The Cathay Pacific Airways recently held a gala event to celebrate the launching of Hong Kong-Abu Dhabi flight service to be operated four-times-a-week.
The gala event was organized at Fairmont Bab Al Bahr in Abu Dhabi, the capital of UAE, on June 8, 2011. The celebrations were held to commemorate the first flight from Hong Kong to Abu Dhabi on June 2, 2011.
The Cathay Pacific Airways has become the only airline to connect the two cities of Hong Kong and Abu Dhabi.
Ivan Chu, COO of Cathay Pacific Airways, hosted the gala event, which was graced by about 600 guests. Charles Ng, Associate Director-General of Invest Hong Kong of HKSAR Government, and Her Excellency Sheikha Lubna bint Khaled bin Sultan Al Qasmi, UAE Minister for Foreign Trade, were the guests of honor.
Ivan Chu, while speaking on the occasion, pointed out that Cathay Pacific Airways had been serving the ever-growing Middle East market for the past 30 years, and is committed to it. “Cathay Pacific Airways’ new service to Abu Dhabi, the fifth destination in the Middle East region, will provide great connectivity to travelers via Hong Kong hub to the airline’s vast network in China, Asia and Australia,” said Chu. He further said that the new direct flight service between Hong Kong and Abu Dhabi by Cathay Pacific Airways will further strengthen the tourism links and economic relations between the two cities.
In her address, the UAE Minister for Foreign Trade, Her Excellency Sheikha Lubna bint Khaled bin Sultan Al Qasimi, said that China is a significant trade partner of the UAE. The strengthening of trade ties between UAE and Hong Kong will further boost economic and trade ties between UAE and China. “We truly acknowledge Cathay Pacific Airways’ commitment to serve the people of the UAE and other parts of the Middle East region through its vast network,” said Sheikha Lubna.