New routes launched during the last week
(Saturday 21 March – Friday 27 March)

Route of the week: Continental’s Newark to Shanghai

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Continental’s president Jeff Smisek cuts the ribbon and offers “lucky” lettuce to the ceremonial dragons. The refreshments are offered by Chelsea Food Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of Continental. (anna.aero thanks Continental’s Mark Eichberger for his very efficient assistance.)
  • Continental this week becomes the second airline to link New York with Shanghai (PVG). While China Eastern operates thrice-weekly from New York JFK, Continental has launched daily flights using a 777-200 from New York Newark (EWR). The sector length is 7,417 miles (11,867 kilometres). Other non-stop flights between Shanghai and the US are provided by American (Chicago O’Hare), Delta (Atlanta), China Eastern (Los Angeles), United (Chicago O’Hare and San Francisco)

Cake of the week: jetBlue’s Orlando to San Jose

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  • Following in the low-cost footsteps of Frontier (from Denver) and Spirit Airlines (from Fort Lauderdale) jetBlue this week launches daily flights from Orlando (MCO) to San Jose (SJO) in Costa Rica. This brings to 14 the number of non-US destinations served by jetBlue which include Bogota, Cancun and several Caribbean islands. An Embraer 190 will be used on this new route.
Image: Dr Shaiful
Indonesian AirAsia was not able to send us photos of these launches, but we did get a delightful comment and comprehensive travel journal from Dr Shaiful and his family who have just returned home to Malaysia after a week’s holiday in London using the inaugural Air Asia X service. For instant relief from the recession click here
  • AirAsia’s Indonesian subsidiary has launched four new routes this week, all to Singapore (SIN). There are now daily flights from Bandung (BDO), Denpasar Bali (DPS) and Yogyakarta (JOG) as well as double-daily flights from Jakarta (CGK). This will bring to 10 the number of routes AirAsia operates to and from Singapore. The busiest route is to Kuala Lumpur which the airline now operates seven times daily after a relaxing of the bilateral agreement between Malaysia and Singapore.
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Shanghai Airlines uses one of its 20 737-800s for the Hanoi service. It has significant international ambitions, although earlier this month Shanghai Air’s chairman raised doubts it would take all nine of its Dreamliners on order.
  • Shanghai Airlines launched the first link between Shanghai (PVG) and Hanoi (HAN) in Vietnam this week. Flights will operate thrice-weekly using a 737-800. Vietnam Airlines currently serves Beijing from Hanoi.

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