Cathay Pacific Airways today announced that it will expand its global network with the launch of a new four-times weekly service between Hong Kong and Tel Aviv, the international gateway to Israel, from 26 March 2017 (subject to government approval).

Cathay Pacific Chief Executive Ivan Chu said: "We are excited to be launching a direct link to Tel Aviv, which has established itself as a culturally rich and technologically-advanced business capital. As an important market in the ‘One Belt, One Road’ initiative, Israel offers tremendous potential for business and leisure travel. Together with the recent launch of our Madrid and Gatwick operations, this new service to Tel Aviv reflects our commitment to growing the Cathay Pacific network and further strengthening Hong Kong's position as one of the world's great international aviation hubs.”

The city forms part of the wider Tel Aviv Metropolitan Area – also known as Gush Dan – which is home to 3.5 million residents, representing over 40% of the country’s well-travelled population.

Cathay Pacific believes that travelling well is an important part of living well, and passengers can be assured of a superior experience onboard the Airbus A350. The environmentally-friendly aircraft is equipped with the airline's latest cabin products, an enhanced inflight entertainment system and Wi-Fi connectivity in Business, Premium Economy and Economy classes.

The features of Cathay Pacific’s new A350-900 aircraft take the passenger travel experience to a new level. The design of many of the cabin features has been carefully considered to give passengers the best sleeping experience, the best entertainment, and to offer them greater control over how they want to use the space, whether for working or to relax. With its extra wide body, the aircraft offers more space and comfort. The A350 is designed for the wellbeing of passengers; the quiet cabin, panoramic windows, LED mood lighting and huge overhead lockers all contribute to a more comfortable and relaxing journey in all cabin classes.

Cathay Pacific has five A350-900s in service, and by the end of next year will have taken delivery of a total of 22. The state-of-the-art aircraft, which will form the backbone of Cathay Pacific’s mid-size long-haul fleet, is currently in operation on the airline’s Düsseldorf and Gatwick routes. It will commence deployment on services to Auckland and Rome this month, while Paris and Vancouver can look forward to welcoming the Cathay Pacific A350 from November and March next year respectively.

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