17 JULY 2017
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A US mainland market debut is being planned by Hong Kong Airlines towards the end of this year using its incoming fleet of Airbus A350-900s, the first of which is due next month.
The carrier has set a provisional date of 15 December to launch a Los Angeles daily service in a move that forms part of its widening of its intercontinental network as a result of acquiring 11 A330-200s, nine A330-300s and at least 12 A350s.
Vancouver flights started on 30 June and HKA says it is now also looking at launching flights to London, San Francisco, Melbourne, Sydney, Milan, Chicago and Christchurch, New Zealand “within the next year or so”.
Also in Hong Kong, Cathay Pacific subsidiary Cathay Dragon has secured increased access to the US market after the US Department of Transportation (DOT) granted the airline’s request for exemption authority and an amended foreign air carrier permit.
A previous permit allowed scheduled passenger flights only between Hong Kong Chek Lap Kok and Guam International, but Dragon has now won a wider entitlement, although it has not identified specific routes.
• Cathay Pacific is taking full control of Air Hong Kong by buying the DHL Group’s 40% stake in the carrier, in which it already owns the majority 60% of shares.
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