Airline updates and promos

25 Jul 2009


AirAsia X is increasing the frequency of its Kuala Lumpur-Taipei service from five flights weekly to seven starting October 19.

Air Astana has launched a thrice-weekly service linking the Kazakhstan capital of Astana to Novosibirsk in Siberia.

Cathay Pacific will commence four flights weekly between Hongkong and Jeddah in Saudi Arabia on October 25. The service via Dubai will be operated using Airbus A330-300s with two-class configurations. In addition, the airline is increasing its Hongkong-Riyadh service from five weekly to seven from August 1.

China Airlines and Mandarin Airlines are starting direct flights to Xiamen, Ningbo, Zhenshou, Shenyang, Changsha and Xian from Taiwan’s Taoyuan, Taichung and Kaoshiung using Airbus A330-300, Boeing B747-400, B737-800 and Embraer E190 aircraft. No launch dates have been announced yet. and

Tiger Airways will increase frequency of its Sydney-Melbourne service from four daily to nine, and its Sydney-Adelaide service from once to twice daily. Changes take effect on October 4.


Jet Airways has launched a promotion for Economy Class flights from Hongkong to Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore and Chennai from HK$3,680 (US$475). Passengers can add on two free domestic sectors to their trip and tickets can be booked until July 31 for travel until December 31. Prices exclude applicable taxes and miles are not accruable.

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Lufthansa has launched a round-trip Business Class promotion for flights between Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenyang and Nanjing to 59 European destinations including Vienna, Brussels, London and Paris. Fares start at CNY19,400 (US$2,839) excluding applicable taxes. Tickets can be booked until July 31 and passengers must depart between August 5 and 31, and return by November 11. Stays must be for a minimum of seven days and up to three months.

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Joshua Tan

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