Cathay Pacific to add Christchurch service.
- March 7, 2017
Cathay Pacific will introduce a new seasonal service between Hong Kong and Christchurch from December 2017, directly linking the two cities by air for the first time and complementing the airline’s existing services to Auckland.
The non-stop Christchurch service will operate three times per week, departing Hong Kong on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays using technologically-advanced Airbus A350 aircraft, highlighting the airline’s commitment to New Zealand, a country it has served since 1983, and providing a welcome boost for tourism to Canterbury and the South Island. Subject to regulatory approvals, the new service will operate between 1 December 2017 and 28 February 2018 and will complement Cathay Pacific’s current seasonal double daily flights to Auckland as well as strategic partner Air New Zealand’s daily service between Hong Kong and Auckland.
The Airbus A350 is one of the most technologically advanced aircraft in service. A higher cabin pressure supplies more oxygen to lower the effective cabin cruising altitude from 8000 ft on current aircraft types to 6000 ft on the A350 which reduces passenger fatigue and improves their well-being. The aircraft’s inflight entertainment system uses the state-of-the-art Panasonic ex3 platform with high definition personal television in all classes and higher capacity servers and passengers have access to Wi-Fi available on board for a US$20 fee. In Economy and Premium Economy a dedicated mobile/tablet dock designed at eye level makes it easy to enjoy entertainment from a passenger’s own device. The new Business Class and Premium Economy Class seats are designed by Studio F.A. Porsche who are renowned for their intrinsic sense of premium quality and its expertise for seat ergonomics, functionality and seat comfort. The Business class seat transforms into the airline’s most generous Business Class bed, 3 inches longer than previous generation aircraft.
Cathay Pacific has expanded its long-haul network significantly in recent times. In March, the airline will commence a four-times-weekly service to Tel Aviv, while July sees the introduction of a four-times-weekly seasonal operation to Barcelona. These new services follow the addition of both Madrid and Gatwick in 2016.
Cathay Pacific and Air New Zealand will also extend their strategic alliance on services between Hong Kong and New Zealand for a further five years until 2022, subject to continuing regulatory approvals.
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