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Cathay Pacific now has six U.S. gateways following the launch this week of new Boston-Hong Kong non-stop service with a Boeing 777-300ER.
The flight will operate four days a week — westbound on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday; and eastbound on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
Just how long does that flight take? According to the Cathay Pacific website, flights from Boston to Hong Kong take a whopping 15 hours and 50 minutes. Flying back takes 15 hours, 30 minutes. Cathay’s New York JFK flights are slightly shorter at 15 hours 45 mins according to its website. A spokesperson said that while there is some internal debate about which flight is longer, it’s safe to say the these two flights are the two longest ones in the Cathay Pacific network.)
Cathay’s 777-300ER will include the airline’s new Premium Economy seating option as well as first, business, and regular economy. Passengers on the BOS-HKG flights will be able to connect to 23 cities in mainland China as well as key business centers in southeast Asia like Singapore, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and Hanoi.
Cathay said that until its service started this week, Boston was the largest U.S.-Hong Kong air travel market with no non-stop service, amounting to 53,000 passengers in 2013.
The airline’s other U.S. gateways are Chicago, New York JFK, Newark, Los Angeles and San Francisco. It also flies to Toronto and Vancouver. Economy fares on the new Boston route start at $1,648 roundtrip this month. Business class costs around $5,000 roundtrip.
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