Thursday, June 29 2017 | ASIA TODAY INTERNATIONAL - Reporting the Business that Matters in Asia
BEIJING – Air China today inaugurated the first direct service to Australia from the western China city of Chengdu. It is offering three flights weekly direct to Sydney, departing Chengdu at 22:55 to arrive in Sydney at 12:35pm the following day. The return flight departs Sydney at 14:35, arriving in Chengdu at 22:35.
SYDNEY - Singapore Airlines is delaying plans to launch a new route linking Singapore, Jakarta and Sydney. SIA is contacting passengers booked on this route and help put them on other flights.
BEIJIING - Air China will begin direct services between Melbourne and Shenzhen on January 10, 2017, offering four flights weekly with evening departures from Shenzhen on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday.
XIAMEN - Xiamen Airlines has launched a Xiamen - Shenzhen - Seattle service, creating an air bridge connecting two of China's major special economic zones and an economic heavyweight on the US West Coast. It is both the first long haul route originating in Xiamen with an end point in the United States and the first direct international service between Shenzhen and the US.
SINGAPORE - Singapore Airlines will launch a new service to Sydney via Jakarta from November 23, increasing its frequency to and from Sydney to 34 flights weekly. The new service will operates three times weekly, departing Sydney on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 11.am for arrival in Jakarta at 3.45pm and in Singapore at 6.10pm (local times). Flights will depart Singapore on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8.15.pm, arriving in Jakarta at 9.10.pm and in Sydney at 9.30.am next day (local times).