Cathay Pacific Airways Hong Kong to Washington Dulles
There were celebrations at Washington Dulles on 25 September to mark Cathay Pacific Airways’ new route from Hong Kong, which commenced operations 10 days earlier. Among the dignitaries present at the ribbon cutting were Jack Potter, President and CEO, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (fourth from left) and Rupert Hogg, CEO Cathay Pacific (fifth from right). Cake cuttings are normally a staple part of route launch events, but on this occasion (and in a first for anna.aero) there was a ceremonial roast pig cutting, which symbolises good luck and prosperity.
- Cathay Pacific Airways launched the longest link in its network on 15 September when it commenced flights between Hong Kong (HKG) and Washington Dulles (IAD). It will serve the 13,097-kilometre connection four times weekly and faces no direct competition. The route will be operated by the carrier’s brand new fleet of A350-1000s. Dulles becomes Cathay Pacific’s seventh destination in the US. “The US is a key market for Cathay Pacific, and this route will cater to the growing demand for travel to the US capital region, while providing US-based passengers with more convenient access to key destinations in Asia and beyond through the airline’s home in Hong Kong,” said Cathay Pacific CEO Rupert Hogg. “We have been encouraged by the market response so far. Establishing new direct air links to destinations that aren’t already served from Hong Kong enhances our city’s status as Asia’s largest international hub and allows us to secure new and important sources of revenue.” Jack Potter President and CEO, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, commented: “As the international gateway to the region, Dulles International Airport is proud to welcome Cathay Pacific and the more than 100,000 passengers they will carry between the US capital region and Hong Kong annually. Their reputation for exceptional service offers travellers through Dulles International a valuable, new non-stop link to the entirety of the Asia-Pacific region.” According to Destination DC, the official marketing organisation for Washington, D.C., Asian travellers now account for 32% of the district’s overseas visitors.