Aviation roundup: Scoot, Air China, JAL and more

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

Scoot launches Harbin, Sapporo flights from Singapore

Scoot will launch services from Singapore to Harbin and Sapporo this winter.

From November 3, 2017, Singapore-Sapporo services will depart at 05.45 on Fridays and arrive at 14.10. The flight back from Sapporo departs at 15.40 and arrives in Singapore at 23.10. An additional frequency will be added from December 3 onwards, departing Singapore on Sundays at 06.10 and arriving in Sapporo at 14.10. From Sapporo to Singapore, the service leaves at 15.40 and arrives at 23.10.

Thrice-weekly Singapore-Harbin flights will commence on December 1, 2017, served by Boeing 787 Dreamliners. On Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, flights depart Singapore at 02.00 for arrival in Harbin at 08.50. On the Harbin-Singapore sector, flights depart at 10.15 and arrive at 17.50.

Air China connects Beijing to Jakarta

Air China is launching a seven-hour Beijing-Jakarta route, a faster alternative to the airline’s existing 9.5-hour Beijing-Xiamen-Jakarta service.

Operated with Airbus A330-300 aircraft, the new flight (CA977/8) departs Beijing at 16.30 on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays and arrives in Jakarta at 22.30 on the same day. The return flights depart Jakarta at 00.30 on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, arriving in Beijing at 08.30.

Japan Airlines debuts Melbourne service

On September 2, Japan Airlines launched its first flight to Melbourne from Tokyo. The flights are operated twice daily with Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners. Departures from Melbourne are at 00.05 and 00.35, for arrival in Tokyo-Narita at 09.05 and 08.35 respectively. The return service leaves Tokyo-Narita at 10.30 and arrives in Melbourne at 21.55 and 22.55.

Qatar ups Kathmandu frequency 

Qatar Airways added a daily flight on its Doha-Kathmandu route from September 1 to meet higher demand during Nepal’s festival season, which takes place in September and October every year.

The additional flight will be served by an Airbus A320, departing Doha at 01.25 and arriving in Kathmandu at 08.55. It returns from Kathmandu at 09.55 for arrival in Doha at 12.10.

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