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Chinese airlines plan western US flights to avoid Russia; Home-made jets debut in Malaysia | Daily Brief

03/14/2024| 7:11:28 PM| ChinaTravelNews

Tourist faces 10 years in jail for staging kidnapping in Singapore; Klook’s 2023 growth signals increasing travel confidence.

Chinese airlines plan new US flights for Summer

The US approved increased frequency for China-US flights in late February, allowing Chinese passenger airlines to boost their weekly round-trip flights to 50 starting on March 31. The Chinese airlines have outlined plans to increase their flight operations to the US for Summer 2024. Most of the additional flights are to the two cities in the western US, mainly because they do not need to fly over Russia.

Details are as follows:  

Air China: Plans to increase its U.S. flights from 11 to 14 weekly, including two additional flights between Beijing Capital and Los Angeles, and one additional flight between Beijing and New York JFK.

China Southern: Intends to boost its schedule to ten weekly flights, adding a new weekly flight between Guangzhou and Los Angeles, and adjusting other routes.

Hainan Airlines: Aims to operate six weekly flights, reinstating popular routes and adding a new connection between Chongqing, China, and Seattle.

Xiamen Airlines: Plans to expand its Xiamen to Los Angeles flight to five times weekly and introduce flights between Fuzhou and New York JFK twice a week.

Sichuan Airlines: Proposes to add a third weekly flight on its Chengdu to Los Angeles route.

China Eastern: Has yet to file its application but is expected to add flights, currently operating nine flights between China and the U.S.

HK Express inaugurates new route to Beijing Daxing Airport

HK Express announced the inauguration of a new route between Hong Kong and Beijing Daxing International Airport on March 12, creating more choices for travelers between mainland China and Hong Kong, and fostering an important link between the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei city cluster and the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area.  

Chinese tourist faces 10 years in jail for staging kidnapping in Singapore

Singapore has handed one charge of attempted cheating against a Chinese tourist who was found faking his own kidnapping while visiting the city-state to extort up to 30,000 yuan (US$4,000) from his relatives. Under Singapore's law, those convicted of attempted cheating can be jailed for up to 10 years.

China's home-made jets make debut in Malaysia

The static display and demonstration flight of the China-manufactured commercial aircraft ARJ21 and C919 were held yesterday at the Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport in Malaysia's Selangor state. This was the last leg of ARJ21 and C919's five-country Southeast Asian demonstration flight tour after Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Indonesia.

Trip.com, Air China partner to unveil exclusive "Explore China" campaign

Trip.com and Air China have unveiled the exclusive "Explore China" campaign, encouraging travelers from select European countries to discover the wonders of China. This promotion from March 13 to April 30, 2024, offers unique benefits exclusively through the Trip.com app.

Klook’s 2023 growth signals increasing travel confidence

Data from Klook indicated a fourfold increase in activity between 2022 and 2023, spanning both outbound and inbound tourism. This growth is underscored by a threefold surge in bookings over the past year, accompanied by a 21% uptick in the average basket size. “Our data also show that 76% of Filipinos are planning to travel in 2024,” Michelle Ho, General Manager of Klook Philippines and Thailand, said in a media briefing. “While 63% of Filipino users of Klook have made bookings for the year.”

Tuniu reports a 265.8% rise in annual revenue 

Leisure-focused online travel company Tuniu said its net revenue rose 265.8% to RMB99.9 million (US$14.1 million) in 2023. Package tours revenue increased by 1377.1% year-over-year to RMB73.4 million (US$10.3 million) last year.

Technology empowers ancient city wall preservation, tourism innovation

Over the past few years, technology has played an increasingly important role in cultural heritage protection and the innovation of cultural tourism products in China. One of the beneficiaries of this trend is the Xi'an City Wall, China's largest and best-preserved ancient city wall. 

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