Do you know how Cathay Pacific got its start?

This is Cathay Pacific's first plane. The airline named it "Betsy." Photo: Cathay Pacific. 

This is Cathay Pacific's first plane. The airline named it "Betsy." Photo: Cathay Pacific. 

A couple of weeks ago, in honor of my trip to Hong Kong, I asked a multi-part Cathay Pacific trivia question. I promised to mail prizes to three winners. 

I wanted to know:

  • What was Cathay Pacific's first plane in commercial service?
  • What name did Cathay Pacific give this plane?
  • Cathay Pacific did not start in Hong Kong. Instead, the airline first was based in a different Asian city. Which one?

I had high hopes we would get a lot of correct answers, if only because all the information you need is listed on Cathay's website. 

What was Cathay Pacific's first plane?

It was a DC-3, and it now hangs in the Hong Kong Science Museum.

What was this plane's name?

Cathay Pacific named its first plane, "Betsy." You can't always trust the internet, but this website says the plane flew for the U.S. Army Air Corps in World War II.  

And where did Cathay Pacific start?

In Shanghai. "American Roy C Farrell and Australian Sydney H de Kantzow founded Cathay Pacific Airways on 24 September, 1946," Cathay says on its website. "Initially based in Shanghai, the two men eventually moved to Hong Kong and established the airline. Legend has it that Farrell and a group of foreign correspondents thought up the airline's unique name in the bar at the Manila Hotel."

Our winners are Jonathan, Louie and Christopher. I'll be mailing them all airline swag.