In a public letter to Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon employees, chief executive Ivan Chu, who moves on from the company at the end of this month, talked about the great strides the airline has made over the decades and his confidence in the new leadership structure under Rupert Hogg.
Chu said: “I am honoured to have been involved with this truly remarkable airline group for the past 32 years.
“We have grown to serve 34 million customers last year and we’ve seen the successful rebranding of Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon, which has brought our two airlines closer together.
“Today, we operate one of the youngest long-haul fleets in the sky and our global network has expanded enormously…
“We should all be very proud. It is difficult to single out one particular moment as being my favourite, but the awards we have won over the years – not least the accolade of world’s best airline four times – are all very special.
“Having spent my entire career at Cathay Pacific, I will deeply miss working here. I will continue to support the new management team as I remain on the board. It is never easy to say goodbye, but let me say it has been an absolute privilege to work alongside so many amazing people. I know that Cathay will always be in my heart.”