Cathay Pacific Airways will begin a four-times-weekly nonstop service to Hong Kong next fall.
The service is slated to start Sept. 16 using Cathay Pacific’s new wide-body Airbus A350-1000. At 7,085 nautical miles, it will be the longest nonstop air route to both Hong Kong and the Washington, DC, region and the longest flight in Cathay Pacific’s global network.
Dulles Airport will become Cathay Pacific’s seventh passenger service gateway in the U.S. and ninth in North America. The airline, which launched nonstop service from North America in 1983, flies to Hong Kong and beyond more than 100 times per week from Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Newark, New York, San Francisco, Toronto and Vancouver.
“Today we celebrate a new bridge between Asia and Virginia, and we look forward to welcoming all of the international travelers this new air service will bring to the Commonwealth,” stated Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe. “Virginia has made a significant commitment to growing our relationship with Asia in recent years and we are proud to be a new United States market with nonstop service from Hong Kong. With its convenient schedule, this new Cathay Pacific air service provides connections to destinations around the globe and will help us continue to grow the new Virginia economy.”
According to Destination DC, Asian visitation to Washington, DC, increased 6 percent in 2016 over the previous year, accounting for 32 percent of the District’s overseas visitors.