Is Cathay going to to announce HKG – EDI route

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  • cwoodward
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    Rumour passed to me by a CX pilot yesterday is that with the success of the Dublin route Cathay is seriously considering the Hong Kong – Edinburgh route.
    I heard the same rumour 3 weeks ago and on the surface it makes sense………Scotland 5.4 million pop, no existing direct flight to Asia, 55 minutes from Glasgow by motorway and over 4 hours drive down to Manchester.
    The snags may perhaps be:
    Lack of freight ?
    Perhaps sparse Business class trafic ?


    TominScotland
    Participant

    That would be amazing and very welcome here in Scotland. A much more attractive one stopper to Down Under than DXB or DOH.

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    AMcWhirter
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    Can EDI’s runway cope with a non-stop flight to HKG ?

    I know Hainan Airlines already operates EDI-PEK but that’s a shorter route.

    One solution would be for CX to route EDI-HKG via DUB.

    China’s Hainan Airlines to axe Dublin and Edinburgh?


    cwoodward
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    Alex, People that know much better than I say ‘tight but not a major problem’
    At this point its a rumour and I am sure that we have both listened to many of these.
    However it does seem to be a real possibility if in fact the 350 is a fit.

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    AMcWhirter
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    I hear what you say cwoodward. But as I noted above CX could operate a route which would tag Edinburgh onto its existing Dublin service.

    In other words HKG-EDI-DUB-HKG.

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    FrDougal
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    I hear what you say cwoodward. But as I noted above CX could operate a route which would tag Edinburgh onto its existing Dublin service.

    In other words HKG-EDI-DUB-HKG.

    But Dublin is clearly paying its way as a stand alone service, no need to disrupt its appeal by adding an EDI stop into the mix.

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    cwoodward
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    Alex, tags seem no longer to be acceptable or attractive to pax and I don’t see ex Dublin paxs finding that scenario acceptable.

    The long runway at EDI is 2560 meters and the below from Airbus website indicates that a fully loaded A350-900 needs 2200m on take-off fully loaded

    A350-900 – takeoff field length: 2200m , landing field length – maximum payload : 1966m. Range at max payload: 15000km, fuel capacity: 65535kg, : Maximum takeoff weight (MTOW): 65535kg, max landing weight (MLW): 65535kg.

    Seems EDI is tightish but runway length is not an issue

    Interestingly last year Airbus for some weeks successfully tested the A350-900 into and out of Wellington NZ airport with a runway length of only 2081m. Wellington is noted as being a very difficult strip due to the very poor,windy and changeable weather conditions. (I was once on a Fokker Friendship that landed on the 4th attempt)
    A report commissioned by the airport and interested airlines indicated that A350-900s with full passenger load is possible ex WLG to USA Hong Kong and Singapore but interestingly not the B787.

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    canucklad
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    I’d love to see this come to fruition, alas I’ll keep my expectations low
    Contacted my mate who’s a captain with CX and he’s not heard anything on his grapevine. .

    If CX did a tie up with Scotrail they potentially increase their appeal to a much wider audience. Then again that would suggest an integrated transportation plan , so not likely ; (

    As an aside, when the Commonwealth conference was held here years ago, there was a couple of Jumbos that brought leaders, along with press and their entourage , so albeit not fully laden.

    In the meantime I ‘ll keep my fingers crossed , toes too


    transtraxman
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    There seems to be a lot of wishful thinking here. Maybe it will all come out well. However, I ask if there are any transfer passengers from Aer Lingus´ north american routes. That would seem a good explanation for the increased loads from Dublin to Hong Kong.

    Could Edinburgh offer anything like the same?

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