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Cathay Pacific to launch nonstop Hong Kong – Washington Dulles flights

Cathay Pacific Airways Airbus A350-941 B-LRD (msn 038) HKG (Javier Rodriguez). Image: 935957.

Cathay Pacific Airways is expected next week to announce a new nonstop Airbus A350-900 route linking its Hong Kong base and Washington (Dulles) according to the South China Morning  Post. The new route is expected to take under 17 hours.

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Qatar Airways acquires a share of Cathay Pacific

Delivered on May 27, 2016

Qatar Airways has announced that it has entered into an agreement to purchase an amount of 378,188,000 shares of Cathay Pacific Airways Limited, being approximately 9.61 percent of the total issued share capital. Completion of the transaction is expected to take place on November 6, 2017 in Hong Kong.

This investment further supports Qatar Airways investment strategy which already includes 20% investment in International Airlines Group, 10% investment in LATAM Airlines Group and 49% investment in Meridiana.”

Copyright Photo: Cathay Pacific Airways Airbus A350-941 B-LRA (msn 029) LGW (SPA). Image: 935059.

Cathay Pacific brings the Airbus A350-900 to New Zealand

Cathay Pacific Airways Airbus A350-941 B-LRC (msn 034) AKL (Colin Hunter). Image: 935437.

Cathay Pacific Airways on October 28, 2016 upgraded the Hong Kong – Auckland route from older Airbus A340 aircraft to the new Airbus A350-900. The pictured A350-941 B-LRC (msn 034) was the first to operate flights CX197/198 and is seen arriving at Auckland for the first time.

Copyright Photo: Cathay Pacific Airways Airbus A350-941 B-LRC (msn 034) AKL (Colin Hunter). Image: 935437.

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Cathay Pacific operates the last Boeing 747 passenger flight

Cathay Pacific operates the last Boeing 747 passenger flight on October 1, 2016

Cathay Pacific Airways, as planned, operated the last Boeing 747 passenger flight on October 1, 2016 when the pictured Boeing 747-467 B-HUJ (msn 27595) operated flight CX543 from Tokyo (Haneda) back to the Hong Kong base.

Cathay Pacific has operated the Boeing 747 Jumbo since August 4, 1976 when Boeing 747-267B VR-HKG (msn 21746), named “Hong Kong”, entered revenue service.

According to the airline, the 747 passenger fleet spent 3.1 million hours in the air.

Cathay Pacific will continue to be a Boeing 747 freighter operator.

Copyright Photo: Cathay Pacific Airways Boeing 747-467 B-HUJ (msn 27595) JNB (Paul Denton). Image: 911399.

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Cathay Pacific to add freighter service to Portland, Oregon

Cathay Pacific to add freighter service to Portland, Oregon

Cathay Pacific Airways has announced an expansion of its freighter services in the Americas with the addition of a twice-weekly scheduled service to Portland International Airport (PDX) launching on November 3, 2016, subject to government approval. Portland will be Cathay Pacific’s 18th cargo station in the Americas.

The new Portland service will operate on a Hong Kong – Anchorage – Los Angeles – Portland – Anchorage – Hong Kong routing every Thursday and Saturday, using Cathay Pacific’s newest and biggest freighter, the Boeing 747-8F.

Cathay Pacific was the first Asia Pacific airline to take delivery of the Boeing 747-8F in 2011 and currently has 13 of this aircraft type in its cargo fleet.

Copyright Photo: Cathay Pacific Airways Cargo Boeing 747-867F B-LJA (msn 39238) (Hong Kong Trader) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 909099.

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Cathay Pacific introduces a new revised look

Cathay Pacific 777-300 B-KPM (15)(Flt) HKG (CPA)(LRW)

Cathay Pacific Airways (Hong Kong) on November 1 introduced a new revised livery and also a new video of a revised livery. The first aircraft to received the new look is Boeing 777-367 ER B-KPM (msn 36159).

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Cathay Pacific Airways On November 1 marked another important milestone for the airline as it unveiled a new livery that will be progressively introduced onto all the aircraft in its fleet. The livery was showcased on one of the airline’s Boeing 777-300vER aircraft at a special event held at Hong Kong International Airport.

Addressing guests at the event, Cathay Pacific Chief Executive Ivan Chu said: “Today represents the beginning of a new era for Cathay Pacific. We are very happy and proud to unveil our new aircraft livery which represents our journey into the future and also celebrates the many great things we have achieved over the past seven decades as the home carrier of Hong Kong.”

Mr Chu said that the new livery is a continuation of the work that began last year to refresh Cathay Pacific’s brand identity. “The livery is a vital part of our brand image – a symbol of the company’s values displayed on our most important physical asset. The livery represents Cathay Pacific in and out of Hong Kong and every time our aircraft take off or touch down in our network of destinations around the world,” he said.

Cathay Pacific 777-300 B-KPM (15)(Nose) HKG (CPA)(LRW)

“Creating a new livery is much more than a cosmetic exercise. This new look is the latest – and most significant – development in our ongoing efforts to improve the overall customer experience at Cathay Pacific. It is also a highly visible representation of the huge investments we are making in new aircraft and products as part of our ongoing commitment to build Hong Kong’s position as an international aviation hub.”

Guest of Honor at the event was Professor Anthony Cheung, Secretary for Transport and Housing, who officiated at the livery unveiling ceremony together with Ivan Chu. More than 300 guests were in attendance at the event, held in the hangars of Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company (HAECO), including aviation and trade officials, members of the Marco Polo Club loyalty programme, guests from the Hong Kong public, and Cathay Pacific staff. In addition to seeing the new livery unveiled, all guests enjoyed a unique behind-the-scenes experience where they could explore the aircraft inside and out and chat with the airline’s operations teams.

In recent years, Cathay Pacific has made huge investments in new aircraft and new products to provide a rewarding experience for its customers. The airline has also worked hard to build Hong Kong’s position as one of the world’s great aviation hubs, growing its network and building connectivity to oil the wheels of commerce, tourism and trade.

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Cathay Pacific sees the livery as a symbol of its commitment to its home city as well as a visible representation of its promise to offer a Life Well Travelled to customers. As part of its ongoing efforts to provide a richer travel experience, the airline promises a number of important upcoming developments including the introduction of the new Airbus A350 fleet, further enhancements to its products and services, and the continued expansion of its network.

The update to the livery is part of a series of ongoing improvements to Cathay Pacific’s customer experience. These include not only the new livery, but also the website and mobile app, as well as major enhancements to the airline’s airport lounges in Hong Kong, Tokyo, Manila, Bangkok and beyond.

The new Airbus A350 series will be the first fleet to launch with the new livery.

However, the airline’s existing fleet will be repainted with the new livery as aircraft go through their normal maintenance schedule over the next five years, with some 150 aircraft getting the new look in total.

The new livery comprises three key design elements: the incorporation of the updated and streamlined brushwing, which was launched in October 2014; a simplification of the colour palette to Cathay Pacific green, grey and white; and a more prominent display of the Cathay Pacific name and brushwing. These updates are most evident on three areas of the aircraft: the nose, the fuselage and the tail.

All images by Cathay Pacific.

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Cathay Pacific takes delivery of its 70th Boeing 777 and last 777-300 ER

Cathay Pacific 777-300 B-HNR (94)(Nose-Delivery Ceremony) PAE (Boeing)(LRW)

Boeing (Chicago, Seattle and Charleston) and Cathay Pacific Airways (Hong Kong) celebrated a significant achievement with the delivery of the airline’s 70th 777 aircraft – also the last and 53rd 777-300 ER (Extended Range) of its confirmed orders – that has made Cathay Asia’s largest operator of the 777 fleet.

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With this delivery, Cathay Pacific’s 777 aircraft fleet comprises of 53 777-300 ERs, 12 777-300s and five 777-200s. The airline is one of the launch customers for the 777X with 21 777-9 airplanes on order.

Cathay Pacific took delivery of its first 777-300 ER in September 2007.

The new delivery will also help Cathay Pacific retire its remaining passenger Boeing 747-400s.

Cathay Pacific group operates flights to nearly 200 destinations worldwide with its own fleet of more than 200 aircraft.

Photo: Boeing. The pictured Boeing 777-367 ER B-HNR (msn 60724) was officially handed over on September 26.

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