The carrier is being rebranded Cathay Dragon, and its aircraft will be repainted with a livery design similar to Cathay Pacific’s. The two airlines will continue to be operated separately under their own licenses, however.
Dragonair has been a wholly owned subsidiary of Cathay since 2006 and operates a fleet of 42 Airbus A330 and A320-family aircraft. The first aircraft to be rebranded will be an A330, which will be unveiled in April. Hong Kong-based HAECO is doing the repainting.
The new design will be introduced to the rest of the fleet progressively “in accordance with the regular painting schedule,” Cathay says. Nine aircraft are expected to receive the livery this year, and the whole fleet is to be finished by 2022. Cathay is not revealing the cost of the rebranding exercise.
The carrier says the new livery will feature a deeper shade of red than the current Dragonair colors. It will use the familiar Cathay “brushwing” on the tail, and the current Dragonair dragon logo will be relocated from the tail to the nose of the aircraft.
Cathay Pacific revealed an updated livery of its own in November. A Boeing 777-300ER is the first aircraft to feature the new look. These changes include modification to the brushwing, and a simplified color range of green, gray and white.