Russian Expansion For Asian Carriers

Asian carriers Korean Air and Cathay Pacific have announced expansion plans into Russia. Seoul-based Korean Air is set to resume services to St. Petersburg, while Cathay Pacific has applied to begin Hong Kong-Moscow flights in the summer.


Seoul (Incheon)-St. Petersburg

Beginning 30 March 2010, flight KE 929 will depart Incheon International Airport at 1745 hrs on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, arriving at Pulkovo International Airport at 2220 hrs. The return flight, KE 930, takes off from St. Petersburg at 2350 hrs and lands back in Seoul at 1330 hrs the next day. Korean Air will operate a 3-class Airbus A330-200 aircraft on the route.


St. Petersburg will be Korean Air’s third destination in Russia, following Moscow and Vladivostok. The airline temporarily suspended the route from its Russian and Central Asian network (which also includes Tashkent in Uzbekistan) in October 2009 at the start of the low season.


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Hong Kong-Moscow

Pending regulatory approval, Cathay Pacific will fly 3 times a week between its Hong Kong base and Moscow, using a 2-class Airbus A340-300 aircraft. The airline hopes to connect Russia and Asia to capture traffic arising from growing business links, leveraging on its extensive network in Southeast Asia and Mainland China through its sister airline Dragonair.


Cathay Pacific has previously tried to open up the route, its first service to Russia, but abandoned the attempt temporarily. It currently operates a codeshare service with Aeroflot 4 times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays to Moscow (Sheremetyevo) using the Russian airline’s Boeing 767-300ER aircraft.


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