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Hong Kong Airlines to Launch Hong Kong-Sapporo Route

Hong Kong Airlines to Launch Hong Kong-Sapporo Route

Hong Kong Airlines announced it will begin new service between Hong Kong and Sapporo, Japan on December 19.  Flights will operate five times a week, using Airbus A330-200 aircraft.
Flights from Hong Kong will depart at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays, and at noon on Fridays, arriving in Sapporo at 2:55 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., respectively.  From Sapporo, flights will depart at 3:55 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays, …

Lobby Bar – September 5: Inclined to Recline, Admiral Ackbar Visits France, A Six Ton Boxing Match, and What Would Hamlet Do?

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The Lobby Bar – A Deceptively Devious Weekly Summary of FBT News and Views
Can you top this?  The world’s oldest flight attendant, Robert Reardon, officially retired last week.  While it’s widely assumed that the man was using his job as an excuse for free trips, it’s more likely that Reardon was simply trying to obtain a new world record, which he did by a few months.  Months.  That’s like bidding …

Hainan Airlines Inaugurates Hangzhou-Paris Service with Stop in Xi’an

Hainan Airlines Inaugurates Hangzhou-Paris Service with Stop in Xi’an

Hainan Airlines began to offer new service from Hangzhou to Xi’an, continuing on to Paris, France on Wednesday.  Flights operate twice a week, using Airbus A330-200 aircraft.
Flights depart Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport at 8:50 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and arrive at Xi’an Xianyang International Airport at 11:10 p.m.  From Xi’an, flights depart at 1:00 a.m. the next day, and arrive at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris at 6:55 …

Boeing Predicts China Will Be World’s Largest Plane Market By 2033

Boeing Predicts China Will Be World’s Largest Plane Market By 2033

China will be the largest customer for new planes in the world in the course of the next two decades, according to a Boeing forecast released Thursday, and the country will order more than 6,000 new planes in that timeframe.
Chicago-based Boeing said that Chinese airlines will take delivery of 6,020 jets, or 45% of the total demand for planes in the Asia Pacific region between now and 2033.  Currently, China has …

Air China, Kunming Airlines Sign Codeshare

Air China, Kunming Airlines Sign Codeshare

Air China announced that it signed a codeshare agreement with Kunming Airlines that is set to take effect later this month.
Starting on September 15, China Airlines will be allowed to place its code on approximately 500 weekly Kunming Airlines-operated flights on 26 routes.  In addition, Kunming Airlines will be able to place its code on 9 Air China routes, consisting of approximately 210 weekly flights to most of China’s larger …

Cathay Pacific to Retire Boeing 747-400 on North American Routes

Cathay Pacific to Retire Boeing 747-400 on North American Routes

Cathay Pacific announced it will fly its last Boeing 747 passenger flight to the United States on August 31.  The airline currently uses the 747-400 to operate its second of two daily San Francisco-Hong Kong flights.
Beginning September 1, both of Cathay’s daily flights between the two cities will operate using 777-300ER aircraft.  After the 747-400 is retired, the airline will serve all of its North American gateways, including Chicago, Los …

Boeing Delivers Xiamen Airlines’ First 787 Dreamliner

Boeing Delivers Xiamen Airlines’ First 787 Dreamliner

Xiamen Airlines announced that it took delivery of its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner.  The carrier is the third Chinese airline to operate the aircraft.
Xiamen plans to use its 787-8 on long-haul routes between China and Europe, North America, and Australia.  The airline currently has a five more 787s on order.
The Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner is a member of the Boeing 787 family, which also includes the 787-9 and the 787-10. The …