New Airline Routes: China Southern, Air China, and Hong Kong Airlines

China Southern flies nonstop to Rome, Air China launches service to Panama City, and more.

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China Southern adds direct service to Rome

Come July 13, China Southern will launch a thrice-weekly direct service from Guangzhou to Rome. Operated by a 228-seat Dreamliner, CZ661 will depart Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport on Monday, Friday, and Sunday at 12:40 a.m., arriving at Leonardo da Vinci Fiumicino Airport at 7:20 a.m. The return flight CZ662 will leave Europe at 11:30 a.m. before touching down in China at 5:20 a.m. the following day. Currently, the carrier’s service to Rome includes a two-hour stopover in Wuhan and this new nonstop service will shorten the flying time to 12 hours 40 minutes.

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Air China to fly to Panama City

From April 5, Air China will start flying twice-weekly to Panama City with a stopover in Houston, via a 311-seat B777-300ER. CA885 will leave Beijing on Thursday and Sunday at 7:40 a.m. and arrive in Houston at 8:20 a.m., taking off again at 10:50 a.m. before touching down in Panama at 2:30 p.m. The return flight CA886 will leave Central America at 4:30 p.m. and land in Houston at 8:15 p.m. The flight will leave the US at 1:00 a.m. the following day, arriving in China at 4:50 a.m. the day after.

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Hong Kong Airlines to fly to Moscow

From May 18 to October 27, Hong Kong Airlines will launch a seasonal three-time weekly service to Moscow Vnukovo International Airport (VKO). This move is because of the foreseeable demand for travel to Russia, the host of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The route will be operated by an A330-300, offering 32 business seats in a 1-2-1 configuration and 260 economy seats arranged in a 2-4-2 setup.

More information here.

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