Coming months will see a continuous addition of new frequencies of European carriers Finnair and Turkish Airlines to ASEAN. Starting with Turkish Airlines, the most important new route will be the launch for the first time in the history of a non-stop flight between Istanbul and Phuket. The route would be open from July 17 and serve with four weekly services. First information revealed by the carrier mentions about the use of an Airbus A330-300 with two classes of service. More information should be provided at a later point. Turkish Airlines will also offer between 11 and 14 weekly services to Bangkok during the summer season.
The airline recently switched its A330 service to Kuala Lumpur for a Boeing B777-300ER. Turkish Airlines offers a daily flight between Istanbul and the Malaysian capital.
Scandinavian carrier Finnair will also add with the delivery of three brand-new Airbus A350 during the year. Expansion will include Thailand during the winter 2017 season with the carrier offering two additional weekly frequencies between Bangkok and Helsinki, boosting tota, bringing total frequencies between both cities to 16 times weekly. The carrier will also adjust its schedule to Krabi and Phuket in a bid to offer better connections for passengers flying beyond Helsinki.
The airline will also offer two additional services per week to Singapore turning the Helsinki-Singapore route into a daily service year-round. In Asia, Finnair will also boost capacities to Hong Kong with three additional services per week, offering a total of 10 round-trips between Finland and the former British colony.