Showing posts with label Hong Kong Airlines. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Hong Kong Airlines. Show all posts

17 October, 2022

Hong Kong Airlines starts service to Tokyo......

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Hong Kong Airlines operated its first flight to Narita Tokyo over the weekend with passengers getting a little gift to mark the occasion. 

Currently the Main Economy Fare with baggage allowance round trip to Tokyo costs HKD 3,312. .Established in 2006, Hong Kong Airlines is a full-service airline firmly rooted in Hong Kong. The airline flies to 25 destinations across the Asia Pacific, and currently maintains 86 interline and 16 codeshares with multiple airline partners and ferry service providers. Hong Kong Airlines operates an all-Airbus fleet.

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Hong Kong Airlines' current operating fleet comprises of 30 Airbus aircraft including:

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02 June, 2020

Hong Kong Airlines enhances customer protection measures

Safety comes first at Hong Kong Airlines to help travellers book with confidence and fly with greater assurance, has introduced some enhancements to the customer experience to protect passengers and crew. 

It is now a requirement for passengers to wear a face-covering or mask when flying with Hong Kong Airlines. The carrier says this requirement starts at check-in and continues during boarding, at all times on board except when eating or drinking or requested not to by our crew in an emergency situation and disembarking from the aircraft at the end of the flight.  Of course,  the airline also highly recommends the face coverings or masks should be worn when moving around the airport for extra protection.

Passengers are encouraged to use Hong Kong Airlines’ online check-in service up to 24 hours before the scheduled departure. Self-service check-in kiosks are currently available at both Hong Kong and Beijing.

05 November, 2019

Hong Kong Airlines to cut operations by 6% as concern grows

The financially troubled Hong Kong Airlines is cutting its operations by around 6% its been confirmed this week. The airline also recently axed its flights to Los Angeles, with the latest cuts coming after an intervention by Hong Kong's civil aviation authorities. The move is designed to protect the firm from further financial negative impacts from the city’s ongoing civil unrest for democracy. The airline is also cutting down the number of times it flies to the Candian city of Vancouver. 

In August, the carrier dropped San Francisco from its route network, saying changes in its business plans had forced the closure. It's not just destinations in North America that are being cut,  the airline is also reducing frequencies to other destinations including: Bangkok, Hangzhou, Osaka, Okinawa, Seoul, Sapporo, Tokyo,  Haikou and Nanjing.

29 July, 2019

San Francisco dropped by Hong Kong Airlines

The troubled Hong Kong Airlines has confirmed that from 5th October the carrier will suspend its scheduled services between its Hong Kong home base and San Francisco.

The airline says axing the San Francisco route is following a review of its network and a change in business plan for USA market. Hong Kong Airlines remains committed to operating its link between Hong Kong and Los Angeles in the USA. However, following a series of its top brass being forced out and a battle for ownership, the airlines future is on an unsound footing. 

The airline also operates flights to Canada's Vancouver International Airport and confirmed this service will also continue to operate as it continues to gain impressive load factors and revenues.  

The last Hong Kong Airlines flight from Hong Kong to San Francisco will be HX060 and the last flight from San Francisco to Hong Kong will be HX061 on  4 October 2019 (all times local).

19 April, 2019

Trouble at Hong Kong Airlines as shareholders battle it out

The Chinese HNA Group has strongly denied accusations of embezzlement, financial irregularities and mismanagement made by a rival group of shareholders in Hong Kong Airlines (HKA) as the two battle for control of the troubled airline.

Zhong Guosong and Frontier Investment Partner hold 61% of the firm and made the allegations earlier this week as well as declaring they had taken control of the carrier as well as making Zhong Guosong the chairman after a special extraordinary shareholder meeting on Tuesday.

According to local media, an investigation has been started into the embezzlement of Hong Kong Airlines assets and other serious financial misappropriation by the HNA Group.  However, the Chinese conglomerate refuses the allegations,  a spokesperson told news agency Reuters they were flase, whilst assuring that the "HNA Group is committed to the highest standards of integrity in all of its activities and expects the same of all of its representatives,"

12 April, 2019

Hong Kong Airlines seeks $255 million to retain licence

Hong Kong Airlines shareholders have demanded to see 2018 accounts before considering providing at least HK$2 billion (£195.2 million) needed to ensure the carrier - part owned by the indebted HNA Group - keeps its licence, news agency Reuters is reporting.

01 November, 2018

Hong Kong Airlines and Turkish Airlines launch new collaboration

Hong Kong Airlines and Turkish Airlines have commenced a new codeshare partnership following an agreement signed by both airlines in Istanbul, the hub city of Turkish Airlines on Monday 29th October.  

This new codeshare deal and collaboration will see Hong Kong Airlines add Istanbul and popular destinations in Europe, including Paris, London, Barcelona and more to its international network, while Turkish Airlines will extend its reach to other major destinations beyond Hong Kong.

 Subject to government approval, Hong Kong Airlines will place its “HX” code on Turkish Airlines services between Hong Kong and Istanbul, as well as between Istanbul and major cities in Europe.  Reciprocally, Turkish Airlines will add its “TK” code on Hong Kong Airlines services between Hong Kong and Auckland, Bangkok and Osaka. 

On Monday 29th October Turkish Airlines CEO and Deputy Chairman of the Board, Mr. Bilal EkลŸi, Hong Kong Airlines Vice Chairman and President Mr. Wang Liya, signed the agreement into action in front of executives from both airlines at a special signing ceremony that took place at the Turkish Airlines headquarters.   

“Istanbul is one of the world’s most ancient metropolises. Visitor numbers to the city has been growing steadily, thanks to its unique blend of modern and cultural vibes. As one of the important gateways to Europe in the region." Said Hong Kong Airlines Vice Chairman and President Mr Wang Liya, adding, "Hong Kong Airlines customers will benefit and enjoy greater convenience when connecting to popular European cities from Istanbul. We also look forward to introducing our “Truly Hong Kong” products and services to Turkish Airlines customers when they connect to our flights in Hong Kong,” 

20 September, 2018

Hong Kong Airlines and El Al codeshare deal starts

Hong Kong Airlines’ codeshare partnership with EL AL Israel Airlines will kick off on 20 September 2018, with the former adding its “HX” code on the latter’s flights between Hong Kong and Tel Aviv. Reciprocally, EL AL will add its “LY” code on Hong Kong Airlines flights between Hong Kong and Auckland in New Zealand, as well as Seoul in South Korea.

Macao the new destination for Hong Kong Airlines

Hong Kong Airlines adds Macao to network 
with new TurboJET codeshare

One of the major entertainment destinations in Asia, Macao is being added to the rapidly growing network of  Hong Kong Airlines as the company announced it has signed a codeshare agreement with ferry services company, TurboJET.

The new partnership, which is the first of its kind for Hong Kong Airlines, will see TurboJET add the airline's "HX" code onto its multiple daily ferry services between SkyPier at Hong Kong International Airport and Macao Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal.

06 June, 2018

Hong Kong Airlines Introduce Manila Servce

Hong Kong Airlines has celebrated the launch of its new direct service connecting Hong Kong with Manila. The daily service adds nearly 2,500 seats every week on this popular route, enabling the airline to meet the increasing travel demand from the Philippines and even destinations beyond its home base, including Los Angeles, San Francisco and Vancouver.

To commemorate the launch of the new service, a celebratory event was held at Hong Kong International Airport on Friday, 1 June 2018. Hong Kong Airlines Vice Chairman Mr Tang King Shing officiated the ceremony, together with the Consul from The Philippine Consulate General in Hong Kong, Mr Paulo V. Seret and representative from the Airport Authority.

05 June, 2018

Hong Kong Airlines and EL AL Israel Airlines announce codeshare agreement

Mr Wang Liya, Hong Kong Airlines and Mr Michael Strassburger, EL AL
 sign the codeshare agreement
Hong Kong Airlines and EL AL Israel Airlines have entered into a codeshare agreement. Subject to government approval, Hong Kong Airlines will place its “HX” code on EL AL’s flights between Hong Kong and Tel Aviv. Reciprocally, EL AL will add its “LY” code on Hong Kong Airlines flights between Hong Kong and Auckland in New Zealand, Tokyo (Narita) and Osaka in Japan, as well as Seoul in South Korea.

20 April, 2018

Hong Kong Airlines to start daily service to Manila from June 2018 and top out new training centre

Hong Kong Airlines will operate daily flights between its home base of Hong Kong and Manila, the capital of the Philippines from 1 June 2018 - the latest addition to the airline's expanding network.

According to official figures by the Hong Kong Tourism Board, visitor arrivals from the Philippines climbed to 894,489 in 2017 - a 13% growth from that in 2016. Hong Kong Airlines' new service will meet the increasing travel demand from the Philippines to Hong Kong and beyond, including popular destinations like Los Angeles, San Francisco and Vancouver in North America.

26 March, 2018

Hong Kong Airlines Expands North America Network with San Francisco Launch

Hong Kong Airlines celebrated the launch of its new A350 service to San Francisco yesterday. The City by the Bay becomes the airline's third destination in North America, following the successful launch of services to Vancouver and Los Angeles in 2017.

Flight HX060 departed Hong Kong on time at 1303 and touched down at San Francisco International Airport at 1023 local time. Following a celebration event at the boarding gate hosted by Hong Kong Airlines, flight HX061 departed from San Francisco at noon and is scheduled to arrive ahead of time on early Monday evening. To mark this special occasion, Mark Farrell, Mayor of the City and County of San Francisco, proclaimed March 25, 2018, as the "Hong Kong Airlines Day in San Francisco."

22 March, 2018

Chris Cosentino in culinary collaboration with Hong Kong Airlines

Hong Kong Airlines has announced a new culinary collaboration with San Francisco-based celebrity chef and television personality Chris Cosentino before its inaugural flight to San Francisco. Chef Cosentino is known for his San Francisco restaurant, Cockscomb, where he reinterprets classic San Francisco dishes by adding his own unique twist. He is also known as the winner of Top Chef Masters, a contestant on The Next Iron Chef and his appearance on Iron Chef America in addition to his extensive work raising awareness and funds for Chefs Cycle for No Kid Hungry, a national charity fighting to end childhood hunger.

08 January, 2018

Hong Kong Airlines ranked most punctual airline in Asia; second globally in 2017

Hong Kong Airlines has been recognised for its excellent On-Time Performance (OTP), having been ranked by UK-based air travel intelligence company OAG as Asia's most punctual airline, and the second globally in 2017.

According to the "OAG Punctuality League 2018" report, which delivers the most updated statistics for airlines based on full-year data in 2017, Hong Kong Airlines achieved an OTP rating of 88.83% -- a significant increase as compared to 74.46% in 2016.

Hong Kong Airlines operates out of one of the world's busiest air hubs. To maintain its operational efficiency and strive towards OTP excellence, Hong Kong Airlines has always been exploring ways to improve overall flight punctuality. The move to the then newly built Midfield Concourse at Hong Kong International Airport in late 2015 presented an opportunity, as the 105,000 square-metre, five-storey facility provided 20 dedicated parking stands that would serve Hong Kong Airlines well. Currently, over 99% of Hong Kong Airlines' flights out of Hong Kong arrive and depart from the Midfield Concourse, which has become a significant contributing factor to the airline's improved OTP.   

26 October, 2017

Hong Kong Airlines celebrates launch of Embrace the World and Cadet Pilot Programme

Hong Kong Airlines has launched the 2017/18 edition of "Embrace the World", having held the annual Awards Presentation and Kick-off Ceremony. The strong comeback of the student sponsorship scheme was reinforced by the unveiling of the airline's inaugural Cadet Pilot Programme.

"Embrace the World" rewards students with outstanding achievements with free air tickets to give them the opportunity to travel and explore the world. So far, more than 2,000 students have benefitted from the programme.

Officiating guests included the Under Secretary for Transport and Housing, Dr So Wai Man, as well as the chairmen of the programme's collaborators - Hong Kong Island School Heads Association, Kowloon Region School Heads Association and New Territories School Heads Association. 

21 October, 2017

Hong Kong Airlines Might Buy Boeing....

According to George Liu, the Chief Marketing guru of Hong Kong Airlines, the carrier is considering introducing Boeing 787 Dreamliners for long-haul operations to take on Cathay Pacific head on.

Speaking to the South China Morning Post Mr Liu said “To fly long haul, we have to introduce new aircraft. Right now we are still all-Airbus, but ... if we are talking to Boeing about 787s ... that [is a] possibility.”
“We have always been talking to Boeing and Airbus about possibilities,”

Of course, Mr Liu is biased towards the American competition crushing manufacturing giant having spent 12 years as a Boeing employee and a former Boeing director.

Is the airline about to erase its cost-effective advantage?

25 September, 2017

San Fran for Hong Kong Airlines?

Hong Kong Airlines could be operating a direct flight to San Francisco as early as 25th March next year.  The news comes from which says the airline has issued papers to the authorities to start the route. Which is successful would be operated by one of the airlines brand new Airbus A350 aircraft. 

The potential San Francisco service would start with four times a week schedule and then, loads and demand permitting would go daily from August next year.  The provisional times for the service would be a 1220 departure from Hong Kong, arriving in San Francisco at 1015 that morning. The return flight has a San Francisco take off time of 1200, landing back in Hong Kong at 1725 the following morning.

These plans would tie in nicely to a codeshare deal the airline has made with WestJet as well as with its other North American routes, to Vancouver and the Los Angeles service due to start in December. 

23 September, 2017

WestJet and Hong Kong Airlines announced they have entered into a code-share agreement.

WestJet and Hong Kong Airlines announced today that they have entered into a code-share agreement which sees Hong Kong Airlines placing its HX marketing code on WestJet-operated flights. The two carriers are building on an existing interline agreement put in place earlier this year.

"We welcome Hong Kong Airlines as our newest codeshare partner and congratulate them on their inaugural service to Vancouver in June of this year;" said Ed Sims, WestJet Executive Vice-President, Commercial. "This code-share agreement provides guests on both sides of the Pacific more choice and opportunity to experience excellent service and travel globally. We look forward to welcoming Hong Kong Airlines' guests on board and providing them with our caring WestJet service."

Mr. Li Dianchun, Chief Commercial Officer, Hong Kong Airlines said, "Our newly launched daily service between Hong Kong and Vancouver has been a great success, and this code-share agreement with WestJet, which extends our network in Canada beyond Vancouver towards Edmonton, Calgary and Toronto is the logical next step. Passengers flying with Hong Kong Airlines can now enjoy a seamless connection experience onto a WestJet flight."

Hong Kong Airlines' daily Hong Kong-Vancouver service will allow guests to connect onto select WestJet flights from Vancouver to Calgary, Edmonton and Toronto. Tickets can be purchased via travel agents or Hong Kong Airlines' sales offices and call centres from today onwards.

Read more for the code-share flights between Hong Kong Airlines and WestJet for Sep/Oct 2017:

02 September, 2017

Hong Kong Airlines Get First A350 Plus New Routes

Hong Kong Airlines have taken delivery of the first of 21 Airbus A350-900 aircraft the airline has on order. The expanding carrier has configured the A350-900 with a comfortable three-class layout, 33 in business class, 108 in premium economy and 193 in economy class, making a total load of 334 seats.

Read more to find out more about Hong Kong Airlines.