21 Jan 2000
Cathay Pacific Airways held an Open Day on 18 January for a range of underprivileged groups to tour its newly painted "Spirit of Hong Kong" aircraft. More than 300 people attended from groups including the Hong Kong Blind Union, Helping Hand, St James' Settlement, and Cable TV Children Channel. They were joined by a similar number of Cathay Pacific staff.
The participants toured the newly painted aircraft including its newly enhanced First Class cabin. They were also given a demonstration by cabin crew of the various facilities on board, and they were presented with a range of refreshments and souvenirs to commemorate their visit.
The "Spirit of Hong Kong" is a Cathay Pacific Boeing 747-400 aircraft with a special livery celebrating the legendary resilience of Hong Kong. The livery depicts a young athlete overcoming a series of difficult challenges to reach his goal, supported by cheering fans. The "Spirit of Hong Kong" was commissioned to demonstrate Cathay Pacific's commitment to Hong Kong.
The design for the "Spirit of Hong Kong" livery was chosen through a community-wide competition held in the middle of last year. The competition attracted more than 3,000 entries from around the world. The winning design was submitted by 15-year old Hong Kong student Ho Sin Yee.