21 May 2015

Cathay studying Hong Kong–Tel Aviv route with A350.

The Hong Kong company has already announced its intention to open new destinations with its A350-900 that will start receiving in February/2016.

Tel Aviv could be one of them, according to the Israeli daily newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth, which reports that Cathay Pacific has the idea to open a route between Hong Kong and Tel Aviv by mid-2016 with the Airbus A350.

The journal said that Cathay representatives visited Israel to know the procedures that would enablethem to operate.

Visits and contacts have been done with the Civil Aviation Administration, with the Airports-operator in Israel and with the authority in charge of security on Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport.

Source: Manuel Belleli

If this route finally is confirmed, Cathay Pacific would provide direct competition to Israeli EL ALairline currently offering a direct flight between Tel Aviv and Hong Kong.

Cathay Pacific, a member of the Oneworld Alliance, has ordered 22 A350 - 900, which will replace its 10  A340-300 and its 5 Boeing 777-200. Additional 26 A350-1000 complete the orderbook.

Based on the article “Cathay Pacific envisage de lancer Tel Aviv en Airbus A350-900 XWB” published in Air Info.

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