Hong Kong Airlines (HX, Hong Kong Int'l) is planning to venture into the longhaul services market again with the launch of flights to Australia the president of the Hong Kong-based carrier, Zhang Kui, has said.

Speaking during the annual Skytrax World Airline Awards, Zhang said the roll out would likely come before year end but did not specify which destinations his airline would serve. The Hong Kong-Australia market is currently dominated by Cathay Pacific (CX, Hong Kong Int'l) and Qantas (QF, Sydney Kingsford Smith).

Hong Kong Airlines currently offers flights to China, Japan, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, India, and Singapore using a fleet of thirty Airbus (AIB, Toulouse Blagnac) aircraft including thirteen A320-200s, nine A330-200s, three A330-300s, and five A330-200(F)s.