Cathay Pacific Airways great for business travelers

by AirlineRatings
May 20, 2018
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A Cathay A350-900. Photo: Steve Creedy


Getting to a destination is one thing but getting there at the right time is equally important to business travelers on tight schedules.

They often need to be able to arrive refreshed and ready for action. In some cases, they face a quick turnaround after a busy day.

Cathay Pacific has the right combination of product, network and flight frequencies to make sure that happens.

It allows business customers to minimize the time lost traveling while offering the flexibility to cope with last-minute business trips that crop up unexpectedly.

And the airline’s “Life Well traveled’ philosophy ensures they can do it in comfort with signature lounges and state-of-the-art aircraft such as the Airbus A350.

READ: Cathay Pacific expands its network.

The A350 features Cathay’s newest seats and cabin design, including 38 lie-flat business seats with direct aisle access and plenty of space as well as 28 premium economy seats with a 40-inch seat pitch.

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Cathay has more than 70 flights a week out of Australia to Hong Kong, including four-times daily from Sydney, three-times-daily from Melbourne and a sixth weekly service from Adelaide due to start October 28.

A350 flights from Melbourne, Brisbane, and Perth feature in-flight wi-fi to allow business passengers to stay connected.

Overnight flights out of Australia allow travelers heading to Hong Kong or China to arrive for a morning meeting. These include flights CX138 out of Sydney, CX178 from Melbourne, CX170 from Perth and CX156 from Brisbane.

Toughened road warriors who want to attend their meeting and fly home overnight can do that too — without missing a day of work. Sydney has three flights from Hong Kong that allow this: CX111, CX161, and CX101. Those heading to Melbourne can catch CX135, while Perth-bound passengers can take CX137. South Australians also have an overnight option on CX173 and those living in Cairns can take CX103.

For those traveling further afield, there are plenty of choices from Cathay’s busy Hong Kong hub.

Here they can take a break in one of the airline’s premium lounges before traveling on to key destinations such as London, New York and Washington, DC.

Cathay flies six-times daily to London and five-times daily to New York, including a flight via Vancouver and a daily service to Newark Liberty International Airport (the remainder go to New York JFK).

Vancouver receives a twice-daily service plus an additional flight three-times a week.

Washington, DC, is a new destination that will be operated by Cathay’s newest aircraft, A350-1000, with a four-times-weekly service starting from September this year.

Among other notable destinations making up Cathay’s expanding network are San Francisco (three-times daily), Manchester (daily), Tel Aviv (six-times weekly) and Madrid  (five-times weekly).

But it’s when you get to China that the big advantages of the Cathay Pacific and Cathay Pacific Dragon network shine through.

The group operates multiple daily flights to Beijing and Shanghai from Hong Kong to give business travelers maximum flexibility on a network of 22 cities in mainland China. There are also over 15 daily services to Taiwan, including Taipei, Taichung, and Kaohsiung.