Though only in operation since 2006, Hong Kong Airlines has grown significantly since its founding, and its recent expansion into the North American market shows no signs of slowing down. Following up with its launch of service to Vancouver, the carrier just announced it will soon be adding direct flights from Hong Kong to Los Angeles.
Hong Kong Airlines plans to premiere the route on December 18, 2017. The new destination is set to be served by the Airbus A350. The A350 is thoroughly modern aircraft, having only entered the market in 2015. The carrier has ordered 17 of the planes, which has a seating capacity of 334, at a 301 to 33 split between Economy and Business Class respectively. While initial flights are set to depart on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays, Hong Kong Airlines is looking to expand the route to daily service beginning January 16th, 2018.
Cathay Pacific and American Airlines currently service the same route, but Hong Kong Airlines' fairly expansive schedule should help the airline to remain competitive. With any luck, the carrier's recent growth will attract the interest of other carriers, as Hong Kong Airlines is somewhat lacking in the way of partners. Its most notable partnership is with Virgin Australia, but the lack of reciprocal mileage redemption amounts to little gain for frequent flyers to be honest.
Still, Hong Kong Airlines should focus on expanding its own services before concerning themselves with partnerships. Their efforts to grow North American options is a sound step in the right direction. Customers can view the full schedule in the press release on the carrier's website.