There was a lot of cutting going on at Boston Logan Airport on 2 May to celebrate the arrival of Cathay Pacific’s new non-stop flight from Hong Kong. First it was a “pig”, then a cake, then a ribbon. Sharing cutting duties were: Tom Owen, Senior VP Americas, Cathay Pacific; John Slosar, Chairman of Cathay Pacific; Todd Smith, Director of Aviation Operations, Massport; and Kenneth Brissette, Director of Sports Tourism and Entertainment for the City of Boston. They were joined for the cake and ribbon-cutting by Fawwad Toor, Airport Services Manager, Boston Logan Airport, Cathay Pacific. The first Boston to Hong Kong flight took off early on 3 May.
- Cathay Pacific Airways on 2 May initiated its first non-stop flight to Boston (BOS), making the city its sixth US destination from its home hub of Hong Kong (HKG). The four times weekly service on the 12,802-kilometre route will be operated by the carrier’s 777-300ERs and faces no direct competition. The other US cities already served by Cathay Pacific are Chicago, Los Angeles, New York JFK, Newark and San Francisco. Cathay Pacific’s SVP Americas, Tom Owen speaking last August when the route was announced, said “The importance of the only non-stop Boston-Hong Kong service goes beyond just linking Boston with this key Asian business and tourism World City. We are also opening up the greater New England region to connect with numerous Asian cities, including over 22 destinations in Mainland China, as well as key economic and tourism hubs throughout Southeast Asia, such as Singapore, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Bali, and Hanoi. This new service means that flying times from Boston will now be significantly reduced to this region. With our award-winning product and services, New England customers will be able to experience a truly premium international travel experience, whatever their class of travel.”