The new service will expand the airline’s presence in North America, following the launch of its services to Vancouver on June 30, 2017, and the upcoming launch from Los Angeles on December 18, 2017. Hong Kong Airlines will also be looking to further enhance connectivity to the U.S. by launching a service to New York City later in 2018.
The timing of the new San Francisco service ensures that travelers arrive in Hong Kong in the early evening, just in time to enjoy the city’s vibrant culinary scene and bustling night life.
Hong Kong Airlines new San Francisco – Hong Kong service will be operated by its brand new fleet of Airbus A350 aircraft. Each fuel-efficient wide-body aircraft features a total of 334 seats, with 33 in Business Class, 108 in Economy Comfort, and 193 in Economy Class.
All Business Class seats have a width of 23”, and fully recline into a flatbed. This, combined with specially designed smooth and soft bedding, ensures passengers the highest quality of sleep in the air. All seats are also equipped with the latest high-definition TV screens – offering a variety of inflight entertainment options, including movies, television, news, and music – as well as a power outlet and USB port fitted to the side for maximum convenience. Finally, onboard Wi-Fi service is available to all passengers, with the first 15 minutes of use for free.
“With the announcement of San Francisco as our third destination in North America, we continue to work towards our goal of transitioning from a regional airline to a global carrier,” Chief Marketing Officer George Liu says. “According to San Francisco International Airport, it served an all-time record of 53.1 million passengers last year, which represented a 6.1% growth year over year. By offering more options and flexibility to the growing number of travelers at this airport, we can provide greater access to Hong Kong, and the Asia-Pacific region as a whole, through Hong Kong Airlines’ extensive network.”
“We are honored that Hong Kong Airlines has made San Francisco a key part of their growth strategy in the United States,” Director of San Francisco International Airport Ivar C. Satero commented. “This move reinforces our airport as the global gateway to the world’s foremost center of technology, innovation, and tourism.”
The flight time between San Francisco and Hong Kong is approximately 14 hours. Flight schedule from March 25, 2018 is as follows* (all times local)
*Schedule is subject to government approval
*Flight number and schedule may change without prior notice
About Hong Kong Airlines
Established in 2006, Hong Kong Airlines is a full-service airline firmly rooted in Hong Kong. It has grown remarkably in just ten years with a wide destination network, covering close to 40 major cities across the Asia Pacific region and North America, including Gold Coast, Auckland, Beijing, Shanghai, Taipei, Tokyo, Sapporo, Seoul, Bangkok, Bali and Okinawa, and the newly launched Vancouver and Los Angeles routes in 2017.
The Company has also signed codeshare agreements with 18 codeshare and 76 interline partners respectively. The current operating fleet is made up of 35 Airbus aircraft, consisting of 31 passenger aircraft and 4 freighters. With an average age of 5.0 years, Hong Kong Airlines operates one of the youngest fleets in the world. Hong Kong Airlines has been awarded the internationally acclaimed four-star rating from Skytrax since 2011. It was also the winner for Asia’s Leading Inflight Service in World Travel Awards 2015.
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