Cathay Pacific marks 60th anniversary

HONG KONG — Cathay Pacific unveiled 'Future Innovations' a new range of products to enhance the comfort and space of their passengers — Economy, Business and First Class — at a glittering ceremony in Hong Kong yesterday to celebrate 60 years of the airlines that has become synonymous with Hong Kong at the Parade Ring, Sha Tin Racecourse.

By From Pratibha Umashankar

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Published: Sat 23 Sep 2006, 9:17 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 1:21 PM

In the exclusive sneak preview, attended by the Chief Executive of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, government officials, Cathay Pacific's trade partners, hand-picked invitees and the international media, sophisticated and ergonomic seating space designs were unveiled for future flights of all three classes. The Economy Class according to the airlines, will now have controlling space without compromising on the comfort of other passengers, while the Business Class passengers can enjoy the comfort of a totally flat bed, with the seat that can be transformed to sleeping space. The highlight of the new product innovation unveiling was the First Class personal suite with a significant increase in personal space and privacy.

The event also included awards to million mile travellers and oldest Marco Polo Club members, as also a Walking On Air fashion show that showcased the crew uniforms of the airlines down the 60 years.

Paying tribute the two founders of the airlines, Roy Ferrell and Sydney H de Kantzow, he said that thanks to the pioneering efforts of the two men, the airlines took off with its first cargo flight with a consignment of 1,000 chickens. 'The flightless birds literally took flight,' he said. The growth and development of the airlines has been synonymous with that of the dynamic growth of Hong Kong itself. Speaking to Khaleej Times, Roy Ferrell Jr, son of the co-founder said, 'It is, indeed, an emotional moment for me. The founders were fascinating men, whho started with one plane, and now the airlines employs over 16,000 people and has influenced the lives of millions.'

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