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Old January 17th, 2011, 02:44 PM   #2161
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Cathay Pacific, Air China OKed to Set up JV

HONG KONG, January 17, SinoCast -- Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. (SEHK: 0293) said yesterday that it had gained go-ahead from the regulators to set up an airline freight joint venture (JV) with Air China Limited (SHSE: 601111 and SEHK: 0753).

The partners, whcih are going through related procedures for the venture, is likely to put the venture into operation in a month or so, according to Cathay Pacific. The venture will increase the number of its cargo aircraft from seven at the moment to 12 by the end of this year, of which four will be configured Boeing aircraft from Cathay Pacific.

The venture aims to become an outstanding player in the eastern and northern parts of China, providing cargo transportation services in regions and territories such as Europe, north America, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and Asia, with its aircraft fleet.

The project is part of Cathay Pacific's efforts to enlarge its footing in the eastern Chinese metropolis of Shanghai with a cost-saving and efficiency-guranteed airline company.
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Old January 18th, 2011, 12:13 PM   #2163
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Expect intensified action, Cathay told
Pay fight may drag on if crew's work-to-rule fails

16 January 2011
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Hundreds of Cathay Pacific flight attendants have said in an online poll they would be in favour of escalating industrial action in their battle for bigger pay rises - if a work-to-rule planned for the Lunar New Year period fails to force management back to the negotiating table.

The Flight Attendants' Union (FAU) says more than 98 per cent of members who have taken part in the poll in the past six days favoured taking more extreme action if the work-to-rule - which may disrupt holiday flights - fails to produce a breakthrough. Hundreds had taken part by yesterday, the union's vice-chairwoman Becky Kwan Siu-wa said, but she declined to give exact numbers.

The poll did not specify what form the escalated action might take or whether the union was contemplating an all-out strike by cabin crew.

"The result so far is very encouraging indeed," Kwan said. "Hundreds of our members have taken part in the poll in a very short period of time and only a handful of people have voted 'no' to escalating action.

"Our members are getting more and more angry. They cannot believe that after we have worked so hard to help Cathay Pacific make these record profits, all they can give us is an increase of a few dollars an hour."

The work-to-rule plan drew majority support in a vote at an extraordinary general meeting of the union's members on Monday. It is expected to take place over the Lunar New Year period, the busiest time of the year for flights in and out of Hong Kong.

The dispute involves Cathay's offer of a 4.5 per cent pay rise to attendants. The union says the offer includes automatic salary increments of 3 to 3.5 per cent and wants the 4.5 per cent rise to be on top of these. The airline refuses to renegotiate.

Reacting to the online vote yesterday, a management source said: "The FAU would have to explain the grounds for any escalated actions to inconvenience the travelling public when the company's offer is fair, reasonable and market competitive."

The source said passengers were tiring of the union's threats of disruption, noting: "The FAU has threatened industrial action three times in the past year or so, each time around the holiday peak travelling time."

The union has distributed guidelines on the work-to-rule to members. Flight attendants are to refuse to work on guaranteed days off, refuse to let passengers board with excess baggage and follow in-flight safety regulations to the letter.

The guidelines also call on cabin crew to put their identity cards in the union's cardholders while on duty and to wear face masks on board flights "for your personal hygiene and protection", moves that Cathay warns will not be tolerated.

Kwan said: "The union position is that we still hope the work-to-rule is going to hurt Cathay's pocket so much it will change its mind and come back and talk to us {hellip} We have no desire to hurt the travelling public and therefore we really wish our action would make Cathay change their minds. There is still plenty of time. There is no need for this issue to drag on to the Lunar New Year.

"Cathay is trying to test our strength. They have told us {hellip} they can't afford to meet our demands. But to meet our demands will cost the airline only HK$70 million. Nobody believes Cathay cannot afford that."

Charlie Stewart-Cox, general manager of in-flight services, reacted by sending a memo to all cabin crew, warning them not to wear face masks or FAU holders.

The memo says: "Any deviation from our documented performance standards, policies and procedures is unacceptable {hellip} Whilst you are on duty and wearing uniform, you are not permitted to wear non-standard items such as masks and non-CX [Cathay] ID badges. You can therefore expect to be asked to remove such items if you are seen to be wearing them."

He continues: "I am very disappointed at the threats being posed by the FAU and the unnecessary worry that it may be causing you and thousands of Hong Kong people who have booked holidays over the Chinese New Year period {hellip} We have robust contingency plans in place to avoid any disruptions."
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Old January 18th, 2011, 03:42 PM   #2164
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Old January 18th, 2011, 06:34 PM   #2165
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Old January 19th, 2011, 05:12 PM   #2166
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Group bargaining plea by unionist in wake of Cathay sackings case
19 January 2011
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Labour leaders are demanding legislation giving workers the right of collective bargaining after losing their court fight last month over the sacking of 49 Cathay Pacific pilots.

The Court of Appeal reversed a lower court decision and ruled the airline acted lawfully when it fired the pilots during a bitter dispute in 2001.

The government declined to pursue a criminal prosecution against Cathay despite evidence in the civil case that the pilots were fired because of their union activities.

The Labour Department said it was too late to do so.

But Confederation of Trade Unions legislator Lee Cheuk-yan argued: "The government is obliged to prosecute the employers for discrimination against unions.

"Because of its failure, this case has set a negative precedent for labour rights."

Lee urged the government to improve workers' protection through legislation giving the right of collective bargaining.

He also called for workers to be reinstated if it is proved they were sacked because of union activities.

"There should also be more stern execution of the current ordinance. The burden of proof should be set lower, since it is difficult to prove the employer's intent in dismissal."

Current law allows bosses to sack employees without cause, so long as sufficient compensation is paid.

Labour advocates say that means that workers involved in industrial actions can be sacked "lawfully", even though union activities are regarded as protected conduct.

Meanwhile, lawyers for the sacked pilots are studying last month's judgment to decide whether they should take the case to the Court of Final Appeal.

The long court battle started in 2001 when the first 23 of the dismissed pilots - collectively known as the 49ers - filed claims in the Court of First Instance.

More claims followed in 2002, 2006 and 2007. Some settled with the airline out of court.

The remaining 18 were handed a victory by the Court of First Instance in 2009, with HK$150,000 awards for the sackings and individual awards of HK$3.3 million for defamation, together with a month's pay.

The court ruled the airline contravened the Employment Ordinance by dismissing the pilots without a valid reason, adding they had been sacked primarily because of union activities.

But the Court of Appeal overturned that judgment on December 24, saying the airline did not terminate the contracts unlawfully.

Barrister Audrey Eu Yuet-mee said ample evidence had been shown in court of the airline's violation of union rights and urged the government to prosecute.

"Both courts have confirmed the sackings were related to the union activities," the civil law specialist and Civic Party lawmaker said.

But the Labour Department said the case could not be revived because a six-month time limit after the sackings had been exceeded.

Eu said there were two possible reasons why the government was not taking on the airline. She said: "The massive business size of Cathay could be a deterrent. The government may also think that when citizens are granted civil rights, it should not spend public money to pursue criminal proceedings."

Since their dismissal, most of the 49ers have failed to find new jobs as pilots. One was reported to have committed suicide.
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Old January 19th, 2011, 05:26 PM   #2167
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CX is getting quite aggressive on route expansion & frequency increase this year:


Cathay Pacific relaunches Singapore – Jakarta service Mar – Aug 2011

As per 19JAN11 GDS timetable display, Cathay Pacific is re-entering Singapore – Jakarta market after several years of hiatus, with 3 weekly service on board Airbus A330-300 aircraft. Service operates from 28MAR11 to 12AUG11 only. During this period CX’s overall frequencies increase from 21 to 24 weekly.

Currently, Singapore – Jakarta market sees up to 33-35 Daily flights by 11 carriers.

Schedules:

CX715 HKG2000 – 2345SIN0045+1 – 0120+1CGK 330 247
CX736 CGK0525 – 0805SIN1005 – 1405HKG 330 135

http://airlineroute.net/2011/01/19/c...11/#more-28930


Apart from that, CX will also increase a direct flight to PEN to daily from 28MAR2011!

HKG -- PEN: CX693 1500/1835
PEN -- HKG: CX692 0745/1135

Currently CX720/721 service to Penang via KUL will be canceled, & & service from KUL might reroute to other port instead.

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Old January 19th, 2011, 06:06 PM   #2168
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Great news!! More opportunities for us in SG to take CX. Don't know how Jakarta is coping though with nearly double its airport capacity........
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Old January 19th, 2011, 06:13 PM   #2169
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Well, I take note on another rather interesting 5th freedom - HK-Singapore-Colombo.
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Old January 19th, 2011, 06:16 PM   #2170
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Yup. I've heard of that route before. Is there Amy direct flights to Colombo from HK by CX?
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Old January 19th, 2011, 06:26 PM   #2171
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Yup. I've heard of that route before. Is there Amy direct flights to Colombo from HK by CX?
None - not even SriLankan offers nonstop.
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Old January 19th, 2011, 06:38 PM   #2172
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So CX goes via Singapore or via Bangkok. In SG we have 5 flights daily to Colombo daily I didn't realize it was such a popular route........... Even Emirates flys there en route from Dubai.
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Old January 19th, 2011, 06:54 PM   #2173
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Old January 20th, 2011, 01:06 PM   #2175
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01/20/2011 | 05:28 PM

A Filipino flight attendant of Cathay Pacific died after a 12-hour flight from Italy to Hong Kong, an official of the airline in the Philippines said on Thursday.

Rosemarie Perez was found unconscious at the arrival hall of the Hong Kong International Airport at around 7:00 a.m. on Thursday, said Jan Agoncillo, Cathay Pacific's assistant marketing manager in the Philippines.

"We were shocked and saddened by this tragic news. Ms. Perez was a popular and valued member of our cabin crew. Our hearts go out to her family, and we will provide them with all necessary support at this difficult time," said an official of the airline who refused to be named.

The official's statement was provided by Agoncillo to GMANews.TV via email.

According to a report of Radio-TV Hong Kong, Perez claimed that she was feeling unwell before she collapsed.

In an email to GMANews.TV, Agoncillo said no irregularities were reported during the flight (flight number CX234) from Milan, Italy which arrived at the Hong Kong International Airport at around 6:20 a.m. on Thursday.

"Shortly afterwards, she was found unconscious in the arrivals hall," Agoncillo said.

She added that the "Cathay Pacific management has contacted her husband in the Philippines and has arranged for her family members to come to Hong Kong."

Agoncillo said Perez has been a cabin attendant for Cathay Pacific since 1998.

Cathay Pacific is awaiting the autopsy report of the Princess Margaret Hospital in Hong Kong, which pronounced the flight attendant dead on Thursday. – with Paterno Esmaquel, VVP, GMANews.TV
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http://airlineroute.net/2011/01/20/cx-lhryvr-s11/

Cathay Pacific S11 London & Vancouver Capacity change as of 20JAN11

As per 20JAN11 GDS timetable display, Cathay Pacific has further adjusted its planned operation on Hong Kong London Heathrow and Hong Kong Vancouver route effective 27MAR11.

Further changes are possible. Details:

Hong Kong London Heathrow Further capacity changes
CX251/252 744 Daily
CX255/250 744 Daily
CX257/256 27MAR11 07SEP11 744 Day 135 343 Day x135 08SEP11 29OCT11 744 Day 46 343 Day x46
CX253/254 27MAR11 30AUG11 744 Day 135 77W Day x135 31AUG11 25OCT11 744 Day 27 77W Day x27

Hong Kong Vancouver eff 27MAR11 CX838/839 Daily 747-400 operation, replacing Airbus A340-300/Boeing 747-400 mix

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Update report on Cathay Pacific aircraft accident released
Thursday, January 20, 2011
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In accordance with Hong Kong Civil Aviation (Investigation of Accidents) Regulations, an inspector's investigation is in progress to determine the circumstances and causes relating to the accident involving an Airbus A330-342 aircraft (registration mark B-HLL) operated by Cathay Pacific Airways that made an emergency landing at the Hong Kong International Airport on April 13, 2010.

The investigation team today (January 20) released Accident Bulletin 1/2011 as an update to Accident Bulletin 3/2010, issued on August 11, 2010.

A spokesperson for the Civil Aviation Department (CAD) said that the updated bulletin contains information relating to the accident as determined up to the time of issue, and must be regarded as tentative.

"Since the issue of Accident Bulletin 3/2010, the CAD has continue the investigation work on the loss of thrust control encountered by CPA780 on April 13, 2010. The investigation team has identified fuel contamination to be a cause of the accident. This update is to share more information with the international aviation communities so that airports, fuel suppliers and air operators can stay vigilant on fuel quality control and fuel contamination. This update has also made a recommendation to the International Civil Aviation Organisation to establish relevant safety oversight requirements on fuel quality control at airports."

"The investigation team will continue to investigate the circumstances of the accident," the spokesperson added.

The full Accident Bulletin 1/2011 is attached in the annex. It is also available for download at the CAD webpage (www.cad.gov.hk/english/reports.html).

Annex : http://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/2...1101200134.htm
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Cathay Pacific S11 London & Vancouver Capacity change as of 20JAN11

As per 20JAN11 GDS timetable display, Cathay Pacific has further adjusted its planned operation on Hong Kong – London Heathrow and Hong Kong – Vancouver route effective 27MAR11.

Further changes are possible. Details:

Hong Kong – London Heathrow Further capacity changes
CX251/252 744 Daily
CX255/250 744 Daily
CX257/256 27MAR11 – 07SEP11 744 Day 135 343 Day x135 08SEP11 – 29OCT11 744 Day 46 343 Day x46
CX253/254 27MAR11 – 30AUG11 744 Day 135 77W Day x135 31AUG11 – 25OCT11 744 Day 27 77W Day x27

Hong Kong – Vancouver eff 27MAR11 CX838/839 Daily 747-400 operation, replacing Airbus A340-300/Boeing 747-400 mix

So the Vancouver aircraft change is reinstating what was before the financial crisis?
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Up and away for Cathay
20 January 2011
China Daily - Hong Kong Edition

Despite the uncertainties in the global economy, Cathay Pacific is taking an optimistic outlook. With a new CEO taking the helm in April, the airline plans to make major expansions into the mainland market in the coming year. Timothy Chui reports.

Cathay Pacific Airways' incoming Chief Executive John Slosar says he will preside over the carrier's further integration into the mainland market.

"The interesting aspect of global aviation will be the development of international travel in and out of China over the next 10 years and while the worst of the last crisis peaked in 2009, China saw a boom in travel, albeit domestic," said Slosar, who served for the past 10 years as head man for Swire Pacific Beverages on the mainland.

The airline is moving quickly to expand routes and seek new destinations on the mainland, or to restore old ones, an exception to a global contraction in air travel expansion during the past few years.

Cathay came out of the global economic downturn with a net profit of HK$4.69 billion from 2009 after a stunning loss of HK$8.7 billion the year before.

Slosar, building on Cathay's relationship with Air China, said he was keen to see how Cathay could play a role in the development taking place on the mainland. The two companies will launch a cargo joint venture at the end of this month, with the project having just cleared regulatory hurdles.

On the cargo side, Slosar said the Cathay-Air China partnership would also look into consolidating and building up Shanghai as a hub, while Cathay will push on to construct a HK$5.5 billion state of the art cargo terminal in Hong Kong to maintain the city's edge.

Coming out of the economic downturn, "China as a manufacturing center of the world has come back strongly, and although many people have written that it (the manufacturing) will move elsewhere, we don't see any indication of that. We see that China is coming back stronger than ever, its manufacturing sector is getting more and more capable and doing high value goods and we think that's a great trend for China," Slosar said.

Cargo load factors for the carrier were climbed back to more than 75 percent last year, a new high in recent years and the carrier is looking to meet an 8 percent target in capacity growth this year.

On the passenger side, he said the airline is looking to schedule additional flights beyond the more than dozen daily flights to Beijing and Shanghai as well as to ramp up the number of Dragonair flights into Shanghai's Hongqiao International Airport. Cathay is aiming for an 11 percent increase in overall passenger capacity this year.

Cathay was also keen to boost the number of flights to the next 10 to 12 major cities on the mainland, such as Hangzhou, Nanjing, Xiamen, Fuzhou, Qingdao, Chongqing and Chengdu, he said.

Having worked hand in glove with outgoing Cathay Chief Executive Tony Tyler, who is leaving to take up the chairmanship of the International Air Transport Association in July, Slosar described his working relationship with Tyler during the rough and tumble years of 2009 as seamless teamwork.

"Tony and I, having been around for 30 plus years, understood this deeply in our souls and got down to see what we needed to do, got on and did it. There was very little discussion of demarcation, none of that, we were literally one brain," he said.

The Ohio native said he was eager to interface with customers and figure out how the carrier could do better by them. His Mandarin skills are sufficiently polished to set him in a strong position on the sales and marketing side.

Cathay will begin flying its new business class seats, which cost the carrier HK$1 billion, within the month and is considering premium economy seats as Slosar seeks to build the Cathay brand experience, through further service and schedule improvements, he said.

"What we want to do is to have people experience our service and keep coming back," he added.

Holding on to roughly 1 million passengers in and out of Taiwan and having invested in new seats and planes, of which the carrier will receive 15 this year alone, the carrier is looking to hire another 1,000 cabin crew and at least 500 ground crew this year to staff its planned passenger and cargo expansion.

With demand from interested applicants strong, Slosar maintains Cathay is offering competitive market rates, despite calls by the company's cabin crew union for a pay rise of 8 percent over the next two years.

"In any business, you have to pay market salaries. If you don't you can't attract or retain staff. If you pay double you leave yourself open for competitors to come in and give you a hard time," he said.

Adding together a 13th month bonus and five weeks of profit sharing arrangement, he said most staff received 14-month pay or "a pretty fair package", adding the carrier had paid back in full the unpaid leave it requested staff to take on voluntarily during the leaner months of 2009, with the exception of senior management.

"Although the company's done well, we do share the benefits of good times, but as a business, having seen how aviation works, you can't assume that's the way it will be forever. You can't just give it all away in the good times because you can't recoup it in bad times," he said.

Slosar takes over the Cathay post in April.
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