Cathay Pacific is boosting the number of flights on its Hong Kong-Tokyo Narita route with an added fifth daily service scheduled to take off starting October 28 this year.
The new service, which carries the flight code CX526, will depart Hong Kong in the early morning and arrive in Tokyo a little after noon, while the return CX527 flight will leave Tokyo soon after and arrive back in Hong Kong in the early evening.
Here is the schedule for the new daily service.
|CX526||Hong Kong (HKG)||Tokyo (NRT)||0810||1340||Daily|
|CX527||Tokyo (NRT)||Hong Kong (HKG)||1420||1845||Daily|
The additional service does come at a cost, however. On the same day that the Hong Kong-Tokyo Narita route gets an extra daily flight, Cathay Pacific’s Taipei-Tokyo Narita service is set to lose one, going from a twice daily service to just a daily flight (CX450/CX451).
|CX450||Taipei (TPE)||Tokyo (NRT)||1300||1720||Daily|
|CS451||Tokyo (NRT)||Taipei (TPE||1540||1825||Daily|
The airline’s Airbus A330-300 aircraft, currently operating the service from Taipei that will be dropped, will also operate the added service from Hong Kong.
Cathay Pacific generally flies three different types of aircraft between Hong Kong and Narita. Its A330-300 already operates one of the daily services, while two of them are flown by its Boeing 777-300.
The fourth daily route is currently served by a mix of A330-300, 777-300 and 777-300ER, however from October 28 onwards it will be operated regularly by the 777-300ER.
Cathay Pacific has three configurations for its A330-300. Two of these offer its reverse herringbone fully flat seats in the business class cabin, which are laid out in a 1-2-1 configuration meaning all passengers get direct aisle access.
The third layout has the airline’s regional business class seat products, which aren’t fully flat and are laid out in a 2-2-2 configuration that restricts aisle access for window-seat passengers.
Business Traveller recently reviewed the regional seat on the 777-300.
As for premium economy, that currently looks to be bookable only on flights operated by the 777-300ER.
And while Cathay Pacific does configure some of its 777-300s and 777-300ERs with a first class cabin, unfortunately it does not appear to be available on any of the flights on this route.
Last month, Cathay Pacific announced it would be operating a one-off return charter flight between Hong Kong and Osaka in late August/early September that is available exclusively to members of its Asia Miles rewards programme and can only be booked by redeeming miles.