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05 Aug 2008
Dragonair to Launch New Service to Hanoi in October

Dragonair today announced that it will launch a new daily flight to Hanoi, the capital city of Vietnam, on October 26, 2008. Operated by an Airbus A320 aircraft, the new service will serve to strengthen business and tourism ties between Hong Kong and Vietnam.

An economic and cultural hub, Hanoi is also one of Vietnam's most popular tourist destinations. In addition to carrying passengers from Hong Kong, Dragonair expects to carry business and leisure travellers from North Asia and long-haul markets such as North America, Australia and New Zealand to and from Hanoi.

"We are excited about entering this dynamic market with its fast-growing economy and rapid growth in tourist traffic. Adding Hanoi as our latest destination represents another important step forward for Dragonair, helping to further expand our network of niche destinations in Asia," said Dragonair Chief Executive Officer Kenny Tang.

"Using Hong Kong's hub advantage, we can provide business and leisure travellers with excellent connections to Dragonair's extensive network of destinations in Mainland China as well as the international network of our sister airline Cathay Pacific."

The flight schedule for the new service, subject to government approval, is as follows:

Hanoi (HAN)

Flight Route Departs Arrives Days
KA295 HKGHAN 08:45 09:45 Mon/Wed/Fri/Sun
HKGHAN 18:05 19:00 Tue/Thu/Sat
KA294 HANHKG 10:45 13:35 Mon/Wed/Fri/Sun
HANHKG 19:55 22:50 Tue/Thu/Sat

The schedule is designed to provide a variety of travel choices to optimise connectivity. Hanoi is the eighth new destination to be launched since Dragonair became part of the Cathay Pacific Group.

Dragonair, an affiliate member of oneworld, is a Hong Kong-based airline operating a fleet of 32 passenger aircraft and six freighters serving 33 regional destinations, including 20 cities in Mainland China. Dragonair is part of the Cathay Pacific Group, providing seamless connectivity for passengers to more than 100 cities around the globe.

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