Aviation roundup: Virgin Australia, Hainan Airlines and more

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

Virgin Australia to link Sydney and Hong Kong
Virgin Australia has announced plans to fly to operate daily return services between Sydney and Hong Kong.

Services between the two cities will start in mid-2018, subject to relevant approvals. The route will be serviced by its dual-aisle Airbus A330-200 aircraft.

VA89 will depart Sydney at 10.00 and arrive in Hong Kong at 17.40, while the return leg VA88 will depart Hong Kong at 19.50 and arrive in Sydney at 07.10 the following day.

Hainan Airlines launches new China-Austria route
Hainan Airlines has announced that it will be launching a non-stop service between Shenzhen and Vienna this coming October. The route will be serviced by a Boeing 787 Dreamliner twice a week.

This will be the airline’s third direct service from Shenzhen to Europe this year, after the Shenzhen-Brussels and Shenzhen-Madrid services.

Malindo Air to begin flying to Bali from Melbourne
Malindo Air will introduce a daily non-stop service between Melbourne Airport and Bali this coming June.

The flight will arrive at approximately 05.00 and depart at 07.00. This move will add 118,260 seats both ways on an annualised basis.

THAI ups flight frequency to Tokyo
Thai Airways International (THAI) has increased its flight frequencies from Bangkok to Tokyo (Narita) from 21 flights per week to 28 flights per week, equivalent to four daily flights.

The new flight out of Bangkok, TG626, departs the Thai capital at 23.35 and arrives in Tokyo at 07.45 the following day, while the returning TG627 leaves Tokyo at 09.45 and lands back in Bangkok at 14.15.

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