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Cathay Pacific launches only daily non-stop service to New York

01 Jul 2004

Cathay Pacific today launched a new non-stop service between Hong Kong and New York, making it the only airline to offer a daily non-stop and second daily one-stop service between the two cities. The new service further strengthens Hong Kong’s position as Asia’s leading aviation hub.

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. Cathay Pacific is the first airline to operate this new aircraft non-stop to the far side of the world. The flight’s captain, Mark Micallef-Eynaud, estimated the journey time to New York’s Kennedy Airport would be 14 hours 35 minutes, meaning the flight may arrive even earlier than scheduled.

The service is expected to be popular with business travellers as it offers greater flexibility and choice of when to travel, a valuable saving on the journey time and the benefit of not being disturbed by stopping mid-way through the flight. 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. ”

The non-stop flight will feature Cathay Pacific’s award-winning First Class, New Business Class, and enhanced Economy Class. The aircraft is fitted with the enhanced StudioCX inflight entertainment system that offers over 100 titles including movies, music, news, short features and games. 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.

Details of the non-stop schedule are as follows:
CX830HKG - JFK10:15 / 10:1514:05 / 13:00Mon-Sun
CX831JFK - HKG15:50 / 14:4520:10* / 20:25*Mon-Sun
* plus one day

The schedule for the one-stop service is as follows:
CX888HKG -YVR14:55 / 14:5512:00 / 10:35Mon-Sun
 YVR - JFK13:20 / 11:5521:30 / 19:55Mon-Sun
CX889JFK - YVR23:10 / 21:3002:10 / 00:35Mon-Sun
 YVR - HKG03:20 / 01:4508:00+ / 07:55+Mon-Sun
+ plus two days

Regular travellers Sophia and Erica Lee, who are flying with their father, hold certificates - signed by Cathay Pacific’s Director and Chief Operating Officer Philip Chen - given to every passenger that mark them flying on the airline's first non-stop flight to New York.The crew of CX830, led by Captain Mark Micallef-Eynaud, just before embarking upon the first non-stop Hong Kong-New York service on the ultra-long-haul Airbus 340-600. Second right back row: General Manager Inflight Service, Ms Quince Chong joins the crew to operate the historic flight.
The Witthoft family is thrilled to fly over the North Pole for the first time on CX830 non-stop from Hong Kong to New York.