Cathay Pacific just announced new service to Brussels, Copenhagen, and Dublin ignoring the U.S. for expansion routes.
Rival Hong Kong Airlines took delivery of its first Airbus A350 and unveiled a new premium lounge on Friday. And they announced plans to fly to San Francisco, New York, and London.
Credit: Hong Kong Airlines
They already launched Auckland and Vancouver this year and they plan to launch Los Angeles on December 18th.
This represents significant new competition for Cathay Pacific, which flies to New York, London, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Vancouver, and Auckland already.
Hong Kong Airlines is owned by HNA Group, which also owns Hainan Airlines, Beijing Capital Airlines, Lucky Air, Tianjin Airlines, Urumqi Air, and others as well as 25% of Hilton, 29% of NH Hotels, and at 9.9% is the largest shareholder in Deutsche Bank among other businesses.
Wyndham Rewards points transfer to Fortune Wings Club the frequent flyer program of HNA’s airlines and which partners with Etihad, Virgin Australia, and Alaska Airlines. (Alaska miles, for instance, can be redeemed for travel on Hainan Airlines, but not on Hong Kong Airlines.)
(HT: René S.)