Cathay Pacific will take over the Hong Kong-Kuala Lumpur routes previously held by regional arm Cathay Dragon, following last month's decision to shut down its Dragon offshoot.
Cathay abandoned the busy 4-hour route in mid-2017, handing it over to Dragonair – the predecessor to Cathay Dragon – but KL is now one of many former Dragon destinations to be folded into the Cathay Pacific network.
A spokesperson for Cathay Pacific confirmed to Executive Traveller that the airline will step back into the Hong Kong - Kuala Lumpur corridor.
Hanoi, Fukuoka and Kaohsiung will also come under Cathay's wing, reports The South China Morning Post.
Cathay Dragon's network covered some 50 destinations across Asia, with around half of those being in mainland China.
The routes will be split between Cathay Pacific, which will focus on premium traffic, and Cathay's low-cost arm HK Express, for destinations with a price-sensitive and predominately leisure market.
"We have already launched applications with different authorities in Hong Kong and overseas to make sure we secure the necessary approval to continue to some of the Cathay Dragon destinations," Cathay Pacific executive director Ronald Lam Siu-por told The South China Morning Post.
Most of the former Cathay Dragon routes are expected to remain in Cathay's lap, although many will be contested by start-up Greater Bay Airlines, which hopes to launch in mid-2021 and become a new challenger for Cathay Pacific.
In related news, Cathay Dragon's first Airbus A321neo arrived in Hong Kong earlier this month dressed in the livery of the now-defunct airline.
It will be repainted in Cathay Pacific stripe before it takes wing and introduces passengers to its new regional business class.
Cathay Pacific declined to share details on when the A321neo would begin commercial flights, and which routes it would serve.