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Old December 16th, 2004, 05:22 PM   #201
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Air-scare defendant 'heard voices'
Polly Hui
17 December 2004
South China Morning Post

A passenger who tried to open the emergency door of a Cathay Pacific plane at an altitude of more than 9,000 metres told a court yesterday he had heard voices in his head.

Anthony Yeung Ngor-wah, a 37-year-old sound equipment engineer, partially twisted open the handle of the door on Flight CX509 from Tokyo to Hong Kong on November 7. An air hostess and a passenger prevented him from opening the door.

Yeung, who does not have a history of psychiatric problems, was charged with carrying out an act that was likely to endanger an aircraft.

He told the Tsuen Wan Magistrates' Court that he was hearing voices in his head before trying to turn the handle and was now seeing a doctor.

The court also heard that after Yeung was restrained, crew members tried to question him but he would not answer and instead kept muttering to himself.

Yeung was released on bail of $5,000.

He was told to appear in court again on January 27 and to provide updated medical records.

The prosecutor asked for the case to be transferred to the District Court.

The maximum penalty for offences under the Aviation Security Ordinance is life imprisonment. Cathay Pacific spokeswoman Carolyn Leung said it was "almost impossible" for a person to open a plane's emergency door while it was in the air.

"The large difference between the internal and external pressure of the plane, coupled with the plug-type doors, make it very difficult for anybody to open," she said.

Aircraft security systems were designed to alert pilots if someone touched the emergency door. "That person will be stopped by our staff before an attempt can be made," she said.

The offence is understood to be the first of its type in Hong Kong's aviation history.
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Old December 18th, 2004, 12:59 AM   #203
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Boarding pass to a bright future
Cathay's management trainee programme prepares graduates for a high-flying career

18 December 2004
South China Morning Post

MANAGEMENT training programmes are considered a valuable step up the ladder for bright young graduates who wish to succeed in the business world. But some of these programmes lack the scope for long-term development.

In contrast, Cathay Pacific's programme prepares graduates for a long-term career in general management.

"Our management trainees become business leaders rather than specialists because they are continuously rotated throughout our business operations," said Sarah Kwok, strategic resourcing and development manager for Cathay Pacific.

During the coaching period, trainees are given the opportunity to manage diverse business operations, such as engineering, in-flight services, airline planning, international affairs, revenue management or loyalty marketing.

This breadth of exposure puts them on a fast track to the most senior positions.

"Most of our senior managers and directors began on the management trainee programme. In fact, our current chief operating officer, Phillip Chen, was a management trainee," Ms Kwok said.

Training begins with three months of intensive induction, including tuition in core business skills such as financial management, leadership and team-building.

An eight-week placement at Hong Kong International Airport allows trainees to develop a front-line perspective of the business, and to take part in a group project through which they recommend improvements for an area of airport operations.

Trainees then move into the first of three one-year placements, typically as an assistant to the general manager of a specific business unit. In the final year, they take up an international posting with one of Cathay Pacific's outports.

Participants are expected to show high levels of self-motivation and drive throughout each placement, and must cope with steep learning curves.

Corporate communication manager Kandy Chan, a recent trainee, was working in Los Angeles as assistant to the Cathay Pacific vice-president, Americas, when the September 11, 2001 attacks happened. While she was officially working on an e-business model, Ms Chan quickly moved into an analysis and advisory role, providing data on the feasibility of service provision following the crashes.

"I like the fact that the programme provided real challenges," she said.

Trainee managers receive practical support and coaching from experienced leaders throughout the programme. For example, during the induction period, they attend business briefings from Cathay Pacific directors and network with members of the senior management team.

This gives them the confidence to contribute to the business early in their career.

"Management trainees are never considered too junior to suggest a new idea," said former trainee Gabriel Lee, now in-flight services strategic unit manager. "If you can make a good business case for your idea, then you are encouraged to do it."

On completion of the programme, trainees join the general management list, an elite pool of staff from which senior management appointments are made. They continue to receive support and development throughout their careers.

Progress depends on the strengths and performance of each individual, but a typical career path might include steady progression through middle and senior management roles, ultimately reaching positions in general management or as a director.

"It is one of the few management trainee programmes to offer a truly long-term structured career path with clear career progression," Ms Kwok said.

Given the long-term scope of the programme, one might assume that Cathay only considers the brightest candidates. However, while having a degree is important, other factors are considered to be of equal or higher importance. In particular, Cathay looks for applicants who are passionate, self-driven and who demonstrate leadership qualities.

"The trainees have to take up responsibility quickly. We don't spoon-feed them, so they need to do more than the minimum expected."

Business acumen is another desirable attribute.

"We don't expect all applicants to have a specialised business degree but candidates should be interested in business," Ms Kwok said.

For this reason, Cathay favours candidates with up to three years of relevant work experience. Applicants should also be adaptable and mobile, and demonstrate cultural sensitivity.

"The programme takes management trainees around the world, and they will have to physically relocate several times in their careers," Ms Kwok said. "They need to show self-awareness and know how to win respect in order to work with different cultures and business units. They also need to be people-focused and team-oriented. After all, while this business is diverse, it is still a service industry."
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Old December 19th, 2004, 09:07 AM   #204
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WHAT THE BROKER SAID
19 December 2004
South China Morning Post

About a year ago the prospects of a bounce-back in earnings driven by aviation and property trading led DBS Vickers Securities to maintain its "hold'' recommendation on Swire Pacific A. Although there was some upside in the stock - the broker's revised one-year price target was $54.50 - its valuation was not low.

Office rents were likely to come under further pressure before they stabilised, but most of Swire's other businesses were performing well. Property sales had picked up along with prices since August.

Strong passenger figures at Cathay Pacific Airways had led DBS Vickers to raise its estimate of its contribution, boosting full-year 2003-04 earnings forecasts by 8.4 per cent to 15.5 per cent.

The broker raised its 2003 dividend per share estimate by 7 per cent to $1.24 because of the turnaround in contribution from aviation, strong balance sheet and improved business outlook. However, the 2003 yield still fell below the sector average of 3.6 per cent.

While next year was almost certain to be respectable, a large part of it was priced into the stock. The broker's revised price target was premised on a 10 per cent discount to forward net asset value and 15 times full-year 2004 price-earnings ratio. The counter was trading at about $46.60 at the time.

In March Swire Pacific reported an 8.46 per cent fall in net profit for 2003 to $4.92 billion after a second-half property surge helped offset a steep decline in its aviation business. Swire recommended a dividend of $1.34.

In August Swire announced a net profit for the first six months of this year of $2.95 billion, compared with $1.18 billion in the period last year.

Property business accounted for most of its earnings, while Cathay Pacific contributed about 30 per cent.

The counter closed at $62.50 on Friday.
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Old December 19th, 2004, 05:52 PM   #205
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OneWorld a hop away with e-ticket
Steve Creedy
21 December 2004
The Australian

QANTAS passengers can now use one e-ticket on all seven of the flying kangaroo's OneWorld alliance partners.

The airline finalised links last week with Cathay Pacific, allowing it to offer e-tickets to almost 600 destinations in the OneWorld network.

Other partners include Ireland's Aer Lingus, American Airlines, British Airways, Finnair, Spain's Iberia and Chile's LAN.

The International Air Transport Association has identified a move to e-tickets as a major cost-saving for airlines, estimating it will save the industry $US3 billion ($4 billion) worldwide.

The Australian carrier also praised the benefits to travellers of e-tickets, saying they could not be lost or stolen, they made check-in faster and it was easier to change bookings.

"It is an important achievement for Qantas and the OneWorld alliance," said Qantas head of sales and distribution Rob Gurney.

Qantas had also signed an $18 million deal with international electronic and systems group Thales to upgrade seven full-flight simulators.

Thales will upgrade two Boeing 747-400 simulators to the highest internationally recognised level of flight simulation.

A Boeing 767-300 machine will be upgraded to the same architecture as three recently delivered machines.

The six simulators and a third-party 747-400 facility will also have a state-of-the-art visual system fitted, a spokesman said.
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Transportation Safety Board of Canada Releases Report into the Engine Shutdown of a Cathay Pacific Airways Airbus

GATINEAU, QC, Dec. 20 /CNW Telbec/ - The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) released its final report into an emergency landing of a Cathay Pacific Airways Airbus 340-300 that occurred on October 20, 2002, at Vancouver International Airport, British Columbia.

The aircraft departed the Toronto/Lester B. Pearson International Airport, Ontario, just before midnight eastern standard time, on a scheduled flight to Hong Kong, China, with a planned refuelling stop in Anchorage, Alaska. There were 249 passengers and 13 crew on board. One hour and nine minutes into the flight, while cruising at 35 000 feet, the pilots observed the number one engine shut down spontaneously. The pilots continued flight on three engines and diverted to Vancouver International Airport. The Cathay Pacific Airways aircraft landed at Vancouver International Airport at 1:05 in the morning, Pacific standard time, without further incident.

The TSB investigation identified two safety deficiencies requiring action. They pertain to documentation in engine maintenance manuals and improvements to software programs governing engine electronic control units (ECUs). To address these deficiencies the Board recommends that:

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The Direction Générale de l'Aviation Civile and the Federal Aviation
Administration issue airworthiness directives to require the
implementation of all CFM56-5 series jet engine service bulletins
whose purpose is to incorporate software updates designed to ensure
that, in the event of a permanent magnet alternator failure, the
electronic control unit will revert to aircraft power.

The Department of Transport ensure the continued airworthiness of
Canadian-registered aircraft fitted with the CFM56-5 series engine by
developing an appropriate safety assurance strategy to make certain
that, in the event of a permanent magnet alternator failure, the
electronic control unit will revert to aircraft power.
The TSB is an independent agency that investigates marine, pipeline, railway and aviation transportation occurrences. Its sole aim is the advancement of transportation safety. It is not the function of the Board to assign fault or determine civil or criminal liability.

Copies of this news release and final report A02P0261 are available on our Web site at http://www.tsb.gc.ca
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Cathay move muddies alliance picture
Nicholas Ionides. Airline Business. London
Dec 2004. Vol. 20, Iss. 12

Hong Kong's Cathay Pacific Airways is to acquire 9.9% of Air China during its pending initial public offering in a surprise move that has the potential to change all assumptions about strategic alliance ambitions of the major Chinese carriers.

The tentative agreement caught financial analysts and industry observers off guard, as there had been no hint such a deal was even being discussed. It has long been assumed that flag carrier Air China will eventually join the Star Alliance, and its codeshare partner and founding Star member Lufthansa had been rumoured as a possible equity investor. Cathay is a member of the rival oneworld grouping, however, and that alliance would hope the deal keeps Air China out of Star.

Under the terms of a memorandum of understanding (MoU), Cathay will acquire the near 10% stake at the time of Air China's initial public offering (IPO), which is expected shortly. After the IPO Air China's shares will trade on the Hong Kong stock exchange and probably another international exchange such as London. Analysts estimate the stake may cost Cathay around $200 million.

Air China will be the last of the Chinese "big three" to be listed outside China, but the first to have another airline as a strategic investor. Both Shanghai-based China Eastern Airlines and Guangzhou-based China Southern Airlines are traded in Hong Kong and New York. Some observers believe the Air China-Cathay deal will prompt the two other major carriers to seek foreign airline equity partners of their own.

If consummated, the deal will be regarded as a win-win partnership. Air China's IPO will immediately gain credibility as Cathay is an admired, conservative company that chooses its investments carefully. Air China can also draw on Cathay's expertise in management and onboard services. It already does the latter, as it recently agreed a deal under which it will send cabin crew recruits to Hong Kong for a year of training. Cathay has a similar tie-up with China Eastern.

Cathay and its main shareholder, UKcontrolled but Hong Kong-based conglomerate Swire Pacific, have been seeking to expand their ties with Chinese airlines, given the vast potential of the market. Cathay has had limited success, however, as its initial partnership target, China Eastern, rejected its advances.

Cathay flew to China until 1990 when it bought into Hong Kong's Dragonair and handed over all its mainland routes to this carrier. Although Cathay still has a minority stake, Dragonair has since come under the control of Chinese interests and focuses heavily on operations to the country, where passenger traffic is growing at double-digit percentage rates.

After a bitter public fight with Dragonair last year, Cathay managed to return to China, albeit with just three weekly flights to Beijing. It recently secured rights to increase that frequency to daily, but it especially wants passenger rights to serve Shanghai, which it cannot secure until late 2006 under a recently reviewed air services agreement. It clearly hopes a link with Air China will advance its ambitions and help it expand its China route network.

But Dragonair makes most of its money from China services and has sought to prevent Cathay from competing with it. Given that Cathay is a minority stakeholder with board representation, this highlights just how convoluted Hong Kong's aviation sector is in terms of ownership ties and vested interests (see box).

In part because of this complicated ownership scenario, it will be some time before the impact of the proposed Air China-Cathay partnership becomes clear - such as what this means for the world's alliances and, perhaps more importantly, for Dragonair and its future plans.

All three major alliances have been seeking a member in China for some time and the situation is shaping up towards Air China joining Star, China Eastern becoming a oneworld member and China Southern joining SkyTeam. China Southern recently signed a tentative agreement to join SkyTeam, but to date it is the only Chinese carrier to have committed to an alliance.

Air China and Cathay say their MoU "sets out the framework for discussing, among other things, the objective of exploring the opportunities for developing a close partnership and co-operation between the aviation and related businesses of Cathay Pacific and Air China in Hong Kong and mainland China".

They add: "The potential alignment of the networks of Cathay Pacific and Air China should assist in further developing and maintaining both Hong Kong airport and Beijing Capital airport as gateways to, and hubs for, mainland China."

Air China has close ties to several key members of Star, such as Lufthansa and United Airlines. It codeshares with both these airlines, as well as with smaller Star members, while Air China and Lufthansa are joint venture partners in maintenance company Ameco Beijing.

Star chief executive Jaan Albrecht says he is not concerned about the Air China-Cathay tie-up, insisting that Air China is still the preferred carrier to join the alliance and saying that operational relationships are separate from financial arrangements. Although anything is possible, for now Cathay's surprise move makes the picture anything but clear.

Hong Kong's tangled airline ownership web
- Cathay is more than 40%-owned by Swire and 25%-owned by China-backed Hong Kong-based conglomerate CITIC Pacific.
- Cathay, Swire and CITIC are direct minority shareholders in Dragonair, which counts another China-backed, Hong Kong-based company, China National Aviation (CNAC), as its biggest single shareholder, with 43%.
- CNAC is directly controlled by Air China, which in turn is controlled by CNAC's ultimate parent, Beijing's stateowned China National Aviation Holding.
- CITIC is a minority shareholder in Air China Cargo, which is majority owned by Air China.
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Cathay Pacific offers assistance to Tsunami Victims

Cathay Pacific has offered assistance to those affected by the earthquake and tsunami which hit the region Sunday, raising money through donations and carrying supplies and aid personnel to affected areas.

Between now and the end of March, all donations collected by the airline in-flight for the United Nations’ UNICEF “Change For Good” programme will support disaster relief efforts.

A collection has also been mounted among Cathay Pacific staff world-wide, the proceeds from which will go to the Red Cross.

Cathay Pacific has also agreed to help governments and charities ferry supplies to stricken areas. Two sniffer dogs and their handlers, offered by the French government, are already on their way from Paris to Colombo to help with search and rescue operations in Sri Lanka. Some 250 boxes of clothes donated by the Salvation Army in Hong Kong and 3,500 blankets donated by the airline are also being shipped.

Special ticketing arrangements have been made to enable to Cathay Pacific passengers already at or booked to fly to affected areas to change their flight schedule or obtain a ticket refund without charge.

This arrangement applies to Cathay Pacific services to Colombo, Surabaya and Penang and to passengers whose final destination on a connecting airline was Madras, Maldives, Phuket or Langkawi.
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29 December 2004
Corporate Press Release
CABLE TV News to be broadcast on Cathay Pacific flights

Passengers on Cathay Pacific flights will have a new way of keeping tabs on the latest news from Hong Kong from January, as CABLE TV News is introduced on Studiocx, the airline’s inflight entertainment system.

Cathay Pacific Airways and Hong Kong Cable Television Limited have entered into a new agreement under which, beginning 1 January 2005, CABLE TV will supply Cathay Pacific with a daily edition of its news broadcasts in Cantonese, to be shown on the News and Sport channel on Studiocx.

The special inflight edition will be custom-produced for the airline and will contain edited highlights from CABLE TV’s newscasts each day. The bulletin will be delivered to Cathay Pacific on a daily basis for broadcast on its flights both departing and flying into Hong Kong.

Commenting on the latest co-operation between the two companies, Ronald Chiu, Vice President, News and Sports, CABLE TV, said: “We are proud to be able to provide the latest Chinese News to Cathay Pacific, Hong Kong’s biggest international airline. Passengers will be able to see the best of CABLE TV’s news programmes each day to keep them up to date on all the major happenings in Hong Kong.”

Cathay Pacific’s Manager Inflight Communication & Entertainment Grace Cheung said: “We are delighted to be able to offer all our passengers daily news updates in Cantonese from CABLE TV. This partnership further demonstrates our commitment to offer premium inflight entertainment services to our passengers.”
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Cathay Pacific launches HK$1 million Tsunami disaster relief account and matches all staff donation


30 December 2004


Cathay Pacific Airways has contributed HK$1 million to a bank account set up specifically for the “Cathay Pacific Southeast Asia Disaster Relief Fund”. In addition, the airline will match all donations made by its staff in Hong Kong and overseas during the first month of the fund’s operation.

The fund was set up immediately in the aftermath of the tsunami tragedy of 26 December and already the airline’s staff have been contributing to help those in need. In just two days staff based at Cathay City, the airline’s headquarters in Hong Kong, donated more than HK$335,000.

Collections are being made in the airline’s offices in Hong Kong and around the world. All money collected will go directly to the Hong Kong Red Cross to help with that organisation’s relief efforts in the affected countries.

Cathay Pacific is also making contributions to the relief effort in other ways, including providing complementary transportation for the shipment of aid donated by the company and various charities. The airline’s Inflight Services Department has donated blankets while its Corporate Medical Department has teamed together with the company’s healthcare provider, Quality HealthCare Medical Services, to donate medical essentials.

The airline also encourages its passengers to contribute to the relief effort by donating to the UNICEF “Change for Good” fundraising programme. Between now and the end of March, all donations collected through “Change For Good” will go to help those affected by the disaster.
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Cathay Pacific has made the following changes to the company’s senior

Cathay Pacific has made the following changes to the company’s senior management, effective 1 January 2005.

James Hughes-Hallett has taken up a new role in London as Chairman of John Swire & Sons Limited and has stepped down as Chairman of the Board of the airline, but remains a non-executive director.

David Turnbull has succeeded Mr. Hughes-Hallett as Chairman, Philip Chen has become Chief Executive to succeed Mr. Turnbull, and Tony Tyler has become Chief Operating Officer to succeed Mr. Chen.

Mr. Turnbull, aged 49, joined Swire in 1976 and has worked with the group in Australia, Dubai, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Hong Kong. He has been a director of Cathay Pacific since 1994, was appointed Managing Director in 1996 and Deputy Chairman and Chief Executive of the airline in 1998.

Mr. Chen, aged 49, joined Swire in 1977 and has worked with the group in Hong Kong, Mainland China and the Asia Pacific region. He has been a director of the Cathay Pacific since 1997 and was appointed Chief Operating Officer in 1998. He served as Chief Executive of Hong Kong Dragon Airlines Limited from 1994 to 1997.

Mr. Tyler, aged 49, joined Swire in 1977 and has worked with the group in Hong Kong, Australia, the Philippines, Canada, Japan, Italy and the United Kingdom. He has served as Director Corporate Development of the airline since 1996.

The directors of Cathay Pacific are: Executive Directors: Robert Atkinson, Philip Chen, Derek Cridland and Tony Tyler. Non-Executive Directors: James Hughes-Hallett, Martin Cubbon, Henry Fan, Vernon Moore, Sir Adrian Swire, David Turnbull, Raymond Yuen, Carl Yung and Zhang Xianlin. Independent Non-Executive Directors: Peter Lee, Raymond Or, Jack So and Tung Chee Chen.
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Cathay Pacific To Hire 1,500 People In 2005

January 4, 2005

Hong Kong carrier Cathay Pacific Airways is planning to expand its work force by 10 percent this year, the airline's CEO said on Tuesday.

Cathay, which has 15,000 employees, will hire 1,500 more people this year, including pilots and flight attendants, Philip Chen, the firm's new chief executive told reporters. Of the new hires, about 1,100 jobs will be Hong Kong-based.

Separately, Chen said it was too early to gauge how hard the airline's business would be hit by the tsunami catastrophe that struck many coastal areas in South Asia. Cathay does not operate flights to Phuket in Thailand, one of the most badly affected tourist areas to be hit by the disaster.

"I won't say there's no impact," Chen said. "But we'll have to wait until people in the United States and Europe return to their offices after the holiday to see how bookings are affected."

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Cathay Pacific to create 1,550 jobs as it resumes Shanghai cargo flights
5 January 2005

HONG KONG, Jan 5 (AFP) - Hong Kong flag carrier Cathay Pacific said Wednesday it will create 1,550 jobs as it resumes cargo flights to China's commercial hub of Shanghai at the end of the month after a 15-year absence.

"It's part of our expansion. We have launched new routes and have more new planes. The company is growing," a company spokeswoman said.

With nine new aircraft scheduled for delivery this year, Cathay Pacific said it will employ 1,550 more staff with most of them cabin crew, and the remainder pilots and ground staff.

The company regained the rights for the Shanghai route after the government awarded it 12 weekly cargo flights under a Sino-Hong Kong aviation pact agreed last year.

The airline had abandoned the Chinese market in 1990 to the benefit of its then-subsidiary Hong Kong Dragonair.
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New chief executive details plans for fleet expansion, with service to Moscow
Joseph Lo and Russell Barling
5 January 2005
South China Morning Post

With nine new aircraft scheduled for delivery this year and fresh routes scheduled, including an inaugural flight to Moscow, Cathay will raise staff levels about 10 per cent. Hiring plans call for an additional 1,200 cabin crew, 150 pilots and 200 ground staff.

Meanwhile, Shanghai cargo flights would "be launched by the end of this month barring any regulatory hurdles", Mr Chen said.

Cathay gained the right to re-enter the Shanghai market after the government awarded it 12 of the 15 weekly cargo flights negotiated in the Sino-Hong Kong air services agreement last year.

The airline had abandoned the mainland market in 1990 to the benefit of its then-subsidiary Hong Kong Dragon Airlines.

Air-freight industry sources said Cathay had set January 27 as the launch date for the Shanghai cargo service. The carrier would fly one daily service with Boeing 747 freighters between Hong Kong and Shanghai for the first few months, with plans to introduce the remaining five frequencies in mid-March, using a smaller Airbus.

The Airbus aircraft would probably be sourced through a wet-lease agreement from Air Hong Kong, a joint venture between Cathay and freight carrier DHL.

DHL and Dragonair have a separate agreement to fly express freight between Hong Kong and Shanghai but the contract is understood to end in mid-June.

Sources also said Cathay was considering the use of China Eastern Airlines as its ground handling agent in Shanghai.

Mr Chen would not comment on Cathay's plans for the mainland, saying only that "our long-term goal is to make Hong Kong the premier southern gateway to China".
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Cathay Pacific wins award for providing a smoke-free workplace at its Hong Kong Headquarters

Cathay Pacific Airways today received a Grand Award from the Hong Kong Council on Smoking and Health (COSH) for providing a smoke-free environment for its employees. The recognition came at the Hong Kong Smoke Free Workplace Leading Company Awards 2004, organised by COSH in conjunction with Radio Television Hong Kong.

When Cathay City, the airline’s Hong Kong headquarters, opened in 1998, all internal spaces - including offices, eating areas, meeting rooms and the complex’s main thoroughfare, The Street – were designated as no-smoking areas. Prominent signage throughout Cathay City highlights the fact that lighting up in the building is off limits.

The airline’s no-smoking policy also extends to all of its flights, which have been completely smoke-free since October 1998.

Cathay Pacific’s Environmental Services Manager Linden Coppell said: “We are very pleased to receive this recognition from COSH. At Cathay City we have made a big effort to provide a safe, clean and comfortable working environment for our staff in Hong Kong, which includes a strict no-smoking policy within the building.”

The airline closely monitors indoor air quality at Cathay City, and was recently granted Indoor Air Quality Certification under the scheme run by the Hong Kong Government. Certification was granted following a detailed monitoring of air quality throughout the facility.

COSH Chairman Dr Homer Tso says that as a leading local brand and employer, Cathay Pacific is setting a good example through its no-smoking policy. “Being a responsible employer, Cathay Pacific provides a healthy, safe working environment for its staff and also a comfortable smoke-free environment for passengers on its flights. The number of people benefiting from this has a huge impact on society,” says Dr Tso.
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07 January 2005
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Cathay Pacific helps Hong Kong Government deliver relief supplies to Indonesia

Cathay Pacific Airways will tomorrow (8 January) fly a Boeing 747 freighter full of relief supplies to Jakarta free of charge to help the Hong Kong Government deliver is second consignment of aid to Indonesia. The shipment includes bottles of drinking water, tents, blankets and torches.

Accepting the supplies on behalf of Indonesian Government at Hong Kong International Airport, Consul-General of Indonesian Consulate in Hong Kong, Mr. Paiman Turnip, expressed his country’s gratitude for the positive and proactive response shown by the Hong Kong SAR Government, and thanked Cathay Pacific for its support that has made the speedy delivery possible.

Cathay Pacific General Manager Corporate Communication Alan Wong said: “Cathay Pacific has close links with all of the countries affected and we are pleased to help in any way that we can. Operating a free freighter on behalf of the Hong Kong SAR Government helps send a message of sympathy and support from the Hong Kong people.”

Cathay Pacific’s other efforts to support relief and reconstruction efforts in countries devastated by last month’s earthquake and tsunami include kick-starting the “Cathay Pacific Southeast Asia Disaster Relief Fund” with HK$1 million and matching dollar-for-dollar donations made by staff. Money so far collected tops HK$5 million. Proceeds go the Hong Kong Red Cross.

For the next three months, inflight collections the United Nations’ UNICEF “Change For Good” programme will support disaster relief efforts. Other free-of-charge cargo shipments and ticket donations have been made to get aid workers and supplies to affected areas.
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Hong Kong to send second batch of relief supplies to Indonesia
7 January 2005
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Text of report in English by official Chinese news agency Xinhua (New China News Agency)

Hong Kong, 7 January: The second consignment of relief supplies from Hong Kong has been arranged for direct flight to Jakarta, Indonesia, by air Saturday [8 January], a government press release said here Friday.

Upon direct appeal by the Indonesian government, the consignment includes 76 tons of emergency supplies including bottles of drinking water, tents, blankets and torches.

The emergency supplies of public health items to the Thai government were sent on 1 January.

The freight is scheduled for arriving at Jakarta early Saturday morning.

Free freight arrangement was generously offered by the Cathay Pacific Airways (CPA) and Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (HACTL).

In taking over the consignment on behalf of the Indonesian government, Consul-General of the Indonesian Consulate in Hong Kong Paiman Turnip expressed gratitude to the positive and proactive response of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government. He also thanked the Cathay Pacific Airways and HACTL for their public-spirited offers that have made the speedy delivery possible.

The HKSAR government is also liaising closely with official representatives of the governments of other affected countries to ascertain their needs and to map out practical arrangements with a view to providing emergency aid to the victims in a timely manner.

The direct shipments at the government to government level have been made possible under a special mechanism set up by the Disaster Relief Fund (DRF) Advisory Committee for this major disaster. The special mechanism enables the HKSAR government to respond expeditiously to direct appeals from governments of the affected countries. A total of 8m Hong Kong dollars (1.03m US dollars) has been earmarked for this purpose.
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Cathay is another name of China in Latin, coined by Marco Polo, right?
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