MIAMI TO BRASILIA ON GOL
South America’s largest low-cost airline will begin flying daily on four non-stop routes from the U.S. this fall: Miami to Brasilia, Miami to Fortaleza, Orlando to Brasilia, and Orlando to Fortaleza. Flights start in November, using GOL’s new longer-range 737 MAX planes, with regular and premium economy. Why not Rio or Sao Paulo? Probably because those 737s still can’t quite make the range.
HONOLULU TO SINGAPORE ON SCOOT
Flights started in December 2017, but this is really a 2018 story: The second service offering from Honolulu to Asia on a low-fare airline follows last year’s introduction of AirAsia flights to Kuala Lumpur. Flights on Scoot, which is a subsidiary of Singapore Airlines, operate to Honolulu, Osaka and Singapore four times weekly in 787s with regular economy and a premium economy called Scoot Biz. Both Air Asia and Scoot have traffic rights at Osaka, so both lines can get you to Japan from Hawaii. So far, neither touches the U.S. mainland — but California might not be far behind.