New flight paths: Turkish Airlines, Air China, Vietjet and more

Here’s our weekly roundup of new air routes in Asia.

Turkish Airlines goes to Phuket

Starting July 17, 2017, Turkish Airlines will introduce four-times weekly Istanbul–Phuket flights, in addition to its twice-daily service to Bangkok.

TK172 will depart Istanbul on Mondays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 14.30, and arrive in Phuket 04.00 the following day. The return leg, TK173, will depart Phuket on Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays, and Sundays at 05.30, and arrive in Istanbul at 12.00.

More international flights for Lion Air, Batik Air

Two airlines under the Lion Air Group – Lion Air and Batik Air – will launch three new international flights this quarter.

Lion Air has started flying daily between Kuala Lumpur and Medan. Flights depart Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 14.30, while flights from Medan’s Kualanamu International Airport will depart at 15.30.

In addition, on June 10, 2017, Batik Air will ply the Jakarta – Kuala Lumpur route daily. Flights depart Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport at 14.35, while flight from Kuala Lumpur 19.20.

Batik Air will also launch twice-daily flights between Denpasar and Perth beginning June 21, 2017. Flights from Ngurah Rai International Airport depart at 13.10 and 19.55, while return legs from Perth will depart at 08.40 and 17.30.

Philippine Airlines flies again to Kuala Lumpur

After a three-year respite, Philippine Airlines will resume twice-daily flights to Kuala Lumpur from June 8, 2017.

PR525 departs Manila every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 07.25 and arrives in Kuala Lumpur at 11.00. Its return flight PR526 leaves KL on the same days at 12.10 local time and touches down in Manila at 15.50.

The other flight, PR527, leaves Manila every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 11.30 and arrives in Kuala Lumpur at 15.00 local time. Its return service PR528 departs Kuala Lumpur on the same days at 16.00 local time and touches down in Manila at 19.30.

An Airbus A321 will be utilised on the route, offering 199 seats across three classes – 12 in business, 18 in premium economy and 169 in economy.

Air China links up Shenzhen and Melbourne

Air China will on June 20, 2017 commence thrice-weekly flights between Shenzhen and Melbourne, operating on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

The service will utilise an Airbus A330-200 aircraft, featuring 30 lie-flat bed business class seats, and 2017 economy class seats.

Currently, Air China operates a thrice-weekly service from Melbourne to Beijing and flies four-times weekly between Melbourne and Shanghai.

Vietjet flies from Danang to Seoul

Vietjet will launch a daily flight with Danang and Seoul beginning May 31, 2017.

The flight from Danang departs at 23.45 and arrives in Seoul at 06.00. The return flight takes off at 07.00 and lands in Danang at 09.40.

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