Phoenix Airlines December Digest
Published on 4th December 2020
Welcome to another month, and over this past month, there has been lots of new routes, new schedules up and coming. This month, it is more of a roundup and stock-taking, as we prepare to move in 2021, refreshed, renewed, and to start long haul routes.
New Aircraft Types to join the fleet; more expected to come in December 2020
Phoenix Airlines is pleased to begin incorporating more aircraft into the fleet, as the airline diversifies its operations to cater to both the premium passengers, as well as our economy-class passengers. As such, we will be incorporating aircraft seating that are unmatched throughout the world, as well as variety of aircraft types which are a mix of both leased and purchased aircrafts, second-hand and new.
Exercising the option to get more 787s
After seeing the relative success of our long haul routes to San Francisco and Dallas from Shanghai, we have decided to grab a few more 787s to supplement our capacity. As later stated in our digest, we will be opening up capacity from Tianjin as part of our plans to increase long-haul connectivity.
4-class narrowbody aircrafts? Count us in.
Many airline enthusiast who took our inaugural flight onboard our Airbus A320-200 were surprised to see that it is in a 4-class configuration, a configuration uncommonly seen in the world. In particular, the premium economy seats were located at the extreme rear of the aircraft, while the first and business class was located at the front of the aircraft, giving our passengers a surprise. The A320-200 was trialled on our Shanghai-Bangkok route, but we do not intend to use this aircraft on this route. Instead, we are opening a new route, which we will describe in great detail later.
Welcoming Boeing 767 to our fleet
The inauguration of a Boeing 767-200ER has also helped us increase our capacity, as well as fast-track the launch of our daily frequency to Sydney. 767s, despite their relative age as compared to newer aircrafts like the Dreamliner, are still relatively capable. These aircrafts will take on a more premium fleet combination.
Completing incomplete schedules
After much discussion, and with aircrafts coming in fast and quick throughout end of November all the way till end of December, we are pleased to publish these aircraft schedules for the routes as announced last month.
Previously, we have confirmed 2 frequencies between Shanghai and Ürümqi, and 2 between Tianjin and Ürümqi. However, both routes are supposed to have a third frequency that has always remained unconfirmed. This announcement would confirm the third frequency, which would be open for immediate booking and be launched on 3rd December 2020.
PF63 URC 2100 - TSN 0010 (+1) 738 Daily
PF64 TSN 1700 - URC 2010 738 Daily
PF73 URC 2000 - SHA 2355 738 Daily
PF74 SHA 1520 - URC 1915 738 Daily
Haikou - Fukuoka
Originally planned for a 3x frequency, only a twice-daily frequency was established back then. Now, the schedule for the third frequency has been confirmed and approved, and we are pleased that PF127/128, our third frequency will begin on 11th December 2020.
PF127 HAK 1800 - FUK 2210 738 Daily
PF128 FUK 2250 - HAK 0100 (+1) 738 Daily
New Routes to be launched
With December comes new routes, and we are happy to announce routes to new and old destinations alike. We are looking to expand our South-East Asia coverage with a new destination in Malaysia, flying to the island city of Penang, while also improving connectivity in East Asia with increased capacity to Fukuoka with flights from Tianjin.
Tianjin - San Francisco
To boost our connection to the American airport currently served (in game, btw) by 18 airlines including Phoenix Airlines, we have launched 2x daily frequencies between Tianjin and San Francisco to boost connections between China and the West Coast. The flight timings are designed to cater to the bulk of regional flights arriving and departing at the respective airports, allowing for connection to and from other flights. The flights will be onboard our very own Boeing 787 aircraft.
PF105 TSN 0045 - SFO 1825 (-1) 789 Daily
PF107 TSN 1545 - SFO 0925 789 Daily
PF106 SFO 1155 - TSN 1335 (+1) 789 Daily
PF108 SFO 2115 - TSN 2255 (+1) 789 Daily
Tianjin - Fukuoka
After experiencing surge in demand to Fukuoka, Phoenix Airlines will extend the service to Tianjin, allowing a northern connection to the southern Japanese city. Phoenix Airlines will fly the route once daily at first, expanding to thrice daily by the end of the year.
PF83/84 will begin on 9th December, while others begin on 19th December.
PF81 TSN 0500 - FUK 0755 738 Daily
PF83 TSN 1150 - FUK 1445 738 Daily
PF85 TSN 1735 - FUK 2030 738 Daily
PF82 FUK 0835 - TSN 0930 738 Daily
PF84 FUK 1525 - TSN 1620 738 Daily
PF86 FUK 2110 - TSN 2205 738 Daily
Penang: A city of rich heritage and culture
Following the success of flights to Bangkok, Phoenix Airlines goes further south, choosing the island city of Penang as its next destination offered. Penang is home to the UNSECO World Heritage Site George Town, a city with rich heritage dating back to the late 16th century when the island was found by Francis Light. Penang is also a melting pot of culture, with its diverse food culture one of the key reasons why tourists would travel there. It is also famous for its beaches resorts on Batu Ferringhi, as well as it offerings of Durian. Phoenix Airline will begin operations with flights from Shanghai and Tianjin, with an additional connection from Haikou on the pipeline. (See below portion on Xiamen)
Shanghai - Penang
PF87 SHA 0040 - PEN 0500 738 Daily
PF89 SHA 1930 - PEN 2350 320 Daily
PF88 PEN 0540 - SHA 1000 738 Daily
PF90 PEN 1340 - SHA 1800 320 Daily
Tianjin - Penang
PF91 TSN 0050 - PEN 0540 738 Daily
PF93 TSN 1510 - PEN 2000 320 Daily
PF92 PEN 0620 - TSN 1110 738 Daily
PF94 PEN 0930 - TSN 1420 320 Daily
The island city of Xiamen will become the 5th domestic destination we are serving, adding to a growing list of domestic destinations we are looking to serve. The beautiful city of Xiamen is a fast rising destination and go-to spot for domestic and international travellers alike, and we are pleased to have gotten the approval to launch flights to Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport (XMN). Currently, the first routes launched will be between Shanghai and Xiamen, a twice-daily flight between Shanghai Hongqiao and Xiamen; as well as a thrice-daily flight between Tianjin and Xiamen. Apart from that, there will be a thrice-daily international flight between Xiamen and Penang. This route is especially special since Xiamen is a twin city of Penang.
Shanghai - Xiamen
Flights begin 6th December 2020
PF95 SHA 1045 - XMN 1210 738 Daily
PF97 SHA 2240 - XMN 0005 (+1) 738 Daily
PF96 XMN 1250 - SHA 1415 738 Daily
PF98 XMN 2030 - SHA 2155 738 Daily
Xiamen - Penang
Flights begin 13th December 2020
PF099 XMN 0500 - PEN 0835 320 Daily
PF101 XMN 0920 - PEN 1255 320 Daily
PF103 XMN 1305 - PEN 1635 738 Daily
PF100 PEN 0500 - XMN 0835 320 Daily
PF102 PEN 1715 - XMN 2045 738 Daily
PF104 PEN 2055 - XMN 0030 (+1) 320 Daily
Tianjin - Xiamen
Flights begin 18th December 2020, except for PF111/114 which begins 13th December 2020
PF109 TSN 0755 - XMN 1010 738 Daily
PF111 TSN 1010 - XMN 1225 738 Daily
PF113 TSN 2245 - XMN 0100 (+1) 738 Daily
PF110 XMN 0500 - TSN 0715 738 Daily
PF112 XMN 1440 - TSN 1655 738 Daily
PF114 XMN 2125 - TSN 2340 738 Daily