Spring Japan to launch services to Tianjin and Harbin

cityscape of tianjin

Japanese low-cost carrier Spring Airlines Japan is set to launch two new services to China at the end of January.

Starting January 28, the airline will operate direct flights between Tokyo Narita and Tianjin – the largest trading port in the north of Chin and one of the country’s four directly controlled municipalities that also include Beijing, Shanghai and Chongqing.

Meanwhile starting the day after on January 29, the carrier will begin operating direct flights between Tokyo Narita and Harbin. The new route makes Spring Japan the first Japanese carrier to fly to the Chinese city (All Nippon Airways offers non-direct flights to Harbin through codeshares with various Chinese carriers).

Both new routes will be operated by 189-seat Boeing B737-800s.

Details for the services are as follows (all times local):

Tokyo Narita-Tianjin

Flight No. From To Departs Arrives Days
IJ1031 Narita Tianjin 1220 1525 Mon, Wed, Sat
IJ1032 Tianjin Narita 1635 2050

Tokyo Narita-Harbin

Flight No. From To Departs Arrives Days
IJ1051 Narita Harbin 1040 1250 Tue, Thu, Fri, Sun
1010 1220 Feb 3 only
IJ1052 Harbin Narita 1350 1755 Tue, Thu, Sun
1355 1800 Fri
1320 1725 Feb 3 only

Based out of Tokyo Narita Airport, Spring Japan is 33 per cent owned by Chinese low-cost carrier, Spring Airlines.

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Spring Airlines to start Shanghai–Kaohsiung route

Spring Airlines has announced that it will start flying between Pudong, Shanghai and Kaohsiung from October 27 onwards, making it the first and only low-cost carrier to connect Mainland China with Taiwan. The new service will be flown by an A320 three times a week.

The 180-seat aircraft has two classes – 12 premium economy and 168 economy seats – arranged in a 3-3 configuration. The flight departs Shanghai every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 1220 and arrives in Kaohsiung at 1430. The return leg leaves at 1530 for a 1740 arrival back in China.

A spokesperson for the airline confirmed to Business Traveller Asia-Pacific that Kaohsiung, the second-largest city in Taiwan, is a travel hotspot specifically for tourists and business travellers in Shanghai, and nearby regions such as Hangzhou. Click here for a Kaohsiung feature article from Business Traveller Asia-Pacific’s April issue.

The airline just received its first Sharklet-wing-tipped A320 last month (see here), and plans to operate it from Shanghai to Shenzhen, Changchun and Zhanjiang, as well as on the Hangzhou–Changsha route.

Spring Airlines’ Sharklet-wing-tipped A320 

For more information, visit www.china-sss.com/en

Valerian Ho