As the world’s economic weight steadily shifts to Asia, courtesy of powerhouses China and India, links between North America and Europe and Asia strengthen without pause. For example, the airpath between Hong Kong and New York has seen increased activity, which, according to Cathay Pacific’s new chief executive John Slosar, was due to the territory’s enduring reputation as “a world financial hub” (see here). Strong positive feedback about the added services could lead to even more services, he said. Last year, passenger traffic between Hong Kong and the USA and Canada accounted for 7 percent of total traffic.
Below are five of many airlines that offer regular flights between Hong Kong International Airport and John F Kennedy International Airport:
CATHAY PACIFIC AIRWAYS
The carrier currently flies to New York four times a day, and is keen to add a fifth frequency.
Aircraft: All four flights operate a B777-300ER, two of which have been fitted with the new business class product (see story here).
From Hong Kong, the passengers flying Continental can get to the Big Apple via Newark in New Jersey, which is a daily service. Another alternative is to take a flight to Tokyo-Narita with onward connection to JFK International Airport. Continental recently revealed plans to roll-out a daily service between Hong Kong and Tokyo Narita.
Tokyo Narita-New York JFK:
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Aircraft: B777-200ER is used on this route featuring the new BusinessFirst flat bed seat (see story here).
At the moment, the airline does not have direct flights between Hong Kong and New York. Flights to the Big Apple from the territory can be routed via Tokyo or Detroit. Delta offers daily return flights between Hong Kong and Tokyo Narita. From the Japanese capital, passengers can take the connecting flight to JFK International. Delta passengers in Hong Kong can also choose to fly to Detroit for the first leg of their journey. The carrier flies five times a week from Hong Kong to the US city on Mondays, Fridays Saturdays (with return services on Wednesdays and Thursdays). From Detroit, Delta passengers from Hong Kong can pick any one of the five daily flights to JFK International. Take note, however, that none of these onward flights co-ordinate seamlessly with any of the HK-Detroit flights and passengers will have to spend a night in Detroit.
Aircraft: The B777-200LR is used on flights between Hong Kong and Detroit. For the onward US domestic flights between Detroit and New York, the Canadair Regional Jet 900 is utlised.
Timings: (HK-Tokyo-New York)
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Aircraft: An A330-300 aircraft is deployed on the Hong Kong-Tokyo leg and a B747-400 is used on the onward Tokyo-New York service.
The Korean carrier flies from Hong Kong to Seoul Incheon Airport three times daily. From Seoul, passengers from Hong Kong can choose between the two daily services bound for JFK International Airport.
Aircraft: The first two flights between Hong Kong and Seoul Incheon use an A330-300, while a B777-300 is deployed on the night flight. Between Seoul and New York, a B777-300 is used on the morning flight and the B747-400 is used on the evening flight.
Since the carrier is based in Singapore, flights from Hong Kong to New York on SIA will have a stopover at the Lion City. There are seven flights a day – both ways – between the two Asian cities and one daily return flight between Singapore and New York.
Aircraft: The three-class B747-400 is assigned on this route.