Route Finder: Melbourne-Zhengzhou, Hangzhou-Phuket, Boston-Syracuse

Peter Terlato 30 August 2017

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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.


Jetstar: Melbourne-Zhengzhou

When does it launch? December 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? This is the first direct intercontinental passenger route between central China's Henan province and Australia. Flights start at AU$566 each way.


Air China: Hangzhou-Phuket

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? Okay Airways and China Eastern
Anything else I need to know? Airbus A320 aircraft will serve the route. The airline will also operate up to two daily seasonal winter flights between Hangzhou and Bangkok.


Spirit Airlines: Chicago-West Palm Beach

When does it launch? November 2017
How often does it fly? Daily
Where is the stopover? Non-stop, direct
Who else competes on that route? Frontier Airlines, Southwest Airlines and American Airlines
Anything else I need to know? Airbus A320 aircraft is scheduled to operate this route.


Spirit Airlines: Las Vegas-Newark

When does it launch? November 2017
How often does it fly? Daily
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? Airbus A320 aircraft will operate this route.


Xiamen Airlines: Xiamen-Melbourne

When does it launch? December 2017
How often does it fly? Twice weekly
Where is the stopover? Hangzhou
Who else competes on that route? No competitors operate direct flights on this route
Anything else I need to know? Xiamen Airlines is part of the SkyTeam Airline Alliance.


AirAsia: Johor Bahru-Kolkata

When does it launch? November 2017
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? This is the carrier's sixth international and 15th overall route from Johor Bahru.


JetBlue Airways: Boston-Syracuse

When does it launch? January 2018
How often does it fly? Daily
Where is the stopover? Non-stop, direct
Who else competes on that route? American Airlines
Anything else I need to know? Embraer E190 aircraft will operate this service. Similarly, American Airlines operate a service from Boston to Mattydale, near Syracuse.


Qantas eyes direct flights from Australia's east to London and NYC

Qantas has outlined ambitious plans to offer non-stop services between London, New York and the eastern states of Australia, and hopes to offer these routes from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane within three years.

The airline will begin flying direct from London to Perth on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner next year, but it isn't feasible to use that aircraft for flights from the east coast. However, Qantas believes that by 2020 it should be feasible for newer aircraft to make the trip, provided the route is carefully planned. That also gives it an opportunity to retire the rest of its ageing 747 fleet.

While this is an exciting prospect, these likely won't be the cheapest fares for those routes.

Cambodia Angkor Air and Lao Airlines begin codeshare agreement

Earlier this month, the Cambodian and Laotian airlines launched a reciprocal codeshare partnership.

Cambodia Angkor Air will place its code (K6) on Lao Airlines-operated flights between Pakse and Luang Prabang, Siem Reap and Vientiane. Alternatively, Lao Airlines will place its code (QV) on Angkor Air-operated services between Phnom Penh-Ho Chi Minh City and between Siem Reap and Da Nang and Ho Chi Minh City.

Qantas expands Jetstar Japan codeshare

The Australian carrier is set to grow its codeshare partnership with Jetstar Japan, as the oneWorld member resumes seasonal services to Osaka. From mid-December 2017, Qantas will add its code (QF) to the low-cost carrier's routes between Osaka Kansai and Fukuoka, Okinawa and Sapporo New Chitose.


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