Toby Smith & Nelson Chin

Toby Smith & Nelson Chin

From the beginning of October this year, Cathay Pacific Airways has announced that they are boosting capacity on the Sydney-Hong Kong route by moving a second of their four daily flights from an Airbus A330 aircraft to the larger Boeing 777-300ER. This increase will add an extra 8% capacity to the route, lifting growth on the airline’s Sydney-Hong Kong service to 18% for 2015, giving travellers greater choice.

This increase in capacity should make planning the journey easier for travellers, as they will have greater flexibility in choosing a flight departure time to suit their itinerary requirements. This should help avoid hours of waiting time at airports when making connecting flights. Taking some of the stresses away from travelling will mean a more pleasant experience, which is something all travellers desire, no matter whether they are business or leisure travellers.

Cathay Pacific will fly the B777 on the daily CX100 flight that currently departs Sydney at 1540 and arrives into Hong Kong at 2200; CX101 then departs Hong Kong at 2355 and arrives into Sydney at 1205 the next day. This follows the daily service of the first 777-300ER earlier this year on CX138/139 that arrives and departs Hong Kong in the morning.

DSC06039Nelson Chin, Cathay Pacific’s General Manager Southwest Pacific said “The two 777-300ER flights cater to the increasing demand from our passengers wanting the best morning or night connections to our large network, which includes our newest destinations Manchester, Zurich, Boston, and Dusseldorf. It also serves those who simply wish to make the most of a whole day’s work in Hong Kong. Aside from adding 1,253 seats per week or 65,156 seats per year with more Business, Premium Economy and Economy Class seats, the 777-300ER also provides better payload which will help facilitate cargo uplift,” he added.

Hong Kong based Cathay Pacific is one of the world’s leading airlines and currently operates 74 passenger flights a week between Hong Kong and Australia, with over 22 years of continuous services to Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Cairns, Adelaide, and Perth. All flights provide excellent connections over the Hong Kong hub to the airlines worldwide network, including an extensive number of cities in China, served by Cathay Pacific’s sister airline Dragonair. Award winning levels of service are offered in Business, Premium Economy and Economy on all Australian flights.

Cathay Pacific is also a founding member of the oneworld global alliance, whose combined network serves almost 700 destinations worldwide. The airline celebrated 40 years of continuous non-stop service to Sydney last year, and will mark 45 years of service to Perth this year.

Cathay Pacific has also introduced a stylish new amenities kit for Business class passengers. The green rolled pouch bag containing Jurlique moisturising products, ear plugs, toothpaste, toothbrush, eye mask, socks and a cleaning cloth for glasses provides everything one needs while flying.

Pictured: Toby Smith, General Manager – Product, Cathay Pacific

Nelson Chin, General Manager Southwest Pacific

 Sandra Tiltman    Photos: John Pond


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