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Delight at rapid rise in Australia-Hong Kong flights

March 28, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

Stand by for hot deals to Hong Kong! Virgin Australia’s decision to launch non-stop services five days a week from Melbourne to Hong Kong, starting 5 July 2017, will boost competition on the route and has been greeted with delight in Hong Kong and Australia.

Capacity out of Melbourne will increase substantially, with Cathay Pacific having launched its A350 on the route in early February and planning a second A350 from Melbourne in late October. Cathay also plans to introduce an A350 out of Brisbane at the end of March and ex Perth in late October.

“We are delighted to have two of Australia’s key carriers, Virgin Australia and Qantas, flying into Hong Kong, along with Hong Kong’s flagship carrier Cathay Pacific and Hong Kong Airlines,” Hong Kong Tourism Board regional director, Andrew Clark, stated.

“A fourth major airline is a huge boost for the region and we hope to see positive arrival results off the back of it. Virgin Australia’s launch is incredibly significant for Hong Kong as interest and capacity to China increases.  Hong Kong is still a major player on the stopover route and an ideal stepping stone into China, particularly for first time travellers.”

Last year, Hong Kong Airlines launched flights connecting the Gold Coast with Hong Kong via Cairns and Qantas ramped up services to Hong Kong to double daily between April and October last year.

Virgin Australia’s long-haul business class is considered exceptional and should be well received by the Chinese market. Virgin Australia’s Airbus A330-200 fleet features Business Class suites called ‘The Business’ – considered the world’s best business class by Airline Ratings. The A330-200s also have 255 economy seats in a 2-4-2 configuration.

Virgin Australia’s proposed alliance with HNA Aviation and Hong Kong Airlines will enable customers to connect through Hong Kong to 13 destinations in mainland China. It will also allow guests from Hainan Airlines, Hong Kong Airlines, Capital Airlines and Tianjin Airlines to connect onto Virgin Australia’s expansive domestic and trans-Tasman network.

The Virgin Australia flights are on sale subject to obtaining final regulatory approval from the ACCC, which has granted interim aproval.

“Virgin Australia’s entry into Hong Kong and Greater China is a key pillar of our international strategy, allowing us to tap into Australia’s fastest growing and most valuable inbound travel market,” said the airline’s chife executive, John Borghetti.

“Awarded the world’s most liveable city for the past six years , Melbourne is an international city in its own right and hosts some of Australia’s biggest and most spectacular events. We look forward to showcasing this great city to inbound visitors from Hong Kong and beyond.”

Written by Peter Needham

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