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Cathay Dragon (also known as Dragonair) is an airline headquartered in Hong Kong, China.


The airline was formerly named as Dragonair and now operates as Cathay Dragon.


Cathay Dragon flies to many destinations including Amsterdam, Beijing, Changsha, Chengdu, Dalian, Da Nang, Dhaka, Denpasar, Dubai, Fukuoka, Fuzhou, Guilin, Hanoi, Hangzhou, Kunming, Nanjing, Ningbo, Osaka, Xiamen, Xi'ana and Zhengzhou.


Cathay Dragon's main hub airport is Hong Kong International Airport and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hong Kong's flag carrier, Cathay Pacific as well as a member of the Oneworld airline alliance.


The airline has codeshare agreements with Cathay Pacific, Air China, Malaysia Airlines, Royal Brunei Airlines, S7 Airlines and Shenzhen Airlines.


Cathay Dragon is an affiliate member of oneworld, is a Hong-Kong based international airline and a member of the Cathay Pacific Group. Established in 1985, the airline now operates a fleet of 19 A330s, A321s, A320s and the airline's network covers 53 destinations across the Asia-Pacific region, including 23 in Mainland China.


Cathay Dragon is an all-Airbus operator, with a current fleet of 23 A320 Family aircraft and 24 widebody A330-300s. In addition, Cathay Pacific operates 37 A330-300s, making the Group the largest A330 operator in the Asia-Pacific region. Cathay Pacific also operates the all-new long haul A350 XWB, with 18 A350-900s already in service.

The carrier has another 30 A350 XWBs on order for future delivery, including the A350-900 and larger A350-1000.



Dragonair operates about 400 flights a week to the Mainland, offering quality services to passengers around the region.



Frequent Flyer Program


Cathay Dragon offers its regular passengers the opportunity to join the frequent flyer programme Marco Polo Club which is the loyalty programme of Cathay Pacific.


There are four tiers in the Club:






Each offers its members a range of privileges and benefits that make every journey something to look forward to.





Cathay Dragon offers for its passengers one free baggage allowance of one cabin bag not exceeding 5 kg in weight.


For checked in-baggage, for countries except the Americas, adults in first are entitled to 40kg maximum weight, Business 30kg and Economy 20kg.


For Central, North and South America flights, passengers in First and Business are entitled to 32kg and Passengers in Economy are entitled to 23kg.







17th September 2017


Cathay Dragon places order for 32 Airbus 321neos

Hong Kong head-quartered Cathay Pacific Airways has finalised an order with Airbus for 32 A321neo single-aisle aircraft. The aircraft will be operated by Cathay Dragon, the regional carrier of the Group, on services linking its Hong Kong home base with destinations across Asia. The purchase agreement firms up an MOU announced last month.

The new A321neo aircraft will replace and modernise Cathay Dragon’s current in-service fleet of 15 A320s and eight A321s, with the additional aircraft allowing the airline to capture growth opportunities in the region. The Cathay Dragon network currently covers 56 Asian destinations, including 28 in mainland China.

Cathay Dragon is an all-Airbus operator, with a current fleet of 23 A320 Family aircraft and 24 widebody A330-300s. In addition, Cathay Pacific operates 37 A330-300s, making the Group the largest A330 operator in the Asia-Pacific region. Cathay Pacific also operates the all-new long haul A350 XWB, with 18 A350-900s already in service. The carrier has another 30 A350 XWBs on order for future delivery, including the A350-900 and larger A350-1000.


The A321 is the largest member of the A320 Family and seats up to 240 passengers, depending on cabin configuration. Incorporating the latest engines, aerodynamic advances and cabin innovations, the A321neo offers a reduction in fuel consumption of up to 20 per cent per seat.

The A320 Family is the world’s best-selling single-aisle product line and comprises four models (A318, A319, A320, A321) seating from 100 to 240 seats. To date, the Family has won over 13,200 orders, and more than 7,700 aircraft have been delivered to some 400 customers and operators worldwide.




August 2017


Cathay Dragon signs MoU for 32 A321neos

Cathay Dragon has signed a memorandum of understanding to acquire 32 Airbus A321neo aircraft, in a deal valued at HK$31.7 billion ($4.05 billion) at list prices. The new jets, scheduled to be delivered between 2020 and 2023, are intended to replace the Hong Kong regional carrier's existing fleet of 23 narrowbodies. These comprise of 15 A320s and eight A321s."The intention to purchase these 32 environmentally-friendly aircraft will allow us to add new destinations to Cathay Dragon's network. We also intend to increase frequencies on some of our most popular routes in order to provide our customers with more travel choices and convenience," says Cathay Pacific's chief executive Rupert Hogg. "The substantial investment we are making in new aircraft underlines our confidence in the future of the Cathay Pacific Group, as well as our commitment to bolstering Hong Kong's position as Asia's largest international aviation hub as we bring new connectivity to and from our home." Besides the 23 narrowbodies, Cathay Dragon also has 24 Airbus A330s in its fleet.



June 2017


Hong Kong airline Cathay Dragon expands its mainland China network

Hong Kong based airline Cathay Dragon said it will grow its network in mainland China through the expansion of its code share arrangment with Shenzhen Airlines. 



March 2017


Cathay Dragon launched 2 x Daily services between Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur. The service was launched 1st March 2017 and flown by A330-300s. This is now Cathay Dragon's 3rd route to Malaysia and is already serving Penang with 11 weekly flights. The subsidiary of Cathay Pacific Airways will add three mainland cities to its list of destinations, including the eastern cities of Yantai and Jinan in Shandong Province, and Harbin in northeast China. 


Tickets for the new code share services are now open for sale for travel beginning July 11 this year, according to information provided by the airlines. Under the new agreement, Cathay Dragon’s “KA” code will be assigned to Shenzhen Airlines’ flights between Hong Kong and Yantai, Jinan and Harbin, while Shenzhen Airlines’ “ZH” code will be used for Cathay Dragon’s services between Hong Kong and Nanjing, an eastern city in Jiangsu province, and Xian in central China.




Route Map 



Popular Routes


Hong Kong    Chengdu


Changsha   Hong Kong


Kunming    Hong Kong


Shanghai    Tokyo


Hong Kong   Xi'an


Hong Kong    Guangzhou


The Fleet


Airbus A320-200









Airbus A330-300







Airbus A321-200



Dragonair Airbus A330-300

An Airbus A320-200 painted in Dragonair's livery taxiing on the taxiway

Dragonair Airbus A320-200




Hong Kong International Airport

HUB Airport


Hong Kong International Airport is the main airport of Hong Kong, which is on the island Chek Lap Kok. It is the hub airport of Cathay Pacific, Dragonair, Hong Kong Airlines, Hong Kong Express Airways. It is also a focus city for China Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Ethiopian Airlines. The airport has two runaways and can handle nearly 70 million passengers every year. 



Oneworld alliance




Oneworld alliance is a leading global airline network, with 15 member airlines. Oneworld alliance was founded and now consists of member airline such as Cathay Pacific, Finnair, LAN, TAM, Malaysia, Qantas, Qatar, SriLankan Airlines, Iberia, British Airways, American Airlines and many others. Oneworld alliance covers more than a thousand destinations in 155 countries. 




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A wholly owned subsidiary of the great Cathay Pacific Airlines of Hong Kong, Dragonair is a mighty airline in its own right carrying over 5.5 million passengers in 2007.

Dragonair - Flights China to Hong Kong

Dragonair is a great way to get from the unique city of Hong Kong to the main cities in mainland China. Scheduled services operate to 33 cities throughout SE Asia including Beijing, Changsha, Chengdu, Chongquin, Dalian, Fuzhou, Guangzhou, Guilin, Haikou, Hangzhou, Kunming, Nanjing, Ningbo, Qingdao, Sanya, Shanghai, Shenyang, Tianjin, Wuhan, Xiamen and Xian. Internationally, flights are operated to six countries including Bangladesh (Dhaka), Brunei, Japan (Tokyo), Korea (Busan), Taiwan (Taipei and Kaoshiing) and Thailand (Phuket).

Dragonair Hong Kong Flights

2006 was a watershed year for Dragonair, which saw it become 100% owned by Cathay Pacific. This deal works in both directions giving Cathay its entrée into the dramatically expanding Chinese market for air travel and giving Dragonair the long-haul international traffic off Cathay’s long haul network. Thoroughly professional with modern aircraft, Dragonair will remain a separate brand for some years to come however we expect the impact of its new ownership (and the internationalisation of China, the country) to have a westernising impact on it customer service and approach to passengers. NEWS UPDATE: DRAGONAIR wins 2 prestigious awards. Dragon Air has just been voted the best airline in China and also the best in SE Asia in 2007, over 15 million people of 97 nationalaties took part in the SKYTRAK worldwide survey.

Dragonair's Fleet

Dragonair’s distinctive livery is on the side of a mixed fleet of 36 aircraft, including Boeing 747’s and Airbus 300/320/321/330’s.

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