Understanding Our Business

Cathay Pacific is an international airline registered and based in Hong Kong, offering scheduled passenger and cargo services to 162 destinations in 42 countries and territories. As Hong Kong’s major airline, we provide vital links for trade, investment in business and leisure travel. Through our passenger and cargo services under Cathay Pacific, Dragonair and Air Hong Kong, we connect Hong Kong to the world.

Cathay Pacific is proud of its heritage. We were founded in 1946 and have grown along with Hong Kong, sharing in the set-backs and triumphs of the past six decades. Our strategy has long been to offer a premium-quality service package based on safety, customer service, schedule and network to support the passenger and cargo transport needs of the communities the airline serves. Cathay Pacific and its subsidiaries now employ over 29,000 people worldwide.

Our investments are diverse and include aircraft fleet, airline services, catering, ground handling, our corporate headquarters and a new cargo terminal at the Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA). Cathay Pacific has its own listing on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, with Swire Pacific and Air China as its two major shareholders, whose shares remained at 44.97% and 29.99% respectively in 2011. Air China Cargo (ACC) commenced operation as a joint venture cargo carrier between Air China and Cathay Pacific in May 2011. Under the joint venture, Air China has a 51% equity interest in ACC while the Cathay Pacific Group has a 25% equity interest together with a 24% economic interest.

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