Hong Kong Airlines is the second largest airline based in Hong Kong, after Cathay Pacific (and their Cathay Dragon subsidiary), which is no doubt most well known around the world. Hong Kong Airlines has a fleet of 34 Airbus A320 and Airbus A330 aircraft, with another 24 widebodies on order, including nine A330s and 15 A350s.
What fascinates me about Hong Kong Airlines is that they seem to have a really solid business class product on their A330s, despite the fact that these planes are largely used for short-haul flights around Asia. Their A330 business class is in a staggered configuration, with fully flat seats and direct aisle access from every seat.
While Hong Kong Airlines isn’t part of one of the big global alliances, they do have very attractive business class fares, a few of which are shown below (1USD=7.76HKD).
Anyway, up until now the furthest Hong Kong Airlines has flown is New Zealand, as you can see based on their below routemap.
Well, the good news is that Hong Kong Airlines is finally expanding to North America.
Hong Kong Airlines has announced that they plan on introducing daily flights between Hong Kong and Vancouver as of June 30, 2017. The flight will operate with the following schedule, per @airlineroute:
HX80 Hong Kong to Vancouver departing 12:30PM arriving 10:10AM
HX81 Vancouver to Hong Kong departing 12:10PM arriving 4:50PM (+1 day)
While the schedule has been loaded, Hong Kong Airlines hasn’t yet opened up inventory, so we don’t know what the pricing will look like. I suspect their business class pricing will be very reasonable, in particular in comparison to Air Canada and Cathay Pacific, which presently dominate the market.
I’m excited to see Hong Kong Airlines adding transpacific flights. I suspect once they take delivery of the A350, we’ll see them add several more transpacific flights, probably even to the US. Bring it on!
I’ll be keeping a close eye on pricing once these flights are for sale.
Has anyone flown Hong Kong Airlines before, and if so, how was your experience?