PRNewswire LOS ANGELES Oct. 21 :
Cathay Pacific Airways today announced that it intends to commence
services to Beijing Tuesday, December 2, 2003.
The airline will initially operate three flights a week between Hong Kong
and Beijing, departing Hong Kong every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, and
returning from Beijing on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
The commencement of services to the capital will mark a major milestone in
the airline`s ongoing effort to enhance Hong Kong`s position as a global
aviation hub and primary gateway to China.
Approval for Cathay Pacific to operate services to Beijing comes amid
other initiatives aimed at boosting Hong Kong`s economy and strengthening
its links with Mainland China, including the implementation of CEPA
(Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement) and allowing individual
travelers to visit Hong Kong.
Hong Kong`s Air Transport Licensing Authority licensed Cathay Pacific to
operate 21 services each week to both Beijing and Shanghai and three
weekly services to Xiamen. The airline is eager to operate more flights to
the three cities once the necessary additional regulatory approvals have
Cathay Pacific Director and Chief Operating Officer Philip Chen said:
“Cathay Pacific`s ability to operate three services a week to Beijing is a
very important step, but is still just a start. Our flights to Beijing
along with Shanghai and Xiamen will deepen links between Hong Kong and the
Chinese Mainland. As we develop our network and services Cathay Pacific
will continue to enhance Hong Kong as a global hub and gateway to China,
and help to further promote tourism and business in Hong Kong and the
From the U.S., Cathay Pacific offers the only double daily non-stop
747-400 and A340-600 service from Los Angeles to Hong Kong, daily non-stop
747-400 service from San Francisco to Hong Kong, daily direct 747-400
service from New York to Hong Kong and daily non-stop 747-400 service from
New York to Vancouver onboard one of the youngest aircraft fleets in the