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Old 12-29-2014, 02:56 PM
 
Location: Zurich, Switzerland/ Piedmont, CA
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SF Bay Area 30 foreign flag carriers (SFO, OAK, SJC)- Aeroméxico, Aer Lingus, Air Canada, Air China, Air France, Air New Zealand, Arkefly, All Nippon Airways, Asiana Airlines, Avianca, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, China Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, Emirates, EVA Air, Japan Airlines, KLM, Korean Air, Lufthansa, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Philippine Airlines, Scandinavian Airlines, Singapore Airlines, SATA International, Swiss International Air Lines, Virgin Atlantic Airways, Volaris, WestJet, and XL Airways France.
You can add China Southern and Etihad to this.
China Southern Launches New Nonstop Service Between SFO and Wuhan,China | www.flysfo.com

Welcome Etihad Airways! | www.flysfo.com

Turkish Airlines is also coming soon.
Mayor Lee Welcomes Turkish Airlines to SFO | www.flysfo.com

That bumps the Bay Area up to 33
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Old 01-25-2015, 06:32 PM
 
Location: Washington D.C. By way of Texas
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All Nippon, WestJet, and Sunwing adds Houston's total to 22 and they are in the running for Air New Zealand which will bring it to 23.
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Old 01-26-2015, 02:19 PM
 
Location: Silver Spring, MD
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Made some updates to the list.

DC 28 foreign flag carriers (IAD, BWI, DCA)- Aeroflot, Aeroméxico, Air Canada, Air China, Air France, All Nippon Airways, Austrian Airlines, Avianca, Bahamasair, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, Cayman Airways, Copa Airlines, Condor Flugdienst, Emirates, Ethiopian Airlines, Etihad Airways, Icelandair, KLM, Korean Air, Lufthansa, Porter Airlines, Qatar Airways, Saudia, Scandinavian Airlines, South African Airways, Turkish Airlines, and Virgin Atlantic Airways.
Cayman Airways does not currently fly into DC
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Old 04-15-2015, 05:32 PM
 
Location: Washington D.C. By way of Texas
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Air New Zealand announced Auckland to Houston. Up to 23 for Houston now for foreign flag carriers.
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Old 04-17-2015, 04:45 PM
 
Location: Tokyo, Japan
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Air New Zealand announced Auckland to Houston. Up to 23 for Houston now for foreign flag carriers.
I was just going to post the same thing Spade.

Air New Zealand adds nonstop service from Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport to Auckland - Houston Business Journal

This one is actually monumental. Not only does it move Houston to 23 foreign flag carriers now (which is exponentially more than just 2 years ago) but now Houston joins ONLY New York and Toronto in the entire Western Hemisphere to serve ALL six inhabitable continents (Africa, Asia, Oceania, Europe, North America, South America).

Only 5-7 cities worldwide have that capability and now there is a new one to add to the list.
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Old 08-31-2015, 01:43 PM
 
Location: Tokyo, Japan
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The Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex just got their 16th foreign flag carrier announced last week, Japan Airlines. The airlines used to actually fly to the airport before in the past from 1999-2001 but discontinued service after 9/11 and has only just recently come back. Great news for the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.

Boston has gained 4 foreign flag carriers recently. Boston has gained Thomas Cook Airlines, WestJet Encore, Qatar Airways, and Norwegian Air Shuttle. This brings Boston's total count to 26 foreign flag carriers now. An impressive list for an impressive city, in my opinion.

In other news, according to the Times of India, Air India has Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, San Francisco Bay Area, Houston, Washington D.C., and Boston on its radar and is looking to expand into these markets. Air India currently only has service from New York, Chicago, and Toronto in North America but is now in the process of adding these 5 places as well -- which is incredible because Asian Indians are the fastest growing demographic in nearly every city in the United States. They make a huge market share of travelers and now at least 7 places in America and 8 (possibly more) in North America will have direct service to the sub-continent.

Air India's interest has been much speculated for a few years now but they are now moving swiftly to make this from concept to reality:
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AI's request comes at a time when the airline is planning to expand its wings in America. It is eying at least five new destinations in the US: San Francisco, Dallas, Houston, Washington and Boston. AI currently flies to New York and Chicago, the only Indian carrier to have nonstop services to North America. "We are looking at these five new stations in the US. Depending on aircraft availability, we will launch flights to some of these places by this winter," said an official.

Air India seeks US pre-clearance travel facility at Delhi, Mumbai airports - The Times of India
Unfortunately there is some bad news from this week too. American Airlines, since merging with U.S. Airways has been expanding service from its primary and most important hubs and cutting back on service from its secondary hubs and one of the victims in the last week has been Philadelphia, as Philadelphia International will now have to disband its service from Philadelphia to Tel-Aviv, Israel. The last flight to Tel-Aviv from Philadelphia is on January 4th, 2016. This is a huge blow to Philadelphia, as for years Tel-Aviv was its only Asian destination until Qatar Airways expanded into the market and introduced the Doha route. This comes just months after Virgin America dropped service to Philadelphia in order to shift its fleet of planes and expand into other markets in the United States.

Back to the good news now, the Miami/Fort Lauderdale market is getting Austrian Airlines back, along with Turkish Airlines, and VivaColombia. That is an addition of 3 foreign airliners and one of them is Asian, bringing our Asian foreign flag carrier count to 2 now as Turkish Airlines joins Qatar Airways in Southeast Florida.

Overall, a great week in general for several cities as they continue to add foreign services at a torrid pace. Unfortunate situation for Philadelphia, I knew that scale-backs were coming since American Airlines merged with US Airways, I just didn't expect them to scale-back from such a large market and airport but I knew they would do appropriate additions to their primary hubs (Dallas, Miami, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, so on) and scale-back services (especially foreign ones) from their secondary hubs. US Airways had the direct route from Philadelphia to Tel-Aviv, American Airlines just ended it.
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