CATHAY Pacific Airways is celebrating its 60-year fleet history – from Betsy to Boeing – with the release of 12 limited edition scale models of aircraft that carried the airline from one man’s dream to a major network carrier.
Each model, with its own serial number, has been created in meticulous detail. The first three are of the Douglas DC3, affectionately named by the airline’s pioneering founder Roy Farrell as ‘Betsy’, a Catalina seaplane and a Douglas DC4 Skymaster.
Other historic models released each month during the airline’s 60th Anniversary year will chart Cathay Pacific’s pioneering progress from “Betsy” to the arrival of the green and white livery Boeing 747-400 used to operate the world’s first non-stop flights from Hong Kong to Los Angeles.
Cathay Pacific Airways marketing manager for Bahrain and Offline Middle East, Kothandath Mohandas, said, “Cathay Pacific and Hong Kong have developed hand in hand. Our growth and modernisation has reflected that of the city. Each successive aircraft signalled the start of a new chapter in our and Hong Kong’s history and these models are a great way to commemorate that. Incidentally, this is also Cathay Pacific’s 30th Anniversary of commencing operations to Bahrain.”
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