28 Nov, 2015
Hong Kong Airlines’ “Fly with Faith – Taipei Tour for Seniors” Creates Memorable Journey for the Elderly
HONG KONG, Nov. 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Senior citizens contribute to the society with their wealth of experience and knowledge. To show our gratitude and respect for them, Hong Kong Airlines co-organized “Fly with Faith-Taipei Tour for Seniors” with Pok Oi Hospital yesterday, sponsoring return air tickets to Taipei, afternoon tea buffet and coach service to underprivileged elderly, giving them a memorable journey in Taiwan.
Seniors joining this activity aged between 60 and 67, who have few or even no opportunities to enjoy air travel in the past, not to say flying to Taiwan which takes approximately one hour only. Some seniors joining the tour said, they do not know much about Taiwan and the limited information they have is from TV, newspapers or magazines. They long for the chance to visit this beautiful place. Another participant said, “I haven’t travelled by plane for many years. It was great to experience air travel again. I am very excited about exploring the beauty of Taiwan, and look forward to visiting The Grand Hotel Taipei for the first time.”
Enjoy Local Delicacies at Airport VIP Lounge
To kick start this meaningful event, Hong Kong Airlines and Pok Oi Hospital hosted a launching ceremony at the Hong Kong International Airport, officiated by Mr. Stanley Kan, Director of Service Delivery of Hong Kong Airlines, Mr. Michael Burke, Assistant Director of Commercial of Hong Kong Airlines, Mr. Christopher Birt, General Manager of Inflight Services of Hong Kong Airlines, and Mrs. Tam Keung May Chu, Winnie, Chairlady of Pok Oi Hospital Board of Directors.
After the ceremony, the group visited “Club Bauhinia”, Hong Kong Airlines Airport VIP Lounge at Terminal One to enjoy local delicacies like egg puffs and cart noodles. Lead by Hong Kong Airlines’ representatives and Chairlady Tam, participants then boarded Hong Kong Airlines’ Taipei-bound flight (HX254). Throughout the inflight journey, cabin crew of Hong Kong Airlines upholds the high standard of service, relieving flying anxiety of the seniors with their attentive and caring services, providing them with the best flight experience ever.
Explore the beauty of Taipei
Upon arrival, the group immediately headed to one of the famous landmarks in Taipei, The Grand Hotel Taipei, to enjoy a nice afternoon tea buffet sponsored by Hong Kong Airlines. They were all fascinated by the scenery along the tour. During the tea buffet, participants were delighted to receive souvenirs sponsored by Shanghai Commercial Bank, adding color to their stay in Taiwan.
After that, participants were amazed by the palatial architecture decorated with red columns and golden roof tiles when they toured around the hotel. Facing Keelung River and Yangming Mountain, the hotel offers an amazing view of Songshan District to the East and Danshui to the West, taking in a magnificent view of Taipei city.
“Having its origins in Hong Kong, Hong Kong Airlines is committed to giving back to society through different kinds of activities, showing our care to people from all walks of life. We are glad to partner with Pok Oi Hospital this time to host the ‘Fly with Faith — Taipei Tour for Seniors’, sponsoring over 20 senior citizens and volunteers a trip to Taipei. The elderly has worked hard for the development of Hong Kong. This event provides us the best opportunity to express our gratitude to them, including those from less-advantaged backgrounds,” Mr. Stanley Kan, Director of Service Delivery of Hong Kong Airlines said.
Mrs. Tam Keung May Chu, Winnie, Chairlady of Pok Oi Hospital Board of Directors said, “This event would not be this successful without generous support from Hong Kong Airlines. With their sponsorship on air tickets, coach service and meals, the elderly got the chance to travel in Taipei, adding spice to their ordinary life. We also appreciate the attentive services offered by Hong Kong Airlines. From check-in to inflight offering, the airline puts itself in the shoes of the elderly and arranged the best for them in every detail, relieving their flying anxiety and creating a perfect journey for them.” Besides, Pok Oi Hospital would like to thank Shanghai Commercial Bank for sponsoring travel insurance and souvenirs for the elderly, and Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (Bureau of Hong Kong Affairs) for assistance in Visa application.
About Hong Kong Airlines
Hong Kong Airlines is a full-service airline established in Hong Kong in 2006. Ever since then Hong Kong Airlines has grown to become an internationally-acclaimed carrier with its principal place of business in Hong Kong. Recognizing the warmth of its service and the quality of its onboard offering, Hong Kong Airlines has been awarded the highly-esteemed 4-star rating from Skytrax since 2011. Hong Kong Airlines’ network currently covers almost 30 cities across the Asia-Pacific region, including Beijing, Shanghai, Sanya, Taipei, Sapporo, Bangkok, Bali and Okinawa. The current operating fleet has 26 aircraft with an average age of around three years, consisting of three Airbus A330-300s, nine Airbus A330-200s, eight A320s of passenger flights and five Airbus A330-200Fs of cargo flights. Adhering to the concept of “Fresh and Very Hong Kong”, Hong Kong Airlines is committed to “Bringing Greater Journeys Sky High”, and is dedicated to providing an extraordinary flight experience to the passengers.