Here's our weekly roundup of new air routes and schedule changes.
Air China adds Athens to its network
Air China will fly direct from Beijing to Athens twice weekly from September 30.
The new Beijing-Athens route will operate every Wednesday and Saturday under flight numbers CA863/4. The outbound flight departs Beijing at 02.30 and arrives in Athens at 08.15; The inbound flight departs Athens at 14.15 and arrives in Beijing at 04.30 the next day.
The service will be operated by an Airbus 330-200 aircraft, and the journey will take 10.5 hours.
Garuda to operate direct Jakarta-London flight
From October 31 and through the winter season, Garuda Indonesia will fly direct from Jakarta’s Soekarno–Hatta International Airport to London’s Heathrow.
The revised service will cut out a stopover in Singapore, and the new schedule means flights now operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, using Boeing 777-300ER aircraft in a three-class configuration.
This is the only direct flight between UK and Indonesia.
In addition, Garuda has also amended flight timings to boost connections from the UK to Australian cities such as Melbourne, Sydney and Perth; Hong Kong, Tokyo and Seoul, as well as Beijing, Chengdu, Guangzhou and Shanghai in China.
Emirates expands Dubai-Sydney service
Emirates will add a fourth daily A380 service from Dubai to Sydney from March 25, 2018.
Between March 25 and March 30, 2018, the inbound service EK416 will depart Dubai at 20.40, arriving in Sydney at 17.20 the following day. Due to daylight savings from March 31, 2018, the arrival time changes to 16.30 the following day.
Between March 26 to March 31, 2018, the outbound service EK417 will depart Sydney at 17.05, arriving in Dubai at 00.25 the following day. Due to daylight savings from April 1, the outbound service EK417 will depart Sydney 16.15, arriving the same time the following day.
The new service will increase passenger capacity on the route by 6,846 seats a week. The A380 aircraft offers 489 seats in a three-class cabin configuration with 14 private suites in First Class, 76 flat-bed seats in Business Class and 399 spacious seats in Economy.