Cathay Pacific's catering operations at Chep Lap Kok in Hong Kong last year produced 31.7 million meals for 41 international airlines.

The company - Cathay Pacific Catering Services (CPCS), a wholly owned unit of Cathay Pacific Airways - operates one of the largest inflight meal kitchens in the region and has joint venture operations in the Philippines, Taiwan, Vancouver and Toronto. At full capacity, the US$200 million kitchen catering facility, near the Chep Lap Kok international airport in Hong Kong, covers 50,400sq m and is capable of producing 80,000 meals a day. It features hot and cold kitchens and caters for halal, kosher and Japanese-style preparations.

Cathay Pacific is 45 per cent owned by Swire Pacific - one of Hong Kong's biggest listed companies. Swire has diversified interests in property, aviation, beverages, marine services and trading and industrial.

Swire, whose operations are predominantly based in the greater China region, is one of the original "hongs", or business houses, of Hong Kong.


*Jamie Gray travelled to Hong Kong courtesy of Cathay Pacific.