News for Asia

Malaysia Airlines launches Kuala Lumpur-Tokyo Haneda service

16 August, 2022

Malaysia Airlines launched (14-Aug-2022) twice weekly Kuala Lumpur-Tokyo Haneda service with 290 seat A330-300 aircraft. The route will complement the carrier's existing service to Tokyo Narita Airport. [more - original PR]

Link Airways to launch Bundaberg-Brisbane service in Nov-2022

11 August, 2022

Link Airways CEO Andrew Major announced (10-Aug-2022) the carrier believes there is "strong demand for additional direct flights" on its proposed Bundaberg-Brisbane service, with it facilitating "further leisure and business links between the two regions". Mr Major said that studies conducted over a number of years had revealed a significant demand for flights between Bundaberg and Brisbane that provided business-friendly day return schedules and increased capacity on the route. The service is scheduled to operate six times weekly from 14-Nov-2022, growing to 17 weekly frequencies in 2023. [more - original PR]

Taiwan Taoyuan Airport removes restrictions on transit pax

10 August, 2022

Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport announced (07-Aug-2022) plans to remove the following COVID-19 related restrictions and conditions for transit passengers from 08-Aug-2022:

  • Transit passengers only permitted to stopover at Taiwan Taoyuan for a maximum of 12 hours;
  • Transit passengers must remain in dedicated zones within the passenger terminal;
  • All legs of transit passengers journey must be issued on a single ticket;
  • Transit passengers must be accompanied by an airport employee in order to shop at duty free retail outlets.

From 08-Aug-2022, transit passengers will be permitted to shop and dine at all outlets available to international passengers in the terminal. [more - original PR - Chinese]

Japan Airlines to increase Tokyo Haneda-Sydney frequency to daily from Oct-2022

10 August, 2022

Japan Airlines (JAL) announced (09-Aug-2022) plans to increase Tokyo Haneda-Sydney frequency to daily, effective Oct-2022. JAL's Tokyo Narita-Melbourne service will operate three times weekly. [more - original PR]

Hong Kong to reduce hotel quarantine to three days plus four days of medical surveillance

9 August, 2022

Hong Kong's Government announced (08-Aug-2022) inbound travellers will be subject to quarantine under the '3+4' model, effective 12-Aug-2022. The model involves compulsory quarantine in designated quarantine hotels for three days, followed by medical surveillance at home for four days. The new regime will be a reduction from the current seven day hotel quarantine. [more - original PR]

Air Premia confirms plans to commence services to Ho Chi Minh City and Los Angeles in Sep/Oct-2022

5 August, 2022

Air Premia confirmed (04-Aug-2022) plans to commence services to Ho Chi Minh City and Los Angeles in Sep/Oct-2022. The airline also confirmed plans to commence service to Germany in 2023. [more - original PR - Korean]

StarLux Airlines outlines current schedules

4 August, 2022

StarLux Airlines, via its official Facebook account, outlined (03-Aug-2022) the following schedules:

  • Macau: Daily;
  • Ho Chi Minh City: Daily;
  • Penang: Three times weekly;
  • Kuala Lumpur: Four times weekly;
  • Singapore: Four times weekly;
  • Bangkok: Daily;
  • Manila: Six times weekly;
  • Tokyo: Twice weekly;
  • Osaka Kansai: Four times weekly;
  • Fukuoka: Twice weekly.

Japan Airlines and Spring Japan to start mileage exchange collaboration from Aug-2022

29 July, 2022

Japan Airlines announced (28-Jul-2022) plans to start a mileage exchange collaboration with Spring Japan, effective 01-Aug-2022. [more - original PR - Japanese]

Airbus: Jetstar Airways takes delivery of first A321neo

29 July, 2022

Airbus announced (28-Jul-2022) Jetstar Airways took delivery of its first A321neo. The aircraft is powered by CFM International LEAP-1A engines and configured in a single class layout with 232 seats. The cabin features extra-large Airspace overhead bins offering a 40% increase in volume, USB ports and tablet holders at every seat and the latest lighting system for an overall enhanced passenger experience. Jetstar's new A321neo is fitted with an additional fuel tank, enabling the aircraft to fly between all destinations on its domestic network, as well as to Southeast Asia, including the popular leisure destination of Bali. The aircraft is the first of 38 A320neo Family aircraft for Jetstar, comprising 18 A321neo and 20 A321XLR. These are part of a larger backlog of single aisle aircraft ordered by the Qantas Group, which now stands at 149 aircraft. [more - original PR]

Queensland's Government: Jetstar to launch Gold Coast-Tokyo Narita service

27 July, 2022

Queensland's Minister for Tourism, Innovation and Sport and Minister Assisting the Premier on Olympics and Paralympics Sport and Engagement Stirling Hinchliffe stated (26-Jul-2022) the AUD200 million (USD139 million) partnership with Queensland's four international airports and industry, has led to a Gold-Coast-Tokyo Narita service to be operated by Jetstar. The Jetstar service is scheduled to launch in Aug-2022, with the "potential to support up to 1027 jobs over three years and generate AUD275 million (USD191 million) in overnight visitor spending for the Gold Coast visitor economy". The service will deliver 350,701 inbound seats over three years. [more - original PR]

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