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Old February 6th, 2011, 06:46 PM   #2241
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I'm trying to search for the pictures of the Chinese New Year Parade in Hong Kong this year
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The new year parade is getting more & more ridiculous each year, many of the performances has nothing to do with chinese new year or chinese culture at all.
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Cathay Pacific to boost cargo carrying capacity in Asia
6 February 2011
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New Delhi, February 06 2011 (PTI) -- Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific airlines is all set to boost its cargo carrying capacity in the Asian region, including India, after creating a joint venture with the behemoth Air China Cargo company recently.

The airline is also looking forward to enhance its cargo capacity with 10 new generation Boeing 747-8 freighter aircraft to begin operations during this year.

The airline currently has 25 freighters in its fleet and carries two-way cargo from big Indian airports like Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai and prominent foreign destinations in Asia like Dhaka, Dubai, Osaka, Singapore, Tokyo and Shanghai.

"The airline has grown to become one of the world's top ten international air-cargo carriers. The airline is also planning to expand the service options to cater to large number of businesses and customers in the Asian and Indian region," an airline source said.

The tie-up with the Air China Cargo Company (ACC) would help the airline move forward on this front and enhance competition in the region, they said.

The airline has also launched a series of new innovative schemes to attract passengers. For fliers, who want to air-dash over the world on a free ticket for 80 days, the airline has brought a contest.

The contestants would have to video capture their imagination on how would they like to spend this quarter year of their life and put the short clip on Cathay's Facebook page by March six.

For the winner of this contest, the airline will sponsor three-night hotel accommodation at each destination and a daily allowance of upto 2800 Hong Kong Dollars (HKD) per trip including an insurance cover.

"All that you are expected to do is upload your short video, photo or a story on Cathay Pacific's Facebook. You could be the lucky one to travel around the world for 80 days on Cathay Pacific network, unlimited round-trip economy class tickets from Hong Kong to any destination of your choice," an airline spokesperson said.

Contestants aged 18 years and above from India, Canada Australia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, the Netherlands, Singapore, South Africa, Taiwan, the United Kingdom and the United States can participate in the contest.

After viewing all the entries, the airline will shortlist a total of eight entrants and invite them to Hong Kong -- sponsoring their airfares and accommodation -- for a final panel interview and a one-day challenge in April.

Cathay's General Manager (India, Middle East, Africa and Pakistan) Tom Wright said "we are very excited about launching this unique concept. Social network sites are an increasingly important tool through which we can engage with our customers."
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Old February 8th, 2011, 09:51 AM   #2244
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Dear Friends, SriLankan Airlines is leasing ex-B-HXL (MSN 381) from ILFC. The aircraft is now in TAECO Maintanance base in Xiamen. Aircraft is due to be delivered to Colombo within two weeks time. Does any body have the latest updates and pictures of MSN381 ?
Sorry - the HK aviation forum couldn't provide a photo either. Perhaps it's too tucked away in maintenance to be available to photographers. I'll keep an eye to see if someone will post a photo in the future.
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Old February 8th, 2011, 10:15 AM   #2245
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But I somehow can't find the car, it seems that not so many ppl taking pics in the parade
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Old February 8th, 2011, 11:41 AM   #2246
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Monday, February 07, 2011

THIRUVANATHAPURAM, INDIA: Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific airline has signed a multi-million dollar contract to implement IBS' new generation solution iFly Staff to automate and improve the management of employee travel -- both leisure and business.

In a press statement issued here Monday, the Technopark-headquartered IT firm IBS said iFly Staff will also be used for Cathay Pacific subsidiaries including sister airline Dragonair.

The airline offer scheduled passenger and cargo services to over 140 destinations around the world using a fleet of 128 wide-bodied aircraft and, along with its subsidiaries, employs more than 27,000 people.

Murray Smyth, IBS' senior vice president and global head, Airline Passenger Services Line of Business, said they recognize the trust Cathay Pacific has placed in their solution and their delivery capabilities by selecting iFly Staff.

"iFly Staff will help Cathay Pacific and its subsidiaries deliver the business process transformation they are looking for," said Smyth.

iFly Staff is a centralized web-based reservation system exclusively for the staff requirement.

It can be customized to help manage the travel rules of the company, including discounted leisure travel as per eligibility, for staff and their dependents.

The lead time (time from employee applying for travel till issue of a ticket) can be reduced from days to a few minutes. The administration of staff travel can be handled from a single point anywhere in the world, the data of which is captured in all other offices. The automation results in significant reduction in overhead costs for the airline.

IBS' client list now includes Cathay Pacific, Qantas, South African, Qatar Airways, Emirates, Sri Lankan, Malaysian Airlines, Jet Blue (USA), and All Nippon Airways (Japan) besides Indian clients like Jet Airways and Kingfisher.

IBS Software Services, one of the leading IT solution providers to the global travel, transportation and logistics industry, in 2010 saw 55 successful 'go-lives' of IBS solutions all around the world -- equivalent to over one per week during the year.
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Old February 8th, 2011, 12:29 PM   #2247
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Cathay pilots fear jobs at risk in cargo planes deal
8 February 2011
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Cathay Pacific is facing another potential showdown with its pilots just weeks after reaching a pay-rise agreement with them. This time the dispute is over the company's plan to change the basis of its leasing of cargo planes to Air Hong Kong, ultimately cutting Cathay Pacific pilots out of the operation.

The pilots' anger is prompted by their fears that the new arrangement may cost jobs and could lead to the airline's entire cargo operation being outsourced.

Cathay Pacific wants to "dry lease" four Boeing 747 freighters - meaning just the aircraft without crew - to Air Hong Kong, replacing an existing arrangement whereby Cathay Pacific pilots fly the Cathay 747s on Air Hong Kong services and use an Air Hong Kong call sign (known as a "wet lease"). Cathay Pacific owns 60 per cent of the airline, which handles DHL express deliveries, while DHL holds the remaining 40 per cent.

Cathay Pacific pilots have been asked to help train Air Hong Kong pilots to fly the Boeing 747s, a situation the Aircrew Officers Association (AOA) warns may lead to tension on the flight deck as pilots train crew who will "take their jobs".

In a circular to members, the AOA says it believes the dry-leasing arrangement is a step that might ultimately lead to Cathay Pacific's entire cargo operation being outsourced to Air Hong Kong, whose pilots are paid less than those at Cathay.

The airline currently has a fleet of 24 Boeing 747 freighters flying to 38 destinations. The circular warns pilots that the dry-leasing deal would have "serious long term effects on your career". Air Hong Kong has a fleet of eight Airbus A300-600 freighters and serves 12 destinations.

In a letter to the airline's Director of Flight Operations Richard Hall, signed by AOA chairman Peter Vinna and his counterparts from offshore Cathay pilot bases in Australia and Canada, the AOA calls for the plan to be scrapped.

The letter says the dry lease would be in breach of a 2003 arrangement for Cathay Pacific pilots to fly the Boeings for Air Hong Kong, and that the union believes management has an "ulterior motivation" for the step.

It says the training of Air Hong Kong pilots by Cathay Pacific crew "raises the distinct possibility that tensions will exist on the flight deck while these duties are being performed since our pilots are being asked to train crews that will take their jobs".

In an apparent reference to possible pilot action, the letter says: "What is most unfortunate about this whole situation is that it has the potential to completely undo any goodwill that we were able to achieve by reaching the current pay deal."

A Cathay Pacific spokeswoman said Air Hong Kong wanted to operate the aircraft itself and lease further planes "to meet the demands of its business".

Cathay currently has 10 new freighter aircraft on order. "All these aircraft will be operated by pilots who currently work for or will be recruited to work for the airline," she said.

"Opportunities for progression and promotion on the rapidly modernising fleet of aircraft have never been better."
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Change is better than a rest in volunteer effort
7 February 2011
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Catherine Leung Lai-chu tears open an envelope and empties the coins inside onto a biscuit tin lid. After more than a decade of practice, she needs only seconds to identify the various currencies and put them into different tins on a table.

Leung, 60, has been a volunteer for Unicef's Change for Good programme since 1998, and is considered one of the "seniors" in identifying currencies.

The programme appeals for donations on flights, encouraging travellers to give money they no longer need to Unicef. Eight airlines in the world help collect donations on their flights, among them Cathay Pacific.

The airline helped raise nearly HK$12 million last year, a record amount, and more than HK$100 million since the project was launched two decades ago.

The money is sorted by volunteers three times a week at the Unicef headquarters in Happy Valley.

Dozens of tins labelled with the names of different countries are spread out on a table with about 10 volunteers working at a time to sort out the money.

Sometimes when they come across a particularly big donation a big cheer goes up. Apart from money, the envelopes can also include other items such as sweets, buttons, gold coins and rings. Once they even found a Bible in a collection bag.

Lorraine Tsang Lok-yan, senior fund-raising manager for Unicef, said if a donor wrote clearly on the envelopes that they wanted to donate the items, they would sell the items and donate the money. Otherwise, the items would be kept at the headquarters for a year, in case the owner wanted to claim them back.

In recent years, the three currencies most received were the Hong Kong dollar, yuan and US dollar. The appeal also brought in currencies from countries such as Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and even legacy money from South Korea.

Melissa Fung Chi-man, 11, a Primary Six pupil, finds the voluntary work fun. She likes to collect foreign currencies and would fight her sister for them when her father brought some home after trips. "I am happier here to see so many different currencies than to fight for them against my sister at home," she said.

Dragonair, Cathay Pacific's sister airline, helped in Change for Good's special appeal last year to raise money for victims of the Qinghai earthquake. Tsang said they were looking at the possibility of extending the regular appeal to the airline. They would also try co-operating with hotels and companies where staff made many trips.
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Dragonair Continues to Strengthen Cabin Crew Workforce
6 February 2011
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(HONG KONG) Dragonair has announced that it will recruit more cabin crew in 2011 to meet the operational requirements of the airline’s growing business, with around 300 high-calibre candidates expected to join the professional team this year.

A walk-in interview session will be held from 9:00am to 2:00pm on Wednesday, 9 February at Dragonair House. Applicants are required to register in person and present their resume. All suitably qualified candidates will be invited for a first-round interview, subject to a quota of 800 interviews on the day.

Dragonair General Manager Inflight Services Cecilia Leung said: “Dragonair always strives to provide top-quality premium services to its passengers and we are constantly looking to recruit high-calibre people to sustain the success of the company.

“The airline business is a dynamic and fascinating one, and joining Dragonair as cabin crew will provide not only a secure job but also a flourishing career path as they deliver Dragonair’s professional and world-class service.”

Successful applicants will go through an intensive seven-week training period and will emerge with expertise and know-how relating to service procedures, safety, security, grooming, food and beverage service and aircraft knowledge.

Dragonair also provides its cabin crew with development and career advancement opportunities. On the basis of seniority and their performance at work, a junior crew can be promoted to senior positions such as Flight Purser, Senior Purser and Chief Purser. The airline’s cabin crew are also given the opportunity to take up ground duties such as training and administration, with some rising to management positions.
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Cathay offers HK Disneyland deal
10 February 2011
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Cathay Pacific Airways has introduced a range of airtel packages (airplane and hotel) for Koreans traveling to Hong Kong over the years.

It has provided budget-conscious travelers affordable options to explore one of the world’s most popular tourism destinations. This time, the airline is offering deals for those seeking fun in Hong Kong Disneyland.

Its latest airtel package includes economy-class round-trip tickets between Incheon and Hong Kong, two-night-stay at Disney-operated hotels and a Disneyland access pass. It is available from Feb. 15 through July 13.

Based on four guests sharing a room for 2 nights, the package starts from 639,000 won per person, and for 3 travelers it would be from 659,000 won per person.

``Compared to planning the same trip separately, Cathay Pacific’s Disney package would cost 20 percent less and this is a great opportunity for those planning a trip at a reasonable price,’’ said a spokeswoman at Cathay Pacific’s Korean branch office.

The Disney hotels ㅡ Disney Hollywood Hotel and Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel ㅡ offer various complimentary benefits, such as a stay and play ticket for extending the access pass one more day, a special pass for fast access to the amusement park and late checkout until 4 p.m.

In 2010, Hong Kong Disneyland celebrated its fifth anniversary, attracting 52.3 million visitors. As a dream filled it has hosted many events and festivals, including the fifth anniversary commemorative party with Disney friends and a dazzling fireworks display.

Detailed information about this package can be found on the Cathay Pacific Airways Korea website (www.cathaypacific.com/kr).

Cathay Pacific operates five daily flights from Incheon to Hong Kong. The Cathay Pacific Korea website provides diverse online special offers, promotions and events year-round, as well as convenient travel services like ``online check-in’’ and ``manage my booking.’’
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Opinion : Fuel surcharges boost Cathay's bottom line
12 February 2011
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I note with some amusement that the letter by James Barrington, Cathay Pacific's director of corporate development ("Airlines' fuel surcharge open and transparent", February 9) makes no mention of hedging. This is a common business practice that helps protect many firms against price fluctuations in raw materials.

If, as Mr Barrington suggests, "fuel is the largest single cost factor at Cathay Pacific", I would have thought he would have taken the opportunity to outline the airline's fuel hedging strategy and trumpet its success in keeping fuel costs down for the benefit of its passengers.

Instead, he repeats the obvious and well-known administrative process by which fuel surcharges are set and published, in an apparent attempt to deflect any criticism of Cathay Pacific's constant increases in fuel surcharges, which are in fact a tax by another name.

While he may be correct that "surcharges for travellers on Hong Kong airlines have been consistently lower than those of other international airlines on comparable routes outside Hong Kong", he neglects to mention that those airlines are nowhere near as profitable as Cathay Pacific.

Indeed, the airline's latest interim report boasts of a HK$6.84 billion profit on turnover of HK$41.34 billion, which represents an extremely healthy 16.5 per cent profit margin that would be the envy of many other businesses.

Leaving aside the vexed question as to why airlines alone are permitted to tax customers with fuel surcharges when every other sector of society is also hostage to oil price fluctuations, one is left with the unfortunate inference that Cathay is slugging its passengers to further boost corporate profits.

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Cathay Pacific Jan Passengers Up 6.8% On Year At 2.24 Mln
15 February 2011

HONG KONG (Dow Jones)--Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. (0293.HK) said Tuesday it carried 6.8% more passengers in January than it did in the same month a year earlier, as international air traffic continued to grow in tandem with the global economic recovery.

The Hong Kong-based airline and its China-focused unit, Hong Kong Dragon Airlines Ltd., carried 2.24 million passengers in January, while cargo traffic rose 8.9% to 144,402 metric tons.

Although the airline's passenger load factor--or the proportion of seats filled on each flight--fell 2.5 percentage points in January to 81.3% because of increased capacity, Cathay Pacific said the "quality of revenue" in all its travel classes saw an improvement from a year earlier, reflecting higher overall airfares from a year earlier.

For January, Cathay Pacific's passenger revenue, as measured by revenue passenger kilometers, rose 6.8% to 8.55 billion RPKs, while its capacity, as measured by available seat kilometers, rose 10.1% to 10.52 billion ASKs.
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Ash clouds cause havoc with flights
15 February 2011
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Six Cathay Pacific flights to three Japanese cities were delayed by between three and eight hours yesterday after a volcano spewed ash clouds over a wide area of southern Japan.

The destinations were Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya, with two of the flights held up in Taipei.

The early-morning eruption of Shinmoedake volcano _ the 11th in two weeks _ threw ash clouds 2.5 kilometers into the air and dusted a wide area of Kyushu Island.

Cathay flights CX504, CX548 and CX520 to Tokyo and CX506 to Osaka were delayed, according to an airline spokeswoman. In addition, CX450 from Hong Kong to Tokyo via Taipei and CX530 to Nagoya via Taipei were held up at Taipei airport.

All the affected flights took off at about 3pm yesterday.

The late afternoon flights to Japan _ CX500 and CX542 to Tokyo, CX502 and CX564 from Taipei to Osaka, and CX532 to Nagoya _ departed on schedule.

``We hope the ash will not lead to any more delays. We are closely monitoring developments and assessing the situation as more information becomes available,'' the spokeswoman said.

Passengers are advised to check the airline's website for information before leaving for the airport, and to input their contact details in the airline's ``Manage My Booking'' site to receive the latest updates via SMS and e-mail.

The eruption is the worst in Japan in 50 years. The Japan Meteorological Agency last month raised the volcanic alert to level three, of a maximum five, as ash continued to spew from the volcano on Kyushu, Japan's southernmost island.
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Cathay Pacific to increase Milan flights to daily, capacity boost on other routes
15 February 2011
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Cathay Pacific Airways today announced that, subject to government approval, it will increase the frequency of its Milan service from four flights a week to daily from 1 July 2011 in response to strong demand. The airline is also increasing capacity on a number of other routes including Paris, Jakarta, Surabaya, Bangkok and Delhi.

Cathay Pacific Chief Executive Tony Tyler said: “Demand to and from Milan has been very encouraging since we launched the route in March last year and we are pleased to be able to strengthen the service and offer more choice to our passengers. We are also taking the opportunity to add capacity on a number of other routes that will further boost connectivity through Hong Kong, one of the world’s leading international aviation hubs.”

From 27 March, the airline will add three extra flights to Paris making a twice daily service to the French capital. The additional flights will operate via Amsterdam. Surabaya will become a daily service with the addition of one more flight a week. Three additional flights to Jakarta will also be added effective 15 August.

Services to and from Malaysia will also be enhanced with three Penang flights that currently go via Kuala Lumpur becoming direct flights from 27 March. In addition, the airline will employ larger aircraft on the Bangkok-Delhi services from Hong Kong.
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