Cathay Pacific will add a fourth daily flight between Los Angeles and Hong Kong starting in June, the airline announced earlier this month.
The new flight, operated by a Boeing 777-300ER, leaves Los Angeles at 9:40 a.m. and arrives in Hong Kong the next day at 3:25 p.m. The return leaves Hong Kong at 9:30 a.m. and arrives in Los Angeles the same day at 7:55 a.m.
Cathay Pacific owns that route, and it’s the only airline on it. Brett Snyder, who runs the Crankyflier blog published a post Monday about how American Airlines recently decided to fly from Dallas to Hong Kong — rather than from Los Angeles — because Cathay is so dominant from here.
So American could try the LA-Hong Kong route, but it would get destroyed. It wouldn’t make much sense. It could try Chicago but it has stiff competition there as well. United flies it daily and Cathay is upping its flights to 10 per week next summer. New York is no better, and well, Miami is impossibly long. Dallas is the only option American has. Fortunately, it’s a good one.