Aviation roundup: SIA-Avianca codeshare agreement, Qatar Airways and more

Here’s our weekly roundup of new air routes and codeshare partnerships.

Singapore Airlines signs codeshare deal with Colombian carrier

Singapore Airlines (SIA) and Latin-American carrier Avianca have entered into a codeshare agreement that will take effect from September 2017, offering SIA customers wider connections to Bogotá, the capital city of Colombia.

SIA will add its SQ designator code to Avianca-operated flights from its European gateways at Barcelona and London to Bogotá. In turn, Avianca will add its AV designator code to SIA-operated flights between Singapore and both Barcelona and London.

The codeshare flights will progressively be made available for sale across all sales channels on SIA and Avianca, both Star Alliance members, beginning from September.

Qatar Airways adds Chiang Mai as fourth Thai destination

Qatar Airways will launch a new service between Doha and Chiang Mai from December 7, making the city its fourth destination in Thailand after Bangkok, Phuket and Krabi.

The four-times weekly seasonal service will operate from December 2017 until May 2018, using a wide-body aircraft.

QR822 will depart from Doha at 20.05 and arrive in Chiang Mai at 06.00 on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays.

The return service, QR823, will take off from Chiang Mai at 07.10 and land in Doha at 10.55 on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

Scoot heads to Malaysia’s Kuching, Kuantan

Scoot will operate daily flights from Singapore to Kuching starting October 29, 2017 and thrice-weekly flights from Singapore to Kuantan from February 2, 2018. This will bring the LCC’s total number of destinations in Malaysia to six cities, including Ipoh, Kuala Lumpur, Langkawi and Penang.

For the Singapore-Kuching service, with the exception of Saturdays, TR430 will depart Singapore at 20.20, landing in Kuching at 21.45 while TR432 will take off from Kuching at 22.25 and arrive in Singapore at 23.50.

On Saturdays (effective November 4), TR432 will take off from Singapore at 06.10 and land in Kuching at 07.35; the return TR433 service will depart Kuching at 08.15 and arrive in Singapore at 09.40.

As for the Singapore-Kuantan sector, TR470 will depart Singapore at 13.30 every Monday and Wednesday, arriving in Kuantan at 14.40. TR471 will leave Kuantan at 15.20 and land in Singapore at 16.25 on the same day.

On Fridays, TR470 will depart Singapore at 18.45 and arrive in Kuantan at 19.55; TR471 will take off from Kuantan at 20.35 to land in Singapore at 21.45.

Jetstar Asia takes off for Clark from Singapore

From November 28, 2017, Jetstar Asia will commence thrice-weekly flights from Singapore to Clark International Airport – a complementary gateway to Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport – in Pampanga province.

Operated on a 180-seat Airbus A320, 3K777 takes off from Singapore at 02.20 and lands in Clark at 06.00 every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. On the same day, 3K778 departs from Clark at 07.00 and arrives in Singapore at 10.40.

Expanded services for Cebu Pacific and subsidiary

Cebu Pacific will begin thrice-weekly Kalibo-Clark flight (Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays) on October 30, 2017, with the return Clark-Kalibo flight taking off the following day (Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays).

Starting October 20, the carrier’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Cebgo, will boost its presence in Northern Mindanao with thrice-weekly flights from Cagayan de Oro to Boracay (Caticlan) and Dumaguete respectively.

As well, Cebgo will also operate its first international route out of Zamboanga with four-times weekly flights (Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays) to Sandakan, Malaysia from October 29. Cebgo is currently the only Philippine carrier with a direct service between the country and Sandakan, supporting the growth of connectivity within the Brunei-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East Asia Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA).

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