9 August 2012 by Luke McCormick
Hong Kong Airlines has confirmed it will end its direct all-business service fron London to Hong Kong and will instead focus on a regional model with the Asia-Pacific region.
Hong Kong Airlines suspended its all-business service between London Gatwick and Hong, citing the "continuing weak economic outlook in Europe, combined with the strength of the regional business within Asia".
Flights will cease to operate from 10 September.
"We believe that a regional model focused on Asia Pacific is most appropriate for Hong Kong Airlines at this stage of our growth," said Yang Jian Hong, President of Hong Kong Airlines.
"Our key focus will be building our regional network and strengthening our business across China, South East Asia, Japan and Korea.
"As part of this decision, we will suspend our long-haul flights to London from 10 September, 2012 until further notice."
"Our plan is to re-deploy the three specially equipped, all-business class A330-200s which currently service the London route to charter flights following the suspension," Mr. Yang added.
The airline said it would "provide every assistance to its customers and the travel trade to arrange either re-booking or a full refund".