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Cathay Pacific

Cathay Pacific
AirlineCathay Pacific
Founded24 September 1946
Airline hubHong Kong International Airport
Focus cities
Frequent-flyer program
* Asia Miles * The Marco Polo Club
Member lounge
* The Arrival * The Pier * The Wing * The Cabin * G16 Lounge
* Air Hong Kong * Dragonair
Fleet size132 (+106 orders) incl. cargo
Destinations59 incl. cargo
Company sloganNow you're really flying
Parent companySwire Pacific
HeadquartersRegistered office: One Pacific Place, Hong Kong
Head office: Hong Kong International Airport, Chek Lap Kok, Hong Kong
Key people
* Christopher Pratt (Chairman) * John Slosar (CEO) * Ivan Chu (COO)
Revenue(+) HK$89,524 million (2010)
Operating income(+) HK$9,465 million (2010)
Net income(+) HK$14,048 million (2010)

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Cathay Pacific ( , Sehk - 0293) is the flag carrier of Hong Kong, with its head office and main hub located at Hong Kong International Airport, although the airline's registered office is on the 33rd floor of One Pacific Place. The airline's operations include scheduled passenger and cargo services to 114 destinations in 36 countries worldwide, including codeshares and joint ventures, with a fleet of 132 wide-body aircraft, consisting of Airbus A330s and A340s, Boeing 747s and 777s. The airline also operates fifth freedom flights from Bangkok and Taipei, its major focus cities. Its wholly owned subsidiary, Dragonair, operates to 29 destinations in the Asia-Pacific region from its Hong Kong base. In 2009, Cathay Pacific and Dragonair operated 56,000 flights, carrying nearly 25 million passengers and over 1.52 million tonnes of cargo and mail.

The airline was founded on 24 September 1946 by American Roy C. Farrell and Australian Sydney H. de Kantzow, with each man putting up HK$1 to register the airline. The airline made the world's first non-stop transpolar flight flying over the North Pole in July 1998, and it also operated the maiden flight to arrive at the new Hong Kong International Airport. The airline celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2006; and , its major shareholders are Swire Pacific and Air China. It is reciprocally one of the major shareholders of Air China. Cathay Pacific currently holds the title of the world's third largest airline, measured in terms of market capitalization, according to the International Air Transport Association. In 2010, Cathay Pacific became the world's largest international cargo airline, along with main hub Hong Kong International Airport as the world's busiest airport in terms of cargo traffic.

Cathay Pacific is a founding member of the Oneworld alliance, with its subsidiary, Dragonair, as an affiliate member. The airline was awarded the title 2009 Airline of the Year by independent research consultancy firm Skytrax. Cathay Pacific is one of the seven airlines to be ranked as a 5-star airline by Skytrax.

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