Business travellers heading to Delhi will have additional options when connecting via Hong Kong between December and February when Cathay Pacific adds a second nonstop flight between the two cities.
Currently, Cathay only has only one non-stop daily return to Delhi: CX695 and CX694. One other flight currently flies via Bangkok, but that flight will not continue on to Delhi while the new flights are running.
The new flight arrangement will stretch from 12 December 2011 to 12 February 2012.
Existing flight CX695 departs Hong Kong at 1700, arriving into Delhi at 2045. Return flight CX694 leaves Delhi at 2215 and arrives in Hong Kong at 0550 the next morning.
New flight CX697 will depart Hong Kong at 2040, arriving in Delhi at 0025 early the next morning. The return, CX698, will leave Delhi at 0240 and arrive back in Hong Kong at 1020.
The new flights will use Airbus A340 planes, which don't have Cathay Pacific's excellent new business class seats we reviewed earlier this year. You'll find the older (and less popular) diagonal "coffin-style" flat beds at the pointy end instead.
(Of course, some of Cathay Pacific's Airbus A330 planes -- used on the existing flights -- don't have the new seats either. But at least on the existing flights there's the possibility of the better seats.)
Travelling in business class on Cathay's A330? Make sure you pick the best seats in business class on the plane.
Of course, if your flight back to Australia isn't for a few hours, it's not precisely a hardship to spend some time in Hong Kong's airport, and especially not in Cathay Pacific's world-class Hong Kong lounges: the Wing, the Pier and the Cabin.
And if you'd like to spend a day in Hong Kong itself -- one of our favourite cities -- we've got recommendations for things to do as well.
GDS scheduling data via the ever-detailed airlineroute.net