Pre July 1997 Status of CX
Cathay Pacific Airways were a private airline set up by a British company in Hong Kong a British colony, the airline grew to become the place's flag carrier in a way, aircraft flew the British flag and wore British registration, so they were considered a foreign company in mainland China and their services to some of the mainland cities in the early 90's were also treated as international flights.
Present Status of CX
Cathay Pacific Airways are a private airline set up and run by a British company in Hong Kong, a Chinese city, but with its own administrative system, which makes it something like a Free Port, Tax/Duty Free region of some other countries but not exactly the same, yet HKG
and the rest are all part of their respective countrie's, the aircraft dont wear any flag and have Chinese registration (like all other Chinese carriers), they will soon be realunching operations to mainland China which will be now be domestic services by a foreign owned airline based in Hong Kong, a Chinese city.
So a foreign company based in what is now a Chinese city, having its own special administrative system, but still part of mainland China with a governer/mayor type personality from China running the show, (means the company is based in the country of China and in the city of Hong Kong of that country), have set up an airline in the country of China, which is based in the city Hong Kong of that country, which enjoys a different system of rule from the rest of the country of China, of which however it is part of and which is its motherland,(just as the Island of Kish in Iran enjoys its own tax free liberal system but is part of Iran, or an Iranian city on an Island but with its own system different to the rest of the Iran, but still a city and a part of that country), the airline is run and staffed mainly by Chinese people, who speak various Chinese dialects, and its aircraft fleet is registered in China, the airlines home country to which its home base city Hong Kong belongs, makes Cathay Pacific an independant/private Chinese airline who's owners are a British company with head quarters in U.K and a base in the city of Hong Kong(with its own system of governance) in the country of China.
Swire Group are in the U.K, Cathay Pacific Airways have head quarters in the city of Hong Kong/Xiang Gaang (S.A.R), in the country, P.R.C China.
So a foreign company set up, own and operate an airline in China = the airline is Chinese but its owners are foreign = a foreign run Chinese company = CX are a Chinese airline/company/business owned by a Britain based organisation and not a foreign airline based in China as many people here believe them to be
. Hope everything is clear now
Cathay Pacific Cargo are also operating 'un-sung' scheduled freighter operations to Chicago since a few years now.
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