Aviation roundup: Air India, Citilink Indonesia and Hainan Airlines

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

Air India launches flights to Tel Aviv
From March 22, Air India will begin thrice-weekly direct flights from New Delhi to Tel Aviv, Israel.

The outbound flight will depart New Delhi at 16.50 and arrive in Tel Aviv at 20.25. The return leg will depart Tel Aviv at 10.15 and arrive in New Delhi the following day at 09.00. Flight time is seven hours and 10 minutes one-way.

The route will utilise a Boeing 787 Dreamliner with 18 business class seats and 238 economy seats.


Citilink Indonesia flies to three new destinations in SE Asia
Budget airline Citilink Indonesia will soon be flying to Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand.

On March 25, the low-cost offshoot of Garuda Indonesia will fly daily to Penang. Double-daily Jakarta-Singapore flights will launch later in April, and flights to Bangkok are slated to commence later this year.


New non-stop service between London and Changsha
Hainan Airlines will be launching a non-stop flight between London’s Heathrow Airport and Changsha Huanghua International Airport on March 23.

HU421 will depart Changsha at 11.20, and arrive in London at 16.30, while HU422 will depart London at 22.00, and land in Changsha at 16.25 the following day. The route will be serviced by a Boeing 787 deluxe wide-body aircraft.

This thrice-weekly service is Hainan Airlines’ second direct flight between the UK and China, having previously launched a Manchester-Beijing service.


Cathay Pacific and Air Astana become codeshare partners
Cathay Pacific and Air Astana will begin codesharing on each other’s flights on March 15, 2018.

Cathay Pacific will place its “CX” code on Air Astana’s non-stop flights between Hong Kong and Almaty, as well as on connecting services between Almaty and Astana, the Kazakh capital.

Air Astana currently flies twice weekly between Hong Kong and Almaty, on Tuesdays and Fridays, but will be upping frequency by adding a third service, on Mondays, from March 25.

Cathay Pacific will also codeshare on Air Astana’s five weekly services between Bangkok and Almaty (going daily from 25 March), and four weekly services between Seoul and Almaty.

Meanwhile, Air Astana will place its “KC” code on selected Cathay Pacific services operating between Hong Kong and Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Singapore.

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