Aviation roundup: Tianjin Airlines, AirAsia, Fiji Airways and more

Here’s our weekly roundup of new air routes and updated frequencies.

Tianjin Airlines heads Down Under
Tianjin Airlines has opened a new route directly from Melbourne to Chongqing, its first transcontinental air route to Australia.

Served by an Airbus A330-300, flights will depart Chongqing at 10.10 on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, arriving in Melbourne the following day at 11.40. The return leg then leaves Melbourne on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 13.40 for arrival back in Chongqing at 21.40.

Tianjin Airlines is also set to launch a new route from Sydney to Tianjin via Zhengzhou on January 29, 2018.

AirAsia to add new routes, frequencies between Thailand and China
Starting February 2018, AirAsia will add two new routes to China – namely Don Muaeng-Chengdu and Phuket-Kunming – and increase frequences to existing Chinese cities in its network.

As well, on the following routes – Don Mueang-Xi’an, Don Mueang-Kunming and Don Mueang-Guangzhou – frequencies will be increased from once to twice daily.

Fiji Airways ups Nadi-S’pore frequency for peak season
Fiji Airways has added a third weekly service between Nadi and Singapore during peak seasons. The service will operate from Singapore on Thursday, starting April 5, 2018, operating April, May, July, August and December.

The airline currently operates twice-weekly flights departing from Singapore on Wednesday and Saturday, a service that commenced in 2016 as the quickest route between South-east Asia and the South Pacific.

Bangkok Airways deepens partnership with Qatar
Bangkok Airways launched a frequent flyer programme partnership with codeshare partner, Qatar Airways, on November 1.

This allows Bangkok Airways’s Flyer Bonus members to earn points when travelling on Qatar Airways flights. Similarly Qmiles members can earn and redeem their miles when travelling on Bangkok Airways flights and get the opportunity to redeem Qmiles across Bangkok Airways’ network.

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