Dragonair to start Haneda service next March

23 Dec 2014 by Clement Huang

Dragonair will begin flying between its base in Hong Kong and Tokyo Haneda from early next year, according to an report.

With effect from 29 March 2015, and subject to government approval, the regional carrier of Cathay Pacific will operate a single daily service to Haneda.

According to Dragonair, the flights have been timed to better suit customers travelling from Japan. Flight KA396 departs Hong Kong at 1810 and arrives in Haneda at 2330. The return service KA397 will then leave the Japanese aircraft again at 0145 and touch back down in Hong Kong at 0530.

An early morning departure from Tokyo means that passengers will arrive in Hong Kong early – thus granting them a full day at the Chinese Special Administrative Region. The evening departure of KA396 makes it possible for same day return.

Dragonair's new flight complements those of its sister carrier Cathay Pacific, which flies the route two times daily, with both services departing Hong Kong during the day – one at 0840, and the other at 1620.

"The new service targets both business and leisure travelers.  It is also a good complement to the two daily flights currently operated by our sister airline Cathay Pacific, and provide more choice for passengers travelling to or transit in Hong Kong," a spokesperson of Dragonair said to Business Traveller Asia-Pacific.

The new service will be operated by an Airbus A320 that sports a two-class configuration, with eight in business and 150 in economy.

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Clement Huang

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