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Cathay Pacific

Cathay Pacific
Cathay Pacific Airways Limited

2003, 2005 and 2009. It is a member of the oneworld global alliance.

History
IATA CX ICAO CPA Callsign CATHAY 24 September 1946 [1] Hong Kong International Airport • Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi Airport • Taipei-Taoyuan Airport Asia Miles The Marco Polo Club The Wing, The Pier, The Arrival oneworld • Dragonair • Air Hong Kong 120 (+41 orders) incl.cargo 58[2]incl.cargo Swire Pacific Limited[3] Now you’re really flying Hong Kong • Christopher Pratt (Chairman) • Tony Tyler (CEO) • John Slosar (COO) Founded Hubs Focus cities

Frequent flyer program Member lounge Alliance Subsidiaries Fleet size Destinations Parent company Company slogan Headquarters Key people

Cathay City, the headquarters

Website: http://www.cathaypacific.com http://www.cathaypacificcargo.com

Cleaning a Cathay Pacific Boeing 747-400 at London Heathrow Airport

Early years
Cathay Pacific was founded in Hong Kong on 24 September 1946 by American Roy Farrell and Australian Sydney de Kantzow. Both men were ex-air force pilots who had flown The Hump, a route over the Himalayan Mountains. Each man put up HK$1 to register the airline. Although initially based in Shanghai, the two men moved to Hong Kong where they formally began Cathay Pacific. They named it "Cathay" because it was the Medieval name given to China, derived from "Khitan", and

Cathay Pacific (traditional Chinese: ????; simplified Chinese: ????; pinyin: Guótài Hángkōng, SEHK: 0293) is the flag carrier of Hong Kong.[4] Based at Hong Kong International Airport, the airline’s operations include scheduled passenger and cargo services to 58 destinations in 29 countries worldwide. Cathay Pacific is one of only six airlines worldwide to carry a five-star rating from Skytrax.[5] Cathay Pacific has also won three "Airline of the Year" awards by Skytrax in

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October 1948.[7] Swire later acquired 52% of Cathay Pacific and today the airline is still 40% owned by the Swire Group through Swire Pacific.

Expansion in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s
The airline prospered into the 1960s, buying rival Hong Kong Airways in 1959, carrying its one-millionth passenger in 1964, recording double digit growth from 1962 to 1967, acquiring its first jet engined aircraft (Convair 880), and beginning international routes to airports in Japan. In the 1970s, Cathay Pacific installed a computerised reservation system and flight simulators. In 1979, Cathay Pacific acquired its first Boeing 747 and applied for traffic rights to begin flying to London. Expansion continued into the 1980s, when an industry-wide boom encouraged route growth to many European and North American centres. In 1986, Cathay Pacific went public.

Airbus A330-300 at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport

The 1990s
In January 1990, Cathay Pacific and its parent company, Swire Pacific, acquired a significant shareholding in Dragonair, and a 60% stake in cargo airline Air Hong Kong. During the early 1990s, Cathay Pacific launched a programme to upgrade passenger service. Also, the green and white striped livery was replaced with the current "brushstroke" livery. Cathay Pacific began a US$9 billion fleet replacement program during the mid-1990s that resulted with Cathay Pacific having one of the youngest airline fleets in the world. In 1996, CITIC bought a 25% stake in Cathay Pacific while the Swire Group holding was reduced to 44% as two other Chinese companies, CNAC and CTS also bought substantial holdings. In 1997, administration of Hong Kong was transferred from the UK to the People’s Republic of China. Most of Cathay Pacific’s aircraft were registered in Hong Kong and bore a registration beginning with "VR". Under the terms of an agreement within the Sino-British Joint Liaison Group (JLG), registration was changed by December, 1997 to the prefix "B", which is used by the People’s Republic of China and the Republic of China (Taiwan).[8] Cathay Pacific aircraft formerly carried a painted Union Jack on the tail [9]

Cathay Pacific at Hong Kong International Airport "Pacific" because Farrell speculated that they would one day fly across the Pacific.[6] The Chinese name for the company comes from a Chinese idiom meaning "Grand and Peaceful State". According to legend, the airline was conceived by Farrell and some foreign correspondents at the bar of the Manila Hotel. On Cathay Pacific’s maiden voyage, Roy Farrell and Sydney de Kantzow flew from Hong Kong to Manila, and later on to Shanghai. They had a single Douglas DC-3, nicknamed Betsy. The airline initially flew routes between Hong Kong, Sydney, Manila, Singapore, Shanghai, and Canton, while scheduled service was limited to Bangkok, Manila, and Singapore only. In 1948 Butterfield & Swire bought 45% of Cathay Pacific, with Australian National Airways taking 35% and Farrell and de Kantzow taking 10% each. The new company began operations on 1 July 1948 and was registered as Cathay Pacific (1948) Ltd on 18

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but these were removed several years before the 1997 takeover. [10]

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psychometric testing. 19 former employees applied and 12 were offered jobs.[11]

Acquisition and Downsizing of Dragonair
On 9 June 2006, Cathay Pacific underwent a shareholding realignment under which Dragonair became wholly owned by Cathay Pacific but continued to operate under its own brand. Air China, and its subsidiary, CNAC Limited, acquired a 17.5% stake in Cathay Pacific, and Cathay Pacific doubled its shareholding in Air China to 20%. CITIC reduced its shareholding to 17.5%, and Swire reduced its shareholding to 40%. Dragonair had originally planned significant international expansion. It was already operating services to Bangkok and Tokyo and was to have a dedicated fleet of 9 747-400BCF aircraft by 2009 operating to New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco and Columbus. [12] It had also acquired 3 A330-300 aircraft to commence services to Sydney and Seoul. [13] By 2009, none of the above had eventuated. The airlines’ cargo division was in the process of being closed and the airline had also withdrawn from Bangkok and Tokyo. In the immediate wake of the Cathay takeover it appeared that the intention was to downsize Dragonair and shed staff. [14] In 2006 Dragonair employed 3,894 employees. By March 2007 this figure was down to 2,745 and in November 2008 this figure had been further cut to 2,598 (representing a 33% downsizing). [15]

Boeing 747-400 takes off In September 1998, Cathay Pacific became a founding member of the Oneworld Alliance. In 1999, they completed their new headquarters, named Cathay City, which is located at Hong Kong International Airport. Cathay Pacific was hurt by the Asian financial crisis of the late 1990s, but recorded a record HK$5 billion profit in 2000.

The 49’ers - industrial troubles
Cathay Pacific fired 49 of its 1,500 pilots on July 9, 2001; hence, they are known as "the 49ers" (though total dismissals and downgrades subsequent totalled 62). About half of the fired pilots were captains, or 5 percent of the total pilot group. But of the 21 officers of the Hong Kong Aircrew Officers Association (HKAOA), 9 were fired, including four of the seven union negotiators. "The firing was pure intimidation, a unionbust straight up, designed to be random enough to put the fear in all pilots that they might be next, no reason given," says Captain Nigel Demery, president of the HKAOA (and also Hong Kong-ALPA, the IFALPA affiliate of all Hong Kong based flight crew members.) A later head of the HKAOA, Captain Murray Gardner, is said to have favoured a more soft-line approach to dealing with management and indeed workplace relations between the two groups have been largely conciliatory since 2002. Cathay offered the 49 pilots it sacked in 2001 the chance to reapply for pilot positions with its cargo division, guaranteeing such applicants first interviews, subject to passing

Present
To celebrate the airline’s 60th anniversary in 2006 a year of road shows named the "Cathay Pacific 60th Anniversary Skyshow" was held where the public could see the developments of the airline, play games, meet some of the airline’s staff, and view vintage uniforms. Cathay Pacific also introduced anniversary merchandise and in-flight meals served by famous restaurants in Hong Kong in collaboration with the celebrations. In 2007 Cathay Pacific and Dragonair had carried more than 23 million passengers. In June 2008, Cathay Pacific agreed to pay a portion of $504 million in fines levied by the U.S. Justice Department related to cargo price fixing[16].

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Airlines also operates on this route, departing from Newark Liberty International Airport. In addition, Cathay Pacific operates daily return Hong KongToronto non-stop flights, (CX826/827) which are also operated via polar routes. These routes are now flown using Cathay Pacific’s B777-300ERs. • On 29 April 2007, Cathay Pacific suspended its flights to Bandaranaike International Airport, Colombo, after several attacks on the airport by a paramilitary group but flights to and from Colombo have been resumed since then. • During 2008, Cathay Pacific increased frequencies to India, Middle East and Australia, while cutting flights to Canada and the United States. • During 2009, Cathay Pacific increased frequencies to Paris, Shanghai and Jakarta in the airline’s summer schedule.

Awards
• By Skytrax • 2003: • 2005: • 2005:Best First Class, Best First Class Lounge (Hong Kong), and Best Business Class Lounge (Hong Kong) • 2007:A 5-star Airline (one of the 6 airlines worldwide) • 2008:A 5-star Airline (one of the 6 airlines worldwide) • 2008:Best First Class, Best First Class Catering • 2009:A 5-star Airline (one of the 6 airlines worldwide) • 2009: • 2009: • 2009: • The airline was named by Air Transport World magazine[17] and by OAG.[18] • Cathay Pacific have been awarded for the third consecutive year in 2007.[19]

Fleet

Destinations
Further information: Cathay Pacific destinations • Cathay Pacific Cargo has launched daily freighter services from Hong Kong to Shanghai using Boeing 747-200F aircraft, making it the second mainland China city served after it resumed passenger services to Beijing in December 2003, after a 13 year break (ref: Airliner World, March 2005). • The first flight to land at the new Hong Kong International Airport, Chek Lap Kok, was the Cathay Pacific flight CX889 from New York City’s John F. Kennedy International Airport non-stop and flying over the North Pole, which arrived on 6 July 1998. This flight was named Polar One. The last commercial flight to leave Hong Kong’s old Kai Tak Airport was the CX251 flight to London Heathrow Airport. • Cathay Pacific operates twice daily return non-stop flights from Hong Kong to New York JFK that fly approximately over the North Pole CX830 & CX840 operate From HKG to JFK; CX831 & CX841 operate JFK to HKG. It is Cathay Pacific’s longest nonstop flight, as well as one of the longest non-stop flights by distance in the world at 8,055 mi (12,963 km), lasting for approximately 16 hours. Continental

Boeing 747-400 at London Heathrow Airport

Livery
All planes of Cathay Pacific bear its logo as well as small lettering with "Asia’s World City Hong Kong" on it. All planes also bear the Oneworld logo and the logo of Swire Group. Aircraft "Progress Hong Kong" is the 100th aircraft Cathay Pacific has purchased, so this particular aircraft bears a "100th aircraft" at the rear. Cathay Pacific also had one B747-200 reg. (B-HIB) aircraft painted in a special livery during 1997 to celebrate the handover of Hong Kong to China. This livery was brought back in 2002 with a B747-400 aircraft reg.(B-HOX). The Asia’s World City livery is now seen on a Boeing 777-300ER reg.(B-KPF) aircraft; previously it was painted on a Boeing 747-400 reg.(B-HOY).

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Aircraft In service (order) Engine Rolls-RoyceTrent 772-60 Rolls-RoyceTrent 772-60 Rolls-RoyceTrent 772B-60 Passengers F J Y Total 44 267 311 41 223 264 Note

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Airbus 20 A330-300 (330) Airbus A330-300 (33B) 9 +2?8?

Fitted with Regional Business Class Fitted with new longhaul product Fitted with First and long-haul Business Will change to 33B by June Fitted with new longhaul product Fitted with First and long-haul Business ’4 of them will leave CX by 2011 Fitted with long-haul Business Will change to 34B by October Fitted with Regional Business Class Fitted with new longhaul product To be phased out Fitted with new longhaul product

Airbus 1 A330-300 (333)

8 32 211 251

Airbus A340-300 (34B) Airbus A340-300 (34C) Airbus A340-300 (34D) Boeing 777-300 (773) Boeing 777-300ER (77A) Boeing 777-300 (777) Boeing 747-400 (74A)

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CFMCFM56-5C4

26 257 283

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CFMCFM56-5C4

8 30 205 243

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CFMCFM56-5C4

30 257 287

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Rolls-RoyceTrent 892 General ElectricGE90-115B Rolls-RoyceTrent 877

59 326 385 6 57 238 301

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45 291 336

Rolls9 46 324 379 RoyceRB211-524G/H Pratt & WhitneyPW4056

Passenger
Cathay Pacific operate 97 planes, 39 of which are fitted with 3 classes of service (First, Long-haul Business, and Economy) for longhaul flights and 58 are fitted with 2 classes of service (Long-haul/Regional Business and Economy) for short-haul flights and some long-haul flights. Cathay Pacific only operates wide body jets, which includes their cargo fleet of 24 freighters. As of 18 May, 2009: On 1 December 2005, Cathay Pacific announced an order for 16 777-300ER aircraft (4 on lease from ILFC) to be delivered between September 2007 and July 2010, plus options on 20 more of the type, 2 of which

were converted to orders on 1 June 2006. Cathay Pacific also ordered 3 more A330-300 the same day, with the delivery of the aircraft scheduled for 2008. Cathay Pacific may reach a decision regarding the issue of how the airline’s future high-capacity long-haul requirements are to be fulfilled by ordering either the Airbus A380-800/-900, Airbus A350, Boeing 787 or the Boeing 747-8. However, Cathay Pacific recently stated that they have no plans to order Airbus A380 nor Boeing 787 soon.[20] On 29 August 2006, Cathay Pacific took delivery of its 100th aircraft, an Airbus A330-300 with the registration B-LAD. For the aircraft acceptance ceremony in Toulouse, the aircraft was painted in a 60th

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aircraft and freighters announced the previous month, the new aircraft will take the Cathay Pacific Group’s fleet size to 200 by 2012. From that 200 aircraft, Cathay Pacific will operate 150 by itself, and the rest will be used by Cathay Pacific subsidiaries.

Cathay Pacific Cargo Boeing 747-400BCF taxis to the runway at London Heathrow Airport. Airbus A330-300 fuselage livery. This aircraft was named "Progress Hong Kong" anniversary livery with a 60th anniversary sticker behind the second doors (2L and 2R) and the letters ’100th aircraft’ at the rear of the aircraft. The aircraft was named "Progress Hong Kong", a name that was chosen from a competition by the staff. On 7 August 2007, Cathay Pacific announced that it had placed an order for five more wide-body Boeing 777-300ER “Extended Range” aircraft for a total price of about US$1.1 billion, increasing its commitment to a total of 23 of the aircraft type[21]. These five additional Boeing 777-300ERs will be purchased directly from the Boeing Commercial Airplanes and will be delivered in 2011. On 8 November 2007, Cathay Pacific announced that it had placed an order for 7 additional 777-300ERs and 10 747-8F freighters with Boeing Commercial Airplanes. The airline also took 14 options for the new freighter at that time. This order, if all options are exercised, would make Cathay Pacific the largest operator of 777-300ERs in Asia and largest operator of 747-8Fs in the world. The order has a listed price of $5.2 billion US.[22] On 6 December 2007, Cathay Pacific placed a firm order for 8 more Airbus A330-300 aircraft valued at approximately US$1.7 billion at list prices. Together with the commitment for 17 long-haul passenger

Cargo
Cathay Pacific Cargo Fleet Aircraft Boeing 747-200F Boeing 747-400F In Orders Notes Service 5 0 All will be retired by June 2009.

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0 0 2 Boeing 747-400BCF freighters will be temporarily parked at Victorville. 2 aircraft are ex-South African Airways and 5 are ex-Singapore Airlines.

Boeing 9 747-400BCF

Boeing 6 747-400ERF Boeing 747-8F 0

0 10 the delivery of its new Boeing 747-8Fs will now only

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begin in 2010 Total 23 10 On March 19, 2008, Hong Kong Airport Authority awarded the airline’s wholly owned subsidiary, Cathay Pacific Services Ltd (“CPSL”), a franchise to invest in, design, construct and operate a new air cargo terminal at Hong Kong International Airport (“HKIA”). A 20-year franchise agreement was signed between CPSL and AAHK for a common use cargo terminal. The new cargo terminal will be built in the cargo area at the airport, close to the existing cargo servicing facilities. The terminal facility will occupy a site area of approximately 10 hectares. The new cargo terminal will be operated by a separate management team in CPSL, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cathay Pacific.

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Retired
Cathay Pacific "Niki" model outside the Cathay Pacific headquarters Other aircraft that have been in service with Cathay Pacific are: • Douglas DC-3 • Avro Anson • Consolidated PBY Catalina • Douglas DC-4 • Douglas DC-6 • Lockheed L-188 Electra • Bristol Britannia (Leased from BOAC for a few months whilst the Electras were taken out of service due to defects) • Convair 880 • Boeing 707-320 • Airbus A340-600 (leased from ILFC, returned to ILFC upon lease expiration and all are now leased by Hainan Airlines) • Boeing 747-200B[23] (remained in service with freighter only) • Boeing 747-300[23] • Airbus A340-200[23] (leased from Philippine Airlines for 3 years before delivery of A340-300) • Lockheed L-1011-100 TriStar (one of the Lockheed-VR-HOI was purchased from Eastern Air Lines (N318EA) when it went bankrupt)

Cathay Pacific "Betsy" aircraft Since its conception in 1946, Cathay Pacific had operated many types of aircraft. The first two Cathay Pacific aircraft were two World War II surplus Douglas DC-3s named Betsy and Niki. Betsy (VR-HDB), which is the first aircraft for Cathay Pacific, is now a permanent exhibit in the Hong Kong Science Museum. Niki (VR-HDA) was lost, but a similar DC-3 has been purchased by Cathay Pacific. It was renovated and repainted by CX Engineering and the Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company and it now wears the original Cathay Pacific colour scheme. This aircraft received "Niki"s’ old VR-HDA registration and is now on public view in the car park outside the Flight Training Centre of Cathay City.

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During the late 1980s and early 1990s, Cathay Pacific was the largest operator of the Lockheed TriStar outside the United States.

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Services
Catering

StudioCX AVOD suite system with airshow map displayed.

New seats
Cathay Pacific First Class fruit & cheese course. Food and beverages served on flights leaving Hong Kong are provided by Cathay Pacific Catering Services in facilities in Hong Kong. CLS Catering Services Limited is a joint venture with LSG Sky Chefs and offers inflight catering from airports in Toronto and Vancouver. Special meals can also be ordered 24 hours before departure. Cathay Pacific has been phasing in new cabin interiors and inflight entertainment since May 2007. The first aircraft with the new seats was B-HKT, a Boeing 747-400, which flew its first commercial flight with the new seats as CX 460 between Hong Kong and Taipei on 11 May 2007. At that time only the new First and Business Classes were installed; however this aircraft now has the new Economy seats, installed during June 2008. The following aircraft are confirmed to have the new seats installed in all three classes: B-HLP to B-HLS, B-LAC to B-LAI (Airbus A330-300); B-HXC, B-HXG, B-HXH (Airbus A340-300); all Boeing 747-400s; and all Boeing 777-300ERs. All Airbus aircraft with the new cabin will be in a 2-class configuration. Terrestrial AC Adapters have been newly built-in to the new seats as well and are available in all classes (Unfortunately due to problems with the integration of AC Adapters in the 747-400 aircraft in-flight power is currently unavailable on these aircraft).

In-flight entertainment
Since the early 1990s, all seats in all classes have been equipped with Personal TVs (PTVs) featuring Cathay’s in-flight entertainment system, StudioCX. • All the classes (including Economy, Business and First Class), StudioCX includes an Audio/Video On Demand (AVOD) system that provides a choice of 50 movies (for long haul) /28 movies (for regional aircraft), 100 TV programmes and 888 audio CDs. • 96 interactive games are provided in all classes also. Panasonic’s "eX2" system is being installed on aircraft with the new seat configuration, and is available on all Boeing 777-300ERs, 747-400s and selected Airbus A330-300 and A340-300s, and will eventually be provided on all Cathay Pacific’s long haul passenger aircraft. The new system had Audio/Video On Demand for every passenger onboard and offers up to 100 movies, 350 TV programmes, 88 CDs and 22 radio channels.

First Class Cabins
• The New First Class can be converted into a fully lie-flat bed measuring 36” x 81” (90 cm x 205 cm). The new seats include a massage function, a personal closet, an Ottoman for stowage or guest seating, and an adjustable 17", 16:9 PTV. • First Class seats [24] can be converted into fully lie-flat beds measuring 22" x 79" (56 cm x 201 cm) and feature a 10.4" (26 cm) PTV, privacy screens and center seat dividers for interior rows, and in-seat power and data ports. This configuration

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20.5" (52 cm) wide seat that converts into an angled lie-flat bed at a 60" pitch, measuring over 75" (190.5 cm) long. Features of these seats include adjustable headrest and lumbar support, water bottle holders and 10.4" (26 cm) PTVs with AVOD. This configuration is being phased out as it is replaced by the New Business Class interiors. • The Regional Business Class is provided on Cathay Pacific’s Boeing 777s (excluding the 777-300ER) and select Airbus A330-300s. Regional Business Class seats have 20" width and recline to 45" of pitch [26] and feature electrical recline and leg rest. A 9" PTV is located in the armrest provides 20 video and 22 audio channels [27] but does not offer AVOD.

Cathay Pacific First Class cabin on the Boeing 747-400. is being replaced by the New First Class cabins.

Business Class Cabins

Economy Class Cabins
• The New Economy Class seats, offered on aircraft outfitted with the refurbished long-haul interiors, were designed by B/E Aerospace. New features of these seats include a fixed back design that allows passengers to recline without intruding on those seated behind, a 9" PTV providing AVOD, a larger tray table, a coat hook and a literature pocket that has been relocated to below the seat cushion to create more leg room. These seats are 17" in width and have 32" of pitch. [28] • Economy Class seats each feature personal 6" PTVs with a choice of 25 channels. These seats are 17" in width and have 32" of pitch. [28] These seats are being replaced with the New Economy Class seats on aircraft receiving the Cathay Pacific’s new long-haul interior configuration.

New Business Class on the 747-400 upper deck. Cathay Pacific flights feature three business class configurations: • The New Business Class seats are arranged in a herring-bone configuration and follow a suite-like arrangement. The seats are fully lie-flat with increased privacy and larger a AVOD PTV. Additionally, the seats feature lumbar support, massage, a 110 V AC power socket, and a personal phone. However, some passengers have commented that the seats feel narrow and claustrophobic, that the angled seat pattern is uncomfortable, that the construction quality appears sub-standard, and that passengers travelling together will be separated by the pod layout.[25] • Business Class Seats on aircraft configured for long-haul flights include a

Loyalty Programmes

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Cathay Pacific has two loyalty programmes: The Marco Polo Club ("The Club") and Asia Miles. Members of "The Club" are automatically enrolled as Asia Miles members. Membership is terminated after 12 months of inactivity or failure to meet minimum travel criteria as outlined in the membership guide. The Marco Polo Club divides members into four tiers based on past travel. Higher tiered members are provided with increased travel benefits such as upgrades, additional baggage allowance, priority flight booking and lounge access. 50 USD is mandatory in registering as a Marco Polo Club Member. There are four tiers in the Marco Polo Club.

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Diamond Tier
This is the highest tier. Members can enjoy First Class check-in and lounge access through out the CX network and the Oneworld Network. They also gain a 20 kg extra baggage allowance, and a guaranteed Economy Class seat if ticket is booked up to 24 hours in advance. To qualify for this tier, members need to earn 120,000 club miles or 80 sectors. The member also gains Oneworld "Emerald" status. Asia Miles is a more traditional travel rewards programme in which "miles" are accumulated by flying on Cathay Pacific or a partner airline. Miles can also be earned by spending through a number of hotels, credit card companies, car rental agencies, telecommunication companies and other non-airline channels. These miles can then be redeemed for flights or other products and services. Joining is free. Club miles, unlike Asia Miles, can only be earned when a member flies in an eligible subclasss with CX, KA or any other member of the Oneworld Alliance. Club miles may not be purchased. The subclasses (on Economy Class) on CX and KA that are eligible are as follows: Y, B, H, K, L, M, V Subclasses Y, B, H, and K are the only subclasses that are eligible for an upgrade from Economy Class to Business Class (using Asia Miles).

Green Tier
Although this is the lowest tier it still gives the member more benefits than a non-member Economy Class passenger. So for example Green Tier members can check in at designated Marco Polo check-in counters, which include the Business Class counters at selected airports. They are also given priority boarding. However, lounge access is not part of this tier.

Silver Tier
Silver Tier is achieved when the member earns 30,000 club miles or 20 sectors within a year. Benefits for Silver Card members include 10 kg extra baggage allowance, guaranteed Business Class check-in (throughout the CX network) and guaranteed Business Class lounge access when flying Cathay Pacific. Members also receive a Oneworld "Ruby" status, which enables the member to check-in at the Business Class counter when they are flying any airline that is part of the Oneworld Alliance.

Codeshare agreements
Cathay Pacific’s network is expanding rapidly with codeshare links from Oneworld hubs such as Los Angeles International Airport (American Airlines) and London Heathrow Airport (British Airways). Cathay Pacific has also begun codeshare links with French trains from TGV station at Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport to ten French cities. Cathay Pacific has codeshare agreements with the following airlines as of May 2009: • Air China (Star Alliance) • Aeroflot (Skyteam) • American Airlines (oneworld) • British Airways (oneworld) • Comair (oneworld) • Dragonair (oneworld) • Iberia Airlines (oneworld) • Malaysia Airlines

Gold Tier
With this tier, the member is entitled to a 15 kg extra baggage allowance and guaranteed economy class seats (providing booking is made within 72 hours). Members also receive One World "Sapphire" status which allows them to access any Business Class lounge as long as they are flying with the Oneworld Alliance. To qualify and renew their membership, Gold Tier members must earn 60,000 miles (97,000 km) or 40 sectors within a period of one year. Members may also bring in one guest to the lounge.

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• Finnair (oneworld) • Vietnam Airlines (Skyteam from 2010)

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Incidents and accidents
• On 16 June 1948, Miss Macao, a flight from Macau to Hong Kong was hijacked by four men, who killed the pilot after take-off. The plane crashed in the Pearl River Delta near Zhuhai. Twenty-six people died, leaving only one survivor, who was the leader of the hijackers. This was the first hijacking of a commercial liner in the world. The plane was operated by a Cathay Pacific subsidiary. • On 23 July 1954, Cathay Pacific VR-HEU, a C-54 Skymaster, from Bangkok to Hong Kong was shot down by the People’s Liberation Army Air Force in the South China Sea near Hainan Island. Ten people died, leaving eight survivors. After the incident, Cathay Pacific received an apology and compensation from the People’s Liberation Army Air Force. • On 05 November 1967 in Hong Kong Convair CV-880-22M-3 over-ran the runway at Kai Tak Airport. Three people were killed and the aircraft was writtenoff. • On 15 June 1972, on Flight 700Z from Bangkok to Hong Kong a bomb exploded in a suitcase placed under a seat in the cabin of the Convair 880 while the aircraft was flying at 29,000 feet (8,800 m) over Pleiku, Vietnam. The aircraft disintegrated and crashed, killing all 81 people on board.

References
[1] "Cathay Pacific - About Us : CX Background". Cathay Pacific Limited. http://www.cathaypacific.com/cpa/ en_INTL/aboutus/cxbackground/history. Retrieved on 2009-04-02. [2] Destinations [3] "Aviation - Hong Kong". Swire Pacific Limited. http://www.swirepacific.com/ eng/about/aviation.htm. Retrieved on 2009-04-02. [4] "oneworld - Cathay Pacific". oneworld. http://www.oneworld.com/ow/memberairlines/cathay-pacific. Retrieved on 2009-04-02.

[5] "Cathay Pacific Reviews". Skytrax. http://www.airlinequality.com/Airlines/ CX.htm. Retrieved on 2008-12-13. [6] "Fly away with Cathay Pacific", Air Highways, retrieved 8 March 2006 [7] "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International: p. 62. 2007-04-03. [8] HONG KONG - A New Era [9] "Airliners.net/Info". Airliners.net. http://www.airliners.net/ open.file?id=0000646&WxsIERv=Obrvat%20747-267 UVR&MgTUQtODMgKE=&YXMgTUQtODMgKERD= [10] "Airliners.net". Airliners.net/Info. http://www.airliners.net/ open.file?id=0815216&WxsIERv=Obrvat%20747-267 UVR&MgTUQtODMgKE=Cubgb%20gnxra%20nybat% yra%20pnzren.&YXMgTUQtODMgKERD=3225&NEb UVR%22%27%20VA%20OBBYRNA%20ZBQR%29%2 [11] Cathay Pacific Pilots on the Brink [12] Dragonair to more than double size of cargo fleet by end-2008 [13] Dragonair gets green light for Sydney/ Hong Kong services [14] Dragonair to be downsized [15] Fast Facts - Number of Staff [16] NPR: NPR News In Brief [17] ATW ATW’s 32nd Annual Industry Awards: Airline of the Year-Cathay Pacific [18] OAG Airline of the Year 2006 [19] Flight on Time London to Hong Kong Punctuality Awards [20] Cathay Pacific: No Plans for 787 or A380 [21] Cathay orders five more 777-300ERs Flight Global, 7 August 2007 [22] Boeing and Cathay Pacific Announce Order for 10 747-8Fs and Seven 777-300ERs Boeing Press Releases, 8 November 2007 [23] ^ "THE CATHAY PACIFIC FLEET." (February 4, 1997). Cathay Pacific. [24] First Class [25] Cathay Pacific First & Business Class Seat Reviews [26] Business Class Comparison Chart [27] Regional Business Class [28] ^ International Economy Comparison Chart

External links
• • • • • Cathay Pacific Cathay Pacific Small Business Cathay Pacific Travel Agent Portal Fleet Age Fleet Detail

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