The overused, often-hyperbolic words “world class” fit this hotel. It’s a hotel to visit on an expense account, to be sure. If the budget works, the spectacular, high-rise Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong is a don’t-miss destination.

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Under the deal, Helsinki-based Finnair is placing its ‘AY’ flight code on Bangkok Airways’ flights linking Bangkok with Koh Samui, Phuket and Chiang Mai, as well as on Bangkok Airways’ Singapore-Koh Samui and Hong Kong-Koh Samui services.

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Only three years after it introduced a new business class product, Hong Kong carrier Cathay Pacific Airways is rolling out another new business class service, presently being installed in the airline’s Boeing 777-300ERs and Airbus A330-300s.

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Air Astana is planning to boost frequencies on its scheduled services from Almaty to Bangkok, Delhi and Kuala Lumpur from December. It will also launch a new twice-weekly nonstop service linking Almaty with Hong Kong in February 2012 and a winter-season-only service between Almaty and Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam in October 2012.

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From March 2, 2012, Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific Airways will offer more than 6,300 seats a week between the two cities.

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The expanded codeshare relationship includes Cathay Pacific’s new daily service between Chicago O’Hare International Airport and Hong Kong International Airport, as well as the carrier’s existing daily service between Hong Kong and Ho Chi Minh City.

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Korean Air has become the sixth A380 operator worldwide and the first in North East Asia with the introduction on June 17 of revenue service with its first super-jumbo.

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The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong is located at the top of the International Commerce Centre in Hong Kong, occupying floors 102 to 118 and with its hotel lobby 1,394 feet off the ground.

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Cathay Pacific Airways is launching daily nonstop passenger service between Hong Kong and Chicago on September 1, 2011. The airline is also adding a third New York-Hong Kong nonstop flight on March 27, the service becoming daily on May 2.

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Japan Airlines and Cathay Pacific Airways have agreed to extend their existing codeshare deal to allow JAL to codeshare on flights operated by Cathay Pacific via Hong Kong, Bangkok and Singapore to destinations in Asia, Africa, Australia and Europe.

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From October 31, in addition to codesharing on JAL’s new Hong Kong-Haneda flights, both airlines will also begin to market each other’s flights linking Hong Kong with Narita and Sapporo, increasing the number of codeshare flights to two per day operated by JAL and 16 per day operated by Cathay Pacific Airways.

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Finnair is planning to increase the frequency of its nonstop flights to Seoul, Nagoya, Osaka and Delhi from the end of 2010 and is launching a new route to Singapore in May 2011, as well as increasing service to Hong Kong in June.

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Finnair is increasing its schedule between Helsinki-Vantaa Airport and Hong Kong International Airport at Chek Lap Kok from seven flights a week to 12 a week from June 2011.

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Finnair will operate all-cargo schedules to Helsinki from Hong Kong and Seoul using a Boeing MD-11 widebody which the airline formerly used for passenger services but which it has converted into a freighter.

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Singapore Airlines Cargo has begun a weekly eastbound Boeing 747-400 freighter service to Atlanta. The flight from Singapore is routed via Hong Kong, Anchorage and Los Angeles, and the return flight is via Brussels and Sharjah.

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