Monday, 25 January 2021

New airline plans to service 100 cities across Asia

A new Hong Kong-based airline has unveiled plans to fly to over 100 cities across Asia. 

Greater Bay Airlines has said nearly half the routes would be from Hong Kong International Airport (below) to mainland China.

Other major destinations would include Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, and Southeast Asia.

The new upstart is run by former Cathay Group executive Algernon Yau Ying-wah in partnership with Bill Wong Cho-bau, who owns Shenzhen-based Donghai Airlines, Travel Mole reported.

Hong Kong Air Transport Licensing Authority rules state rival airlines such as Cathay and Hong Kong Airlines must submit any objections within 14 days.

Greater Bay has leased three Boeing 737 aircraft and expects to launch with a workforce of about 300. It is targeting up to 30 aircraft by 2025  and is recruiting former workers of now defunct Cathay Dragon, which Cathay Pacific closed down last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic downturn.

The 104 routes the start-up has applied for include Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Cambodia, Myanmar, Brunei, Laos, India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Mongolia, the Northern Marianas Islands, and Guam.

Those routes were left vacant following the demise of Cathay Dragon. 

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