Cathay Pacific has just announced that they’ll launch 4x weekly flights between Hong Kong and Tel Aviv as of March 26, 2017.
The flight will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays, with the following schedule:
CX675 Hong Kong to Tel Aviv departing 1:00AM arriving 7:40AM
CX674 Tel Aviv to Hong Kong departing 1:50PM arriving 5:10AM (+1 day)
Perhaps best of all, the flight will be operated by Cathay Pacific’s new Airbus A350 aircraft, featuring 280 seats, including 38 business class seats and 28 premium economy seats. What I’m most excited about with the A350 is that it features wifi, which Cathay Pacific’s 777 fleet doesn’t have as of now.
The flight will cover a distance of ~4,800 miles in each direction, and is blocked at 11hr40min westbound and 10hr20min eastbound.
While the flight is already bookable, as of the time of this post there doesn’t seem to be any award availability. If history is any indicator, I suspect we’ll see an average of between two and four business class award seats per flight shortly.
This is a great new route for redeeming miles, regardless of whether you’re based in Israel or Asia. For example:
- You can redeem 30,000 Alaska Mileage Plan miles for a one-way business class ticket between Tel Aviv and Hong Kong (connecting beyond Hong Kong will cost extra)
- You can redeem 40,000 American AAdvantage miles for a one-way business class ticket between Tel Aviv and most of Asia (you can connect beyond Hong Kong on the same award if booking through American)
But this route can even be useful for those looking to travel between the US and Israel, assuming you’re willing to go the very long way. Alaska Mileage Plan lets you route from the US to Middle East on Cathay Pacific for 62,500 miles in business class or 70,000 miles in first class. You’re even allowed a stopover on a one-way award, so you could fly from New York to Hong Kong, have a stopover, and then continue from Hong Kong to Tel Aviv. That’s an incredible deal.
Anyone excited about Cathay Pacific’s new route between Hong Kong and Tel Aviv?