Hong Kong Airlines has launched its new three-times weekly Airbus A330-300 seasonal non-stop service connecting Hong Kong with Moscow and becomes the first carrier to fly the direct route.
A celebratory event (pictured above) was held at Hong Kong International Airport on 18 May to commemorate the launch of the new service, which marks the airline’s only European service. It will operate until 23 October.
Hong Kong Airlines vice chairman, Tang King Shing officiated the ceremony, together with Consul-General of of Consulate General of Russia, Hong Kong SAR and Macao SAR, Alexander Kozlov.
Following the event, flight HX2019 departed Hong Kong International Airport for Moscow Vnukovo International Airport.
King Shing said: “Hong Kong Airlines is proud to be the only Hong Kong based carrier operating a direct service to Moscow. Hong Kong and Russia have enjoyed a strong bilateral partnership as seen in the visa-free arrangements for travel between the two destinations. Our new service will provide more choice and greater convenience as more travellers look to Russia for a holiday getaway.”
Kozlov added: “Russia’s ties with Hong Kong has strengthened substantially over recent years, with tourism being a significant economic driver. I’m therefore very pleased to be a part in this ceremony, which celebrates the launch of Hong Kong Airlines’ new passenger service connecting Hong Kong with Moscow.”
Established in 2006, Hong Kong flies to nearly 40 destinations across Asia Pacific and North America, and currently maintains 78 interline and 18 codeshare agreements with multiple airline partners.