Hong Kong Airlines is Hong Kong’s third largest airline. They recently took delivery of their first A350, and they’re using the plane for longhaul expansion, which is exciting.
This summer Hong Kong Airlines added flights between Hong Kong and Vancouver using A330s, and this December they’ll begin flying between Hong Kong and Los Angeles using A350s (surprisingly this will be LAX’s first scheduled A350 service). That’s only the beginning of their expansion, though — the airline also plans to add flights to London, New York, and San Francisco in 2018.
It looks like the launch of Hong Kong Airlines’ next longhaul route is happening sooner than I was expecting. It’s being reported by @airlineroute that Hong Kong Airlines will add flights between Hong Kong and San Francisco as of March 26, 2018. The flight will initially operate 4x weekly, and will operate daily by August 18, 2018.
The A350-900 flight will have the following schedule:
HX60 Hong Kong to San Francisco departing 12:20PM arriving 10:15AM
HX61 San Francisco to Hong Kong departing 12:00PM arriving 5:25PM (+1 day)
San Francisco already has 2-3x daily Cathay Pacific flights between the two cities, and both United and Singapore operate a once daily flight. So Hong Kong Airlines’ first two US routes are also the ones with the most existing capacity. This flight isn’t yet bookable — as of now just the preliminary schedule has been loaded — though I expect it will be bookable in the coming days.
Keep in mind that while Hong Kong Airlines will eventually have reverse herringbone seats in business class on their A350s, the first three A350s will instead feature a staggered configuration. This is because Hong Kong Airlines took over the first three A350 orders from Azul, and they maintained their interiors.
Once this flight goes on sale, expect low economy fares, though I wouldn’t expect great business class fares. When Hong Kong Airlines first announced flights to LAX I was expecting them to significantly undercut the competition when it comes to business class pricing (at least with an introductory sale), though the price has stayed steady at $5,000+ roundtrip.