Hong Kong Airlines has confirmed that it will base its flagship London to Hong Kong route out of the newly renovated North Terminal at Gatwick airport.
Starting March 8 the carrier will operate the daily flight HX876, departing Gatwick North Terminal at 2130 and arriving in Hong Kong at 1805 the following day. Flight HX875 will depart Hong Kong at 2350, arriving back in London at 0555 the next day. Tickets for the service will go on sale in December.
As recently reported (see online news November 9) the service will be served by a dedicated fleet of three specially configured, all Club class A330 aircraft. The aircraft will be split into two cabins with 34 full-flat Club Premier class seats and 82 cradle style Club Classic seats, with each cabin having its own bar.
Gerard Clarke, General Manager UK for Hong Kong Airlines said: “The concept for the all Club Class aircraft will provide passengers with a private jet style ambience and an exceptional crew to guest ratio, and we are confident that we have the right knowledge and experience to make a success of the new all Club Class daily service.”
This is the latest in a series of announcements from long haul carriers moving into Gatwick, such as Air Asia X’s Kuala Lumpur route (see online news October 25) and Vietnam Airlines’ Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City services (see online news June 20).
For further information visit hongkongairlines.com/club.
Report by Scott Carey