT (MSO)
  • Myrtle Beach, SC (MYR)
  • Oakland, CA (OAK)
  • Panama City, FL (ECP)
  • Reykjavik, Iceland (KEF)
  • South Bend, IN (SBN)
  • Wilmington, NC (ILM)


From Los Angeles (LAX), service to:

  • Bozeman, MT (BZN)
  • Flagstaff, AZ (FLG)

From Miami (MIA), service to:

Ocean Drive, South Beach, Miami

Ocean Drive, South Beach, Miami

  • Bonaire, Netherlands (Lesser Antilles) (BON)
  • Savannah, GA (SAV)

From New York (JFK), service to:

  • Denver, CO (DEN)
  • Philadelphia, PA (PHL)

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From New York (LGA), service to:

  • Portland, ME (PWM)
  • Traverse City, MI (TVC)

From Philadelphia (PHL), service to:

  • Budapest, Hungary (BUD)
  • Des Moines, IA (DSM)
  • Fort Wayne, IN (FWA)
  • Madison, WI (MSN)
  • Oklahoma City, OK (OKC)
  • Omaha, NE (OMA)
  • Pensacola, FL (PNS)
  • Prague, Czech Republic (PRG)
  • San Antonio, TX (SAT)
  • Zurich, Switzerland (ZIH)

    Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport

    Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport

From Phoenix (PHX), service to:

  • Amarillo, TX (AMA)
  • Oklahoma City, OK (OKC)

From Washington, D.C. (DCA), service to:

  • Destin-Ft. Walton Beach, FL (VPS)
  • Little Rock, AR (LIT)
  • Montgomery, AL (MGM)
  • Myrtle Beach, SC (MYR)
  • Tallahassee, FL (TLH)
  • Wilmington, NC (ILM)

Plus, American is also offering new hourly shuttle service between New York LaGuardia (LGA) and ORD. This enhanced service includes dedicated gates, 15 flights each weekday, and complimentary beer and wine in the Main Cabin.

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The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that the demand for air travel increased in 2017 by 7.6 percent, reports Travel Pulse. In North America, air traffic increased by 4.8 percent while capacity rose by 4.5 percent. In all, more than four billion people took to the skies worldwide, with increases seen in all regions of the world, most significantly in the Asia-Pacific sector with passenger numbers up 9.4 percent.


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