As the winner of World’s Best First Class Airline Lounge and Best Airline Cabin Cleanliness in Skytrax World Airline Awards 2016, Cathay Pacific is a dominant Hong Kong airline headquartered in Chek Lap Kok. The airline is a co-founder of oneworld® alliance. Today, the airline has 90 flight routes in 35 countries across Asia Pacific, Europe, North America, the Middle East, and Africa. Up until today, Cathay Pacific has served its passengers with four flight classes: Economy Class, Premium Economy Class, Business Class, and First Class.
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The Cathay Pacific Economy Class offers a convenient flight complete with a seamless check-in experience, friendly flight attendants, and a plethora of facilities, such as a personal compartment to place your phone and drinking glass, an adjustable seat back, a small table for those looking to catch up on work, and in-flight entertainment, such as movies, TV series, and music supported by Studio CX for both short and long-haul flights.
In the Economy Class of a long-haul flight, passengers are served with fours kinds of meal. Opened by salad and followed by a choice of main courses such as chicken and pasta, passengers are also served ice cream for dessert and coffee or tea as accompanying beverage. For short-haul flights, mushroom salad is served as appetizer, a choice of chicken or fish as main course, and mousse cake as dessert. For beverages, passengers can choose between coffee or tea.
Premium Economy passengers can enjoy wider seats, which can also be tilted up to 8 inches. The seats are equipped with a wide calf rest, a footrest, and a headrest to guarantee the passengers’ comfort. In-flight entertainment such as film, TV, and music can be enjoyed through the 10.6-inch screen using the soundproof headphone. Premium Economy Class passengers also receive a free amenity pouch containing socks, a blindfold, earplugs, and a set of toothbrush and toothpaste.
Premium Economy passengers are served a variety of menu, from Chinese delicacies to international cuisines. For example, shrimp salad as appetizer can be combined with beef steak or paccheri. Special ice cream can be the delightful dessert, while coffee and tea are always served as the beverages. On long-haul flights, a breakfast menu is always available. The menu includes an appetizer of fresh fruit cuts and a choice of main course such as a breakfast platter filled with sausages, eggs, and toasts, or seafood. Coffee and tea are served as the beverages.
When flying Business Class, more convenience is guaranteed by the wide seating and greater privacy. The 21-inch seat that can be tilted up to 47 inches and is automatically operated by an electrical system, is equipped with a footrest for total relaxation while flying. A private 15.4-inch screen completed with AVOD also enables an unforgettable in-flight entertainment experience, exclusive for Business Class passengers.
Collaborating with chefs from top restaurants and hotels, Cathay Pacific commits to giving the best meals for its Business Class passengers. Passengers can choose a lighter and healthier menu complete with award-winning wine to make their dining experience onboard a perfect one. A restaurant dinner on a long-haul flight, for instance, can be started with salmon gravlax, roasted Australian tenderloin beef with fourme d’ambert cheese for main course, and fruit cuts and black forest cake as desserts. For beverages, passengers can choose between illy coffee and Jing tea.
A long-haul flight on First Class will never be exhausting because here passengers are completely pampered with special seats. The seats can transformed into a small bed, 36 inches in width and 81 inches in length. The seats are also built with a massage machine, a private closet, and a 17-inch private TV screen. With a thick mattress and 500-thread-count cotton duvets, pillows, and cushions, the exhaustion from a long-haul flight will cease to exist and be replaced by a comfortable travel.
First Class passengers have the freedom to choose their own menu and when to have them during the flight. When the passengers are ready for their meal, the cabin crew will set the dinner on the passenger's table. A typical First Class dining starts with exclusive caviar and Krug champagne, followed by a choice of an international dish, such as tuna or Angus beef striploin, or a Chinese one, which ranges from Peking duck salad to fresh abalone, and ends with fresh forest berries topped with ginger syrup or a Belgian chocolate pudding. During the meal, passengers also get to enjoy Arenberger and French Brie cheeses, as well as illy coffee and Jing tea.
Cathay Pacific offers a frequent flyer program known as Marco Polo Club. The program is designed to provide benefits and services for every member in order to enhance their travel experience. The Marco Polo Club program consists of four levels of membership: Green, Silver, Gold, and Diamond. The membership tiers are determined by the members’ traveling frequency. Benefits include extra baggage allowance, access to airport lounges’ main classes, and an easier ticket booking. Marco Polo Club members can also earn points when flying with Cathay Pacific or other oneworld® alliance member airlines and redeem them for various prizes, such as free airline tickets or hotel vouchers.
Besides the Marco Polo Club, Cathay Pacific also offers Asia Miles, which allows passengers to collect points for every trip with Cathay Pacific or its more than 25 airline partners. Points are calculated based on flight distance, although traveling on a higher class cabin will multiply the passengers’ points by a certain percentage up to 150%. Asia Miles points can be redeemed for various things, from access to Cathay Pacific's airport lounge to round-trip tickets from Hong Kong to Los Angeles.
Passengers waiting for their next flight can enjoy the facilities provided in the Cathay Pacific airport lounges, which are available in most routes. In the airport lounge, passengers can enjoy snacks, a la carte menus, a shower, a working corner, or massage services. To access the airport lounge, passengers must be registered as a Marco Polo Club member or use their Asia Miles points.
Red is the main color of Cathay Pacific’s flight attendant uniform. A white shirt with a touch of the Mandarin-style collar is combined with a matte red skirt. Designed by famed Hong Kong designer Eddie Lau, the uniform is made from a flexible material to provide comfort and convenience. In addition to being the stylish statement of the brand’s image, this uniform is also designed to adapt to the working environment, the climate condition, sensitive social issues, and the flight’s health, safety, and security regulations.
2 pcs (max. 30 kg)
Max. 7 kg (Dimension: 23 x 36 x 56 cm)
Premium Economy Class
2 pcs (max. 35 kg)
2 pcs (max. 40 kg)
Max. 10 kg (Dimension: 23 x 36 x 56 cm)
3 pcs (max. 50 kg)
Max. 15 kg (Dimension: 23 x 36 x 56 cm)
Flights from/to America
2 pcs (max. 23 kg/pc)
Max. 7 kg (Dimension: 23 x 36 x 56 cm)
Premium Economy Class
2 pcs (max. 25 kg/pc)
2 pcs (max. 32 kg/pc)
Max. 10 kg (Dimension: 23 x 36 x 56 cm)
Max. 15 kg (Dimension: 23 x 36 x 56 cm)
Please find the check-in time for all Cathay Pacific flights on the table below. Check-in time may vary if your flight is operated by a partner airline. Please check your e-ticket to ensure.
Recommended Check-in Time
Check-in Time Limit
2 hours before departure
1 hour 30 minutes before departure
Online check-in is also available for Cathay Pacific flights. Please follow the steps below.
In general, refunds are permitted for personal reasons (self-cancellation, sickness, pregnancy, or death of a passenger), cancellation/rescheduling by the airline, force majeure, or double booking. However, different airlines have different policies regarding acceptable refund reasons. Please visit Cathay Pacific Refund Policy for a complete information on refund.
You can easily change your flight schedule and itinerary using Easy Reschedule. Some airlines allow changes to date, time, route, and airline, while some only allow changes to date and time.
Please refer to Cathay Pacific Reschedule Terms & Conditions to find the complete guide to rescheduling your flight. If your flight is not eligible for Easy Reschedule, please contact Cathay Pacific directly to reschedule.
Cathay Pacific (IATA code: CX) is a Hong Kong airline headquartered at Hong Kong International Airport, Chek Lap Kok. Today, Cathay Pacific and its subsidiary serve commercial flights and cargo shipments to 180 destinations in 44 countries around the world. Cathay Pacific is one of the co-founders of the oneworld® airlines alliance. The airline is also a part of the Swire Group, hence adopting the same motto, “Esse Quam Videri” which means “to be, rather than seem to be”. The airline aspire to master everything that the company can do, which includes guaranteeing the safety and security of its passengers and crew, contributing to the life of the people living in their destination countries, and in continuously improving its performance. Since its establishment on 24 September 1946, the airline has attained many achievements. For example, in 2014, Cathay Pacific was awarded the Airline of the Year title by Skytrax. Still, one of the airline’s most prestigious achievements was its non-stop transpolar flight across the North Pole in July 1998. In 2010, Cathay Pacific had also become the biggest international cargo service in the world, making Hong Kong International Airport—its headquarter—the airport in the world with the busiest cargo traffic. Cathay Pacific has four flight classes: First Class, Business Class, Premium Economy Class, and Economy Class. Every single flight class has its own specialty, such as in-flight entertainment in the form of songs and films, which can be enjoyed through the personal screen in front of each seat. Passengers are also served with delicious in-flight meals. Every passenger is allowed a cabin baggage and a checked baggage, but the maximum weight for every flight class is different. Economy Class passengers are allowed a free cabin baggage of up to 7 kg and a free checked baggage of up to 30 kg. Premium Economy Class passengers are allowed a free cabin baggage of up to 7 kg and a free checked baggage of up to 35 kg. Business Class passengers, on the other hand, get a free cabin baggage allowance of up to 10 kg and a free checked baggage allowance of up to 40 kg. First Class passengers are welcomed to bring up to 15 kg of cabin baggage and 40 kg of checked baggage. Cathay Pacific also offers a frequent flyer program known as Marco Polo Club. The program is divided into four tiers of membership, consisting of Green, Silver, Gold, and Diamond which are given based on the passengers’ traveling frequency. A variety of benefits can be obtained by enrolling in this program. The first advantage is the ability to check-in from special counters exclusive to Marco Polo Club members. Second, Marco Polo Club members also get additional baggage allowance and are prioritized during flight booking. Next, Marco Polo Club members are entitled to special points based on their mileage with Cathay Pacific or other oneworld® alliance members. The points then can be redeemed for various perks, from an access to Cathay Pacific’s airport lounges to free flight tickets. Cathay Pacific passengers are advised to check-in at the airport counter no later than 50 minutes prior to departure time. Cathay Pacific also provides self-check-in kiosks, which are currently available in Hong Kong International Airport. Passengers can also use the online check-in facility at the official Cathay Pacific website, available from 48 hours to 50 minutes before departure. During check-in, passengers can ask to change seats. Passengers with Marco Polo Club membership, specifically passengers with a Silver membership and above, can change their seat up to three times.
Cathay Pacific was founded by Australian Sydney de Kantzow and American Roy Farrell in January 1946. Both were former military pilots who frequently flew across the Himalaya Mountain. Farrell bought the first Cathay Pacific aircraft in New York on 6 October 1945. It was a Douglas DC-3 named Betsy. The aircraft is currently on display at the Hong Kong Science Museum. The first commercial Cathay Pacific flight delivered clothing from Sydney to Shanghai. However, Cathay Pacific had a rocky start. Since its establishment, Cathay Pacific had always been banned by the authorities in Shanghai, which prompted its move to Hong Kong. In Hong Kong, Farrell and de Kantzow registered their business on 24 September 1946 under the name Cathay Pacific. “Cathay” was chosen because it is the ancient name of China, while “Pacific” came from Farrell’s speculation that someday the airline could fly across the Pacific Ocean (which became a reality in 1970s). In 1948, Butterfield & Swire (known today as the Swire Group) bought 45% of Cathay Pacific shares. Later on, the Australian National Airways acquired a 35% stake, while Farrell and de Kantzow took the remaining 10%. Currently, the airline is under the ownership of the Swire Group. At the end of 1940s, the Hong Kong Government split the aviation market between Cathay Pacific and the only local competitor, Hong Kong Airways. Cathay Pacific was assigned to serve the southern routes (Southeast Asia and Australia), while Hong Kong Airways the northern routes (China, Korea, and Japan). However, due to the independence of the People's Republic of China and the Korean War, the northern route eventually became very limited. Therefore in 1959, Cathay Pacific acquired the Hong Kong Airways, making it the dominant airline in Hong Kong. In January 1990, Cathay Pacific acquired a majority stake of Dragonair, which later changed its name to Cathay Dragon in 2016. On 21 September 1998, Cathay Pacific joined forces with American Airlines, British Airways, Canadian Airlines, and Qantas to form oneworld® airline alliance. Until now, oneworld® alliance has had 15 airline members.