Cathay Pacific was the only airline to operate Convair jetliners on scheduled services into Australia and then only to Perth from Hong Kong via regional ports Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur. The delivery of Boeing 707s allowed Cathay to establish non-stop services to the major eastern Australian markets.
G-AGKT was provided by BOAC to Qantas to operate from Australia to Ceylon (Sri Lanka) replacing Catalinas. The long-haul route avoided Japanese airspace and opened a quicker route to the UK than via the Pacific and the US. -AGKT, stripped of paint, continued with Qantas after the war and was the first Qantas aircraft to carry the kangaroo logo. Withdrawn from use in 1947, it was scrapped at Sydney airport without entering the Australian register. Photo from: Hudson Fysh Collection/State Library of New South Wales