Cathay Pacific Airways in the end of August 2014 reached a historic
milestone. The airline has now said adieu to the “Queen of the Skies”,
the Boeing 747-400 aircraft, which it flew for nearly 30 years after
having launched its maiden flight to San Francisco International Airport
(SFO) in July 1986.
Cathay Pacific Airways in a statement said that its only remaining
Boeing 747-400 aircraft in North America made its final journey from San
Francisco International Airport to Hong Kong International Airport on
August 31, 2014. The final flight CX879 took off from San Francisco
International Airport at 1.45 pm PDT.
The airline in a statement said that the flight CX879 will now join its
other daily flight CX873 to San Francisco in a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft
effective from September 1, 2014. Cathay Pacific Airways is presently
conducting flight services to its six other North American gateways
including Vancouver, Toronto, New York, Newark, Los Angeles and Chicago
with the help of Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.
The airline is planning to launch flights to Boston, its 7th North
American gateway from May 2015. The flights will be operated between
Hong Kong and Boston four times every week utilizing a Boeing 777-300ER
Tom Owen, Cathay Pacific Airways’ Senior Vice President – Americas,
said that the Boeing 747-400 aircraft in fact placed the airline on the
global map and significantly helped it to evolve into a world-class
carrier. He said that the aircraft played a vital role in the airline’s
overall long-haul evolution.
Owen said that the time finally came to bid farewell to the Boeing
747-400 aircraft, which the airline did. Cathay Pacific Airways also at
the same time feels proud in possessing one of the youngest fleets in
the world. He said that the Boeing 777-300ER aircraft being operated on
all its North American routes effective from September 1, 2014 is quite
environmentally beneficial and fuel-efficient.
Cathay Pacific Airways has gradually expanded its global footprint in a
massive way by including flight services to several international
destinations including Manchester, Zurich, Paris, Rome, Amsterdam,
Frankfurt, Brisbane, London, Vancouver and San Francisco. The airline is
presently offering 111 weekly flights to Hong Kong and beyond,
including the U.S., Canada and Mainland China.