Summer Flyin’ Options and a Very Remote Route


The summer seasonal routes are out from Delta and United Airlines and that means some fun new options to cross the Atlantic Ocean. Plus United is growing its 787 network and an update on one of the most remote routes in the world.

Summer Season ’16

Delta will be adding service from Minneapolis to Rome (daily) and Detroit to Munich (6x) starting in Summer 2016. These two routes are starting during the summer season but are actually scheduled to remain year round. They complement the previously announced Summer routes of RDU-Paris, SLC-London and JFK-Edinburgh.

United has a handful of Summer-only routes coming, including resumption of Newark-Athens plus addition of flights from Dulles to both Lisbon and Barcelona. Very much focused on the leisure traffic markets here but in the summer that can be a profitable exercise.

TATL routes from UA and DL starting in Summer ’16
Map generated by the Great Circle Mapper - copyright © Karl L. Swartz.

The United 787s

United has previously indicated it will be concentrating its 787s at its west coast hubs to strengthen its position there. That effort was redoubled with the announcement of two more routes this week from San Francisco. Tel Aviv will see 3x weekly service from the west coast beginning on 30 March 2016. Service from San Francisco to Auckland, New Zealand will also be added, starting 3x weekly  in July 2016 and expanding to Daily service at the end of October, after the seasonal service to Xi’an ends.

New 787s ex-SFO for UA starting next year
Map generated by the Great Circle Mapper - copyright © Karl L. Swartz.

Finnair Loves Asia

Finnair continues its growth into Asia with two more routes announced for Summer ’16 from the Helsinki hub. Fukuoka, Japan will see 3x weekly service starting in the spring and Guangzhou, China gets 4x weekly service from May-October ’16. Both flights will be on A330s.

Finnair loves its Asia connections
Map generated by the Great Circle Mapper - copyright © Karl L. Swartz.

Going Remote

One of the world’s most remote islands is nearly ready to inaugurate air service. St. Helena is targeting February 2016 for its once weekly service from Johannesburg, pending certification of the new runway construction. The flight will be operated by British Airways franchisee Comair. A specific start date and fares are not yet available.

Less Certain

No specific dates on some other potential routes, but EVA is looking at Istanbul, Delhi, Cebu and Chicago as upcoming destinations.

And Aer Lingus is expected to announce service to Hartford (I guess because a 757 can reach) and Los Angeles, plus maybe Miami.

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Seth Miller

I'm Seth, also known as the Wandering Aramean. I was bit by the travel bug 30 years ago and there's no sign of a cure. I fly ~200,000 miles annually; these are my stories. You can connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

6 Comments

  1. Is it possible to book Comair flights using avios or, better, AA points? Having St. Helena on the aa award map would be pretty cool indeed.

    1. Yes, it should be possible to redeem via Avios or partner miles, assuming inventory is made available.

      1. I’d agree that AA points would be better here. St. Helena is actually quite far from Johannesburg and would be a fairly pricey Avios redemption.

        1. Then again, this being BA, the fuel surcharge would probably be so high there wouldn’t be much point in doing a redemption anyhow. 🙂

  2. I would comment on the new AY route to Japan but it’s an old joke. Almost worth taking the sector just for the novelty of the airport codes on the BP…

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