airlittoralguy
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Cathay Pacific Former HKG To ARN And IST Flights

Tue Jan 29, 2013 9:24 pm

Hi everyone.

I have read here and there that Cathay Pacific used to fly from Hong Kong to Stockholm ARN and Istanbul IST at the end of the nineties / in the early 2000's.

I have tried to find the schedule for these flights but could not gather any information.

I would like to know if someone who had the schedule for these flights could post it here.

Also is there any plan / chance for Cathay pacific to relaunch these services ? Especially to IST which seems to have quite good economics at this time.

Thanks in advance.

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RE: Cathay Pacific Former HKG To ARN And IST Flights

Tue Jan 29, 2013 9:31 pm

IST was thrice weekly A343 if I'm not wrong.
 
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RE: Cathay Pacific Former HKG To ARN And IST Flights

Tue Jan 29, 2013 10:21 pm

Istanbul was launched in August 1998 and ran until November 2011. It ran 2x weekly on the A340.

Schedule was:

Tue/Fri
CX301 HKG-IST 2355-0615
Wed/Sat
CX302 IST-HKG 1610-0800

As far as returning to Istanbul, I suppose anything is possible, however CX would have to rely on O&D demand as it would not be able to garner feed from TK since they are in different alliances.
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RE: Cathay Pacific Former HKG To ARN And IST Flights

Wed Jan 30, 2013 9:37 am

Not sure of the exact dates and timings, but ARN used to be served via FRA in the mid 90's.

A 744 operated HKG-FRA-ARN and back the same way with almost identical timings to the current FRA schedule.
 
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RE: Cathay Pacific Former HKG To ARN And IST Flights

Wed Jan 30, 2013 10:16 am

I'm quite certain ARN was also served with the A340, via FRA.
I think the plan was to eventually serve ARN non-stop but the route got the chop before it happened. ARN commenced in late 1994 and ended in either 1996 or 1997.
 
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RE: Cathay Pacific Former HKG To ARN And IST Flights

Wed Jan 30, 2013 1:28 pm

Quoting gardermoen (Reply 4):
I'm quite certain ARN was also served with the A340, via FRA.

Never heard that. The problem with the ARN tag was that the FRA-HKG flight was popular, and there were few seats left for the ARN pax. It never filled up, and 40 pax was common.
 
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RE: Cathay Pacific Former HKG To ARN And IST Flights

Wed Jan 30, 2013 2:14 pm

Quoting LAXintl (Reply 2):
As far as returning to Istanbul, I suppose anything is possible, however CX would have to rely on O&D demand as it would not be able to garner feed from TK since they are in different alliances.

I recall that CX was ready to serve IST once again given the right to operate on a HKG-DXB-IST basis. However it wasn't able to because SQ and MH had been using DXB as a stopover on their IST flights (not anymore).
 
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RE: Cathay Pacific Former HKG To ARN And IST Flights

Wed Jan 30, 2013 2:26 pm

ARN was served thrice weekly, only with 744s, with a stop at FRA. CX stated that nonstop flights were to be inaugurated with 343s but those were never materialized.

It is a pity that nonstop flights never came since OW-member AY had a decent hub at ARN in the late 90s. There were not only flights to different Finnish cities, as of today, but also to MAN, DUS, BGO, CDG (I think) and two or three more destinations in Europe outside of The Nordic countries.
 
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RE: Cathay Pacific Former HKG To ARN And IST Flights

Wed Jan 30, 2013 8:48 pm

Thanks for your replies !
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RE: Cathay Pacific Former HKG To ARN And IST Flights

Thu Jan 31, 2013 8:43 am

Flights from ARN to FRA/HKG were 1-3-5-- by the way.
 
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RE: Cathay Pacific Former HKG To ARN And IST Flights

Thu Jan 31, 2013 10:10 am

Quoting LAXintl (Reply 2):
Istanbul was launched in August 1998 and ran until November 2011

IST was stopped a lot long before 2011! maybe you mean 2001?

IST is in the works again. One of the several destinations to be launched with the A350 when it arrives as profitability is more assured with that aircraft to these next European destinations.