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Cathay Pacific Celebrates 50 Years of Flights to Osaka - Commemorative Flight to Hong Kong

Cathay Pacific Celebrates 50 Years of Flights to Osaka - Commemorative Flight to Hong Kong

A gate ceremony celebrates Cathay's 50 years of service to Osaka.

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 On May 2, a ceremony was held at Kansai International Airport in Osaka Prefecture to celebrate a special flight to Hong Kong in commemoration of 50 years of service between Osaka and Hong Kong by Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific Airways Limited.

The extra flight left Osaka for Hong Kong on an Airbus A330-300 (311-passenger capacity) on the 2nd and returned on the 5th. Major travel agencies used the flight to sell Hong Kong and Macao tours. Participating in the ceremony held in front of travelers at the international boarding gate prior to the flight’s departure from Kansai International were airport personnel, executives from Cathay’s Japan branch and others, along with flight attendants donning uniforms from the time when Cathay first began flying to Osaka. The airport’s mascot, Kan-kun, also rushed to the scene and added to the excitement of the speech and ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Cathay began by flying two weekly flights to Osaka (Itami) Airport on a 60-passenger DC-6B in April of 1960. It was the first airline to operate international commercial flights to the airport. Cathay now has three daily commercial flights from Kansai International Airport to Hong Kong (including one flight via Taipei).

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