Cathay Pacific Nonstop Hong Kong To Colombo Flight Launching!

Cathay Pacific has just announced that they’ll be upgrading their service to Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Presently Cathay Pacific offers daily service to Colombo, though:

  • It’s not direct — it connects in Singapore 4x per week and in Bangkok 3x per week.
  • It’s operated by a Boeing 777-300, featuring Cathay Pacific’s regional business class product. That’s not the end of the world since neither of the individual flights are that long, but when you add it up, it’s ~8.5 hours of flying each way.

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Cathay Pacific 777-300 regional business class

As of October 27, 2014, Cathay Pacific will be discontinuing their flight connecting in Singapore, and instead offer:

  • 4x weekly nonstop service between Hong Kong and Colombo, operated by an Airbus A330-300 featuring their reverse herringbone fully flat seats.
  • 3x weekly service via Bangkok will continue, though will be operated by an Airbus A340-300 instead of a 777-300, which features Cathay Pacific’s fully flat (though older) herringbone seats. As of December 1, 2014, that route will also be operated by an A330-300, featuring reverse herringbone seats.

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Cathay Pacific Airbus A330-300 longhaul business class

Basically from the perspective of a business class traveler, service is going entirely from regional business class to fully flat business class. That’s awesome.

Via airlineroute.net, new nonstop service will operate with the following schedule:

CX611 Hong Kong to Colombo departing 8:10PM arriving 11:30PM
CX610 Colombo to Hong Kong departing 12:35AM arriving 8:35AM

So bigger picture, why does service to Colombo matter?

Bottom line

Cathay Pacific’s A330 business class will hands down be the best business class product available to Colombo, so whether it’s your final destination or you’re just connecting there, this new service should come in handy.

Comments

  1. Sri Lanka is Asia 2…not Asia 1 on American’s chart. Still cheaper than India / Middle East, just 5K more than Asia 1.

  2. Yup I believe Jamie is right. For first class service to Colombo, that has to be flown over the Pacific, right? Does CX have first class service from HKG-CMB?

  3. “Itā€™s not direct ā€” it connects in Singapore 4x per week and in Bangkok 3x per week”

    The current HKG-CMB (610/611) flights are direct; they are just not nonstop.

  4. This is great lucky, thank you!

    I’ve been thinking of a Sri Lanka/Malfives trip for a while now. This makes it so much sweeter! I decided those regional Singapore Jets were too much for the eight by half hour flight without breaking it up and overnighting with Singapore. (Assuming you’re coming from LA or somewhere else in North America)

  5. Any info whether this will have an effect on the HKG-SIN route now? Example .. will they operate a different type of plane configuration on the HKG-SIN route now as well? Given the fact that it doesn’t go to Colombo anymore but directly back to HKG or SIN

  6. @ Jim — It looks like CX710/711 goes from a regional 777-300 to a mix between a regional A330 and longhaul A340. So definitely doesn’t get worse, at least.

  7. With the thought of using Alaska miles – does Sri Lanka fall under India:

    Between North America and Africa / India / Middle East – 70,000

  8. Just wanna point out that all 777-300 have been retrofitted with the new regional business class. As of today, only a few 777-200 (i think 4) still feature the old seat shown above.

  9. @ mito99 — Interesting, thanks for the heads up. Still not a very comfortable product, in my book.

  10. Lucky, don’t forget the $1400 EY CMB-DFW First class mistake fare that I happen to have just arrived from šŸ˜‰

  11. Looks like the CMB-HKG via BKK is no longer on A343, so its back again regional Business šŸ™
    Very bad timing for me and this on a night flight:-(

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