Route Finder: Shenzhen-Vientiane, Penang-Hat Yai, Doha-Pattaya

Peter Terlato 1 November 2017

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


Hainan Airlines: Shenzhen-Luang Prabang

When does it launch? October 2017
How often does it fly? Twice 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? Planned operational schedule during winter season.


Hainan Airlines: Shenzhen-Vientiane

When does it launch? October 2017
How often does it fly? Twice 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? Planned operational schedule during winter season.


Air France: Paris-Toulon

When does it launch? March 2018
How often does it fly? Twice 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? This route is operated by HOP! Embraer E170 aircraft.


Ukraine International Airlines: Kiev-Copenhagen

When does it launch? April 2018
How often does it fly? Nine times weekly
Where is the stopover? Non-stop, direct
Who else competes on this route? Wizz Air
Anything else I need to know? This is a planned summer 2018 service to Denmark's capital.


Air Moldova: Chisinau-Ekaterinburg

When does it launch? April 2018
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? Reservations are now open for this new Russian route.


Malindo Air: Kuala Lumpur-Hat Yai

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? AirAsia
Anything else I need to know? Hat Yai is the fourth largest city in Thailand frequented by travellers.


Malindo Air: Penang-Hat Yai

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? Penang Island's capital, George Town, is home to many colonial landmarks.


Qatar Airways: Doha-Pattaya

When does it launch? January 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? Qatar also flies to the Thai cities of Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Krabi and Phuket.


Luxair: Saarbruecken-Berlin

When does it launch? January 2018
How often does it fly? Three times 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? These flights will replace services previously offered by airberlin.


AirAsia: Kuching-Shenzhen

When does it launch? December 2017
How often does it fly? N/A
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? Reservation for this route is expected to open in the coming days.


Aegean Airlines: Thessaloniki-Prague

When does it launch? December 2017
How often does it fly? Two round-trip flights
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 is a limited-time, special Christmas season service.


flynas: Abha-Dubai

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? flydubai
Anything else I need to know? This flight will depart Abha on Thursdays and Dubai on Saturdays.


Transavia France: Nantes-Catania

When does it launch? June 2018
How often does it fly? Twice 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? Catania is Sicily's second largest city, close to active Mount Etna.


Air Seoul: Seoul-Kalibo

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? Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines and AirAsia.
Anything else I need to know? Kalibo is the primary transportation hub for the resort island of Boracay.


Air Macau: Macau-Changzhou

When does it launch? January 2018
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? Don't forget to visit Lake Tai and the Tianning Temple in Changzhou.


Ural Airlines: Ekaterinburg-Changchun

When does it launch? December 2017
How often does it fly? Once per week
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? Airbus A320 aircraft will operate this route.


United launches longest flight to or from the US

United Airlines has extended its lead for the longest non-stop flight to or from the United States.

The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner service between Los Angeles and Singapore is an 8,700-mile, 18 hour journey. The flight is less than an hour longer and a few hundred miles shorter than United's flight departing San Francisco.

Australian airline Qantas Airways at one time held the record with its 8,500-mile trip between Dallas and Sydney. The world's longest flight, in mileage terms, is Qatar Airways' Doha to Auckland service at 9,032 miles.

British Airways and Finnair expand codeshare

For the launch of the 2017/18 winter season timetable, British Airways and Finnair have expanded their codeshare partnership, which now covers additional routes to and from Helsinki and London.

The new planned codeshare routes begin from 29 October 17, except for selected routes from December 2017.

British Airways will add its code (BA) to Finnair services between Helsinki and Budapest, Copenhagen, Dublin, Edinburgh, Prague, Stockholm Arlanda and Vienna, as well as Ivalo and Kittila to London Gatwick.

Finnair will add its code (AY) to BA services from London Heathrow to Copenhagen, Gothenburg and Tallinn.


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

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