Jackie Chan, martial arts master and Hollywood actor, was on hand to celebrate the launch of the new route along with Vancouver Airport’s President & CEO, Craig Richmond. There was also a ceremonial karate chopping ceremony and a gift exchange to herald the arrival of Hong Kong Airlines’ first service to North America.
There were also celebrations in Hong Kong for the start of the new service. Hong Kong Airlines joins Air Canada and Cathay Pacific Airways in connecting the two cities with daily flights.
- Hong Kong Airlines has launched its first route to North America. On 30 June the carrier began a daily service to Vancouver (YVR) from Hong Kong (HKG) using its 264-seat A330-200s. The 10,266-kilometre route is already flown 17 times weekly by Cathay Pacific Airways and daily by Air Canada. Hong Kong legend Jackie Chan was on the inaugural flight. Craig Richmond, President & CEO of Vancouver Airport decided to ‘get in shape’ to meet the martial arts master and his exploits can be seen here. Richmond said: “We are thrilled to welcome Hong Kong Airlines, an award-winning company with a great growth story. Hong Kong Airlines’ new year-round service will further link Vancouver and Canada with one of the world’s most dynamic cities. This service presents more options for passengers and businesses, while spurring economic growth and trade.” George Liu, Chief Marketing Officer, Hong Kong Airlines said: “The launch of this new route from Vancouver represents an exciting new chapter for Hong Kong Airlines as we expand our services into Canada with the intention of cultivating a global audience. To commemorate our official entry into the North American market, we are thrilled to have renowned Hong Kong-born martial artist, Academy Award-winning Hollywood actor and world traveller Jackie Chan on board the inaugural flight as our Hong Kong Airlines brand ambassador. He offers an opportunity to further establish an East-meets-West, cross-cultural connection for our new customers, and complements our truly Hong Kong brand that bridge our new routes into Western gateways.”