Asia-Pacific carriers continue to add to their long-haul networks as the region’s air travel recovery continues.
Vietnam low-cost carrier aims to launch its second Australian service on the Ho Chi Minh City-Sydney route on 12 April, says the carrier.
This will follow the start of the previously announced Ho Chi Minh City-Melbourne route on 8 April. Both services will be operated six times weekly with Airbus A330 aircraft.
The carrier also plans to launch services to the Australian cities of Adelaide, Brisbane, and Darwin.
Australian low-cost carrier Jetstar will also add capacity on the Adelaide-Bali Denpasar route by up-gauging from the A320 to its new A321LRs from 21 July. Cirium fleets data indicates that Jetstar’s A321LRs have 232 seats, compared with 180 for its A320s.
To support the up-gauged Bali service Jetstar will station two examples at Adelaide. Jetstar is due to receive its fifth A321LR in March, with all 18 to be delivered by the middle of 2024.
Thai Airways International, eyeing the Chinese tourist traffic, will re-launch serval China routes from 1 March, with services from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi to Kunming, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Shanghai, and Beijing.
Overall, it will operate 14 services weekly, taking advantage of China’s reopening to the world following the end of Chinese leader Xi Jinping’s ‘zero-Covid’ policy.