Dragonair has officially been rebranded as Cathay Dragon, bringing the airline closer to Cathay Pacific in a launch that will provide customers with a more seamless travel experience across the airlines’ respective regional and international networks. At an unveiling ceremony at the newly-named Cathay Dragon House, the airline’s headquarters in Hong Kong, Cathay Dragon chief executive Algernon Yau said: “This is a momentous day in the history of Cathay Dragon and I am excited about the future of the airline and the fresh opportunities that our rebranding brings.
LATAM Airlines Brasil and Cathay Pacific Airways have entered into a codeshare agreement, offering passengers increased connectivity between South America and Asia. Both airlines are members of oneworld and this agreement further enhances the alliance.
Cathay Pacific Airways today saw its first flight take off from London Gatwick to Hong Kong. The only non-stop service connecting Gatwick and Hong Kong, it will also be Cathay Pacific’s first long-haul route in the UK to feature the brand new Airbus 350-900 aircraft. Ideally placed to serve both leisure and business travellers, the new four-times weekly service will operate from Gatwick’s South Terminal.
Cathay Pacific Airways has previewed its new Business Class Lounge at The Pier at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA), following a comprehensive refurbishment. Located adjacent to Gate 65 in the North West concourse of HKIA, the new Business Class Lounge occupies a space of 3,306 square metres, with seating for 550 people.
Cathay Pacific Group has reported an attributable profit of HK$6,000 million for 2015, rising from a profit of HK$3,150 million in 2014. Earnings per share were HK152.5 cents, compared to HK80.1 cents in the previous year. The group’s performance in 2015 was better than in 2014, with the business benefiting from low fuel prices.
Cathay Pacific Airways has announced that it will launch a new four-times-weekly service from London’s Gatwick Airport and Hong Kong on September 2nd, 2016. Subject to government approval, Cathay will be the only airline that flies non-stop between Gatwick and Hong Kong.
Cathay Pacific Airways has announced the appointment of Neil Glenn as its general manager, Europe. Taking responsibility for the airline’s strategic planning and business development in Europe, Glenn will oversee the operation of the airline within the region. Having joined John Swire & Sons in 1990, Glenn most recently worked in Singapore as managing director of Swire Pacific Offshore Operations.
Cathay Pacific Airways has announced that it will be making changes to its Marco Polo Club loyalty programme to reflect the evolving travel needs of its most loyal customers. The airline aims to enhance the overall membership experience through more effective recognition of the contribution made by individual members. Cathay Pacific has been growing its network in recent years, with the addition of many ultra-long and ultra-short-haul services, as well as making a significant investment in the differentiation of its cabin products.
Cathay Pacific has launched a four-times weekly service to Dusseldorf this week. Düsseldorf is Cathay Pacific’s second destination in Germany, after Frankfurt, and marks the latest enhancement to its Europe network.
Cathay Pacific Airways has confirmed the appointment of three new directors in the airline, with all three appointments to be effective from the summer of 2015. Paul Loo will become director corporate development and will be responsible for the development of Cathay Pacific’s networks and long-term strategic direction. Loo joined Cathay Pacific in 1991 and has held a number of senior positions in the airline.
Ivan Chu, chief executive of Cathay Pacific Airways, has been nominated by the governing board of oneworld to serve as its chairman for the year ahead. He succeeds Willie Walsh, chief executive of IAG, the parent of oneworld members British Airways and Iberia. As oneworld governing board chairman, Ivan Chu will act as “first among equals” of the chief executive of the alliance’s member airlines in oneworld governance.