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“Cathay Pacific, Dragonair’s owners, have just announced that as of this month, the medium-haul carrier’s name will vanish from Asia’s airspace.

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“Cathay Pacific, Dragonair’s owners, have just announced that as of this month, the medium-haul carrier’s name will vanish from Asia’s airspace.

In a repackaging exercise seen as an attempt to bolster the identity of both airlines, Dragonair planes will bear a new name: Cathay Dragon.

It’s a move the Hong Kong-based aviation giant says will help cash in on “international brand recognition and leverage on Cathay Dragon’s unique connectivity into Mainland China — one of the world’s fastest-growing business and leisure travel markets.”

Airline customers, it adds, “will benefit from greater convenience and a more seamless travel experience.”

Dragonair’s fleet of 41 aircraft, which connect to points across mainland China and Asia, will now have their tail fins scrubbed of their Chinese dragon logo.”

Despite its attempt to bring closer connection between 2 airlines, as of my personal experience of Dragonair, they have the same catering service, the same seat configuration model as well as the same IFE system, the only difference between this 2 airlines is their logo and livery judged on their physical appearance.

Many HongKongers have said that the name of Cathay Dragon made it a more mainland taste airline rather than the Chinese people of Dragon itself, as the truth as well they are deeply focused on the mainland region.

They will begin to change the livery for their fleets, but one thing I am not certain is whether if they will keep the previous IATA code : KA or will it be change it into something else (CF/CK/CQ/CR maybe ? );those are the only available code for IATA begins with C.

Whether to judge if it is a smart move or not, Dragonair initially was a competitor for Cathay Pacific, but later on Cathay bought the major stake of the airline, made it a collaboration to better serve its regional market.

Here you can see the video which Cathay has published to promote and make statements of their rebranding.

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Source Reference:

http://edition.cnn.com/2016/01/28/aviation/dragonair-rebrand-cathay-pacific-dragon/

http://www.airlinecodes.co.uk/airllistres.asp?airliata=C&airlicao

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Singapore Airlines To Bring Back The World’s Longest Non-Stop Service To JFK

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Singapore Airlines (SIA) will return to New York on 9 November 2020, when it launches non-stop flights between Singapore and John F. Kennedy International Airport.

Before the pandemic, Singapore Airlines host the title of flying the world’s longest flight by a whooping distance of 15,344 km between Singapore Changi and Newark Liberty airport. The airlines claims by shifting to JFK International Airport would allow them to better accommodate a mix of passenger and cargo traffic on its services to New York in the current operating climate. 


Singapore Airlines’s non-stop services to New York would also be supported by the growing number of transfer passengers who can now transit via Singapore’s Changi Airport.

SIA also anticipates significant cargo demand from a range of industries based in the New York metro area, including pharmaceuticals, e-commerce and technology firms. 

The new service will provide the only non-stop air cargo link from the U.S. Northeast to Singapore, which serves as a regional distribution hub for many major U.S.-based companies.


Singapore Airlines Business Class Onboard B787
Singapore Airlines Business Class Onboard B787

Singapore Airlines will also be operating the route with a 3-class configuration Airbus A350-900 long-range aircraft. This aircraft is configured with 42 Business Class, 24 Premium Economy Class and 187 Economy Class seats.

Today, SIA operates non-stop services to Los Angeles.

It will continue to review its operations to the United States, and assess the growing demand for air travel amid the ongoing recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic, before deciding to reinstate services to other points in the country.


“Operating these flights between Singapore and New York’s JFK International Airport represent an important step in the rebuilding of our global network.

Non-stop ultra-long services are the bedrock of our services to the key U.S. market. We will continue to ramp up existing services and reinstate other points as the demand for both passenger and cargo services return.

Despite the challenging times for the airline industry, there are some early signs of optimism about a recovery in air travel.

Our customers say that they are increasingly confident about air travel, given the robust health and safety measures that are in place, as well as testing regimes to protect them and our staff.

This optimism is also driven by recent moves by countries such as Singapore, which are easing the restrictions on both transit and inbound passengers in a safe and gradual manner.”

Lee Lik Hsin, Executive Vice President Commercial for Singapore Airlines

Resuming New York Services From A New Home

Details of the flight services are shown below:

FlightFlight DaysDeparture Time*Arrival Time*Flight Time
SQ 24 SIN-JFKMon, Wed, Sat22573018 hours 5 minutes
SQ 23 JFK-SINMon, Wed, Fri22300610 (+2 days)18 hours 40 minutes
*All timings in local time

Starting on 9 November 2020, flight number SQ24 will operate from Singapore Changi Airport to John F. Kennedy International Airport three-times weekly, and same return frequencies under SQ23 will be flown from 11 November 2020.

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