Aviation roundup: Qantas, Qatar and more

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

Qantas A380 fleet set for a multi-million-dollar upgrade

Bangkok Airways to launch Chiang Mai-Hanoi route
Bangkok Airways will begin its daily flights between Chiang Mai and Hanoi from March 25 onwards. Operated with the 70-seater ATR72-500/600, flight PG995 will depart Chiang Mai International Airport at 09.55 and arrive in Hanoi (Noi Bai International Airport) at 12.00. The inbound flight PG996 will depart Hanoi (Noi Bai International Airport) at 12.45 and arrive Chiang Mai International Airport at 14.50.

Qantas’ Melbourne-Denpasar flights now for sale
Qantas has opened ticketing lines for its daily Melbourne–Denpasar (Bali) services, scheduled for launch on June 23. The airline’s Melbourne–Denpasar service will be operated with a two-class Boeing 737-800 aircraft, departing Melbourne at 16.50 for arrival in Denpasar at 21.10. On the return, flights depart Denpasar at 22.10 and arrive in Melbourne at 05.55.

Qatar takes off for Penang
Qatar Airways has inaugurated its first non-stop flight to Penang, with plans to increase the frequency on this route from three to four times weekly from July 1, 2018. On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, flight QR 850, operated by a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, departs Doha’s Hamad International Airport at 02:30 and arrives at Penang International Airport at 14:30. QR851 then leaves Penang at 20.30 for arrival in Doha at 23.20.

Emirates introduces Dubai-Bali-Auckland service
Starting June 14, Emirates will fly daily from Dubai to Auckland via Bali. Operated on a Boeing 777-300ER, the southbound flight, EK 450, will depart Dubai at 06.55, arriving at Denpasar (Bali) at 20.20, before flying on to Auckland at 22.00, and arriving in New Zealand’s biggest city at 10.00 the following day. Northbound, the service will depart Auckland as flight EK 451 at 12.40, arriving in Denpasar at 17.55. It will leave Denpasar at 19.50, arriving in Dubai at 00.45.

The daily flights add to Emirates’ two existing daily flights between Bali and Dubai, so passengers get to choose from three flights on the Bali-Dubai sector.

AirAsia X connects Kuala Lumpur to Jaipur
AirAsia has become the first LCC to fly directly between Kuala Lumpur and Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan. Until March 24, flight D7184 departs Kuala Lumpur on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 19.00, for arrival in Jaipur at 22.00. It then returns from Jaipur at 23.15 and arrives in Kuala Lumpur at 07.05.

And from March 25 onwards, the outgoing flight will depart Kuala Lumpur at 08.00, to arrive in Jaipur at 11.00. It then leaves Jaipur at 12.00 and arrives in Kuala Lumpur at 19.50.

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