Cathay Pacific sees “natural feed” with American Airlines over Hong Kong International airport, to which the Texan-based carrier launched service on 13 June.
Ivan Chu, chief executive of Cathay, says he welcomes American to Hong Kong and sees the new flights from Dallas/Fort Worth International airport as “mutually beneficial”. Chu was speaking on the sidelines of the Skytrax world airline awards at the Farnborough air show.
The two carriers, he says, already transfer a large number of passengers between them, and he expects the new service to boost this.
American is building up service to Asia and has also added new nonstop service to Seoul Incheon and Shanghai Pudong from Dallas/Fort Worth in the past 18 months.
Japan Airlines and Cathay are American’s main partners in Asia. The US carrier relies on both airlines to feed passengers beyond its gateways in the region, including Tokyo Narita and now Hong Kong, as it lacks the significant networks that competitors Delta Air Lines and United Airlines have in the region.
Cathay also feeds passengers onto American’s domestic network via US gateways at Chicago O’Hare, Los Angeles, Newark, New York JFK and San Francisco.
As to whether the two Oneworld alliance partners are considering an immunised joint venture between Hong Kong and the USA, Chu says they are happy with the relationship as it stands and any further co-operation could be looked at in the future.
“At the moment, I think both parties are very happy,” he says.