NITN | @notintownlive | 29 Aug 2022, 08:12 am
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Bengaluru: Hong Kong’s home airline will start twice-a-week direct flights from Bengaluru to Hong Kong and beyond from Oct. 11.
This mark's the Hong Kong flag-carrier's entry into Bengaluru skies.
The introduction of the airline giant in the Silicon Valley of India will enhance the city's direct connectivity with Hong Kong and connect customers to popular international destinations within the USA, Australia, Japan, and the Philippines.
Air passengers will become part of Cathay Pacific's interline partners from other Indian cities: Chennai, Hyderabad and Kolkata to Hong Kong and beyond via its Bengaluru, Mumbai and Delhi flights.
Regional General Manager for South Asia, Middle East and Africa at Cathay Pacific Rakesh Raicar said, “A wide-body aircraft on this route will not only cater to the travel needs of corporate and leisure travellers but provide each segment with a cabin of choice and allow them to travel with enhanced comfort to Hong Kong and beyond.
“Hong Kong is a key business and leisure destination and BLR Airport being the ‘New Gateway to India’, is delighted to have the Cathay Pacific group once again connecting Bengaluru to Hong Kong and beyond.
The Cathay Pacific has welcomed the wide-body Boeing 777-300 aircraft in the Bengaluru-Hong Kong route to provide premium connectivity to its air travellers and cargo to multiple destinations in the far east.
It's configured with a three-class cabin configuration featuring Economy, Premium Economy and Business Class, thus offering customers an array of cabin options to choose from.
Chief Strategy and Development Officer at Bangalore International Airport Ltd (BIAL) Satyaki Raghunath said, "We hope to grow stronger as a preferred hub for One World alliance partners with eight carriers choosing Bengaluru as their Southern India gateway."
Business Class Experience
For Business Class commuters, the airline provides a complete leisure experience with lie-flat seats, privacy partitions, adjustable lighting, expansive tables, one-click sitting and sleeping settings, and a selection of Bamford skincare products to keeps them refreshed and hydrated through their journey.
Moreover, they can savour the specially curated contemporary Business class menu, highlighting bold international flavours, classic Hong Kong favourites and light, healthy options.
All meals are complemented with a selection of fine wines, champagnes, premium spirits and Betsy beer – the airline’s pale ale handcrafted for 35,000 feet.
Travellers transiting through Hong Kong can relax in Cathay Pacific’s largest lounge, The Pier, Business, modelled after Hong Kong’s inspirational offerings, while enjoying the city’s flavours and home comforts at the lounge’s signature Teahouse and the popular Noodle Bar.
Premium Economy Travel
Customers travelling in the airline’s Premium Economy cabin will chillax in a spacious cabin and avail priority boarding.
All seats under it come equipped with a generous recline, expansive legroom, supported head rest, footrests, a larger meal table and additional storage space, making the overall journey refined.
With Cathay Pacific’s Economy cabin, customers can treasure their journey through the skies with seats that are ergonomically designed with cushioning and an adjustable headrest, providing maximum support for the head and neck, as well as ample legroom to stretch out.
They can further take advantage of the airline’s redesigned Economy fares giving them the choice and flexibility to choose what suits them when booking their flights.
The flexible fares are tailored to meet customers’ needs. The fares are meant to increase traveller control and give greater benefits, from enhanced baggage allowances to rebooking and upgrade options.
Passengers can look forward to a inflight entertainment experience offering four times more content, including TV shows and movies under the HBO Max library, available across all cabin classes when they fly with Cathay Pacific.
Cathay Pacific has partnered with diagnostic labs to offer special rates on RT-PCR testing to customers travelling to Hong Kong and beyond.
They can opt from any of the special offers from various cities including Bengaluru, Mumbai, Delhi and more.
As part of the ‘Fly Ready’ programme customers can conveniently upload COVID-19 test results and other required health documents before their flight to Hong Kong.
Documents uploaded are verified ahead of time, allowing customers to check-in early.
In an effort to allow travellers greater flexibility with their bookings, the airline has launched the Fly (Worry) Free programme, giving customers an option to make unlimited ticket changes to their booking, including choosing different travel dates and even destinations until 31st December 2022.
Among its special offering, travellers can book their tickets on the Cathay Pacific website can enjoy the flexibility to purchase tickets using a mix of Miles Plus Cash.
Moreover, students can also take advantage of extra baggage allowance, free changes to their booking to North America as well as a 10 percent discount on Economy fares to Australia.
To know more about the student only discount, visit the Cathay Pacific website.
Fly to Hong Kong or beyond
Anti-pandemic regulations are currently in place for passengers arriving in or transiting through Hong Kong, including presenting a negative COVID-19 test result, as per requirements implemented by the Hong Kong Government.
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