Cathay’s four decades in Dubai

The year 2017 marks 40 years since Cathay Pa­cific be­gan op­er­a­tions on its Dubai route from its hub in Hong Kong in 1977, mark­ing its 20th des­ti­na­tion.

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Cathay Pa­cific Coun­try Man­ager UAE & Oman, Ashish Ka­pur, says, “Since launch­ing the Dubai route four decades ago, we have played an im­por­tant part in bring­ing vis­i­tors from dif­fer­ent parts of the world to this fast grow­ing coun­try. We, as an air­line, have come a long way in de­vel­op­ing our prod­ucts and ser­vices for our cus­tomers in this re­gion and will con­tinue our com­mit­ment in pro­vid­ing a high stan­dard of ser­vice and con­nect­ing trav­ellers from Dubai to Hong Kong and be­yond.”

The twice-weekly ser­vice marked the Asian air­line’s sec­ond des­ti­na­tion in the re­gion. The first flight, ser­viced by a Boe­ing 707, launched within a year of Cathay Pa­cific adding its first Mid­dle East route to Bahrain. Leav­ing Hong Kong on Wed­nes­days and Sun­days, CX741 and CX740, ini­tially flew via Bangkok and Bahrain. A di­rect Hong Kong-Dubai ser­vice was in­tro­duced just 24 years late in 1993, com­pli­ment­ing Cathay Pa­cific’s ex­ist­ing ser­vice to the United Arab Emi­rates via Bangkok and Mum­bai. Dur­ing the last 40 years, the route has seen a num­ber of en­hance­ments, in­clud­ing the in­tro­duc­tion of the Su­per Tris­tar L1011 – Cathay Pa­cific’s first wide-body jet – on the Dubai route in 1982. The new air­craft sup­ported the launch of a twice weekly Hong Kong to Mum­bai ser­vice that op­er­ated via Bangkok and on to Dubai (CX751/750).

We will con­tinue to pro­vide a high stan­dard of ser­vice and con­nect­ing trav­ellers from Dubai to Hong Kong and be­yond

By the end of 1989, the Hong Kong-Bangkok-Mum­bai-Dubai ser­vice in­creased to four times a week. Through­out the last four decades, the route has been ser­viced by the air­line’s Boe­ing 747-300, Boe­ing 777, and Air­bus A330-300. By 2008, Dubai had ex­panded to 18 flights a week, 14 be­ing di­rect op­er­at­ing twice a day, and one op­er­at­ing via Mum­bai. The re­main­der were routed through Bangkok and on to Bahrain.

Ashish Ka­pur Coun­try Man­ager UAE & Oman Cathay Pa­cific

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