Hong Kong Express lands Thai first

With the successful landing yesterday of its new 76-seat Embraer 170 aircraft at Chiang Mai, Hong Kong Express Airways has become the only airline to offer direct, scheduled flights between Hong Kong and the popular Thai destination.The airline is operating two return flights per week - every Thursday and Sunday.

“We are particularly pleased to launch this new route to such a fantastic leisure destination. Being the only airline to currently offer flights on this route places us firmly on the map for travellers looking for a convenient, hassle-free break away,” said Hong Kong Express Airways General Manager Sales, Simon Sin. “As significant as the Taichung charter service we launched earlier this month was for us, the Chiang Mai route launch is giant step forward in our expansion beyond mainland China.”

Located in Northern Thailand, Chiang Mai has long been a popular getaway destination, which thanks to a flourishing spa industry and growth in eco-tourism has recently become one of the hottest destinations in SE Asia. Set amidst lush tropical landscape, Chiang Mai offers a wide variety of activities, sights and attractions for travellers of all ages and interests.

Flights depart Hong Kong Thursdays and Sundays with UO 789 departing at 13:45 arriving in Chiang Mai at 15:55. The return leg leaves Chiang Mai the same days with UO 788 departing at 16:35 arriving in Hong Kong at 21:10.

Hong Kong Express Airways currently operates six scheduled flights each day between Hong Kong and three cities in Mainland China - Hangzhou, Ningbo and Nanjing. The airline will launch scheduled flights between Hong Kong and Chongqing on July 31st 2006.