19 SEPTEMBER 2011
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London is expected to be the next international destination for Hong Kong Airlines with Gatwick as the probable gateway. A Business Class only Airbus A330 would be used for the operation starting next March. The route was attempted by Oasis Airlines but failed in 2008. It was said that the carrier was under-funded and the cabin mix was wrong. Four attempts to operate Business Class airlines have been attempted in fairly recent times on the north Atlantic and with the exception of L'Avion, bailed out by BA, they have collapsed (Eos Airlines, Maxjet, SilverJet). The difference with Hong Kong Airways is that it already is a full IATA member and backed by Hainan Airlines, the fourth largest Chinese carrier and is privately owned.
Operating in its present form since 2006 the airline has an extensive route network out of Chek Lap Kop, with its longest destination Moscow. Currently it has a fleet of six Airbus A330s and six Boeing 737-800s with both Airbus A350s and Boeing 787s on order, as well as the Airbus A380. www.hongkongairlines.com
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