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Cathay Dragon About Cathay Dragon

The Chinese airline Cathay Dragon is headquartered in Hong Kong and based at Chek Lap Kok Airport. The airline was founded by KP Chao in May 1985 under the name Hong Kong Dragon Airlines. It was renamed Dragonair in 1986. As a first connection, a Boeing 737 served the route between Hong Kong and Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia. In the same year, the company expanded its offering to include domestic flights and a connection for cheap flightsto Phuket. In 1990, the Swire Group and Cathay Pacific acquired a 35 percent stake in Dragonair. The largest shareholder was the China National Aviation Corporation with 43 percent. In 2006, Cathay Pacific took over the airline for over $ 1 billion. From 2016, the airline was renamed Cathay Dragon.

Airline has a fleet of 48 aircraft in 2020. These are 14 Airbus A320-200, 8 Airbus A321-200 and 26 Airbus A330-300. Dragonair is part of the Oneworld aviation alliance and offers its guests the Asia Miles and The Marco Polo Club bonus programs.

Cathay Dragon Hub Airports

Hong Kong Chek Lap Kok (HKG / VHHH)

Cathay Dragon Classes of Service

Airlines offer its passengers 4 different flight classes. Economy, Premium Economy, Business, First Class.

On board, Cathay Dragon has several levels of comfort. In Economy class, passengers enjoy ergonomic seats designed for a comfortable flight, a variety of entertainment options, as well as meals. Business class has more comfort with a more spacious cabin and additional storage space. Finally, the First Class is equipped with seats adjustable in several positions and equipped with lumbar cushions and headrests. Passengers also have at their disposal a compartment that can be used to store their personal effects.


Dragonair offers scheduled and charter flights throughout Asia. The focus is on the People’s Republic of China. Taiwan, Brunei and other countries in Asia and the Middle East are also served. Outside of Asia, Dragonair is represented as a cargo flight provider on routes to Amsterdam, New York, Manchester and Frankfurt am Main.

Airline flies to 11 countries worldwide. The main destinations are; Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.

The airline has a codeshare agreement with the following airlines.

Air Canada Cathay Pacific S7 Airlines
Air China Finnair Shenzhen Airlines
American Airlines Malaysia Airlines
Bangkok Airways Qantas

Important Milestones

In 2011 Dragonair won the Skytrax World Airlines Award for best regional airline in general and in Asia.

Cathay Dragon Check-in

Online Check-in

You can also do online check-in no later than 90 minutes before departure time.

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Airport Check-in

Cathay Dragon passengers can check-in no later than 40 minutes before departure. Check-in can be done at the airport check-in counters by showing your identity card or passport and a print-out e-ticket .

Cathay Dragon Baggage Allowance

Carry-on baggage

Every passenger is allowed to take one piece of hand luggage and one personal item on board. The piece of hand luggage must not weigh more than five kilograms and be no larger than 56 x 36 x 23 centimeters. A personal item is, for example, a handbag, a briefcase, a backpack or a laptop bag. Anyone traveling with a toddler may also take a child’s car seat, a collapsible stroller, baby food and diapers on board.

Checked baggage

The maximum allowable baggage amount depends on the respective cabin class. For example, 20 kg of luggage can be checked in Economy Class, 30 kg of luggage in Business Class and 40 kg of luggage in First Class. In any case, only ten kilograms of additional luggage may be checked in for small children. Furthermore, Marco Polo Club members are allowed to check in ten to twenty kilograms of additional luggage, depending on the cabin class. An exception are flights from or to North, Central and South America, on which two pieces of luggage weighing 23 kg each can be checked in Economy Class and two pieces of luggage weighing 32 kg each in Business and First.

Other luggage

Provided that sports equipment does not exceed the free baggage allowance, it can be transported as normal checked baggage. Otherwise, additional transportation charges will apply.

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Cathay Dragon Seat Selection

To make a comfortable trip with Cathay Dragon, you must choose the right seat. In general, if you want to travel in a good seat, you should choose your seat in advance and disregard some extra fees if necessary.

Cathay Dragon Knee Distance

Because of the airlines who want to reduce the cost of flying more passengers, knee distance is very important especially on long haul flights. The front seats and emergency exit seats are the seats with the highest knee distance. It is generally sold for a fee.

Asia Miles, The Marco Polo Club Frequent Flyer Program

For its most regular travelers, Cathay Dragon offers a loyalty program called “Marco Polo Club”. It has four membership levels (Green, Silver, Gold, and Diamond), each giving access to different benefits. The more flights the passengers fly with the company, the more they accumulate points exchangeable for various privileges such as excess baggage, but also priority boarding for all members or priority on waiting lists.

Cathay Dragon Food & Beverage

In cooperation with the parent company, Cathay airlines relies on a mix of Asian specialties and Western dishes for on-board catering. In all booking classes, meals and drinks are included in the price of the flight tickets. In Economy, for example, a fresh salad comes on the tray, followed by pork strips with jasmine rice, steamed chicken with mashed potatoes or, as a vegetarian option, pasta with roasted vegetables. House-style ice cream is often served for dessert, along with coffee and tea. It is possible to express special meal requests up to 24 hours before departure, such as food for children or babies, raw or diabetic food and religious rules such as kosher dishes.

From Business Class onwards, Cathay Dragon prides itself on attaching great importance to the accompanying wine with the meal. For example, a white wine is served with a tartare of tuna, with main dishes such as beef fillet with broccoli a red wine is more likely. Those who choose Hong Kong cuisine such as Asian salad and noodle soup (laksa) can try various Jin teas. For dessert, for example, a cheese platter, fresh fruit or ice cream are offered. In business, guests are already eating from porcelain.

When it comes to meals and snacks for First Class, Cathay Dragon often cooperates with award-winning chefs from all over the world and offers service à la carte. As a welcome on board, there is champagne and caviar in a blini, later a multi-course menu accompanied by selected wines at the desired time. For the international palate, tomato and basil soup, salad niçoise, fillet of Angus beef, grilled prawns and Italian pasta in the luxury version are on the menu. Fresh forest berries, French cheese and Belgian chocolate also round off the Chinese-Asian menu. Peanut soup with pork, Peking duck and other Chinese specialties tempt you to try something new.

Thanks to the close cooperation with Cathay Pacific, Cathay Dragon can offer more culinary options than a typical regional airline.

Cathay Dragon Inflight Entertainment

Especially in long distances, Cathay Dragon offers in-flight entertainment, so you can enjoy your flight without getting bored.

The airline offers you movies, music, TV shows and more entertainment options that will allow you to travel without getting bored.

Cathay Dragon Pet Policy

Who wants to leave your best friend at home? On this page you will find the rules of traveling with your pet during your flight with Cathay Dragon.

Please be sure to check with the airline before you travel, as the rules for transporting pets vary according to the airline.

Cathay Dragon Lounge

The lounges are indispensable especially for business class passengers. What facilities does it offer? Here you will find detailed information about Cathay Dragon lounges for a comfortable start to your trip.

Cathay Dragon
IATA ICAO Callsign
KA HDA DRAGON

Founded:1985
Country:Hong Kong
Hubs:HKG
Owner: Cathay Pacific
Alliance:Oneworld
Frequent Flyer Program: Asia Miles, The Marco Polo Club
Company slogan: -

Number of Aircraft: 48
Destinations:  51
Average Age of Aircraft: 16
Type of Aircraft: Airbus
Detail of Fleet: Airbus A320, Airbus A321, Airbus A330-300

Head Office: Dragonair House, 11 Tung Fai Road, Hong Kong International Airport, Lantau, Hong Kong, China
Phone Number: +800 2747 5500
Fax Number: +800 2747 5500
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