Here's our weekly roundup of new air routes.
Hong Kong Airlines makes North American debut
Hong Kong Airlines will launch a daily service between Vancouver and Hong Kong on June 30.
Utilising an Airbus A330-300, flights from Hong Kong will depart at 12.30 and arrive in Vancouver at 10.10 the same day. The return leg will depart Vancouver at 12.10 and arrive in Hong Kong at 16.50 the following day.
Air China launches Beijing-Zurich service
Air China has begun flights from Beijing to Zurich, a route that was initially discontinued in October 1999.
The outbound flight departs the Chinese capital at 02.35 and arrives in Zurich at 07.25, while the inbound flight departs Zurich at 12.55 and arrives in Beijing at 05.05 the following day. The four-times weekly route will be serviced by an Airbus A330-200.
Hainan Airlines commences flights to Tel Aviv and Brussels
On September 12, Hainan Airlines will begin a direct service between Tel Aviv and Shanghai, after the airline’s Tel Aviv-Beijing service launched in April last year.
The route will be serviced by a Boeing 787-9 aircraft on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. From September 12 to October 28, outbound flights will depart Pudong International Airport at 01.25 and arrive in Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport at 08.30 on the same day, while the return flight will depart Tel Aviv at 13.55 and arrive in Shanghai at 05.30 the following day.
From October 29 to March 22, 2018, flights will depart Shanghai at 01.25 and arrive in Tel Aviv at 07.30, while the return leg will depart Tel Aviv at 12.55 and arrive in Shanghai at 05.30 the following day.
In addition, Hainan Airlines will start flying to Brussels from Shanghai on October 25, making it the carrier's second direct flight from Brussels to China after the Brussels-Beijing service.
This thrice-weekly route on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays will be serviced by a Boeing 787-900 aircraft. HU7922 will depart Brussels at 12.30 and arrive in Shanghai in 05.30 the following day, while HU7921 will depart Shanghai at 01.25, touching down in Brussels at 07.30 on the same day.
Lucky Air flies to two Philippine destinations
Lucky Air on June 1 commenced thrice-weekly flights between Kunming and Cebu. This comes on the back of the airline’s twice-weekly Kunming-Manila service launched earlier on May 26.
The Kunming-Manila route will operate every Monday and Friday, with flights departing Kunming at 00.25 and arriving in Manila at 03.40. The return flight departs Manila at 04.40 and arrives in Kunming at 08.00.
Meanwhile, the Kunming-Cebu flight will fly every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Flights will depart Kunming at 13.40 and arrive in Cebu at 18.15, while return flights will depart Cebu at 19.15 and land in Kunming at 23.20.
Singapore Airlines boosts frequency to Paris
Singapore Airlines will increase the flight frequency from Singapore to Paris to 10 per week, up from the current seven during the northern winter operating season (October 29, 2017 to March 24, 2018).
The three additional flights will operate on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays to Paris’ Charles de Gaulle airport as SQ334 (Singapore-Paris) and SQ333 (Paris-Singapore), starting from October 30.
SQ334 will depart Singapore at 02.30 and arrive in Paris on the same day at 09.30. The return flight, SQ333, will depart Paris at 18.00, and arrive in Singapore at 13.40 the following day.
The additional flights, as well as the seven existing flights, will be operated with Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, rather than Airbus A380-800s which currently serve the Paris route.