Dragonair is a Chinese airline based in Hong Kong and based on the Hong Kong International Airport. It is a subsidiary of Cathay Pacific and with this member of the oneworld airline alliance.


The airline was established in May 1985 at the initiative of KP Chao, today the honorary president of the airline, with the name of Hong Kong Dragon Airlines founded and launched its services in July 1985 with a Boeing 737 from Hong Kong's Kai Tak Airport to Kota Kinabalu in Malaysia. In 1986, the airline was renamed Dragonair and got the licenses for flight operations in China and for a scheduled flight to Phuket. In 1987, the airline also charter flights in China, also it was this year a member of IATA.

In January 1990, Cathay Pacific and the Swire Group took over 35 % of the shares of KP Chao and CITIC lent itself to 38%. In 1993, the first Airbus A320 was taken, followed by several A330. A redistribution of power relations brought the purchase of 35.86 % of the shares of the China National Avitation Corporation ( CNAC ). She was the main shareholder and built the proportion later further to 43.29 % from.

June 9, 2006 it was announced that Cathay Pacific for the equivalent of 1.06 billion U.S. dollars will take care of all the shares in Dragonair. According to the Dragonair keep their name for the next six years. This trade is to assist in the expansion of the route network in China Cathay Pacific.

November 1, 2007 Dragonair became a member of the oneworld airline alliance through the parent company, Cathay Pacific.


Dragonair operates a network of passenger flights throughout Asia, with a focus in the PRC. In addition, it also serves destinations in Brunei, Taiwan, to the Middle East and other Asian countries. Outside Asia appeared on Dragonair exclusively with their cargo scheduled flights, including to Frankfurt, Manchester, Amsterdam and New York.


As of November 2013, there is a fleet of 41 aircraft from Dragonair, with a mean age of 11.6 years