21 NOVEMBER 2011


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Article from BTNews 21 NOVEMBER 2011

Gatwick to Hong Kong starts next March (and Lufthansa now)

Hong Kong Airlines has now confirmed that it will introduce an all-Club Class Airbus A330 service between its home base and Gatwick on 8 March, as predicted by AERBT last September.

The airline will operate the A330-200 in a unique Club Class seating configuration (Club Premier and Club Classic) out of Gatwick’s newly renovated North Terminal.

Whilst it would have been difficult for Hong Kong Airlines to get into Heathrow (but possible) the capture of the established carrier is important for the airport and comes after last week’s announcement of Air China’s arrival and the start of Vietnam Airlines services on 9 December.  Another new arrival is Air Asia X which will go up to four times per week from 14 December.

Guy Stephenson, Chief Commercial Officer said: “We are very excited to welcome Hong Kong Airlines to Gatwick.  This is a unique service which provides a real choice to business and premium leisure traffic to one of the world’s great cities, with excellent connections to other points in Asia.”

On 9 December 2011, Vietnam Airlines will introduce the first ever services from the UK to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.  Closer to home, Lufthansa has launched a double daily service from Gatwick to Frankfurt. www.hongkongairlines.com

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