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Bangkok Airways to fly from Chiang Mai to Krabi and Luang Prabang
Bangkok Airways is launching a thrice-weekly service from Chiang Mai to Krabi (one-way). The flight will operate on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday from March 31 to April 29, and be adjusted to a daily frequency from April 30 onwards. The airline will use a 144-seater Airbus A319 aircraft to service this route. The outbound flight PG246 will depart Chiang Mai International Airport at 12.00 and arrive Krabi International Airport at 13.55.
From April 2, the airline will operate thrice-weekly flights between Chiang Mai and Luang Prabang using a 70-seater ATR 72-600 aircraft. On Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, the outbound flight PG983 will depart Chiang Mai International Airport at 16.30 and arrive Luang Prabang International Airport at 17.45. The inbound flight PG984 will depart Luang Prabang International Airport 18.30 and arrive Chiang Mai International Airport at 19.45.
AirAsia launches flights from Bangkok to Nha Trang, Brisbane
From June 25, Thai AirAsia X will open itself up to a new continent by launching direct flights from Bangkok (Don Mueang) to Brisbane.
In addition, AirAsia will commence flights from Bangkok (Don Mueang) to Nha Trang, flying four times a week (Monday/Wednesday/Friday/Sunday).
Singapore Airlines to boost Osaka service
Singapore Airlines (SIA) will add a third daily service to Osaka’s Kansai International Airport on April 27, 2019. Operated with Airbus A330-300 aircraft, adding nearly 2,000 seats per week in each direction, flight SQ620 will depart Singapore at 08.30 and arrive at Osaka at 16.10. The return flight will operate as SQ621, departing Osaka at 17:25 and arriving in Singapore at 23.05.
Emirates’ forges codeshare with China Southern
In its first codeshare partnership with a Chinese carrier, Emirates has signed an MoU with China Southern Airlines to enter a reciprocal codeshare agreement.
The partnership covers 18 routes including domestic points in China and destinations in the Middle East and Africa.
It adds eight new destinations to Emirates’ network. In the initial phase, Chinese cities covered by the agreement include Fuzhou, Chongqing, Kunming, Qingdao, Xiamen, Chengdu, Nanjing and Xi ‘an. Emirates operates twice-daily flights to both Beijing and Shanghai in addition to one daily flight to Guangzhou, all operated by the iconic Airbus A380 aircraft.
For passengers travelling from China, there will be more convenient connections to destinations in Emirates’ Middle East network such as Riyadh, Jeddah, Dammam, Muscat, Kuwait and Cairo. The agreement also includes flights to African destinations such as Seychelles and Lagos, operated by Emirates.