Founded on 24th September 1946, Cathay Pacific is one of the most popular airlines of the world that serves as the international flag carrier of Hong Kong. Since its commencement, Cathay Pacific Airlines has crossed several milestones in the field of aviation. A converted Douglas DC3, also known as Betsy, is said to be the first aircraft of the Cathay Pacific Airlines. The airline has a fleet comprising over 130 planes, which includes the Airbus A330, Airbus A340, Boeing 777 (200, 300, 300ER) and the Boeing 747 (8 Freighter, 400ERF, 400BCF). Cathay Pacific Airlines has well-trained in-flight staff that makes sure that the passengers do not face any sort of trouble during their journey. On Cathay Pacific flights, special assistance is provided to pregnant women, infant, children and disabled people. Over the years, Cathay Pacific Airlines has won numerous awards for its outstanding services. The airline has been setting benchmarks with its hospitality, convenient schedule and low air fare system that suit all travellers. Also, acquiring air tickets has been made fairly simple with the highly efficient and organised online booking facility. Those travelling by Cathay Pacific Airlines can enjoy several in-flight entertainment facilities, including latest songs and movies.less
Being one of the top airlines of the world, Cathay Pacific works on a philosophy to achieve excellence in terms of safety, service, hospitality and customer satisfaction. To achieve this, the airline has devised certain systems and networks, which guarantees customer satisfaction. The well-organised online booking system of Cathay Pacific Airlines allows travellers to plan their travel itinerary without any hassles, be it schedule, air fare or air tickets. Cathay Pacific Airlines has four classes from which travellers can choose, namely Economy Class, First Class, Business Class and Premium Economy Class. There are not many major cities in the world where Cathay Pacific flights do not operate. Be it Africa, North America, Asia or Europe, the airline's network is spread across the globe. Regular flights operate to Asian cities, such as Beijing, Hong Kong (city), Wuhan, Abu Dhabi, Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Jakarta, Colombo, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok and Tokyo. The African and Australian cities that are connected by Cathay Pacific airlines are Johannesburg, Adelaide, Brisbane, Cairns and Melbourne. Apart from these, the airline also serves popular international tourist destinations like London, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Paris, Frankfurt and Moscow. 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.