Here's our weekly roundup of new air routes and codeshare partnerships
Eva Air launches Taipei-Chiang Mai service
From July 1, Eva Air will commence daily services between Taipei and Chiang Mai. Operated with a two-class Airbus A321-200 for 184 passengers, flight BR257 leaves Taipei daily at 07.25, arriving in Chiang Mai at 10.25. Flight BR258 then leaves Chiang Mai at 11.30 for arrival in Taipei at 16.45. The flight provides another an alternative one-stop route between North America and Chiang Mai, Eva Air says.
Hainan Airlines flies from Beijing to Dublin, Edinburgh
Hainan Airlines will launch the first direct flights from Beijing to Dublin and Edinburgh on June 12. With an Airbus A330 aircraft, the airline will operate flights from Dublin to Beijing four times per week, two of which will include a stopover in Edinburgh.
The direct Beijing-Dublin flights will operate on Thursdays and Sundays, with flights departing Beijing at 01.30, arriving in Dublin at 06.00. The Dublin-Beijing service will operate on Tuesdays and Saturdays, departing Dublin Airport at 11.10, arriving in Beijing at 05.00 the following day.
The Beijing-Edinburgh-Dublin service will operate on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Flights will depart Beijing at 01.30, arriving in Dublin at 09.10 via Edinburgh. The return service departs Dublin at 08.00 on Thursdays and Sundays and arrives in Beijing via Edinburgh at 05.00 the following day.
Bangkok Airways adds flights to Vientiane
Bangkok Airways will increase frequency on its Bangkok-Vientiane route to twice daily, effective March 25. The new outbound flight PG949 departs Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi) at 17.35 and arrives Vientiane International Airport at 18.50. The inbound flight PG940 departs Vientiane International Airport at 19.35 and arrives at Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi) at 20.50.
Juneyao, ANA enter codeshare deal
Juneyao Airlines will kick off its codeshare partnership with All Nippon Airways (ANA) starting from March 25, with sale of codeshare flights starting from March 22. The Chinese airline will place its “HO” code on ANA operated Sino-Japan trunk routes connecting Shanghai (Pudong) to Tokyo (Haneda), Nagoya and Osaka (Kansai), as well as onward routes from Osaka (Kansai) to Tokyo (Haneda), Sapporo and Naha.
In turn, ANA will place its “NH” code on Juneyao’s flights from Shanghai (Pudong) to Tokyo (Haneda), Nagoya and Osaka (Kansai); as well as Nanjing to Osaka (Kansai). ANA will also codeshare on Juneyao’s domestic flights from Shanghai Pudong to Chongqing, Xi’an, Harbin and Changchun.
Frequent flyers with both airlines can also earn miles on certain classes and redeem flights on both sides. The two carriers will also offer priority privileges for elite members on codeshare flights, including priority check-in, priority baggage handling, priority boarding, extra baggage allowance and lounge access.