Aviation roundup: Air China, Thai AirAsia X and more

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

Air China to launch new Beijing-Brisbane route
Air China will begin non-stop flights between Beijing and Brisbane from December 11, 2017. Served with an Airbus 330-200 aircraft, flights depart Beijing at 02.30 for arrival in Brisbane at 15.10 on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. On the same days, flights depart Brisbane at 07.30 and arrive in Beijing at 04.45 the next day.

At present, Air China already operates direct flights from Beijing, Shanghai and Chengdu to Sydney and Melbourne. The addition of the Beijing-Brisbane route will bring the number of weekly flights between the two countries to almost 40.


Thai AirAsia X ups frequency on Bangkok-Osaka route
Thai AirAsia X will increase the frequency of services from Bangkok (Don Mueang) to Osaka (Kansai) route to twice daily starting December 1. The new flight will depart Don Mueang International Airport at 01.15 and arrive Osaka at 08.40 daily, and return from Osaka at 09.55 for arrival in Bangkok at 13.55.


Hong Kong Airlines codeshares with WestJet
As part of a new codeshare agreement that builds on an interline deal introduced this year, Hong Kong Airline will place its HX marketing code on WestJet-operated flights, extending its network in Canada beyond Vancouver and towards Edmonton, Calgary and Toronto.

Two flights depart Vancouver for Edmonton International Airport daily. WS0166/HX3608 departs Vancouver at 17.55, arriving in Edmonton at 20.21, while WS0180/HX3612 leaves at 12.30 for a 14.56 arrival. On the return, WS0135/HX 3609 departs Edmonton departs at 08.00 to arrive in Vancouver at 08.36.

Further details on the codeshare flights, including are below.

Schedule for Calgary and Toronto flights from Vancouver, Thai


Air NZ extends seasonal HCMC service
Air New Zealand will continue to operate its seasonal non-stop service from Auckland to Ho Chi Minh City, introduced in 2016, following strong customer demand.

For its 2018 season running from June 23 to October 23, the airline will operate twice-weekly services between Auckland and Ho Chi Minh City on Tuesdays and Saturdays, using its Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.

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