Hong Kong Airlines has announced it will launch a seasonal three-time weekly service to Moscow Vnukovo International Airport (VKO) from May 18 to October 27.

The airline foresees significant demand for travel to Russia in the middle of the year, as the country plays host to the upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Michael Ma, commercial director for the carrier, says: “Hong Kong Airlines is committed to helping more travellers see the world with our growing international network. With Russia hosting the 2018 FIFA World Cup, we are excited to offer our customers more travel options into the country’s capital.”

The flight schedule is as follows:

Flight number Route Departure Time Arrival Time Operation days
HX2019 HKG-VKO 1615 2125 Tue
HX2019 HKG-VKO 1500 2010 Fri, Sun
HX2018 VKO-HKG 0020 1500 Wed
HX2018 VKO-HKG 0035 1515 Mon, Sat

The route will be operated by an A330-300, offering 32 business seats in a 1-2-1 configuration and 260 economy arranged in a 2-4-2 setup.

Business Traveller has reviewed Hong Kong Airlines’ A330-300 business class product on its Gold Coast service.

Flight review: Hong Kong Airlines A330-300 business class

An upgraded business class inflight menu will be offered to passengers, featuring dishes by Hong Kong chef Gabriel Choy and presented in brand new tableware locally designed by Jia and Clip.