Airline News: Malaysia Airlines, Vietjet, and Thai Airways

Malaysia Airlines begins codesharing with Cathay Pacific, Vietjet to launch nonstop flights to Australia, and more.

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Malaysia Airlines codeshares with Cathay Pacific

From March 25, Malaysia Airlines will begin codesharing on three of Cathay Pacific’s trans-Pacific flights to the US, as part of their partnership. Passengers flying with the Kuala Lumpur-based airline will be able to reserve seats through Hong Kong to Los Angeles, New York (JFK), and San Francisco in a single booking. Come September 2018, Cathay Pacific also plans to launch its longest nonstop route in its network, to Washington D.C., served by its first A350-300.

More information here.

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Vietjet to start its first direct service to Australia

Vietjet has unveiled plans to launch nonstop flights between Ho Chi Minh City and Brisbane sometime in 2019, following the official visit of Vietnam’s Prime Minister, Nguyen Xuan Phuc, to Australia, during which the Vietnamese budget airline also signed a memorandum of understanding with Investec Bank PLC to finance the purchase of five Airbus A321 aircraft. An official route launch date will be confirmed at a later date.

More information here.

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Passengers on Thai Airways’ Dreamliner business class subjected to waistline restrictions

In a new regulation announced by Thai’s aviation safety, security and standards department, passengers on board Thai Airways’ Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner business class will be subject to waistline restrictions, following the airline’s decision to install airbags in the seatbelts. These new seatbelts are designed with a set length in order to comply with US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) safety standards. As such, those with waistlines exceeding 142.24 centimeters will be unable to fasten the new seatbelts safely. This restriction also means that passengers will not be able to carry infants on their laps in the aircraft’s business class cabin.

More information here.

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