Cathay to transfers flights and aircraft to Dragonair

Travel News 15 Aug 2016

Hong Kong’s Dragonair will launch its first flights to Kuala Lumpur next year, replacing Cathay Pacific’s services.

The new flights will be introduced progressively between March and May 2017, eventually reaching four flights per day. Following the launch, Cathay will cease to operate its four daily Hong Kong-KL flights. Additionally, five of Cathay’s Airbus A330 aircraft will be transferred to Dragonair fleet.

KL will become Dragonair’s third destination in Malaysia, following the existing 11 weekly flights to Penang and five weekly flights to Kota Kinabalu. This means that along with the 28 weekly flights to KL, Dragonair will operate a total of 44 flights to Malaysia each week from May 2017.

Cathay Pacific meanwhile, is focusing on the expansion of long-haul operations, especially in Europe. The airline recently commenced services to Madrid and will launch flights to London’s Gatwick Airport next month. Cathay will also take delivery 20 more Airbus A350 aircraft by the end of 2017, enabling the transfer of its A330s to Dragonair.

Dragonair is in the process of rebranding as Cathay Dragon, as the group moves to align its two brands.