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Monday, October 31, 2016

Historic time for Cathay Pacific


A HISTORIC TIME FOR CATHAY PACIFIC

When a modern brand like Cathay Pacific turns 70, you know it’s testament to the people working there who have kept the mantra of continuously doing things better, keeping the experience for its passengers stylish, vibrant and innovative. 

Cathay Pacific Airways DC4 Skymaster VR-HEU.
Hong Kong Island forms the background 1 July 1954
The airline took flight in 1946 when two adventurous fellows Australian Sydney de Kantzow and American Roy Farrell bought two used DC3 aircraft (Betsy and Niki) and started a business flying around the region.

Today Cathay Pacific has more than 147 aircraft with 65 on order including the latest Airbus A350-900 (soon to be flying from Melbourne). It employs around 27,000 people and flies to over 170 destinations around the world with both passenger and cargo services.

Tokyo ground crew farewell the last 747 to fly to Hong Kong
It starts a new era as it takes delivery of its new Airbus 350s and said goodbye to its iconic Boeing 747. Called Cathay’s ‘Queen of the Skies’, the revolutionary plane allowed Cathay Pacific to rapidly expand its network to European and North American destinations, and launched it from a respected regional brand to a globally recognised and celebrated organisation. In fact, Cathay Pacific’s first commercial 747 flight was from Hong Kong to Sydney in 1979. 

Cathay Pacific has 26 of these Airbus A350-1000s on order
Cathay Pacific is also paving the way for the future and is committed to sustainable development with initiatives such as investment in a sustainable fuel developer Fulcrum (jet fuel produced will reduce lifecycle carbon emissions in aircraft by 50 to 80 percent); four retired Airbus A340s will have up to 90% of their components recycled; meals using sustainable sources seafood; and Economy Class cabin carpets produced from regenerated nylon waste materials such as discarded fishing nets, fabric, and carpets.

In November, the airline also marks 40 years of service to Melbourne.


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