Gone are the days when flights felt long and tedious – now there’s so much to enjoy while you’re sky-high that you’ll almost wish you were in the air for longer! Take Hong Kong Airlines for example, which has added a raft of new and notable services and experiences to its onboard flight extras.
# Gifts galore
Hong Kong Airlines celebrated its North American debut in June, with a direct service to Vancouver. As a memento for passengers on this route, the airline collaborated with international award-winning illustrator Victo Ngai to create a series of welcome gifts. Designed to showcase Hong Kong icons such as dim sum and trams, as well as the city’s captivating skyline, the range includes luggage tags, passport holders and a gift bag. As a result, the airline’s passengers have become instant Hong Kong ambassadors as they walk the streets of Vancouver carrying the gift bag designed by Victo – reflecting the airline’s aim of bringing Hong Kong to the world.
# Fine food and drinks
Several new on-board services have also been introduced, to add a touch of luxury to the in-flight experience. Business Class passengers have been given the chance to chill out at the Sky Bar where premium snacks, drinks, wines and champagne are served by the cabin crew. In addition, Dynasty Seafood Restaurant, an awarded Chinese restaurant in Vancouver, has created special premium dishes for Business Class, to elevate the catering service to a new level.
# Movie moments
In-flight entertainment onboard Hong Kong Airlines flights is now presented on the all-new iPad mini 4, enabling economy class passengers to enjoy flexible and versatile screen time, with pre-loaded movies. The cabin crew will even serve popcorn!
# Extra connections
Starting July, the airline resumed a direct flight service to Ho Chi Minh City. Flying to the South Vietnam city five times a week, the service is in addition to a Hanoi route, giving passengers more access to the region. This means more flights to Southeast Asia from HK, and more opportunities to connect to other long-haul routes like Auckland, Vancouver and the Gold Coast.
For bookings and more information, visit hongkongairlines.com.
This article first appeared in the Aug/Sep edition of Expat Living magazine. Subscribe now so you never miss an issue.
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