Cathay Pacific today launched a new non-stop service between Hong Kong and New York. Flight CX830, operated by the ultra-long-haul Airbus 340-600 departed Hong Kong International Airport at 10:15AM to follow a direct route over the North Pole. The estimated journey time to New York’s Kennedy Airport is around 14 hours 35 minutes.Cathay Pacific said that bookings for the first flight from Hong Kong to New York are full and are very strong in the coming months.
To celebrate the new service, double Asia Miles are being offered to Asia Miles members who book to travel on the non-stop service between 01 July and 30 September.
“The non-stop flight is very exciting and I am very happy to have this choice,” said Business Class passenger Peter Dunne, a resident of both Hong Kong and New York and a Diamond Marco Polo Club member. “I fly maybe 250,000 miles a year, and to save a few hours on my journey time is terrific. When I get to New York I have to drive a couple of hours and this flight’s early arrival means I will avoid the city traffic.”
Sheri Witthoft, travelling with her three children, Andrew, Anna and Olin, said she flies with her family to New York at least once a year. “I’ve lived in Hong Kong for 13 years and travelled with kids for 13 years and I am very glad I can now fly non-stop. Before, we might go via Tokyo and end up changing planes maybe three times. We’re also thrilled about flying over the North Pole.”
Cathay Pacific’s Director and Chief Operating Officer Philip Chen said: “Our new non-stop service to New York underlines our commitment to growing the airline and building connections from Hong Kong to other major global centres. In addition to offering the only daily non-stop service and twice-daily service, we are the only airline to offer a full premium three-class product on the route. We are confident the route will be very successful.”
With the Hong Kong-New York non-stop service, Cathay Pacific will operate 72 weekly flights to North America, with 56 passenger and 16 freighter services. The airline also serves 26 cities in the United States including either directly or code-share passenger services.