Aviation roundup: Korean Air, AirAsia and more

Here’s our weekly roundup of new air routes.

Korean Air links Busan and Danang
Korean Air has launched a daily service between Danang and Busan, operating on the B737-900. Flight KE465 will depart Busan’s Gimhae International Airport at 21.25, arriving at Danang at 00.20 the following day. The return flight, KE466, will depart Danang at 02.45 and arrive at Gimhae at 08.30.

AirAsia expands China network
AirAsia has extended its reach in China with the addition of a four-times-weekly service between Kuala Lumpur and Tianjin, beginning December 2, 2018.

D7318 will depart Kuala Lumpur at 15.00 and arrive in Tianjin at 21.00 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. On the same days, return flight D7319 will depart Tianjin at 22.15 and arrive in Kuala Lumpur at 04.45.

AirAsia will also beef up its direct route between Kuala Lumpur and Changsha, doubling the current number of seats by operating its fleet of larger wide-body Airbus A330 aircraft commencing October 29, 2018.

There will also be a new flight schedule. D7352 will depart Kuala Lumpur at 18.10, and arrive in Changsha at 23.05 on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. On the same days, return flight D7353 will depart Changhsa at 23.50 and arrive in Kuala Lumpur at 04.30.

Air NZ and SIA boost Auckland-Singapore services
Alliance partners Air New Zealand and Singapore Airlines (SIA) have jointly launched their third daily flight between Auckland and Singapore since October 28.

The new service will operate daily during the peak northern winter season (October 28, 2018 – March 30, 2019), and five times per week during the northern summer season (March 31, 2019 – October 26, 2019).

This new flight will boost capacity on the route by up to 40 per cent and adding more than 165,000 seats annually between the two cities. During peak months, the airlines will jointly operate a total of 35 return services a week between Singapore and New Zealand, including Christchurch and Wellington flights.

Lufthansa ups frequency between Singapore and Munich
Lufthansa will increase its five-times weekly flight between Singapore and Munich to six-times weekly beginning April 1, 2019.

The route will be serviced by a A350-900 and feature 48 seats in Business Class, 21 in Premium Economy, and 224 in Economy class.

LH791 will depart Singapore at 22.55 every day except Tuesday, and arrive in Munich at 05.25 the following day. LH790 will depart Munich at 22.05 every day except Monday, and arrive in Singapore at 16.05 the following day.

This comes shortly after the airline reintroduced Singapore – Munich route in March 2018 with the Airbus A350-900. In total, Lufthansa Group (Lufthansa German Airlines, SWISS) offers 20 weekly frequencies from Singapore to Europe starting summer 2019.

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