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About Cathay Dragon
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.
9th March 2018
Cathay Dragon flight attendants fight against ‘skirts-only’ rule
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Hong Kong Dragon Airlines Flight Attendants Association (FAA) has started negotiations with and submitted a proposal to the airline, requesting salary increase of 4% and to allow female flight attendants to choose wear pants or skirts while on duty, according to Apple Daily.
The union said female cabin crew should have the option to choose wearing skirts or pants to work, especially under extreme cold weather.
Rebecca Sy, chairperson of FAA, told Apple Daily that many female employees complained it was unendurable to wear skirts to work during cold days, and the company already allowed male cabin crew to wear short-sleeve shirts instead of full suit when on duty during summer since last year. She added that some Asian airlines have also ended their skirts-only dress code for female cabin crew, including Korean Air and Asiana Airlines.
Carol Ng, spokesperson of the Hong Kong Cabin Crew Federation (HKCCF), also said many European and American airlines have already allowed female flight attendants to wear pants to work. She hopes Hong Kong employers could keep up with the global trend.
Cathay Pacific, parent company of Cathay Dragon, said the company will continue to discuss with the union on different topics that both parties concerned.
16th February 2018
Cathay Pacific Group releases total traffic statistics for January 2018
Cathay Pacific Group on February 15 released combined Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon traffic figures for January 2018 that show that the number of passengers on Cathay Dragon services had dropped but there was a surge in cargo and mail uplifted compared to the same month in 2017.
Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon carried a total of 2,911,355 passengers last month – a decrease of 1.9% compared to January 2017. The passenger load factor dropped 2.3 percentage points to 84.2%, while capacity, measured in available seat kilometres (ASKs), increased by 2.6%. The two airline s carried 172,622 tonnes of cargo and mail last month, an increase of 14.2% compared to the same month last year. The cargo and mail load factor rose by 3.5 percentage points to 65.4%. Capacity, measured in available cargo/mail tonne kilometres, was up by 4.6% while cargo and mail revenue tonne kilometres (RTKs) increased by 10.5%, according to Cathay Pacific Group.
Cathay Pacific Director Commercial and Cargo Ronald Lam said: “Overall performance in January was distorted because of Chinese New Year starting later this year when compared to 2017. Demand for premium class travel continued to be robust during the month, while student return traffic on long-haul routes, especially those to the United Kingdom and Southwest Pacific, was strong early in the month. Indian routes were our star performers, with passenger volumes rising higher than capacity increases.”
“Meanwhile, our cargo business got off to a solid start in 2018. As expected, airfreight volumes subsided a little after the year-end peak, but overall, markets remained relatively buoyant in January. The pre-Chinese New Year rush out of Hong Kong and mainland China was a little softer than anticipated, but this enabled the carriage of more trans-shipment across our network. The inbound load factor improved across all route groups, with overall tonnage growing ahead of capacity. In terms of products, the flow of perishables into Asia and e-commerce movements from the region continued to be healthy in the lead up to the Chinese New Year holiday period.”
17th January 2018
Hong Kong’s flagship carrier sees a surge in passenger and cargo traffic
The combined results for Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon for December 2017 show a notable increase in the number of passengers and the amount of cargo compared to last year's figures. Both airlines together carried a total of 3,051,564 passengers last month, increasing their numbers by 3.1% compared to December 2016.
The significant difference, however, is in the amount of cargo carried, with a year-on-year increase of 10%. Despite a disparity in increased capacity and load factor, there is a constannt and steady positive incline across the board.
Ronald Lam, director commercial and cargo of Cathay Pacific said: "Business traffic prior to the holiday period continued to be strong, while frontend leisure demand over Christmas was high, especially on regional routes. The backend performance was also robust, which was partially driven by a growing demand for premium economy class travel. On December 23, 2017, we established a new record in the number of passengers carried in a single day. Routes to the UK and Europe were particularly popular during the month, while routes to Japan and Taiwan also performed well, with both volume and yield improvements recorded."
"Cargo's strong momentum continued well into December, with volumes growing well ahead of capacity. We were able to sustain a high load factor and high yield during the month. As a result, revenue efficiency gains were observed in all route groups. Not only did our home market of Hong Kong perform well, strong cargo feed from across the network enabled us to achieve an all-time weekly tonnage uplift record in the week ending December 9. In terms of the nature of commodities carried, perishables were much in demand in the lead up to the festive season," said Lam.
18th October 2017
Hong Kong’s flagship carrier increases Yangon flights
Pyrotechnics and firework light up the night sky as part of the celebrations for the New Year in Hong Kong, which serves as a popular tourist destination. In late October, Cathay Dragon will scale up the traffic capacity between Yangon and Hong Kong by an extra 60 percent. The flights target both Myanmar travellers who use Hong Kong as a transit hub for Northeast Asia and other continents as well as business travellers who move around in the region.
Currently, the carrier, formerly Dragonair, operates a daily flight from Yangon to Hong Kong. Starting from October 29, it will serve an additional 4 flights per week, operating on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. The new flights depart Hong Kong at 2:25pm and arrive in Yangon at 4:20pm. The return flight departs Yangon at 5:20pm, arriving in Hong Kong at 9:45pm, with a flying time of just 2.45 hours.
Cathay Dragon is the regional carrier of Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific Group, the city’s flagship carrier. The group has a long history with Myanmar, dating back to almost a century ago. “In the 1940s, Yangon was actually one of the very first routes served by Cathay Pacific!” Nicholas Bury, the airline’s country manager in Myanmar, said.
The additional flights provide passengers a much shorter connecting time to a wide range of destinations within the Cathay Pacific network through its Hong Kong hub. This includes Sydney and Melbourne in Australia, all 13 of Cathay’s European destinations, including London, Paris, Rome and Madrid, and San Francisco in the US.
9th October 2017
Cathay Dragon ends Kota Kinabalu service in January 2018
Cathay Dragon in January 2018 is ending service to Kota Kinabalu, as the airline closed reservation for Hong Kong – Kota Kinabalu route, for travel on/after 09JAN18. Last flight is scheduled on 07JAN18.
This route is currently served 5 times a week, with Airbus A320 aircraft:
KA061 HKG0805 – 1105BKI 320 247
KA067 HKG1515 – 1820BKI 320 6
KA067 HKG1610 – 1915BKI 320 3
KA060 BKI1200 – 1455HKG 320 2
KA060 BKI1200 – 1505HKG 320 47
KA068 BKI2010 – 2305HKG 320 36
28th September 2017
Cathay Dragon expands Fukuoka service flights in W17
Cathay Dragon in winter 2017/18 season plans to increase Hong Kong – Fukuoka route, currently served 7 weekly with Airbus A330-300 aircraft. From 18DEC17, 8th weekly flight will be added (Day 1), and will be further expanded to 11 weekly from 14JAN18. New flights will be operated by A320.
KA382 HKG0805 – 1300FUK 320 247
KA380 HKG1105 – 1515FUK 333 D
KA382 HKG1345 – 1755FUK 320 1
KA383 FUK1355 – 1655HKG 320 7
KA383 FUK1400 – 1655HKG 320 24
KA381 FUK1625 – 1925HKG 333 D
KA385 FUK1855 – 2205HKG 320 1
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.
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.
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.
Cathay Dragon new service to Kuala Lumpur
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.
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