Cathay Pacific’s new livery revealed

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Asia, Hong Kong, Miscellaneous Spotting | Posted on 31-10-2015


Cathay Pacific's New Livery

Revealed via YouTube is Cathay Pacific’s new livery, which has been painted on Boeing 777-300ER B-KPH.

The still image above is not too clear, however it doesn’t appear to be too much of a change from the existing livery. You can watch the official video posted on Youtube here, which shows it a lot clearer:

What do you think?

Cathay Pacific A350 Routes

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Asia, Hong Kong | Posted on 09-09-2015



Cathay Pacific’s first Airbus A350-900 has appeared in the production hangar, and it won’t be long till delivery of the type to the airline.  It currently has 22 -900s on order, and 26 of the longer A350-1000s.

Entry into service is expected in February 2016, and the airline has announced the first international routes.

Cathay Pacific A350 Routes

  • Hong Kong to Copenhagen
  • Hong Kong to London Gatwick
  • Hong Kong to Madrid

It is interesting that all are European destinations. Presumably the airline will undertake regional Asian routes for crew familiarisation

As always, keep an eye on our Airbus A350 Routes Page for a list of all the destinations served by different A350 operators.

Scoot’s 787 routes revealed

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Airport News, Asia, Australasia, Australia, China, Hong Kong, Miscellaneous Spotting, Singapore | Posted on 11-09-2014


(c) FlyScoot

Scoot, the low cost carrier owned by Singapore Airlines, has revealed the routes to be flown by its new Boeing 787 Dreamliners.

The first of these aircraft, a 787-9 model, is due to arrive in November and will likely begin flying for crew familiarisation on some of the carrier’s shorter routes.

Then, from 29 March 2015 the type will enter service on routes from Singapore to Hong Kong, Perth and Sydney.

The airline has 10 787-8 and 10 787-9 aircraft on order. Additional routes to be started in April and May 2015 include Bangkok, Gold Coast, Shenyang and Tianjin.

Eventually all of the airline’s Boeing 777-200s will be replaced by the 787.


You can find out more from our Boeing 787 Routes Page.

Cathay Pacific plans last passenger Boeing 747 flight on 31 August

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Asia, Hong Kong, Miscellaneous Spotting, North America, USA | Posted on 20-08-2014


Creative Commons (c) Aero Icarus

Creative Commons (c) Aero Icarus

Cathay Pacific has signalled the end for its Boeing 747-400 passenger fleet by announcing the final flight of the type.

On 31st August, the airline will operate the final 747-400 passenger flight from San Francisco to Hong Kong, ending 18 years of service with the type since its first -200B example began flying in July 1986.

Significantly, the first route operated by a Cathay Pacific 747 was from San Francisco to Hong Kong, so this is a fitting tribute.

The airline will continue to fly Boeing 747-400 and -8 models as part of its cargo operation.


As a side note, the airline has also announced that it will retire its Airbus A340-300 fleet in 2017.

Finnair A350 routes announced

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Asia, China, Finland, Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, Western Europe | Posted on 16-08-2014


A350XWB Finnair

Finnair has announced an initial batch of routes that it will fly with its Airbus A350 aircraft.

The airline has opted for the A350-900 model, and will take delivery of the first of 11 aircraft on order in the middle of 2015. It has eight options for additional aircraft.

The first routes to be operated by the A350 will be from Helsinki to Bangkok, Beijing, and Shanghai. They are likely to commence in the second half of 2015.

Additionally, Hong Kong and Singapore will be added in 2016.

For Finnair, the A350 will be its flagship long haul aircraft, and these are the airline’s flagship international routes, as it has a significant presence on the Europe – Asia network.

Finnair CEO Pekka Vauramo said: “Since Finnair’s founding in 1923, we have had a long history of operations using the most advanced aircraft available,” he added “As the first European operator of the A350, we are proud to carry forward this tradition on behalf of our passengers, whose safety and comfort remain our first priority.”

Reborn HK Express reveals new logo and livery

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Asia, Hong Kong, Miscellaneous Spotting, South Korea | Posted on 23-01-2014


(c) HK Express

HK Express, formerly Hong Kong Express, has revealed its new logo and aircraft livery.

The airline, which flies Airbus A320s, has turned itself into a low cost carrier (LCC) operating from Hong Kong to a number of destinations. Its latest route will link Seoul in South Korea from 30th March.

The airline hopes to have 11 A320s flying by the end of the year. They will wear the smart new livery seen here.

Mr. Andrew Cowen, Deputy CEO of HK Express explained, “The new logo and livery design will be rolled out across all of our branding towards the end of March. We wanted to establish a new brand for HK Express to reflect and support the amazing transition that HK Express has undergone in the past year, and the fresh, youthful and dynamic sense that the new design inspires fits perfectly with our ethos as Hong Kong’s one-and-only low fare airline. We look forward to the adventure continuing in 2014 and beyond!”

Cathay Pacific Cargo switching to Dubai World Central

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Airport News, Asia, Dubai, Hong Kong, Middle East | Posted on 16-12-2013


Cathay Pacific CargoFrom 1st February 2014 Cathay Pacific will move its Cargo operations from Dubai International Airport to Dubai World Central (Al Maktoum) Airport.

The airline’s passenger flights will remain at the existing airport, however.

1,000th Airbus A330 delivered to Cathay Pacific

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Asia, France, Hong Kong, Western Europe | Posted on 19-07-2013


A330-300 Cathay PacificCathay Pacific today received the 1,000th Airbus A330 aircraft in a ceremony at Toulouse.

“The A330 has played an integral part in Cathay Pacific’s growth and we look forward to continuing our successful partnership in the future,” said Ivan Chu, Chief Operating Officer, Cathay Pacific Airways. “The A330 is the backbone of our mid-size fleet and we are delighted with the reliability, flexibility and above all the economics of this great aircraft. We are very proud to be the recipient of the 1,000th A330.”

Since its first delivery of the A330 in 1995, Cathay Pacific’s Airbus fleet now comprises 38 A330-300s and 11 A340s.

The 1,000th A330 carries the registration B-LBB.

Biman last DC-10 flight in October

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Abu Dhabi, Airline News, Asia, Bangladesh, Dubai, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Middle East, Oman, Spotting News | Posted on 30-06-2013


Bangladesh Biman DC10Biman Bangladesh Airlines will retire its McDonnell Douglas DC-10 aircraft from service in December, to be replaced by Boeing 777s.

Biman is the last airline in the world to operate the DC-10 in passenger service, making this a significant announcement and the last opportunity to fly on the type if you haven’t already!

I was lucky enough to take a number of United Airlines DC-10 flights, and also see the Biman examples at various airports.

I know a number of enthusiasts have been taking trips to fly on the Biman aircraft over recent years, before it’s too late.

The final flight is expected to take place on 1st December 2013. At the moment, the DC-10 is being flown on the following routes:

  • Dhaka – Chittagong – Abu Dhabi (ends 1 December)
  • Dhaka – Chittagong – Dubai (ends 28 November)
  • Dhaka – Hong Kong (ends 29 November)
  • Dhaka – Kuala Lumpur (ends 30 November)
  • Dhaka – Muscat (ends 28 November)

The DC-10 is just one of the aircraft featured in Last Chance to Fly – our ebook which lists the rare and historic airliners that you can still fly, and which airlines operate them. Download your copy here:

Etihad Cargo round-the-world with 747-8

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Abu Dhabi, Airline News, Airport News, Asia, Brazil, Hong Kong, Middle East, Netherlands, North America, South America, USA, Western Europe | Posted on 30-05-2013


Etihad Cargo 747-8Etihad Cargo is to commence a round-the-world route taking in new destinations, and using a Boeing 747-8 freighter.

The aircraft will be leased from Atlas Air under an Aircraft, Crew, Maintenance and Insurance (ACMI) agreement, and it will be painted in the colours of Etihad Cargo.

The round-the-world route will originate in Abu Dhabi and see stops in Hong Kong, Chicago, Miami, Viracopos (Brazil), Quito, and Amsterdam, before returning to its point of origin.

Kevin Knight, Chief Strategy and Planning Officer at Etihad Airways, said, “Etihad Cargo is reinforcing its position as a global operator with the entry into service of this round-the-world routing, touching the Middle East, Asia Pacific, the Americas and Europe.

The Boeing 747-8 Freighter is the largest in Etihad Cargo’s current freighter fleet.  The airline also operates three Boeing B777F, one Boeing 747-400ERF, one Boeing 747-400F and two Airbus A330-200F.