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Posted on Nov 03, 04:28PM | IBNS
Dragonair, an international airline, on Saturday launched a four-times-weekly service to Kolkata with a ceremony at the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport here following the arrival of the first flight.
Dragonair is the only airline offering a scheduled non-stop service between Hong Kong and Kolkata, with the service operated by Airbus A320 aircraft.
Kolkata is the second Indian destination for the airline along with Bengaluru, and the network now covers 41 destinations across the Asia-Pacific region, including 20 cities in Mainland China.
General Manager - South Asia, Middle East and Africa Tom Wright along with B.P. Sharma - Airport Director NSCBI Airport, Kolkata inaugurated the ceremony.
"Today marks an important step in building Dragonair's presence in the India market," Wright said.
"With the launch of the only non-stop flight between Kolkata and Hong Kong, and with our great connections to over 160 destinations around the world from our Hong Kong hub, we are confident that we will be able to cater to the different needs of travelers from this region," he said.
Wright thanked all those involved in helping to make the launch of the Kolkata service a success.
"We are committed to continuing to provide high-quality products and services to make us the airline of choice in all the markets we serve, including India," he added.
To mark the service launch, passengers and crew on the first flight to Kolkata were given a traditional Indian welcome including mishti (Bengali sweets) on arrival, while those departing for Hong Kong also received a souvenir.
Dragonair, an affiliate member of oneworld, is a Hong Kong-based airline operating a fleet of 36 passenger aircraft and serving 41 regional destinations, including 20 cities in Mainland China.