Hong Kong Airlines is pushing ahead with its long-haul ambitions and targeting to launch non-stop services to San Francisco, New York, and London this year.

This follows the launch of its daily Hong Kong-Los Angeles service last December, operated using Airbus A350-900s.

The carrier says it expects to expand to a fleet of 50 aircraft by 2019, and that it is poised to take delivery of all 21 A350s by 2020.

"These improvements will prove pivotal to the airline as it continues to transition into a global carrier with long-haul aspirations that will include non-stop services to San Francisco, New York, and London in 2018," states the airline.

Last year, it also handled a record seven million passengers, representing a 10% year-on-year climb.

Flight Fleets Analyzer shows that Hong Kong Airlines has 35 aircraft in service: 21 Airbus A330s, 11 A320s, and three A350s. It has another 31 aircraft on order comprising 15 A350s, nine A330s, one A320, and six Boeing 777-200LRFs.

FlightGlobal schedules data shows that Hong Kong Airlines largely operates services within Asia-Pacific, and has intercontinental services to Vancouver, Los Angeles, Cairns, Gold Coast, and Auckland.

Source: Cirium Dashboard