Hong Kong carrier, Cathay Pacific Airways, was founded in 1946 by American Roy C. Farrell and Australian Sydney H. de Kantzow, offering scheduled passenger and cargo services. Cathay also owns Dragonair and in 2010, Cathay Pacific and Dragonair carried nearly 27 million passengers and over 1.8 million tonnes of cargo and mail. Cathay Pacific was a founder member of the Oneworld alliance.

Cathay delivers best month of the year

August traffic figures from Cathay Pacific Airways, which includes the two airlines, showed strong demand on long-haul routes.

Cathay Pacific and Dragonair had their best-performing month of the year so far in August, with cargo volume rising a fifth year on year and destinations in North America and Northeast Asia leading passenger growth.

Tuesday, 16 September, 2014, 3:23am 1 comment

Cathay and Dragonair fail the test in crisis management

Cathay and Dragonair fail the test in crisis management

A good airline is definitely not only about new planes and beautiful airport lounges, but also about customer service, in particular in difficult times.

24 Sep 2013 - 12:47am 21 comments

Jetstar Hong Kong not a genuine local carrier, says Cathay in bid to ground budget airline

Jetstar Hong Kong was set up in 2012 by Qantas Airways and China Eastern Airlines. Photo: Reuters

In a fresh attempt to stop a budget airline from taking off in Hong Kong, Cathay Pacific Airways said yesterday that it has filed an objection to Jetstar Hong Kong's application to run scheduled services in the city on the ground that it violates the Basic Law and is not a genuine local carrier.

6 Sep 2013 - 10:10am 8 comments

Dragonair to curb hiring and buying new planes amid China slowdown

Dragonair CEO Patrick Yeung says budget airlines have yet to pressure the carrier. Photo: David Wong

Hong Kong Dragon Airlines, a fully owned subsidiary of Cathay Pacific Airways, has reduced its recruitment and fleet expansion plans this year because of the slowdown in the mainland economy and air traffic growth.

26 Jun 2013 - 4:20am

Travel agents call Cathay Pacific's cheap fares website a 'gimmick'

Travel agents call Cathay Pacific's cheap fares website a 'gimmick'

Cathay Pacific and Dragonair's seat promotion website, fanfares, has attracted 3 million page views since its launch in October, but travel agents call it a gimmick and even the airlines admit they offer so few cheap seats that it has no impact on company earnings.

23 Apr 2013 - 4:32am

Dragonair unveils new uniforms for flight attendants

The dresses and jackets, showcased at The Peninsula, Tsim Sha Tsui, were designed to resemble Cathay Pacific's dress code. Photo: Felix Wong

Dragonair passengers will see their flight attendants don something different from today as the airline rolls out a new uniform for its 3,000 frontline staff. Women will now wear a one-piece dress, while men will see an olive-coloured jacket and vest replace the previous 13-year-old uniform. The signature red and blue scarf will vanish.

28 Mar 2013 - 5:41am

Talking points

Dr Benny Tai Yiu-ting

The academic behind plans for an Occupy Central pro-democracy campaign in summer fleshes out his proposal. Dr Benny Tai Yiu-ting, an associate professor of law at the University of Hong Kong, floated the idea of rallying 10,000 campaigners to press the central government to keep its pledge to introduce universal suffrage for the 2017 chief executive election. 

27 Mar 2013 - 3:09am

Branding pictures baffle Dragonair employees

An image showing a model posing in front of the words 'Cathay Dragon'. Photo: SCMP Pictures

A new image may be in the works for Dragonair, judging from three photographs that appear to herald a brand relaunch. One of the pictures shows a model standing in front of a plane with the words "Cathay Dragon" emblazoned across it. Industry insiders say the images are part of a genuine effort to sort out the future relationship between Cathay Pacific and its wholly owned subsidiary.

2 Mar 2013 - 5:19am 3 comments

Dragonair cabin crew win 2pc pay rise

Dragonair cabin crew win 2pc pay rise

Dragonair will give its cabin crew members a 2 per cent pay rise in the coming year, in line with unionists' demands, the airline said yesterday. The airline's announcement was largely welcomed by the Dragon Airlines Flight Attendants Association - the union that represents its 1,700 cabin crew.

28 Feb 2013 - 4:25am

Talking points

Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah

Hongkongers will be keeping one eye on their wallets and another on the television as Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah delivers his budget plan. Tsang is expected to take advantage of the healthy surplus in the government account to offer handouts and tax breaks, although government sources have hinted that these will be less generous than last year's.

27 Feb 2013 - 4:55am

Briefs, February 21, 2013

Heat damage found in Dreamliner's battery

China's three mobile-phone operators posted a 0.9 per cent month-to-month increase in the number of mobile subscribers to 1.12 billion, still the largest of any country in the world, last month. 

7 May 2015 - 3:24pm

Dragonair revamps its business and economy cabins

Patrick Yeung shows off Dragonair's new seats. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

Dragonair is spending hundreds of millions of dollars revamping its business and economy class cabins as it expands its fleet, recruits extra cabin and flight crew, and adds new destinations.

25 Jan 2013 - 4:56am

Business Digest, January 18, 2013

Passenger volumes at Cathay Pacific Airways and Dragonair grew 5 per cent last year.

The number of Americans filing first-time claims for jobless benefits fell last week by 37,000 to 335,000, the lowest level in five years, pointing to further improvement in the labour market. 

18 Jan 2013 - 5:27am

Cathay and Dragonair dumping hot meals in favour of sandwiches

Cathay and Dragonair dumping hot meals in favour of sandwiches

The humble sandwich is becoming standard fare on some Cathay Pacific Airways flights as the carrier cuts costs. Cathay Pacific and its wholly owned subsidiary Dragonair are cutting back on hot meals on some short hauls as their bottom line comes under pressure.

17 Jan 2013 - 11:32am 9 comments

Mother of 2 takes Dragonair to task for flight upset

What could be more troublesome for a mother than trying to manage two young children on board a flight?

For Jacqueline Chan Sze-kai, it was getting shown off the plane just as it was about to leave.

12 Jan 2013 - 3:12am