DDB Hong Kong’s star-studded TVC marks HK Airlines’ entry into North America

Award-winning creative agency DDB Group Hong Kong has been appointed to handle the campaign strategy and creative concept for Hong Kong Airlines’ (HX) entry into the North American market. On 30 June, the airline launched a landmark non-stop daily service between Vancouver (YVR) and Hong Kong (HKG) international airports.

Given the highly competitive travel industry, Hong Kong Airlines turned its sights on creating a unique identity that differentiates its service offering from other big players in the market. In partnership with DDB, the airline set out to own a fun, young and energetic travel experience by joining forces with another homegrown hero in Academy Award winner and martial artist Jackie Chan.

Central to DDB’s campaign promoting the airline’s international debut, is a dynamic, fast-paced TVC starring Chan. Directed by David Tsui and Anthony Ng, the advert is crafted through a series of point-of-view shots – placing the unknowing viewer in Chan’s shoes to experience the joys of Hong Kong Airlines’ superior service, celebrity-style. The tagline, ‘We treat everyone like a celebrity, including celebrities’, comes into its own when the point of view is revealed as belonging to Chan.

“Shooting the TVC point-of-view style gave us the opportunity to not only tweak viewers’ interest, but, most importantly, also let them experience what service onboard a Hong Kong Airlines flight feels like,” said Benny Ko, Client Services Director at DDB Group Hong Kong. “The style is characteristic of both Jackie and the airline’s unique take on the travel experience.”

As brand ambassador, Chan boarded the inaugural flight from Hong Kong, and saw off passengers flying the transpacific route from Vancouver the following day.

“Partnering with Jackie Chan offers a timely opportunity to establish a cross-cultural connection for our customers,” said George Liu, Chief Marketing Officer of Hong Kong Airlines. “Similarly, DDB’s wonderfully engaging point-of-view TVC bridges the divide between celebrity and non-celebrity treatment. At Hong Kong Airlines, there is no difference.”

Released across Asia Pacific and North America, the video is supported in print, across social media and through a launch event.

Hong Kong Airlines is the territory’s second largest airline group, serving more than 30 destinations across the Asia Pacific region. DDB’s collaboration with the airline follows several new partnerships announced over the past few months, including Hong Kong International Airport’s (HKIA) dynamic new business and entertainment complex SKYCITY, French beer brand Kronenbourg 1664, new venture GenLife, and Allianz Global Investors (AllianzGI).

CREDITS
Client: Hong Kong Airlines
Agency: DDB Group Hong Kong
Director of Client Services: Benny Ko
Creative Director: Jay Lee, Leslie Wong
Associate Strategy Director: Adrian Tso
Associate Creative Director: Andy Wong
Associate Art Director: Venus Li
Senior Account Director: Cafy Choi
Account Executive: Kelsey Wong
Head of TV production: Annie Tong
TV Producer: Denise Wong
Media Agency: MEC Global

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