Aviation Why you should consider flying to the US via Hong Kong

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If you're heading to North America from Perth, Cathay Pacific can be a hassle-free option, says our Aviation Editor.

One of the most hassle-free ways to the US is to fly via Hong Kong — one of the world’s best airports.

Cathay Pacific is one of the longest continually operating international airlines flying into Perth and offers a host of options with its 10 weekly Airbus A330 flights.

A daily flight departs Perth at 11.55pm and arrives in Hong Kong at 7.55am, while a four- times weekly service from Perth departs at 7.10am and arrives in Hong Kong at 3.10pm.

Onwards to North America, Cathay flies to New York, Newark, Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Toronto and Vancouver.

The airline operates the 25-hour flight to New York’s JFK Airport five times a day, and there’s also a daily service to Newark, which is a great alternative to JFK.

There are four flights a day from Hong Kong to Los Angeles, and Perth passengers could complete the journey in 22 hours and 40 minutes. 

San Francisco is a few hours longer and the airline has three flights a day. Boston is a new destination and the flight time through Hong Kong from Perth is 27 hours. 

The Boston flight departs four times a week but from March there will be a daily service. 

Cathay also flies daily to Chicago but the flight time back to Perth makes it a less attractive option.

From March, Cathay will have more good connections to the magnificent Canadian city of Vancouver — one of the main gateways for Alaskan cruises and the Canadian Rockies.

The 21-hour flight time from Perth via Hong Kong will be available on six days, up from the current three.

Toronto, gateway to Niagara Falls, is just over 25 hours from Perth.

Cathay’s passenger aircraft fleet now numbers 123, with another 71 on order.

The backbone of the fleet is the Boeing 777, with 70 in service and another 26 on order including 21 of Boeing’s virtually all-new Boeing 777-9.

Next month the airline will retire the last of its passenger 747s after decades of service. 

It has, however, 21 747 freighters, most of which have been delivered in the past few years. 

From Airbus, the airline has 42 A330s, five A340s and four A350s with another 44 to be delivered.

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