9 JANUARY 2017


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Article from BTNews 9 JANUARY 2017

Vancouver gets another China link

Hong Kong Airlines (HX) is marking its debut in North America on 30 June with the launch of daily A330-300 service between its home city and Vancouver, consolidating the Canadian airport’s position as a connecting hub for the Asia-Pacific region. 

The new carrier’s arrival follows closely the example of Beijing Capital Airlines, which marked its own North American debut on 30 December 2016 with a three-times-weekly service from Hangzhou via Qingdao (BTN 5 September 2016).

As well as Beijing Capital, HX joins Air China, China Eastern, China Southern, Sichuan Airlines and Xiamen Airlines, all of which fly between China and Vancouver. In addition, Cathay Pacific, China Airlines, and EVA Air link the Canadian city with Hong Kong and Taiwan.

HX chief commercial officer Li Dianchun said “business co-operation” between Hong Kong and Canada, which celebrates its 150th anniversary of confederation this year, was one of the aims of the new service.

The new route would also open up more opportunities for travellers worldwide to leverage his airline’s connectivity in Asia, he added, bringing more diverse and convenient travel options for travellers from Hong Kong, the Pearl River Delta region, Oceania and North America. No mention of a return to London. (See BTN 13 August 2013)


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