Hong Kong Airlines today celebrated becoming a new Airbus operator with a ceremony in Hong Kong to mark the delivery of its first A330-200. Featuring the carrier's new two class long haul cabin product, the aircraft will be used to launch services to Europe at the end of this month, initially flying non-stop to Moscow.
The A330-200 is the first of 53 aircraft ordered by the airline from Airbus, comprising 23 A330s and 30 single aisle A320s. In addition to direct orders with Airbus, 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," said Yang Jian Hong, President, Hong Kong Airlines. "It also marks the start of Airbus operations at the airline, which will enable us to offer our customers a premium product across our route network with the most efficient aircraft available today."
"We are proud to welcome Hong Kong Airlines as a new Airbus operator," said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers. "The extended range, low operating costs and high levels of passenger comfort offered by the A330 make it the perfect choice for the airline to launch its long haul services."
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.
The A330 is one of the most widely used widebody aircraft in service today. To date, Airbus has won more than 1,000 firm orders for the various versions of the aircraft. Almost 700 A330s have already been delivered and the aircraft is currently flying with over 80 operators worldwide.