From its origins as a small regional freight operator established in 1946, Cathay Pacific Airways has grown to become one of the world’s leading international air cargo carriers. Cathay Pacific’s cargo business currently accounts for around 25% of its annual revenues, and has helped to build Hong Kong into the world’s busiest air cargo hub. All of Cathay Pacific’s cargo operations are grouped under its Cathay Pacific Cargo unit.
Cathay Pacific's Cargo Network
Cathay Pacific Cargo freighters currently fly to 46 destinations around the world. The airline’s long-haul dedicated cargo services started in 1981 with a twice-a-week Hong Kong-Frankfurt-London service operated jointly with Lufthansa.
Today Cathay Pacific Cargo operates scheduled freighter services to worldwide destinations that include Amsterdam, Anchorage, Atlanta, Bengaluru, Brisbane West Wellcamp, Chengdu, Chennai, Chicago, Chongqing, Colombo, Columbus, Dallas, Delhi, Dhaka, Dubai, Frankfurt, Guadalajara ,Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Houston, Hyderabad, Jakarta, Kolkata, London, Los Angeles, Melbourne, Mexico City, Miami, Milan, Mumbai, New York, Osaka, Paris, Penang, Phnom Penh, Portland, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney, Taipei, Tokyo, Toronto, Xiamen and Zhenghou.
Products and Services
Cathay Pacific Cargo has developed a wide range of service options to meet the growing needs of its customers. Cathay Pacific Cargo products include Wine LIFT, Pharma LIFT, Priority LIFT, DG LIFT, Fresh LIFT, Live Animal LIFT, Secure LIFT, Courier LIFT and Expert LIFT.
In February 2003, Cathay Pacific Cargo, together with Japan Airlines Cargo, Qantas Freight and Singapore Airlines Cargo, announced a partnership with the new internet-based cargo portal – Ezycargo – to expand their e-business capabilities. Ezycargo offers customers a wide range of market specific online functions and improves the visibility and efficiency of the shipping process.
Customers are able to make allotment and free-sale bookings, conduct tracking and tracing, review flight schedules and make multi-carrier, multi-air waybill shipments on the four carriers through Ezycargo.com.
Cathay Pacific is committed to helping industry body IATA reach its goal of implementing e-freight worldwide. From 1 January 2011, the airline switched to 100% electronic air waybills (e-AWB) in the Hong Kong market and will complete the full rollout of e-AWB to all Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon ports by the end of 2018.
Cathay Pacific Cargo Terminal
Cathay Pacific Cargo Terminal at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) commenced operations on 21 February 2013. The HK$5.9 billion facility is one of the biggest and most sophisticated terminals in the world, providing additional air cargo handling capacity and facilities that help to further reinforce Hong Kong’s position as the world’s premier international airfreight hub.
The airline’s wholly owned subsidiary, Cathay Pacific Services Ltd (CPSL), was awarded a franchise to invest in, design, construct and operate the new air cargo terminal at HKIA under a 20-year agreement. The new terminal has been designed for an annual air cargo throughput capacity of 2.6 million tonnes and a common-use facility open to all airline customers.
The Cathay Pacific Cargo Terminal sets new standards in operational efficiency, environmental design and service levels.