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Cathay Pacific Welcomes Arrival Of New "Spirit Of Hong Kong"

17 Jan 2000

Cathay Pacific Airways' today celebrated the arrival in Hong Kong of its newly painted "Spirit of Hong Kong" aircraft. A special ceremony to mark the arrival was held at the aircraft hangar of Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company at Hong Kong International Airport. Officiating at the ceremony was Cathay Pacific Chairman James Hughes-Hallett. He was joined by a number of distinguished guests including Airport Authority Hong Kong Chairman Dr Victor Fung.

The "Spirit of Hong Kong" is a 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. The "Spirit of Hong Kong" will fly to many of Cathay Pacific's destinations around the world.

Mr Hughes-Hallett said: "Cathay Pacific was founded in Hong Kong in 1946 and we have been strongly committed to Hong Kong through all its ups and downs. We are pleased to be able to repaint one of our aircraft in this new livery which celebrates Hong Kong's legendary resilience and shows it to the world."

The "Spirit of Hong Kong" was painted in its new livery at Taikoo (Xiamen) Aircraft Engineering Company in Xiamen, China. The repainting process took four weeks and involved more than 30 people working around the clock. During the repainting the aircraft was also fitted with Cathay Pacific's new First Class cabin.

A special open day for the aircraft will be held tomorrow attended by about 800 Cathay Pacific staff and underprivileged groups. The aircraft will re-enter service with Cathay Pacific later in the day when it flies to London as flight CX251.

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.

The winning design was chosen by a distinguished panel of judges drawn from across the Hong Kong community. These included celebrity Jackie Chan, designers William Tang and Kan Tai-Keung, Legislative Council member Howard Young, Hong Kong Tourist Association Executive Director Amy Chan, Hong Kong University Professor Nelson Chow, industrialist Dr Chiang Chen, and famous sports persons Amy Chan and Benny Cheung. Ms Ho and many of the judges attended today's arrival ceremony.