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31 May 2006
Cathay Pacific to Launch New Freighter Service to Chennai

Cathay Pacific Airways will launch the first direct freighter service between Hong Kong and Chennai on Friday, connecting the world's two fastest growing economies of China and India.

The addition of this southeastern port city of Chennai, formerly Madras, further expands Cathay Pacific's world cargo network and strengthens Hong Kong's position as the world's busiest international air cargo hub and gateway to the Chinese Mainland.

The new twice-weekly freighter service, which operates via Mumbai (Bombay) opens a new market for the airline and offers broader national coverage beyond the existing cargo and passenger services to Delhi and Mumbai.

"Increasingly, Hong Kong's competitive proposition as a global cargo hub hinges on its ability to capture cargo transshipment business, the fastest growing segment in the air cargo market," said Cathay Pacific Director & General Manager Cargo Ron Mathison.

"Cathay Pacific's new service to Chennai will further enhance the transshipment potential between China and India, between India and the United States, through the Hong Kong hub," he said.

The service will operate every Tuesday and Friday using a Boeing 747-200F freighter. It will depart Hong Kong at 2.05pm, arriving in Mumbai at 5.25pm local time the same day before continuing to Chennai later that afternoon and heading back to Hong Kong at 10.15pm. It arrives in the early hours of the following morning in good time for onward connections to the US.

Flight number From


Departure / Arrival
(Local Time)
Days of operation
CX017 Hong Kong
Mumbai 14.05/17.25 Tue, Fri
CX017/CX018 Mumbai Chennai 18.55/20.45 Tue, Fri
CX018 Chennai Hong Kong 22.15/06.00+1 Tue, Fri

Cathay Pacific Airways
Corporate Communication Department