Cathay Pacific announced this week that it will launch nonstop routes linking Hong Kong with Brussels, Dublin and Copenhagen next summer as it sets out to further strengthens its network and offer new trade and tourism opportunities between Asia and Europe.
The airline’s chief executive officer Rupert Hogg said that the services will meet customer demand for nonstop travel to these vibrant cities, while at the same time providing Europe-based passengers with more convenient access to key destinations in Asia and the Southwest Pacific through the airline’s home in Hong Kong.
“We’re excited to offer the only direct flights between Hong Kong and Brussels, Dublin and Copenhagen. These are all fantastic destinations and attract business and leisure travellers from the world over. We listened to our customers’ demands for more options and greater flexibility and have responded by building direct air links with these great cities,” said Hogg.
The airline’s expansion follows the recent launch of services to Gatwick, Madrid and Barcelona. With the commencement of the new routes, the airline’s network will cover 15 European destinations served direct from Hong Kong.
The three new routes will be operated by Airbus A350900 aircraft, which feature the latest seats and cabin design and which have been especially well-received by the airline’s customers. All flights to Brussels, Dublin and Copenhagen are equipped with the aircraft’s enhanced inflight entertainment system and WiFi on board.
Cathay Pacific has in operation 18 of the 22 A350900s it has on order, with the remaining four aircraft due for delivery before the end of this year. Additionally, the airline has 26 of the larger A3501000 type scheduled to join its fleet from 2018. These environmentally friendly and fuel-efficient aircraft allow Cathay Pacific to open up new markets not otherwise served from Hong Kong.