Cathay Pacific is considering handing over more of its regional Asian flights to regional sibling Cathay Dragon – formerly known as Dragonair – as part of a strategic review of the airline.
Kuala Lumpur has already been 'Dragonised', with Cathay Dragon flights replacing those of its parent from March 2017, with all four daily services from Hong Kong due to be flown by the Cathay Dragon by May.
"We are currently looking into the feasibility of Cathay Dragon taking over a small number of Cathay Pacific’s other regional services, but as yet no firm decision has been taken," the airline confirmed in an internal briefing document sent to airline staff and sighted by Australian Business Traveller.
There has been speculation that apart from high-profile and high-profit destinations such as Singapore and Japan, much of Cathay's regional Asian network – along with the necessary aircraft and crew – would be taken over by Cathay Dragon.
The staff document also smacked down rumours of a buyout by Air China and subsequent move from the Oneworld airline alliance to the Star Alliance group.
Cathay Pacific has dubbed its strategy playbook 'Time to Win' and comes as the airline faces growing competition from Chinese carriers.