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Old March 11th, 2011, 05:12 PM   #2301
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Inflight Internet “on the drawing board”, Y+ remains a possibility


Inflight Internet service and a new premium economy class are both being considered by Cathay Pacific as the airline looks to follow through the launch of its new business class seating.

Dane Cheng, Cathay Pacific’s General Manager for the South West Pacific, told Australian Business Traveller that inflight Internet “is on the drawing board”.

“We’ve been looking at it” Cheng said, “but we have tried it before and it wasn’t that popular. So we want to look at the best way to do it. It’s certainly on the map”.

Singapore Airlines is planning to launch inflight Internet in May on its flagship Airbus A380 fleet, before rolling out the service onto its A340-500 and Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.

Cheng is more cautious about the airline’s continued dalliance with premium economy, having long adhered to the traditional three class model of economy, business and first.

“We are still looking at (premium economy), and I’m sure there will be some good improvements and progress made” he told Australian Business Traveller.

At the same time, Cheng sees the travellers moving towards two different ends of the market.

“At one end we have people looking for no-frills and low cost, and the other end of the market that is growing is premium. Even some no-frills low-cost passengers are looking at moving up the ladder a bit.”

“I think travel is now becoming more than taking people from A to B” Cheng suggests. “Travel is part of their lifestyle and people won’t be satisfied taking a coach service, particularly in this part of the world where service is still highly regarded.”

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Cathay to exploit mainland

China Daily, March 10, 2011

Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific Group announced on Wednesday that its plan of a cargo joint venture with Air China Ltd has received official approval from the mainland and the partnership is completing the necessary paperwork.

The airline group, composed of Cathay Pacific and Dragon Airlines Ltd carriers, did not disclose a time frame for the launch of the venture. "So far the process is well-managed," said John Slosar, chief operating officer of the group, adding that he hopes it will be "imminent".

Air China Cargo, a subsidiary of Air China, will be used as the platform for the joint venture. The Cathay Pacific Group, with a 49 percent stake, is selling four Boeing 747-400BCF freight aircraft and two spare engines to the joint venture. One of these aircraft has already been sold to Air China Cargo. The other three are expected to be delivered this and next year.

Shanghai-based Air China Cargo is in a good position to exploit the attractive air cargo opportunities in the Yangtze River Delta region, analysts said. That region, a traditional manufacturing base, and Hong Kong will continue to be Cathay Pacific's principal source of growth. With the new base in Shanghai, the Hong Kong-listed aviation group can carry goods from the delta to Hong Kong, an international air hub, and deliver them to global destinations.

Manufacturers are increasingly moving west - to places such as Chengdu and Chongqing - and abroad - for example to Vietnam and Bangladesh - in pursuit of lower labor costs. But Slosar said he believes the main manufacturing bases will remain on the Chinese mainland, so the group will invest more in the mainland market.

According to Cathay Pacific's annual report filed at the Hong Kong Stock Exchange on Wednesday, the group's cargo revenue increased by 50.1 percent to HK$25.9 billion ($3.3 billion). Freight traffic surged by 18.1 percent to 1.8 million tons year-on-year, with cargo capacity growth of 15.2 percent year-on-year. The group expected cargo growth of 12 percent this year.

Cathay recorded an attributable profit of HK$14.048 billion for 2010, a 199.3 percent increase over the HK$4.694 billion of the previous year.

Attributable profit refers to profit available for distribution to shareholders after the deduction of company tax, preference dividends, payments to minority interests and other provisions.

The group's turnover for 2010 rose by 33.7 percent year-on-year to HK$85.924 billion.

Cathay's business began to recover from the global economic downturn in the second half of 2009, and the momentum was sustained throughout 2010, according to Christopher Pratt, the chairman.

"We also benefited from the strong profits earned by our associated company, Air China, which contributed HK$2.428 billion to the 2010 result," he added.

Chen Huanyu, an aviation analyst from Guotai Junan Securities, said that cooperation with mainland counterparts will greatly help the group's long-term development, given the rich cargo service resources in terms of the routes and commodities of the vast mainland market.

The international cargo aviation market began to rebound in late 2009 and has continued its recovery this year, but around 80 percent of the market share is dominated by foreign carriers, according to Li Lei, an analyst at Citic China Securities.

"It's a way for Air China to expand its cargo business and Cathay Pacific Group to explore the mainland market," Li said.

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Cathay's The Wing lounge at Hong Kong to re-open next month

By David Flynn

PUBLISHED 10 MAR, 2011

Visitors to Hong Kong next month will enjoy first fruits of Cathay Pacific's renovation of its flagship lounge The Wing.

The lower level of the lounge, which is located on the spur of Hong Kong Airport's South Concourse adjacent to gates 1-4, will re-open in April following the completion of the first phase of renovations, the airline says.
The new Wing is designed by London-based architectural firm Foster + Partners which also created Cathay's The Cabin at Hong Kong Airport.
Guests will see similar design elements including nine Cathay Solus Chairs, which are more like a self-contained workstation pod; 27 sofas; a self-serve buffet offering four choices of hot Asian and Western dishes along with cold food selections; 24 'shower suites', and 26 IT workstations with individual printers.

To access The Wing's business class section you'll need to be travelling in business or first class on a Cathay Pacific, Dragonair or Oneworld partner flight (including Qantas and Finnair); hold Diamond status in Cathay's Marco Polo frequent flyer club (regardless of which airline you're on); or hold Oneworld sapphire or emerald membership (equivalent to Qantas Frequent Flyer platinum or gold) and be travelling on any Oneworld flight.
Come May, however, the refurbished lounge is likely to become exceptionally crowded when the upper level of the business lounge closes for the second phase of renovation work (The Wing's elegant first class lounge will remain open until early 2012).

During peak periods we suggest that travellers might find more room at The Cabin (located further along the central concourse between gates 21 and 23) or in Cathay's lesser-known Gate 16 lounge (located in the north concourse, fortuitously next to Gate 16).

If you've got plenty of time during your layover, catch the people-mover shuttle train to the Northern Concourse and make your way to The Pier (near gates 63-67), which some prefer to The Wing for its quieter environment and more intimate 'clubhouse' feel.

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Cathay Pacific: Flights To Japan Likely To Be Affected In Coming Days
11 March 2011

HONG KONG (Dow Jones)--Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. (0293.HK) said its flights to Japan have been affected by the massive earthquake that shook the northeastern part of the country Friday, and that it expects the flights to continue to be affected in the coming days.

The Hong Kong-based carrier said in a statement two of its flights to Tokyo's Narita Airport from Hong Kong were diverted to Nagoya and Osaka on Friday, while another flight to Nagoya from Taipei was diverted to Osaka.
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Cathay Pacific the most profitable airline in 2010
10-3-2011


Cathay Pacific Airways (SEHK: 0293) splashed out yesterday to boost its fleet with deals for another 27 aircraft in a move that came as the airline reported a record-breaking 2010 with all-time highs for net profit, turnover, passengers and cargo.

The carrier's chairman, Christopher Pratt, said last year's profit of HK$14 billion meant Cathay Pacific was "probably the most profitable airline" in the world.

The figures, which included a HK$2.5 billion profit contribution from Air China (SEHK: 0753, announcements, news) for the year to September 30, 2010 and HK$3 billion in gains from disposals, also buoyed the carrier's share price, which climbed 4.5 per cent to close at HK$18.94 yesterday. That compared to a 0.4 per cent gain in the Hang Seng Index.

Cathay Pacific had a 19.3 per cent stake in Air China but this was diluted to 18.3 per cent after the mainland airline issued new shares. Hong Kong's home carrier has bought further shares to take its stake to 18.7 per cent. Pratt did not rule out more share purchases. "If we see value we continue the move we have already started to buy shares," he said.

Analysts said the results, which included a 33.7 per cent rise in turnover to HK$89.5 billion, were higher than most forecasts although Goldman Sachs had tipped profit of HK$14.5 billion on revenue of HK$92 billion.

Pratt said the aircraft order comprised 15 Airbus A330-300s, 10 Boeing 777-300ERs and a lease deal for two Airbus A350-900s to be delivered by 2016. The 27 new planes have a list price of about HK$51 billion. The latest acquisitions came after the airline placed its largest ever order in September for 30 Airbus A350-900s and six Boeing 777-300ERs.

Cathay Pacific now has firm orders for 91 new aircraft, which Pratt said had a total list price of HK$185 billion, although the airline has received a considerable discount.

Pratt said Cathay and Dragonair would also recruit around 2,400 new staff this year, up from 1,600 in 2010, while aircraft maintenance company, Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering, would take on another 500 people to cope with future growth.

The recruits will comprise 1,300 cabin crew, 250 pilots and up to 850 ground and customer service staff to fill new and replacement positions. Chief operating officer John Slosar said some of these positions would provide "entry-level jobs" for school leavers and college graduates.

Slosar added that some of the aircraft on order would be used to replace older, less fuel-efficient Boeing 747-400s which have an average age of around 20 years.

He said higher fuel prices meant the Boeing 777-300ERs the airline has on order had a seat cost that was 20 to 22 per cent lower than the 747s. The 91 aircraft on order, which would be delivered between the end of this month and 2019, would be used to increase existing frequencies and launch services to new destinations, Slosar said.

Pratt said: "Our expansion plans are ambitious, but they need to be to keep pace with what we see as the growth of Hong Kong's economy and the increasing opportunities our integration with the mainland will bring over the coming decade and beyond." But, sounding a note of caution, Pratt said: "The recent spike in oil prices following instability in the Middle East is a real concern. If fuel remains at this level, or rises still further, we can expect an adverse effect on our profitability if the increased cost is not recovered through fuel surcharges or higher fares."

James Hughes-Hallett, the airline's finance director, said Cathay would maintain its hedging policy, buying fuel at pre-determined prices on short- and medium-term contracts. He said the aim was to hedge 25 to 30 per cent of its fuel on one- or two-year contracts in an effort to deal with spiralling oil prices.

Pratt said passenger demand was expected to increase from last year. But Slosar added that airfreight volumes were not expected to be as strong as last year because uncertainty about the world economy "put pressure on the cargo business".

Slosar said the launch of Air China Cargo, Cathay's 49 per cent airfreight tie-up, "was imminent" and was just a case of "getting the right chops on the right pieces of paper" for business licences to be issued.

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The best seats in Economy Class on Cathay Pacific's Airbus A330
By John Walton



Australian Business Traveller reveals the best seats to pick on on the aircraft you're most likely to encounter on your travels.

This week: Economy class on Cathay Pacific's Airbus A330.

The plane

The brand new Business Class on Cathay's A330 has been getting a lot of attention recently, and we certainly liked it when we went on board in Sydney.

But at the back of the bus in Economy, the story's a little more mixed.

Airbus A330s are Cathay's usual planes for Australian routes to Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Cairns.

The airline has three separate configurations for the aircraft: a regional version rarely seen in our skies, the old angled business class version, and the new business class version. However, the seats and seating layout in Economy is the same, although some aircraft have more rows than others.

The Economy Class cabin

Economy starts at row 30 and continues all the way to the back of the plane. Row numbering varies across the several cabin layouts Cathay uses -- so, no, there aren't 29 rows of business class, they've just decided that economy always starts at row 30.
There are two sections of the Economy Class cabin, one that starts at row 30 and one that starts at row 54. Both are laid out in 2-4-2 configuration.



(For infrequent travellers, that means that A & C seats are to the left of the cabin, then an aisle, the D, E, F and G seats in the middle, another aisle, and the H & K seats on the right.)

Towards the back of the rear cabin, the plane tapers to a point, and the centre block of four narrows to a block of three in the back four rows.



The seats themselves are much maligned because they tilt forward rather than reclining. While that sounds like a good idea in theory -- nobody reclining into your space -- it's much less comfortable on balance.



Each seat has a decently sized screen in the headrest in front, plus a fold-down table. There's also the option to fold down a cup-holder instead of the table.



A power point is provided for every seat, behind the fold-down tray table.



The best seats on the plane

54A 54C 54H 54K: probably the best economy seats on the plane, these window + aisle exit row pairs are excellent, with nearly unlimited legroom. The table and entertainment screen are in the armrests, though, which makes the seat slightly narrower. Bear in mind also that the centre four seats are bassinet crib positions for infants, so bring your earplugs. Also, exit row seats like these can be draughty, so dress warmly if you're prone to feeling cold in the air.

30A 30C 30H 30K: these aisle + window bulkhead pairs give you extra room in front, although bear in mind that they're designated seats for the bassinet cribs too, so you're more likely to be moved to make way for an infant -- and much more likely to be kept awake by one too.

30D 30G: aisle seats at the very front of the first cabin, these let you stick your feet through the curtain in front of you (which separates business class from economy). You get nearly unlimited legroom as a result, but bear in mind that these, too, are bassinet crib seats.

30E 30F 54D 54E 54F 54G: these bulkhead seats give you extra room in front. The same caveats about slightly reduced seat width and bassinet crib seats apply here too.

66D 66G: these aisle seats are the first to be in a trio rather than a foursome at the back of the plane. That means you get extra underseat storage, can angle your legs sideways, and are less likely to be bumped into. On the downside, it'll take longer to get off the plane and through customs, while big fans of watching in-flight entertainment won't appreciate that the screens aren't directly in front of the seats.



The worst seats on the plane
33A 33K: on some versions of the A330, these "window" seats are missing the window, so avoid them unless it's a night flight and all you want to do is lean against the wall and sleep.

The last row in each cabin: although the seat numbers differ, the last row in each cabin have reduced legroom and are close to the loos. So if you're allocated a seat or handed a boarding pass with rows 40, 41, 46, 69 or 70, watch out -- and ask to see the seat map to make sure that you're not stuck at the back of the plane.

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Any more tips on the other types of aircraft?
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Any more tips on the other types of aircraft?
Google just fed me with that article from Australia, may be there are some others, let me poke around a little more tonight.
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Cathay warns of patchwork quilt of environmental charges

By Geoffrey Thomas | March 15, 2011

Cathay Pacific Airways Head of Environmental Affairs Mark Watson warns that an emerging patchwork of regional environmental schemes to tax carbon and aviation will cause major market distortions and a nightmare of paperwork.

Speaking with ATW’s Eco-Aviation Today, Watson said a number of countries such as Australia are moving to tax aviation carbon and warned that in the absence of a global scheme there could be “a plethora of competing schemes with significant overlap.”

The proposed schemes "are not being designed in a coordinated pathway approach,” he said. “The ETS is distorting the market and it is a huge burden, and if we have the same thing for other parts of the world it will be onerous and regional schemes will be very, very difficult.”

Australiais close to announcing a price on carbon, Watson noted, although the proposed cost of A$20 ($20)-A$30 a tonne is not as hefty as first thought, according to Qantas and Virgin Blue. However, both carriers state that the devil could be in the detail and it is not clear if the price will apply to international as well as domestic flights. New Zealand already has a pricing scheme on domestic flights.

At Cathay, consensus exists that the airline industry and its passengers and forwarders must pay but it “must be fair and equitable.” Watson’s view is that there was a “clear mandate from Cancun that put the emphasis back on ICAO to come up with a solution which gives IATA legitimacy to…help and contribute to the process.”

He said the challenge for IATA is to outline how the industry will achieve its aspirational emissions targets. “We have these targets, we have these goals but how do we achieve them? IATA is working on filling the gaps and these are the big questions that have not been answered yet.”

His current brief is to “future-proof” the airline and develop a blueprint that aligns environmental, operational and business goals. “It’s all about how we can put Cathay on a more sustainable path,” he told this website.
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Cathay warns of patchwork quilt of environmental charges

By Geoffrey Thomas | March 15, 2011

Cathay Pacific Airways Head of Environmental Affairs Mark Watson warns that an emerging patchwork of regional environmental schemes to tax carbon and aviation will cause major market distortions and a nightmare of paperwork.

Speaking with ATW’s Eco-Aviation Today, Watson said a number of countries such as Australia are moving to tax aviation carbon and warned that in the absence of a global scheme there could be “a plethora of competing schemes with significant overlap.”

The proposed schemes "are not being designed in a coordinated pathway approach,” he said. “The ETS is distorting the market and it is a huge burden, and if we have the same thing for other parts of the world it will be onerous and regional schemes will be very, very difficult.”

Australiais close to announcing a price on carbon, Watson noted, although the proposed cost of A$20 ($20)-A$30 a tonne is not as hefty as first thought, according to Qantas and Virgin Blue. However, both carriers state that the devil could be in the detail and it is not clear if the price will apply to international as well as domestic flights. New Zealand already has a pricing scheme on domestic flights.

At Cathay, consensus exists that the airline industry and its passengers and forwarders must pay but it “must be fair and equitable.” Watson’s view is that there was a “clear mandate from Cancun that put the emphasis back on ICAO to come up with a solution which gives IATA legitimacy to…help and contribute to the process.”

He said the challenge for IATA is to outline how the industry will achieve its aspirational emissions targets. “We have these targets, we have these goals but how do we achieve them? IATA is working on filling the gaps and these are the big questions that have not been answered yet.”

His current brief is to “future-proof” the airline and develop a blueprint that aligns environmental, operational and business goals. “It’s all about how we can put Cathay on a more sustainable path,” he told this website.
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Cathay Pacific Adds 2 Additional Tokyo-HK Flights Wednesday
16 March 2011

HONG KONG (Dow Jones)--Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. (0293.HK) said it is operating seven flights to Hong Kong from Tokyo on Wednesday, two more than scheduled, as more people seek to leave the earthquake- and tsunami-stricken country.

The Hong Kong-based airline said its services to Tokyo and other Japanese cities remain normal, though it said its flight crews won't stay overnight in Tokyo until further notice, with crews either returning to Hong Kong on the same day or staying over in Taipei. Other airlines have announced similar crew arrangements as a precaution amid the threat of radiation from a damaged nuclear reactor.

"We are experiencing rapidly increasing demand from people wishing to return home to Hong Kong and elsewhere," Cathay Pacific Chief Operating Officer John Slosar said in a statement.

"Events are moving very fast in Japan and we will continue to monitor the situation closely and make changes to our operations as necessary."
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Cathay’s Tyler Says Keeping ‘Very Careful’ Eye on Tokyo Demand

By Stephen Engle - Mar 17, 2011 4:44 AM ET

Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. (293) Chief Executive Officer Tony Tyler comments on demand for flights from Tokyo following an earthquake in Japan. The carrier has added extra flights from the city yesterday and today.

He spoke today in Hong Kong in an interview with Bloomberg TV.

On demand for flights from Japan:

“At the moment, with the extra flights we’ve got, we’ve got enough seats to accommodate all the passengers who want to come back. But we’ll keep a very careful eye on demand and of course if we need to put more flights on we’ll do so.

‘‘The longer-term financial, economic impact really remains to be seen, but clearly it will probably be something of significance because Japan’s a very important market for us.

‘‘It’s very different from the old days. 30 years ago Cathay Pacific got 30 percent of its revenue from Japan, but that is very, very different of course nowadays. It’s nothing like that, but it’s an important market to us.”

On his plans to fly to Tokyo today:

“I want to offer some support and thanks and encouragement to the Cathay Pacific staff in Tokyo who’ve been working very hard in very stressful and difficult circumstances for a week; really making sure that Hong Kong people can get home and that other people who need to return to Japan can do that too. They’re doing a fantastic job and I want to go encourage them and thank them.”

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Partial win for Cathay attendants on appeal
18 March 2011
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The Court of Appeal has ruled that Cathay Pacific Airways should include commission for selling duty-free goods and certain allowances when calculating flight attendants' holiday pay, in a decision partially welcomed by their union.

In a judgment handed down yesterday, the court said that line-duty allowance and ground-duty allowance - payments attendants receive for time in the air and waiting for flights - as well as commissions they earned from selling duty-free goods should be included in the holiday-pay calculations.

"We think in those respects it was a fair judgment," the chairwoman of the Flight Attendants' Union, Dora Lai Yuk-sin, said.

However, the court ruled that outport-duty allowance - payments to cover flight attendants' expenses during overseas stays between flights - should be excluded in holiday-pay calculations. It also sent an issue regarding holiday pay for one attendant back to the Labour Tribunal to decide. The attendant was employed on a monthly basis with a guaranteed monthly pay, the court said.

The ruling stems from cases involving three flight attendants who lodged claims at the Labour Tribunal. The tribunal had ruled in their favour regarding the allowances and commissions and ordered Cathay to pay shortfalls, but Cathay later won an appeal. The attendants then appealed against that decision, leading to yesterday's judgment.

Cathay said it was pleased that the Court of Appeal upheld an earlier ruling that outport allowances were not "wages" under the Employment Ordinance. "This decision provides legal certainty regarding the provisions of the ordinance and we are pleased that this has been clarified," a spokesman for the airline said.

The spokesman added: "However, we are disappointed with the decision on other aspects of the ruling, on which we will be seeking legal advice and consider our next step."

Lai said that based on the union's calculations, if the attendants had won on all counts including the outport allowance and the holiday pay issue sent back to the Labour Tribunal, Cathay would have had to pay HK$300 million. However, because the ruling excluded these two matters, an estimate could not be made.

In the written ruling, Mr Justice Peter Cheung Chak-yau said the line-duty allowance and ground-duty allowance were "clearly" payments to Cathay employees for work done or to be done under their contracts.

"They are not allowances of a gratuitous nature nor paid at the discretion of [Cathay]. They are part and parcel of the employees' remuneration when they perform their contractual duty."

He said the ordinance clearly mandated that wages meant all remuneration and allowances payable to an employee for work done or to be done under his contract, with some specified exceptions. "This is to avoid employees, particularly those without bargaining power, from being unfairly deprived of their benefits."

The cases involved flight attendants Becky Kwan Siu-wa, Vera Wu Yee-mei and Jenny Ho Kit-man.
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Cathay Pacific seeks guide on exposed travellers
18 March 2011
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As the nuclear power plant crisis affecting Japan unfolds, Cathay Pacific is seeking clarification of international guidelines in the event that radioactive material and toxic chemicals enter the airspace.

A person close to the airline said it was also working out how it would deal with radiation-affected passengers, including the possibility of removing potentially contaminated seats.

Cathay Pacific chief executive Tony Tyler said the airline would maintain services to Japan at their current level of eight flights a day.

The special one-way fare would remain at HK$5,755 until March 27, a spokesman said.

Most airlines had arranged for flight crews flying to Japan to stop overnight at nearby cities in light of the nuclear crisis.

Only Lufthansa and Alitalia believe the current situation warrants the suspension of flights to Tokyo's two airports.

The person close to Cathay said the company was monitoring the situation with the civil aviation authorities in Hong Kong and Japan, and would refer to international practices - including those issued by the Association of European Airlines and International Civil Aviation Organisation - if the suspension of services became necessary.

It is understood the airline has also considered contingency measures should a passenger be found, on landing at Hong Kong International Airport, to have been exposed to radioactive materials.

"Should the seat be removed, or just the seat covers? Whether a professional third party or government officials should do it? Those types of questions,'' the person said.

The London office of the Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre on Wednesday issued a warning on possible release of radioactive material covering airspace zones over Japan, Russia, China, the United States and South Korea.

However, aircraft engineer Johnny Chung said at 30,000 to 40,000 feet, radioactive substances would have dissipated and cause little harm.

Lufthansa said it diverted its flights to Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya to ensure that its operations to Japan remained as stable as possible and provide sufficient capacity for passengers.

Three mainland carriers - Air China, China Eastern and China Southern - have scheduled more flights to Japan amid an overwhelming increase in the number of Chinese nationals rushing home.

China Eastern said it would have 50 flights daily between China and Japan from yesterday until Wednesday. It put on 60 flights yesterday. China Southern said it operated 26 flights between the mainland and Japan yesterday.

Dalian Zhoushuizi International Airport in Liaoning province also began taking precautions from Monday, monitoring the body temperatures and radiation levels of travellers from Japan and providing airport staff with better protection. A Shanghai airport staff member said an emergency meeting was held yesterday and a radiation checkpoint might be set up, pending instructions from the Civil Aviation Administration of China.
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Hong Kong - Hong Kong airline Cathay Pacific has stopped overnight stays in Japan for its staff over radiation contamination fears, an official confirmed Friday.

The airline came under pressure from the Flight Attendants Union, which urged the management to take the action amid growing concern among staff that the Fukishima nuclear crisis could lead to increased levels of radiation in Tokyo.

An airline spokesman said, "We have no greater priority than the safety of our passengers and crew, and this guides all of our operating decisions.

"However, we understand the uncertainty and concern felt by some crew and believe the decision to stop overnight stays for our crew in Tokyo is appropriate at this time," he added.

The airline has also added one extra flight to its existing seven daily flights from Tokyo on Thursday and Friday to help those wanting to leave.

This follows an appeal by the government to its citizens in Japan to consider leaving, or move south of Tokyo.

On Friday, a team of 20 government officers from various departments flew to Japan to assist immigration officers cope with extra workload as people flee due to increasing concern over the Fukishima nuclear plant.
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Cathay Pacific Adds Flights From Tokyo To Hong Kong
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HONG KONG (Dow Jones)--Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. (0293.HK) said it added two flights from Tokyo to Hong Kong on Friday, and will add one daily flight from Tokyo between Saturday and Monday to help bring passengers back to the city.

The additional five services will add more than 1,850 seats to some 9,700 seats already available on the airline's seven daily flights from Tokyo to Hong Kong during the four-day period, the Hong Kong-based carrier said.

Cathay Pacific has been adding flights to help passengers who want to fly back to Hong Kong from Tokyo, following the powerful earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan.

The carrier's chief executive, Tony Tyler, said Thursday the airline will operate additional flights to and from Japan if necessary, and said it was too early to assess the long-term financial impact of the Japan disaster on the carrier.
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