Hong Kong Airlines formally took delivery of its first Airbus aircraft, an A330-200 at a ceremony on 15 June.
The jetliner features the carrier's new, two-class long-haul cabin and was poised to launch services to Europe at the end of June, initially flying non-stop to Moscow.
The A330-200 is the first of 53 aircraft ordered by the airline from Airbus, including 23 A330s and 30 single-aisle A320s. The airline also plans to operate two A330-200F freighters under a separate lease agreement.
“The arrival of the A330 is a milestone for Hong Kong Airlines as we expand into the long haul market,” says Hong Kong Airlines President Yang Jian Hong.
Established in 2006, Hong Kong Airlines already operates a network linking Hong Kong with destinations in mainland China and the Asian region. With the arrival of the A330s, the airline plans to expand its reach to major cities in Europe, as well as to destinations in North America.