Cathay Pacific has confirmed recent rumours that is going to launch a route from Manchester to Hong Kong from December 8th 2014.
As Cathay Pacific is a member of the oneworld alliance, alongside British Airways, this would allow you to use your Avios points to fly to Asia without having to transit through Heathrow.
Cathay already runs cargo flights to Manchester, interestingly. With nine new Boeing 777’s due to be delivered over the next two years, featuring the new business class seats pictured above, the airline has been exploring new passenger routes. The large Chinese population in the North West was apparently an attraction.
There will be four flights per week (compared to five per day from Heathrow!). It will depart Manchester at noon on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. It will land in Hong Kong at 07.55 the following day.
The plane will have a three class configuration, with Economy, Premium Economy and Business Class. The 40-seat Business Class cabin should provide ample opportunities for Avios redemptions.
This service is more great news for Avios collectors who live outside London. We have already seen Qatar announce a new Edinburgh service, as well as the addition to oneworld of the US Airways services to the US from Manchester, Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Zurich is also rumoured to be on the list for a new Cathay route. In Europe, Cathay Pacific currently flies to London, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Milan, Moscow, Paris and Rome.