Travellers planning a trip to Tel Aviv will find they have more choices in early 2017 when Cathay Pacific Airways expands its global network. The airline will launch a new four-times weekly service between Hong Kong and Tel Aviv on 26 March 2017.

The new service will be operated by Cathay Pacific’s state of the art Airbus A350-900 aircraft. It will provide greater convenience for business and leisure passengers travelling between the two cities and give those travelling from Israel easier access to key destinations in Asia and Southwest Pacific through the airline’s hub in Hong Kong.

Cathay Pacific Chief Executive Ivan Chu said: “We are excited to be launching a direct link to Tel Aviv, which has established itself as a culturally rich and technologically advanced business capital. As an important market in the ‘One Belt, One Road’ initiative, Israel offers tremendous potential for business and leisure travel. Together with the recent launch of our Madrid and Gatwick operations, this new service to Tel Aviv reflects our commitment to growing the Cathay Pacific network and further strengthening Hong Kong’s position as one of the world’s great international aviation hubs.”

Tel Aviv is Israel’s largest commercial and technological hub and is recognised as one of the world’s leading financial centres. Often described as “the city that never stops”, the coastal metropolis lies within easy reach of ancient Jerusalem, and each year draws millions of leisure travellers from around the world thanks to its diverse culture, thriving arts scene and renowned nightlife.

The features of Cathay Pacific’s new A350-900 aircraft take passenger travel experience to a new level. The environmentally friendly aircraft is equipped with the airline’s latest cabin products, an enhanced inflight entertainment system and Wi-Fi connectivity in Business, Premium Economy and Economy classes. The design of many of the cabin features has been carefully considered to give passengers the best sleeping experience, the best entertainment and greater control over how they want to use the space, whether for working or relaxing. With its extra wide body, the aircraft offers more space and comfort. The A350 is designed for passenger wellbeing with its quiet cabin, panoramic windows, LED mood lighting and huge overhead lockers which all contribute to a more comfortable and relaxing journey.

Cathay Pacific has five A350-900s in service and by the end of next year will have taken delivery of a total of twenty-two.

Flights to and from Tel Aviv will operate on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. Summer schedule CX675 departs Hong Kong 0100 arriving Tel Aviv 0740. CX674 departs Tel Aviv 1350 arriving Hong Kong 0510+1.

Winter schedule CX675 departs Hong Kong 0100 arriving Tel Aviv 0700. CX674 departs Tel Aviv 1245 arriving Hong Kong 0515+1.

Sandra Tiltman

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