News for Asia

Virgin Australia to relaunch Adelaide-Bali service

21 September, 2022

Virgin Australia announced (21-Sep-2022) plans to relaunch Adelaide-Denpasar services from 14-Dec-2022, offering an additional 2464 weekly seats to Bali when operating daily and more than 70,000 extra seats to Bali p/a. According to OAG, Jetstar Airways also operates the route. [more - original PR]

Singapore Changi Airport handles 3.3m pax in Aug-2022

21 September, 2022

Singapore Changi Airport, via its official website, reported (20-Sep-2022) the following traffic highlights for Aug-2022:

  • Passengers: 3.3 million, -44% compared to Aug-2019;
  • Cargo: 153,000 tonnes, -9%;
  • Aircraft movements: 20,400, -37%.

StarLux Airlines confirms plans to launch Los Angeles service in Apr-2023

15 September, 2022

StarLux Airlines stated (13-Sep-2022) its A350-900 fleet is scheduled to enter service on Asia routes in 1Q2023 and commence Taipei-Los Angeles service from Apr-2023. [more - original PR - Chinese]

Philippine Airlines rebrands domestic premium economy service to Comfort Class

15 September, 2022

Philippine Airlines rebranded (14-Sep-2022) its domestic premium economy service to Comfort Class on all domestic flights operated by A321ceo, A320, A330 and De Havilland DHC-8-400 Next Generation aircraft. The rebranding will take effect from 15-Sep-2022. [more - original PR]

SkyTeam opens refurbished lounge at Sydney Airport

15 September, 2022

SkyTeam reopened (14-Sep-2022) its refurbished lounge at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport's international terminal. The lounge at Pier B near Gate 24 is available to SkyTeam Elite Plus, first and business class customers. The lounge is open from two hours prior to the first flight until the final departure of the day for eligible customers travelling with China Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Garuda Indonesia, Korean Air, Vietnam Airlines and Xiamen Airlines. The lounge features 149 chairs, a live cooking station and self service buffet. Sustainability features include GREENGUARD certified upholstery, the elimination of single use items, water saving fittings in showers and bathrooms, movement sensors to save energy and reduce emissions, participation in Sydney Airport's recycling programme and the use of locally and sustainably sourced produce with procurement management procedures. [more - original PR]

All Nippon Airways to increase Tokyo Haneda-Frankfurt frequency to twice daily in winter 2022/2023

13 September, 2022

All Nippon Airways announced (13-Sep-2022) plans to increase Tokyo Haneda-Frankfurt frequency from 10 times weekly to twice daily, effective 30-Oct-2022 to 25-Mar-2023. [more - original PR]

All Nippon Airways to introduce first and business class on all Tokyo Haneda-London Heathrow service

13 September, 2022

All Nippon Airways announced (13-Sep-2022) plans to introduce "The Suite" first class and "The Room" business class cabin seating on all Tokyo Haneda-London Heathrow services, effective 30-Oct-2022. [more - original PR]

Emirates Airline to debut newly retrofitted A380s to five destinations starting Dec-2022

2 September, 2022

Emirates Airline announced (01-Sep-2022) plans to debut its newly retrofitted A380 aircraft featuring premium economy cabins to the following destinations from Dec-2022:

  • New York JFK: From 01-Dec-2022;
  • Auckland: From 15-Jan-2023;
  • Melbourne: From 01-Feb-2023;
  • San Francisco: From 15-Feb-2023;
  • Singapore: From 01-Mar-2023.

The carrier also plans to add additional premium economy seats on service to London Heathrow from 01-Jan-2023 and Sydney from 15-Dec-2022 as the aircraft's newly refreshed cabins enter service. Emirates Airline is set to operate A380 equipment to 42 cities with over 400 weekly departures, with 85 A380s planned for active service by the end of 2022. [more - original PR]

Bamboo Airways updates priority policy for First members

1 September, 2022

Bamboo Airways updated (31-Aug-2022) its priority policy for First members, enabling priority check in for additional guests with First members and a free space available upgrade to premium economy for First members on Economy Saver fares and above. [more - original PR]

China Southern Airlines to operate 32 international services in Sep-2022

30 August, 2022

China Southern Airlines announced (29-Aug-2022) plans to operate the following 32 international services in Sep-2022:

  • Guangzhou-London: Weekly;
  • Guangzhou-Amsterdam: Weekly;
  • Guangzhou-Paris: Weekly;
  • Wuhan-Istanbul: Weekly;
  • Shenzhen-Moscow: Weekly;
  • Guangzhou-Los Angeles: Twice weekly;
  • Guangzhou-Toronto: Weekly;
  • Guangzhou-Sydney: Weekly;
  • Guangzhou-Auckland: Twice weekly;
  • Guangzhou-Kuala Lumpur: Weekly;
  • Guangzhou-Dhaka: Weekly;
  • Guangzhou-Singapore: Weekly;
  • Guangzhou-Yangon: Weekly;
  • Guangzhou-Ho Chi Minh City: Weekly;
  • Guangzhou-Bangkok: Weekly;
  • Guangzhou-Manila: Weekly;
  • Guangzhou-Vientiane: weekly;
  • Wuhan-Islamabad: Twice weekly;
  • Guangzhou-Phnom Penh: Weekly;
  • Shenzhen-Jakarta: Weekly;
  • Guangzhou-Dubai: Weekly;
  • Shenzhen-Dubai: Weekly;
  • Urumqi-Bishkek: Weekly;
  • Urumqi-Almaty: Weekly;
  • Urumqi-Dushanbe: Weekly;
  • Guangzhou-Tokyo Narita: Weekly;
  • Guangzhou-Seoul: Weekly;
  • Shenyang-Seoul: Weekly;
  • Changsha-Nairobi: Weekly;
  • Shanghai Pudong-Taipei: Daily;
  • Wuhan-Hong Kong: Weekly;
  • Shenyang-Hong Kong: Twice weekly. [more - original PR - Chinese]
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