Cathay Dragon Flight Reviews


Cathay Dragon is the premium, full-service regional airline of the Cathay Pacific group, and we have reviewed a number of business class flights that we have taken with both Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon.

When you fly with Cathay Dragon from Mainland China or other regional Asian destinations, you can seamlessly connect in Hong Kong with Cathay Pacific’s extended global network. Together these airlines fly to 180 destinations around the world.

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Cathay Dragon

Cathay Dragon offers three classes of travel; First Class, where you can enjoy a spacious cabin, a flatbed seat, enhanced entertainment, and their Asian hospitality. Cathay Dragon Business Class offers a comfortable personal space where you can work or relax. Cathay Dragon Economy Class offers convenient space, a personal entertainment system, and attentive service.

Starting with one aircraft, Cathay Dragon has developed to become an award-winning Hong Kong-based carrier owning more than forty aircraft and with a network covering the most popular travel destinations as well as business ports in the Asia Pacific region. Cathay Dragon is well-recognized by the passengers of its extensive network in China. Given the flourishing economy in Mainland cities and aviation hub synergy of Hong Kong, Cathay Dragon plays an increasingly important role in connecting passengers around the globe and Mainland China.

Cathay Dragon is also the first local airline to make an investment in local pilot training. In the late 1980s, the first generation pilot students joined the pilot training scheme and became the first batch of locally born Chinese pilots. To date, over 150 cadets have successfully completed the scheme. Cathay Dragon is a member of Cathay Pacific Group is an affiliate member of oneworld® and a partner of Asia Miles.

How To Redeem Miles On Cathay Dragon

Previously, I used my British Airway Avios miles to redeem flights on Cathay Dragon. Cathay Dragon, previously known as Dragon Air, is a subsidiary of Cathay Pacific and a Oneworld affiliate. Cathay Dragon primarily flies short-haul and regional flights, while Cathay Pacific focuses on long-haul flights. Cathay Dragon, therefore, offers a great way to fly around Asia on Avios.

I usually book my flights for free on air miles and American Express Rewards, which convert directly to Avios (along with other airline miles). The free Amex Gold Card is an incredible deal with a huge free bonus of Membership Rewards and even more if you apply through our referral link. You also get limited free airport lounge access with this free card. You can apply for the UK & US card right here.

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For a short flight under 1151 miles, you would expect to use as little as 7500 miles and around $23 USD to redeem an Economy Class ticket for a flight.

Cathay Dragon Fleet Of Planes

Cathay Dragon flies a number of planes. Cathay Dragon’s Airbus A330 has 8 First class seats in 2 rows and 42 business class seats in 7 rows. There is a total of 230 economy class seats on the A330. The Business Class is spread into 2 cabins, with 4 rows being in front and 3 rows in a smaller back cabin.

The seat is identical to Cathay’s regional Business Class seats. It is 20 inches wide and had a 45-inch pitch. This means that there is a lot of legroom in front. The chair has a hard shell and doesn’t recline into a fully flat bed, unlike Cathay Pacific’s reverse herringbone seats. Instead, this seat is just a recliner seat.

In front, there is a large 15-inch monitor, with a cloth hanger button on the left and a USB power socket on the right. There is also a small compartment for phones next to the USB port. On the divider of my seat, there is a small compartment where the in-flight magazine was stored. On my seat, a pillow and a noise-canceling headset is provided.

I have also flown on the Cathay Dragon short-haul Airbus A321. In this plane, there are 24 business class seats, arranged in a 2-2 setting for 6 rows. In economy class, there are 148 seats in a 3-3 setting. The business class seat is fairly standard for short-haul. They are the wide 21-inch recliner seats with a 42-inch pitch. Again you get a set of noise-canceling headphones and a blanket, all wrapped up in plastic. In front is a small 10-inch monitor with Cathay’s superb Studio KA entertainment system. A pull-out tray is under the monitor, with a small pocket to store phones is on the left side.

You can read my full review of these flights below, including the food on offer:


Flight Review: Cathay Dragon A330-300 Business Class

In "Reviews"

During my December holidays, I used my British Airway Avios miles to redeem a flight on Cathay Dragon from Hangzhou to Hong Kong. Cathay Dragon, previously known as Dragon Air, is a subsidiary of Cathay Pacific, and a Oneworld affiliate.… Read More.

Review of Cathay Dragon Business Class A321, Danang to Hong Kong

In "Reviews"

In early February, I took a flight from Danang to Hong Kong on Cathay Dragon. This flight was the first leg of the mistake fare that I managed to book from Vietnam to the US. Read More.

I have also reviewed a number of First, Business and Premium Economy flights on Cathay Pacific which can be found below for comparison:


Flight Review: Cathay Pacific A350 Business Class HKG to ICN

In "Reviews"

At the end of September, I finally got the chance to take the business class in the Cathay Pacific A350 planes for my trip from Hong Kong to Seoul. I have previously sat in the Premium Economy seats on the… Read More.

Flight Review: Cathay Pacific A350 Business Class

In "Reviews"

In this trip report, I review my flight on Cathay Pacific A350 Business Class Hong Kong to Düsseldorf. You can read all my Cathay Pacific Business Class flight reviews and First Class reviews. Read More.

Review: Cathay Pacific First Class On Boeing 777-300 JFK to HKG

In "Reviews"

In this trip report, I review Cathay Pacific First Class on the B777-300 JFK to HKG. On my trips between Asia and the United States, I have had the opportunity to fly Cathay Pacific First Class a few times. Cathay… Read More.

Review: Cathay Pacific A330 Business Class

In "Reviews"

This trip review was in Business Class on a Cathay Pacific Airbus A330-300 from Hamad International Airport (DOH) in Qatar to Hong Kong (HKG). The flight itself was ok, with a great cabin crew, excellent seats, and unimpressive food. Cathay… Read More.

Review: Cathay Pacific First Class On Boeing 747-400

In "Reviews"

I flew Cathay Pacific First Class in the Boeing 747-400 from Hong Kong to Tokyo Haneda in late 2015. Traveling in First Class gives you entry to the Cathay Pacific Pier first class lounge and The Wing business class airport… Read More.

Review: Cathay Pacific B777 Business Class Hong Kong To Beijing

In "Reviews"

This is a review of Business Class in a Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER from Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) to Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK) in China. In a nutshell, departure was on time, the cabin layout was well-designed, the cabin… Read More.

Review: Cathay Pacific A350-900 Premium Economy

In "Reviews"

In this article, I review Cathay Pacific on the A350-900 in Premium Economy from London Gatwick to Hong Kong. I have also reviewed Cathay Pacific A350 Premium Economy Singapore to Hong Kong. I have also reviewed Cathay Pacific Business Class… Read More.

Flight Review: Cathay Pacific A350 Premium Economy Singapore to Hong Kong

In "Reviews"

On a recent work trip, last-minute schedule changes and overbooking resulted in me taking Cathay Pacific Premium Economy on their A350 plane from Singapore to Hong Kong on a night flight. I have also reviewed the new Business Class on… Read More.

Review: Cathay Pacific A350 Business Class & Premium Economy

In "Reviews"

Cathay Pacific Airways (CX) launched its first Airbus A350-900 aircraft on its Hong Kong-Manila route. This new A350 features Cathay Pacific’s latest inflight products in the A350 Business Class which I have reviewed, Premium Economy Class and Economy Class cabins.… Read More.

I have compared Cathay Pacific vs. Singapore Airlines in Business Class.

Note: Benefits offered correct at the time of writing but may be amended at discretion of the vendor.