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    Cathay Pacific

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    Reservations: 131 - 747


    Cathay Pacific Check-in

    Web and mobile check-in is available for most passengers (not groups or unaccompanied minors) between 48 hours and 90 minutes before departure. There are self check-in machines at Sydney Airport. Check-in desks open three hours before scheduled departure and close 40 minutes before take-off.

    Cathay Pacific baggage allowance

    Hand luggage: in all classes, Cathay Pacific passengers (except infants) are allowed one carry-on bag up to 56 x 36 x 23cm (22 x 14 x 9 in). The weight limit for Economy is 7kg, Business Class flyers may bring 10kg and First-Class travellers 15kg.

    Checked: a weight system applies for all countries except the Americas. There's no restriction on the number of pieces but the maximum weight for Economy is 20kg, Business travellers may check 30kg and First-Class flyers have an allowance of 40kg. For travel to the US, Canada, and some South American countries, all passengers may bring two pieces of luggage weighing up to 23kg each for Economy travellers and 32kg for Business and First-Class flyers.

    Excess: Charges vary by zone. Australia and Hong Kong are in Zone 1 and excess fees on a Sydney-Hong Kong flight are $10 US per kg. On Australia-US routes, the cost of an extra piece of luggage is $150.

    Cathay Pacific legroom

    About 81cm (32in) in Economy Class. Flat beds in Business and First Class.

    Pre-arranged seating

    Select at time of online check-in. Extra legroom seats can be purchased for $25 US for a short-haul flight or $100 US long-haul.

    Passenger change details

    Bookings may be changed via the “Manage My Booking” page. Depending on the fare class, there may be charges.

    Child fares

    Infant fares are about 10 per cent of the adult fare and there's a small discount for children (2-12).

    Senior fares

    There's no discounts for older travellers.


    Pets (dogs, cats and birds) go as cargo. Charges start at $10 US per kg for an Australia-Hong Kong flight.

    Carrying musical instruments

    Small musical instruments can be carried onboard in line with standard carry-on baggage allowances. Larger instruments, such as a guitar, can be checked in. Finally, purchasing a seat is an option (request at least three working days before scheduled departure).

    In-flight service

    Cathay Pacific Economy Class offers regional dishes, snacks and drinks. Long-haul Business-Class travellers enjoy a choice of four entrées while haute cuisine-style five-course meals are served in First Class.

    Air miles

    Asia Miles

    Airline food link

    See photographs of meals and read reviews from fellow flyers at

    In-flight magazine

    Discovery, the in-flight magazine, is available on every flight.

    Airline alliances

    Cathay Pacific is a founding member of the oneworld alliance.

    Airline overview

    Aviation legend has it that Cathay Pacific was founded in 1946 by Sydney H. de Kantzow and Roy C. Farrell for the princely sum of $1 each. Its headquarters are at Hong Kong International. The much-admired carrier - Skytrax considers it a five-star airline - flies a modern fleet of Airbus A330s, A340s, and Boeing 747s and 777s.

    It flies from Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Cairns to Hong Kong, from where there are connections to more than 100 cities around the world. Its subsidiary, Dragonair, flies to more than 40 cities around Asia.