Fun To Fly: Exciting New Flight Routes & Air Adventures For 2022

Fun To Fly: Exciting New Flight Routes & Air Adventures For 2022

Some of your favourite vacation spots have new flying options, including non-stop flights for the first time. Here are the most recent new local and international flight routes that have been launched, great for sparking your wanderlust. (Image by Yu Kato.)

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Travel is at an all-time high since the pandemic first reared its head at us, and airlines are resuming and expanding flight schedules that have been put on hold or cancelled since March 2020. Certain routes have returned, while other entirely new ones have finally come to fruition. Here are some of them to inspire you to take to the skies once more:

Malaysia Airlines’ Kuala Lumpur (KUL) and Tokyo Haneda (HND) flight

Malaysia Airlines’ Kuala Lumpur (KUL) and Tokyo Haneda (HND) flight
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Malaysia Airlines Bhd’s newest direct route, from Kuala Lumpur (KL) to Tokyo Haneda, began service on 14 August 2022. As the fourth route to Japan for the airline, it joins existing services from KL to Osaka and Tokyo Narita, as well as Kota Kinabalu to Tokyo Narita.

This new route will provide better connectivity between cities and countries outside of KL and Tokyo through their respective international hubs in Japan.

The A330-300 aircraft that will be used for the service will have 290 seats in total, including 27 in business class, 16 in economy with extra legroom, and 247 in economy.

Holidaymakers who want to try something exciting can plan their trip to Tokyo to enjoy the city’s traditional Japanese gardens, amazing arts scene, and world-famous restaurants that will make any chef weak in the knees.

Visit the Malaysia Airlines website for additional information and to book a flight to Haneda.

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Saudi Arabian Airlines’ Seoul to Riyadh flight

Saudi Arabian Airlines’ Seoul to Riyadh flight
Image by Stijn te Strake.

For anyone planning further ahead, the national flag carrier of Saudi Arabia, Saudi Arabian Airlines (SAUDIA), has officially started its first direct trip from Seoul, South Korea, to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

The new route is consistent with the Saudi Aviation Strategy, which plans to link the Kingdom to over 250 international locations via air travel.If you’re heading to Riyadh for the first time, get ready for soaring skyscrapers, ancient architecture, and fantastic food.

Visit SAUDIA for more information or to book your flight.

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Scoot Airlines’ Pokémon-themed Pikachu Jet flights

Scoot Airlines’ Pokémon-themed Pikachu Jet flights
Image by Kseniya Petukhova.

If you’re planning a trip to Seoul or Tokyo later this year, you should consider booking a seat on Scoot’s latest Pokémon-themed plane — the Pikachu Jet. Scoot has teamed up with The Pokémon Company to introduce the Pikachu Jet as part of the Pokémon Air Adventures initiative (TPC).

If you’ve gotta catch ‘em all, the Pikachu Jet will begin its twice-monthly scheduled service on 9 September 2022, with the first two routes planned to Tokyo and Seoul in time for the September and end-of-year vacations. Flights from Singapore to Tokyo (Narita) and Singapore to Seoul begin at SGD333 and SGD231 respectively (approximately RM1,071 and RM743 respectively) for one-way flights inclusive of taxes.

The Pikachu Jet is a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner that can carry 375 passengers, 35 of whom can sit in the plane’s ScootPlus section with the remaining 340 in Economy. Flight itineraries will be examined on a regular basis and altered based on client demand.

Aside from Tokyo and Seoul, the Pikachu Jet will be rostered on other routes operated by the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner as part of regular airline operations, although these may alter.

View Scoot’s newest flight schedule here. For more information on Scoot, head to their website.

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A journalist by profession, self-proclaimed horror movie expert by passion. Danisha needs to spend more time watching sunsets than Netflix. Ultimately, she's just another girl figuring out her place in the world in between the multitudinous demands of adult life.