United Continental Holdings announced the launch of a daily flight between Hong Kong and Tokyo-Narita from October 31, 2011.
Continental Airlines will operate the new service with a two-class Boeing B737-800 aircraft, offering passengers a total of 155 seats: 14 business class and 141 economy class.
The flight will depart Hong Kong International Airport at 1030, arriving in Tokyo at 1540. The return leg will depart Tokyo at 1705, arriving back in Hong Kong at 2115.
United Airlines had previously served this route, before the merger with Continental, but dropped it a few years ago due to the scarcity of time slots at Tokyo Narita. Now, as United Continental Holdings reenters this market, it will face fierce competition from other carriers, including Cathay Pacific, All Nippon Airways (ANA) and Japan Airlines (JAL), which all serve this route more than seven times per week therefore offering their passengers more flexibility.