CAPE TOWN - Cathay Pacific has celebrated the launch of its non-stop service between Cape Town and Hong Kong. Cathay Pacific Flight CX794, operated by the Airbus A350-900 aircraft, departed Cape Town International Airport today, marking the commencement of the airline’s second South African route and is the latest in its rapidly expanding network.
The new seasonal Cape Town, Hong Kong service, the first direct link between the two prominent business and leisure tourism destinations, boosts South Africa’s accessibility and complements Cathay Pacific’s existing daily non-stop flights between Johannesburg and Hong Kong.
Departing passengers on CX794 enjoyed a special ceremony to celebrate the launch with refreshments and a traditional Chinese lion dance performance. Cathay Pacific also celebrated the new service at an event on 13 November, featuring guest of honour, Minister Beverley Schäfer, Minister of Economic Opportunities, Tourism and Agriculture for the Western Cape Government.
Commenting on the occasion, Cathay Pacific Regional General Manager for South Asia, the Middle East and Africa, Mark Sutch, said: “The introduction of our new seasonal Cape Town service increases our connectivity to and from Africa and creates exciting new opportunities for both the Western Cape and our home city of Hong Kong.”
Sutch added that the new service will also boost travel to other destinations on Cathay Pacific’s network, as it provides excellent connections from South Africa to popular destinations like Bangkok, Denpasar (Bali), Shanghai, Taipei and Tokyo, via its Hong Kong hub.