American Roy C Farrell and Australian Sydney H de Kantzow founded Cathay Pacific Airways in Hong Kong on 24 September, 1946. Initially based in Shanghai, the two men eventually moved to Hong Kong and founded Cathay Pacific Airways. You can read the full story on the Cathay Pacific site.
The national carrier of Hong Kong offers 85 destinations worldwide and convenient connections to over 30 Asian cities.
From Hong Kong, Cathay Pacific has a comprehensive network of flights to onward destinations in the Far East and Australasia, and also serves the US, Canada, South Africa and the Middle East.
First, Business and economy class is available on all flights ex-UK.
First and business class passengers have the benefit of a free limousine pick-up from within 60 miles of Manchester or Heathrow. First Class passengers have an exclusive lounge at Hong Kong's Kai-Tak airport.
Their new First Class features a wonderfully big bed – 81 inches long – that will remind you of sleeping at home. And when you awake, a press of a button will transform it into one of the most comfortable seats in the sky, with massage function, extendable side seat, drop-down armrest, and all the adjustments you could want for a pleasant journey.
In Business Class, relax in a comfortable seat with massage function and easy access to the aisle. Enjoy more entertainment choices than ever before. Access all your inflight essentials with convenient stowage. There's mood lighting to enhance your flying experience and when it's time to sleep, simply press a button to turn your seat into a perfectly flat bed for a wonderful night's rest.
The fixed-back shell seat in the new Economy Class ensures that no one in front of you will ever intrude into your space again. The fixed-back design means that all seat movement is within a shell that doesn’t move whether you're sitting upright or sleeping, so everyone has a protected personal space. You can relax and enjoy your 9" widescreen TV with StudioCX – featuring a rotating library of 100 movies, 350 TV shows, 888 music CDs, 22 radio channels, and entertainment programmes in nine languages.
Cathay Pacific is part of oneworld™, the leading quality global airline alliance
For more information see the Cathay Pacific Home Page
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