Aviation roundup: Norwegian, Qatar and more

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

Norwegian to ditch London-Singapore route
Budget airline Norwegian will axe its Gatwick-Singapore service after less than 18 months.

Flights will cease to operate from January 12, 2019, and a Norwegian spokesperson said that they will be using “this capacity elsewhere on our network”. The no-frills carrier started flying this route on September 28, 2017.

Customers who have booked to fly after this period will be offered alternative options to reach their destination or a full refund.

Qatar to fly to Danang
Qatar Airways will be launching direct flights to Danang from its Doha hub, beginning December 19. This is the airline’s third Vietnamese destination.

The four-times weekly flights will be serviced by a Boeing 787-8 aircraft, featuring 22 seats in Business Class and 232 seats in Economy Class.

The inaugural flight schedule for December 19 will see the flight departing Doha at 02.30, and arriving in Danang at 13.20. The return flight will depart Danang at 19.15, and arrive in Doha at 23.45.

The regular flight schedule will be as follows. On Mondays and Saturdays, flights will depart Doha at 07.15 and arrive in Danang at 18.05. The return leg will depart Danang at 19.35 and arrive in Doha at 00.50 the next day.

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, flights will depart Doha at 20.10 and arrive in Danang at 07.00 the following day. The return leg will then depart Danang on Wednesdays and Fridays at 08.30, arriving back in Doha at 13.00.

JAL adds Manila route; signs codeshare partnership with Garuda
Japan Airlines will be launching a new daily route between Tokyo Haneda and Manila starting February 1, 2019.

JL077 will depart Tokyo Haneda at 00.50 and arrive in Manila at 03.55, while the return flight JL078 will depart Manila at 23.50 and arrive in Tokyo Haneda at 04.55 the following day.

As well, JAL and Garuda Indonesia have signed a strategic partnership agreement, effective October 28, 2018.

The two airlines will first offer codeshare flights between Japan and Indonesia, and on domestic flights operated by Garuda Indonesia and Japan Airlines, respectively. Garuda Indonesia will also offer codeshare flights on select transpacific routes operated by Japan Airlines. Through this partnership, the two carriers will offer four daily flights between Japan and Indonesia.

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