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Indian airline SpiceJet has added new international and domestic destinations as it further strengthens its network in southern India. As a result of what the airline calls “significant tourism potential”, it will introduce a daily connection with Malé/ Velana in the Maldivian capital.

The low-cost carrier is also adding a daily route from Thiruvananthapuram/Trivandrum to the country’s fourth busiest airport, Chennai. With a fleet of 80 Boeing 737s and 32 Bombardier Q400s, SpiceJet has chosen to roster the Canadian turboprop aircraft for both routes.

Los Angeles-based Air Lease Corporation (ALC) has announced it has signed longterm lease agreements with China Airlines to provide the Taiwanese carrier with six new Airbus A321neo aircraft. As part of a “single-aisle fleet transformation project”, the airline will take delivery of the jets beginning in 2021 through to 2022. John Plueger, ALC’s chief executive officer, said the company was “honoured to have been chosen by China Airlines to provide their first six new A321neos”. (Photo Airbus) Korean Air has published its winter schedule, which includes increased frequency on key routes and the launch of services to several new destinations. The Seoul-based carrier will begin flights to Clark in the Philippines, as well as new links to Zhangjiajie/Hehua, Nanjing/Lukou and Hangzhou/Xiaoshan in China following successful high-level talks between the countries. Elsewhere, the Seoul/Incheon- Honolulu service is due to be increased from daily to 11 weekly from December 9.

Vietnam Airlines has rolled out Wi-Fi accessibility on several aircraft, marking a first step towards “embedding digital technology in its products and services to enhance customer experience.” Passengers can now use the service on selected Airbus A350 examples on routes between Hanoi/ Noi Bai and Ho Chi Minh City/Tan Son Nhat, Shanghai and Tokyo. The airline says it will to continue its research to develop the speed of the service and roll it out on other aircraft such as the Boeing 787.

Spring Airlines has entered a new agreement with Iberia to enable better onward connectivity for passengers. Bookings can now be made from Madrid/ Barajas via Shanghai to provincial hubs including Chongqing, Shenyang and Dalian thanks to the codeshare deal.

It follows a separate arrangement signed between the Spanish flag carrier and Hainan Airlines to boost access to other Chinese cities, including Shenzhen and Xi’an. It comes as Spanish airports enjoy a welcome boost in passenger traffic from the Far East amid soaring tourist numbers.