All passengers scheduled to depart the inaugural flight from Hong Kong were presented with a commemorative certificate and souvenir bag to mark the occasion, and show gratitude for their support of the new route. On arrival at Vancouver Airport on June 30 morning, flight HX080 was greeted with a traditional water canon salute, followed by a series of celebratory events. All passengers, flight crew, and representatives of Hong Kong Airlines received a warm welcome.
“The launch of the new route from Vancouver represents an exciting new chapter for Hong Kong Airlines as we expand services into Canada with the intention to cultivate a global audience,” said George Liu, Chief Marketing Officer at Hong Kong Airlines, who also arrived in Vancouver on the first flight. “Hong Kong Airlines is so excited today to fly into Vancouver on the eve of Canada’s 150th birthday. This is so special for us.”
In addition, as a commitment to support barrier-free travel, Hong Kong Airlines sponsored seven representatives of the Hong Kong Society for Rehabilitation round trip tickets to Vancouver. The delegation joined the inaugural flight and felt excited about flying long-haul.
About Hong Kong Airlines
Established in 2006, Hong Kong Airlines is a full-service airline firmly rooted in Hong Kong. It has grown remarkably in just ten years with a wide destination network covering over 30 major cities across the Asia Pacific region, including Gold Coast, Auckland, Beijing, Shanghai, Taipei, Tokyo, Sapporo, Seoul, Bangkok, Bali and Okinawa. The Company has also signed codeshare agreements with 16 codeshare and 75 interline partners respectively. The current operating fleet is made up of 33 Airbus aircraft, consisting of 29 passenger aircraft and 4 freighters. With an average age of around 4.9 years, Hong Kong Airlines operates one of the youngest fleets in the world. Hong Kong Airlines has been awarded the internationally acclaimed four-star rating from Skytrax since 2011. It was also the winner for Asia’s Leading Inflight Service in World Travel Awards 2015.