Cathay Pacific


Founded in 1946, Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific Airways is one of the world's leading airlines. Every year, Cathay Pacific’s exceptional service, friendly staff, modern fleet and exceptional safety record are recognised, continuing to deliver a great flight experience more than 70 years on since its inception.

From Australia, you can fly to dozens of destinations with Cathay Pacific, from Hong Kong, Taipei and Manila to London, Toronto and Paris. Explore Cathay Pacific’s global network and discover the world.

Pre-Flight Information

Airport check-in

Cathay Pacific check-in times vary from airport to airport. Airport check-in does, however, generally open anywhere between two and four and a half hours prior to departure, and closes between 75 and 40 minutes before the scheduled flight time. It is important to check your booking details to confirm the correct check-in times.

Cathay Pacific also operates self-service check-in kiosks at select airports around the world, which may be used by e-Ticket holding passengers. Check-in opens 24 hours prior to the scheduled flight time and closes 50 minutes before departure. Check-in times do vary, however, for kiosks located at London Heathrow Airport, Beijing International Airport and O.R. Tambo International Airport.

Online check-in

Cathay Pacific passengers with e-Tickets can save time at the airport by checking-in online. For most flights, online check-in opens 48 hours prior to departure and closes 90 minutes ahead of the scheduled flight time.


Cathay Pacific offers both carry-on and check-in baggage depending on your flight class, destination and optional extras.

Cabin baggage

Cabin baggage allowances vary depending on the flight class chosen. Cathay Pacific’s Economy and Premium Economy Class passengers are permitted to travel with one piece of cabin baggage weighing no more than 7kg and measuring no larger than 36cm x 23cm x 56cm. Passengers may also travel with one additional small item, such as a handbag, laptop bag, briefcase, small backpack or camera bag, measuring no more than 40cm x 15cm x 30cm. The combined weight of the standard cabin bag and the additional small item must not exceed 7kg.

Business Class passengers may travel with one piece of cabin baggage weighing no more than 10kg and measuring at less than 36cm x 23cm x 56cm. An additional small item is also permitted but must not exceed 40cm x 15cm x 30cm. The total weight of the cabin bag and small item must not be greater than 10kg.

First Class passengers are provided with a cabin baggage allowance of one bag weighing up to 15kg. The outer dimensions of the bag must not be larger than 36cm x 23cm x 56cm. One additional small item is also permitted and is factored into the total 10kg weight limit.

Checked baggage

Much like the airline’s cabin baggage allowances, Cathay Pacific’s checked baggage allowances differ depending on the flight class and fare selected.

Passengers with Economy Light fares are permitted to travel with one piece of checked baggage weighing no more than 23kg. Economy Essential, Economy Flex and Premium Economy fares all have a larger allowance consisting of two pieces of checked baggage, weighing up to 23kg each.

Those travelling in Business Class are provided with a checked baggage allowance of two pieces, weighing up to 32kg per piece. First Class passengers may travel with three pieces of checked baggage, each weighing no more than 32kg.

Regardless of flight class and weight allowance, the sum of the length, width and height of each piece of checked baggage must not exceed 158cm. 


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Airfare Specials


The Marco Polo Club is an exclusive program offering a range of special privileges, such as priority check-in and boarding, lounge access, additional baggage allowances and priority baggage handling, to Cathay Pacific’s frequent flyers. Benefits are designed to enhance member experiences before, during and after their flights, and do vary between membership tiers. The program consists of four membership tiers: Green, Silver, Gold and Diamond. New members may enrol as Green tier members for USD$100, while entry to the subsequent membership tiers is earned through the accumulation of Status Points. Status Points are collected when flying with Cathay Pacific and Oneworld Alliance airlines.

In-Flight Experience

In-flight entertainment

Cathay Pacific’s in-flight entertainment offering is touted to be the largest in the Asia Pacific region, featuring an assortment of content, from Hollywood blockbusters and award-winning TV to podcasts, games, music and more. Titles are updated monthly, with the month’s entertainment selection displayed on the Cathay Pacific website.

Passengers travelling on the airline’s long-haul fleet, including the Airbus A350-900, A350-1000 and Boeing B777-300ER, enjoy an expanded content offering, while the A321neo fleet showcases a selection of 4K films and TV shows.


For those travelling in Economy Class, Cathay Pacific offers a variety of regional and western dishes. Passengers can select from a menu consisting of a starter, a main and a dessert, as well as a selection of complimentary wines and beverages.

Premium Economy Class passengers enjoy an enhanced meal selection comprised of international dishes, Chinese flavours and more. A typical dinner includes a starter, a main and a dessert. A selection of award-winning wines and beverages are available.

Passengers travelling in Business Class can enjoy superb Asian or western cuisine, lighter bites, and a selection of fine wines, spirits, Champagne and other beverages. Cathay Pacific’s Business Class menu also features dishes designed by popular Hong Kong restaurants, such as Pak Loh Chiu Chow Restaurant and Mak’s Noodle. Dinners served in Business Class consist of a starter, a main, bread, cheese and a dessert.

First Class passengers are welcome to order from an a la carte menu, including signature dishes, international flavours and healthier options designed by celebrity chefs. A selection of vintage wines, top Champagne cuveés and other beverages are also available. All dishes are made to order at the convenience of Cathay Pacific’s First Class passengers. A First Class dining experience may include a caviar service, a main, cheese and a selection of sweets for dessert.

Special meals

A variety of special meals are available on Cathay Pacific flights, catering to most religious, cultural and medical dietary needs. Orders for special meals must be placed at least 24 hours ahead of the scheduled flight time.

Cabin Classes

Economy Class

Cathay Pacific's Economy Class is designed to make their passengers' flight experience better than ever, beginning with their seats. With added comfort, ergonomic cushioning and ample legroom, the seating provided is perfect for journeys of any length. An adjustable headrest has also been incorporated to allow for maximum head and neck support. There is also plenty of personal storage available, making it easy to stow and access belongings as needed. Each seat is equipped with an 11.6-inch high-definition touchscreen display, allowing passengers to explore the airline’s in-flight entertainment offering.

Premium Economy Class

Cathay Pacific's new Premium Economy Class provides passengers with more comfort and space during their flight. Guests are treated to dedicated check-in counters, priority boarding and an extra luggage allowance. Onboard, passengers enjoy comfortable seats, extra legroom and a generous recline. Premium Economy’s seating also features a larger meal table, extra stowage space and leather-padded footrests (on selected B777-300ER aircraft and the A350 fleet). Each seat is equipped with a personal touch screen, allowing passengers to access the airline’s in-flight entertainment offering.

Business Class

The innovative design of Cathay Pacific's Business Class ensures privacy and easy access. Passengers can settle back in a luxury space to sleep, dine, work, read, watch TV or simply relax. When it comes time to rest, the flight class’ award-winning seating converts into fully flat beds, with adjustable lighting and privacy partitions making it easy to set the mood for relaxation. Passengers enjoy access to the airline’s in-flight entertainment offering through personal touchscreen TVs, while Bamford skincare, 400-thread count bedding and plush pillows provide a touch of luxury on long-haul flights. A pair of slippers, an eyemask and in-seat power are also provided to Business Class passengers.

First Class

Experience a touch of refined luxury in Cathay Pacific First Class with exclusive suites designed to maximise personal space, relaxation and convenience. The seats in Cathay Pacific’s First Class convert easily into fully flat beds, with additional width, a thick mattress and high-quality Bamford bedding offering greater comfort. For the ultimate in slumber comfort, passengers will also appreciate the provided PYE cotton sleepsuit, slippers and eye mask, while a selection of Bamford skincare helps hydrate and protect the skin while in transit. Each First Class seat comes with in-seat power and complimentary WiFi. Passengers also enjoy access to 18.5-inch high definition screens and BOSE noise-cancelling headsets, perfect for making the most of Cathay Pacific’s in-flight entertainment offering.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Does Cathay Pacific have WiFi?

Cathay Pacific is in the process of rolling out WiFi connectivity to all aircraft in its fleet. Access is currently limited to its Airbus A350 and A321neo aircraft, with the Boeing 777 and Airbus A330 set to follow shortly.

When was Cathay Pacific formed?

Cathay Pacific was formed in 1946 after two ex-Air Force pilots recognised the need for a flight service operating between Australia and China.

Where does Cathay Pacific fly?

Cathay Pacific now services dozens of destinations across Asia, Africa, Europe, the Americas, the Middle East, Oceania and beyond.