When is it better to spend less time enjoying a great airline? In the case of Brisbane's business travellers, it's when you no longer have to detour via Cairns when flying to – or from – Hong Kong.
Across the peak period from late October 2017 to March 2018, Cathay Pacific will replace its current four times weekly one-stop service to Brisbane via Cairns with direct flights to both cities.
The switch will see the Queensland capital getting 11 non-stop flights from Hong Kong each week.
The daily CX156/157 (which from March 26 will be flown by an Airbus A350) will be supplemented by Brisbane-Hong Kong's CX150 on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; with the return leg CX155 running on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday.
Cairns is also in line for three non-stop flights a week, with CX146 from Cairns to Hong Kong on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, and CX103 from Hong Kong to Cairns on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
Those direct services will continue to fly on an Airbus A330 and adopt new departure times to provide better connections at Hong Kong.
Taking CX146 as an example: this used to leave Cairns at 2.55pm to reach into Hong Kong at 8.10pm. The revamped schedule sees wheels-up at 8.05am for arrival into Hong Kong at 1.20pm, opening up greater connections to London, New York and Shanghai.