While this blog is much more miles/points/travel focused than “industry” focused, I do try to announce new airline routes when they’re significant to consumers, and this one probably is. Starting September 1, 2011, Cathay Pacific will launch daily nonstop service from Chicago to Hong Kong on their Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. The flight will operate on the following schedule:
CX807 Chicago to Hong Kong departing at 3:25PM and arriving at 8:00PM
CX806 Hong Kong to Chicago departing at 11:45AM and arriving at 1:45PM
This is significant because Cathay Pacific is actually pretty good about releasing award space in premium cabins, especially in first class. If award availability is anything like on their Toronto to Hong Kong flight, it won’t be unusual to see two of the six first class seats available for award redemption.
Furthermore, Chicago is a very easy connecting point, given that American has a hub there. It’ll be much easier to make connections there than Cathay Pacific’s San Francisco or Toronto gateways.