Aviation roundup: Scoot, Air New Zealand and more

Here’s our weekly roundup of new air routes.

Scoot zips off to Laos
Singapore-based LCC Scoot will soon commence direct flights to Laos beginning April 1.

Operated on a Airbus A320 aircraft, the thrice-weekly service will fly a circular routing, departing from Singapore for Luang Prabang, then onward to Vientiane, before heading back to the Lion City.

These routes were transferred from sister airline SilkAir, making Scoot the only airline offering direct Singapore-Laos flights.

Air New Zealand adds Taipei to network
Air New Zealand has started five-times-weekly flights between Auckland Airport and Taipei’s Taoyuan International Airport.

NZ77 departs Auckland at 10.35 and arrives in Taipei at 16.50, while the return flight NZ78 takes off from Taipei at 18.30 to land in Auckland at 10.20 the following day. The route utilises a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, with a flight time of slightly over 11 hours.

ANA to link Japan and Western Australia
A new direct service linking Tokyo’s Narita Airport and Perth will be inaugurated on September 1 by All Nippon Airways (ANA). The new service makes Perth the second Australian city served by ANA.

Flights will depart Tokyo at 11.10 and arrive in Perth at 20.15. The return flight will depart Perth at 21.45 and arrive in Tokyo at 08.25.

The daily service will be flown on a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner, offering a total of 184 seats including 32 business class seats, 14 premium economy seats and 138 economy seats.

HK Express to fly direct to Thai capital
The Hong-Kong based airline will soon commence direct flights from Hong Kong to Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport.

Five-times weekly flights will begin on March 31.

AirAsia launches four routes from Chiang Rai
LCC AirAsia has added four routes to its network, from Chiang Rai Airport to domestic destination Phuket, and international destinations Macau, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.

The Chiang Rai-Phuket route will be available thrice-weekly on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays from February 1. FD680 will depart Chiang Rai at 14.45 and arrive in Phuket at 16.50, and return flight FD681 will depart Phuket at 17.20 and arrive in Chiang Rai at 19.30.

The Chiang Rai-Macau route will also be available thrice-weekly on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays from January 30. FD290 will depart Chiang Rai at 08.15 and arrive in Macau at 11.35, while return flight FD291 will depart Macau at 12.05 and arrive back in Chiang Rai at 14.05.

Also available thrice-weekly on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays from January 31 is the Chiang Rai-Singapore route. FD926 will depart Chiang Rai at 07.10 and arrive in Singapore at 11.30, while return flight FD927 will depart Singapore at 12.30 and arrive in Chiang Rai at 14.30.

Meanwhile, the Chiang Rai-Kuala Lumpur route will be available four-times-weekly on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays starting January 31. FD830 will depart Chiang Rai at 15.15 and arrive in Kuala Lumpur at 19.20, while return flight FD831 will depart Kuala Lumpur at 19.50 and arrive in Chiang Rai at 21.40.

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