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Old November 20th, 2010, 04:36 PM   #2001
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Old November 21st, 2010, 08:13 PM   #2002
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http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-1...ratt-says.html

CX to surpass KE as the world’s biggest international cargo carrier this year

Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd.’s air-cargo venture with Air China Ltd. may begin flights within weeks, helping the carrier expand its air-freight business in mainland China. Operations may begin on Dec. 1 or Jan. 1, Cathay Pacific Chairman Christopher Pratt said today in Hong Kong at an event for affiliate Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Co. The tie-up has won Chinese government approval, he said.

The carrier is also optimistic about cargo and passenger demand in the next quarter, Pratt said, as economic growth spurs travel and exports in China. The company in February agreed to invest 1.7 billion yuan ($256 million) in affiliate Air China’s cargo arm to add freight hubs in Shanghai and Beijing to its Hong Kong base.

Cathay Pacific, which has forecast record profit this year,will inject four Boeing Co. 747-400 freighters into Air China Cargo as part of its investment plan. The airline owns 19 percent of Beijing-based Air China, the nation’s largest international carrier. Air China owns 30 percent of Cathay Pacific.

Cathay Pacific fell 0.4 percent to close at HK$22.70 in Hong Kong. Air China, the world’s largest carrier by market value, fell 3.8 percent to HK$9.87.

Freight volumes at Cathay Pacific jumped 20 percent in the first 10 months of the year, helped by European and U.S. demandfor Apple Inc. iPads and other Asian-made goods. The airline is also carrying more luxury goods to China because of the country’s rising number of millionaires.

The surging traffic has enabled Cathay Pacific to surpass Korean Air Lines Co. as the world’s biggest international air-cargo carrier this year. Hong Kong airport is also set to end Memphis, Tennessee’s at least 18-year reign as the world’sbusiest cargo airport. FedEx Corp. has its main hub in Memphis.


Scheduled international freight tonne-kilometres flown in 2009 (millions)

1 Korean Air Cargo-------------8,225
2 Cathay Pacific--------------7,722
3 Lufthansa Cargo-------------6,660
4 Singapore Airlines Cargo------6,455
5 Emirates SkyCargo-----------6,369
6 FedEx Express---------------5,808
7 China Airlines----------------4,903
8 Air France-------------------4,672
9 Cargolux---------------------4,652
10 UPS Airlines-----------------4,495

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Old November 24th, 2010, 08:10 PM   #2003
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Cathay Pacific adds Honolulu to network with latest code-share agreement with Japan Airlines
24 November 2010
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Cathay Pacific Airways today announced that Honolulu, the capital city of Hawaii, will be added to its code-share co-operation with oneworld alliance member Japan Airlines.

The expanded agreement will see Cathay Pacific’s “CX” code placed on Japan Airlines flights operating from Tokyo’s Narita and Haneda airports, Osaka and Nagoya to Honolulu, giving passengers more choice and convenience when travelling to Hawaii.

Tickets for the new code-share services are now available for sale for travel commencing 1 December 2010.

Cathay Pacific Chief Executive Tony Tyler said: “We are delighted to introduce Honolulu as the newest addition to our code-share agreement with Japan Airlines. Hawaii’s natural beauty and world-famous beaches attract visitors from around the world and this enhanced arrangement will certainly make it easier for Cathay Pacific passengers to travel to this popular holiday destination.”

The latest addition is a further expansion of an existing agreement, which covers both airlines’ services between Japan and Hong Kong as well as Japan Airlines’ 13 domestic routes.

Cathay Pacific has also recently enhanced its network in North America through new code-share arrangements with WestJet and Alaska Airlines.
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Old November 25th, 2010, 11:24 PM   #2004
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http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-1...al-travel.html

Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd., the Hong Kong carrier expecting a record annual profit, will increase passenger capacity 11 percent next year as the economic pickup stokes demand for premium-class travel.

“It’s certainly very strong at the moment,” Chief Executive Officer Tony Tyler said in an interview in the city today. “That’s giving us a good feeling and, of course, great results.”

The airline is due to receive nine new widebody passenger aircraft next year as rising wages in China and a rebound in the global economy spurs demand for business and leisure flights. Asia-Pacific travel growth will likely continue to outpace global demand next year, said Andrew Herdman, director general at the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines.

“I’m optimistic we’ll see continued growth into 2011,” Herdman said in a Bloomberg TV interview in Kuala Lumpur. Airlines in the region “have got costs under control and they’re managing capacity carefully,” he said.

Hong Kong-based Cathay will boost cargo capacity by less than 10 percent next year after delays in the arrival of 10 on- order Boeing Co. 747-8 freighters, Tyler said. Operations at a freight venture with affiliate Air China Ltd. will begin next month or in January, he said.

Cathay expects to receive six 747-8 freighters in the second half of 2011. It will also get three Airbus SAS A330-300 passenger planes next year and six Boeing 777-300ERs, according to its interim results statement. The airline ordered 30 Airbus A350s and six more 777-300ERs in August.

A380 Order?

Cathay may eventually consider adding the A380, the world’s largest passenger plane, Tyler said in a Bloomberg TV interview. The carrier has so far favored the 777s because of their greater cargo capacity.

“I wouldn’t rule out the airline becoming a customer at some point,” Tyler said about the superjumbos. Qantas Airways Ltd. is set to resume A380 flights on Nov. 27, more than three weeks after grounding the planes following a mid-air engine explosion.

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The South China Morning Post reported that Tyler may leave Cathay to become the head of the International Air Transport Association. Tyler confirmed that the group was looking for a new CEO, while declining to comment on whether he was a candidate. Tyler is a board member for the association, which represents about 230 carriers worldwide.

Cathay gained 0.9 percent to close at HK$22.80 in Hong Kong. The stock has climbed 57 percent this year, the second- best performer among the 45 companies on the benchmark Hang Seng Index.

The airline’s passenger numbers rose 11 percent in the first 10 months of the year, while freight volumes surged 20 percent. Full-year net income will likely more than double to at least HK$12.5 billion ($1.6 billion), according to a Nov. 15 statement. The airline has also gained from the sale of stakes in an air-cargo handler and a maintenance company this year.

Asia Pacific carriers flew 14 percent more international passengers in the first 10 months of the year than a year earlier, according to the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines. International air-cargo traffic rose 29 percent, the group said.
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Old November 26th, 2010, 06:16 AM   #2005
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Cathay chief in waiting game over bid to head airline lobby group
25 November 2010
South China Morning Post

Tony Tyler, Cathay Pacific Airways chief executive, could hear as early as next month if he could become the next director general and chief executive of the global airline lobby group, the International Air Transport Association said.

Tyler (pictured) confirmed in an e-mail that there had been no decision yet, adding "but I guess I'll learn something at the IATA board meeting in early December".

He did not respond to a follow-up e-mail asking if he would be prepared to swap Hong Kong for Geneva, IATA's Swiss headquarters. The association represents about 230 passenger and cargo airlines which operate 93 per cent of the world's scheduled air traffic.

Insiders said Tyler was vying with Samer Majali, the chief executive of Gulf Air, for the airline industry's top job. IATA was unwilling to confirm how many candidates were in the running for the position.

One source said a replacement for current IATA director general and chief executive Giovanni Bisignani would have to be agreed by February for the new head to be confirmed at the June annual general meeting in Singapore.

Tyler is no stranger to IATA having been appointed chairman of IATA's board of governors in June last year at a time when the industry was reeling from the economic meltdown and facing environmental pressures.

At the time, he said: "A toxic combination of low fares, a large drop in premium travel, and weak cargo loads is hitting the bottom line hard. IATA has some critical roles to play. It must protect the US$350 billion in industry cash flowing through its financial systems. It must also find even more efficiency gains - not just by airlines but throughout the industry value chain."

Commenting about outside pressure on the industry's environmental performance, Tyler added: "The industry is committed to achieving carbon-neutral growth by 2020, but to achieve this, we need to focus on bringing governments on board".

Coincidentally, he took over from Majali, who was then chief executive of Royal Jordanian Airlines, for the year-long assignment as IATA chairman.

If Tyler moves from Cathay, where he has been chief executive since 2007, it would prompt a reshuffle of top management at the airline.

Observers said Tyler had a good grasp of the issues facing the airline industry after helping to navigate Cathay through several challenges since he joined the airline's board in 1996. These included the Asian financial crisis, health scares and the global financial crisis.

IATA spokesman Albert Tjoeng confirmed that Bisignani, appointed in 2002, would retire as director general and chief executive next year. "The IATA board of governors has established a search committee to find the successor to Bisignani. The successor will be presented to the IATA annual general meeting in June 2011 for approval," he said.
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Cathay Pacific's new seats will be introduced on 7th of December, the event will be called "Light up the sky", as far as I know, MP diamond members are invited to the event.
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Old November 28th, 2010, 07:02 PM   #2008
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Cathay Airplane Makes Emergency Landing in Kazakhstan
November 29, 2010, 5:57 AM EST

By Neil Denslow

(Updates with delay getting off plane in third paragraph.)

Nov. 29 (Bloomberg) -- Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd., Hong Kong’s biggest carrier, said one of its Boeing Co. 747-400s made an emergency landing in Kazakhstan after pilots detected a cabin-pressurization system fault.

Oxygen masks were deployed on the Amsterdam-Hong Kong flight in line with safety procedures before the diversion, according to a statement posted on the carrier’s website today. A replacement plane will collect the 326 passengers and crew, all of whom were unharmed, the airline said.

The passengers on flight CX270 were unable to leave the aircraft for about four hours after landing at Kazakhstan’s Karaganda airport because of local immigration requirements, the airline said. The carrier has informed Hong Kong’s Civil Aviation Department about the incident and begun an investigation.

The stranded passengers and crew are expected to arrive in Hong Kong about 6:20 a.m. tomorrow, according to the statement. The airline has a fleet of 22 passenger 747 planes, according to its website.

--Editors: Ian Rowley, Neil Denslow.
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29 November 2010

Cathay Pacific announces that a special flight has departed from Hong Kong at about 16.00 this afternoon to fly to Karaganda airport in Kazakhstan to bring back 306 passengers and 20 crew on board our CX270 flight (departed 28 November from Amsterdam to Hong Kong) which had to be diverted due to a technical problem.

This special flight is expected to depart from Karaganda airport at 00.20 Hong Kong Time (HKT, Tuesday 30 November) and arrive at Hong Kong International Airport at 06.20 tomorrow.

Flight CX270 departed from Amsterdam at 13.05 local time (20.05 HKT) yesterday. About six hours into the flight, at about 02.20 HKT this morning, the cockpit crew detected a fault in the cabin pressurisation system.

In line with standard safety procedures, oxygen masks were deployed and the flight was diverted to the nearest airport, which was Karaganda.

The Boeing 747-400 aircraft landed safely at Karaganda airport without incident at about 04.08 HKT. A Mayday was declared for the descent as required under standard safety procedures.

All passengers and crew are reported safe with no injuries.

Cathay Pacific has informed the Civil Aviation Department of the incident and is investigating the cause of the fault.

A Cathay Pacific spokesman said that the airline had sought visa exemptions for the passengers from the relevant local authorities. But due to immigration requirements, deplaning of the passengers had been delayed until immigration procedures had been completed.

The passengers were served breakfast on board and, once arrangements with the local authorities were finalised, they left the aircraft at 08.00 HKT.

The spokesman said: "Our crew followed the necessary safety protocols at all times, including landing at the nearest airport.

"We sincerely apologise to our passengers for the long delay and our inability to deplane them immediately because of the immigration requirements at Karaganda Airport. The crew kept passengers informed of the situation throughout.

"We thank them for their patience and understanding during the unscheduled landing."
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Second valve issue for Cathay
30 November 2010
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The mid-air drama on the Cathay Pacific Boeing was the airline's second in the space of weeks involving problems with valves on its 747-400 fleet's ventilation system, according to a memo circulated to pilots.

A Cathay Pacific flight out of Heathrow recently had to turn back when an outflow valve developed problems, according to the item from the 747-400 fleet news sent out to cockpit crew.

An airline spokeswoman last night confirmed the incident on the flight from Heathrow but said it involved a different valve and stressed there had never been problems with the valve believed to have malfunctioned in yesterday's incident.

The article circulated to pilots about the previous incident, written by a fleet manager before yesterday's drama, said: "We have had a couple of outflow valve problems recently, one of which necessitated a flight return to Heathrow a few weeks ago."

The article describes the findings of the investigation into the incident on the plane, which went into service in 1989. "The fault was determined to be due to corrosion and seizure of the outflow valve assembly bearings and linkages, the output mount was also found to be misaligned. Upon operational testing of the valve at the shop, the valve failed to open completely due to binding. The failure is believed to be due to the aged subcomponents of the valve," it said.

"The outflow valve assembly in this case has accumulated over 100,000 flight hours since delivery on [the plane] and has never been removed prior to this event. As a follow-up to this we are removing all units [six affected] with [more than] 90,000 flight hours for condition check and reconditioning at workshop.

"As an on-condition part it is amazing that it has lasted this long and even more so as we used to have smokers on board in those days. You should have seen what came out of the valves then!"

Commenting on cabin pressure incidents, retired civil aviation director Peter Lok Kung-nam said: "It is an emergency and the pilots could have less than 90 seconds to descend to a safe level." Compressed air is pumped into the cabin at high altitude. Any loss of pressure at over 3,657 metres above sea level requires an emergency descent, Lok said.
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Threats fly over Cathay pay talks
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Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Cathay Pacific pilots have warned that they may take industrial action if pay talks with management this month fail to make progress.

The threat was immediately criticized by the airline as a show of bad faith ahead of the negotiations.

Pilots are seeking a 32 to 33 percent pay rise over the next four years.

The Aircrew Officers Association yesterday said its members overwhelmingly voted to give its general committee the mandate to decide to initiate work-to-rule action - called "contract compliance" by the association.

The committee will take action "at any time if Cathay Pacific management does not progress, in good faith and in a timely manner, negotiations on a number of items," the association said.

About 25 percent voted for another motion that would have seen the action begin today.

Under work to rule, pilots would be asked to work strictly according to the requirements of their contract and would not agree to carry out other duties, for example to perform additional work due to a shortage of available pilots or agree to work on their days off.

In a statement, the association's general secretary, Dennis Dolan, said the general committee hopes that implementing work to rule would not be necessary. "But the progress of these upcoming talks will no doubt play a significant role in what course of action the general committee decides to take," he said.

Th assistant general secretary, John Findlay, said the airline had delayed negotiations, causing increasing frustration among members.

The association made its pay-rise proposal in August, but Findlay said there has been no reply so far.

"It is not a question of just how much we want, we would just like them to discuss it with us," he told RTHK.

He said the pay demand is "reasonable and affordable."

A Cathay Pacific spokesman said it is disappointed with the vote in favor of "contract compliance" by the pilots.

"We do not think this sets an appropriate atmosphere in which to commence negotiations," he said.

He said Cathay had already committed to discussions on pay "so to hold a vote on contract compliance while those discussions are ongoing does not demonstrate good-faith bargaining."

The airline had paid market salaries, but "it would be irresponsible to set reward levels at unrealistically high and unsustainable levels just because times are good today," he said.

The pay negotiations will begin on December 13.
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Relief at safe return after forced landing
1 December 2010
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All 326 passengers and crew on board a Cathay Pacific flight, delayed 20 hours in Kazakhstan after an emergency landing, finally made it safely to Hong Kong yesterday.

The Boeing 747-400 that was forced to land at Karaganda airport early on Monday because of a pressurisation problem remained in the Central Asian country for further inspection.

Flight 270, which took off from Amsterdam on Sunday evening for Hong Kong, encountered trouble six hours into its trip. A relief valve in the pressurisation system malfunctioned, causing the cabin to lose air pressure, airline officials said.

In the skies over Urumqi , Xinjiang , passengers and crew put on oxygen masks as the pilots sent out a Mayday call and headed for the Kazakh city.

After landing, the passengers and crew spent more than 20 hours in cold conditions at the airport, and lacking food, before another Boeing plane arrived from Hong Kong to pick them up.

On reaching Hong Kong yesterday morning, passenger Danny Wong said language differences and the Kazakh bureaucracy were the greatest problems.

"People did not panic," Wong, who was returning from a trip for his fireworks business, said. "But we waited for a long time for our passports. It was snowing and the airport was small and cold."

Henk Stjiweg, 64, of the Netherlands, said he waited for eight hours to get a visa to leave the airport transit area to use airport restaurants to get food.

"The authorities could only handle a few passengers for emergency visas every half an hour," the furniture businessman said. "I was among the last batch to get a visa. I was very cold and had no extra clothing."

"But Cathay Pacific provided us with refreshments," Stjiweg said, "and the cabin crew stayed with us to arrange matters".

The Willemgin family, whose 10-month-old twins were among five babies and nine children on board, said survival was the key thing. "The boys also put on oxygen masks," said the mother of the two, who declined to give her first name. She was travelling with her husband and two maids. "Luckily they [the babies] slept and got a lot of food."

Once in Hong Kong, 186 of the 306 passengers made transfers arranged by the airline to continue their journeys to 29 destinations.

Ivan Chu, Cathay Pacific's director of service delivery, said the problem with the aircraft was very rare and further investigation was needed.

The Civil Aviation Department asked the airline to submit a detailed report of the incident within four days.
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News from source:

CX will launch flight to Abu Dhabi & Chicago next year!!!!

Abu Dhabi will begin in June:

HKG local times:
From 1 June 2011:
Days 1,3,5,6 CX681 HKG-AUH-JED 00:30 330
Days 2,4,6,7 CX680 JED-AUH-HKG 06:00 330

Chicago will be launched in September, it will be CX's fourth destination in USA:

Daily CX806 HKG-ORD 11:45 77W
Daily CX807 ORD-HKG 20:00 77W


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Cathay Pacific boosts Latin American presence through code-share with LAN Peru
1 December 2010
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Cathay Pacific Airways today announced a new code-share arrangement with LAN Peru that will add Lima, the capital city of Peru, to its network and further enhance the airline’s coverage in Latin America. This is the fourth Latin American destination to be added to the Cathay Pacific network in 2010, providing passengers with more choice and greater connectivity.

The new arrangement will be effective from the first departure from Peru on 13 December, subject to government approval, and flights are already open for sale for travel from that date.

The code-share will see the “CX” code go on LAN Peru’s flights between Lima and two of Cathay Pacific’s North American gateway cities: Los Angeles and San Francisco. At the same time, LAN Peru’s “LA” code will be placed on Cathay Pacific services between Hong Kong and the two US gateways.

Cathay Pacific Chief Executive Tony Tyler said: “We first entered the Latin American market in May this year through a code-share with LAN Airlines and we are pleased to be able quickly to expand our coverage in this increasingly important market through our oneworld partners. We are confident this new arrangement will further enhance business and tourism ties between Latin America and Asia.”

LAN Chief Executive Officer - Passenger, Armando Valdivieso, said: “In May 2010, we initiated a code-share with Cathay Pacific to operate between Santiago, Chile and Hong Kong through connections in Los Angeles, New York and Auckland. Now, with this new agreement between LAN Peru and Cathay Pacific, we hope to substantially enhance our competitive position within the Latin American market.”

LAN Peru is a subsidiary of LAN Airlines and an affiliate member of the oneworld alliance, of which both Cathay Pacific and LAN Airlines are full members. oneworld now offers passengers a combined network of more than 750 destinations worldwide.
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An update on the new uniform design; not sure if it's the final one, but it seems like some of the name tags are now replaced with the CX logo.
I particularly like the apron design; better than the old one.
But it looks like they didn't change the male uniform


Here's the website http://blogs.wsj.com/hong-kong/2010/...cabin-designs/
In the article they say major changes will appear e.g. 'People familiar with the situation say the airline will announce major changes to its service offerings, both on the ground and in the air, among which new premium cabin seats on long-haul '
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I actually like the new uniforms. I wasn't a fan of the purple suits for the male ground and flight crew and I think the grey is a much more suiting colour. That being said, it would've been better if the suit blazers did not have the "old traditional" Chinese theme elements.

With regards to the Chicago flight, I wonder if it will be fully direct, or go through a Canadian city (i.e. YVR, like HKG-YVR-JFK), or even through Calgary (HKG-YYC-ORD).

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