News for Asia

Malaysia Airlines to suspend Kuala Lumpur-Brisbane service from 27-Mar-2023

24 November, 2022

Malaysia Airlines announced (24-Nov-2022) plans to suspend Kuala Lumpur-Brisbane service from 27-Mar-2023 as part of a "route rationalisation exercise". The carrier added customers travelling to Brisbane can leverage on its codeshare and oneworld partner, Qantas Airways, and connect from Sydney and Melbourne to Brisbane after the suspension of the nonstop flight. Operations on nonstop flights between Kuala Lumpur to Adelaide, Sydney, Perth and Melbourne will continue without change, providing up to 43 nonstop services per week between Australia and Malaysia. Group CEO Izham Ismail stated: "After a thorough business review, we have made a difficult decision to suspend our operations into Brisbane to ensure we operate and utilise our fleet at an optimum level, as well as maximising revenue on every route we fly to". Mr Izham added forward booking to the other Australian cities is "very encouraging", with strong demand up to and beyond 1Q2023, with forward bookings "significantly" ahead of the same period in 2019. To date, the carrier has deployed capacities at 76% year-to-date, and anticipates ending 2022 with 82% capacity of pre-pandemic level networkwide. Excluding the suspension of Brisbane, Malaysia Airlines' Australia network will be at 98% capacity of pre-pandemic levels by Mar-2023. [more - original PR]

Singapore Changi Airport handles 3.7m pax in Oct-2022

24 November, 2022

Singapore Changi Airport, via its official website, reported (23-Nov-2022) the following traffic Oct-2022:

  • Passengers: 3.7 million, -35% compared to Oct-2019;
  • Cargo: 152,000 tonnes, -11%;
  • Aircraft movements: 21,800, -32%.

Singapore Airlines to redeploy A380 on Melbourne service from 16-May-2023

23 November, 2022

Singapore Airlines announced (22-Nov-2022) plans to redeploy A380 aircraft on one of four daily Singapore-Melbourne frequencies from 16-May-2023 to 28-Oct-2023. The A380 will replace Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. Singapore Airlines regional VP South West Pacific Louis Arul stated the A380's return will see the carrier exceed pre-COVID seat capacity to Melbourne, operating at 110% compared to Jan-2020 operations. [more - original PR]

Singapore Airlines to deploy A380 on second Sydney frequency from 17-May-2023

23 November, 2022

Singapore Airlines announced (22-Nov-2022) plans to deploy A380 equipment on a second of four daily Singapore-Sydney frequencies from 17-May-2023, replacing A350-900 aircraft. The return of the second A380 frequency will take SIA to 98% of its pre-COVID seat capacity and will see Suites or first class offered on three of the four daily frequencies between Singapore and Sydney. [more - original PR]

VietJet Air introduces 'SkyBoss Business' fare class offering

21 November, 2022

VietJet Air introduced (21-Nov-2022) a new fare class, 'SkyBoss Business', offering a private cabin, leather seats and inflight premium services on A330 aircraft. SkyBoss Business passengers will receive priority check-in privileges, 18kg of hand luggage, up to 60kg of checked luggage, plus private car transfer to the aircraft from the boarding gate. They will also receive business lounge access, travel insurance and free change of date. [more - original PR]

Hong Kong reduces test requirements for inbound tour groups

20 November, 2022

Hong Kong's Government announced (18-Nov-2022) inbound travellers accompanied by licensed tour guides staying in Hong Kong for not more than four days will only be required to undergo one COVID-19 nucleic acid test on the day of arrival, effective 19-Nov-2022. [more - original PR]

HSBC Australia and Star Alliance launch HSBC Star Alliance Credit Card

15 November, 2022

HSBC Australia and Star Alliance launched (15-Nov-2022) the HSBC Star Alliance Credit Card in Australia. Australian customers can earn Star Alliance Points on eligible credit card purchases that can be converted to miles/points with Air Canada, Air New Zealand, EVA Air, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, Thai Airways and United Airlines. HSBC and Star Alliance stated the card is the world's first credit card created with an airline alliance and will be issued exclusively on Visa credit. [more - original PR]

Cathay Pacific expects to resume 70% of pre-COVID pax capacity by end 2023, 100% by end 2024

14 November, 2022

Cathay Pacific Group announced (14-Nov-2022) it aims to restore its passenger capacity to 70% of pre-pandemic levels by the end of 2023 and to reach pre-pandemic levels by the end of 2024. Since the Hong Kong SAR Government's adjustments to anti-pandemic measures for inbound travellers and aircrew entering Hong Kong in late Sep-2022/early Oct-2022, Cathay has announced the addition of around 3000 frequencies from Oct-2022 until the end of Dec-2022, reaching one third of its pre-pandemic passenger capacity. CEO Augustus Tang reiterated the group have sufficient pilots, cabin crew and operational employees to support its current flight schedules, adding the "short-term bottlenecks lie in the recertification of pilots who have not been flying regularly for a long period of time and the reactivation of aircraft". [more - original PR]

Batik Air (Malaysia) to resume daily Bali-Sydney service from Dec-2022

14 November, 2022

Batik Air (Malaysia) plans to resume daily Bali-Sydney service from 12-Dec-2022, operating with Boeing 737-800, according to OAG and the CAPA Route Changes Database. Garuda Indonesia, Virgin Australia, Qantas Airways and Jetstar Airways also operate the route.

Bamboo Airways and Air Canada partner for passenger benefits

10 November, 2022

Bamboo Airways announced (09-Nov-2022) cooperation with Air Canada for the optimisation of passenger benefits. The cooperation will allow passengers to earn reward points when travelling with Bamboo Airways and Air Canada. [more - original PR]

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