Route Finder: Doha-Cardiff, Brisbane-Beijing and Caracas-Bogota

Peter Terlato 20 September 2017 NEWS

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Our weekly round-up of new flight routes and route changes worldwide.

We look at which airlines are flying where next, including when they'll begin and how often services will run.


Qatar Airways: Doha-Adana

When does it launch? November 2017
How often does it fly? Three times weekly
Where is the stopover? Non-stop, direct
Who else competes on this route? No competitors operate direct flights on this route
Anything else I need to know? Adana is situated on the Seyhan River in the heart of Çukurova, one of Turkey's prime agriculture areas.


Qatar Airways: Doha-Cardiff

When does it launch? May 2018
How often does it fly? Daily
Where is the stopover? Non-stop, direct
Who else competes on this route? No competitors operate direct flights on this route.
Anything else I need to know? Boeing 787-8 aircraft will be operating on the route.


Air China: Brisbane-Beijing

When does it launch? December 2017
How often does it fly? Four times weekly
Where is the stopover? Non-stop, direct
Who else competes on this route? No competitors operate direct flights on this route
Anything else I need to know? The trip will be made with an Airbus A330-200, so business class travellers can get some use out of the lie-flat beds on this overnight leg.


Lucky Air: Nanchang-Hanoi

When does it launch? September 2017
How often does it fly? Daily
Where is the stopover? Non-stop, direct
Who else competes on this route? No competitors operate direct flights on this route
Anything else I need to know? Nanchang is the capital of Jiangxi Province in Southeast China. Airbus A320 aircraft will be used on this route.


Philippine Airlines: Cebu-Bangkok

When does it launch? December 2017
How often does it fly? Three times weekly
Where is the stopover? Non-stop, direct
Who else competes on this route? No competitors operate direct flights on this route
Anything else I need to know? This service is currently not available for reservation.


Icelandair: Reykjavik-Dallas/Fort Worth

When does it launch? May 2018
How often does it fly? Four times weekly
Where is the stopover? Non-stop, direct
Who else competes on this route? No competitors operate direct flights on this route
Anything else I need to know? Icelandair operates more than 10 regular services to the US.


Avior Airlines: Caracas-Bogota

When does it launch? October 2017
How often does it fly? Daily
Where is the stopover? Non-stop, direct
Who else competes on this route? No competitors operate direct flights on this route
Anything else I need to know? Avior currently operates Valencia-Bogota service on a daily basis.


Volaris: Puerto Vallarta-Los Angeles

When does it launch? November 2017
How often does it fly? Once per week
Where is the stopover? Non-stop, direct
Who else competes on this route? American Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Delta, Southwest and United Airlines
Anything else I need to know? Puerto Vallarta is a cobblestone resort town on Mexico's Pacific coast.


Volaris Costa Rica: San José-Mexico City

When does it launch? September 2017
How often does it fly? Three times weekly
Where is the stopover? Non-stop, direct
Who else competes on this route? Interjet and Aeromexico
Anything else I need to know? In July, Volaris Costa Rica added San José-Cancun and San José-Guadalajara flights.


Aerolineas Argentinas: Cordoba-Santiago

When does it launch? September 2017
How often does it fly? Three times weekly
Where is the stopover? Non-stop, direct
Who else competes on this route? LATAM Airlines and Sky Airline
Anything else I need to know? Austral Embraer E190 aircraft will be used on this route.


Qantas expands upcoming Sydney-Osaka service

Qantas Airways recently announced it would extend its planned Sydney-Osaka service from a northern winter seasonal route to a year-round operation.

The service will run three times per week, flying between Kingsford Smith Airport and Kansai International.

Flights start 14 December 2017, while reservations for flights on or after 26 March 2018 are now available.

United Airlines is retiring popular Boeing aircraft

The last ever Boeing 747 scheduled for service on United Airlines will be a special one-way service from California's San Francisco Airport to Hawaii's Honolulu Airport.

The airline's first-ever Boeing 747 flight took off in 1970 from San Francisco to Honolulu. This final flight will offer a "throwback" experience for passengers. The crew will be adorned in 1970s' "retro" uniforms and will serve a "1970s'-inspired" food menu. Even in-flight entertainment options will have a 70s' theme.

Reservations for this unique "farewell" flight opened mid-day Monday September 18, 2017.

Emirates expands Sydney-Dubai services

Emirates will add a fourth daily service to its Sydney-Dubai route from 25 March 2018. New A380 aircraft will be used for the flight.

The airline currently has 77 weekly flights between Dubai and Australia. With the additional service, this figure will increase to 91 per week, adding an extra 7.3% capacity to the route.

On the same day as the new flight begins, the Middle East carrier will also upscale its third daily Melbourne-Dubai route from a B777-300ER to an A380 aircraft to add further Australian capacity.

Each week, Route Finder informs you of the latest airline route launches, cancellations and changes.

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