Cathay Pacific From Australia, joined May 2000, 1864 posts, RR: 1 Posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 4954 times:
Cathay Pacific to operate non-stop to New York
Cathay Pacific Airways today announced it will commence its daily non-stop service from Hong Kong to New York, starting 1 July. This will be the only daily non-stop service between the two cities and, with the continuation of the airline's existing one-stop service via Vancouver, Cathay Pacific will also be the only airline operating two daily services on this route.
The new service will give customers greater choice and further enhance Hong Kong as a global hub. With the addition of the new flights, Cathay Pacific will operate 72 passenger and cargo services a week between Hong Kong and North America. The airline serves 24 cities in the United States, either direct or through code share passenger services.
Cathay Pacific will operate the new service with the ultra-long-haul Airbus A340-600 and follow a route over the northern polar region. Passengers could save about three hours on the journey time and will avoid the inconvenience of having their rest disturbed during an intermediary stop. Its earlier departure time from both Hong Kong and New York also offers passengers greater flexibility making travels plans.
Cathay Pacific's A340-600 operates with an expanded Business Class cabin to reflect the anticipated popularity of the service among business travellers. There are eight First Class, 60 Business Class and 220 Economy Class seats. Given the unusually long duration of daylight hours during the Hong Kong to New York leg of the non-stop flight, additional refreshments and light snacks will be served to help passengers reset their body clocks.
The airline has recently added passenger services to London, Auckland, Johannesburg, Colombo, Osaka, Taipei and Sapporo and resumed services to Beijing.
Cathay Pacific Deputy Chairman and Chief Executive David Turnbull said: "Operating non-stop between Hong Kong and New York is a major undertaking. Our groundbreaking daily non-stop service reflects the airline's commitment to give our customers greater flexibility and choice and to strengthen Hong Kong as a global hub and gateway to the Chinese Mainland."
John From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 1374 posts, RR: 6 Reply 4, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 4597 times:
I know the A340-600 does indeed have long range capabilities, however I thought the -500 was designed for the "ULTRA" long haul missions, of which I would think HKG-JFK would be in that category. That flight's got to be what, 16 hours, at least? How many miles is that flight? Is there a significant difference in range performance between the A340-600 as compared to the -500? Just curious.
Klyk1980 From Canada, joined Jan 2004, 153 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 4436 times:
Yes, Cathay Pacific is not the first non-stop operator between NYC and Hong Kong. Continental Started the trip with B777-200ER few years ago. Before SARS it was daily basis. After SARS, the route was suspended until August and currently running 5 weekly service and expect to resume daily service in summer.
AA767400 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 2283 posts, RR: 25 Reply 9, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 4435 times:
Oh lord, another Newark angel. CO's HKG flight I believe is not daily. So....CX
would be the only airline that will have daily non-stop service. And EWR was the only airport back in 1925? Which had maybe a hand full of air services going in and out at the time.