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Cathay Pacific operates first non-stop flight from Brussels to Hong Kong

New service meets increasing business and leisure demand and provides customers with greater options and flexibility

Monday 26 March 2018 — Cathay Pacific today operated its first ever flight from Brussels Airport to Hong Kong. The only non-stop service connecting the Belgian capital with the airline’s dynamic home city, Flight CX338 departed Brussels on time at 13.10 with a full complement of passengers.

Prior to the departure of Flight CX338, a gate ceremony was organised in celebration of the landmark occasion.

Passengers were treated to a traditional Chinese lion dance performance and a dim sum cooking demonstration. This was followed by ribbon and cake-cutting led by Cathay Pacific General Manager Europe Mr James Ginns and Brussels Airport Company CEO Mr. Arnaud Feist. Also joining the festivities were Kris Peeters, Vice-Prime Minister and Minister for Economy as well as Shirley Lam, Special Representative for Hong Kong Economic and Trade Affairs to the European Union.

Cathay Pacific’s General Manager Europe James Ginns said: “We are committed to providing our passengers with greater choice and flexibility, and this new non-stop service from Brussels to Hong Kong is testament to this. 2018 sees us expanding our reach to new destinations in Europe and beyond, and we are proud to start by connecting Hong Kong, the heart of Asia, to Brussels, the heart of Europe.”

Meeting the increasing demand from both business and leisure travellers, the airline’s new four-times-weekly service is operated by the technologically-advanced Airbus A350-900 aircraft, featuring Cathay Pacific’s latest seats in Business, Premium Economy and Economy classes and state-of-the-art inflight entertainment. The aircraft is also equipped with Wi-Fi, so passengers can remain connected during their journey.

Cathay Pacific’s renowned signature service means that passengers will be assured of a superior experience when travelling to destinations in Asia and Southwest Pacific through the airline’s Hong Kong hub.

Arnaud Feist, CEO Brussels Airport Company said: “With already 50,000 travellers between Belgium and Hong Kong last year, the direct route to Hong Kong holds a huge potential for Belgian tourist to discover the unique culture of Hong Kong where East meets West. Business travellers even place Hong Kong as the number 1 most wanted destination as it offers convenient onward connections to Asia and Australia.”

The flight schedule for Cathay Pacific’s Brussels (BRU) service to Hong Kong (HKG), effective from 25 March 2018, is as follows (all times local): 

Flight no

From

To

Departure/Arrival

Days of operation

CX 339

HKG

BRU

0035/0655

Tue, Thu, Sat, Sun

CX 338

BRU

HKG

1310/0655

Tue, Thu, Sat, Sun

 

About the Cathay Pacific Group

Cathay Pacific is a Hong Kong-based airline offering scheduled passenger and cargo services to some 200 destinations worldwide, using an ultra-modern fleet of more than 140 wide-body aircraft. Cathay Dragon is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cathay Pacific and focuses on providing services to destinations across Asia, including more than 20 cities in mainland China. Cathay Pacific is a founder member of the oneworld global alliance and Cathay Dragon is an affiliate member. For more information, visit www.cathaypacific.com.

About Brussels Airport Company

Brussels Airport is one of the largest airports in Europe, handling 24,8 million passengers and 536,000 tonnes of freight annually. Brussels Airport links the European capital with 238 destinations worldwide that are served by 76 different airlines. (figures 2017).

Brussels Airport caters for the specific needs of the business travellers, and also has the largest low-fare offer in Belgium.

Brussels Airport is the second most important centre of economic growth in Belgium providing direct and indirect employment for 60,000 people.

Brussels Airport is operated by Brussels Airport Company. The shareholders are the Belgian State (25 percent) and a consortium of private investors (75 percent). 

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