Hong Kong Airline Flies to Manila, Bouys up Philippine Tourism

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HONG KONG AIRLINE officials led by George Liu poseaat a media briefing after the formal launch of its Hongkong-Manila-Hongkong flight attended by government and business leaders at the PhilAmlife Tower in Makati City. At right, the airline ambassador, actor Jackie Chan, shows off a model of a Hong Kong Airline airplane. 

By CLAIRE MORALES TRUE
Special to Philippines Today USA and Philippine News

 

HONGKONG/MANILA –  “We treat everyone like a celebrity, including celebrities.”

 With this as slogan and actor Jackie Chan as its ambassador, Hong Kong Airlines is flying to Manila daily starting on June 1 as it firms up its tag as a global airline with 40 destinations in the world, including non-stop flights to San Francisco and Los Angeles and Vancouver.

 George Liu, chief marketing officer of the Hong Kong Airlines, announced this at the PhilAmlife Tower along Paseo de Roxas Avenue in Makati City, the Philippines financial capital, at a press briefing and launch of the Manila-Hong Kong flight with all brand new airplanes.

 Liu’s announcement was made in the presence of travel officials and operators including the Philippine Department of Transportation, Department of Tourism, the Manila International Airport Authority and the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines who all lauded the airline for including Manila as travel destination, saying this would largely boost the Philippines tourism campaign.

 In adding Manila, the airline took the cue from the bright prospects of the economic growth of the Philippines and its potential as a tourist destination.

 Liu, at the same time, took note of some 900,000 Filipino tourists and more than 125,000 Filipino workers going and residing in Hong Kong as well as the millions of Filipinos in the United States and Canada which the Hong Kong Airlines also serve.

 “This is a rich market,” Liu said as he took note that the Filipino is “a global citizen” who could be found in many parts of the world.

 Liu said that his airline, which was founded only in 2006 and has metamorphosed from a local and regional airline to a global airline, has also a big potential to bring to the Philippines thousands, if not millions of tourists from Hong Kong, China, Japan, Korea, North America and the other countries which Hong Kong Air Lines serve.

Liu was supported by other Hong Kong Airlines officials like Alan Yang, sales and marketing manager, Filipino staff Lynn Arcinas, manager of Cabin Crew Standard of the Service Delivery Department, B. J. de Guzman, aviation and pilot department, and Sharon Rivera, senior sales; Kelvin Ng, supervisor of the Branding and Customer Experience Department.

 Erwin Fernandez Balane, head of the route department of the Department of Tourism, lauded the Hong Kong Airlines for servicing Manila starting next month, indicating it is a new chapter in the relationship between the Philippines and Hong Kong.

 Balane, in behalf of Tourism Secretary Wanda Tulfo Teo, congratulated Hong Kong Airlines, saying its Manila flight sends a strong message to the country’s tourism and world tourism industry.

 Hong Kong Airlines  is offering travellers from the Philippines more choice and greater connections from its hub at Hong Kong International Airport. 

 The airline’s morning arrival and evening departure in and out of Hong Kong ensures that travellers benefit from a full day in the city. 

 The schedule also enables passengers to easily transfer onto connecting flights to popular destinations such as Tokyo, Osaka and Vancouver as well as to the airline’s newest destinations in USA, including Los Angeles and San Francisco – operated by the airline’s brand new Airbus A350 aircraft. 

 The new aircraft features inflight wifi as well as great F&B offerings including gourmet popcorn by Joe & Seph’s for Economy Class passengers and specially-designed dishes created by Hong Kong home-grown culinary talent, Gabriel Choy for Business Class passengers. 

 For Business Class and eligible passengers hoping to refresh before their connecting flight, Hong Kong Airlines offers Club Autus, its new lounge located at the Midfield Concourse of Hong Kong International Airport. The 13,940 sq. ft. facility features a suite of services that cater to every traveller’s need, including the longest food line and shower facilities. 

 Mr Michael Ma, Director of Commercial at Hong Kong Airlines said: “Demand for flights between the Philippines and Hong Kong has been growing steadily, and we are pleased to offer customers more travel options than before. Our entry into a new market marks an exciting milestone for us, and we look forward to developing this even further.” Hong Kong Airlines will deploy an Airbus A320 on the new route, which will be outfitted with a single-class configuration and offer 174 seats in Economy Class.  (Claire Morales True/cmtpr1962@yahoo.com.ph/philippinestodayusa@gmail.com)