There was significant speculation about Cathay Pacific’s new route announcements, the big rumor is that cities would start with B, C, and D.
While there was a greater likelihood of a European focus than new US routes, “D” could have been “The Big D” — Dallas — a hub for American Airlines, so a city where Cathay could have some traffic feed.
Cathay Pacific Business Class
Cathay dropped hints about what cities they’d serve based on the color of beer and while there are many things you could use to represent Dallas beer isn’t going to be towards the top of the list. The beer clue made me skeptical of the Dallas guess.
Now we know Cathay’s plans: Brussels, Copenhagen, and Dublin.
Hong Kong – Brussels eff 27MAR18 4 weekly A350
CX339 HKG0035 – 0655BRU 359 x135
CX338 BRU1310 – 0655+1HKG 359 x135
Hong Kong – Copenhagen eff 02MAY18 3 weekly A350 (seasonal service until 12OCT18)
CX227 HKG0110 – 0630CPH 359 135
CX226 CPH1355 – 0635+1HKG 359 135
Hong Kong – Dublin eff 02JUN18 4 weekly A350
CX307 HKG0050 – 0645DUB 359 x257
CX306 DUB1155 – 0705+1HKG 359 x257
I would’ve loved to see another Cathay Pacific U.S. route. I would have loved to see them compete with American on the route (unlike Japan Airlines, they’re merely oneworld partners and not in a joint venture with American).
And I’d love American AAdvantage to allow award routings between the U.S. and Asia via Europe. Sadly these new flights help me and many other US-based AAdvantage members not at all.