Hong Kong Airlines has started its first route to Malaysia with the introduction on 28 May of twice-weekly flights on the 2,345-kilometre sector between Hong Kong (HKG) and Kuching (KCH). The route will be flown on Wednesdays and Saturdays using an A320, with flight HK715 departing Hong Kong at 01:55 and arriving in Kuching at 05:30. The return flight, HK716, departs Kuching at 06:20 getting back to Hong Kong at 09:55. No other carrier serves this market with non-stop flights. Li Dianchun, CCO, Hong Kong Airlines, said: “We are delighted to launch our first direct service to Malaysia following the inaugural flight to Phnom Penh, Cambodia in February. With the end of the rainy season, we believe Kuching will become another popular travel destination this year, and further strengthen our network in Asia. This will also offer passengers more diverse options for business and leisure travel.” This becomes Hong Kong Airlines’ 31st route from Hong Kong. Malaysia is now the airline’s ninth international country market following Australia, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Japan, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.