This is Episode 6 of the Asia18 Season.
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The AirClipsTraveller invites you to join him on a business trip from Europe to East and Southeast Asia and takes you aboard of no less than twelve flights with seven airlines in Business Class and a cumulative flight time of around 35 hours within just one week.
Airline reviews included in this tour are…
Episode 1: Eurowings operated by TUIfly on ex-Air Berlin Boeing 737-800 Hamburg – Stockholm
Episode 2: Singapore Airlines Airbus A350 Stockholm – Moscow Domodedovo
Episode 3: Singapore Airlines Airbus A350 Moscow DME – Singapore
Episode 4: Uzbekistan Airways Boeing 767-300 Singapore – Kuala Lumpur
Episode 5: Malindo Air/ Batik Air Malaysia Boeing 737-800 Kuala Lumpur – Haikou, Hainan China (HAK)
Episode 6: Hongkong Airlines Airbus A320 HAK – Hongkong
Episode 7: RBA Royal Brunei Airbus A320neo plus A320ceo (2 flights)
A320neo Hongkong – Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei
A320ceo Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei – Jakarta
Episode 8: Garuda B737-800 Jakarta – Bangkok
Episode 9: Cathay Pacific Airbus A350-1000!!! Bangkok – Singapore
Episode 10: SAS Scandinavian ATR 72 Copenhagen – Hamburg
This 7th part brings you from exotic Hainan Island into the vibrant city of Hongkong – stylish aboard a comfortable Hongkong Airlines A320.
Hong Kong Airlines’ growing network currently covers over 30 cities regionally, including the Gold Coast, Auckland, Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Chongqing, Guiyang, Bangkok, Bali, Taipei, Seoul, Tokyo, Sapporo and Okinawa, and the newly launched Vancouver and Los Angeles routes in 2017. It also launched San Francisco flights in 2018. The airline has a combined fleet of 43 aircraft. The current passenger fleet has 38 aircraft with an average age of about 5 years as of December 2018.
Robert Yip, the chairman of China Rich Holdings, with business interests in Chinese medicine, internet portal, construction and property development, established CR Airways in Hong Kong on 28 March 2001. The airline received its Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) from the Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department (CAD) with a 285 kilometres per hour (177 mph) 12 passenger Sikorsky S-76C+ helicopter in early 2002. It was Hong Kong’s third commercial helicopter operator and the first helicopter operator to receive an AOC since Hong Kong became a Special Administrative Region of People’s Republic of China.
On 27 June 2003, CR Airways became Hong Kong’s third passenger airline after receiving a revised AOC from the Director of Civil Aviation Albert Lam and operated its first passenger flight on the next day. It started passenger charter operations to Laoag, Philippines on 5 July 2003, with a Bombardier CRJ200 leased from GE Capital Aviation Services. In September 2003, the airline applied for traffic rights to operate scheduled passenger services to Laoag and Chinese cities of Jinan, Naning, Meixian and Wenzhou. In addition, Robert Yip sold 40 percent of the airline to his company, China Rich Holdings, for HK$180 million] By March 2004, the airline had added Siem Reap, Cambodia to its charter network.
In April 2005, the Hong Kong Air Transport Licensing Authority (ATLA) granted a five-year licence to transport passengers, cargo and mail to China; the airline was free to apply for traffic rights to 10 cities in China. On 5 July 2005, the airline announced the purchase of two Bombardier CRJ700s from Danish carrier Maersk Air, scheduled to arrive in July and mid-August, respectively. In addition, the airline had signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Boeing for the purchase of 10 Boeing 787 Dreamliners and 30 Boeing 737–800s on 20 December 2005 at a listed price of US$3.28 billion. An executive of the airline had told reporters that some of the Boeing aircraft was from Hainan Airlines’ order.
On 28 November 2016, Hong Kong Airlines commemorated its 10th Anniversary with a grand celebration with distinguished guests that included government officials and business leaders. The momentous anniversary celebration was used to launch the next phase of growth and expansion for Hong Kong Airlines with the theme being ″Flying Beyond″. ″Flying Beyond″ was a sign of further route expansion to current and new markets, fleet growth, expansion with the Airbus A350, enhanced customer service, amenities and facilities.
On 26 April 2017, air split air cargo business in Hong Kong was set up as an independent subsidiary cargo airline of Hong Kong (Hong Kong Cargo Airlines), and issued by the Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department, the operator license, and airline transport licence issued by the licensing authority.
On 10 June 2017, Skytrax voted Hong Kong Airlines as one of the best regional airlines ranking second and received the 24th best ranking airline in the world. In the same ranking, taigang surpassed its competitors on Cathay Dragon.