Hong Kong Airlines celebrated the launch of services to Los Angeles at Hong Kong Airport on 18 December. Amongst the dignitaries in attendance were: George Liu, Chief Marketing Officer, Hong Kong Airlines; Vitoo Zhan, VP, Hong Kong Airlines; Wang Liya, Vice Chairman and President, Hong Kong Airlines; Fred Lam, CEO of Airport Authority Hong Kong; Kurt Tong, Consul General, US Consulate General Hong Kong & Macau; Zhang Kui, Co-Chairman, Hong Kong Airlines; Chan Fan, Secretary for Transport and Housing; Simon Li, Director-General of Civil Aviation; C.K. Ng, Executive Director – Airport Operations, Airport Authority Hong Kong; Kate Chang, Regional Director – China, Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board; Tang King Shing, Vice Chairman, Hong Kong Airlines; and Ben Wong, COO, Hong Kong Airlines.
- Hong Kong Airlines launched its first route to the US on 18 December, operating its inaugural flight from Hong Kong (HKG) to Los Angeles (LAX). The 11,661-kilometre airport pair will be flown four times per week by the airline’s A350s. The carrier faces competition on the route from two incumbent operators, with OAG schedules showing that Cathay Pacific Airways and American Airlines will offer 22 and seven flights respectively during the week commencing 19 December. Hong Kong Airlines plans to add further US destinations to its network with services to San Francisco and New York due to follow in 2018. “The launch of our new service to Los Angeles represents another step in our transition from a regional carrier to a global airline,” said Tang King Shing, Vice Chairman of Hong Kong Airlines. “As a popular destination for both leisure and business travel, Los Angeles is also one of the most substantial economic engines within the US. We are delighted to offer our customers more travel options for flights into Los Angeles.” See how Los Angeles Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world.