Creating the best place to work
Cathay Pacific City in Hong Kong is one of the largest corporate head office facilities in Asia and is designed for optimal convenience, comfort and collaboration. In addition to office towers housing over 30 departments and 3,000 employees, the complex features a 23-storey hotel, a flight training centre, an onsite medical, physiotherapy and dental practice, extensive leisure and recreation facilities centre (complete with swimming pool, tennis, squash and basketball courts), retail stores and a food court. It’s a highly sociable environment where you can catch up with your colleagues over coffee one day, jam with them in our music studio the next, and grow your own vegetables on our roof garden!
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.
1959 – Growth spurt
After steady beginnings, Cathay Pacific acquires rival Hong Kong Airways and gains additional traffic rights to Japan and Australia – adding Darwin, Sydney, Tokyo and Taipei to the network.
Two Lockheed Electra aircraft are introduced to the fleet this year. Painted in a new smart green and white livery, these are the first aircraft to offer a premium cabin, with 12 First class seats. The Electras would go on flying until 1967.
1998 – Breaking new records
The CX889 ‘Polar One’ flight, operated by a Boeing 747-400, sets three records in a night: the first non-stop passenger flight from New York to Hong Kong; the first scheduled commercial flight to land at Hong Kong’s new airport at Chek Lap Kok; and the longest non-stop commercial flight ever made at 7,465 nautical miles – completed in 15 hours and 35 minutes thanks to a new route over the North Pole.
This was also the year the oneworld alliance was officially formed, in partnership with American Airlines, British Airways, Canadian Airlines and Qantas.
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.
We believe that our customers are best served when we create sustainable partnerships and added value collaborations – all delivered through procurement excellence. This mission forms an integral part of our business and services, and allows us to maintain a productive relationship with our suppliers, whilst remaining open to new opportunities.
Learning and development
We have a dedicated Learning Academy equipped to support all of our people on their career journeys. The size and complexity of our airline means a wide range of development opportunities and diverse career paths are available.
|(Associate) Data Scientist||Hong Kong|
|Account Executive – Trade||Manila, Philippines|
|Account Manager – Trade||Manila, Philippines|
|Account Manager – Trade Sales||Shenzhen, Chinese mainland|
|Accountant – Credit Control||Hong Kong|
|Accountant – Sales Operations||Hong Kong|
|Accounting Lead||Hong Kong|
|Accounting Supervisor 1 – Passenger Sales Control||Hong Kong|
|Aircraft Engineer||Hangzhou, Chinese mainland|
|Airline Officer (Contract)||Japan|