Starting on December 18, 2017, Hong Kong Airlines (HKA) will offer direct flights between Hong Kong and Los Angeles. The route will be served by the airline’s Airbus A350 aircraft.
“Following the success of the Vancouver route, we are excited to set up the first destination in the continental United States to further expand our international network,” said Li Dianchun, Chief Commercial Officer at Hong Kong Airlines. “The launch of the Los Angeles route will strengthen the connection with our well-developed Asia Pacific network, thus providing more travel options for business, leisure, academic, or family travelers.”
Flight times and days vary by time period. On December 18, 2017 through January 15, 2018, flights will leave four times per week: on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays. Flight HX068 leaves Hong Kong at 12:10 and arrives in Los Angeles at 8:55. The return flight leaves Los Angeles at 10:45 and arrives in Hong Kong at 18:20 the next day.
Starting on January 16, the flight times remain the same as those listed above. However, frequency increases to seven weekly flights, or one per day.
On March 11, times change again. HX068 leaves Hong Kong at 12:10, but won’t arrive in Los Angeles until 9:55, one hour later than previously due to daylight savings. Then, the return flight will depart at 11:45 and arrive in Hong Kong at 18:20.
HKA will take delivery of its first A350 from an order of fifteen (15) this month. The aircraft will feature the Asian carrier’s new business class product. There has been speculation that HKA would introduce Los Angeles as its first A350 destination, especially after the airline announced its intention to fly to the American west coast earlier in August following a new codeshare with Virgin Australia. Though the airline hasn’t confirmed any other A350 routes yet, there are rumors that the new planes could replace A330s that currently serve destinations such as Auckland, New Zealand.
Los Angeles is the first city in the continental US that HKA will fly to, but it’s not the first US territory to bear serviced. HKA already flies to Saipan, which is part of the US controlled Northern Marianas Islands in the Pacific Ocean.
However, HKA isn’t the only carrier in its region to announce a new route between Hong Kong and Los Angeles. Air China recently announced plans to start service from LAX to Shenzhen in December. (Shenzhen is across the Pearl River Delta from Hong Kong.)
HKA will charge USD$5271 (including taxes and fees) for a business-class ticket, and USD$786 for an economy class ticket.
HKA recently announced that it is partnering with Jackie Chan, a famous actor from Hong Kong, to drum up business for the route, which is pending government approval.
Featured photo from Airbus.