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Old December 17th, 2010, 03:50 AM   #2081
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^ Where was that taken? I don't recognize the tower behind it.
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Old December 17th, 2010, 10:28 AM   #2082
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It's Black Mountain Tower in Canberra, Australia, I'm not surprised that you don't recognize the tower, it's pretty underwhelming for tourists, I have visited that tower before, they have a rotating restaurant on the upper floor with shockingly overpriced menu. But still it looks much better than the ugliest tower in the world, the Sydney Tower. I believe the photo was taken during the Canberra Balloon Festival. Cathay was one of the sponsor in 2009, I'm not sure if they participated in the 2010 event. Here is another photo:

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Old December 17th, 2010, 11:20 AM   #2083
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^ Oh dear ... memory lapse on my part then. I have been to Canberra :

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Old December 17th, 2010, 11:31 AM   #2084
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haha, see? I told you that tower is very underwhelming........
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Old December 17th, 2010, 05:18 PM   #2085
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The below ad was published in 1951

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Old December 17th, 2010, 08:34 PM   #2086
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Cathay Pacific 747-8F "Hong Kong Trader" Livery

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Old December 17th, 2010, 08:55 PM   #2087
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Old December 18th, 2010, 06:05 AM   #2088
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Cathay knows its business
18 December 2010
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Airline: Cathay Pacific Date: October 24 Flight no: CX100 Route: Sydney-Hong Kong Departure time: 3.15pm (on time) Seat: 24D Class: Business Aircraft: A330.

BUSINESS class is full and I am seated in its second, smaller cabin, which has all the snugness of a private aircraft. Hong Kong-based airline Cathay Pacific has gone for a herringbone configuration of three columns of seating, much like Virgin Atlantic and Air New Zealand's offerings.

Snug describes the pods as well, and the width of the seating has come in for criticism from passengers who are broad of shoulder or beam. But if, like me, you are average sized, there is plenty of space, all controls are logically organised and handy to use, and I like the enforced cosiness and the fact you don't have to converse with neighbouring passengers.

All you can see of the seated passenger opposite is their feet at a discreet angle. If seated on the right of the plane, you won't even see that much as this single row of pods faces a waist-high wall.

Cathay Pacific advertising has highlighted a personalised level of service, showcasing cabin and cockpit crew. Marketing spin, perhaps, but there is genuine courtesy and efficiency on every leg (after Hong Kong, I fly to Delhi, and two weeks' later return to Sydney via Hong Kong; over four legs, there is not a single falter).

The Studio CX first and business-class entertainment system has a welter of on-demand channels covering radio, music, television, first-release movies and Asian selections. I could watch a Bollywood romp, a Chinese soap opera, a Japanese action flick or, more likely, back-to-back episodes of faves such as Mad Men, 30 Rock and Dexter.

But I have a bad cold and need to sleep. The seat converts to a lie-flat bed with a button's press (one of the easiest of any such airline seat) and there's a quilt provided.

The toiletries kit rates a mention. Styled by French designer Agnes B, it's in bright red or black and contains skin revival products by Dermalogica and Murad and (is this a first?) with appropriate day moisturisers or night creams according to the flight's schedule. One of the few worth taking home: so coveted that some passengers sell them on e-Bay.

Rather wastefully I sleep through dinner, but the menu reveals I could have had, say, a starter of smoked salmon, seared prawns and scallops with dill and caper sauce and a main of stir-fried beef with oyster mushrooms, steamed rice, pak choy and carrots. There is always an oriental flavour to the Cathay Pacific menus and I love the availability of piping hot jasmine tea. The crew worry I haven't eaten and bring fruit, sliced and arranged in the shape of a fan, with the tea, plus extra tissues for my worsening head cold.

There's a light supper before landing that includes stir-fried noodles with pork and vegetables and little tubs of honey nougat or passionfruit ice cream. Then it's into space-agey Hong Kong airport for a quick connection to Delhi. If you are headed to India from Australian ports, this route works well and, on the way back to Sydney from Mumbai, I score most of the day in Hong Kong. Plenty of time to hit the shops and lunch at Loong Toh Yuen (in Kowloon's historic Hullett House hotel) where's there's the wondrous discovery of ``steamed shrimp dumplings in champagne flavour''.

Bouquets: Service, service, service; the privacy of the seating arrangement. (From next March Cathay will progressively change business-class seating aboard its A330-300 and 777-300 aircraft into a more classic one-two-one forward-facing configuration.)

Brickbats: No vegetarian selection unless pre-ordered.

Tip: The airline has ultra-groovy lounges at Hong Kong airport, including one for arrivals and the new Cabin (at Gate 23), with deli and health bar.

Best deal: Hong Kong specials from $1109 for travel from January 16 to March 31; must be booked online by January 25.
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Old December 18th, 2010, 01:59 PM   #2089
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Old December 20th, 2010, 05:49 AM   #2090
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Cathay pilots urged to accept pay rise
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Monday, December 20, 2010

Cathay Pacific Airways has offered its 2,500 pilots salary increases, a company spokesman confirmed yesterday.

Management and pilots have been negotiating a pay rise for the past few days, with the staff side demanding a 30 percent hike spread over four years.

It was unclear just how much the airline has offered, but the union will recommend acceptance of the proposal put on the table Friday.

But the offer is believed to be lower than what the union demanded. Pilots earlier threatened a work-to- rule over Christmas if demands are not met.

It is understood current pay packages range from HK$500,000 a year for a new second officer, to HK$2.5 million for a training captain.

The pending agreement is good news for Christmas and New Year travelers who feared their plans would be upset by delays and cancelations.

The pact is also seen by some as a breakthrough in the relationship between Cathay Pacific and its staff after years of labor strife.

The company came under pressure to adjust its staff salaries following a rise in profits. The airline has forecast a 2010 full-year net profit of a record HK$12.5 billion - more than doubling the previous year's HK$4.69 billion.

Pilots have about four weeks to decide whether to approve or reject the proposal, according to the Aircrew Officers Association.

Buoyed by a rebound in regional travel and the economy, Cathay reported a year-on-year 8.7 percent increase in passengers and an 8.4 percent rise in cargo volume in November.

Critics have described the pilots' threat of a work- to-rule as irresponsible.
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Old December 20th, 2010, 10:27 AM   #2091
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2.5M a year, sounds decent enough to me............
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Old December 20th, 2010, 03:37 PM   #2092
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Old December 20th, 2010, 04:14 PM   #2093
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Old December 20th, 2010, 05:35 PM   #2094
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HK Approves Cathay Pacific Fuel Surcharge Rise For January
20 December 2010

HONG KONG (Dow Jones)--The Hong Kong government said Monday it approved Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd.'s (0293.HK) application to raise passenger fuel surcharges by 8%-10% in January because of higher global oil prices.

The Civil Aviation Department also approved a request from Singapore Airlines Ltd. (C6L.SG) to raise its fuel surcharges by the same amount, it said.

The fuel surcharge for the short-haul flights operated by Cathay Pacific and Singapore Airlines will rise 8% to HK$129 per journey from HK$120, and the surcharge for their long-haul flights will rise 10% to HK$621 from HK$566.

It said it also approved a request from All Nippon Airways Co. (9202.TO) to raise its passenger fuel surcharge for short-haul flights by 8% to HK$129 per journey.

The government said earlier it would review passenger fuel surcharge applications from airlines on a monthly basis instead of every two months, to enable airlines to quickly adjust their surcharges in line with changes in jet fuel prices.
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Old December 21st, 2010, 02:43 PM   #2095
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Old December 22nd, 2010, 03:53 AM   #2096
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I have no idea whether CX was the first airline providing all economy passengers with PTV back then.

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Old December 22nd, 2010, 04:53 PM   #2097
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Source:http://www.straitstimes.com/Breaking...ry_616442.html

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Jetstar partners Cathay Pacific and Dragonair

AUSTRALIA'S low fares airline Jetstar has launched two new interline agreements with Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific and Dragonair.

This will allow customers to purchase a Jetstar or Jetstar Pacific (subject to e-ticket implementation) flight as part of a single integrated transaction and travel itinerary.

Cathay Pacific operates up to 18 daily services between Hong Kong and Australia, New Zealand and Vietnam, while Dragonair offers an extensive North Asian network and connects into Jetstar Pacific in Vietnam via Hanoi.

The agreements mark the 16th and 17th interline airline agreements in Jetstar's growing carrier partnerships including Qantas, Air France/KLM, American Airlines, Air Canada and Japan Airlines.

Jetstar chief commercial officer David Koczkar said the new agreements are part of Jetstar's ongoing expansion into the China market. He added this would provide a new and important connection for inbound Hong Kong and Chinese flyers to travel to and within Australia and New Zealand, as well as the Vietnamese operations.

For passengers connecting international to international under the agreement, Jetstar will provide Cathay Pacific and Dragonair customers baggage allowances, through bag-tagging and on select services like complimentary onboard meals and comfort packs.
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Old December 22nd, 2010, 04:56 PM   #2098
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Old December 22nd, 2010, 04:58 PM   #2099
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Is CX partnership with Jetstar worth it?? I mean partnership with a Budget Airline?
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Cathay Pacific mounts extra flights & gearing up for normal scheduled service to and from London
22 December 2010
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Cathay Pacific Airways today announced that extra flights from London to Hong Kong to bring back stranded passengers are being operated and at the same time the airline is gearing up for the resumption of normal scheduled service to and from London as Heathrow Airport reopens its second runway.

The airline announced that all four scheduled flights to and from London today are planned to operate as normal.

The first extra flight carrying about 300 passengers from London – mostly young students – departed Manchester midnight yesterday UK time and is estimated to arrive at Hong Kong International Airport around 8 pm HK time. The airline is finalising details of the other two special flights planned for today and tomorrow to bring stranded passengers back to Hong Kong. Details will be announced once available.

“Our colleagues in London and Hong Kong have been working round the clock to give the stranded students and other passengers the best possible care and service that we can provide in a most testing operating environment and at the same time looking at different options and putting together all the logistics including ground transport support to bring stranded students back to Hong Kong via Manchester Airport as soon as possible,” a Cathay Pacific spokesman said.

“We expect that the backlog of stranded passengers in the UK would take a couple of more days to clear as the scheduled flights are full. We will continue to look into the possibilities of arranging more additional flights to bring stranded passengers back to Hong Kong as soon as possible,” the spokesman said.

“We are pleased that In Hong Kong, the backlog of stranded London-bound passengers has been cleared and we have resumed connecting passengers from other ports to London via Hong Kong,” the spokesman added.

The spokesperson also reminded passengers without any confirmed bookings for the day NOT to go to the airport. Passengers are advised to check the status of their flight at the airline’s website, www.cathaypacific.com, before going to the airport and to input their contact details in the Manage My Booking function at the website to ensure they get the latest flight information via SMS or email.
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