Direct Flights to Maldives by Cathay Pacific

Cathay Pacific to Start Maldives Service from late-October 2013

Cathay Pacific got the permission from Government, the subject for new route, direct flights to Maldives. Cathay Pacific begin services for Hong Kong - Maldives (Malé) route start from October 27, 2013, 4 weekly. Will be served by Airbus A330-300, configuration 327 seats on tree class, Business Class, new Premium Economy Class and long-haul Economy Class.

Planned schedule for this 4 weekly flights as follow:
Service Flight Number Departs Arrives Day
Hong Kong - Maldives (Malé) CX601 17:15 21:25 Wed, Thu, Sat, Sun
Maldives (Malé) - Hong Kong CX602 23:35 08:55 Wed, Thu, Sat, Sun
All times are local. “+1″ stands for next-day arrival.
Reservation for this new service opened around 02:00GMT July 22, 2013.
Operate by Airbus A330-300 aircraft.

Photo by Mehdi Nazarinia

Boeing 787 China Southern Airlines fly to Auckland

China Southern Airlines will increase flights increasing Guangzhou - Auckland start from December 04, 2013 to March 01, 2014, which sees the Skyteam member increasing overall service from 7 to 10 weekly, during the 2013/2014 peak summer season using its newly-delivered Boeing 787-8 aircraft for the three additional flights. The flights will be New Zealand’s first 787 scheduled service.

Auckland Airport has focused heavily on growing connections between New Zealand and China. During the 2013 Chinese New Year Auckland Airport saw a record high volume of Chinese passengers, with the new services expected to increase that further. The airport recorded  a 30 per cent increase in arrivals – or almost 50,000 more visitors – from China for the year ending May 2013.

The additional flights will see an extra 18,000 seats on the Guangzhou to Auckland route between Dec 4 2013 and Feb 28 2014.

Route & Scheduled Boeing 787 China Southern Airlines
Update July 19, 2013 as follows:
Service Flight Number Departs Arrives Day
Guangzhou - Auckland CZ335 14:30 07:00+1 3,5,7
Auckland - Guangzhou CZ336 10:00 17:00 1,4,6
All times are local. “+1″ stands for next-day arrival.

Photo by Danny Lee

Airbus delivers its 1,000th A330 to Cathay Pacific

Airbus has celebrated the delivery of the 1,000th A330 on July 19, 2013 and was handed over to Cathay Pacific Airways. These aircraft is A330-343X powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engines

Together Cathay Pacific and the sister airline Dragonair, Hongkong  is the world’s largest operator of the A330, with a total of 56 now in service. Since its first delivery of the A330 in 1995, Cathay Pacific’s Airbus fleet now comprises 38 A330-300s and 11 A340s, while Dragonair flies 21 single aisle A320 Family aircraft and 18 A330-300s. The Cathay Pacific Group has outstanding orders for 10 more A330-300s. The airline will also take delivery of 48 all-new A350 XWBs in the future, including 46 ordered from Airbus and two leased aircraft.


New Boeing 737-800 for Okay Airways

A new Boeing 737-800 already delivered to Okay Airways, Tianjin China by ILFC (International Lease Finance Corporation), Los Angeles, US, a wholly owned subsidiary of American International Group, Inc. (AIG).

The Boeing 737-800 Okay Airways will operate on the airline’s routes linking Tianjin with other major cities in China.

Okay Airways is the first private airline established in China. Its first voyage was in 2005. Currently Okay Airways operates 18 aircraft, its business includes both passenger and cargo air transport. Okay Airways is also the leader of regional aviation transportation. Starting from the operational bases of Tianjin, Changsha, Haerbin and Yantai, Okay Airways operates over 40 air routes that connect most of Chinese cities together. The passenger transport volume is over 10 million.

Air China starts nonstop Beijing-Houston service

Air China began its four weekly nonstop services between Beijing, China - Houston, Texas, US start from yesterday, July 11 2013. This route will served by Boeing 777-300ER.

With the launch of the nonstop service, Houston becomes Air China’s fifth gateway in North America, joining Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Vancouver. Air China will operate inside Terminal D at George Bush Intercontinental Airport, Houston’s gateway for all foreign carriers.

Scheduled as follows:
Service Flight Number Departs Arrives Schedule
Houston-Beijing CA 996 01:00 04:50+1 Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun
Beijing-Houston CA 995 15:00 15:40 Tue, Thu, Sat, Sun
All times are local. “+1″ stands for next-day arrival.

Photo by Dennis Wu

Spring Airlines Japan Start Operates late 2013 or early 2014

Shanghai Spring International Travel Service, China have the subsidiary new low-cost cerier on Japan and the brands is Spring Airlines Japan. The airline previously was hoping to start operations in the spring of 2013.

Now this airline has been approved by Japan’s MLIT for a launch of scheduled passenger operations, and planning to commence operations on late 2013 or early 2014, 

The new airline is planning to operate domestic routes initially from Narita Airport to Hiroshima, Kumamoto and Takamatsu, and will be served by Boeing 737-800.

Spring Airlines is the largest low-cost carrier in China and operates over 50 international and domestic routes covering a network of more than 30 cities across China, Japan and Thailand.

First Boeing 787-8 for Hainan Airlines

First new plane Boeing 787-8 for Hainan Airlines

Today, Hainan Airlines and Boeing celebrated the delivery first 787-8 Dreamliner from a total of 10 aircraft's have been ordered.

First new Boeing 787-8 Hainan Airlines will operate for a domestic route from Beijing to Haikou starting on July 31. And after new 787 next delivery, the airline will deploy to serve North America routes, increasing the frequency of its Beijing-Seattle/Tacoma, Beijing-Toronto (Pearson) and Beijing-Chicago (O’Hare) services, with several new destinations.

Interior Configuration Boeing 787-8 Hainan Airlines
  • Business Class, consists of 36 full, flat-bed, seats configured in rows of 2-2-2, Each business seat 15-inch, touch screen panel and a power outlet also has a USB port.
  • Economy Class, 177 seats configured in rows of 3-3-3, Each seat has a 15-inch, touch screen panel and a power outlet. 
Photo by Royalscottking