Airline News: Qantas, Korean Air, and Finnair

Qantas eyes new ultra-long-haul aircraft by 2019, Korean Air to give Croatia its first direct service to Asia.

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Qantas plans to launch new ultra-long-haul aircraft in 2019

Australia‘s flag carrier is planning to order new ultra-long-range aircraft by 2019, which will allow it to start offering nonstop flights from Sydney and Melbourne to London and New York in 2022. Qantas is looking to order an aircraft capable of carrying more than 300 passengers but no aircraft is currently capable of such long-haul flights in a financially viable manner. That said, both Airbus and Boeing have begun looking into developing new aircraft capable of making the flights.

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Korean Air to give Croatia its first direct service to Asia

Come September 1, Korean Air will be launching nonstop flights between Seoul and Zagreb, the capital of Croatia. This will give This will give the Balkan nation its first direct and regular service to Asia. Operated by its three-class Airbus A330-200 aircraft, the Korean Air flights will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. With this new route, Korean Air’s total number of international destinations will cover 111 cities in 43 countries.

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Finnair to codeshare with Cathay Dragon

Finnair looks set to expand its reach in Southeast Asia with a new codeshare partnership with Cathay Dragon, which will result in four new destinations added to the Finnish carrier’s network. Starting June 15, travelers flying on Finnair can also connect onto flights operated by Cathay Dragon (the regional subsidiary of Cathay Pacific), between Hong Kong and the Vietnamese cities of Hanoi and Danang, Yangon in Myanmar, and Phnom Penh and Siem Reap in Cambodia. Next month onwards, Finnair will begin placing its code on Cathay Dragon’s flights between Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur.

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