Cathay Pacific Announces Service To Washington-Dulles In 2018

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Cathay Pacific is one of the most enjoyable long flights I’ve experienced over the years.  However, when I went to Hong Kong, I had to trek up to New York to depart out of JFK instead of from my home market of Washington, DC.  That’s going to change in the future.

Starting in 2018, Cathay Pacific will operate nonstop service between Washington-Dulles and Hong Kong.  This announcement isn’t likely to get as much fanfare as yesterday’s United announcement that they’ll start serving Tahiti.  For those of us in the DC market, it’s pretty awesome news!

I first saw the report on Twitter from Edward Russell, editor at FlightGlobal:

As Edward points out in another Tweet, Washington-Dulles, the airport some people love to hate (without good reason) will have 4 nonstop flights to Asia.  Along with Hong Kong, they already have Tokyo (ANA and United), Beijing (Air China and United) and Incheon (Korean).

The Final Two Pennies

This is great news for Washington residents.  Nonstop service to Hong Kong not only provides a connection to a vibrant city.  It’s also another gateway option for connections in Asia.  There isn’t much connecting traffic on the Washington-Dulles end.  Cathay Pacific is part of oneworld.  American Airlines is the US partner.  At IAD, they only have flights to Charlotte, Dallas-Ft Worth, Miami and LAX (and not many flights to those destinations).

But, for folks who live in the area and have a stash of American Airlines AAdvantage miles, this is great news!

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  1. Great news for us D.C. based residents. Totally worth it to slog up to New York, as I’ve also done, but this will make Asia so much easier. Really happy!

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