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Cathay Pacific takes 60th Anniversary Skyshow On the road

20 May 2006

Cathay Pacific Airways today kicked off a special SkyShow to celebrate 60 years of serving Hong Kong with games, prizes and its famous Walking on Air show of uniforms through the ages modelled by the airline’s staff.

The first show takes place at Festival Walk from 19-21 May and later continue to Harbour City in mid August and finally at Pacific Place from 22-24 September, the date on which the airline was founded in Hong Kong 60 years ago.

Local pilots and cabin crew will be on hand at the first show, leading games on stage with prizes. A fun interactive quiz will test players’ knowledge of Cathay Pacific trivia. At Festival Walk, the Walking on Air show will take place twice on Saturday and Sunday.

Today’s official opening was hosted by Cathay Pacific Chief Executive Philip Chen and he was joined by Guest of Honour, the Permanent Secretary for Economic Development and Labour (Economic Development) Eva Cheng.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Philip Chen said: “As Hong Kong’s airline, we have been serving and growing with the community for 60 years. Our anniversary roadshow is one way we hope to thank Hong Kong people for their continued support as we continue to strengthen the city as a global transport hub and act as a proud ambassador representing the very best that Hong Kong has to offer wherever we fly.”

Ms Eva Cheng said: "This is an important year for Hong Kong aviation as both the Civil Aviation Department and Cathay Pacific are celebrating their 60th anniversaries. Today, Hong Kong is a major international aviation hub and we are home to both a world class airport and a world class airline. Over six decades Cathay Pacific, with its excellent safety record, quality management and distinctive service, has become one of the best airlines in the world. Cathay Pacific is a major driving force behind Hong Kong's economic growth and makes a huge contribution to our trade, tourism and the local community."

Cathay Pacific, founded with one aircraft in 1946, has grown with Hong Kong to a fleet that will exceed 100 by its 60th anniversary. The Walking on Air show echoed Cathay Pacific’s development with Hong Kong – how the company has grown with the community, driven the development of Hong Kong as a global aviation hub, and look towards the city’s and industry’s future.

Roadshow spectators have the opportunity to buy special commemorative merchandise from limited edition aircraft models to retro bags and, for the first time, a set of three T-shirts – two classics reissued from the 1980s and a new 60th anniversary design.