American Roy C Farrell and Australian Sydney H de Kantzow founded Cathay Pacific Airways on 24 September, 1946. Initially based in Shanghai, the two men eventually moved to Hong Kong and established the airline. Legend has it that Farrell and a group of foreign correspondents thought up the airline’s unique name in the bar at the Manila Hotel!
Corporate headquarters are located at Hong Kong International Airport. We employ over 21,000 people worldwide. Cathay Pacific are also a founding member of the oneworld global alliance whose combined network serves over 750 destinations worldwide.
The Cathay Pacific Group, including Dragonair and Air Hong Kong, now operates more than 150 aircraft to some 130 destinations across the globe. We are committed to growing our operation to help strengthen Hong Kong’s role as one of the premier international aviation hubs.