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Old March 2nd, 2011, 03:19 PM   #2281
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So they got rid of 13 but kept 14???

Looks like it's a 1-2-1 configuration in J, thus passengers will not need to step over anyone to get to the aisle.
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Old March 2nd, 2011, 05:01 PM   #2282
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yeah very Superstitious isn't it? anyway CX's new J class seems like a big event in the region, even Taiwan media has sent a team to cover the inaugural flight:



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So the new plane actually only has two classes, with no first class?

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So they got rid of 13 but kept 14???
Maybe because Tony Tyler and most of the management team members are not Chinese, so they chose 13.
If it were Philip Chan as CEO, he may have suggested to get rid of 4 and 14, not 13.
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Old March 2nd, 2011, 09:21 PM   #2284
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So the new plane actually only has two classes, with no first class?



Maybe because Tony Tyler and most of the management team members are not Chinese, so they chose 13.
If it were Philip Chan as CEO, he may have suggested to get rid of 4 and 14, not 13.
CX's 330s & 340s has 2 classes only, Y & J class, it has been like that for years.
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Old March 3rd, 2011, 05:29 PM   #2286
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Window view in the toilet!? WoW
I guess that is okay when you use it 30,000 ft up in the sky.

Is there any other commercial plane has a similar configuration?
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Old March 5th, 2011, 08:16 PM   #2289
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Here's the official press release :

Big ticket giveaway part of Cathay Pacific celebrations for centenary of powered flight in Hong Kong
4 March 2011



Cathay Pacific Airways today announced that it will launch four major initiatives to tie in with Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department-led celebrations to mark the 100th anniversary of aviation development in Hong Kong.

The airline will be giving away 1,800 free tickets to the Hong Kong public, inviting them to submit their thoughts on how air transport connects their home city with the world, and will also launch a special fare promotion covering more than 20 destinations with fares as low as HK$990. In addition, the carrier will run an aviation knowledge contest for students in Hong Kong, offering a unique delivery flight trip as a reward, and a special 100th Anniversary logo will go onto one of Cathay Pacific’s passenger aircraft.

Cathay Pacific Chief Executive Tony Tyler unveiled the special activities today together with officiating guests Ms Florence Hui, Under Secretary for Home Affairs, and Mr Norman Lo, Director-General Civil Aviation.

Speaking at the press launch, Mr Tyler said: “Over the past 64 years, Cathay Pacific has played an important role in the growth of Hong Kong's aviation industry, and we are proud to launch these four initiatives to celebrate this important milestone in the city’s aviation development. As Hong Kong’s home carrier, Cathay Pacific is committed to the continued development of Hong Kong as one of the world’s leading aviation hubs, and we are pleased to be able to share in the anniversary celebrations with the public and our passengers.”

Under Secretary for Home Affairs Florence Hui said “We are honoured to support Cathay Pacific in organising the 'Connecting Your World' campaign, which is being run as part of our own 'Get into Discovery' campaign.’Get into Discovery' is one of the four core elements of the 'Vibrant People, Harmonious Community Activities' programme launched by the Home Affairs Bureau and the Home Affairs Department. We need to work with other organisations to sustain the momentum of this programme and we are happy to have Cathay Pacific as our valuable partner.”

Director-General Civil Aviation Norman Lo said "We have the best airlines, the best airport, outstanding aircraft maintenance organisations and a very safe and efficient air traffic management system. These achievements should be attributed to our bold predecessors and every hard-working individuals serving in the industry. We are very grateful that Cathay Pacific gives their unfailing support to the organising of the celebratory programmes. The special campaign initiated by Cathay Pacific proves its commitment and dedication in serving Hong Kong's community." To mark Hong Kong’s aviation anniversary, Cathay Pacific is joining with sister airline Dragonair to launch one of the biggest fare promotions in town, covering more than 20 favourite regional and long-haul destinations. The two airlines have allocated 50,000 round-trip tickets for this promotion, which will run from 5 March to 11 March, with the lowest fares starting at just HK$990. Booking and fare details will be available at www.cathaypacific.com and www.dragonair.com from midnight on 4 March. Every 100th passenger making a booking through these websites will win cash vouchers equivalent in value to the airfare purchased to redeem for their next flight.

Cathay Pacific is launching the “Connecting Your World” competition as part of the Home Affairs Department’s ongoing “Get Into Discovery” campaign, giving away 1,800 tickets to the Hong Kong public. The competition will be organized on a district basis and entries can be submitted online starting in April. The competition is open to all Hong Kong residents aged 16 and above. Participants can submit their entries online in video, photo, graphic illustration or written form on the subject of how air transport connects Hong Kong with the world, from the basic necessities of life to job creation, business opportunities, and building a bridge between people, places and cultures.

One-hundred tickets will be given out to residents of each of Hong Kong’s 18 districts. Each district will select the best 50 entries with a panel of judges made up of District Council representatives, a creative professional and a Cathay Pacific representative. The Champion in each district will win two Economy Class return tickets to any long-haul destination served by Cathay Pacific. The other 49 winners from each district will each get two Economy Class return tickets to any of the airline’s regional destinations. In total, 900 winners will be selected from the 18 districts, each getting two return tickets. More details on how to enter the “Connecting Your World” competition will be announced soon.

The Cathay Pacific Aviation Knowledge Contest is being jointly organised with the Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department and the Hong Kong Air Cadet Corps for all local secondary school students in Hong Kong. From 5 March, the public will be engaged through a special Facebook page, www.facebook.com/100cxcontest, featuring fun quizzes and games. In July, teams from local secondary schools will compete against each other in a live aviation quiz, with the winning team being flown to either the Airbus factory in France or the Boeing factory in the United States to join the delivery of a brand-new aircraft. Details of the contest will be made available on the Facebook page.

Finally, Cathay Pacific will show its commitment to honouring Hong Kong’s aviation anniversary by placing a specially designed commemorative logo by Civil Aviation Department on one of its Boeing 747-400 aircraft. The same aircraft will be used in one of the major events being organised by the Civil Aviation Department to mark the centenary – the Aircraft Pull on 17 March where more than 300 pullers will aim to break a Guinness World Record by manually pulling four aircraft simultaneously. This special Jumbo will fly on Cathay Pacific’s long haul routes and help carry the celebration to other parts of the world.

The Civil Aviation Department is organizing a series of activities to celebrate the centenary of aviation development in Hong Kong with the help of aviation-related partners. Events include a photo exhibition at Hong Kong International Airport, the Aircraft Pull, a charity gala dinner, aviation career talks and visits, and the Cathay Pacific Aviation Knowledge Contest. Various commemorative items such as special stamps and souvenirs will be also issued.
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Big ticket giveaway part of Cathay Pacific celebrations for centenary of powered flight in Hong Kong
4 March 2011
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Cathay Pacific Airways today announced that it will launch four major initiatives to tie in with Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department-led celebrations to mark the 100th anniversary of aviation development in Hong Kong.

The airline will be giving away 1,800 free tickets to the Hong Kong public, inviting them to submit their thoughts on how air transport connects their home city with the world, and will also launch a special fare promotion covering more than 20 destinations with fares as low as HK$990. In addition, the carrier will run an aviation knowledge contest for students in Hong Kong, offering a unique delivery flight trip as a reward, and a special 100th Anniversary logo will go onto one of Cathay Pacific’s passenger aircraft.

Cathay Pacific Chief Executive Tony Tyler unveiled the special activities today together with officiating guests Ms Florence Hui, Under Secretary for Home Affairs, and Mr Norman Lo, Director-General Civil Aviation.

Speaking at the press launch, Mr Tyler said: “Over the past 64 years, Cathay Pacific has played an important role in the growth of Hong Kong's aviation industry, and we are proud to launch these four initiatives to celebrate this important milestone in the city’s aviation development. As Hong Kong’s home carrier, Cathay Pacific is committed to the continued development of Hong Kong as one of the world’s leading aviation hubs, and we are pleased to be able to share in the anniversary celebrations with the public and our passengers.”

Under Secretary for Home Affairs Florence Hui said “We are honoured to support Cathay Pacific in organising the 'Connecting Your World' campaign, which is being run as part of our own 'Get into Discovery' campaign.’Get into Discovery' is one of the four core elements of the 'Vibrant People, Harmonious Community Activities' programme launched by the Home Affairs Bureau and the Home Affairs Department. We need to work with other organisations to sustain the momentum of this programme and we are happy to have Cathay Pacific as our valuable partner.”

Director-General Civil Aviation Norman Lo said "We have the best airlines, the best airport, outstanding aircraft maintenance organisations and a very safe and efficient air traffic management system. These achievements should be attributed to our bold predecessors and every hard-working individuals serving in the industry. We are very grateful that Cathay Pacific gives their unfailing support to the organising of the celebratory programmes. The special campaign initiated by Cathay Pacific proves its commitment and dedication in serving Hong Kong's community." To mark Hong Kong’s aviation anniversary, Cathay Pacific is joining with sister airline Dragonair to launch one of the biggest fare promotions in town, covering more than 20 favourite regional and long-haul destinations. The two airlines have allocated 50,000 round-trip tickets for this promotion, which will run from 5 March to 11 March, with the lowest fares starting at just HK$990. Booking and fare details will be available at www.cathaypacific.com and www.dragonair.com from midnight on 4 March. Every 100th passenger making a booking through these websites will win cash vouchers equivalent in value to the airfare purchased to redeem for their next flight.

Cathay Pacific is launching the “Connecting Your World” competition as part of the Home Affairs Department’s ongoing “Get Into Discovery” campaign, giving away 1,800 tickets to the Hong Kong public. The competition will be organized on a district basis and entries can be submitted online starting in April. The competition is open to all Hong Kong residents aged 16 and above. Participants can submit their entries online in video, photo, graphic illustration or written form on the subject of how air transport connects Hong Kong with the world, from the basic necessities of life to job creation, business opportunities, and building a bridge between people, places and cultures.

One-hundred tickets will be given out to residents of each of Hong Kong’s 18 districts. Each district will select the best 50 entries with a panel of judges made up of District Council representatives, a creative professional and a Cathay Pacific representative. The Champion in each district will win two Economy Class return tickets to any long-haul destination served by Cathay Pacific. The other 49 winners from each district will each get two Economy Class return tickets to any of the airline’s regional destinations. In total, 900 winners will be selected from the 18 districts, each getting two return tickets. More details on how to enter the “Connecting Your World” competition will be announced soon.

The Cathay Pacific Aviation Knowledge Contest is being jointly organised with the Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department and the Hong Kong Air Cadet Corps for all local secondary school students in Hong Kong. From 5 March, the public will be engaged through a special Facebook page, www.facebook.com/100cxcontest, featuring fun quizzes and games. In July, teams from local secondary schools will compete against each other in a live aviation quiz, with the winning team being flown to either the Airbus factory in France or the Boeing factory in the United States to join the delivery of a brand-new aircraft. Details of the contest will be made available on the Facebook page.

Finally, Cathay Pacific will show its commitment to honouring Hong Kong’s aviation anniversary by placing a specially designed commemorative logo by Civil Aviation Department on one of its Boeing 747-400 aircraft. The same aircraft will be used in one of the major events being organised by the Civil Aviation Department to mark the centenary – the Aircraft Pull on 17 March where more than 300 pullers will aim to break a Guinness World Record by manually pulling four aircraft simultaneously. This special Jumbo will fly on Cathay Pacific’s long haul routes and help carry the celebration to other parts of the world.

The Civil Aviation Department is organizing a series of activities to celebrate the centenary of aviation development in Hong Kong with the help of aviation-related partners. Events include a photo exhibition at Hong Kong International Airport, the Aircraft Pull, a charity gala dinner, aviation career talks and visits, and the Cathay Pacific Aviation Knowledge Contest. Various commemorative items such as special stamps and souvenirs will be also issued.
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The webpage was probably overloaded by the discounted ticket buyers on Saturday morning (HKT) with all the browsing traffic, I couldn't load it for a while or it was extremely slow.
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The webpage was probably overloaded by the discounted ticket buyers on Saturday morning (HKT) with all the browsing traffic, I couldn't load it for a while or it was extremely slow.
I actually didn't find the specials too appealing. In the end, you pay HKD 2500 for a short-haul flight to somewhere in mainland China. Busan and Fukuoka look more promising though. Long-haul could be worth a look as well.
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Cathay to post record profit, say analysts
Passenger numbers up last year

7 March 2011
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Cathay Pacific Airways is set to unveil a bumper profit for 2010 on Wednesday, thanks to strong gains in passenger and cargo volumes and a one-off exceptional gain.

Goldman Sachs has forecast the carrier could report a record net profit of HK$14.5 billion for the year ended December 31, though this will include a windfall gain from the sale of its stake in Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering last June.

Stripping out this exceptional item, analysts report baseline net profit will range between HK$12-13 billion, which would include a contribution from Air China.

This time last year the airline reported attributable profit of HK$4.69 billion for 2009, following a loss of nearly HK$8.7 billion the previous year. Turnover in 2009 fell by 22.6 per cent to just under HK$66.98 billion.

Analysts expect that total revenue for 2010 will vary between HK$88 and HK$92 billion. This was despite the disruptions caused by Iceland's volcanic eruptions in April and snow in December.

And while net profit could stall this year on the back of higher oil prices, analysts are already forecasting a further bumper revenue year for 2011 with total group revenue set to top HK$100 billion.

Cathay Pacific has already signalled it is headed for a record year after disclosing in a November 15 trading statement that it expected net profit would "not be less than HK$12.5 billion".

Included in this outcome, it added, was a share in a likely profit of HK$1.7 billion forecast for Air China for the second half of 2010. And the bottom-line profit would also include aggregate profit of almost HK$2.17 billion from the sale of its interests in Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals, and the European Commission's imposition of a {euro}57.12 million (HK$618.57 million) fine on the airline.

Underpinning gains, it said, was strong demand for passenger and cargo services.

The airline saw passenger numbers rise 9.1 per cent to 27.8 million last year, while cargo volumes were up 18.1 per cent to 1.8 million tonnes.

Tony Tyler, the airline's chief executive, said in the November trading statement that the expected results would follow a difficult period brought on by the financial crisis.

"Two years ago we suffered a record loss. This year we expect to make a record profit. This only goes to show that we must manage our business prudently, so that we are able to thrive in the good times and survive the bad times," said Tyler, who retires at the end of this month.

Analysts warn that while it may be too early to tell if those bad times will return this year, the carrier will face more turbulence partly through inflation and higher costs, but also increased capacity.

"Outside of the usual suspects [including rising fuel bills] ... this year the airline is facing inflationary pressure through wages and higher airport landing fees," one analyst said.

Pointing to rising fuel costs, the International Air Transport Association, which represents 230 airlines operating 93 per cent of scheduled air traffic, said fuel was now estimated to represent 29 per cent of an airline's total operating costs compared with 26 per cent in 2010.

While fuel hedging, passenger and air cargo fuel surcharges, and increased demand will offset some of the impact from higher fuel prices, the rise in the cost of jet fuel will undoubtedly hit net profit this year.

This will come at a time when Cathay is scheduled to take delivery of 15 passenger and freight aircraft.

Nine passenger Airbus and Boeing planes and six Boeing 747-8 freighters will join the Cathay Pacific fleet in 2010.
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One of the most interesting TVC of CX I ever seen


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Ah you beat me to it. I was laughing my head off when watch this. It's a very well made video, i especially liked the part at 0:43 (The trolley part) very clever. Imagine if the CX FA really did play a rugby match like that; I would pay to see that in real life.
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Cathay Pacific profits head to record high

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Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Cathay Pacific Airways (0293) is set to see annual net profit double to a record HK$12.5 billion for last year, according to the median forecast of 18 analysts surveyed by Bloomberg.
That is in line with a forecast by Cathay, which announces annual results today. The airline cited a recovery in passenger loads and cargo services in the region for its greater expectations.

Credit Suisse tuned up the Cathay profit forecast slightly to HK$12.69 billion, while Goldman Sachs sees a profit of HK$12.74 billion.

"The company cited further signs of improvement in premium travel, which bodes well for passenger yields," Goldman analysts noted.

Cathay shares ended a three-day losing streak to gain 2.6 percent to HK$18.12, thanks to declining oil prices.

Amid the bright outlook, Cathay chief executive Tony Tyler was at the Asian Aerospace Show in Hong Kong. Also there was Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah as word came from Boeing that Hong Kong Airlines is looking to buy 38 aircraft, including six B777 freighters, for US$8.5 billion (HK$66.3 billion).

Cathay Pacific subsidiary Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Co (0044), meanwhile, reported net profit rising 1.9 percent to HK$701 million for the year.

That is because recovery in the aviation business was offset by the fall in demand for conversions.

A final dividend of HK$1.65 has been recommended.

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Cathay Pacific to add 27 more aircraft to modernise and grow fleet, bringing total orders on hand to 91
9 March 2011


Cathay Pacific Airways announced today that it will further boost its investment in fleet modernization and growth by adding a further 27 aircraft to its fleet.

The airline has entered into an agreement with Airbus S.A.S. to buy 15 more Airbus A330-300s and a separate agreement with The Boeing Company for 10 more Boeing 777-300ERs. It has also inked a deal with aircraft leasing company International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC) to add two more Airbus A350-900s. All of these new aircraft will be delivered before the end of 2015.

The 27 new aircraft have a list price of about HK$51 billion, but will be acquired at a considerable discount, as is the usual practice in such transactions.

The latest orders come on top of the airline’s biggest-ever order, made in September last year, for 30 Airbus A350-900s to be delivered from 2016 to 2019 and six Boeing 777-300ERs to be delivered between 2013 to 2014. The latest order will enable the airline to replace older, less fuel-efficient aircraft as they are progressively retired from the fleet and at the same time continue with the expansion of its passenger network.

Cathay Pacific now has a total of 91 new aircraft on order for delivery between now and 2019. Their value at list prices is about HK$185 billion. In addition, Cathay Pacific is investing HK$5.5 billion in the Cathay Pacific Cargo Terminal now being built at Hong Kong International Airport, and another HK$1 billion in new products and services, including a new Business Class seat, from now to the end of this decade.

Cathay Pacific Chief Executive Tony Tyler said today: “We are very pleased to be able to underscore our commitment to our home city, Hong Kong, through this latest aircraft order. Both the Airbus A330-300 and the Boeing 777-300ER are modern, fuel efficient aircraft that have already proved their value in our fleet. Together with the new Airbus A350-900, they will provide us with exactly the right balance in our fleet portfolio through to the end of the decade.

“Our plan is to retire our 21 Boeing 747-400 and 11 Airbus A340-300 aircraft before the end of the decade as we take delivery progressively of new generation aircraft that will provide much greater fuel and operating cost efficiencies. This is important both for environmental reasons and from a financial perspective as fuel remains our greatest single cost.

“Cathay Pacific has ambitious plans moving forward and we need to ensure that we have a highly efficient and environmentally friendly fleet to meet those plans.”

The 15 new A330-300s being purchased from Airbus S.A.S. will be delivered between 2013 and 2015 and will be powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engines. Cathay Pacific already operates the world’s biggest fleet of this aircraft type, which it uses primarily to destinations in the Asia Pacific region.

With the purchase of the 10 additional Boeing 777-300ERs, Cathay Pacific will have a total 46 of this aircraft type. Eighteen 777-300ERs are already flying for the airline, providing highly efficient operations on long-haul and ultra-long-haul routes. All the new Boeing aircraft will be powered by General Electric GE90 engines.

The two Airbus A350-900s being ordered through ILFC will be delivered in 2015 and will be the first of the aircraft type to enter the Cathay Pacific fleet, enabling the airline to address capacity and growth opportunities. The other 30 Airbus A350-900s will be delivered during 2016-2019 and all will be powered by Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines.




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Apart from the above orders, CX is also in talk to order 14 more aircrafts, although the type of aircraft currently in negotiation is not yet revealed. Let's hope it will be 748i~

With this new orders, CX will become the largest 333 operator & 2nd largest operator of 773ER (after EK) in the world!!!!

Looks like it is a good year for Asia Aerospace 2011, Air China, HN group & CX have all ordered a considerable amount of a/c!

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I've started going after the 744s parked at HKIA lately ... soon they'll be a collective memory.
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Cathay union says female staff at risk in Saudi
9 March 2011
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The union for Cathay Pacific flight attendants has urged the airline to stop overnight crew stays in the Saudi capital over fears for the safety of female staff, a spokesman said Wednesday.

The demand follows an incident last month in which a man tried to force his way into the hotel room of a junior Cathay attendant, Tsang Kwok Fung, general secretary of the Cathay Pacific Flight Attendants Union, told AFP.

Other complaints have been made involving unwanted telephone calls to female staff also staying at the Marriott Hotel in Riyadh, he added.

Last month, Cathay switched its layovers to Riyadh from the Gulf state of Bahrain because of political unrest that has swept across much of the region.

The union has now called for overnight stops to be moved to Dubai, part of the United Arab Emirates, but is yet to receive a "positive response" from management, according to Tsang.

"We will write to the government on this matter if (the airline) does not act swiftly," he said. "The safety of our staff is of utmost importance."

In a statement, a Cathay spokeswoman said the airline was "taking this very seriously and are monitoring the situation closely to ensure that all crew are safe and well taken care of."

The airline spoke to the hotel's management immediately after the incident was reported, she said, adding that the hotel responded by enhancing security and closed-circuit television inside lifts.

On February 28, the female flight attendant answered a knock on her door by a man dressed in "Arab clothing" who then tried to force himself inside the room, Tsang said.

The woman screamed and tried to push the door closed while threatening to call police. The man then left.

Other female cabin crew members staying in Riyadh received unwanted calls in their rooms on the same day, Tsang said, adding Cathay's female cabin crew have now refused to leave their hotel rooms while staying in the city.
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Old March 11th, 2011, 06:26 AM   #2300
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Tyler highlights importance of China for aviation’s future
8 March 2011
Press Release

Cathay Pacific Airways Chief Executive Tony Tyler today expressed caution for airlines amid the current increase in fuel prices but maintained a positive outlook for the aviation industry generally, and in particular the enormous opportunities presented by the growing market in Mainland China.

Mr Tyler was speaking at the start of the Asian Aerospace Expo and Congress 2011, which opened today (8 March) at the AsiaWorld-Expo at Hong Kong International Airport, with more than 270 exhibitors from 32 countries taking part.

Cathay Pacific is Official Airline at the biennial event, being staged for the third time in Hong Kong, and also has a booth in the exhibition hall, shared with sister airline Dragonair, that features the carrier’s acclaimed new Business Class product.

Addressing the audience of industry representatives, Mr Tyler said: “We all remember the threat faced by the industry in 2008 when crude hit almost US$150 a barrel; now the price is back up above US$100,” he said. “It’s possible that we’re already on the brink of the next industry crisis before the memory of the last has even begun to recede!”

However, Mr Tyler said he has always been positive about the development of the industry in Asia, “and I’m still a bull on the future of aviation in Asia”.

He pointed out the “exciting and enormous” potential of China’s growing market, where the number of passengers is expected to soar from 267 million last year to 500 million by 2015 and up to 1.5 billion by 2030.

“Just imagine the impact of having hundreds of millions of China’s population become wealthy enough to travel outside the country’s borders! This is a very exciting prospect for airlines such as Cathay Pacific and Dragonair, positioned as we are in Hong Kong, one of the key gateways to the Mainland. China’s growth will be good for our industry as a whole, providing unparalleled opportunities for the future,” he said.

Mr Tyler said that Cathay Pacific realised that airfreight will be one of the big drivers of Hong Kong’s future success – “and that the airfreight market will be driven by what’s happening in Mainland China.”

He added that the airline’s joint venture cargo airline with Air China is about to come to life. “We will use Air China Cargo as the platform for the joint venture, with Cathay Pacific contributing some aircraft and with members of our senior management on board. We believe the JV will tap into the existing strength – and enormous potential – of the Yangtze River Delta region.”

Finally, Mr Tyler talked about his feelings about leaving Cathay Pacific at the end of March and taking over the top job at IATA in July. “I’m excited about that, of course - I’m leaving one hot seat to climb into another - but I’ll be very sad about leaving Hong Kong and all the great people I’ve worked with in this region over the past three decades.”
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