Following the recent launch of its first ever flights to Australia, Hong Kong Airlines has now revealed plans to commence services to New Zealand.
On 10 November 2016, the airline will launch daily direct flights between Hong Kong and Auckland. The outbound service will depart at 1520, arriving in Auckland at 0730 the next morning. The return flights will then leave at 0930 and arrive back in Hong Kong at 1555.
Hong Kong Airlines will deploy its 283-seat, two-class Airbus A330-200 aircraft on the new route.
“With the success of our service to Australia earlier this year, Hong Kong Airlines is more than delighted to announce this second long-haul service, operating daily to Auckland,” said Li Dianchun, the airline’s chief commercial officer.
“There has been a steady increase year-on-year in the number of Hong Kong and China travellers visiting New Zealand. According to official figures by New Zealand government, as of March 2016 the total number of visitors from Hong Kong and China has recorded a rise in 19.1% and 27.8% respectively.
“Leveraging on our connectivity in Asia via the international hub Hong Kong, we believe this Hong Kong Airlines new service to Auckland will be welcomed by passengers from Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, Chengdu, Nanjing, Hangzhou, Okinawa, Tokyo, Bangkok and Taipei, offering them more travel options,” he added.
Hong Kong Airlines will become the third airline operating the Hong Kong-Auckland route, following Air New Zealand and Cathay Pacific. The carrier now operates to three cities in Oceania, following the launch of its triangular route to Cairns and the Gold Coast in January this year.