On 1 March 2017, Cathay Dragon celebrated its inaugural flight to KL International Airport (KLIA) as Flight KA725, an Airbus A330-300 departed Hong Kong International Airport and touched down at Gate C2 of the Satellite Building of KLIA.
With the arrival of flight KA725, Kuala Lumpur marks Cathay Dragon’s third destination in Malaysia. The airline already operates 11 weekly flights to Penang and five weekly flights to Kota Kinabalu. In total, Cathay Dragon will soon be operating 44 weekly flights to Malaysia.
As part of the celebrations at KLIA today, passengers boarding the first Cathay Dragon Flight KA724 from Kuala Lumpur to Hong Kong received treats distributed by Cathay Dragon’s representatives in the form of Chef Nic’s Cookie Cha Chaan Teng range. They were also given a warm welcome by the management of Cathay Dragon and Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad.
At the welcoming press conference, Ms. Anna Choi, Cathay Pacific’s Country Manager for Malaysia and Brunei reiterated the airlines’ commitment to servicing passengers to and from Malaysia. “The Cathay Pacific Group of airlines, which includes Cathay Dragon, remains committed to grow with the Malaysian market, and will continue to provide the same high level of product and service to our customers travelling between Malaysia, Hong Kong and beyond, to our network of international destinations worldwide,” she said.
“We are indeed delighted to welcome Cathay Dragon as this signifies the confidence Cathay Dragon has in the growth opportunities within the Malaysian market in both tourism and business. Malaysia remains one of the top South-East Asian destinations for Hong Kong, with over 1.5 million passengers travelling to and from Hong Kong from Malaysia in 2016.
“We are also a popular destination for the rest of China, with over 5.1 million passengers travelling from the China region in 2016, including from Hong Kong. We hope that Cathay Dragon’s new route to Kuala Lumpur will strengthen both these numbers,” said Datuk Badlisham Ghazali, Managing Director of Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad at the welcome ceremony.
Cathay Dragon – which in 2015, won the title of the World’s Best Regional Airline in the Skytrax World Awards for an unprecedented fourth time – has been a wholly owned subsidiary of Cathay Pacific since 2006. Over that time, the two airlines have built up significant synergy, and have improved their customer products by enhancing their cabins, seats and in-flight entertainment.
The business of connecting its customers through each other’s networks has been an overwhelming success for Cathay Dragon and Cathay Pacific, with many millions of passengers choosing to fly on both airlines every year. By being more closely aligned, the airlines are better equipped to deliver on the “Life Well Travelled” brand promise, ensuring that all customers enjoy consistently premium experience at every stage of their journey.
Cathay Dragon, which operates a fleet of 43 passenger aircrafts serving 52 regional destinations, has earned a well-deserved reputation built on its distinctive Asian culture and hospitality. Seamless connectivity, increased customer convenience, an enhanced travel experience at every stage of the journey are the promises made to passengers by Cathay Dragon.