Aviation roundup: Lufthansa, AirAsia, Bangkok Airways and more

Here's our weekly roundup of new air routes and codeshares in Asia

Lufthansa back on Munich-Singapore run
Following the axing of the route in October 2012, Lufthansa has relaunched the Munich-Singapore service, with the first arrival landing in Singapore on March 28, 2018.

On Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Sundays and Mondays, LH791 departs Singapore at 22.25 and arrives in Munich at 05.25 the following day. The return leg departs Munich on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 22.00, and arrives in Singapore at 16.05 the following day.

The five-times weekly route will be serviced by the Airbus A350-900, with 48 seats in business, 21 in premium economy and 224 in economy class.

AirAsia connects Penang with Hanoi, Phuket
AirAsia will begin directs flights from Penang to Hanoi and Phuket on July 1.

Flights from Penang to Hanoi will operate four-times weekly on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. AK618 will depart at 06.15 and arrive in Hanoi at 08.20, and the return flight will depart Hanoi at 08.50 and arrive in Penang at 12.50.

Flights to Phuket will operate daily. AK1910 will depart Penang at 2025 and arrive in Phuket at 20.30, while the return flight will depart Phuket at 21.00 and land in Penang at 23.05.

Bangkok Airways ups frequency between Bangkok and Mandalay
Effective July 1, Bangkok Airways will add a non-stop flight between Bangkok and Mandalay in Myanmar, bringing this route’s frequency to 11 weekly flights.

The new outbound flight PG713 departs Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi airport at 17.00 and arrives at Mandalay International Airport at 18.25. Inbound flight PG714 departs Mandalay at 19.10 and arrives in Bangkok at 21.35 on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

Bangkok Airways is currently using a 162-seater Airbus A320 aircraft on this route.

Delta signs major joint venture with Korean Air
Delta Air Lines and Korean Air will launch a new joint venture partnership, now that it has been approved by regulatory authorities in the US and South Korea.

Beginning soon, Delta and Korean Air will implement full reciprocal codeshare deal on each other’s networks and offer improved reciprocal loyalty programme benefits, including providing customers of both airlines the ability to earn more miles on Korean Air’s SkyPass and Delta’s SkyMiles.

The combined network formed by this partnership gives both carriers’ customers access to more than 290 destinations in the Americas and more than 80 in Asia.

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