Cathay Pacific will connect Hong Kong with the capital of the US for the first time later this year, as it continues to expand its network by launching pioneering nonstop routes.
The airline will commence a four-times-weekly service to Washington DC in September, which will complement its existing routes to the East coast of the US, including Boston and New York’s two main international airports – John F Kennedy and Newark Liberty.
The service to Dulles International Airport, which will become the longest on the Cathay Pacific network in terms of distance at 13,122 kilometres, will be operated by the all-new Airbus A350-1000 aircraft.
Cathay Pacific chief executive officer Rupert Hogg said the new service had been introduced to cater to the growing demand for travel to the capital region of the US, while at the same time providing US-based passengers with more convenient access to key destinations in Asia and beyond through the airline’s home in Hong Kong.
“Our customers have told us they want greater options and increased flexibility – and we’ve listened,” he said. “Much like Hong Kong, Washington DC is a vibrant and dynamic destination and we are thrilled to soon be providing the only direct flights between these two great cities.”
“Establishing new direct air links to destinations that aren’t already served from Hong Kong enhances our city’s status as Asia’s largest international hub and allows us to secure new and important sources of revenue,” he added.