U.S.-based Cathay Pacific Flight Attendants Ratify First Contract

Washington, DC (August 22, 2019) — U.S.-based Cathay Pacific Airlines flight attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO (AFA), today voted by 99 percent to ratify a first contract. The three-year agreement provides immediate pay increases, backpay,  schedule flexibility, and retirement security for flight attendants based in SFO, LAX and JFK.

“We are so excited that on our union's 74th birthday hundreds of flight attendants are gaining the rights and benefits of a union contract for the first time,” said Sara Nelson, AFA International President. “Cathay Pacific flight attendants based in the U.S. voted by 97% to join AFA and used that overwhelming solidarity to win the improvements that drove their organizing campaign. These flight attendants inspire all of us with their commitment to each other, to our union, and to our work as aviation's first responders. We congratulate the Cathay Pacific flight attendants' leaders, activists and members.”

U.S.-based Cathay Pacific flight attendants voted to join AFA by 97 percent in 2017. 

Cathay Pacific is the flag carrier of Hong Kong. Cathay Pacific operates multiple cabin crew units in the U.S., London, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Bangkok. Cathay Pacific has daily flights out of LAX, SFO, JFK, BOS and ORD to Hong Kong. 

AFA was founded on this date 74 years ago by five United Airlines flight attendants. Then known as the Air Line Stewardesses Association, the union has fought to end discrimination and to improve wages and working conditions for flight attendants. 


The Association of Flight Attendants is the Flight Attendant union. Focused 100 percent on Flight Attendant issues, AFA has been the leader in advancing the Flight Attendant profession for 74 years. Serving as the voice for Flight Attendants in the workplace, in the aviation industry, in the media and on Capitol Hill, AFA has transformed the Flight Attendant profession by raising wages, benefits and working conditions. Nearly 50,000 Flight Attendants come together to form AFA, part of the 700,000-member strong Communications Workers of America (CWA), AFL-CIO. Visit us at www.afacwa.org.


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