Dallas/Fort Worth TX and Manchester U.K. Now Offer Direct Flights To China

Posted: December 27, 2014 in Econ 101, Free Trade, Society and Culture

SOURCE: http://www.star-telegram.com/news/business/aviation/sky-talk-blog/article4908330.html

SOURCE: http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/first-non-stop-flight-manchester-china-8242939

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No. 8 First flight from DFW to China

12/24/2014


Connecting Dallas/Fort Worth to China has been a dream of local officials for years.

And finally in June, they got their wish as American Airlines launched nonstop service between DFW Airport and Shanghai and Hong Kong.

“We know this flight is going to be full. It’s a great market, ” Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price said the day of the inaugural flight. “International connections are the way to grow our region and the way to grow our airport.”

DFW almost got direct flights to China in 2006 when American applied for routes to Shanghai. However, the airline withdrew its application when it couldn’t reach an agreement with its pilots to staff the 16-hour-plus flight.

American said its Asian routes play a strategic role in its network and have performed well. This fall, the carrier asked for government approval to start flights between DFW and Beijing next year.

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Business boost as first non-stop direct flight to China takes off

Dec 08, 2014 17:55 By Charlotte Cox

Service is a boost for tourists and business and places Manchester firmly on the map for Chinese visitors

The Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300

Manchester’s first non-stop flight to China was set to take off today – opening up a floodgate of opportunity from east to west.

The new route makes Manchester the first airport outside London to offer a non-stop direct route to China – a major boost to the region’s economy.

The long-awaited Cathay Pacific service, which will jet to and from Hong Kong four times a week, took off at noon.

Announced in April, the 12-hour flights have created 200 jobs and opened up a brave new world for businesses across the north-west – as well as giving tourists direct access to the region.

Vitally, it puts Manchester firmly on the map as a destination for business and leisure travellers from China. It’s also a major shot in the arm for the £800m Airport City project.

The enterprise hub has received key investment from the Beijing Construction and Engineering Group, and the new link to China will make it a more attractive prospect for global traders.

Charlie Cornish, CEO of Manchester Airports Group, who led a three-year campaign to secure the link, said: “It is an incredibly important and exciting day here at Manchester Airport and a delight to see our direct flights to China commence. Obtaining the route has been a key objective of ours for several years and to achieve it two years ahead of schedule is testament to the continued growth, development and role Manchester Airport has to play in UK aviation.”

Manchester Airport chief executive Charlie Cornish

The new flight comes after Mr Cornish appealed to the Airports Commission to ensure the country’s future aviation needs are met by a ‘network of regional airports’ – rather than money ploughed solely into Gatwick and Heathrow.

He added: “It is pleasing to see such strong load factors on the first flights, proving that demand for direct services is well and truly here in the North West, from the 100,000 people within our region, who currently travel to Hong Kong via London or other European hubs.”

Starting from Monday, inbound flights on the Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, which carry 300 passengers, will arrive into Manchester from Hong Kong at 6.20am every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

Flights will leave Manchester on the same days at noon, arriving in Hong Kong at 7.55am every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

From Hong Kong, passengers can connect to 190 global destinations – including 22 in mainland China.

Cathay Pacific’s flight is one part of its investment in Manchester. It is also supporting city initiatives including Chinese New Year and the Manchester International Festival.

Angus Barclay, General Manager Europe at Cathay Pacific, said: “Today’s first flight marks an exciting period for not only the airline, but also for the North West region as it brings opportunities to build strong links between the UK and China from both a business and leisure perspective.

Adam Jupp
Hong Kong Island

“This will be the only non-stop direct service from Manchester to Hong Kong; Cathay Pacific offers passengers even more choice and flexibility and, at the same time, will boost Manchester’s standing as an international hub.”

He added: “We already operate five flights a day from London Heathrow to Hong Kong and the addition of the Manchester route provides a real opportunity to help stimulate economic growth in the North West.”

And a deal between Cathay Pacific and Flybe means passengers can fly in to Manchester from Aberdeen, Belfast, Edinburgh, Exeter, Inverness, Isle of Man and Southampton then on to Hong Kong with just one ticket.Cathay Pacific also has a direct 22 hour flight between Manchester and Sydney.

Singapore Airlines also offers a route from Manchester to Singapore, via Munich.

Manchester Airport, the country’s third biggest airport, now carries nearly 22m passengers a year, to more than 200 destinations.

Combined with the £800m Airport City development, the China route can only boost its position as a powerful international transport and business hub.

Tickets can be booked via www.cathaypacific.co.uk with return lead in fares in economy starting rom £639 to Hong Kong International Airport, inclusive of all taxes.

Businesses set to benefit from non-stop link

CHI YIP GROUP LTD

ESTABLISHED in Oldham in 1980, the Chi Yip Group Ltd started out as a frozen food distributor.

But over three decades, and with founder Stewart Yip at the helm, it has grown into a conglomerate of companies specialising in cold store and food distribution, Chinese supermarkets, restaurants, karaoke and property management – all based in the North West.

Mr Yip credits their success to the boom in visitors from China to Greater Manchester and the over-growing popularity of Chinese food and culture in the region.

He said their fortunes could only be improved by the new Cathay Pacific route.

He said; “Due to the nature of Chi Yip Group’s business, we have forged strong connections with our suppliers in China over the years. Members of our management team each travel to China on business over five times annually. At present, we would normally fly via London, Amsterdam, Frankfurt or Paris, but our flights to China will now definitely be booked from Manchester as soon as the new route begins.

“We can expect savings of time and hopefully also cost in travelling. More importantly, the business will expect more visitors from China to the North West, brought in by the direct flight. This will be a very important pointer to our future business investment plan in the North West.”

He added: “We feel that the airline’s coming to Manchester gives visitors from China and vice versa the confidence on the journey between Manchester and more and more cities in China.”

YANG SING

The Manchester institution Yang Sing restaurants will soon be using the new flights to stock ingredients, recruiting chefs – and wooing customers.

Founded in 1977 by two generations of the Yeung family, the brand’s flagship restaurant is on Princess Street.

It also has eateries in the Trafford Centre – Yang Sing Cathay and Wokooshii.

Founder Tim Kwan Yeung was a renowned dim sum chef and his son Henry followed in his father’s footsteps to become a dim sum, wok and roast cuisine expert.

Boss Gerry Yeung OBE DL, is now at the helm – marking the third generation of the popular franchise which has become the ‘must-visit’ Cantonese restaurant in Manchester.

He said: “We are set to benefit greatly from Cathay Pacific’s new flight to China, both from a leisure and business perspective. The Yeung family were all born in Guangzhou, and moved to Hong Kong before migrating to the UK.

“As such, we frequently visit friends and family still living in the region and this will enable us to do so more easily.

“At a business level, my brother Harry often visits China on behalf of the Yang Sing Group to source the very best ingredients for our dishes served in the restaurant. He also spends time recruiting talented chefs to come and work for us here in Manchester which helps us maintain a mix of authentic cooking techniques, blended with a modern take on traditional Cantonese cooking at the highest quality for which Yang Sing is famous. Additionally, we have other business links with the region so this new direct flight will certainly reduce our travel times when travelling to China.”

Gerry said the flights will also help to woo customers.

He added: “Whilst we already have a number of tour groups from China and the region visit Yang Sing on a regular basis, we certainly anticipate additional uplift in Chinese tourists dining at our restaurants in 2015 a result of the new flight bringing them to Manchester.”

SWEET MANDARIN

SO SUCCESSFUL are the Tse sisters’ Manchester-made ‘Sweet Mandarin’ sauces that they have started selling them to China.

And the Cathay Pacific route can only support their expanding empire.

The award winning restaurant, cookery school and makers of sauces and spices are run by sisters Lisa, Helen and Janet Tse, who accompanied Prime Minister David Cameron on a trade visit to China in 2013.

They are the fourth generation of their family to make a living from food and the third generation to sell their sauces.

Stocked by Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Ocado, the sisters’ products won over Duncan Bannatyne and Hilary Devey on Dragon’s Den in 2012.

Lisa and Helen have also been awarded MBEs for their work. And this year, they prepeared a special banquet for Mr Cameron and Premier Li Keqiang at Downing Street.

The sisters are now exporting their range of Chinese-inspired gluten and nut free sauces which were developed in response to demand from customers suffering from Coeliac disease.

The sauces, which are made at the restaurant in Manchester, are proving popular in China thanks to their ‘made in the UK’ mark of quality and dietary benefits for Coeliacs.

And with their success overseas comes a need to travel.

Lisa Tse MBE , CEO, said: “In the last year, the brand has really started to build its following in China and Hong Kong as we’ve started to export our sauces. This is a great feather in our cap as we’re selling Chinese-inspired sauces to the Chinese. We’re finding that we need to travel to the region more and more – whether it’s for trade shows, promotional activity or master cookery classes with VIPs.

“We are therefore delighted that Cathay Pacific has chosen to launch a direct route between Manchester Airport and China as it will make the region so much more accessible for us – not only for trading with the region, but also from a leisure perspective as we have family in Hong Kong still.”

She said inbound tourists would also have a positive impact – and they are predicting a 20 per cent turnover increase next year.

She added: “There is a lot of wealth in China, and we anticipate that the direct flight is likely to prove popular amongst those who want to pop over from China

to watch Manchester United play and combine it with a meal at Sweet Mandarin before going home.”

BEIJING CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING GROUP

CONSTRUCTION and engineering firm has hit our headlines for being a joint venture partner in the £800m Airport City project.

But its empire is vast, having built important structures in Beijing and across the world though its international branches – including one in America.

It has been ranked the 50th largest construction and engineering firm in the world by revenue.

Since last year’s announcement of the firm’s investment in Airport City, the firm has set up a 25-strong office at the airport.

Spokesman Lau Yew Cheong said: “All of BCEG is looking forward to the new route coming to Manchester Airport. Not only will our colleagues be able to benefit from it, but it will be advantageous and attractive to other Chinese businesses who are thinking about re-locating to Airport City Manchester, which is progressing at a great speed. The route further adds to Airport City’s unique selling point of unrivalled connectivity and we firmly believe that the demand is there from the North West of England, mainland China and Hong Kong to use it.”

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