Every day, airlines around the world launch new routes, some with little fanfare, others with great fanfare. Regardless of their status, we collect the most interesting routes announced each week, and share them with you here.
Routes Announced This Week (May 15th – May 21st)
Delta: New York City – Rio de Janeiro
Delta opened reservations for its previously announced service from New York JFK to Rio de Janeiro, starting December 21st, 2017 (New York Departure). Flights will operate once daily, and are timed to connect with connections on the New York side. Delta’s Boeing 767-400ER aircraft will operate these flights.
Schedule, New York City – Rio de Janeiro (operates daily)
DL479 New York City 9:22pm Departure –> Rio de Janeiro 10:25am (+1) Arrival
Schedule, Rio de Janeiro – New York City (operates daily)
DL076 Rio de Janeiro 10:20pm Departure –> New York City 5:28am (+1) Arrival
El Al: Miami – Tel Aviv
Resuming service after a nine-year hiatus, El Al will return to Miami with three flights a week to Tel Aviv, starting November 1st, 2017. Flights will be operated by El Al’s Boeing 777-200ER aircraft, and will be the only flights linking the Southeast to Israel with a non-stop flight.
Schedule, Tel Aviv – Miami (operates Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays)
LY017 Tel Aviv 1:00am Departure –> Miami 8:05am Arrival
Schedule, Miami – Tel Aviv (see days below)
LY018 Miami 12:00pm Departure –> Tel Aviv 6:45am (+1) Arrival (operates Mondays, Wednesdays)
LY018 Miami 10:45pm Departure –> Tel Aviv 5:30pm (+1) Arrival (operates Saturdays)
Ethiopian Airlines: Addis Ababa – Chengdu
Although this route has been in the works for some time, the schedule for launch has just been confirmed by the airline, with a one-off flight on May 22nd being followed up by regular flights starting June 2nd, 2017 (Addis Ababa Departure). Flights between Addis Ababa will be operated three times weekly by Ethiopian Airlines’ Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft, and are timed to connect to services in Chengdu by Ethopian’s Star Alliance partners Air China and Sichuan Airlines.
Schedule, Addis Ababa – Chengdu (operates Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays)
ET636 Addis Ababa 12:10am Departure –> Chengdu 2:40pm Arrival
Schedule, Chengdu – Addis Ababa (operates Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays)
ET637 Chengdu 1:50am Departure –> Addis Ababa 6:20am Arrival
KLM: Amsterdam – Mumbai
KLM will be resuming service to Mumbai after a 16 year hiatus in service, flying the route three times a week using KLM’s newest Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft. These flights will accompany Skyteam partner Jet Airways’ daily flights to Mumbai, and are timed for passengers to make connections through Amsterdam to destinations throughout Europe and North America. This new service was featured in an article earlier this week, which you can read here.
Schedule, Amsterdam – Mumbai (operates Mondays, Thursdays, Sundays)
KL877 Amsterdam 1:00pm Departure –> Mumbai 1:55am (+1) Arrival
Schedule, Mumbai – Amsterdam (operates Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays)
KL878 Mumbai 4:00am Departure –> Amsterdam 8:45am Arrival
WOW Air: Reykjavík – Tel Aviv
Bringing low-cost, transatlantic travel to Israel, WOW Air announced the launch of service between its Reykjavík hub and Tel Aviv in Israel starting on September 12th, 2017. Flights will operate four times a week, with Airbus A321 aircraft. This route was also featured in an article earlier this week, which you can read here. Connections from North America to Israel include an approximately 13 hour layover in Reykjavík, while connections from Israel to North America include an approximately 2 hour layover in Reykjavík, making this an attractive option to travelers wishing to visit two countries in one trip.
Schedule, Reykjavík – Tel Aviv (operates Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Sundays)
WW698 Reykjavík 6:15pm Departure –> Tel Aviv 4:40am (+1) Arrival
Schedule, Tel Aviv – Reykjavík (operates Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays)
WW699 Tel Aviv 8:25am Departure –> Reykjavík 1:30pm Arrival