Hong Kong Airlines jetliner
A Hong Kong Airlines jetliner. Courtesy of the airline

Hong Kong Airlines has announced plans to begin offering nonstop service between Los Angeles International Airport and Hong Kong International Airport on Dec. 18.

Officials said that the airline has hired international movie star Jackie Chan as an “ambassador” for the brand.

There was no word of what role Chan will take in publicizing the airline. But the Hong Kong martial arts actor, director, singer, stuntman and producer is likely to gain more attention for the company.

The new route is the airline’s first foray into the continental United States after it started offering flights to Vancouver International Airport to in June.

“With the future launch of Hong Kong Airlines, Los Angeles and Asia continue to strengthen cultural ties and friendships that cross borders,” said Keith Wilschetz, deputy executive director of operations and emergency management at Los Angeles World Airports. “With more travelers going to Asia and Australia from LAX than any other U.S. airport, it is a reflection of its continued position as the gateway to the Pacific.”

The airline will operate out of the Tom Bradley International Terminal and will be serviced by LAX’s first Airbus A350 aircraft.

Tickets are now available, with business class tickets starting at $5,271.10 and economy class tickets starting at $786.10.

“Following the success of the Vancouver route, we are excited to launch our first route in the continental United States and further expand our international network,” said George Liu, chief marketing officer of Hong Kong Airlines. “By strengthening the connection between North America and our Asia Pacific destinations, we can provide more options for American business, leisure, academic, and family travelers.”

“With more than 600,000 Americans traveling to Hong Kong so far in 2017, we feel partnering with Jackie Chan offers a timely opportunity to establish an East-meets-West, cross cultural connection for our customers, and it complements our truly Hong Kong brand as we expand globally,” Liu said.

— City News Service

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