Incredible Video of 787 Exhaust and Cathay Pacific’s Low Cost Carrier to Fly to U.S.?

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  1. Cathay Dragon (formerly Dragonair) is Cathay’s regional subsidiary (like Singapore Airlines’ SilkAir), but as with SilkAir it isn’t really a low-cost carrier.

  2. Just found your blog. Cool stuff will check back.

    That video was really great. It’s not a view that we normal people usually experiences.

  3. Cathay Dragon is not an *ultra low cost carrier* in the model of Air Asia, Norwegian, or Spirit.

    It’s Cathay’s regional carrier, with lower costs and less service, and the point of the framing is to convey that lower service levels and denser aircraft have the potential to be operated to the U.S.

  4. Gary, Cathay Dragon is a full service carrier that gives free checked bags, complimentary food and drinks including alcohol and in flight entertainment on selected planes; the framing of a regional carrier in Asia is quite different from the states where your regional carriers operate under a slightly different structure from the parent company?

  5. That headline needs to be changed…there is no way KA is an LCC. Like others noted, it is regional subsidiary providing full service. I find the service on KA to be just as good, if not better than CX. The only big difference is the lack of lie flat seats in C on some of the longer routes (HKG-DAC). Other than that, the food is just as good and service at a very fair high level.

    I would think this might be HKG-Hawaii routes.


  6. wow way to remove my previous comment.

    KE is not low cost. period. Even the routes it flies are rather expensive compared to competitors. You are wrong, gary, please change the title.

  7. obviously he has never travelled Cathay Dragon before and he tries to portrait himself as an expert.

  8. It might be KA wanting to start flights to Guam or Honolulu…? But I doubt they would start flights to the mainland.

  9. Cathay Dragon, formerly Dragonair, is not nor has ever been a low cost carrier, Gary. It is a full service regional with lie flat beds & double-tiered high tea stands in first class. Quite remarkable given their network-wide average flight time of only 2hrs. Man up and admit your mistake.

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