Cathay tops out terminal, unveils B747-8F in special livery
Cathay Pacific Airways has marked the completion of the first phase of construction of its new Cathay Pacific Cargo Terminal at Hong Kong International Airport and unveiled its new freighter in special livery..
November 17, 2011
Cathay Pacific Airways has marked the completion of the first phase of construction of its new HK$5.5 billion (US$ 706 million) Cathay Pacific Cargo Terminal at Hong Kong International Airport.
The carrier also used the occasion to unveil its latest aircraft, a new Boeing 747-8 Freighter, complete with a unique one-off livery which includes a special name, Hong Kong Trader, in recognition of the city’s position as one of the world’s most important trading hubs.
Speaking at the ceremony, Cathay’s chief executive John Slosar said: “When it begins operations in early 2013 the Cathay Pacific Cargo Terminal will mark a major advancement in Hong Kong’s position as the world’s busiest international air cargo hub.
“Cathay Pacific has worked tirelessly to develop Hong Kong’s hub role and we are continuing to make huge investments – in the terminal and in new aircraft – to help boost our city’s competitive edge.
“Together with our commitment to buy next-generation freighters – including 10 Boeing 747-8s and eight Boeing 777-200Fs – and our purpose-built fast-connection terminal, Hong Kong will continue to lead the world in air cargo. It’s important that we put ourselves in a good position to face up to the growing competition from other hubs in the region. The aircraft, the terminal, the professionalism of Hong Kong’s logistics community and, we hope, a third runway can make it happen.”