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It’s here! Cathay Pacific’s long-awaited inaugural flight between Washington (IAD) and Hong Kong (HKG) departs on September 16, and to drum up interest for what will become the carrier’s longest nonstop route, it’s offering up to $250 off a round-trip ticket by booking directly and applying promo code DULLES. (And, for those interested in visiting other cities throughout Asia, you’ll be pleased to know that the discount also applies to flights between Washington and Bali, Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City, and Manila.)

The IAD-HKG route will be flown on Cathay’s new Airbus A350-1000, which is configured to seat 46 passengers in business in a 1-2-1 configuration, 32 premium economy seats in a 2-4-2 configuration and 256 in economy in a 3-3-3 layout. The aircraft will seat a total of 334 passengers, a 54-person jump from the 280 that the -900 can seat.

The discount breaks down as such: You’ll get $250 off round-trip in business, $100 off round-trip in premium economy or $50 off round-trip in economy. In order to get the discount, outbound departure must occur between September 16, 2018, and December 31, 2018. You must book directly with Cathay and enter the promo code DULLES. Bookings must be made before October 31, 2018, and the offer is only valid on itineraries with all Cathay Pacific (CX)-operated flights.

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