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Ethiopian Airlines will be the first African airline to fly the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.

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JetBlue Airways will begin offering nonstop service on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Grand Cayman’s Owen Roberts International Airport (GCM), beginning Nov. 15. Flights are as follows:

• Depart JFK at 7 a.m.—arrive GCM at 11 a.m.
• Depart GCM at 12 p.m.—arrive JFK at 3:50 p.m.

The Grand Cayman service will also operate from Boston’s Logan International Airport (BOS) beginning Nov. 17, with Saturday-only service as follows:

• Depart BOS at 10:25 a.m.—arrive GCM at 2:35 p.m.
• Depart GCM at 3:30 p.m.—arrive at BOS at 7:25 p.m.

Meanwhile, from Nov. 29, JetBlue will offer flights from Fort Lauderdale, FL (FLL) to Orlando, FL (MCO) and Providence, RI (PVD) starting at just $75 pp each way. For more information, call (800) JETBLUE or visit jetblue.com.

United Airlines has announced new year-round and seasonal services for both domestic and international routes. Routes below will operate upon receiving government approval.

Year-round services include domestic routes, such as the Denver, CO, to Williston, ND, itinerary, which was recently increased to operate three times daily, and international routes, which will include destinations such as Kelowna, British Columbia; San Salvador, El Salvador; Taipei, Taiwan and Paris, France. All of these itineraries fly from hub airports including Chicago O’Hare (ORD), Denver International (DEN) and Los Angeles International (LAX).

Seasonal offerings will be made available from the airlines’ main hub of Chicago, flying to Jackson, MS, Anchorage, AK, and Nassau, Bahamas. For more information, visit united.com.

Silver Airways has announced new daily service within Florida from Fort Lauderdale International Airport (FLL) to Tampa International Airport (TPA) and Gainesville Regional Airport (GNV). Flights are as follows:

• Depart FLL at 7:45 p.m.—arrive TPA at 8:55 p.m.
• Depart TPA at 7:10 a.m.—arrive FLL at 8:20 a.m.
• Depart FLL at 6:35 p.m.—arrive GNV at 8 p.m.
• Depart GNV at 8 a.m.—arrive FLL at 9:20 a.m. (Monday-Friday)
• Depart GNV at 8:15 a.m.—arrive FLL at 9:35 a.m. (Saturday and Sunday)

Silver Airways has also recently introduced service from Lewisburg, WV, to Washington, DC, and Atlanta, GA, with peak season operations daily from May 1-Oct. 31, and off-peak service available six days per week from Nov. 1 to April 30. For more information, call (800) 864-8331 or visit gosilver.com.

Delta Air Lines (delta.com) is preparing to launch a nonstop Saturday service between JFK and St. Maarten’s Princess Juliana Airport (SXM), to begin Dec. 15. Flights are as follows:

• Depart JFK at 9:05 a.m.—arrive SXM at 2:15 p.m.
• Depart SDM at 3:15 p.m.—arrive JFK at 6:05 p.m.

airberlin will begin operating nonstop flights three times per week (Monday, Thursday, Saturday) between Chicago O’Hare (ORD) and Berlin (TXL) starting March 23, 2013. Flight frequencies will be increased to five times per week (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday) for the 2013 summer schedule, beginning in May. Flight durations are approximately eight hours, and are as follows:

• Depart ORD at 3:25 p.m.—arrive TXL at 7 a.m. the next day
• Depart TXL at 10 a.m.—arrive ORD at 12:10 p.m.

Bargain fares are currently available through Aug. 31, for winter travel between Nov. 1 and Feb. 28, 2013. Rates are available as low as $598 pp from JFK; $698 pp from Miami or Fort Myers ; and $798 pp from Los Angeles. For more information, call (866) 266-5588 or visit airberlin.com.

South African Airways (flysaa.com), which already offers service in the Congo with its twice-weekly flights from Johannesburg International Airport (JNB), South Africa, to Pointe Noire (PNR), will begin a second itinerary as of Sept. 13, with service to Maya Maya Airport (BZV), Brazzaville, Congo on Thursdays and Saturdays. Flights are as follows:

• Depart JNB at 9:15 a.m.—arrive BZV at 12:15 p.m.
• Depart BZV at 1:05 p.m.—arrive JNB at 6:10 p.m.

Ethiopian Airlines, meanwhile, will be making headlines this fall as the first airline in Africa to offer service on Boeing’s new 787 Dreamliner, which offers larger windows, higher humidity levels, new air filtration technologies and a quieter, smoother flight. The new route will travel between Washington/Dulles and Bole International Airport (ADD), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. For more information, call (800) 455-2733 or visit ethiopianairlines.com.