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Cathay Pacific completes first stage of renovations at The Wing, airline’s signature lounge in Hong Kong
4-4-2011

Cathay Pacific Airways today reopened its Business Class Lounge, located on Level 6 of The Wing at Hong Kong International Airport, following an extensive renovation.

The Wing, the airline’s flagship lounge at Hong Kong International Airport, is currently going through a complete refurbishment in order to maintain its position as one of the world’s best airline lounges and to satisfy growing lounge demand. The Wing renovations, designed by London-based architects Foster+ Partners, will be completed in full by the fourth quarter of 2012.

The second phase of the refurbishment of The Wing begins in May, when the Level 7 section of the Business Class lounge closes down for an eight-month refit. The third phase of the renovation will commence in the first quarter of 2012 when work begins on the First Class Lounge.

The newly opened Business Class Lounge on Level 6, located by Gate 2 at the airport, covers 1,002 square metres and offers a new level of comfort and service for passengers flying out of Hong Kong.

The refurbished lounge offers a wide range of seating including 28 comfortable armchairs and nine unique Cathay Solus Chairs designed specifically to accommodate single travellers’ needs. All IT facilities have been moved to the Level 6 and passengers can make use of any of the 26 IT workstations equipped with individual computers and printers. The Level 6 lounge also houses all of The Wing’s Business Class shower suites – 24 in total (including one for disabled users) – where passengers can freshen up before departures. Finally, the self-serve buffet counter features a wider variety of quality Asian and Western hot dishes along with cold food selections.

As with all Cathay Pacific lounges, The Wing Level 6 Business Class Lounge is open to First and Business Class passengers, Silver and above Marco Polo Club members and Sapphire and above oneworld members. Opening hours are from 5:30am until the last departure flight.

If usage exceeds capacity during the renovation period, passengers will be invited to use the other three Cathay Pacific Group departure lounges at Hong Kong International Airport - The Cabin, The Pier, and the G16 Lounge.


The refurbished Business Class Lounge on Level 6 offers a wide range of seating including 28 comfortable armchairs.


The Business Class Lounge has 9 innovative Cathay Solus Chairs - a purpose-built unit where lounge guests can eat, work and relax.


The Level 6 lounge also houses all of The Wing’s Business Class shower suites – 24 in total (including one for disabled users) – where passengers can freshen up before departures.


The self-serve buffet counter features a wider variety of quality Asian and Western hot dishes along with cold food selections.

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Forced stopover after Cathay cabin blackout
31 March 2011
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Nearly 400 passengers returning to Hong Kong from Bali on a Cathay Pacific plane were stranded for four hours when it had to land in Singapore because of a cabin blackout.

The power supply to the cabin of flight 784 suddenly cut off an hour after it left Bali at 4.05pm on Sunday.

The aircraft diverted to Singapore and 383 passengers later boarded another plane at 10.15pm, reaching Hong Kong just before 1am.

Passenger Rosalina Ho Wai-bing said that after the blackout only the overhead emergency lights above each seat were on. "Luckily, it was still dusk and there was still sunlight outside the windows," she said.

All the lights came on again 15 minutes after the flight landed but passengers were told that the plane had to be checked before flying again, Ho said.

Ho was disappointed with the way ground staff followed up the matter. "For an international and reputable airline, CX management seems to me below standard, even worse than any small airline that I have flown with."

She said passengers were stranded at the boarding gate at the airport where there were no shops nearby. They were not given any food or drinks.

Cathay said it still did not know the cause of the breakdown, which did not prevent the plane from flying normally.

A Cathay spokeswoman said the Singapore stop was necessary for safety. "We understand it caused inconvenience to passengers. We feel deeply sorry for that."
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Cathay Pacific Ups Stake In Air China; Bought 5.39 Mln H Shares On April 1
7 April 2011

HONG KONG (Dow Jones)--Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. (0293.HK) raised its stake in Chinese flag carrier Air China Ltd.'s (0753.HK) Hong Kong-listed H shares to 53.04% from 52.92% for around HK$39.6 million, the city's dominant carrier said in a stock exchange filing Thursday.

Cathay Pacific on Friday bought 5.39 million Air China shares on the exchange at an average price of HK$7.348 per share, compared with the stock's Friday closing price of HK$7.42. On Thursday, Air China ended down 1.6% at HK$7.29.

Both carriers have for several years had minority stakes in one another. Cathay Pacific, which is about 30%-owned by Air China, said earlier it would always be interested in acquiring more Air China shares at the right time and price because the two carriers are strategic partners.
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CNN's Richard Quest talks with the airline's new CEO John Slosar about doing business in Japan and China.

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Cathay Pacific March Passengers Down 2.8% On Year At 2.16 Mln
14 April 2011

HONG KONG (Dow Jones)--Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. (0293.HK) Thursday said it recorded a drop in passenger numbers in March, partly because of a slump in demand for flights to and from Japan following the powerful earthquake and tsunami that hit the nation on March 11.

The Hong Kong-based carrier and its China-focused unit, Hong Kong Dragon Airlines Ltd., carried 2.16 million passengers in March, down 2.8% from a year earlier. The airline carried 161,461 metric tons of cargo during the month, up 1.4% from a year earlier.

"Although premium demand remained firm in most markets, the slump in demand on all our Japanese routes is evident," said Tom Owen, general manager of revenue management. He didn't elaborate.

Owen added that China markets remain encouragingly strong overall, although he said the carrier faces revenue challenges specifically on the Shanghai routes off a very high base in 2010.

The airline's passenger revenue, as measured by revenue passenger kilometers, fell 1.6% to 7.96 billion RPKs in March, while capacity, as measured by available seat kilometers, was up 9.8% from a year earlier at 10.35 billion ASKs.

Cathay Pacific's passenger load factor, or the proportion of seats filled on its flights, fell 8.8 percentage points to 76.9%.
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Cathay Pacific partners with Miramar Group to launch new inflight menu promotion
27 April 2011
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Hong Kong’s home carrier and Miramar Group have joined together to launch an exciting new inflight menu promotion. Starting from May, the same delectable Chinese and Western dishes found at Miramar Group restaurants will be served to First Class, Business Class and Economy Class passengers onboard Cathay Pacific flights.

Over 90 dishes designed by the chefs at the restaurants will be introduced into the Cathay Pacific menus from 1 May to 31 July 2011 for the majority of flights departing from Hong Kong. The promotion will run for three months to offer passengers the chance to sample the creations by the following award-winning Miramar Group restaurants:

• Cuisine Cuisine at IFC Mall Central

• Cuisine Cuisine at The Mira (*Michelin 2 stars)

• The French Window

• Tsui Hang Village Restaurant in Central

• Tsui Hang Village Restaurant in Tsim Sha Tsui

• WHISK

• Yamm

• Yunyan Sichuan Restaurant

Dishes being served include double-boiled soup with assorted vegetables stuffed in bamboo fungus by Cuisine Cuisine at the IFC; iced abalone with cucumber and bean sheet, served with wasabi soy dressing by Cuisine Cuisine at The Mira; braised lamb shoulder with pan-fried polenta and roasted celeriac by The French Window; wok-seared sea bass fillet with premium light soy sauce by Tsui Hang Village Restaurant in Central; shredded roasted duck with mango, jelly fish and sesame dressing by Tsui Hang Village Restaurant in Tsim Sha Tsui; poached veal fillet, vegetables pot au feu, fingerling potatoes and horseradish sauce by WHISK; seafood salad with mushroom and basil by Yamm; and steamed chicken in spicy chilli rice flour with taros and sweet potatoes by Yunyan Sichuan Restaurant.

Speaking at a preview luncheon for the promotion, Cathay Pacific Director Corporate Affairs Quince Chong said: “As Hong Kong’s home carrier, Cathay Pacific is committed to promoting Hong Kong as an exciting destination and food paradise for visitors from all over the world. We are delighted to join hands with Miramar Group in our latest, most extensive inflight menu promotion thus far, featuring eight highly regarded restaurants, covering both Chinese and Western cuisines.”

Miramar Group Vice President - F&B Operations & Development, Mr Nelson Chow said: “Passengers nowadays want to be delighted and a pleasurable in-flight menu can definitely heighten their experience flying with an airline. We are thrilled to join hands with Cathay Pacific to achieve just that, by showcasing our delicate cuisines of all eight restaurants on a host of flights; and it is an exciting challenge for our veteran chefs as well to create the same exquisite menus specifically for inflight enjoyment.”

About the participating restaurants

Cuisine Cuisine (at IFC Mall Central)

Located at IFC Mall in Central, Cuisine Cuisine takes a fashionable location and a contemporary, elegant décor and mixes it up with a combination of traditional and nouvelle Cantonese cuisine along with one of the best wine selections in Hong Kong. Cuisine Cuisine was granted the “Excellent Brand of Business Banquet” award by “Hong Kong Leaders’ Choice 2011”, confirming it as the choice venue for political, financial and business functions. Cuisine Cuisine has also been cited in many local best-restaurant guides and featured in the “Michelin Guide Hong Kong and Macau” in 2009 and 2010. In 2008, Cuisine Cuisine received the “Dining with Stars” award, acknowledging it as one of Hong Kong’s 50 finest restaurants.

Cuisine Cuisine at The Mira

Michelin two-starred Cuisine Cuisine at The Mira showcases a dining experience that’s steeped in some of the most exacting Cantonese culinary traditions with a modern twist, serving top-quality, authentic fare crafted by master chefs. The famed signature dishes showcase the art of Cantonese cuisine while respecting the seasonality and unique tastes of the ingredients. With a wide selection of global wines available, paired with friendly and attentive service, the tone is set for a perfect dining experience.

The French Window

A culinary landmark in Hong Kong, The French Window at IFC Mall in Central offers an exceptional gastronomic experience. Diners can savour a superb array of French classics, reinterpreted using the freshest ingredients and served with contemporary artistic flair. The restaurant’s design was modelled after a French chateau with a welcoming contrast of nostalgia and modernity and was awarded the “2010 Hospitality Design Awards – Fine Dining Category” by New York’s Hospitality Design Magazine. The French Window has also been recommended by and listed in “Hong Kong’s Best Restaurants 2010” published by Hong Kong Tatler.

Tsui Hang Village Restaurant

With two convenient locations in Tsim Sha Tsui and Central, Tsui Hang Village Restaurant has captured the true essence of Cantonese cuisine, with dishes featuring quality traditional ingredients that are perfectly marinated and seasoned to guarantee the cherished flavours of Hong Kong’s best-loved local dishes. Tsui Hang Village Restaurant won the “Gold Award – Seafood: Fish, Prawn, Crab” by Best of the Best Culinary Awards 2010 and was recommended in the prestigious “Michelin Guide Hong Kong & Macau 2009” and “Hong Kong’s Best Restaurants 2010”.

WHISK

WHISK at The Mira Hong Kong showcases the finest French gastronomy, infused with subtle Asian touches, masterminded by Chef William Girard and served in an elegant yet relaxed environment. Chef William has created a menu of the finest delicacies, served in the main restaurant as well as in WHISK’s private dining rooms. Culinary craftsmanship is demonstrated via modern French classics, made with fresh, seasonal ingredients and paired with carefully selected European wines.

Yamm

Yamm delivers an award-winning gourmet dining experience based on the concept of social buffet dining. The combination of stimulating, sophisticated interiors, highlighted with dramatic lighting make for an intimate space to thoroughly enjoy delicious food from around the world. These qualities have earned Yamm a series of coveted local dining awards as one of the city’s buffet hotspots.

Yunyan Sichuan Restaurant

Yunyan Sichuan Restaurant has long been recognised as Hong Kong’s premier Sichuan eatery, capturing the true flavour of Sichuan cuisine. It has become one of the featured dining venues in the “Bib Gourmand” section of the “Michelin Guide Hong Kong & Macau” in 2009 and 2010, and has appeared in many other top local dining guides. Yunyan Sichuan Restaurant has ushered in a new era for authentic Sichuan cuisine dining featuring a dazzling array of styles and tastes.
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Cathay Pacific (CX) took delivery of a Boeing B777-300ER over the weekend, the third aircraft with new business class seats to join its fleet since February.

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The launch aircraft, an Airbus A330-300, was deployed to the Hong Kong-Sydney route, and the second, a B777-300ER, was assigned to the four times daily Hong Kong-New York service as has been this latest acquisition.

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CX’s new chief executive officer, John Slosar, who headed the group which picked up the B777 at the Boeing plant in Everett, Seattle, told Business Traveller that the non-stop New York flights were generating strong feedback since being increased from one to four daily runs from March 27, 2011. “Based on this, we’re thinking of adding another (daily) flight.”

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He attributed the success of the service to Hong Kong’s enduring reputation as a world financial hub. “It has raised more capital dollars than anywhere else in the world, creating this bond between itself and big banks and financial companies in New York.”

With CX a major player in boosting Hong Kong’s competitive edge, Slosar highlighted their current efforts at fleet revitalisation. “Cathay Pacific and (our subsidiary) Dragonair always aims to do well, especially in first and business class, and one of the reasons we launched the new business class seat was we wanted a product that would really attract customers to travel with us.

“With business travellers, if you don’t get them the first time, they won’t come back. And that’s a big failure. We want them to come back again and again and again.”

The new business class cabin made its debut in a splashy presentation last December (see story here) before an audience of 3,000 guests, a number of whom had raised concerns about the previous business class product (still available on B747s and A340s) for reasons such as being "claustrophobic".

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Slosar described their latest product – a labour of two and half years – as "a really good bed, much better seat, private and still spacious". Initial feedback, he said, "has been positive, with customers telling us that we've got the right balance".

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Four more new B777-300ERs with the same amenities are expected to arrive throughout the year, with more to be delivered in the years following. From January 2011, CX's existing B777ERs and A330s will also be retrofitted. These aircraft types are among the fastest and most fuel efficient in the market today, and thus, in great demand by airline operators.

In two years' time, all of CX's long-haul flights will offer the improved seating. However, its B747s will continue to offer the old business class seats. "Since they are due for retirement, it wouldn't make sense to put in the new product," Slosar said.

On the question of premium economy, Slosar said the trend was certainly heading in that direction, "Of course, we will have been doing some work on it...and if we come to do it, we will do it well and make sure it's a Cathay standard of high quality and good value"

Watch out for Business Traveller's review of CX's new business class seats, which we will be publishing very shortly.

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Cathay Pacific Airways (0293) expects double-digit growth to continue in its mainland business.

The airline's new chief executive John Slosar made the forecast at his first media briefing since taking over the position last month.

The mainland market currently contributes 10 percent of the company's turnover from just 5 percent three years back, Slosar said.

The Hong Kong business contributes 25 percent.

Cathay recorded a turnover of HK$89.52 billion and an attributable profit of HK$14.04 billion for 2010.

Cathay Pacific holds 18.77 percent in Air China (0753) - the airline with the highest earnings in the world - a good investment, according to Slosar.

"China has international outbound development opportunity. Cathay, Air China and Dragonair form a fantastic network. Nobody in the world has a better network than us."

Last year, Cathay Pacific and Air China formed a joint-venture cargo airline which Slosar described as still small but with lots of growth potential.

"It's amazing that Hong Kong is a financial center raising the largest amount of money that makes more businessmen flying here."

Meanwhile, he expects a passenger load factor of around 80 percent this year - lower than the 84 percent last year due to increased capacity. The load factor in Japan may drop by 1 percent this year due to the earthquake.

Instead of traveling to Japan, many visitors are going to Southeast Asia.

Slosar said he hopes Japan cargo business can be grown since the global supply chain depends on Japanese parts.

Nevertheless, oil is one of the biggest challenges, lowering the company's yield, which has returned to the level prior to the 2008 global financial crisis. "Oil price is up 50 percent from a year ago," said Slosar. "Oil hedging is like insurance; cheap insurance is usually bad while better insurance costs you more."

He also warned Hong Kong's competitiveness as an aviation hub will be threatened if the issue of building the third runway is delayed further. Cathay shares closed flat at HK$19.38 yesterday.
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