Flashback – Cathay Pacific Summer 1979 Boeing 747 operations

Cathay Pacific tomorrow (08OCT16) will be operating Boeing 747 farewell flight, marking the end of the airline’s Boeing 747 era. The farewell flight will be operating as CX8747, departing HKG at 0950 and arriving at 1120.

Based on OAG data, the airline launched Boeing 747 service in 1979, including the following routes (August 1979 – October 1979)

eff 04AUG79 Hong Kong – Melbourne – Sydney – Hong Kong (1 weekly CX101/100)
eff 06AUG79 Hong Kong – Taipei – Tokyo – Seoul – Taipei – Hong Kong (4 weekly CX450/411)
eff 07AUG79 Hong Kong – Sydney – Melbourne (2 weekly CX101/100)

With the Boeing 747, Cathay Pacific launched its first passenger service to Europe in July 1980, with 3 weekly Hong Kong – Bahrain – London Gatwick as CX201/200. North American debut with the 747 was Hong Kong – Vancouver service launched in Spring 1983, twice weekly.

Note discrepancies between actual inaugural date and timetable listings may occur.