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Cathay Pacific launched new service to Delhi

26 Mar 2001

Cathay Pacific today launched a new non-stop service between Hong Kong and India's capital, Delhi. The service will operate four times a week using Airbus A330-300 aircraft. Delhi is an important addition to Cathay Pacific’s passenger network and will help further strengthen Hong Kong's place as Asia's leading aviation centre.

Cathay Pacific made the decision to operate to Delhi just days after the conclusion of an air traffic rights agreement between Hong Kong and India on 19 January. The two Governments agreed to allow extra seat capacity between Hong Kong and India.

Cathay Pacific believes that the agreement will bring great benefits to tourism and business interests in both places. The airlines of both Hong Kong and India now have far greater room to grow and a greater capacity to provide extra seats for passengers and space for cargo.

"We are delighted our long-cherished plans to fly between Hong Kong and Delhi can now become reality," Cathay Pacific's Deputy Chairman and Chief Executive David Turnbull said. "We believe there is tremendous demand on this route and we are confident this will become one of the most popular services in our network."

The route should also prove popular with business travellers given the increasing business ties between India, Hong Kong and Mainland China. Up to date, seat factor on the first flight from Hong Kong to Delhi has already hit 90 per cent, while bookings for the coming month also look very strong, with an average seat factor of over 50 per cent on ex-Hong Kong flights, and over 60 percent on ex-Delhi flights.

Cathay Pacific has appointed G.C. Nanda & Sons as its General Sales Agent (GSA) for Delhi and North India. G.C. Nanda & Sons is a highly respected travel agency in Hong Kong specialising in Indian travel. The company, who has enjoyed a long and close relationship with Cathay Pacific ever since its establishment in 1948, plays a vital role in promoting and marketing the new service regionally. Director of G.C. Nanda & Sons Sunil Nanda said, "We are proud to be associated with Cathay Pacific Airways. With the new service now in place, we will provide marketing and full operational support for Cathay Pacific in both Hong Kong and India."

Under the new service, Delhi will become Cathay Pacific's second passenger destination in India after Mumbai. The airline began flying to India’s commercial capital Mumbai in 1982 and currently operates four flights a week on that route. In September last year Cathay Pacific began operating freighter aircraft to Delhi.

Delhi is one of the world's most fascinating cities and the travel hub of Northern India. Its attractions include famous temples, monuments, historic fortresses, colourful bazaars, tree-lined avenues, and excellent food.

Details of the Delhi service are as follows:
Hong Kong - Delhi
01:20am next day
Delhi - Hong Kong

Betty Law, Corporate Communication Manager – Public Relations, (852) 2747 5211