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HK Airlines and Air India In Codeshare Deal From Hong Kong to Delhi, Osaka, Seoul

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Hong Kong Airlines has entered into a codeshare agreement with Air India, which sees the HK-based carrier add to its route network its first destinations in India and South Korea and a third city in Japan.

Under the agreement, Hong Kong Airlines will place its HX code on Air India direct flights from HK to Delhi in India, flights from HK to Osaka in Japan and flights from HK to Seoul in South Korea. The codeshare began on the HK-Delhi flights on June 10 2014 and will take effect for the HK-Osaka and HK-Seoul flights on July 4.

Air India's daily flights between HK and Delhi can now be booked through Hong Kong Airlines, as will be the case with the Indian carrier's three times weekly flight (on a Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday) between HK and Osaka and four times weekly flight (Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday) between HK and Seoul.

The services are all operated by Air India's latest Boeing 787 Dreamliner, offering the latest in passenger comfort and state-of-the-art inflight entertainment.

Osaka joins the two Japanese cities already served by HK Airlines itself, using all-economy Airbus A320 aircraft. At the end of March this year the airline launched a twice weekly service (operating on a Thursday and Sunday) between HK and Kagoshima, the capital and largest city of Kagoshima Prefecture. Recently it announced that average passenger load factor on the route from April to June was around 80 per cent.

Earlier, in mid March, the airline increased the frequency of its HK-Okinawa service to twice daily.

The new deal with Air India is Hong Kong Airlines' latest in a number of codeshare agreements it has with carriers that include EVA Airways, China Eastern Airlines, Shanghai Airlines and Hainan Airlines.

Hong Kong Airlines commercial director Li Dianchun said: "The (Air India) codeshare agreement broadens our reach to India, Japan and Korea, making it a significant landmark in HK Airlines' network development."

Air India commercial director Pankaj Srivastava commented: "The present codeshare with Hong Kong Airlines is only the beginning of the partnership between the two airlines and we look forward to an expansion of the codeshare to also involve the transfer of Air India passengers on (the) HK Airlines network."

Air India has codeshare partnerships with more than 10 other airlines around the world, but HK Airlines is its first such partner out of HKg.

Hong Kong Airlines - which reported over 4.8 million passengers carried in 2013, an increase of 35 per cent compared to 2012 - is in the midst of a route and fleet expansion. In March 2014 it took delivery of its latest Airbus A320 to boost its all-Airbus fleet to 23 aircraft, and added the new destinations of Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam and Tianjin in China to its route network.

The HK Airlines fleet now consists of six A320s, nine A330-200s, three A330-300s and five cargo A330-200Fs. The airline says its fleet - with an average age as of 2013 of one year - is among the youngest in the sky.

The new HK-Ho Chi Minh City service operates three times a week on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The new HK-Tianjin service is fives times weekly on a Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday.

The airline has also increased frequency on its Okinawa and Hangzhou services, to now offer twice daily flights from HK to Okinawa and three daily flights from HK to Hangzhou.
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