The launch of Dragonair flights between Hong Kong and Hiroshima was celebrated with a special ceremony heldat Hiroshima Airport on Sunday, 16 August before the departure of the first KA351 service to Hong Kong.
The ceremony was organised by the Hiroshima Prefecture Airport Promotion Committee and officiated by Hironori Takagaki, Deputy Hiroshima Governor. Representing Dragonair and the Cathay Pacific Group were Dane Cheng, Director Sales & Marketing, and Clarence Tai, General Manager Japan.
Hiroshima becomes Dragonair’s fourth destination in Japan, joining Tokyo (Haneda), Fukuoka and Okinawa in the airline’s network. With this new twice-weekly service, Dragonair and its sister airline Cathay Pacific operate a total of 152 flights a week between Hong Kong and eight destinations across Japan.
A ceremony was held to celebrate the inaugural flight on 16 August. Pictured from fourth left to right are:
· Yasuyuki Nishio, Managing Director, Hiroshima Prefectural Government Airport and Seaport Department
· Kennichi Yamamoto, President of Hiroshima Airport Building Company
· Hironori Takagaki, Deputy Hiroshima Governor
· Dane Cheng, Cathay Pacific Director Sales & Marketing
· Karen Ma, Dragonair Senior Purser
· Jim Ashby, Dragonair Captain
· Clarence Tai, Cathay Pacific General Manager Japan
· Kazunori Hori, Regional Director Japan, Hong Kong Tourism Board
· Shigeto Urushima, Hiroshima Airport Manager of the Osaka Regional Civil Aviation Bureau
Water cannon salute for the Dragonair plane arriving in Hiroshima on 16 August. Hiroshima becomes Dragonair’s fourth destination in Japan, joining Tokyo (Haneda), Fukuoka and Okinawa in the airline’s network.