Cathay Pacific will be launching new non-stop routes to three European capitals next summer – Brussels, Dublin and Copenhagen – with the carrier’s A350 set to fly all three.
Both the Brussels and the Dublin routes will operate four times weekly, while Copenhagen – which will run as a seasonal summer service – will fly three times per week.
First to launch will be Brussels, which is set to take off on March 25, 2018 flying on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. This will be followed by the seasonal Copenhagen flights from May 2 to October 12, flying on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Flights to Dublin will then launch on June 2, scheduled for Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday operations.
“We’re excited to offer the only direct flights between Hong Kong and Brussels, Dublin and Copenhagen,” said CEO Rupert Hogg. “These are all fantastic destinations and attract business and leisure travellers from the world over. We listened to our customers’ demands for more options and greater flexibility and have responded by building direct air links with these great cities.”
Cathay Pacific’s A350 offers three classes – 38 seats in business in a 1-2-1 set up, 28 in premium economy laid out 2-4-2, and 214 in economy configured nine across. Inflight wifi is also available on the aircraft.
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The announcement comes on the heels of the airline’s major interim financial loss, which it announced earlier this month. These follow a previous annual loss in 2016 of HK$575 million (US$74 million) – a result that led the carrier to confirm it would be cutting 600 members of staff.
“Growing our reach to new destinations that aren’t served from Hong Kong boosts the city’s status as Asia’s largest international hub and enables us to capture new and important sources of revenue,” Hogg added.
Details of the services are as follows (all times local).
Hong Kong (HKG)-Brussels (BRU):
|CX339||HKG||BRU||0035||0655||Tue, Thu, Sat, Sun|
Hong Kong (HKG)-Dublin (DUB):
|CX307||HKG||DUB||0050||0645||Mon, Wed, Thu, Sat|
Hong Kong (HKG)-Copenhagen (CPH):
|CX227||HKG||CPH||0110||0630||Mon, Wed, Fri|