- Post 03 April 2009
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A striking new livery is going onto three Cathay Pacific aircraft to mark a significant milestone – the 10th anniversary of the one world alliance. To highlight their ongoing commitment to oneworld, the alliance’s 10 full member airlines will each put a standardised one world livery on a proportion of the aircraft in their fleet.
The first Cathay Pacific aircraft to carry the oneworld livery, an Airbus A340-300, arrived back in Hong Kong on 10 March after being painted at the Taikoo (Xiamen) Aircraft Engineering Company facility. The aircraft took its first commercial flight in the new livery to and from Cebu yesterday (11 March) and will be subsequently deployed on various long-haul routes. Cathay Pacific’s remaining two oneworld aircraft – an Airbus A330-300 and a Boeing 777-300ER – will fly in their new colours in the second half of the year.
The new oneworld aircraft livery features the alliance’s name prominently on the front section of the fuselage, in letters almost two metres high, with the oneworld logo alongside. The whole fuselage is painted white. The Cathay Pacific name is placed in fixed position in the livery, below the oneworld name, while the tailfin remains in Cathay Pacific colours as for the rest of the fleet.
Commenting on the airline’s commitment to the oneworld alliance, Cathay Pacific Chief Executive Tony Tyler said: “Being a member of the alliance has helped Cathay Pacific extend our reach into new markets, offer an enhanced service to our frequent travellers and generate benefits from being in partnership with some of the world’s finest airlines. Looking ahead, our relationship with oneworld will continue to be an integral part of our strategy for future growth and development over the next 10 years and beyond.”
Cathay Pacific was one of the five original founder members of oneworld when the alliance came into being on 1 February 1999. oneworld now brings together some of the best and biggest names in the airline business with 10 full members and around 20 affiliates serving almost 700 airports in nearly 150 countries.
The alliance enables its members to offer their customers more services and benefits than any airline can provide on its own. These include a broader route network, opportunities to earn and redeem frequent flyer miles and points across the combined oneworld network and more airport lounges.
|The oneworld aircraft is ready to take its first flight from Hong Kong International Airport|