In route news, United expands its China presence, Alaska adds several new markets, Delta tacks on a new Boston route, American changes its Hawaii fleet, and Hainan and Aeromexico begin new U.S. services.
- United has added 10 new connecting routes to cities in China through its code-sharing partnership with Air China. United’s code is now on Air China flights from Beijing to Mianyang, Taiyuan, Sanya, Shanghai Hongqiao, Yinchuan, Xining, Liuzhou, Haikou and Lanzhou, and from Shanghai Pudong to Yinchuan. Air China’s code went onto a dozen more United domestic routes from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington Dulles and Houston. In other news, United has started daily seasonal service to Dublin, Ireland from Chicago O’Hare, continuing through August 18; and added a second daily seasonal Newark-Dublin flight, continuing through September 24; both use 757-200s.
- Alaska Airlines said it will add a pair of new non-hub routes this fall. November 5 is the start date for Alaska/Skywest service linking Portland and Austin, with a 76-seat Embraer 175; and for new Horizon Air San Jose-Eugene, Ore. flights, using a 76-seat Q400.
- Delta has kicked off new daily service between Boston and Milwaukee.
- Boston also got new service this month from Aeromexico, which has started flying six days a week (not Tuesdays) between Boston and Mexico City, using a two-class 737-700. It’s Aeromexico’s 16th U.S. gateway.
- American Airlines reportedly plans to make some changes to its Hawaii service, phasing out 757-200s from some routes to the islands and replacing them with two-class Airbus A321s. The changeover will include all flights from Los Angeles to Hawaii by the end of this year. American has also added two new routes from its Miami International hub — daily service to Barranquilla, Colombia, and six flights a week to Monterrey, Mexico. Both routes use Airbus A319s.
- We’ve mentioned it before, but just as a reminder: China’s Hainan Airlines will begin its new transpacific route between San Jose and Beijing on June 15, using a 787 Dreamliner. This is San Jose’s second transpac flight in addition to its Tokyo nonstop.
- South African Airways will change its Washington Dulles-Johannesburg flight on August 3, adding a stopover in Accra, Ghana four days a week (the only non-stops between the U.S. and Ghana), and reducing its IAD-Dakar-Johannesburg routing to three days a week.
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