Cathay Pacific Completes Inaugural Hong Kong – Milan Flight, Announces New Flights

Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific Airways has completed its inaugural flight to Milan, its first new route in 2010. The airline has also announced a launch date for Hong Kong-Moscow flights and a series of frequency increases to meet high demand over the summer season.


Hong Kong-Milan 

The inaugural flight CX 233 departed Hong Kong International Airport at 0100 hrs this morning for Milan Malpensa International Airport, where it arrived at 0827 hrs. With the launch of the new service, Cathay Pacific becomes the only airline flying nonstop between Hong Kong and the Italian city.


Flown using a 3-class Boeing 777-300ER, the service will operate 4 times a week on Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Flight CX 233 departs Hong Kong at 0045 hrs, arriving in Milan at 0815 hrs, before returning as flight CX 234 at 1325 hrs to land back in Hong Kong at 0700 hrs the next morning.


Milan becomes Cathay Pacific’s second passenger destination in Italy and offers passengers greater flexibility when travelling between the country and Asia. The airline began flying to Rome in April 1986, operating a daily service today, while Milan was previously a cargo destination with 6 times weekly freighter flights.


Hong Kong-Moscow To Launch On 13 July 2010

Following our earlier report of Cathay Pacific’s intentions to restart flights to Moscow, the airline has announced it will launch services to Moscow (Domodedovo) 3 times a week from 13 July 2010 with a 2-class Airbus A340-300 aircraft. Cathay Pacific had previously tried to open up the route in 2004, but abandoned the attempt.


Flight CX 207 will depart Hong Kong at 0045 hrs on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, arriving in Moscow at 0705 hrs in the morning. The return flight, CX 206, takes off from Domodedovo International Airport at 1745 hrs in the evening and lands back in Hong Kong International Airport at 0700 hrs the next morning.


The Hong Kong-Moscow route has become increasingly popular with the implementation of visa-free travel by Hong Kong and Russian passport holders bringing about increased demand. Aeroflot is currently the only airline flying between both cities, with Cathay Pacific codesharing on the former’s flights. The airline will terminate its codeshare agreement with the launch of its own services. In addition to Cathay Pacific, competitors Hong Kong Airlines and Transaero have announced plans to operate the route.


Frequency Increases For Bali, Paris And Singapore

In July and August 2010, 4 additional flights will be added on the Hong Kong-Bali route using an Airbus A330-300. Flight CX 673 departs Hong Kong at 1905 hrs (Thursdays and Sundays)/2000 hrs (Tuesdays and Fridays), arriving in Denpasar at 2355 hrs (Thursdays and Sundays)/0100 hrs (Tuesdays and Fridays) the next day. the return flight, CX 678, takes off for Hong Kong at 0055 hrs (Mondays and Fridays)/0200 hrs (Wednesdays and Saturdays), where it arrives at 0545 hrs (Mondays and Fridays)/0645 hrs (Wednesdays and Saturdays).


The airline will also add 3 flights to Paris using a Boeing 747-400 aircraft, bringing its weekly frequency on the route to 10 flights. Every Monday, Thursday and Saturday, flight CX 263 departs Hong Kong at 1450 hrs, landing in Paris at 2135 hrs. The return flight, CX 262, takes off from Charles de Gaulle International Airport at 2315 hrs to arrive back at Hong Kong International Airport at 1645 hrs the next day.


Singapore will see 4 additional flights in June and July 2010, with the service going daily from August 2010. Flight CX 635 departs Hong Kong at 1520 hrs, arriving in Singapore at 1910 hrs, while the return service CX 636 takes off from Changi International Airport at 2030 hrs for a 0020 hrs arrival the next day. Flights will be operated using a combination of Airbus A330-300, A340-300 and Boeing 777-200 aircraft.


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