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Direct flights - London to Hong Kong

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Direct flights - London to Hong Kong

Are Cathay Pacific, Virgin Atlantic and British Airways the only airlines that fly direct from London to Hong Kong?

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1. Re: Direct flights - London to Hong Kong

Yes. The other airlines which were until recently providing direct flights on this route (Qantas and Air New Zealand from Heathrow and Hong Kong Airlines business class only service from Gatwick) have all pulled out of this route.

Edited: 02 August 2013, 12:30
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2. Re: Direct flights - London to Hong Kong

I think you meant NONSTOP.

DIRECT means you transfer airport/airplanes.

For those who don't fly much, "Direct" can be an unpleasant surprise, they thought it is nonstop, but surprised to find out they have to transfer through 2-3 airports, already seen many cases on this forum. Only NONSTOP is nonstop. Important to know the standard airlines language.

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3. Re: Direct flights - London to Hong Kong

Well either way, its only the same three airlines since "direct flight" means a flight between two points with no change in flight numbers;

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Direct_flight

All other flights between London and HK involve connecting flights.

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4. Re: Direct flights - London to Hong Kong

Direct and non-stop are indeed different in terms of airline speech. Having said that, Solent's answer in #1 doesn't change. Your choices are still BA, Cathay and Virgin.

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5. Re: Direct flights - London to Hong Kong

Also have a look on http://www.skyscanner.net/ its a great website to use for finding out who flies where etc.etc.

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6. Re: Direct flights - London to Hong Kong

What may seem obvious to experienced travelers can be a surprise to some, so it was worth a brief reminding.

On Guangzhou forum, a very common topic is about transit for Australian travelers on China Southern, as GZ is CS's hub and CS has been making aggressive move into AU market. Few were shocked they had to spend a transit night in GZ on their "Direct" flight, they felt cheated by the airlines, they just did not understand and refused to accept the differences between "Direct" and "Nonstop" flights.

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7. Re: Direct flights - London to Hong Kong

Thanks everyone. Interesting to find that direct does not always mean direct but handy to know. Anyway the cost of non-stop flights from London to Hong Kong on 31 May 2013 varies considerably. Cathay Pacific GBP 634.35, Virgin Atlantac GBP 1,049.25 and British Airways GBP 1,370.25. Should I hold off a while and see if any specials come up or take the Cathay Pacific flight now. All opinions greatly appreciated.

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8. Re: Direct flights - London to Hong Kong

May? Did you mean May?

Either way, Cathay Pacific for 634 pounds in a pretty good deal (if that's all inclusive).

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9. Re: Direct flights - London to Hong Kong

Sorry should be May 2014

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10. Re: Direct flights - London to Hong Kong

Virgin Atlantic's website shows return economy class flights at GBP698 for flights from Heathrow to HK on 31st May 2014 and I doubt that BA's price will stick but you're probably not going to get lower than the price Cathay are currently quoting.