Hong Kong Airlines eyes up European expansion

Hong Kong Airlines has confirmed an order for six Airbus A330-200 aircraft, which will be used to “expand into the long-haul market”.

In a statement released by Airbus, the aircraft manufacturer says that Hong Kong Airlines now has a total of 23 A330s on order, including six A330-200s originally announced at the Singapore Airshow.
According to Airbus these will be used on “existing routes and later to launch the airline's first services to Europe”.

Commenting on the move Yang Jian Hong, President, Hong Kong Airlines said:
“Low operating costs and high levels of cabin comfort make the A330-200 the perfect choice to expand into the long haul market. We are looking forward to offering passengers a premium service on these routes."

The airline currently plies domestic routes within China, as well as destinations in Vietnam, and a route to Moscow due to commence in June.

Source: Business Traveller

Perpetual Traveller Comment
A new airline on the air space block from Asia to Europe is always welcome especially if they lower costs and provide for more options. We expect the first route to be to the UK.

On the topic of cost the concept of Long Haul Budget travel has not yet delivered on its promise, however at PT we think it is only a matter of time before it becomes a popular reality and this will be the greatest development in the coming decade. Air Asia have successfully been operating low cost flights for around a year from Kuala Lumpur to London Stansted, so who is next?
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