Wednesday, 30 July 2014

HK Express inaugurates Asia's first budget flight to Zhengzhou on 26 September 2014

Report by : Gan Yung Chyan
                / KUCINTA SETIA
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Hong Kong's low-fare airline, HK Express, inaugurates Asia's first budget flight to Zhengzhou from Hong Kong on 26 September 2014. Passengers travelling to Hong Kong can consider cheap onward flights between Hong Kong and Zhengzhou the largest industrial city of north-central China three times a week, other than Kunming and Ningbo which HK Express flies to.

On 26 September 2014, HK Express flight UO1302 departs from Hong Kong at 5.05 pm for Zhengzhou, arriving in Zhengzhou Xinzheng International Airport at 7.25 pm. It departs for Hong Kong on 27 September at 11.25 am under flight UO1303 and touches down in Hong Kong International Airport Terminal 2 at 2 pm on 27 September.

HK Express flies between Hong Kong and Zhengzhou on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays three times a week using its Airbus A320 aircraft. Fares start from 99 Hong Kong Dollars and are on sale between now and 28 March 2015.

Zhengzhou is the gateway to the World Geopark of Song Mountain where the UNESCO World Heritage site of Shaolin Temple is located. It is also the birthplace of Huangdi, recognised as ancestor of Chinese people. Other historical sites include Zhongyuan Tower and Henan Museum which exhibits dinosaur fossils, prehistoric human remains up through the Modern Eras and it is of proximity to Kaifeng, the hometown of Bao Zheng.

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Jetstar Pacific opens direct daily flights from Ho Chi Minh City to Singapore on 27 October 2014

Report by : Gan Yung Chyan
                / KUCINTA SETIA
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Jetstar Pacific, formerly Pacific Airlines, is launching direct daily flights to Singapore from Ho Chi Minh City with effect from 27 October 2014.

On 27 October, Airbus A320 flight BL655 departs from Ho Chi Minh City for Singapore at 7.05 am, arriving in Singapore at 10.05 am. It leaves for Ho Chi Minh City under flight BL656 at 11.15 am from Changi Airport Terminal 1, touching down in Ho Chi Minh City at 12.15 pm.

The inaugural flight of Jetstar Pacific allows passengers from Singapore to connect to Jetstar Pacific's domestic destinations such as Phu Quoc, Nha Trang, Danang, Vinh, Hanoi, Hai Phong and Buon Ma Thuot on the same day or return to Singapore on the same day after a few hours of shopping in Ho Chi Minh City.

At a later stage, Jetstar Pacific will begin direct flights between Hanoi and Singapore.

Seats of Jetstar Pacific flights can be booked at or paid at Singapore post offices.

Monday, 28 July 2014

Tigerair and Cebu Pacific Air integrate their flight networks while Tigerair Philippines begins flights to General Santos and Cagayan de Oro

Report by : Gan Yung Chyan
                / KUCINTA SETIA
Distributed to All Press & Travel Professionals

Tigerair Philippines, the new Cebu Pacific Air subsidiary, will add four new domestic destinations in November 2014 as it expands its route network in the Philippines.

Tigerair Philippines launches flights from Manila to Davao and General Santos on 20 November 2014, using Airbus A320 aircraft after it receives airframe from its parent Cebu Pacific Air.
The airline will also launch a twice a week flights from its Cebu hub to Davao and Cagayan de Oro on 29 November 2014.

Meanwhile, Cebu Pacific Air and Tigerair have completed the implementation of their interline agreement which will create the third biggest flight network from the the Asia Pacific region next to Air Asia Berhad of Malaysia and Lion Air of Indonesia. 

Tigerair Singapore and Cebu Pacific Air announced plans to enter a strategic alliance on 8 January 2014 to improve their competitiveness amidst the looming ASEAN Open Skies in 2015. 

The interline agreement extends to all their networks, opening up a wide array of new destinations for their respective passengers.

The airline alliance will bring new destinations in Australia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Korea, Japan, Malaysia, Myanmar, Maldives and Thailand.

Tigerair will market and sell domestic Cebu Pacific flights on its website from 23 July 2014 while Cebu Pacific Air will sell Tigerair seats on the website of Cebu Pacific from September 2014.

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Vietnam Airlines opens direct scheduled flights from Phu Quoc to Singapore on 1 November 2014

Report by :Thanh Nien News
Edited by : Gan Yung Chyan
                / KUCINTA SETIA
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Passengers boarding on a flight at the international Phu Quoc airport in Kien Giang province.

HANOI- Vietnam Airlines will launch new international routes on 1 November 2014, connecting Kien Giang Province’s Phu Quoc airport to Singapore and Cambodia.

The Phu Quoc – Singapore route will be operated twice a week and the Phu Quoc – Siem Riep route will carry three flights a week.

Phu Quoc is famous for its fish sauce and it is believed to be the motherland of fish sauce (also known as ketchapi in Malay) in Southeast Asia. The opening of international flights from Phu Quoc to Singapore and other parts of the world will facilitate trading and business activities with the thriving port of Vietnam.

Thursday, 24 July 2014

MIAT Mongolian Airlines commences twice-weekly scheduled flights to Singapore on 20 September 2014

Report by : Gan Yung Chyan
                 / KUCINTA SETIA
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MIAT Mongolian Airlines, the national airline of Mongolia, has indicated in its updated summer schedules of this year that it is inaugurating twice-weekly scheduled flights between Ulaanbaatar, the capital and largest city of Mongolia, and Singapore with effect from 20 September 2014. The decision comes after the airline started direct scheduled flights to Frankfurt recently.

The inaugural scheduled flight to Singapore on 20 September will end MIAT Mongolian Airlines' era of annual charter flights between both cities that span twenty years.

According to Abacus flight booking system, MIAT Mongolian Airlines flight OM231 departs from Ulaanbaatar for Singapore on 20 September 2014 (Saturday) at 6.15 am with a brief layover of 1 hour in Beijing at 8.30 pm. It leaves Beijing for Singapore at 9.30 pm and arrives in Singapore Changi Airport at 3.45 pm.

Changi Airport's first outbound scheduled Mongolian flight for Ulaanbaatar under flight OM232 takes off at 6.45 pm on 20 September, transits in Beijing at 1.10 am on 22 September before departing for Ulaanbaatar at 2.10 am and touching down in Ulaanbaatar at 4.30 am.

On 24 September 2014 (Wednesday), OM232 departs from Singapore at 6.25 pm with a brief layover in Beijing at  1.40 am before taking off for Ulaanbaatar at 2.40 am, arriving in Ulaanbaatar at 4.10 am. Timings of the inbound flight from Ulaanbaatar on Wednesday are the same as the Saturday flight.

The Saturday and Wednesday flights of OM231 and OM232 are operated by MIAT Mongolian Airlines' newly-acquired Boeing B737-800 aircraft. Subject to passenger demands and operation requirements, the airline may deploy a Boeing B767-300ER aircraft for future flights on the routes.

MIAT Mongolian Airlines initially began charter flights between Ulaanbaatar and Singapore via a refueling stop in Guangzhou on 11 June 1994 using a Boeing B727-200 aircraft.

The civil aviation authorities of Singapore and Mongolia signed the bilateral Air Services Agreement in May 1993 which allow the airlines of Mongolia and Singapore to operate twice-weekly services between Mongolia and Singapore. Before September 2014, the airlines of both countries have yet to start direct flights.

Besides MIAT Mongolian Airlines, private Mongolian airline Hunnu Air has plans to operate long-haul direct flights between Ulaanbaatar and Singapore as early as 2015 using an Airbus A330 aircraft, which it has yet to operate on its Paris flights.

MIAT Mongolian Airlines plans to open a branch office in Singapore later this year to market and promote travels and its flights to Mongolia. Meanwhile, it has closed its branch office in Hong Kong and elected Pacific Aviation Marketing as its representative office in Hong Kong.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Happy 30th Birthday, XiamenAir!

Sayacinta - Airpost and Kucinta Setia forward our best wishes to XiamenAir on the occasion of its 30th birthday Anniversary on 25 July 2014. We wish XiamenAir continuous Prosperity in the coming years.

On 25 July, XiamenAir begins its third daily flight between Xiamen and Singapore.

Monday, 21 July 2014

Scoot begins flights to Don Mueang from 1 September 2014

Report by : Gan Yung Chyan
                / KUCINTA SETIA
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Passengers considering travel to Bangkok with Scoot  should take note that with effect from 1 September 2014, Scoot will fly from Changi Airport Terminal 2 to Don Mueang International Airport of Bangkok, the home base of Thai budget carrier Nok Air, using its Boeing B777-200 aircraft, under a commercial agreement with Nok Air.

Under the agreement, Scoot is selling Nok Air tickets on its web-site and offering connection flights to other cities and towns of Thailand from Singapore, such as Phitsanulok, Nan, Loei, Lampung, Phuket and Chiang Mai on Nok Air's route network via Don Mueang. On a reciprocal basis, Nok Air will sell Scoot's Singapore tickets on its web-site. These activities will form a feeder base for eventual air travel with NokScoot, the proposed joint-venture long-haul airline formed by Scoot and Nok Air and based in Don Mueang.

On 1 September, Scoot flight TZ302 departs from Singapore at 6.05 pm for Don Mueang, arriving in Don Mueang at 7.25 pm before taking off for Singapore at 8.45 pm, touching down in Changi Airport Terminal 2 at 11.55 pm.

The last Suvarnabhumi flight of Scoot operates on 31 August 2014.

With Scoot's change of airport to Don Mueang, the average price of a budget return air ticket on the Singapore-Suvarnabhumi-Singapore routes is expected to be more expensive than before as Suvarnabhumi provides the fastest traffic access to the city centre of Bangkok.