In international route news, American puts a new 787 onto an O’Hare route; ANA revives first class on a key U.S. route; SAS adds a pair of U.S. gateways; and low-cost Norwegian begins new East Coast service.
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American Airlines has upgraded its Chicago O’Hare-Tokyo Narita route by replacing the previous 777 service with a new 787 Dreamliner. The airline has also boosted frequencies on the ORD-NRT route, increasing its schedule from five flights a week to daily roundtrips. It’s American’s first regular 787 service out of O’Hare.
In other Tokyo news, All Nippon Airways plans to change equipment starting October 25 on its Los Angeles-Tokyo Haneda route, switching from a 777-200ER to a 777-300ER. One big difference: The 300ER has a first class cabin; the 200ER doesn’t.
Scandinavian carrier SAS has unveiled 2016 route plans that include new service to two U.S. cities. In March 2016, SAS will launch daily service between Los Angeles and Stockholm‘s Arlanda Airport. And sometime in the fall of next year, it will begin new service from Miami to Copenhagen three days a week, as well as Miami-Oslo four days a week. SAS will also increase frequencies on four other U.S. routes by one flight per week, making all of them daily, including San Francisco-Copenhagen, New York-Oslo, New York-Stockholm and Chicago-Stockholm. (SAS has informed TravelSkills that its new business class could appear on SFO-CPH or other US routes later this year so stay tuned. Here’s a Trip Report on the current product.)
Low-cost European carrier Norwegian will add Boston Logan to its network next spring. The service plan includes four flights a week from Boston to London Gatwick as well as two a week between Boston-Oslo and one a week from Boston to Copenhagen. Fares start as low as $244 one-way to London, $210 to Oslo and $225 to Copenhagen — plus ancillary fees, of course.
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