Hong Kong Airlines Limited has applied to the Canadian Transportation Agency (Agency) for an exemption from subsection 110(1) of the ATR in order to sell transportation between Hong Kong and points in Canada without having a tariff applicable to these Canadian services on file and in effect with the Agency. Hong Kong Airlines Limited wishes to commence selling services, but the applicable Canadian tariff is not yet ready to be filed with the Agency. It is seeking a 90-day exemption period until it files its own tariff with the Agency in anticipation of the commencement of its service at the end of June 2017.
The applicant has applied for a scheduled international licence to operate a service between Hong Kong and Canada. However, as the application is not yet complete, an exemption from the application of section 59 of the CTA has been requested.
The applicant indicates that it intends to commence commercial activities in Canada on June 30, 2017 and that it is in the process of obtaining a Canadian aviation document (CAD) from Transport Canada, which is required to complete the licence application.
The applicant states that passengers on long-haul international flights usually make reservations months in advance prior to departure and that the exemption is necessary to assist it in securing bookings in advance of the launch to make this new route economically successful.
Their A350s are due in May.
Cathay has also expanded codeshares with AC: perhaps preparing for the inevitable?