A new four-times-weekly service from Boston Logan International Airport to Hong Kong is launched. A first flight celebration was held with a traditional lion dance and traditional roast pig cutting ceremony, which is meant to bless and wish the new flight good luck.
Cathay Pacific Airways’ new non-stop service links New England and Hong Kong directly for the first time, and marks Cathay Pacific's sixth gateway in the United States, and eighth in North America. The airline already serves Chicago (daily), Los Angeles (four times daily), New York JFK (four times daily), Newark (daily), San Francisco (moving from twice daily to 17 flights per week in June), Toronto (10 flights per week) and Vancouver (twice daily).
"The importance of the only nonstop Boston - Hong Kong service goes beyond just linking Boston with this key Asian business and tourism World City," said Cathay Pacific Senior Vice President, Americas, Tom Owen. "We are also opening up the greater New England region to connect with numerous Asian cities, including over 23 destinations in Mainland China, as well as key economic and tourism hubs throughout Southeast Asia, such as Singapore, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Bali, and Hanoi. This new service cuts over four hours from the current one-stop flight time to Hong Kong via JFK or Chicago and even more to some of the key Asian cities. With our award-winning product and services, New England customers may now experience a truly premium international travel experience, whatever their class of travel."
Boston is the largest U.S.-Hong Kong market without nonstop service. More than 53,000 passengers flew between Logan and Hong Kong in 2013.