Cathay Pacific Hong Kong’s flag carrier and one of the members of the ‘Oneworld Alliance’. Cathay was founded in 1946 and was initially based in Shanghai however the two owners an American and Australian moved to Hong Kong where the airline was further established. It was said the that the owners though of the name ‘Cathay Pacific’ in the bar at ‘Manila Hotel’.
To date (2018) Cathay Pacific has a strong fleet of 146 made of both Airbus and Boeing aircraft.
I often use Cathay Pacific in some of my travels to the Philippines and back, this route stops over and changes in Hong Kong International airport as it is not direct, meaning two flights are taken each way. Apart from the flight duration and meals both journeys to Hong Kong and the Philippines have similarities, both routes usually use the 777-300 with identical products and services inflight.
At the airport
Hong Kong international airport terminal 1 is Cathay Pacific’s home and main hub. It is a massive structure where arrivals is situated in the ground floor whilst departures a few floors above. The airport incorporates isle type sections in the check-in desks and Cathay Pacific uses three of them (isles A-C from my memory).
Aircraft and Flight
Cathay Pacific is one of my most favoured airline for longhaul flights to and from Asia as it gives desirable experiences for a relatively competitive price all year round. Furthermore the airline flies from London Heathrow to Hong Kong about five times a day, whilst Hong Kong to Manila six to seven times a day so your preference in departures, arrivals and transit times range from a multitude of choices. Moreover the airline has consistency in their products and services which is great for frequent travellers who just want confidence in their flight.
As the two routes trips I make have a few differences ive decided to write these under two different posts please click to see:
Cathay Pacific is a reputable airline worthy for a frequent flyer with a medium budget who wants to fly with the confidence in his or her flight, although not highly amazing their consistency in products and service is applaudable. Cathay Pacific is not my overall favourite airline but is my preferred carrier when travelling long-haul into Asia. Their seats are comfortable and gives me everything I need to ensure maximum comfortability. Whilst the meals small they were undeniably delicious and you can taste that they didn’t go cheap in their ingredients. Furthermore their staff are friendly and do their jobs to the very best of their ability, there are no loud personal conversations whilst in front of customers.
Overall Cathay gets and has always got a thumbs up from me. A plausible airline that is affordable and brilliant in its operation.
Reference: https://www.cathaypacific.com/cx/en_GB/travel-information/airport.html https://www.cathaypacific.com/cx/en_GB/about-us.html https://www.cathaypacific.com/cx/en_GB/about-us/about-our-airline/history.html Photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/115391424@N05/albums/ https://www.flickr.com/people/130961247@N06 https://www.flickr.com/photos/seabirdnz/38772727491