Cathay Pacific Airlines is the flag carrier of Hong Kong, with its main head office located in Hong Kong International Airport. The airline also owns and operates subsidiary airline, Cathay Dragon, which services 44 Asian-Pacific destinations.
Cathay Pacific operates a vast network of international flights, carrying passengers to 200 destinations spread across 52 countries, globally.
Founded in 1946, and initially located in Shanghai, Cathay Pacific made history with the first non-stop transpolar flight over the North Pole, to land for the first time at the new Hong Kong International Airport in 1998. The airline is the 10th largest in the world, in terms of sales, and the 14th largest measured in market capitalisation. Cathay Pacific was named as the world’s largest international cargo airline in 2010.
A founding member of the Oneworld Alliance, Cathay Pacific has achieved the ‘World’s Best Airline’ award a total of four times.
Cathay Pacific serves destinations across the wold on all major continents: Asia, Europe, North America, South America, Australia, New Zealand and Africa (South Africa) – with direct flights from Hong Kong, landing at Johannesburg International Airport. Cathay Pacific subsidiary, Cathay Dragon flies to 13 countries throughout Asia, with its headquarters also based in Hong Kong.
Cabin & Flight Classes
All seating and appliances have received a recent upgrade, now offering a 6-inch recline, larger width and 81cm of pitch. Additionally, power outlets and USB sockets are provided behind larger tray tables, while a coat hook and new seat pocket relocated below the seat cushion for added leg room are available. Fresh meals are served on long-haul flights as well a full bar service, soft drinks, tea and coffee.
All seats include a 38-inch seat pitch, while the seat a larger recline. Passengers have access to a larger meal table, cocktail table, footrest, in-seat power outlets and additional storage space. Fresh meals are also served throughout long-haul flights, as well as a full bar service, soft drinks, tea and coffee.
Business & First class
With their signature Herringbone style seats that offer privacy and premium comfort, business class travellers have access to 21-inch wide seats, with a 47-inch electrical recline and leg rest, which converts into a fully flat bed. Also included are wide personal screens, foldable arm trays and an exclusive three-course meal and drinks service for long-haul flights. First class seats also convert into fully flat beds, and travellers have access to a build-in massage function as well as a personal closet, ottoman for storage and adjustable 17-inch televisions. The same quality meal and drinks service applies.
The 2017 Fleet
The airline has 85 aircraft on order and currently operates an all wide-body fleet of aircraft, comprised of Airbus A330, A340, A350 XWB and Boeing 777.
- 41 x Airbus A330-300
- 3 x Airbus A340-300
- 10 x Airbus A350-900
- 1 x Airbus A350-1000
- 5 x Boeing 777-200
- 12 x Boeing 777-300
- 53 x Boeing 777-300 ER
The in-flight entertainment system known as StudioCX is on-hand, with each seat equipped with personal televisions of varying size, depending on cabin class. StudioCX offers up-to-date movies, television shows, popular Asian shows, a music library and games. Additionally, travellers have access to a number of worldwide newspapers and magazines and the in-flight magazine, Discovery.
Passengers are permitted two bags each, not weighing more than 20kg per bag for economy class, 30kg for business class and 44kg for first class. Baggage allowance can be checked on the Cathay Pacific interactive ‘chatbot’ page online.
If travelling to North, Central or South America, passengers are permitted two bags each, not weighing more than 32kgs per bag.
Each traveller is allowed one carry-on bag as well as a personal item, including a handbag, laptop bag, briefcase etc. All carry-on luggage must fit in the overhead bins or under the individual’s seat. Dimensions must not exceed: 56cm x 36cm x 23cm.
Frequent Flyer / Rewards Programme
Cathay Pacific offers two loyalty programmes: The Marco Polo Club and Asia Miles. The Marco Polo Club allows passengers to earn points on fare classes with Cathay Pacific, Cathay Dragon and Oneworld alliance airlines, and these points grant access to different tiers of the programme. Higher-tiered members are offered perks such as additional baggage allowance, priority flight booking and airport lounge access.
Asia Miles can be earned with more than 500 partners in 9 categories, including airlines, hotels, dining, retail, travel and leisure, transport and telecoms which can be redeemed on flights, hotel and car hire bookings and selected merchandise.
All Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon passengers can check-in online, select a seat and print their boarding pass from 48 hours to 90 minutes prior to departure. The online procedure is quick and efficient with only a member number and PIN or an e-Ticket reference number required for non-members.
Contact Cathay Pacific in South Africa
Johannesburg International Airport
(+27) 11 390 1011
(+27) 080 061 1206
(+27) 2142 77 999 (for overseas countries)
Cathay Pacific in the news
Cathay Pacific upgrade their fleet with new Airbus A350
The world’s leading Asia-Pacific airline, Cathay Pacific, has recently supplemented their impressive fleet with a valuable addition – the Airbus A350, which arrived in Melbourne on Wednesday, 1 February for its first flight to Australia. Daily flights are set to embark from Melbourne to Hong Kong, while the aircraft is said to use 25% less fuel, reduce jet lag for travellers and be one of the most cost-effective, modern aircraft on the market.