Airline News: Air New Zealand, Thai Airways, and Hainan Airlines

Air New Zealand to unveil new routes to Brisbane, Thai Airways adds new flight to Tokyo, and more.

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Air New Zealand to add two new Brisbane routes

By the end of this year, Air New Zealand is set to unveil two new routes to Brisbane, while expanding its Christchurch and Auckland trans-Tasman services. The expansion comes soon after the airline announced that it will be ending its trans-Tasman alliance with Virgin Australia. Among the new routes are a four-times-weekly service between Queenstown and Brisbane, as well as a five-times-weekly service between Wellington and Brisbane. These flights are scheduled to start on December 18, 2018.

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Thai Airways adds fourth daily flight to Tokyo

Thailand’s flag carrier now offers a fourth daily flight on its nonstop BangkokTokyo Narita service, which will be operated by an Airbus A330-300. Flight TG626 departs the Thai capital at 11:35 p.m. and arrives in Tokyo at 7:45 a.m. the following morning, while the returning TG627 leaves Tokyo at 09:45 a.m. and lands back in Bangkok at 2:15 p.m. Thai Airways’ A330-300 comes in three configurations, though all have two classes comprising Royal Silk business class seats laid out in a 2-2-2 format. However, these business-class seats only recline to a lie-flat position rather than fully flat beds.

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Hainan Airlines to launch Shenzhen-Vienna flights in October

As part of its expansion into Europe, Hainan Airlines will be adding a new nonstop route to Vienna this October, with specific dates to be announced. Served by a Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, the new twice-weekly flights will connect the Austrian capital with Shenzhen on Thursdays and Saturdays. Configured in two classes, the aircraft’s business-class cabin will feature 36 fully flat seats laid out in a 2-2-2 pattern and 117 economy seats in 3-3-3.

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