Cathay Pacific is a Chinese airline which is headquartered in Hong Kong, China. Its hub is located in the Hong Kong International Airport.
The airline was founded in 1946 by the American Roy Farrell and the Australian Sydney de Kantzow. Before of that, Farrell and de Kantzow were air force pilots.
The name of the airline comes from Cathay, which is an ancient name given to China, and from Pacific, because they believed that they would fly through the Pacific Ocean to the United States. During their first flight de Kantzow and Farrell flew from Hong Long to Manila, and later to Shanghai. They only had one plane: a Douglas C-47.
Nowadays Cathay Pacific counts with around 130 aircrafts and offers over 110 destinations. It has several traveller programs, such as the Asia Miles program or the Marco Polo Club.
The Chief Executive Officer of the Cathay Pacific airline is Ivan Chu and the Chairman is John Slosar.