Hong Kong-based low-cost carrier HK Express has launched a new U-Biz service for corporate travellers. Membership to the new platform is free and can be signed up to online, and offers business travellers perks such as free seat selection, same-day flight changes, priority check-in and early boarding.

The membership allows travellers to cancel flights up to seven days in advance – though fees apply and guests receive a refund in the form of a voucher – and reschedule up to three hours prior to departure. Members also have a checked baggage allowance of 30 kilograms, can check in 50 minutes before scheduled departure time, receive in-flight meal credits valued at HK$25 (US$3.2) per flight, and earn double points with the carrier’s frequent flyer programme, Reward-U, on every flight they book through U-Biz.

“We’ve seen a growing interest from the business community in Asia, who are looking for affordable flights and great service without the hidden costs of full-service carriers,” said HK Express commercial director, Luke Lovegrove. “As a frequent flyer myself, I understand the needs of business travellers. We’re thrilled to offer flexibility, efficiency and comfort at low fares – all designed with our corporate guests in mind.”

Lovegrove added that additional perks, including extra cabin baggage, will be rolled out to U-Biz members in the coming months.

The new platform follows recent announcements from the airline including receipt of its first Airbus A321 and A320neo aircraft, the latter of which is being deployed on the carrier’s Osaka-Kansai route this month and will be deployed to Tai Chung and Kagoshima in January 2017.