Hong Kong Airlines Ltd. is expanding its fleet and adding a new service to a key Japanese city amid robust outbound passenger traffic driven by a weakening yen.
The airline will take delivery of three aircraft this year and an additional two or three are on order for long-haul flights.
From May, Hong Kong Airlines will operate another scheduled flight to the southwestern Japanese city of Kagoshima after the success of its maiden service last year, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reported Thursday, citing vice president Sun Jianfeng.
The new service follows the opening of scheduled flights to Miyazaki prefecture in March.
The airline has a 75 percent passenger load factor on its Japanese flights, Sun said.
About one-third of passengers transit Hong Kong en route to mainland China and other countries.
Sun said services to Beijing, Shanghai and Taipei are showing great potential and could contribute significantly to overall passenger traffic growth.
The airline is considering private charters to Australia in the initial stage of plans to offer scheduled services to second-tier cities.
This article appeared in the Hong Kong Economic Journal on April 2.
Translation by Vey Wong
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