Cathay Pacific has confirmed it will launch a four-times weekly direct service to Manchester in December.
The route will be operated by a Boeing 777-300ER in a three-class configuration with 40 seats in business class, 32 in premium economy and 268 in economy. For a seatplan, click here.
From December 8, the Hong Kong to Manchester service will operate on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
The outbound service will depart HKG at 0100 and land in Manchester at 0620 local time, while the return service will take-off from Manchester at 1200 and arrive in Hong Kong at 0755 the following day.
Angus Barclay, general manager Europe at Cathay Pacific, said: “We already currently operate five flights a day from London Heathrow to Hong Kong and the addition of the Manchester route provides a real opportunity to help stimulate economic growth in the north-west.
“We continue to see an ever-increasing demand for air travel to and from the Asia Pacific region for both business and leisure traffic.
“This will be the only non-stop direct service from Manchester to Hong Kong. Cathay Pacific offers passengers even more choice and flexibility and, at the same time, will boost Manchester’s standing as an international hub.”
Cathay Pacific is also thought to be launching a daily service to Zurich in December that will again be served by a B777-300ER (see news, April 1).