As I first wrote about in early July, Hong Kong Airlines was planning on making their US debut later this year. They just started service to North America this summer, as they launched a Hong Kong to Vancouver route, and didn’t take long to announce further expansion.
However, the airline is taking delivery of their first A350 shortly (they have a total of 17 of these on order), and they have big growth plans with that, as they want to launch a Hong Kong to Los Angeles flight. Their A350 will feature a total of 334 seats, including 33 reverse herringbone business class seats, and 301 economy seats.
Well, Hong Kong Airlines’ new Hong Kong to Los Angeles flight is now bookable for travel as of December 18, 2017, with the following schedule:
HX68 Hong Kong to Los Angeles departing 12:10PM arriving 8:55AM
HX69 Los Angeles to Hong Kong departing 10:45AM arriving 6:20PM (+1 day)
The flight will operate 4x weekly through January 12, 2018, and daily after that.
I’ve been wanting to review Hong Kong Airlines for a while, and there’s no better way to do it than on their brand new A350. However, unfortunately they don’t have much in the way of introductory fares.
A business class roundtrip ticket from Los Angeles to Hong Kong costs ~$5,300:
Meanwhile a business class roundtrip ticket from Hong Kong to Los Angeles costs ~$4,300:
One-way business class pricing is significantly more than half the cost of a roundtrip:
Now, the flight was literally just loaded into the schedule, so there’s a chance we’ll see a fare sale, and they just haven’t had time to load it yet. If they do, I’ll certainly book. Hong Kong Airlines is going up against stiff competition here — Cathay Pacific operates 4x daily flights between the two airports, while American operates a once daily flight. Hong Kong Airlines is going to be have to compete on price if they want to gain market share.
Unfortunately Hong Kong Airlines doesn’t have much in the way of airline partners, at least as far as I know, so there aren’t many opportunities to earn or redeem partner airline miles on these flights. They do partner with Virgin Australia, but those two airlines don’t offer reciprocal mileage redemptions yet.
Hong Kong Airlines is known for their great premium fares, so here’s to hoping we see those on the Los Angeles route as well.