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Published on : Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Hong Kong Airlines, an acclaimed full-service airline rooted in Hong Kong, has progressed in step with Hong Kong and become a globally-recognised carrier focused on innovation and quality service. To commemorate its first decade of business, Hong Kong Airlines held its 10th Anniversary Grand Celebration to highlight the Company’s corporate achievements and its contribution to Hong Kong aviation since its establishment. It also used the occasion to convey its gratitude to the Hong Kong government, business partners and the community for their support over the years.
Over 200 guests, including government officials and business leaders from overseas, the Mainland, and Hong Kong, joined the Grand Celebration. The Ceremony was officiated by Mr. C Y Leung, Chief Executive of the Hong Kong SAR; Mr. Lin Wu, Deputy Director of Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the Hong Kong SAR; Mr. Hu Jianzhong, Deputy Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic in China in the Hong Kong SAR; Professor Anthony Cheung, Secretary for Transport and Housing; Mr. Mung Kin Keung, Co-Chairman of Hong Kong Airlines; Mr. Zhang Kui, Co-Chairman of Hong Kong Airlines; Mr. Tang King Shing, Vice Chairman of Hong Kong Airlines and Mr. Wang Liya, President of Hong Kong Airlines.
Mr. Joseph Lai Yee-tak, Permanent Secretary for Transport and Housing (Transport); Mr. Simon Li, Director-General of Civil Aviation; Mr. Jack So, Chairman of Airport Authority; Dr. Peter Lam Kin-ngok, Chairman of the Hong Kong Tourism Board; Mr. Fred Lam, Chief Executive Officer of Airport Authority: Mr. Xie Haoming, COO of HNA Tourism; and other honourable guests made a toast at the ceremony.
Mr. Zhang Kui, Co-chairman of Hong Kong Airlines said, “With its roots firmly in Hong Kong and a focus on the Asia Pacific, Hong Kong Airlines strives to chart its future course and maintain its robust growth. As of today, Hong Kong Airlines has established a vast destination network covering over 30 major cities in the Asia Pacific. Our passenger traffic will reach a record high of 6.6 million, bringing our market share of Hong Kong airport to approximately 10%. This year marks the launch of 11 new destinations including Australia and New Zealand, which is a record-breaking achievement. Our effort has been recognised by the global travel industry and tourists alike. We have been awarded a four-star rating by Skytrax since 2011 and ranked third place in the “Best Regional Airline: Asia” category by Skytrax this year.”
“Centred around the theme of ‘Flying Beyond’, we have launched an exciting array of marketing activities to celebrate Hong Kong Airlines’ 10th anniversary. We will continue to fly our passengers to various parts of the world, as we embrace the next golden decade. In 2017, Hong Kong Airlines plans to continue growing its coverage in the Asia Pacific Region, while further extending its destination network to cover key cities in North America such as Vancouver. Our daily flight service to Vancouver will start from 30 June 2017 in support of our global development blueprint. As part of our fleet expansion, we will mark the arrival of our first A350 aircraft in August next year. Our new VIP lounge in the Midfield Concourse (MFC) at Hong Kong International Airport will be ready in the first quarter of 2017, offering upgraded premium services to more passengers. In addition, the Hong Kong Airlines Aviation Training Centre is slated for completion by the end of 2018, enabling us to nurture a new generation of aviation elite to spur the growth of the industry.”