Friday, June 23, 2017

Aviation roundup: Scoot, Hainan Airlines and more

Scoot's off to Athens
Scoot has begun flying to Athens, the only LCC that offers a direct flight between South-east Asia and Greece. The flight is also the airline’s first to a European destination and maiden longhaul flight.

Operated on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, the 11.5-hour flight takes off from Singapore every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 02.45, and arrives in Athens on the same day at 08.45. Return flights will depart Athens at 11.30 and arrive in Singapore at 03.55 the following day.

In addition, Scoot has plans to add five new routes in the next year, including one extra longhaul destination.

Hainan Airlines links up New York and Chongqing
Hainan Airlines will introduce flights between Chongqing and New York on October 20 this year, becoming the first non-stop service between western China and New York.

The new service will depart Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport on Wednesdays and Fridays at 22.00, and arrive in John F Kennedy International Airport at 00.50 the following day.

Return flights depart John F Kennedy International Airport on Thursdays and Saturdays at 02.50, and arrive in Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport at 06.35 am the following day.

Kazakh national carrier starts flights to New Delhi
Air Astana will start direct flights from Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, to New Delhi, on July 2. The service will be operated thrice weekly utilising both the Airbus A320 and Embraer 190 aircraft.

On Mondays and Thursdays, flight KC 241 will depart Astana at 07.20 and arrive in New Delhi at 10.55, with the return flight КС 242 departing New Delhi at 12.00 and arriving in Astana at 17.00.

On Sundays, flight KC 249 will depart Astana at 20.35 and arrive in New Delhi at 00.10 the following day, with the return flight КС 250 departing New Delhi at 01.10 and arriving in Astana at 06.10.

Tianjin Airlines launches two routes from China to Moscow
Tianjin Airlines has started flying from two Chinese cities – Tianjin and Chongqing – to Moscow. Both flights utilise an A330 aircraft that offers 18 business class and 242 economy class seats.

GS7956 will depart Moscow at 16.50 on Tuesdays and arrive in Tianjin at 05.20 on Wednesdays and Saturdays, while return flight GS7955 will depart Tianjin at 09.20 and arrive in Moscow at 12.35 on Thursdays and Sundays.

Meanwhile, GS7942 will depart Moscow at 14.30 on Wednesdays and arrive in Chongqing at 04.00 on Thursdays and Sundays, while return flight GS7941 will leave Chongqing at 09.40 and arrive in Moscow at 13.30 on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

The airline will also launch new flights from Tianjin to Xi'an to London, and from Chongqing to Melbourne later this year.

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