Hong Kong Airlines, the internationally-acclaimed full-service airline, made its inaugural first daily direct service to Auckland, New Zealand yesterday. Airbus A332 aircraft with 283 seats, including 24 business class seats was deployed on the route. To commemorate the official launch of this new route, Hong Kong Airlines held celebration events at Hong Kong International Airport and Auckland Airport.
All passengers scheduled to depart the inaugural flight from Hong Kong, were presented with a commemorative certificate and boarding pass envelope to mark the occasion and show gratitude for their support of the new route.
On arrival at Auckland Airport on 11th November 2016, all passengers, flight crew and senior management of Hong Kong Airlines received a warm welcome following flight HX021. Auckland Airport organised a traditional water cannon salute, followed by a ribbon and cake cutting ceremony to commemorate the inaugural flight. The ceremony was officiated by: Mr. Li Dianchun, Chief Commercial Officer of Hong Kong Airlines; Mr. Jason Delamore, General Manager, Marketing & Technology, Auckland Airport; Mr. Andrew Clark, Regional Director, Australia, New Zealand & South Pacific, Hong Kong Tourism Board; Madam Xu Erwen, Chinese Consul General; and Mr. Dick Quax, Auckland Council Representative.
Mr. Li Dianchun, Chief Commercial Officer of Hong Kong Airlines, hosted an additional group of guests from Hong Kong to Auckland, in order to witness this important moment for the internationally acclaimed airline. In his speech at the welcome ceremony, Mr. Li Dianchun said, “We are delighted with the successful launch of this much-anticipated new route in Auckland, New Zealand. So far, we have received an overwhelming response from travellers since tickets became available for purchase. As a result, we have already increased our service to 10 times weekly from 11th December 2016 to 13th February 2017. We expect New Zealand will become a popular destination with our travellers who would like to enjoy the stunning beauty of this country. We also anticipate strong demand out of the New Zealand market to Hong Kong and connecting on our network in Asia. We hope that our new route will further strengthen the cultural, tourism and business ties between these two countries.”
Located in the North Island of New Zealand, Auckland is surrounded by two different harbours on the east and west side of the city. Thanks to the love of sailing by its citizens, Auckland also bears a nickname, “City of Sails”. Not only is it the most populous area in the North Island, Auckland has various spectacular natural sceneries in close proximity, such as volcanoes and islands; and together with the mild weather, it has been repeatedly named one of the world’s most liveable cities. You can be almost anywhere in just half an hour from the city centre, including sailing to an island, bungee jumping from the Auckland Bridge, trekking through the rainforest, sampling wines at a vineyard and enjoying the Art Gallery or Aquarium.
Mr. Li Dianchun, continued, “With the success of our service to Australia earlier this year, Hong Kong Airlines ismore than delighted to announce this second long haul service, operating daily to Auckland, New Zealand. There has been a steady increase year on year in the number of Hong Kong and China travellers visiting New Zealand. According to official figures by New Zealand Government1, as of September 2016, the total number of visitors from Hong Kong and China has recorded a rise of 18.8% and 23.7% respectively. Leveraging on our connectivity in Asia via the international hub Hong Kong, we believe this Hong Kong Airlines new service to Auckland will be welcomed by passengers from Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, Chengdu, Nanjing, Hangzhou, Okinawa, Tokyo, Bangkok and Taipei, offering them more travel options.”
The flight schedule for the Auckland, New Zealand route is as follows (*All Times Local):
|Flight No.||Route||Departure/Arrival Time*||Frequency|
|HX021||Hong Kong to Auckland||15:20/ 07:30 +1||Daily|
|HX022||Auckland to Hong Kong||09:30 / 15:55||Daily|
|HX027||Hong Kong to Auckland||01:55/ 18:55||Wed/ Fri/ Sun|
|HX028||Auckland to Hong Kong||01:00/ 08:05||Wed/ Fri/ Sun|
#Flight number and schedule may change without prior notice.