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Old March 19th, 2011, 07:58 PM   #2321
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Cathay Pacific updates on Tokyo operation
19 March 2011
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Cathay Pacific Director Corporate Affairs Ms Quince Chong attended the Hong Kong SAR Government’s daily update on Tokyo situation today. Below are her main points for your reference:

• International flight and maritime operations can continue normally into and out of Japan’s major airports (including Narita and Haneda) and sea ports, excluding those damaged by the tsunami, according to the latest information available from the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

• ICAO states that there is currently no medical basis for imposing travel restrictions to Japan. United Nations organizations are monitoring the situation closely and will advise of any changes.

• It also adds that screening for radiation of international passengers from Japan is not considered necessary at this time. Currently available information indicates that increased levels have been detected at some airports, but these do not represent any health risk.

• Cathay Pacific reiterates the airline will continue to operate its services to and from Tokyo as long as it is safe to do so. The safety and well-being of our crew and passengers is always our top priority. Cathay Pacific staff will continue to maintain our flight services, as many people need to fly back to Hong Kong and supplies have to be delivered to Tokyo.

• On flight services, we operated two additional flights yesterday (18 March 2011) with one flight about 70% full and the other about 50%. This indicates that our additional flights have helped meet the demand effectively.

• Cathay Pacific will continue to operate one additional flight today (19 March), Sunday (20 March) and Monday (21 March) on top of the seven daily flights between Tokyo and Hong Kong to bring passengers back to Hong Kong.

• Many of our airport staff in Hong Kong have volunteered to fly out to Narita to lend their support.
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2011 Dragonair Aviation Certificate Programme Launches
12 March 2011
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(HONG KONG) The 2011 Dragonair Aviation Certificate Programme was successfully launched at the inaugural ceremony held last night, with 24 participants ready to embark on an exciting journey to explore the aviation world.

The programme is a youth-oriented, educational initiative organised by Dragonair in conjunction with the Hong Kong Air Cadet Corps, which has been running since 2005. It aims to offer young people in Hong Kong a solid platform from which to explore the aviation world through training sessions and visits hosted by various aviation-related organisations. In the eight-month journey, each participant will be paired up with a Dragonair pilot mentor for personal guidance and inspiration.

Entering the sixth year, the programme broadened its horizons by accepting applications from any Hong Kong resident aged from 18 to 24, and not just those from the Hong Kong Air Cadet Corps as before, with the intake increased from 16 to 24, providing more opportunities for youngsters to realise their aviation dreams. This year, half of the participants are members of the Hong Kong Air Cadet Corps and the remaining half were recruited from the public at large.

Not only does the expansion reflect Dragonair’s strong commitment to the community, it also demonstrates our contribution to the development of the local aviation industry by nurturing the future workforce.

Officiating at the inaugural ceremony were Director-General of Civil Aviation Norman Lo, Dragonair Chief Executive Officer James Tong and Hong Kong Air Cadet Corps Acting Commanding Officer Acting Group Captain John Morris Siu. Guests from supporting organisations, programme participants, Dragonair pilot mentors as well as programme alumni were also among those attending the ceremony.

Speaking at the inaugural ceremony, Mr James Tong said: “This year’s participants come from diverse backgrounds. Aside from university students, many are already working in a variety of professions including surveying, corporate communication, accounting, and aircraft engineering, just to name a few. Some have substantial flying experience, while others are completely new to aviation. I’m sure that this diversity will bring new insight to the programme and we for sure encourage interactions and experience sharing among all the participants.”

Addressing the guests at the ceremony, Mr Norman Lo estimated the Hong Kong aviation industry will continue to develop by leaps and bounds with more flight services, passenger and cargo throughput making record highs, thus creating more career prospects for our young talents.

“I am delighted to learn that this year’s Dragonair Aviation Certificate Programme is returning with a bigger bang and for the very first time, the programme is open both to the air cadets and the general public,” he said. “I believe what the mentees will experience over the coming eight months will unlock their talents to secure a future place in the aviation industry.”

Acting Group Captain John Morris Siu said: “The Hong Kong Air Cadet Corps is celebrating our 40th anniversary this year. Whilst our volunteers might have spent a lot of their personal time over the last 40 years on the affairs of the Corps, this cadet movement will not be a success without the strong support from the aviation industry, and, of course, Dragonair being one of the kindest to us in recent years.”

Mr Tong also thanked the Dragonair departments and all the aviation-related organisations for their continual support to the programme over the years, without which the programme would not have been so successful. These supporting organisations include the Airport Authority Hong Kong, Aviation Security Company Limited, Civil Aviation Department, Government Flying Service, Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company Ltd, Hong Kong Airport Services Ltd, Airport Meteorological Office of the Hong Kong Observatory and TAG Aviation Asia Limited, which becomes a new supporting organisation this year.

The mentorship scheme is a core part of the programme and Mr Tong paid tribute to the Dragonair pilots for contributing their precious time to take up the role of mentors. He also expressed appreciation to the programme co-organiser Hong Kong Air Cadet Corps for sharing Dragonair’s passion to nurture young people in Hong Kong.

As the first batch of programme participant selected from the public, Ms Rachel Kong said: “Dragonair is a local airline. I observe its growth while I was born and grew up in Hong Kong. I feel proud of Dragonair for its achievements and hope to have a better understanding of the aviation industry through the programme.”

Mr Mike Chan was another programme participant cum the member of the Air Cadet Corps. His enthusiasm for the aviation industry has not diminished after he graduated from school. In the recent years, he devoted most of his spare time to the Corps. He said: “I enjoy the time on the sky. I hope to enrich my knowledge in the field and get prepared myself to be a pilot.”
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The five best features in Cathay Pacific’s new business class seats
By David Flynn

PUBLISHED 3 MAR, 2011

Australian Business Traveller has already spent some time with Cathay Pacific’s all-new business class cabin, which is now being rolled out across the CX fleet to replace the ‘cubicle’ seats on Boeing 777-300ERs and Airbus A330-300s (Cathay’s 747-400s will retain the current seating until those aircraft themselves are replaced by the 777-300s).

There’s plenty to soak up when it comes to these news seats, and indeed the new cabin as a whole – but if you want a snap summary, here are the five things we liked most about Cathay Pacific’s new business class seats.

Solitude, not solitary confinement

Cathay’s previous ‘cubicle class’ was not an outright hit with travellers. Many appreciated the privacy – it’s perhaps the most private seat you can get apart from a suite – while others felt the enclosed space created by the high dividing walls was too tight a fit or just too confining, both physically and psychologically.



The new business class seats seem to strike a perfect balance. The outer seats which angle towards the window are the most private, especially at the front row of the two business class cabins, but even the middle seats retain a high degree of personal space.

Easy access

Another strike against ‘cubicle class‘ was that the seats weren’t not the easiest to get into and out of – mainly out of – during a flight, especially if seat was reclined. You’d grasp the sides diving walls and bodily haul oneself up, while steering clear of cables from laptop power adaptor and noise-cancelling headphones.

Now it’s much more civilised, with enough space so that odds and ends don’t get in the way – and if you need a hand to steady yourself, grasp the rear of the seat shell in front of you. It’s solidly built and won’t bother the occupant, unlike grabbing their actual seat.

Nooks and crannies

Today’s travellers need plenty of space to keep some of their carry-on kit close at hand.

Gone are the days when all you had was a book and maybe a pair of reading glasses.

Now it’s a laptop and possibly the power adaptor; a smartphone/MP3 player; a tablet or ebook reader; noise-cancelling headphones (even though Cathay supplies its own) and sometimes a small toiletries pack containing your own favourite brands and items.

Cathay’s new business class seats will win a tick from business travellers for providing storage for your odds and ends.



There’s a wide and deep side pocket that’ll take your laptop, tablet, in-flight reading and even a pair of noise-cancelling headphones – and this remains within fairly easy reach even when the seat is reclined or in lie-flat mode.



Adjacent to the cocktail table (another neat feature we welcome in any business class cabin) is a compartment containing Cathay’s supplied headphones but with room for reading glasses, in-flight toiletries or small gadgets.



Finally, once you slip off your shoes you can stow them out of the way in a shoe locker. We also liked seeing the emergency instruction card ticked away in its own recess close to the floor.

BYO video

Got some movies and TV shows stored on your iPhone or iPad, laptop or even a camcorder?

You'll be able to settle back and watch your videos on the 15 inch screen.
Next to the laptop power socket you'll find a pair of ports for hooking up a range of devices.

The top-most one (outlined in blue) uses standard RCA jacks which you can connect to any device that has an RCA cable (an accessory available for most brands of smartphone, camcorder, and portable DVD player).

The bottom one (outlined in yellow) uses a special iPod Connection Cable which you can borrow from the cabin crew to plug in your iDevice.

There's also a USB port which can keep your tablet or smartphone charged up during the flight.



Step up

Anyone who’s ever stretched and strained a little to reach the overhead luggage bins will appreciate the tiny step recessed into the base of each aisle. It provides just enough of a boost to help with loading bags in or hauling them out.



And because not everyone is aware of these little helpers you’ll come off looking like the savvy seasoned traveller you are.

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Old March 23rd, 2011, 06:22 AM   #2326
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THat step up is really smart!
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CATHAY PACIFIC SEES OPPORTUNITY FROM GROWTH IN MAINLAND TRAFFIC
22 March 2011
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HONG KONG - A robust growth in passenger and cargo services in the mainland are expected to provide a boost to Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd's operations, according to the company's chief operating officer.

"China's fast-rising economy and rapidly expanding international travel market has boosted by the rise of income levels means a greater challenge for us," said the carrier's Chief Operating Officer John Slosar in an interview with China Daily.

The rapid growth of international travel from China will probably be the most interesting story of the decade and the airline will take good advantage of the opportunity, Slosar said.

Cathay Pacific holds about 18.5 percent stake in Air China, while Air China holds approximately 30 percent stake in Cathay. Cathay's subsidiary Dragon Airlines Ltd flies to the mainland.

In 2010, the overall air transportation volume from the mainland was 267 million passengers and 5.57 million tons of cargo, a surge of 93 percent and 82 percent compared with 2005.

Cathay has a dominant share of about 43 percent of the passenger market, while it has a 20 to 25 percent share of the cargo market out of Hong Kong. The share in the world's biggest cargo market is not that high because of huge capacity and stiff competition, said Slosar.

Speaking about the launch of Air China Cargo - a joint venture between Air China and Cathay Pacific set up in 2010, Slosar said the cooperation will provide "fantastic opportunities".

"It means we have managed to build a fantastic cargo business here in Hong Kong which largely cater to the industrial Pearl River Delta region. Shanghai, or other Chinese gateways, can be developed by Air China Cargo," he said.

On speculation that manufacturers might move to different locations other than The Pearl River Delta, Slosar said the company will find ways to work with the shippers to make sure that their products can use the Hong Kong hub. "We must always do what the market requires us to do."

The airline delivered record 2010 results with net profit, turnover, passengers and cargo traffic touching an all-time high. Last year's profit of $1.8 billion meant Cathay Pacific was 'probably the most profitable airline' in the world. Last year Cathay and Dragonair carried 26.8 million passengers, up 9 percent from 2009, another record in the company's history.

Cathay Pacific is boosting its fleet capacity with an additional 27 aircraft, including 15 Airbus A330-300s, 10 Boeing 777-300ERs and a lease deal for two Airbus A350-900s to be delivered by 2016, on top of an order for 30 Airbus A350-900s and six Boeing 777-300Ers placed in September.

"What attracts the customers is choice in the schedule. The aircraft is unlikely to change people's travel habits," he said. "So we focus on the schedules, to make sure we have convenient flights during the day."

For instance, to cities such as Beijing, Cathay along with Dragonair probably has six or seven flights a day; with Air China it is about 14 or 15 flights a day.

But trying to operate 16 A380s a day to Shanghai is impossible, Slosar said. "We try to pick the airplanes which will allow us to have the right schedules in the right markets," he said.
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Cathay Pacific Airways Adding 2,100 More Seats a Week to Hong Kong Soon

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 24, 2011--

Cathay Pacific Airways launches a third nonstop flight to Hong Kong from New York's JFK International Airport this coming Monday.

The new flight will operate on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays starting March 28. Return service from Hong Kong will operate on Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Both flights will go daily in early May.

At that time, Cathay Pacific will operate three daily nonstop flights from New York JFK to Hong Kong plus an additional daily service from the airport to Vancouver, Canada, with continuing service to Hong Kong. The new daily flight will add 2,100 more seats a week to Asia's financial capital.

"Convenience is critical to long-haul travelers just as it is in the domestic market," said Eric Odone, Cathay Pacific's vice president, sales and marketing. "With four flights in the near future, travelers will find an even broader array of departure times to choose from and an even wider selection of connecting opportunities via Hong Kong to other destinations throughout Asia, including mainland China."

Cathay Pacific will operate the new flights using the Boeing 777-300ER aircraft with seating currently for six first class, 57 business class and 238 economy class passengers. The airline's new business class, an enhancement of its already popular lie-flat seats, will be progressively introduced on the route.

Schedule

New York JFK to Hong Kong

CX845 ... Departs @ 1:20 a.m. ... Arrives @ 5:15 a.m. (+1)* CX841 ... Departs @ 10:05 a.m. ... Arrives @ 2:05 p.m. (+1) CX831 ... Departs @ 2:55 p.m. ... Arrives @ 7:00 p.m. (+1) CX888 ... Departs @ 10:40 p.m. ... Arrives @ 6:55 a.m. (+2) via Vancouver

* Operates Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays starting March 28; Daily from May 2

Hong Kong to New York JFK

CX888 ... Departs @ 12:30 a.m. ... Arrives @ 7:00 a.m. via Vancouver CX830 ... Departs @ 9:20 a.m. ... Arrives @ 1:10 p.m. CX840 ... Departs @ 4:10 p.m. ... Arrives @ 8:05 p.m. CX846 ... Departs @ 6:30 p.m. ... Arrives @ 10:25 p.m. **

** Operates Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays starting March 27; Daily from May 1

New York JFK to Vancouver, British Columbia

CX889 ... Departs @ 10:40 p.m. ... Arrives @ 1:30 a.m. (+1)

Vancouver, British Columbia to New York JFK

CX888 ... Departs @ 10:50 p.m. ... Arrives @ 7:00 a.m. (+1)

All current flights also flown with the Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.

Cathay Pacific Airways flies to Hong Kong from Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco and -- starting Sept. 1, 2011, Chicago -- with onward connections throughout mainland China as well as Southeast Asia via Cathay or its sister carrier, Dragonair.
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The CX845 schedule is pretty attractive. Late night departure with an early morning arrival.
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Christine McCabe From: The Australian March 26, 2011 12:00am


The Solus chair offers privacy for weary travellers

ABOUT MY LAST FLIGHT
FIRST or business-class passengers departing or travelling through Hong Kong with Cathay Pacific Airways now have access to a fourth, and very elegant, lounge.

Designed by London-based architectural firm Foster + Partners, The Cabin is located near Gate 23 on the central concourse of Hong Kong's international airport. With floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the busy airport apron, the long, slinky lounge, divided into five zones, has oodles of style (after dark, low lighting gives the room an almost nightclub-like feel) and features a selection of super-comfortable seating including the innovative Solus chair.

A purpose-built, high-back-chair cum pod with table and power outlet, upholstered in red leather, the Solus allows guests to work, eat or just read in privacy. Comfy leather swivel chairs

are positioned by the windows, and sofas behind the long marble bar. Cosy alcoves are furnished with armchairs designed by Norman Foster.

There's an up-to-the-minute IT zone equipped with high-speed internet access, large-screen Apple iMacs, and iPads (pre-loaded with a selection of apps, including newspapers). There's also a videoconferencing suite for corporate types.

In my experience, frequent flyers have pretty low expectations of lounge catering (tired sandwiches, positively comatose soup) but in The Cabin pre-flight dining has been given a fillip with a view to not only flavour but also enhancing passengers' health and the sensible notion that in the middle of the night, between flights, all you really want is a decent cup of tea or coffee and a comfy, quiet place to sit.

To this end, a stylish delicatessen with open kitchen dispenses made-to-order hot sandwiches and fresh salads and antipasti. Freshly squeezed juices, smoothies and specialist herbal teas (courtesy of the Peninsula Clubs and Consultancy Services) are available. A self-serve buffet features hot and cold dishes.

At the long bar, it's Lanson bubbles, proper espresso coffee and tea prepared by an attendant and served in a pot with a jug of milk on the side. Bliss.

Now give me a swivel chair and a good book - or an iPad with an app or two - and that two-hour transit will pass in a flash.

As this is a Foster + Partners enterprise, the decor is cool and contemporary featuring a blend of bamboo, Carrara marble and granite, softened with warm wood detailing.

At reception there's a wall of Venetian glass tiles and the delicatessen boasts signature plates by Noritake. Evening lighting is subdued and the subtle division of dining, work and lounging areas enables a high degree of privacy.

The Cabin's slick, modern aesthetic extends to the bathrooms and loos, which I must say had your jet-lagged correspondent somewhat flummoxed. I stood at the door for some time unable to locate a handle or means of entry (turns out it was a push-button sliding job in the Star Trek mode).

And is it just me but are sensor-activated, automatic taps incredibly irritating when you're trying to brush your teeth or wash your face? Still, this is just a minor grumpy old woman moment in a super smart lounge where the food is good, the tea excellent and the Solus chair the perfect place to delete those pesky emails before starting the long haul home.

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Operating from 5.30am to last departure, The Cabin is open to Cathay Pacific first and business-class passengers, Marco Polo Club members (silver tier and above) and Oneworld members (sapphire tier and above).

Cathay operates three other departure lounges at Hong Kong airport: The Pier, G16 and the flagship Wing, at present undergoing a phased renovation. More: www.cathaypacific.com.

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Cathay Pacific Launches Third New York – Hong Kong Route

by June Winstead (SkyClub News) March 25th, 2011

Cathay Pacific has announced that they will be launching their third flight for their New York – Hong Kong route. The flights begin operating from Monday the 28th of March and will fly three times a week on the non-stop service.
The new flights are intended to provide more flexibility to Business travellers wishing to fly to the capital renowned for its leading financial hub. The three non-stop services between New York and Hong Kong will change, and become daily flights in the early days of May.

Once this happens, Cathay will be operating the three flights per day between JFK and Hong Kong, whilst simultaneously operating a service between Vancouver and Hong Kong. This new flight will increase the number of weekly seats available to passengers flying to Hong Kong, by 2,100.

Vice President of Cathay Pacific, sales and marketing, Eric Odone said: “Convenience is critical to long-haul travelers just as it is in the domestic market,” said Eric Odone

“With four flights in the near future, travelers will find an even broader array of departure times to choose from and an even wider selection of connecting opportunities via Hong Kong to other destinations throughout Asia, including mainland China,” he added.

The route will operate the Boeing 777-300ER with the seating currently configured to accommodate 6 passengers in First Class and 57 passengers in Business Class. The airline has recently introduced a new business cabin, with enhanced lie-flat seats; this will be added progressively to the route as time goes on.

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Cathay Pacific: what free miles can give you


By GTG Staff at Green Traveler Guides
Thu Mar 24, 2011 12:25pm EDT
| Flying High To China |

Notes from the Green Travel Guru’s flight log…. The secret to getting the most from your frequent flier miles is not only accumulating them in the fastest ways, it’s also spending them well. I want to reap the greatest value … and, boy, am I.

Remember my First Principle of Frequent Flying? Never redeem your miles for an award worth less than two cents a mile. Like squandering 25,000 perfectly good miles for a ticket that can be had for only US$250, gaining only a penny a mile. Instead, go for, say, five cents or more a mile—for example, by paying 50,000 miles for a US$2,500 Business Class round-trip between San Francisco or L.A. and New York.

Unconvinced? I wish you were with me right now. Moments ago, I stepped through an uncrowded Business and First Class jetway and into a spotlessly clean long-haul 777-300 Cathay Pacific plane. I’m about to enjoy an extraordinary experience that puts the glamour back into air travel.

And all for free.

Business Class—L.A. to Hong Kong—15 Hours

Business Class: herringbone seating

A round-trip Business Class ticket between Los Angeles and Hong Kong on Cathay Pacific, the Hong Kong-based carrier that’s one of the five or six best in the world, costs about US$6,000, if purchased well in advance. You can get that same pricey round trip ticket for 110,000 American Airlines miles … because of both carriers’ affiliation in the OneWorld alliance. Or you can do what I did—get a one-way ticket for 55,000 miles. In other words, I redeemed my miles for six cents each, definitely a good deal. (U.S. East Coast or Midwestern passengers get an even better payback. That 55,000 miles includes a First or Business Class ticket on American to Cathay’s Los Angeles or San Francisco gateway.)

This is not my first trip in Cathay Pacific’s Business Class cabin, but if you haven’t had the experience, you’ve got something of a surprise in store. The 67 seats, which turn into all-important flat beds, do not sit perpendicular to the cabin walls, as you would expect, but are arranged at an angle (or herringbone pattern) opening onto the two aisles. Cathay has a good reason for this arrangement. If Business Class seats are installed at right angles to the cabin walls, window seat passengers have to crawl awkwardly over their seatmate when his or her seat is pushed back for sleep. With Cathay’s herringbone layout, every seat opens directly onto the aisle, and nobody gets trapped in a seat.

Business Class menu: delivers what it promises

For dinner on my 15-hour flight to Asia, the Business Class flight attendants serve western entrees like rack of lamb and Chinese specialties like sauteed fish with sa cha sauce and jasmine rice. Delicious sandwiches and soups are available at any time in the coming hours, followed by breakfast with various omelets or Chinese dim sum an hour before landing. The meals have the finesse and flavor you’d find at a fine restaurant, not the typical in-flight meals (in Business or First Class) which are described glowingly on the menu card but taste—well—like airline food.

Following the flight’s first meal, some diehards plug in their laptops and get to work. Most of us watch a movie on our 15-inch individual screen or push the seat back into a 32-by-78 inch bed in its 180-degree flat position, curl up under our down comforter and fall asleep … until it’s time to eat again.

HK Business Class Lounge: added comfort, no charge

Do any of my fellow pampered Business Class travelers have complaints? Yes. The seats are a tad narrow for larger passengers, and the high fixed partitions between the seats not only offer privacy, they make some passengers feel claustrophobic. (These unfortunates obviously don’t fly coach very often.) Nonetheless, Cathay Pacific listened. I’ve since learned they went back to the drawing board, and are now reconfiguring the Business Class cabins on long-haul Boeing 777s and Airbus A330-300s with wider seats and partitions that can be raised and lowered during flight. Two friends flying together can chat away, while those of us traveling on our own can raise the partition and have complete privacy.

The Business Class experience does not end when you land in Hong Kong. At Cathay’s light and airy Business Class lounge, you can find a private workstation, enjoy a drink at the bar or a hot Western or Chinese meal, or freshen up in your own private shower room. All at no extra charge.

Best of all, I arrive feeling remarkably refreshed. Practically undaunted by all those hours in the air and multiple times zones.

First Class—Hong Kong to Los Angeles—12 Hours

On my return trip, I splurged. I’ve earned plenty of miles, so I redeemed 67,500 for a one-way, US$7,800 First Class ticket from Hong Kong. That’s netting me value of more than 11 cents per mile, but most importantly, I’m about to savor the flight of a lifetime. At the Hong Kong airport, the First Class Wing lounge offers all the conveniences of the Business Class lounge, and then some, like cabana rooms where I can take a shower, raid the free, fully stocked mini-bar or take a nap, complete with wake-up service before my flight.

But it’s the onboard experience that I’m really looking forward to—in the First Class cabin, hidden from mere Business Class by that tantalizing curtain.

Cathay Pacific First Class: private suite in the sky

Now, I get a real eye opener: the First Class cabin has only six seats, each one a private suite in the sky, with more space than I can ever use, and two flight attendants to serve the half-dozen of us full time. I can dine at any hour, and in whatever order I want. I notice the galley is no larger than the typical space on a 777, yet the meals are top notch. I thoroughly enjoy cooked-to-order prime beef tenderloin for dinner, then freshly scrambled, free-range eggs with bacon for breakfast. When I want to sleep, a flight attendant turns my cushy seat into an 36-by-81 inch bed at the push of a button, covers it with a down pad for even greater luxury, and then makes the bed with a down comforter and several pillows.

Throughout the long flight, the flight attendants are always on call but manage to stay fresh and smiling. They sure don’t look like they’re working a long-haul flight. How do they do it? A hidden door near the galley gives me the answer: they get to sleep in comfort, too. The door opens onto a steep stairway that leads to the crew’s sleeping own quarters: two flat beds and two leather-clad, reclining seats with extendable footrests. Imagine that.

How do my fellow travelers in the First Class cabin fare during the 12 hours in the air? One guy sleeps the whole time except to be awakened for the two main meals. Another watches movies continuously before dozing off mid-way through the flight. One young couple, however, really has the right idea. After dining at their separate seats, I watch as the flight attendants turn his seat into a bed, where she soon joins him. Cuddled up at 30,000 feet in the air, they sleep entwined as the jet speeds on to Los Angeles. It is really quite a lovely scene.

As for me, I mentally pinch myself, snuggling more deeply into the down. Still not quite believing I can get such a travel experience from a frequent flyer program.

But I did … and so can you, if only you spend your miles the right way.

Editor’s Note: Cathay Pacific is making a wide range of improvements in the environmental performance of its aircraft and ground activities. It has boosted fuel efficiency by 20% across its fleet since 1998 and has significantly reduced noise, waste and water use in its operations. It offers passengers the option of offsetting their flight carbon emissions through its FLY greener program.

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Flying Cathay Pacific to Bangkok was an excellent experience. I flew Asiana back and was not as satisfied.
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Hong Kong's Cathay Pacific cuts flights to Japan for first half of April on lower demand
29 March 2011

HONG KONG (AP) - Cathay Pacific Airways says it's cutting flights to Japan in the first half of April because of weakening demand for travel to the country, which has been hit by an earthquake, tsunami and nuclear reactor crisis.

Hong Kong's biggest airline says the cuts affect flights to Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya from April 1 to 15.

The airline will suspend five of its 14 daily flights to and from Tokyo and one of eight to and from Osaka. It will fly once a day to and from Nagoya after dropping three flights from the weekly schedule. Flights to Fukuoka and Sapporo are not affected.

Cathay said in a statement Tuesday that it expects "several months of weakness with a recovery towards the summer."
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Cathay Pacific follows new industry practice in baggage provisions for multi-carrier journeys
30 March 2011
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 Cathay Pacific Airways announced today that it will follow a new resolution introduced by International Air Transport Association (IATA) for all member airlines in deciding baggage allowance and excess baggage charges for journeys involving multiple carriers.

The IATA new “Baggage Provisions Selection Criteria” (Resolution 302) will apply to all tickets issued after 1 April 2011. Baggage travel allowances and charges for journeys involving more than one carrier will follow the allowances and charges of the "Most Significant Carrier" (MSC) of the journey.

The current practice of following the industry agreed set of allowances and charges for journeys involving multiple carriers will cease to apply after the new resolution comes into effect.

In addition, for journeys originating from or with the furthest point being inside the United States, another definition of MSC is used.

The definition of “Most Significant Carrier” (MSC), in accordance with the IATA resolution, can be found at the Cathay Pacific website www.cathaypacific.com. To find out the MSC of your journey, please contact your travel agent or the Cathay Pacific Reservations Offices.

If the entire journey is solely on Cathay Pacific and/or our sister airline Dragonair, the allowances and charges will not be affected by the Resolution. A Cathay Pacific spokesperson emphasised there will be no changes to Cathay Pacific’s checked baggage allowances, cabin baggage allowances and extra baggage charges.

However for journeys involving multiple airlines issued after 1 April 2011, the baggage policy of MSC will apply. Passengers on such journeys may see an increase or decrease in their free baggage allowance or excess baggage charges, depending on which airline is considered the MSC during the particular trip.
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Thank god. While not on Cathay, I know of a friend who had a misfortune of buying a Gulf Air ticket. She had no idea about codeshares and stuff (it should be transparent anyway) and then when switching airlines at Heathrow, she had to pay for baggage for the onward journey to the US. It is beyond ridiculous. Thankfully IATA has come up with a solution and hopefully most airlines will adopt it. I personally would've prefered that the carrier that issues the ticket should be called the significant carrier. I mean, how is one supposed to find that out? If you're not an aviation nut, most of the times you don't even know about codeshares let alone know which carrier is the most significant carrier. All in all, not an elegant solution.
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