Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Hong Kong Airlines launches all-business class flights to London

Hong Kong Airlines launches all-business class flights to London

Hong Kong Airlines will begin daily all-business class flights between Hong Kong and London from March 7, with connecting flights out of Australia via Qantas starting at $3,520 return.

That's for a split class ticket travelling Qantas economy from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth, before transferring to Hong Kong Airlines' Club Classic business class from Hong Kong to London.

For $8860 return you get Qantas business class to Hong Kong and the snazzier Club Premier from Hong Kong to London.

The Kong Kong Airlines flights use three new Airbus A330-200s with just 116 seats (by way of comparison, Qantas' international versions of the same aircraft pack some 253 seats across both business and economy class).

The flight from Hong Kong (HX875) will depart at 11.50pm, arriving at London's Gatwick Airport the following day at 5.55am. The return service, HX876, will be wheels up from Gatwick at 9.30pm and reach Hong Kong at 6.05pm the next day.

Aussie business travellers will be more familiar with London's Heathrow airport but in many ways Gatwick is more convenient than the mega-hub of Heathrow. It's a smaller and more manageable airport with a direct rail link on London's Thameslink line to several stops convenient for the City of London financial district.

Club Classic vs Club Premier

While being an all-business class flight, HKA offers two versions of what it calls 'Club Class'.

34 Club Premier mini-suites sit at the pointy end of the A330, with fully flat 1.8 metre (6'1") beds in a spacious 1-2-1 staggered layout.

Passengers are treated to a 'fine dining service' with individual table settings, a turndown service with duvets, pyjamas and slippers plus luxury amenity kits, or you can while away the hours watching a few shows on your 15.4" 16:9 HD video screen.

The 82 Club Classic seats have a more conventional 'cradle' or recliner design, with a 1.3 metre (51 inch) seat pitch and 10.4" HD video screen in a still rather roomy 2-2-2 cabin layout.

“The concept for the all Club Class aircraft will provide passengers with a private jet style ambience and an exceptional crew to guest ratio" said Gerard Clarke, General Manager UK for Hong Kong Airlines of what he terms as the airline's "new flagship route".

Each Club Class cabin includes its own in-flight bar, with in-flight wireless Internet available through the plane.

Hong Kong Airlines says that all passengers will enjoy lounge access at Hong Kong and Gatwick, with "limousine transfers for Club Premier passengers".

Source: Australia Business Traveller

3 comments:

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