Cathay Pacific will add a second Boeing 777 onto the Sydney-Hong Kong route from October 1 to cater for increased demand, especially for onwards flights to Europe.
The Boeing 777-300ER will slot into Cathay's daily CX100/101 service, replacing the current Airbus A330 and adding 90 more seats to the flight.
"This flight offers the best connectivity into Europe and also a lot of great connections throughout Asia back to Australia" said Nelson Chin, Cathay Pacific's Regional General Manager for South West Pacific, in announcing the new Boeing 777 service at a press briefing in Sydney today.
CX100 leaves Sydney at 3.40pm to reach Hong Kong at 10pm, and then turns around as CX101 to depart Hong Kong shortly before at midnight and arrive into Sydney at 12.15pm.
The airline last year upgraded its CX138/139 service to a daily Boeing 777-300ER, and Chin tells Australian Business Traveller that passenger loads "are going phenomenally well".
The majority of Cathay's Australian passengers fly onwards from Hong Kong, Chin says. "Hong Kong is a stable market for us. The growth in the market is beyond Hong Kong, into Europe and China. It’s very much the connectivity to the other 22 destinations we fly to."
As with the current Boeing 777-300ER, the extra jet would offer only business class, premium economy and economy. Cathay Pacific doesn’t currently fly any first class seats into or our of Australia.
Chin says that Melbourne was also considered for the new Boeing 777 service "and moving forward we see a lot more opportunities with the Boeing 777 or Airbus A350" on that route.
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