Shenzhen Airlines introduced Hanoi to its network on 30 September, launching daily flights to the Vietnamese city from Shenzhen and Guangzhou. Both routes will face direct competition from China Southern Airlines, while Jetstar Pacific Airlines and Vietnam Airlines also provide daily flights between Hanoi and Guangzhou.
Shenzhen Airlines added Jakarta to its network on 27 September, launching a daily service to the Indonesian city from Shenzhen, a route it will operate using its 737-800s. Direct competition on the 3,288-kilometre connection is provided by China Southern Airlines, with the SkyTeam member operating four weekly services.
- Shenzhen Airlines added two new international gateways to its network this week, introducing flights to Hanoi (HAN) and Jakarta (CGK). Flights to the Indonesian capital were the first to be inaugurated on 27 September, with Shenzhen Airlines offering a daily connection from Shenzhen (SZX) using its fleet of 737-800s. Direct competition on the 3,288-kilometre connection comes from China Southern Airlines, which offers a four times weekly operation. Hanoi joined the network on 30 September, the day which saw Shenzhen Airlines begin daily services from both Shenzhen and Guangzhou (CAN), with the latter being the recent host city of World Routes 2018. Flights on the 838-kilometre connection from Shenzhen will be flown using 737-800s, while the 805-kilometre sector from Guangzhou will be flown using A320s. Both routes, like Jakarta, will also face direct competition from China Southern, with the latter offering daily flights between Shenzhen and Hanoi, while from Guangzhou the SkyTeam member offers a three times daily rotation. Jetstar Pacific Airlines and Vietnam Airlines also operate daily flights between Guangzhou and Hanoi.