Celebrate Cathay Pacific’s 75th Anniversary with These Souvenirs

Aviation aficionados can snap up a series of limited-edition collectibles and bottled drinks from the airline’s first cocktail collection.

All photos courtesy of Cathay Pacific

While 2021 has so far remained a deeply challenging time for airlines around the world, Cathay Pacific is celebrating 75 years since its founding in 1946 by ex-air force pilots Roy Farrell and Sydney de Kantzow, who began the airline as a single-plane freight service between Australia and China. To mark this major milestone, Cathay Pacific has rolled out new limited-edition merchandise and a special dining experience in Hong Kong.

Cathay fans wanting to own a piece of aviation history can buy one of 1,000 special collector’s box sets, each featuring seven aircraft models from the airline’s very first Douglas DC-3, “Betsy”, to the newest member of its fleet, the Airbus A321neo. Meanwhile, 435 limited-edition pen and cardholder sets have been made of aluminum reclaimed from B-HUJ, the airline’s final Boeing 747-400 passenger aircraft, and engraved with a unique serial number. Another option? Luggage tags made from the body of Cathay Pacific’s Boeing 777-200 B-HND aircraft — nicknamed the “Haneda Jet” — which joined the fleet in June 1996 and carried more than six million passengers over her lifetime.

Pens and cardholders have been made using reclaimed aluminum from a retired Boeing 747-400.

A limited-edition aviation-themed luggage tag from Cathay Pacific.

The aircraft models include those of a Cathay Pacific DC-3 and a DC-6.

Upcycled aircrew uniforms have been turned into a range of accessories and homewares.

Additionally, Cathay Pacific has partnered with popular Hong Kong lifestyle brand G.O.D. to upcycle uniforms from its crew into a selection of accessories and homewares, from patchwork cushion covers to cross-body bags, pouches, and teddy bears. All 75th anniversary memorabilia are now available exclusively on the new Cathay shopping platform.

Those based in Hong Kong will be able to buy boxed sets of Cathay’s first-ever cocktail collection, created in collaboration with craft–bottled cocktail brand Laiba. The four concoctions — Hong Kong Lemon Tease, Shanghai Spicy Martini, London Ginger Snap, and Osaka Kanpai Sour — are inspired by some of the airline’s key routes and destinations. (Fun fact: Cathay became the first international carrier to fly to Osaka in 1960).

Gourmands can also enjoy a Cathay Pacific first-class dining experience at Salisterra at The Upper House, which is offering an exclusive celebration menu between September 20 and October 17, 2021. The menu features the airline’s signature Imperial caviar paired with Krug Grande Cuvée Champagne and Bordeaux wine from Château Lynch Bages, and all dishes will be served on Cathay Pacific tableware. Reservations should be made here.

For more details on Cathay Pacific’s 75th anniversary, visit this page.

Cathay Pacific has launched its inaugural cocktail collection in partnership with Laiba.

The full collector’s set of 75th anniversary aircraft models from Cathay Pacific.

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