You can call yourself lucky because many airlines will premiere all-new extra longhaul flights in 2017. Here are the upcoming flights flyers should add to their radars.
Alaska Airlines launched a daily flight Thursday morning from Los Angeles to Havana. Last February, the United States and Cuba signed a new civil aviation agreement, which allows for up to 110 additional scheduled flights. Of these, only 20 were allocated to Havana.
Air Canada will expand with five new routes in 2017. From Toronto, the airline will begin servicing Memphis, San Antonio, and Savannah. Later in the year, Air Canada will begin operating flights from Montreal to Dallas-Fort Worth and from Vancouver to Denver.
JetBlue is beefing up its service to Bermuda, adding more capacity to the island from both New York and Boston. From its hub at New York JFK, JetBlue will add a second daily round-trip flight to its existing once-daily service. The seasonal second flight will start May 18 and will run until late October, when JetBlue returns to once-daily service on the route.
Starting this summer, Virgin America and Alaska Airlines will begin operating more flights out of San Francisco (due to their recent merger). From SF, the two airlines will operate flights to Minneapolis-St. Paul, Orlando and Orange County, California.
Virgin Atlantic will begin operating more transatlantic flights in the new year. Starting in March, the airline will operate flights from Manchester to Boston and San Francisco. Also, it looks like Virgin Atlantic will be launching daily flights between Seattle and London Heathrow. The new flight will be operated by a Boeing 787-9 as of May 1, 2017.
Qatar Airways will start daily service from Auckland, New Zealand to Doha, Qatar from February 6 . The 18-hour and 35-minute flight will become the world’s longest once service starts.
Virgin Australia has applied for regulatory permission to launch daily flights from Australia to Hong Kong and Beijing this June. The airline is hoping to service Beijing and Hong Kong. Although it’s not clear which Australian airport it would use as its origin.