Asian air route updates: Vietnam Airlines, AirAsia X and more

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Vietnam Airlines' Boeing 787 Dreamliner
Vietnam Airlines’ Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Second Sydney service for Vietnam Airlines

Where? Hanoi (Vietnam) to Sydney (Australia)
When? Three times a week, effective 29 March 2017
Who? Vietnam Airlines
Why? Continues the expansion of Vietnam Airlines’ long-haul network, driven by delivery of modern aircraft
Anything else? Following the launch, Vietnam’s national carrier will operate two Boeing 787 Dreamliner routes to Sydney, from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City

AirAsia X will fly to Wuhan
AirAsia X will fly to Wuhan

AirAsia X adds new link to China

Where? Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) to Wuhan (China)
When? Four times a week, effective 22 March 2017
Who? AirAsia X
Why? Rising intra-Asian traffic, including strong Chinese tourist traffic
Anything else? First of two KL-Wuhan routes planned for 2017, with Malaysia Airlines to follow in August


New low-cost link between Chinese and Japanese metropolises

Where? Tokyo Narita (Japan) to Tianjin, pictured (China)
When? Three times a week, effective 28 January 2017
Who? Spring Airlines Japan
Why? Sino-Japanese low-cost carrier continues to create new connections between Asia’s two largest economies
Anything else? New flight to connect urban areas with a combined population greater than that of Malaysia

Vietjet Air
Vietjet Air

Vietnamese LCC continues Taiwan expansion

Where? Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) to Taichung (Taiwan)
When? Four times a week, effective immediately
Who? Vietjet Air
Why? To meet increasing two-way business and tourist demand
Anything else? More than half a million Taiwanese visited Vietnam in 2016, up 16% year-on-year
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