Hong Kong's flag carrier Cathay Pacific Airways is one of the leading airlines of the world known for its world class in-flight service, on ground service, on time performance and other features. Headquartered at Hong Kong International Airport, Cathay Pacific Airways offers its passenger and cargo service to around 115 destinations spreading across 36 countries around the world. Besides theses, its fully owned subsidiary Dragonair operates flight from Hong Kong to 29 destinations in the Asia-Pacific region. The founder member of Oneworld alliance, Cathay Pacific Airways has been awarded by Skytrax (a UK-based consultancy) with Five Star Airline ranking and Airlines of the Year Award for the year 2009. Book Cathay Pacific Airways flights for air travel to the India well in advance and avoid last minute hassle. You can get cheap Cathay Pacific Airways tickets at MakeMyTrip India through online booking system.-Less
Currently Cathay Pacific Airways has a mixed fleet of Airbus and Boeing family aircraft. The fleet size of Cathay Pacific Airways is 97 that include Airbus A330-300 (31), Airbus A340-300 (11), Boeing 747-400 (20), Boeing 777-200 (5), Boeing 777-300 (12) and Boeing 777-300ER (18). Cathay Pacific Airways has placed the order for 8 Airbus A330-300 and 12 Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. Cathay Pacific also operates a fleet of 24 aircraft for cargo purpose.
As per Cathay Pacific Baggage Policy whatever classes you are traveling in, all duty-free items are included in your Baggage allowance. The size of a standard Cathay Pacific Cabin Baggage allowed per passenger (except an infant) should not exceed 56X36X23 cm in dimensions. With wheels, handles and side pockets included, a typical Cathay Pacific cabin baggage size should not go beyond 22X14X9 inches as per the airlines' baggage rules. Also, in addition to the standard cabbage bag allowance, the passengers are allowed to carry a small handbag/backpack or a laptop bag.
Awards & Recognition
Cathay Pacific Airways has been honoured with many international airline awards in various categories like good customer service, airline maintenance, on ground service, etc. Some of the noted awards received by Cathay Pacific Airways are Air Transport World (ATW) Industry Achievement Awards (1983, 1987, 1996, 1997 and 2006), Skytrax World Airline Awards (2003, 2004, 2005, 2008 and 2009) and World Travel Awards (2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008).
Cathay Pacific Airlines History
On September 24, 1946, two ex-air force pilots Roy Farrell (America) and Sydney de Kantzow (Australia) established Cathay Pacific in Hong Kong. On the inaugural voyage of Cathay Pacific, both Farrell and Kantzow flew from Hong Kong to Manila followed by Shanghai. At the initial stage Cathay Pacific offered its scheduled service from Hong Kong to Bankok, Singapore and Manila only. In addition to these, Cathay Pacific began its limited service from Hong Kong to Canton, Sydney, Shanghai and Singapore. In 1948 Cathay Pacific sold it 45% stake to Butterfield & Swine (now called Swire Group). The new company started its operations on July 1, 1948 and became Cathay Pacific (1948) Ltd on October 18, 1948. Further Swire acquire 52% of the company and even today the same company own 40% of Cathay Pacific Airways through Swire Pacific Ltd. With the passing time Cathay Pacific Airways had seen frequent expansions and made a place among the world's leading airlines.
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