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Old January 9th, 2011, 07:31 AM   #2141
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Cathay pay row fails to dent job hopes
The Standard
Monday, January 10, 2011

About 1,000 hopefuls turned up at a Cathay Pacific recruitment drive even as a union accused the carrier of overstating flight attendants' salaries.

Queues were already forming at Cathay City in Chek Lap Kok at 8.30am for some 800 to 1,000 cabin crew posts, but the early birds arrived at 3am.

One applicant was willing to give up her nursing job as her heart is set on being a flight attendant.

Another said yesterday: "I think labor disputes are quite common in every company. But my main consideration is my interest and career path."

The company claims flight attendants may earn HK$16,000 to HK$18,000 a month, but a union said the actual salary can be as low as HK$12,000.

Cathay Pacific Airways Flight Attendants' Union general secretary Tsang Kwok-fung said exaggerating salaries is a promotion strategy.

"The salary for newly recruited flight attendants is HK$103 per hour and their flying times are around 72 hours per month. With other allowances, their monthly wage is nearly HK$13,000," he said.

The union will meet management tomorrow to discuss pay rises, Tsang added.

The union wants rises of 4.5 percent for crew on monthly pay and 8 percent for those paid hourly.

With its full-year profit tripling to a record HK$12.5 billion, Cathay gave rises of up to 4.5 percent to flight attendants on January 1.

However, the union accused the airline of "playing with figures" by including annual pay scale increments in the promised 4.5 percent rise and warned of a work-to-rule if the bosses do not return to talks. SAMSON LEE
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Old January 11th, 2011, 04:16 PM   #2143
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Old January 12th, 2011, 09:46 AM   #2144
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Travel chaos draws closer as lines harden in pay row
12 January 2011
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Travel chaos is drawing nearer for the Lunar New Year holidays after Cathay Pacific Airways chief executive Tony Tyler said the airline will no longer hold pay talks with flight attendants.

Tyler's response yesterday came a day after Cathay Pacific Airways Flight Attendants' Union authorized its leaders to launch work-to-rule action ``anytime'' in demanding a pay rise higher than the 4.5 percent proposed by management.

Following a meeting yesterday to draw up an action plan, union chairwoman Dora Lai Yuk-sim refused to say how many of her 5,000 members would join in industrial action.

Cathay's management condemned the union's threat to stretch routine duties, adding it has contingency plans to cope with disruptions over the holidays.

``We are disappointed the union has yet again chosen a time just before a big holiday when a lot of Hong Kong people have booked their holidays, and they choose this time to cause a lot of unnecessary concern and worry,'' Tyler said.

He said discussions for pay were made in November with the union.

``We've gone ahead and made those arrangements. So we're not going to discuss salaries any further,'' he said.

The Labour Department said last night it is working to resolve the matter, while Tourism Board chairman James Tien Pei-chun expressed concern.

Cathay issued a statement saying ``the union needs to explain to the Hong Kong public why they are threatening Chinese New Year holiday plans.''

After hearing that no salary talks would be held, some 50 flight attendants protested outside the company's headquarters on Lantau. Waving placards, they shouted slogans, such as ``no talk no peace,'' outside the offices.

Union senior members were inside Hong Kong airport's arrival hall to pick up crew who had finished their duty and ask them to join the industrial action. Depending on their seniority, the majority of Cathay flight attendants earn a basic salary of between HK$7,000 and HK$24,000 per month, excluding allowances. Cathay proposed a raise of 4 to 4.5 percent. But the union said the actual pay rise is just 1.5 percent if the guaranteed annual increment is excluded.

The work-to-rule plan includes checking all hand-carried luggage and requiring all overweight bags to be checked in. The union will encourage its members to take sick leave should they feel unwell. The action can cause a delay of at least 15 minutes for each flight.
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Japan Air Seeks Ventures With Cathay, Oneworld Partners to Boost Network


Japan Airlines Corp., set to begin a venture with American Airlines in April, may pursue similar tie- ups with Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. and other Oneworld carriers to pare costs and offset route cuts made during restructuring.

“We would like to have joint businesses with other Oneworld partners, such as Hong Kong’s Cathay,” JAL President Masaru Onishi said in an interview yesterday in Tokyo. American and Qantas Airways Ltd. are also members of the Oneworld group.

JAL and American will generate sales gains and cost-savings of about $150 million annually after agreeing to share expenses and coordinate fares on 10 transpacific routes, American said yesterday. The cooperation may help Tokyo-based JAL maintain services as it scraps 49 routes by March and restructures operations under bankruptcy protection.

“We have been shrinking our network as we reorganize,” Onishi said. “With American, we may be able to keep that network or even expand it.”

The venture, which covers routes including New York-Tokyo Haneda and Beijing-Chicago, will have annual sales of about $1.5 billion, Tom Horton, president of American and its Fort Worth, Texas-based parent AMR Corp., said in an interview yesterday. The carriers expect to reach their target for sales gains and cost-savings next year, he said. The agreement may also lead to lower fares on some routes, the airlines said.

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All Nippon Airways Co. and United Continental Holdings Inc. are also creating a venture after the U.S. and Japan signed an “open skies” agreement last year, easing restrictions on flights and cooperation. All Nippon expects a sales boost of at least 5 billion yen ($60 million) a year from the accord, it said in November.

JAL increased the routes it code-shares with Cathay last year as the expansion of Tokyo’s Haneda airport allowed it to add more flights to Hong Kong. Cathay Pacific, which code-shares on 33 routes with JAL, considers a joint venture one option for cooperating with the Japanese carrier, Elin Wong, a spokeswoman for the Hong Kong-based carrier, said today by e-mail.

Japan said last month it will also seek open-skies accords with other Asian nations, including South Korea, Singapore and Malaysia. Such talks may help JAL form more ventures, Onishi said.

“The most favorable thing for us is for open-sky pacts to be agreed,” he said. “We can then pursue joint businesses with our Oneworld partners.”

To contact the reporters on this story: Chris Cooper in Tokyo at [email protected]; Kiyotaka Matsuda in Tokyo at [email protected]

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Action tips for CX `broken hearts'

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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Cathay Pacific flight attendants will wear masks and provide "service from broken hearts" under guidelines for work-to- rule action in their pay dispute.

The Cathay Pacific Airways Flight Attendants' Union, which distributed the three pages of advice to its 6,000 members yesterday, has yet to decide when to start its campaign.

"Everybody must carry out the work-to-rule together and must not try to discourage anyone," the guidelines said.

"Work-to-rule is to be enforced in all ports."

It was not immediately known how many of the 6,000 union members will take part and the impact it will have on the airline's 7,300-strong flight crew based in Hong Kong. Cathay issued a statement last night urging the union to act responsibly but added that salary adjustment talks "have been concluded."

The flight attendants' union and the airline management are in deadlock over salary adjustments for the year, amid Cathay's record profit forecast of HK$12.5 billion.

Cathay has proposed a salary increase of 4.5 percent but the union has rejected this, saying the actual pay rise is 1.5 percent as the company's figure includes the guaranteed annual increment.

To share in the company's profit, the company announced that staff will get a bonus of not less than two months.

It added that cabin crew will be paid an allowance on top of their basic salary, which accounts for up to 40 percent of their basic pay.

The guidelines tell union members to "fly only when you are 100 percent fit" and "not to accept any request to work on rest days."

Other guidelines include: "All oversized or overweight handcarried luggage will be offloaded for check-in.

"After takeoff, in-flight service should be discontinued when the seat- belt sign is turned on."

The company has condemned the union for its proposed work-to-rule and accused it of disrupting the holiday plans of the general public.

The union said it is still awaiting a decision by the management to reopen talks on salaries.
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Cathay Pacific releases combined traffic figures for December 2010

Cathay Pacific Airways today released combined Cathay Pacific and Dragonair traffic figures for December 2010 that showed an increase in the number of passengers and amount of cargo and mail carried compared to the same month in 2009, but with a fall in the passenger and cargo/mail load factors as a result of the increase in capacity.

Cathay Pacific and Dragonair carried a total of 2,279,785 passengers in December – up 2.9% on the same month in 2009. The passenger load factor was down by 3.8 percentage points to 80.1%, while capacity for the month, measured in available seat kilometres (ASKs), was up by 7.8%. The total number of passengers carried in 2010 was 26,796,249, an increase of 9.1%, while ASKs rose by 4.1%.

The amount of cargo and mail carried by the two airlines in December was 161,302 tonnes, up 12.0% on December 2009. The cargo and mail load factor was down 1.2 percentage points to 77.4%, while capacity, measured in available cargo/mail tonne kilometres, was up by 19%. The total tonnage carried in 2010 was 1,803,921 tonnes – a rise of 18.1%. Cargo/mail tonne kilometres were up by 23.2% for the year compared to a capacity increase of 15.2%.

Cathay Pacific General Manager Revenue Management Tom Owen said: "The passenger numbers in December were up on the same month in 2009, while the load factor dipped due to a significant increase in capacity year on year. However, the quality of revenue in all classes of travel was higher, with an improvement in the revenue efficiency of the operation. Demand out of Hong Kong to all the popular holiday destinations remained strong, and we mounted a number of extra flights in response. We also saw strong demand on key long-haul routes, though results to London and New York were slightly impacted by the major snow disruptions.”

Cathay Pacific General Manager Cargo Sales & Marketing James Woodrow said: “Freight volumes held up well through to the end of 2010 helped by year-end cancellations from our competitors. The load factor was marginally down on the same month in 2009, but there was a significant growth in tonnage and yield held up well. We will see some slackening in the market in early January though we anticipate an improvement in the second half of the month prior to the Chinese New Year holiday.”

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港龍華東地區經理任梓文:滬港航班未飽和


2011年1月13日 稿件來源:新聞晚報

□記者 石凱峰 攝影 何雯亞

去年,受世博等因素推動,上海-香港航線客流增長迅猛,不少公司的客座率均在8成以上。年中,東上航、港龍先後在虹橋機場開闢了香港航線,年尾,春秋、吉祥也紛紛將境外航點選在了香港。據悉,目前上海-香港每天已有35個航班,日均可運送旅客超7萬人。

世博年過後,不少業內人士擔心,上海-香港的航班量已瀕臨飽和,客座率將會面臨急速下滑的危險。但在港龍航空中國華東地區經理任梓文看來,這種擔心完全沒有必要。未來,滬港航線很可能會進入百花齊放、百家爭鳴的“戰國時代”。

世博年滬港旅客大幅增加

2010年,在不少航空公司的財務報表上,香港航線都是業績明星。以港龍航空為例,2009年,滬港航線的平均客座率是70%。 2010年,港龍在虹橋機場開闢了新航線,還將不少航班機型由 100多座的窄體 A320換成了300多座的寬體A330,但客座率卻不降反升,平均為80%左右,而世博期間,客座率更創紀錄地突破了90%。

“這說明,滬港之間乘飛機來往的旅客,正越來越多了。 ”任梓文告訴記者,目前從航班數量上看來,港龍在上海航點上的航班最多,每天有17班(京港每天為15班),經營情況亦十分理想。“所以,公司在2010年將滬港航線放在了十分重要的戰略位置,並希望能用滬港航線出色的業績,帶動其他航線共同發展。 ”

日航班量僅次京滬、滬深

據瞭解,目前上海各條進出港航線中,滬港航線每天共有35個航班。而經營滬港航線的航空公司卻有8家,分別是:港龍,國泰,東航,上航,香港快運,香港航空,春秋,吉祥。

2010年聖誕期間,由於競爭激烈,滬港航線出現了難得的低價,直至12月20日,市民仍能買到來回不含稅僅需1000元左右的特價機票,往年這個時候,滬港機票的價格至少已飆升至2000元以上。

對此,不少業內人士擔心,滬港航班的數量可能太多了。目前,只有京滬、滬深每天的航班數量比滬港多(分別為每天46班與37班),就連商務旅客雲集的滬廣航線,每天也只有28個航班。另外,有8家航空公司參與競爭,也使得低價傾銷,時段重疊的現象頻頻發生。

高鐵開通吸引更多赴港遊客

不過任梓文覺得,這種擔心完全是多餘的。他認為,近年來中國發展迅速,並帶動了整個亞太地區經濟不斷向前邁進,上海與香港作為亞太地區兩個重要的金融貿易中心,在人員流動方面有著很強的剛性需求,民航旅客數量應該只會上升,不會下降。

“臺北與香港的關係比較緊密,目前都有30多個航班。但無論是從城市規模,還是人口數量上來看,臺北都比上海小的多。未來隨著上海與香港城市交流日趨頻繁,兩地完全有能力消化每天30多個航班,甚至更多的航班量。 ”

“去年滬甯、滬杭都通了高鐵,長三角居民只需一小時左右,就能抵達與虹橋機場毗鄰的虹橋火車站。為此,包括港龍、東上航在內的幾家航空公司,都在虹橋開闢了香港航線,希望能吸引到更多的蘇浙旅客赴港觀光。 ”

滬港線或將進入“戰國時代”

“不可否認,一些民營航空公司的加入,給滬港航線市場增加了競爭性。不過,目前各家航空公司在經營上又都各具特色,所以惡性競爭,兩敗俱傷的情況,應該不會在滬港航線上出現。 ”任梓文表示。

不少民航業內人士也分析說,部分民營航空公司的班次少,但機票價格便宜,目標群體是那些第一次去香港的觀光客。而一些以上海為基地的航空公司,班次則較多,因而能吸引不少會員旅客的光顧。相比之下,港龍在滬港航線上的航班量,是各家航空公司中最多的,公司也一直以服務好,走精品路線聞名於業界。因此,選擇港龍的旅客,大多是商務人士,或是追求服務品質的旅遊達人。

今後,滬港航線可能會進入群雄並起,百花齊放的“戰國時代”。

香港或成出境遊第一站

“作為香港本土的一家航空公司,港龍的另一大優勢在於國際航點眾多,能吸引到大批旅客從國內中轉出遊。 ”任梓文告訴記者,目前港龍和姐妹航空公司國泰航空的航班可達全球超過110個目的地,國內旅客可先乘坐港龍從香港中轉,再搭乘港龍或國泰的航班,飛往世界各地。

“這種中轉出遊的方式,目前很受國內旅客,尤其是年輕一族的歡迎。舉例來說,一群上海遊客要去曼谷度假,如果選擇直飛航班,只能遊玩曼谷一個地方。但如果經香港轉機,只要簽證允許,就可以順道在香港小住,在免稅的購物天堂血拼幾日再滿載回滬。”據瞭解,目前港龍航空逾一半旅客都是中轉旅客,未來,公司還計畫在國內二線城市,加密航班,方便更多國人取道香港出國旅行。


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Cathay Pacific Raises Stake In Air China's H Shares To 52.06% Vs 51.99%
12 January 2011

HONG KONG (Dow Jones)--Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. (0293.HK) raised its holdings of the Hong Kong-listed shares of Air China Ltd. (0753.HK) to 52.06% from 51.99% Monday, according to a Hong Kong stock exchange disclosure Wednesday.

Cathay Pacific bought 3.25 million Air China H shares at an average price of HK$8.938 each, the statement said. According to a Dow Jones Newswires calculation, it bought the shares for around HK$29 million.
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Upset by the service? Have another drink...
16 January 2011
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The work-to-rule campaign by Cathay Pacific flight attendants may disrupt holiday flights over the Lunar New Year, but will include some unexpected perks for passengers - like an offer of extra drinks.

Cabin crew taking part in the action are urged to be more generous with the drinks trolley and to "proactively offer" drinks. They may also offer a second drink without being asked.

The guidelines for the work-to-rule were drawn up by the Flight Attendants' Union (FAU) and distributed to members.

FAU vice-chairwoman Becky Kwan Siu-wa said the goodwill measure would seek to compensate passengers for the disruption the work-to-rule might cause and to reverse some of the recent cutbacks in the airline's in-flight food and drinks.

Kwan said Cathay had gradually reduced its food-and-drink service since the 2003 Sars crisis and had been "stingy" by not restoring the service when the economy picked up.

Flight attendants were instructed, for instance, not to open bottles of wine on drinks trolleys until passengers requested wine, she said. They had also started serving snacks rather than full meals on short-haul routes, such as those to Manila and Taiwan.

"Sometimes we feel embarrassed to give passengers so little. Now it's time to show passengers we do want to give them something more."

Other elements of the work-to-rule, however, may leave an unsavoury taste in passengers' mouths by disrupting flights and diminishing in-flight service. "We will definitely not be doing the company any favours by working on our days off," Kwan said.

"And we have also advised our members to be 100 per cent fit so that nobody risks going on a flight if they might be ill and might pass an infection on to passengers."

She added: "On busy short-haul flights, if we really have to wait for the 'fasten seat belt' sign to go off before we start the service, it can mean that maybe half of the passengers don't get their meals before the plane lands.

"We bend over backwards sometimes in order to ensure our passengers get their meals. Sometimes we put ourselves at risk by starting the service when the plane is still climbing. If we withdraw goodwill, we will probably want to take care of ourselves first."

The guidelines also advise the union members to strictly enforce the cabin-baggage allowance, stopping passengers at the aircraft door if they have too much baggage, and to meticulously follow guidelines on hygiene and security checks.

In his memo to staff following the work-to-rule vote, general manager of in-flight services Charlie Stewart-Cox offers support to any flight attendants who will not join the action.

"It is unfortunate that we find ourselves in such unpleasant circumstances and I understand that you may be in a difficult position as a result. I am confident that you will continue to uphold the excellent standard of service that Cathay Pacific is famous for."
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A Cathay Pacific flight to New York carrying 184 passengers quickly returned to Vancouver after takeoff on Saturday night when passengers smelled smoke. Then it did it again.

By Vancouver Sun January 17, 2011 3:22 AM

A Cathay Pacific flight to New York carrying 184 passengers quickly returned to Vancouver after takeoff on Saturday night when passengers smelled smoke. Then it did it again.

The flight was cancelled after the second failed attempt, and the airline began finding accommodation and alternative bookings for passengers on the troubled flight.

"Shortly after the first takeoff, I had smelt the smell of something burning. I assumed others had smelt it as well," Cheyenne Lau wrote to The Vancouver Sun on an electronic tip line.

Lau, a 24-year-old architecture student who was headed to New York City for school on the twice-aborted flight, said in a phone call later that she thought nothing of it at first.

"I knew something was wrong only when the seat back display screen changed from showing '4 hours and 15 minutes' to landing, to '15 minutes' to landing."

"Only when we landed, a few minutes later, they had told us we had landed," she said.

Lau said she finally got back to her Vancouver home at 3 or 4 a.m. and will fly out on Cathay Pacific tonight.

Speaking on behalf of Cathay Pacific, Jennifer Pearson said flight CX888, scheduled to leave at 9:55 p.m. Saturday, left at 10:06 p.m. and returned about 10 minutes later.

Pearson confirmed "there was a strong smell on board" the aircraft that raised an alarm for the captain, but she couldn't elaborate on the nature of the odour or characterize it.

The Vancouver airport Authority said passengers reported smelling smoke.

The plane, a Boeing 777-300ER, was checked out and deemed safe. It left again two hours later, at 12:28 a.m. -- but then had to turn back again.

"The smell was still detected in the cabin, so the captain returned the aircraft for a second time," Pearson said.

"I didn't smell it the second time," Lau said, adding: "It was a really odd flight."

Lau said there was little communication between the crew and passengers during the ordeal.

"Many passengers were confused on what was happening on board," she said.

The flight landed at 1:20 a.m. without incident, but emergency crews on the ground had been notified for what Pearson described as a "standby landing."

Passengers were kept on the plane for at least another 20 to 30 minutes, Lau said, even as firefighters boarded it.

"I was just thinking: 'If there is a possible fire, I want to get off the plane,'" she said.

Pearson said the delay at the gate was due to hotel bookings being made for the passengers.

"They were kept on board for an hour while those arrangements were being made," Pearson said.

Cathay's own engineers inspected the plane on Sunday. A spokesman for Canada's Transportation Safety Board said Nav-Can sent out an alert about the incident and the TSB would wait to find out more from Cathay's inspection team today.

The smell of smoke in a plane could mean many things -- from a bird in the engine to a malfunction in the operation of the kitchen, said the TSB's Bill Yearwood.

In November, a Londonbound British Airways flight turned back and made an emergency landing at YVR after the crew became aware of an "engine surge."

Earlier this week, Cathay Pacific issued an alert that its flights from Vancouver to New York could be delayed or cancelled due to snowstorms in the eastern United States.

On Dec. 28, a Cathay Pacific flight between Vancouver and New York landed during a snowstorm, but passengers were stuck in the plane on the tarmac for 11 hours before the plane docked at a gate.

Last May, after RCMP learned of a potential threat, a Cathay Pacific flight from Hong Kong to Vancouver was escorted in Canadian airspace by two CF-18 fighter jets before landing safely.
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