Route Finder: London-Cairns, Chiang Mai-Chengdu, Singapore-Sapporo

Peter Terlato 6 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.


China Southern: London-Cairns

When does it launch? December 2017
How often does it fly? Twice daily from London Heathrow and three times weekly from Guangzhou
Where is the stopover? Guangzhou
Who else competes on that route? No competitors operate direct flights on this route
Anything else I need to know? Visitors to China from both England and Australia will be able to take advantage of Guangzhou's position as an internal travel hub. Fares between London and Cairns start at AUD$940 return.


Scoot: Singapore-Sapporo

When does it launch? November 2017
How often does it fly? Twice weekly
Where is the stopover? Non-stop, direct
Who else competes on that route? No competitors operate direct flights on this route
Anything else I need to know? Between 4-6 September, you can buy discounted launch fares, with one-way fares from Singapore starting at AUD$199. Sapporo is home to some of the world's best skiing resorts.


Scoot: Singapore-Harbin

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 that route? No competitors operate direct flights on this route
Anything else I need to know? Between 4-6 September, you can buy discounted launch fares, with one-way fares from Singapore starting at AUD$158 to Harbin. Scoot's total destination count will rise to 65 by mid-2018.


British Airways: London-Toronto

When does it launch? May 2018
How often does it fly? Three times weekly
Where is the stopover? Non-stop, direct
Who else competes on that route? Air Canada, WestJet and Air Transat
Anything else I need to know? This will be the first flight by British Airways to Canada from London's Gatwick Airport and follows the recent introduction of new long-haul routes to Oakland and Fort Lauderdale in the US.


British Airways: London-Las Vegas

When does it launch? March 2018
How often does it fly? Three times weekly
Where is the stopover? Non-stop, direct
Who else competes on that route? Virgin Atlantic
Anything else I need to know? This route, which already operates from Heathrow, is in such demand that the airline added a second service giving customers greater access to more seats and a choice of departure points.


Thai Lion Air: Chiang Mai-Chengdu

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 that route? No competitors operate direct flights on this route
Anything else I need to know? Boeing 737-800 aircraft will operate this service.


Iceland Air: Reykjavik-Cleveland

When does it launch? May 2018
How often does it fly? Five times weekly
Where is the stopover? Non-stop, direct
Who else competes on that route? No competitors operate direct flights on this route
Anything else I need to know? The airline’s Boeing 757 aircraft will operate this route from Keflavik Airport.


Qantas and Emirates double down on partnership

Qantas and Emirates have announced that after a successful five-year partnership, the two airlines are extending their alliance deal by another five years.

This move brings with it a myriad of changes in alignment with customer demand. These include changes in aircraft technology, a greater focus on the Asian market and three options to fly to the UK and Europe. You can now fly to the UK and Europe via Perth, Singapore or Dubai.

Of the changes, Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said, "Our partnership has evolved to a point where Qantas no longer needs to fly its own aircraft through Dubai, and that means we can redirect some of our A380 flying into Singapore and meet the strong demand we’re seeing in Asia."

Cathay Pacific adds three non-stop European summer routes

Cathay Pacific will launch direct services to Brussels, Dublin and Copenhagen mid-next year as part of its continued expansion into Europe.

In addition to recently launched services to Gatwick, Madrid and Barcelona, these new routes bring the total number of directly served destinations in Europe to 15.

A350-900 aircraft will be deployed on these new routes and feature in-flight Wi-Fi, 38 lie-flat business seats with direct aisle access as well as 28 premium economy seats.

“We listened to our customers’ demands for more options and greater flexibility and have responded by building direct air links with these great cities," Cathay Pacific chief executive Rupert Hogg said.

Delta expands codeshare with China Eastern

Delta Air Lines is extending its codeshare network coverage with China Eastern, including the latter's subsidiary Shanghai Airlines. Services to Malaysia are also included in this latest round of codeshare expansion.

Delta will place its code (DL) on China Eastern-operated flights between Kunming-Qingdao-San Francisco, Beijing-Chongqing, and Haikou-Wuxi as well as Shanghai Pu Dong-Chiang Mai and Ningbo-Urumqi.

China Eastern Airlines will place its code (MU) on Delta-operated services between Shanghai Pu Dong and Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur and Weihai.


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

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