Among those celebrating the launch of Hong Kong Airlines’ inaugural flight from Hong Kong to Moscow Vnukovo on 18 May were Tang King Shing, Vice Chairman, Hong Kong Airlines (third left) and Alexander Kozlov, Consul-General of Russia, Hong Kong SAR and Macao SAR (fourth left). The airline will operate the 7,145-kilometre route three times weekly with A330-300s until 23 October, with the routes scheduled not to face direct competition.
- Hong Kong Airlines launched flights between Hong Kong (HKG) and Moscow Vnukovo (VKO) on 18 May. The carrier will serve the 7,145-kilometre airport pair three times weekly using its fleet of A330-300s facing no direct competition. Tang King Shing, Vice Chairman, Hong Kong Airlines said: “Hong Kong Airlines is proud to be the only Hong Kong-based carrier operating a direct service to Moscow. Hong Kong and Russia have enjoyed a strong bilateral partnership as seen in the visa-free arrangements for travel between the two destinations. Our new service will provide more choice and greater convenience as more travellers look to Russia for a holiday getaway.” Alexander Kozlov, Consul General of Russia, Hong Kong SAR and Macao SAR added: “Russia’s ties with Hong Kong have strengthened substantially over recent years, with tourism being a significant economic driver. I’m therefore very pleased to be a part in this ceremony, which celebrates the launch of Hong Kong Airlines’ new passenger service connecting Hong Kong with Moscow.” The seasonal Moscow Vnukovo link will run until 23 October and is Hong Kong Airlines’ only connection to Europe in S18. The airline last served Russia in 2012 with flights between its home base and Moscow Sheremetyevo, while that year also saw it end its services between Hong Kong and London Gatwick.