Cathay Pacific is the flag carrier of Hong Kong, with its head office located at Hong Kong International Airport. The airline was founded on 24 September 1946 by American Roy C. Farrell and Australian Sydney H. de Kantzow, with each man putting up $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.
How to Check In
You can check-in online 90 minutes to 48 hours before your flight is scheduled to depart if you are a Club/Asia Miles member or you have purchased a ticket from the Cathay website. You can check-in 90 minutes to 24 hours before your flight is scheduled to depart if you have an electronic ticket. Cathay Pacific recommends you arrive at the airport 2 hours before your flight is scheduled to depart. If you are departing from Hong Kong, you must have your boarding pass ready at least 45 minutes before your flight's scheduled departure time, if departing North America or Riyadh it’s 60 minutes prior to departure and if leaving from Dubai, then at least 75 minutes prior to flight departure.
Baggage Allowance and Fees
As with all airlines, there are restrictions when it comes to how much baggage you are allowed to check-in or take on board the flight. Always check with the airline before you travel. For up to date information on baggage allowance and charges, go to the Cathay Pacific website.
On Board Cathay Pacific
On a Chinese airline you can expect some really top notch Chinese food and Cathay Pacific certainly delivers on that front. On long and medium haul flights the airline has menus carrying a wide range of international cuisines but the regional Chinese dining experience is recommended. Cathay Pacific must be among the first airlines to have rice cookers, toasters and skillets on board, so that the cabin crew can prepare freshly cooked rice, toast and eggs. First Class passengers can also go à la carte and choose their own meals and dine anytime they wish. Enjoy a steaming bowl of hot noodle soup as a snack or a tempting ice cream while you watch an in-flight movie. As well as over 100 movies, Cathay Pacific's in-flight entertainment service also includes 500 TV programmes, 888 CDs and 22 radio channels. They also provide a wide range of newspapers and magazines.