Sydney de Kantzow

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Sydney de Kantzow BS (1914–1957) was the Australian co-founder of Cathay Pacific Airways along with American Roy Farrell.

De Kantzow was born in Sydney, Australia and served during World War II as a pilot for the Royal Australian Air Force. Both de Kantzow and Farrell were ex-air force pilots who had flown The Hump, a route over the Himalayan Mountains. Each man put up HK$1 to register the airline. Although initially based in Shanghai, the two men moved to Hong Kong to found Cathay Pacific Airways. They named it "Cathay" because that was the medieval name given to China derived from "Khitan", and "Pacific" because Farrell speculated that they would one day fly across the Pacific. The Chinese name for the company comes from a Chinese idiom meaning "Grand and Peaceful State".

de Kantzow served as a chief pilot with the China National Aviation Corporation from 1940 to 1945 in Hong Kong (1940-1942) and Burma (1942-1945).[1] He was awarded the Order of the Flying Cloud for his services with CNAC and the Burma Star for his services in respect to the relief aid program.[1]

de Kantzow sold his stake in Cathay Pacific in 1951[2] and died in 1957, left behind his wife Angela Mary (1924-2005) and son Peter.[1]

His son Peter is a director and co-founder of Waterfront Air Limited of Hong Kong.