Thursday, 19 July 2018

Seattle's calling for Cathay Pacific Seattle's call

Seattle set to become the 8th US destination for Cathay Pacific  Image Seattle Port Authority 
Direct from Hong Kong - Cathay Pacific has announced it will start a new nonstop service to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on 1st April 2019,. It will be the only airline offering a direct link between Hong Kong and the fastest-growing city on the West Coast.

The service will operate four times each week and will become Cathay's eighth passenger gateway in the United States, and its 10th in North America. The airline already flies to Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York (JFK), New York (Newark), San Francisco, Toronto and Vancouver. Plus in September this year, a service to Washington, DC will be started. 

Cathay Pacific Chief Executive Officer Rupert Hogg said the Seattle route, which will be operated by the airline's state-of-the-art Airbus A350-900 aircraft, underscores the airline's expansion strategy to connect new destinations not otherwise served from Hong Kong–and to link its home, one of the most innovative cities in Asia, with tech hubs the world over.

The airline is undergoing a period of unprecedented growth, with nine new destinations having already been announced for launch this year. Mr Hogg added: "We are very pleased to be introducing Seattle and to provide more convenience and choice to our customers. There are strong business, trade and cultural ties between Hong Kong and Seattle and we believe there will be considerable demand for both business and leisure travel on this new route.

"We have developed a significant presence in the United States and the launch of Seattle not only reaffirms our commitment to the important North American market but also to strengthening Hong Kong's status as Asia's largest international aviation hub."

Stephanie Bowman, Port of Seattle Commissioner said "We are thrilled to welcome Cathay Pacific, a well-known name that many of our travellers have wanted to see at Sea-Tac Airport. As the airport serving a dynamic and globally-savvy region, Sea-Tac Airport is proud to expand our international offerings."

CX 857 will depart Seattle on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday mornings at 1:05 a.m., arriving in Hong Kong the following day at 5:25 a.m. This early morning arrival allows passengers to connect with every Cathay Pacific flight across Asia—including Singapore, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta and over 20 gateways in mainland China—without a lengthy layover in Hong Kong. The return flight, CX 858, will depart Hong Kong at 11:55 p.m. (local time) on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday, arriving in Seattle at 9:00 p.m. (same day).

The airline's customers will enjoy a superior experience when they fly between Hong Kong and Seattle. Cathay Pacific's A350-900s are amongst the quietest and most environmentally-friendly aircraft in the sky and are equipped with comfortable seating, an enhanced in-flight entertainment system and Wi-Fi connectivity across Business, Premium Economy and Economy classes.

Details of the new Seattle service from April 1, 2019 are as follows (all times local):
Flight no
Days of operation
CX 857
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday
CX 858
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday
From Cathay Pacific