With airlines announcing new service to Paine Field, it will become easier than ever for ‘Avgeeks’ to reach one of the Meccas of Plane Spotting and the home to one of Boeing’s major campuses. It’s only taken 80 years to get us to this point!
In the past few days, United announced that they will begin operating flights to Paine Field in October 2018. Alaska made their announcement about service to the field earlier this year. It also appears that Allegiant will serve ‘PAE’ as well, but no official announcement from them as yet.
United’s announcement stated that they will bring six daily flights from Denver and San Francisco. Alaska thus far has announced 9 daily flights, but did not indicate where they would be coming from.
The Queen Of The Skies With Mt. Rainier In The Background
The re-opening of Paine Field to commercial operations has been a hotly contested topic in the Mukilteo area where the airport is located. Equal amounts of voices were for and against opening PAE to airlines. However, after the debates and legal challenges, the path has been laid to bring passengers to the field.
For us plane spotter types, this means it will be easier than ever to reach the birthplace of Boeing heavies and enjoy the views along the runway. What used to be a flight to Seattle, followed by a drive that is usually mired in heavy traffic from Seattle to Everett can now become a flight to PAE, followed by a 10 minute hotel shuttle bus ride to the Hilton Garden Inn located next to the field.
Brussels has announced that it will add an additional flight between Brussels and Mumbai on the heels of a successful route launch between the 2 cities. The new flight has been added to the timetable effective October 29, 2017.
Citing high load factors across all 3 cabins (Business / Economy / Economy Privilege), an additional flight will take place on Sundays, bringing to total flights between the cities to 6 (Daily except for Tuesdays).
Lufthansa once again is knocking down premium fares for travel to the USA. This time it is a fantastic deal that features LH, SWISS, Brussels, and Austrian Business Class fares to the USA for $1700.
The catch is that travel needs to originate in Warsaw, Budapest, or Prague but if you can pull that off, you’ll get a great deal!
Example fares include New York, Chicago, Washington DC and other East Coast destinations that can be reached for about $1700. West Coast destinations have largely been left out of the deal, however Seattle can be reached for only $2400 and LAX for about $2900, but those fares are available only on a few select Saturdays (per Google.com/filights).
The fare appears to cover travel all the way into September 2018, so there is plenty of opportunity to lock in travel dates. Just make sure you do it by tomorrow! 🙂
A six night stay is required to trigger these fares. The fares are also available on Star Alliance partners SAS, Air Canada, and United.