Aviation roundup: NokScoot, Hong Kong Airlines and more

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

NokScoot’s Japan flights ready for June take-off
NokScoot, the joint venture offspring of Singapore’s Scoot and Thailand’s Nok Air, will begin a daily service between Bangkok and Tokyo from June 1.

XW102 will depart Bangkok’s Don Mueang Airport at 02.20 and arrive in Tokyo’s Narita Airport at 10.25. The return flight XW101 will depart Narita at 13.55 and arrive in Bangkok at 18.25.

NokScoot will operate the Bangkok-Narita services with a Boeing 777-200 wide-bodied, twin-aisle jet. Configured with a total of 415 seats, the 777 offers 24 Business Class seats and 391 Economy seats.

This will be the airline’s first foray into the Japanese market.

Hong Kong Airlines flies daily to Manila
Hong Kong Airlines will operate daily flights between Hong Kong and Manila from June 1.

On Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays, HX781 will depart Hong Kong at 21.10 and arrive in Manila at 23.00. On the other days of the week, HX781 will depart at 21.30 and arrive at 23.00.

Return flights will all be at the same timing, where HX782 will depart Manila at 06.55 and arrive back in Hong Kong at 08.55.

Hong Kong Airlines will deploy an Airbus A320 on the new route, which will be outfitted with a single-class configuration and offer 174 seats in Economy Class.

SIA, SilkAir to codeshare with Fiji Airways
Singapore Airlines (SIA), SilkAir and Fiji Airways have signed a codeshare agreement that will provide more convenient

Under the agreement, SIA and SilkAir customers can access Fiji Airways’ non-stop flights between Singapore and Nadi, including the airline’s third weekly seasonal service that was launched on April 4. Customers can also travel on codeshare flights between Nadi and three domestic destinations, including the Fijian capital Suva, Labasa and Savusavu.

In turn, Fiji Airways customers will be able to access SIA and SilkAir- operated flights to destinations in China, Germany, Japan, South Korea, Thailand and the UK.

China Airlines and Air France become codeshare partners
China Airlines and Air France have begun operating direct flights between Taipei and Paris since April 16 on a codeshare basis.

The inaugural flight from Paris to Taipei arrived at Taoyuan International Airport at 08.15 on April 17.

The route will be flown by Air France thrice weekly.

Qantas adjusts its network in Asia
Qantas has made a number of adjustments across its network in Asia in response to demand and to better utilise its fleet.

From October 28, Qantas will be adding a Tuesday A330 service between Sydney and Manila (QF19/20), resulting in a daily flight between both cities.

Between July 5-13 as well as August 3-28, Qantas will operate an Airbus A380 on the QF81/82 Sydney-Singapore service, increasing the number of seats during the peak travel season.

From December 7, Qantas will operate an additional A330 service between Sydney and Osaka (QF33/34), increasing the service, which began in December last year, to four times per week.

And from October 28, the Sydney-Beijing service (QF107/108) will be reduced to five times per week, removing flights on lower demand days of Tuesday and Thursday.

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