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Our history

From a single plane to a world-leading airline and premium lifestyle brand, we celebrate the highlights of our journey so far.

Where it all began

1946 – The Cathay story begins

At the end of the Second World War, Roy Farrell and Sydney de Kantzow – two ex-Air Force pilots known for flying ‘The Hump’ over the Himalayas – spot an opportunity to fly much-needed goods from Australia into China. They buy a Douglas DC-3 plane, nicknamed ‘Betsy’, and Cathay Pacific is officially born: an airline fuelled by its founders’ passion for flying, progressive thinking and drive to connect the world and its people.

In fact, our very name originates from Roy Farrell’s sense of ambition – that the new airline would one day cross the vast Pacific Ocean from China. We officially achieve this milestone less than 30 years later.

1962 – Entering the jet age

We buy our first Convair 880 in 1962, and by 1968 we have an all-jet fleet, with eight 880s zipping around our regional network. This ‘sporty’ aircraft is popular with pilots, and flying the sectors quicker means that we can expand our regional network to new destinations – including Fukuoka and Nagoya (1966) and Kota Kinabalu and Okinawa (1967).

2012 – Premium Economy launches

We introduce a new cabin class, offering our customers even more options and better ways to fly.

2021 – Ready for the next 75

As we celebrate our 75th anniversary, we launch Cathay in Hong Kong – our new premium travel lifestyle brandOpen a new window, which offers our customers more ways to shop, save and be rewarded.

We pledge to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050Open a new window, leading the way to a more sustainable future for aviation. And we introduce our innovative new Airbus A321neo aircraftOpen a new window, redefining the possibilities of short-haul travel. 

Move Beyond with Cathay Pacific

At the Cathay Pacific Group, your journey matters as much to us as it does to you. We’re here to help you on your way, setting you up to make the most of everything that lies ahead.

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