Aviation roundup: Vietjet, Bangkok Airways and more

Here's our weekly roundup of new air routes and other aviation updates in Asia

Vietjet starts sales on Hanoi-Tokyo route
Vietjet has opened sales on its Hanoi-Tokyo (Narita) flights, set for launch on January 11, 2019. Operating daily, the flight departs from Hanoi at 00.55 and arrives at Tokyo at 08.00. The return flight takes off at 09.30 at Tokyo and lands in Hanoi at 14.00.

AirAsia X takes off for holy city of Amritsar
AirAsia has inaugurated flights to Amritsar in India, operated by its longhaul affiliate, AirAsia X. On Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, flight D7188 departs Kuala Lumpur at 19.20 to arrive in Amritsar at 22.30. The return flight, D7189, is scheduled to leave Amritsar at 23.45 and land in Kuala Lumpur at 08.05.

Bangkok Airways and Jet Airways enhance codeshare pact
Bangkok Airways and India’s Jet Airways have expanded their existing codeshare agreement to provide greater choice to passengers travelling through the combined networks.

Under the expanded agreement, Jet Airways will place its marketing code on Bangkok Airways’ flights beyond Bangkok to Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Koh Samui, Krabi, Phuket, Sukhothai and Trat in Thailand; Phnom Penh, Siem Reap in Cambodia; and Da Nang, Phu Quoc in Vietnam.

Bangkok Airways will also place its marketing code on Jet Airways’ flights beyond Mumbai to destinations like Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Delhi, Goa and Chennai; as well as beyond Delhi to Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Mumbai and Chennai.

This is in addition to the existing arrangement, which has been in place since October 2013, which saw Jet Airways placing its code on Bangkok Airways’ flights between Mumbai and Bangkok while Bangkok Airways places its codes on Jet Airways’ flights between Bangkok-Mumbai and Bangkok-Delhi.

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