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Hong Kong Airlines flies to Moscow in June

24 Mar 2010

Hong Kong Airlines is to start a Hongkong-Moscow route in June. The announcement comes just weeks after Cathay Pacific (CX) revealed its plan to operate a service to the Russian capital (see news).

The four-times-a-week Hong Kong Airlines service to Moscow will be operated by an Airbus A330-200 aircraft, offering Business and Economy Class services.

Company president Yang Jianghong said: “We are excited to operate this new route. As a Hongkong-based airline, we are dedicated to developing the city’s tourism and economy. Together with our sister company Hong Kong Express, we provide a multi-destination travel opportunity to travelers from Moscow via Hongkong to Mainland China and other destinations in Southeast Asia. ”  

The move comes after Hongkong-based Cathay Pacific announced its intention to open a three-times-a-week Hongkong-Moscow route during the summer.

Currently only Russian flag-carrier Aeroflot operates this route, codesharing with CX.

Hongkong and Russia introduced a reciprocal 14-day visa-waiver programme in July last year, and hotels are already reporting a rise in Russian arrivals and enquiries both from leisure, business and incentive segments.

In recent months, the Grand Hyatt Hongkong has appointed two Russian-speaking staff to handle this new market.
www.hongkongairlines.com

Kenny Coyle

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