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Old November 22nd, 2004, 03:58 AM   #181
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19 November 2004
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CAAC and Cathay Pacific sign letter of intent for co-operation on senior management training

The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) and Cathay Pacific Airways signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) in Beijing today for co-operation in senior management training. The ceremony also marked the 10th anniversary of a training programme for middle management jointly run by the two organisations.

Officiating at the LOI signing ceremony were Ren Ying Li, CAAC Vice Director General of Personnel & Education Department; and William Chau, Director Personnel at Cathay Pacific. Also present were Gao Hong Feng, Vice Minister of CAAC; Pu Zhao Zhou, Director-General of the Office of Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao Affairs; Tian Bao Hua, President of the Civil Aviation Management Institute of China (CAMIC); Philip Chen, Director & Chief Operating Officer of Cathay Pacific; and Raymond Yuen, a Director of Cathay Pacific.

The new training agreement will see Cathay Pacific organise a series of lectures, seminars, discussions, exchanges and visits for CAAC senior managers and department heads to further strengthen their understanding of the development of the aviation industry. The airline will also organise workshops for senior CAAC management members each year, while its own senior managers will participate in management workshops organised by CAMIC.

The new agreement builds on the relationship developed between Cathay Pacific and CAAC since the establishment of the training programme for middle management in 1994. The training for senior managers aligns with the increasing demand for civil aviation management professionals and will facilitate an exchange of knowledge and experience that will help enhance each organisation's international competitiveness.

Cathay Pacific Director & Chief Operating Officer Philip Chen said: "A strong aviation hub will continue to drive the economic, financial, travel and cultural development of a city.

We have been witnessing the rapid development of the aviation industry in the Mainland, and the aggregate traffic volumes of the Mainland, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau indicate that the area will become a phenomenal force in international aviation in years to come. Given the continued robust growth of its economy, the prospects for the Mainland's aviation industry are very promising."

In addition to signing the LOI, both parties also celebrated the 10th anniversary of the "Middle Management Training Programme" with the participation of dozens of past graduates. Each year, CAAC nominates a number of middle-management candidates from its subsidiary airlines and organisations to participate in the training programme. They are seconded to a five-month hands-on training programme at Cathay Pacific in Hong Kong, with no more than eight trainees at any one time to ensure quality training.

The programme has been instrumental in enhancing the mutual understanding and cooperation between Mainland airlines and Cathay Pacific. While Mainland trainees have been able to develop their knowledge of the operating procedures, products and strategy of an international airline, at the same time Cathay Pacific managers have been able to gain a better understanding of Mainland carriers.

Over the past decade 58 trainees have been seconded to Cathay Pacific from CAAC, the North China Regional Administration and East China Regional Administration of CAAC, Air China, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, China Northern Airlines, China Xinjiang Airlines, China Yunnan Airlines, CNAC Zhejiang Airlines, China Southwest Airlines, China Northwest Airlines and the Civil Aviation University of China.

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In 2004, you may depart from North America:
* February 1 through May 13, 2004 or
* August 17 through December 1, 2004

But if you prefer to depart from Canada during the summer period (May 14, 2004 through August 16, 2004) summer travel is still a great deal for an additional USD $300 / CAD $450.

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* The USD $999/CAD $1499 price reflects the USD $200/CAD $400 discount for registered Cathay Pacific CyberTravelers. Price does not include:

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Prices in USD are applicable to U.S. residents with U.S. mailing addresses only. Prices in CAD are applicable to Canadian residents with Canadian mailing addresses only.
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Old November 23rd, 2004, 08:24 AM   #183
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NZ wine part of star performance
23 November 2004
New Zealand Herald

How does a serious traveller decide which airline to choose? On the basis of the winelist of course. Which means Cathay Pacific is obviously the way to go.

Cathay was one of the star performers - and the best of the airlines which fly to New Zealand - in this year's Business Traveller/Wine International Cellars in the Sky competition.

Better still, one of the wines which helped achieve that success was from New Zealand, Framingham's Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.

Cathay was judged as having the best business class cellar, with American Airlines and British Airways among the runners-up.

Japan Airlines, which does not fly direct to New Zealand, had the best first class cellar, with Qantas, Malaysian and Lan among the runners-up.

Most of the top wines you can drink on aircraft are, according to the judges, from France.

But Cathay's Framingham Sauvignon Blanc (pictured right) and Air New Zealand's Highfield Estate Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc were joint runners-up in the best business class white category.
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23 November 2004
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Joint food promotion campaign launched by Cathay Pacific airways and The Hong Kong Jockey Club


The Executive Chefs of The Hong Kong Jockey Club Happy Valley Clubhouse, Christoph Suter and Lo Tak Yan to handover the food menu to two Cathay Pacific's cabin crews


Cathay Pacific's General Manager Inflight Services Peter Langslow (left) and Executive Director of Membership Services of The Hong Kong Jockey Club Billy K C Chen to officiate the kick-off ceremony of the new joint food promotion



A joint food promotion campaign is announced today by Cathay Pacific Airways and The Hong Kong Jockey Club, offering passengers a selection of dishes from the Club's acclaimed Happy Valley Clubhouse restaurants. A special menu will be served on virtually all Cathay Pacific flights departing from Hong Kong from 1 December 2004 to 30 April 2005.

The Hong Kong Jockey Club, the largest quality membership club in Hong Kong with a long and distinguished tradition, provides the absolute best in food, service and activities for members, as well as catering services for the public. Its clubhouses offer a number of exceptional restaurants. At the helm are some of the region’s top culinary talents, each deploying his unique approach to the culinary art, resulting in a singular distinctive dining experience.

Cathay Pacific together with the Hong Kong Jockey Club has selected the best of both Chinese and Western specialties from Derby Restaurant & Bar, Fortune Room and Gallop of Happy Valley Clubhouse. More than 50 dishes will be served on Cathay Pacific flights. Amongst them are the renowned Steamed Chicken Balls with Mushrooms and Water Chestnuts ‘Chiu Chow’ Style, Braised Beef Brisket with Peanuts on a Lotus Leaf and Pan-fried Turbot with Salsify, Confit of Garlic and Girolle Veloute.

Cathay Pacific General Manager Inflight Services Peter Langslow said, “We are delighted to offer Cathay Pacific passengers the chance to sample dishes from one of best membership clubs not only in Hong Kong but also in Asia. This partnership has once again demonstrated our commitment to offer premium inflight dining to our passengers to further enhance their flying experience.”

"The partnership with Cathay Pacific, Hong Kong's flag-carrying airline, has brought us closer to our missions of offering quality services and providing members with the feeling of exclusivity and privilege. I am confident the partnership will bring Cathay Pacific travellers an extraordinary dining experience," said Mr Billy K C Chen, Executive Director of Membership Services of the Hong Kong Jockey Club.

Cathay Pacific is committed to offering the very best food and product to its passengers. Its special food promotion that runs periodically has been a big hit with passengers all over the world. Recently its expertise in selecting the finest wines to serve inflight has also been recognised with the airline being named the “Best Business Class Cellar” and “First Class Most Original Wine List” in the Cellar in the Sky 2004 wine awards by Business Traveller and Wine International.

The Hong Kong Jockey Club is dedicated to becoming a world leader in horse racing, sporting and betting entertainment, and Hong Kong's premier charity and community benefactor. The Club strives to provide total customer satisfaction through meeting the expectations of all Club customers. The mission is reflected by the award winning ‘Our Journey to Excellence’ staff training programme in the Membership Services Division that brings the service standards to the highest level by the professional and caring staff imbued with drive, pride and passion.

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24 November 2004
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Cathay Pacific celebrates daily Beijing service with “Visit Beijing Now” promotion

Cathay Pacific Airways today announced a special “Visit Beijing Now” promotion to celebrate the airline’s upcoming daily service between Hong Kong and Beijing from 1 December 2004. The new service will bring the two cities closer than even and also reinforces Hong Kong’s position as an international aviation hub and the primary gateway to China.

The “Visit Beijing Now” special promotion offers passengers two nights of free accommodation in three of Beijing’s top premium hotels. Passengers who’ve booked with Cathay Pacific to travel to Beijing anytime between 1 December 2004 to 28 February 2005 will enjoy the delightful rooms at Marco Polo Beijing, Novotel Peace Beijing or the Shangri-La’s Kerry Centre Hotel. Bookings are accepted from now until 14 January 2005. Asia Miles accrual is subject to the applicable fare conditions.

Cathay Pacific resumed services to Beijing with three weekly flights on 2 December 2003. The four additional weekly flights will offer passengers more options to connect with the airline’s international services through Hong Kong.

Cathay Pacific Airways General Manager Sales Hong Kong and China Clement Lam said: “We are delighted to launch this promotion to celebrate our daily service to Beijing. Passengers can now be better connected to China and the rest of the world via Hong Kong and at the same time, enjoy Cathay Pacific’s premium service.”

Cathay Pacific has been granted rights to operate a second daily service to Beijing from the start of the Summer 2005 season. If Cathay Pacific were able to operate that service at a different time of the day that would create wider opportunities for the airline to draw more connecting passengers over Hong Kong.
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Wednesday November 24, 08:51 AM
BROKER CALL - Hong Kong's Cathay Pacific 2004 earnings forecast raised - CSFB

HONG KONG (AFX) - Credit Suisse First Boston (CSFB) said it has raised its 2004 earnings forecast for Cathay Pacific to 3.77 bln hkd from 3.56 bln hkd as a result of the weaker US dollar which is boosting the firm's yields for tickets sold in appreciating currencies.

The greenback's slide is also likely to reduce pricing pressures in air cargo markets for Cathay against rivals who charge cargo rates in currencies that have appreciated against the dollar, CSFB said.

'We estimate that passenger yields will be up 3 pct and cargo yields 1 pct better off in (year to December) 2005 if the current weak US dollar holds for that year. Net profits are highly sensitive to yield moves,' it said.

CSFB said it has revised its 2005 earnings forecast for Cathay Pacific to 5.10 bln hkd from 4.25 bln hkd following changes in its yield assumptions.

It added that it has raised its target price for the airline to 15.25 hkd a share from 13.25 hkd.

It said that Cathay Pacific is effectively a US-dollar denominated cost base airline and it gains the full benefit of a fall in the US currency in terms of translational gains on tickets it sells in appreciating currencies.

'This leads to an increase in passenger yield and profits are highly sensitive to yield changes. We estimate some 30 pct of Cathay's passenger tickets are in non-US dollar or linked currencies,' it said.

Passenger ticket sales next would be about 10 pct higher than earlier estimated by CSFB, the house said.

'We are raising our passenger yield growth from 0 pct to 3 pct. Further, we had estimated a 3 pct cargo yield decline. However, there will be less price competition from non-US dollar carriers and we have reduced the decline to 2 pct,' CSFB said.
Cathay Pacific closed down 0.20 hkd or 1.42 pct at 13.85 on volume of 5.93 mln shares.

(US$1 = HK$7.8)
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26 November 2004
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Cathay Pacific celebrates latest cadet pilot graduation with Hong Kong Secretary for Economic Development

Cathay Pacific Airways today celebrated the graduation of its latest class of cadet pilots, with guest of honour Secretary for Economic Development and Labour Stephen Ip on hand to give certificates to the latest 10 Hong Kong pilots to pass through the airline’s Cadet Pilot Programme.

Today’s was the airline’s 19th graduating class. Proud parents of the cadets also attended the ceremony at the BAE System Flight Training centre in Adelaide, Australia.

Cathay Pacific launched the Cadet Pilot Programme in 1988 to recruit and train Hong Kong pilots. Since then, some 264 cadets, including today’s class, have graduated from the course. Another 21 cadets spread across three classes are currently in training. Cathay Pacific pays for the entire 15-month residential programme.

Mr Ip joined Cathay Pacific Director & Chief Operating Officer Philip Chen to tour the centre, which has been training professional pilots for more than two decades. Mr Ip saw first-hand how the Hong Kong cadets are taught using the centre’s own hangar and maintenance facilities, lecture rooms and aircraft simulators. The centre also operates 40 single and twin-engine training aircraft, including two aerobatic trainers and a Cathay Pacific-owned Learjet 45.

Mr Chen, speaking at the graduation ceremony, said: “Today’s cadet pilot graduation ceremony once again underlines Cathay Pacific’s commitment to invest in the continued expansion of Hong Kong’s aviation industry and develop the kind of skilled workforce that’s essential for Hong Kong’s future success. Our latest crop of cadets will strengthen the foundation for Cathay Pacific’s future growth as Hong Kong’s home carrier, helping to reinforce the development of Hong Kong as a global aviation hub.”

Mr Ip said: “Learning to fly takes skill and determination and I would like congratulate each of the graduates from the Cathay Pacific Cadet Pilot Programme. Aviation plays a major part in Hong Kong’s economy and Cathay Pacific’s investment in pilot training is vital to Hong Kong’s future and the industry’s development.”



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27 November 2004
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Cathay Pacific “I Can Fly” students renew their community commitment


Group picture in front of the Boeing assembly line with Boeing staff, a Cathay Pacific pilot and staff leaders.


30 members together with Cathay Pacific pilots and staff leaders pictured in front of the A380 mockup


40 members experienced flying training at the BAE Flying School in Adelaide

Cathay Pacific Airways today welcomed back the top 100 students from its “I Can Fly” programme, who renewed their commitment to share with Hong Kong people what they learned from their year-long experience learning about aviation, taking part in community service activities and making trips overseas.

One thousand students aged between 13 and 18 took part in the programme during which they learned about aviation and devised community service programmes. Cathay Pacific pilots acted as their mentors.

Five-day trips to either the Boeing and Airbus aircraft factories in the United States and France or the BAE Systems Flight Training School in Adelaide, where Cathay Pacific cadet pilots are trained, were awarded to the top 100 students from the programme. Most of them joined today’s reunion.

Many described “I Can Fly” and their overseas visits as the experience of a lifetime. Not only did they learn about aviation but they also came to value teamwork and develop leadership skills.

“It was the first time that I travelled overseas,” said Amelia Tso who toured the Airbus factory in Toulouse, France. “It was an eye-opening opportunity for me to see the birth of the super jumbo A380 taking shape in the factory!”

“We not only learned about technology used in aircraft factories but also about the way millions of parts come together to make state-of-the art aircraft,” says Bonita Wong who visited the Boeing plant in Seattle, USA.

“I really flew a glider when I visited Adelaide. It was amazing!” said Winnie Ho who went to the BAE Systems Flight Training School.

Cathay Pacific Corporate Communication Manager – Public Relations Kandy Chan said: “Only 100 of the 1,000 ‘I Can Fly’ students made it on one of the overseas trips, and they all now feel committed to act as ambassadors for the programme and continue working to help others in the community. Today’s reunion showed their desire to pass on what they learned to others in Hong Kong, and their drive to reach their goals. Cathay Pacific will continue to support these committed young people and future Hong Kong youth development programmes.”
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Vehicles hit by debris from Cathay Pacific jet

Published on December 02, 2004

An engine on a Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300 exploded shortly after takeoff from Bangkok Inter-national Airport yesterday.

Debris from the aircraft’s left engine fell on a car and pickup truck travelling on the Lak Si intersection overpass, near the airport. The vehicles were badly damaged, but there were no injuries.

The aircraft returned to Bang-kok International Airport about 20 minutes after takeoff, landing safely. There were no reported injuries.

Deputy Transport Minister Vi-chet Kasemthongsri said that an engine on Cathay Pacific flight CX751 from Bangkok to Bombay had malfunctioned, causing a small explosion minutes after taking off from Bangkok International Air-port at 6pm. The aircraft was carrying 348 passengers.

Vichet said he had instructed Aviation Department officials to contact the Hong Kong authorities for details of what went wrong.

Pol Colonel Amnart Intarapra-sart, superintendent of Thung-songhong police station, said a part of the engine - about 1.5 metres wide and two metres long - had fallen onto the roof of a car and a pickup on the Lak Si overpass.

Smoke was billowing from the engine on the left wing of the aircraft when it returned to Bangkok International Airport.

Pol Corporal Paisal Charana of Thungsonghong police station said he saw sparks from the engine as it was taking off and then saw part of the engine fall from the sky. “After that the plane however kept flying as if nothing had gone wrong,” he added.
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02 December 2004
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Cathay Pacific's flight CX751 incident

Cathay Pacific Airways clarified facts relating to an incident involving CX751 from Bangkok to Mumbai on 1 December, 2004.

Wire reports referring to a “A Cathay Pacific passenger jet’s left engine exploded minutes after takeoff from the Thai capital Bangkok” are completely incorrect.

CX751 (From Bangkok to Mumbai, Boeing 777-300) turned back to BKK at 18.57L Dec 1 after being airborne at 17.58L. The inner surface of the number one engine left hand D duct collapsed causing seperation of a section of the duct structure. The proximity of the released material to the engine exhaust may have produced some sparks.

The engine continued to operate satisfactorily. CX751 returned to Bangkok as a standard precautionary procedure. The safety of the 345 passengers and 17 crew members on board was not in question.

A plane was dispatched from Hong Kong to pick up the passengers to continue their journey to Mumbai. The scheduled departure time is 01.45L Dec 2.

The aircraft is currently on ground in Bangkok for inspection by Cathay Pacific and Boeing. Both HKCAD and the aviation authorities of Thailand have been informed of the incident.

D Duct

D duct is produced by Boeing and houses the engine thrust reverser. It comes in two halves and wraps around the engine core. A section of the left hand D duct on the No. 1 engine has delaminated, therefore releasing a section of composite material from the affected area. Both Cathay Pacific Engineering and Boeing are inspecting and investigating the incident.

It was reported that fallen debris from CX751 had hit a vehicle. The owner of the vehicle was not injured. Cathay Pacific is closely cooperating with the authorities in Thailand in the investigation of this matter.
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Saturday December 4, 3:36 PM
Cathay denies cover-up over returned London-bound flight

(AP) Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. acknowledged Saturday that one of its London-bound flights was forced to turn back to Hong Kong in September with engine trouble, but denied there has been a cover-up amid a spate of similar incidents in recent weeks.

A newspaper accused Hong Kong-based Cathay _ one of Asia's largest airlines _ of failing to report the Sept. 5 incident, in which flight CX 251 carrying 382 passengers turned back to Hong Kong's airport about two hours after take off because the pilot detected trouble with one of the engines and shut it off.

A Cathay spokeswoman confirmed Saturday that the airline's investigation found that the Boeing 747-400 jet had experienced trouble because there was a crack on its fuel exhaust pipe, causing it to leak oil.

The Oriental Daily News quoted the mother of one of the passengers, identified only as Mrs. Kwan, as complaining that her son was terrified by the incident and that she was dissatisfied that Cathay did not publicize it.

The spokeswoman, Carolyn Leung, denied the company had tried to cover-up the incident, saying there was no need to make public the event because the flight had landed safely and the safety of the passengers had never been compromised.

Leung said Cathay had reported the incident to Hong Kong's Civil Aviation Department, which ordered the airline to inspect all of its 24 Boeing 747-400 jets.

The company found problems with the fuel exhaust pipes of 27 engines and has repaired or replaced them, Leung said.

In recent weeks, there were at least three similar incidents where Cathay was forced to abort a flight because of engine problems.

The latest involved flight CX751 carrying 362 people from Bangkok, Thailand to Bombay, India.

The Boeing 777-300 returned to Bangkok on Wednesday after a chunk of its engine broke off and hit the ground, smashing into a car. But no casualties were reported.

Last month, one of Cathay's Hong Kong-bound flights returned to Los Angeles after witnesses reported seeing flames on one of its engines.

Leung said the company is still investigating the three incidents and has no further details.
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Cathay Pacific launches two additional flights from Dubai
6 December 2004
Middle East Company News

Dubai - Cathay Pacific Airways launched today two additional direct flights from Dubai to Hong Kong signifying the airline's commitment to better serve the Middle East market despite rising fuel costs.

In a simple ceremony at the airport, Cathay Pacific welcomed the passengers taking the first of the additional flights.

“The new flights offer our customers a very convenient early evening departure from Dubai. This gives an early morning arrival in to Hong Kong, which meets the needs of the business travellers to get there for the start of the business day. For leisure travellers, the flights give you more time in Hong Kong and so you can make the most of your holiday”, said Philip Herbert, Cathay Pacific Country Manager for UAE and Oman.

Commenting on the other opportunities that the new flights create, Mr. Herbert added that: “As well as being good news for people travelling to Hong Kong, the new flights are excellent for onward connections. Filipino passengers in particular will find the new service attractive as it allows you to get to Manila and Cebu by lunchtime, which is great if you have onward travel within the Philippines”.

Together with the arrival and departure times of Cathay Pacific's existing services between Dubai and Hong Kong, the new flights open up more opportunities to take connecting flights to and from their destinations in North Asia, South East Asia, China, Philippines, Australia, New Zealand, USA and Canada from Hong Kong.

Although the aviation industry is suffering from rising fuel prices, Cathay Pacific has continued its investment in the Middle East. In addition of the two new direct flights to Hong Kong, Cathay Pacific is also adding two more services a week from Dubai to Bahrain, bringing its service between Dubai and Bahrain to four frequencies per week each way, further strengthening its position in the market.

“The UAE is an important market for Cathay Pacific. Thanks to the economic boom that is taking place, more and more people are travelling to and from Dubai and with our increased schedule, award-winning product and Service Straight From The Heart, we give our customers the service they want and need”, concluded Mr. Herbert.

From 1st December, Cathay Pacific flies 13 times a week between Dubai and Hong Kong, with 7 direct flights, 2 services via Bahrain and 4 services via Mumbai and Bangkok.
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Old December 7th, 2004, 07:30 PM   #193
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17 Japanese tourists join the first ‘Cathay Pacific Flight Attendant Experience Tour’

How does it feel to be a flight attendant? “I never realised it could be such a tough job!” exclaimed Yamada Tomomi, after completing a two-day inflight service training course with Cathay Pacific in Hong Kong.

Seventeen Japanese women from Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya joined the first “Cathay Pacific Flight Attendant Experience Tour” this week, coming to Hong Kong to get a first-hand experience of what it takes to become an airline flight attendant. The focus of the tour was a special training programme designed specifically for the tourists, covering aviation knowledge, an introduction to the career of a flight attendant, grooming, and practical skills in cabin services – including a session on wine tasting.

The members of the first tour were all excited about taking part in the training. A simple ceremony marked their “graduation” on completion of the course.

Cathay Pacific’s General Manager Corporate Communication Alan Wong said: “We’ve introduced this new package because we discovered there is a certain segment in some Asian countries interested in learning about what it’s like to be a cabin crew member. Flight attendant training is one of the key factors in Cathay Pacific’s success and we are delighted to be able to offer customers the chance to view things from the other side of the service trolley.”

Those who flew from Japan for the inaugural training course at Cathay City enjoyed what was a new experience for them all. Ms Tomomi, a secretary, said she would like to change her work environment and “this trip offers me an opportunity to experience the work of a flight attendant for myself.”

Acknowledging that the nature of the job is not as leisurely as most people think, Yamada Tomomi said: “I like to meet people from different parts of the world. An airline with an extensive global network like CX would give me this valuable chance.”

Yamashita Katsuko joined this course for another purpose. “I’m interested in foreign languages. I’d like to take the advantage of working at a Hong Kong airline to sharpen my English and Putonghua,” she said.

Ayano Suzuki, who already had some airline knowledge through a summer job at the airport in her hometown, Chiba, said: “I’ve learnt a lot of useful things, such as how to use polite Japanese expressions when speaking to customers.”

Another member of the group, university student Masako Takada from Osaka, said: “It’s exciting for me because this is the first time I’ve come to Hong Kong. The Cathay people have been kind and friendly - and very professional as well. I’m really happy with the way we’ve been treated.”

Yuka Kozaka, who has flown on Cathay Pacific a few times before, said she joined the tour “because I wanted to check out the secret that lies behind Cathay’s great inflight service for myself”, while Mika Furukawa said she actually aspired to become a flight attendant. “I think Hong Kong would be a good starting place for my career and I’m sure there would a lot to learn and experience in such a multicultural place,” she said.

Launched by Cathay Pacific Airways in conjunction with Cathay Pacific Holidays, the “Cathay Pacific Flight Attendant Experience Tour” targets a number of the airline’s key Asian markets. Classes will be conducted in English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Japanese or Korean to suit different markets.
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Saturday December 11, 11:51 AM
Cathay to resume flying four Boeing 777-300 jets taken out of service after reporting engine problems

AP - Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. said Saturday it will resume flying four Boeing 777-300 jets that were pulled out of service after an engine part fell off one of them as the aircraft flew over Thailand last week.

The 2-meter (6.6-foot) long chunk of an engine duct smashed the roof of a car near Bangkok's airport on Dec. 1. No one was injured but Flight CX751 bound for Bombay was forced to turn back to the Thai capital.

The Hong Kong-based airline later inspected all 10 of its Boeing 777-300 jets and discovered the engine ducts in four were faulty.

Cathay said Boeing Co. found that overheating had caused problems in the planes' ducts, but the problem had been fixed.

"The repairs and identified inspection intervals will ensure that an event similar to the one experienced on Dec. 1 will not occur again," Boeing's Vice President John Quinlivan wrote in a letter to Cathay.

Cathay's spokeswoman Carolyn Leung said the airline was still checking the planes but will resume flying them next week.

The Dec. 1 incident was one of a recent spate of engine problems reported on Cathay's planes.

One involved a Hong Kong-bound flight that was forced to return to Los Angeles after witnesses reported seeing flames coming from one of the engines on Nov. 9.

Cathay said a new turbine blade caused the problem on the Los Angeles flight and that the part has since been returned to its manufacturer, Rolls-Royce, for inspections.
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Old December 12th, 2004, 05:30 AM   #195
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國泰航空引擎故障多 3個月內6宗

香港國泰航空9日晚間一班由香港起飛,經台北飛往大阪的班機,因為引擎故障,向大阪機場塔台要求優先降落,所幸機上148名乘客平安降落,不過國泰飛安再度引發各界關注,因為這已經是最近3個月內,第6起在空中發生引擎故障的事件。

國泰航空班機接二連三的發生空中引擎故障,12月1日,一架由曼谷飛往孟買的班機,在空中發生引擎金屬導管爆裂,掉落的巨大零件壓毀地面一輛汽車跟貨車的意外事件,國泰剛被迫在8日舉行記者會,對最近3個月內的空中引擎故障進行說明。

之前包括11月18日由倫敦飛往香港的班機,發生引擎冒煙,渦輪葉片脫落而被迫折返;11月9日,由美國洛杉磯往香港的班機,起飛不久就發生引擎著火,被迫空中放油進行迫降;9月5日由香港往倫敦的班機,也是起飛後發生引擎漏油,並出現火花,被迫關閉引擎,折返機場。

由於這幾次都是波音747與777─3百型的客機,國泰意有所指的將責任歸屬指向波音公司的設計問題,引發波音公司反駁,認為這是國泰維修保養的問題。不料口水戰還沒有結束,9日晚間國泰又發生引擎故障,而要求優先降落大阪機場,而這次客機卻是空中巴士A330型,證實了波音公司的說法。

據了解,國泰航空過去勞資糾紛頻繁,人手短缺一直讓各界引以為憂,今年以來,引擎事故就高達12次,因此雖然國泰已經宣佈4架飛機停飛維修,不過香港各界的批判聲浪仍然不斷。

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CX fleet occured to problem of engine failure for up to 6, within of 3 months since The Bangkok incident was lefted by it's B777-300 on Dec. 1.

Another CX's flight to OSK via TPE, using of A330 aircraft, was reported to emergency landing to KIX caused same situation raised by Dec. 9

Not long ago one flight back to HKG from LON, was also happened for engine problem on Nov. 18 by B747 series although there were all no injured and safed for all passenger

CX claimed to that it could be the neglectful of Boeing design but now airbus aircraft was also involved to latest

It is seems to that the labour disputed and movement on past repeatedly that manpower shortage and service standard running down were caused for such incident

According to CX stated that total of 12 events had been reported for it's engine problems within on this calender year
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Cathay urged to take additional safety measures
Ann Collier, Hong Kong Standard
10 December 2004

The Civil Aviation Department (CAD) wrote a letter to Cathay Pacific last week, urging the airline to take additional safety measures after a series of engine failures, a CAD official has revealed.

In the past year, Hong Kong's three major airlines - Cathay Pacific, DragonAir and cargo carrier Air Hong Kong - were involved in a total of 200 minor incidents, the CAD said on Thursday.

In the case of Cathay Pacific, two of these incidents involved pieces of debris falling from the engine area mid-flight.

Civil Aviation Department's deputy director general Leung Yu-keung said it was common for small parts to fall from aeroplanes.

Most of these incidents go unreported to the public, although airlines are obliged to report them to the Civil Aviation Department, which is Hong Kong's aviation regulator.

"The cause was a design problem, not Cathay's error. These [minor problems] are quite common in the aircraft industry and engineering ... where products are designed in an office.

"We know that incidents of system failures happen regularly on aircraft, what we really need to do to ensure safety is to share information," Leung said.

"Cathay Pacific is one of the best airlines in the world and its maintenance practices are at the very top of the industry," he said.

Boeing's Mark Hooper said: "It [Cathay] is very concerned about its responsibilities in ensuring that the fleet is safe to fly."

On Wednesday, Cathay Pacific announced it had grounded four Boeing 770-300s to check for defects after a part of an aeroplane's engine fell to the ground following take-off from Bangkok.

"We expect all the checks and certification to be ready by next week, all going well, but we will not put the planes back into service until we are absolutely satisfied the problems have been fully rectified," Leung said. "I can assure you that Hong Kong aviation is working to international standards."

The aeroplanes were grounded after a two-metre diameter casing fell from an engine on an aeroplane en route from Bangkok to Mumbai in India on December 1 and hit a car on the ground. There were no injuries.

After further inspection, Cathay concluded the engine duct had come loose due to heat stress, according to Cathay Pacific maintenance support manager Robert Wales.

Cathay found three other 777-300s in its fleet with similar heat damage and grounded them immediately. The airline as well as the CAD accredit the engine incident to a design flaw.

A similar incident onboard a 777-300 took place in July on an aircraft flying from Taipei to Hong Kong.

The pilot did not realise it, however, until the aeroplane had landed, according to Cathay engineering director Robert Cridland.

The Bangkok incident was the latest of a seemingly unlucky slew of Cathay engine mishaps.

On November 18, a London flight en route to Hong Kong had to turn back after an object drawn into one of the jets caused engine vibrations.

An engine turbine blade also came loose on a November 9 flight from Los Angeles to Hong Kong, forcing the pilot to land immediately.

On September 5, a cracked fuel rod clip forced the crew of a Hong Kong-London flight to shut down an engine and returned to the SAR.

When Cathay inspected the rest of its fleet, it found 27 engine fuel rods with signs of stress.
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Cathay's Nov passenger traffic up 18.5 pct Year / Year

HONG KONG, Dec 13 (Reuters) - Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. , Hong Kong's main carrier, said on Monday the number of passengers increased 18.5 percent in November from a year ago, boosted by strong demand from business travellers.

The airline carried 1.19 million passengers in November, up from 1.17 million passengers in October, it said, not providing a year-ago November figure.

"Business traffic was buoyant, improving loads and yield, as companies sought to close deals by the end of the year," Ian Shiu, Cathay's general manager for revenue management, sales & distribution said in a statement.

November's passenger load factor was 77.1 percent, little changed from 77.6 percent the previous month.

Cathay Pacific carried 86,933 tonnes of cargo in November, down from 90,533 tonnes in October.
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Cathay Pacific releases November 2004 traffic figures

Cathay Pacific Airways today released traffic figures for November 2004 that show passenger and cargo volumes responded well to seasonal upturns and the introduction of new winter season services.

The airline carried 1,187,548 passengers in November, up from 1,167,690 passengers carried in October. Figures were boosted by strong demand from business travellers and heavy traffic to and from the Middle East, Malaysia and Indonesia at the end of the festival of Ramadan.

The airline also added new services to Auckland, Brisbane, Dubai, Manila, Surabaya and Sydney. November’s passenger load factor was 77.1 percent, flat compared to 77.6 percent the month before.

Cathay Pacific carried 86,933 tonnes of cargo, down from 90,533 tonnes in October simply on account of there being one less day in November. Cargo demand remained at a peak and the load factor dipped only slightly to 68.5 percent, down from 71.3 percent in October, even with addition of a third wet-lease freighter to the fleet. The airline takes delivery of a new B747-400 freighter in February.

Cathay Pacific General Manager Revenue Management, Sales & Distribution Ian Shiu said: “Business traffic was buoyant, improving loads and yield, as companies sought to close deals by the end of the year. The end of Ramadan boosted loads in the back end and we operated a number of extra sectors to Indonesia and Malaysia in order to cope with the holiday-related travel. December will of course be another very busy month.”

Cathay Pacific Director & General Manager Cargo Ron Mathison said: “November was another good month. Business out of Hong Kong on trunk routes to the US, Japan and Europe remained strong. Current indications say this should keep up through the end of the year."
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