14 DECEMBER 2015
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Cathay Pacific confirmed on Thursday it will launch a four-a-week service between Hong Kong and Gatwick next year, subject to government approval, as reported in BTN, 30 November.
Flights are scheduled to start on 2 September and will complement the Cathay’s five-times-daily service to Heathrow for a total of 39 flights a week between Hong Kong and London – more than any other carrier. Cathay Pacific also has a four-a-week service between Hong Kong and Manchester.
Cathay Pacific will operate the Gatwick service with its new Airbus A350-900 with a refreshed Business Class cabin and state-of-the-art inflight entertainment system as well as new Premium Economy and Economy seats.
Chief executive Ivan Chu noted the airline had been serving London for 35 years and its commitment to the UK market was “very strong”.
He added: “The non-stop Gatwick service will help to meet increasing demand for both business and leisure travel between the Asia Pacific region and the UK and continue to boost Hong Kong’s standing as an international aviation hub.”
Cathay is expecting deliveries of the first of 22 of the new 280-seat Airbus aircraft it has on order next year, giving it the flexible fleet it preferred for the Gatwick route. www.cathaypacific.com
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