An airline has become the first to operate direct flights from Hong Kong to Gatwick Airport near London.
Hong Kong Airlines flew its first plane on March 7 and will run daily flights to and from the administrative region of China.
Passengers on the route are flown during the night on a 116-seater plane, which includes 34 flat-bed seats and 82 business-class seats.
The new service can also be linked to Stansted Airport for connecting flights elsewhere, by catching the London to Stansted bus.
Although Hong Kong Airlines is the only company to fly direct to Gatwick, five other companies operate flights direct from Hong Kong to nearby Heathrow Airport in west London, providing some indirect competition.
Six flights are run every day from Heathrow to Hong Kong by Qantas, five by Air New Zealand, four by Cathay Pacific, two by British Airways and one by Virgin Atlantic.
Qantas however will be stopping its Hong Kong-Heathrow flights there at the end of March.
Hong Kong Airlines spokesman Gerard Clarke said: “We have gained a reputation for outstanding service over the past five years and we look forward to extending this to our new flagship route, connecting two global business capitals of the world.
“The concept for the all club-class aircraft will provide passengers with a private jet-style ambience and an exceptional crew-to-guest ratio.
“And we are confident that we have the right knowledge and experience to make a success of the new all-club-class daily service.”
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