Cathay Pacific has revealed that it will be launching new 4 weekly nonstop flights to MXP-Milan, Italy from March 28th 2010. CX will operate a 3 class configured Boeing 777-300ER on this long haul flight which is expected to see a lot of premium traffic and high yielding cargo. It will be taking away a lot of market share from EK/QR/EY/LH/LX from MXP that is bound to Japan, HKG, China and South Korea. The flight schedule is as follows:
Days of operation: MON/WED/FRI/SUN
CX 235 Dep HKG 0005 Arr MXP 0735
CX 216 Dep MXP 1325 Arr HKG 0700+1
Other news from CX is that for the Summer 2010 IATA season, they are increasing capacity to Toronto and Los Angeles in the following manner:
YYZ - frequencies increased from daily to 10 weekly nonstop flights using a B 773ER for all of the flights.
LAX - frequencies increased from double daily to 17 weekly nonstop flights i.e. daily B 744 + 10 weekly B 773ERs.
Excellent moves by CX. I would personally recommend them to seriously contemplate launching new flights to BRU flown via DXB with full 5th freedom traffic flights. The ideal aircraft for such a sector would be a 2 class configured A 333 which has their new J class product. They will get a lot of high yielding premium and cargo traffic to/from BRU due to it being both a political and financial capital of the EU.