This new nonstop flight will take just 14 hours and 20 minutes.
Following speculation, Cathay Pacific has finally confirmed that it will launch nonstop flights from Hong Kong to Cape Town on November 13.
As the first and only carrier with direct flights between Hong Kong and South Africa’s second-largest city, the airline will initially run this service as a seasonal operation with thrice-weekly flights between November 13, 2018 and February 18, 2019.
Flight CX795 will leave Hong Kong just before midnight on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays, arriving in Cape Town the following morning, while flight CX794 will depart Cape Town before noon on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays before arriving back in Hong Kong the next morning.
Currently, Cathay Pacific offers a daily service to Johannesburg (JNB), operated by its Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, where passengers can connect on flights to Cape Town by Kulula Airlines, a low-cost subsidiary of British Airways franchisee Comair.
This journey takes 17 hours and 55 minutes in total with a minimum transfer time of two hours and 45 minutes, in comparison to the new nonstop flight which will take just 14 hours and 20 minutes.
Cape Town is known for its rich history, centuries-old architecture, incredible scenery, great food, wonderful wine, as well as the scenic Table Mountain.
Cathay Pacific CEO Rupert Hogg said: “We are very pleased to be able to expand our services in Africa, a booming aviation market.”
The new route will be flown on Cathay’s three-class Airbus A350-900s, which offers 38 business-class seats, 28 premium economy seats, and 214 economy-class seats. The Business class is laid out 1-2-1 in a herringbone pattern, while premium economy is configured 2-4-2 and economy 3-3-3.
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