Cathay Pa­cific cel­e­brates its 40th an­niver­sary in Dubai

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Cathay Pa­cific cel­e­brates its 40th an­niver­sary in Dubai

This year Cathay Pa­cific marks 40 years fly­ing be­tween Hong Kong and Dubai. Back in 1977, the twice-weekly UAE route be­came the air­line’s 20th des­ti­na­tion and its se­cond des­ti­na­tion in the Gulf (after Bahrain). In 1971, the car­rier be­came the first op­er­a­tor of the ‘new’ Boe­ing 707 wide-look air­craft, which served this route. With a cruis­ing speed of 575mph and room for 154 pas­sen­gers, it quickly be­came the air­line’s big­gest air­craft.. Leav­ing Hong Kong on Wed­nes­days and Sun­days as flight CX 741 and CX 740, the route ini­tially flew via Bangkok and Bahrain.

By 1977, Cathay op­er­ated a com­bined fleet of six Su­per TriS­tars and 10 B707s, car­ry­ing 1,891,197 pas­sen­gers and 58,690,430 kgs of cargo across its net­work.

Al­most two-and-half decades later the air­line in­tro­duced its first non-stop ser­vice to Dubai, op­er­ated by a B747. To­day, Cathay Pa­cific op­er­ates a two-class con­fig­u­ra­tion to the UAE us­ing an Air­bus A330-300 twice daily, and flies to nearly 200 des­ti­na­tions.

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