Some interesting developments today in new air routes. American Airlines is announcing HKG – LAX which is directly competing with Oneworld partner CX who owns that route. I’m sure Cathay isn’t too happy about it, but it’s a great earn for AA who runs a hub out of LAX.
United is announcing Hangzhou to San Francisco which I find interesting. First flight from Hangzhou to the USA that I know of and it’s during a time when China is in some economic doldrums. However, with UA’s large hub in SFO, it should provide good connecting traffic.
American Airlines HKG – LAX
Departs LAX at 1:55 a.m.
Departs HKG at 8:20 p.m.
Arrives at HKG at 8:10 a.m. (next day)
Arrives at LAX at 6:40 p.m.
(Subject to regulatory approval)
•Aircraft: Boeing 777-300ER
•Start Date: September 7, 2016
United Airlines HGH – SFO
United Airlines today announced that it will introduce three-times-weekly nonstop flights between Hangzhou’s Xiaoshan International Airport and its San Francisco International Airport hub, effective July 15, 2016 (eastbound), subject to government approval. United will use one of the world’s most advanced passenger aircraft, the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, to operate the service.
Subject to government approval, flight UA983 will depart Hangzhou’s Xiaoshan International Airport at 11 :30 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and arrive at San Francisco International Airport at 8:25 a.m. the same days. The return flight, UA982, will depart San Francisco at 2:15 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays and arrive in Hangzhou at 6:10 p.m. the following days (all times local). Flying times will be approximately 11 hours, 55 minutes eastbound and 12 hours, 55 minutes westbound.
The Hangzhou-San Francisco flights will be available to book at a later date.
Overall of course both of these routes are great additions for the travelling public. It provides more flight options and competition. Of course I’d still try to take Cathay vs either of these carriers but if they are priced less, I’m willing to give them a try.