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Old August 30th, 2011, 02:47 PM   #2461
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Inside Cathay Pacific's new Boeing 777-300 business class
Posted by Melanie Nayer August 31, 2011 11:05 AM



Remember the days of free peanuts and plenty of legroom were commonplace on airlines? While the economy way of traveling still lends itself to some improvements (nothing says cattle flights like seats reclining into your lap), some airlines are making improvements to premium cabins in hopes of luring travelers on long-haul flights.

Earlier this week, American Airlines announced its plans to beef up its first class cabin with quilted bed toppers, slippers and pajamas, as well as high-end toiletries in the typical shabby airplane lavatories. USA Today said "American is counting on the stepped-up luxury treatment to help it stand out in the fierce competition for premium passengers."

The competition is, indeed, fierce. As business travel picks up and more companies continue to create office space in profitable cities like Hong Kong, Beijing and Sydney, the need for more comfortable flying conditions presented itself. Take it from this traveler, who has flown to Asia four times in the past 12 months for business -- nothing is worse than disembarking an uncomfortable 15-20 hour flight and having to go straight into a boardroom to meet with colleagues. The only way to make these trips a success is to get rest, stay comfortable and arrive feeling refreshed. While more airlines are making an effort to bring the luxury lifestyle back into flying, Pack Up decided to check-in on a few airlines to see what travelers can expect if they decide to shell out the money for business or first-class cabins.

At the invitation of Cathay Pacific, I boarded one of their new Boeing 777 and settled into my business class seat for the 16 hour flight to Hong Kong, where I would meet with with designers and product managers to discuss the details of the new planes.



Cathay Pacific Airways ordered eight 777 Freighters from Boeing and four 777-300ER, an investment of about $3.3 billion, to carry travelers from the U.S. to Asia. As part of the new order, the airline also redesigned its business-class cabin in an effort to give travelers a more comfortable ride.

The new Business Class seat is a wing-back chair that cocoons passengers in their own private area, without completely surrounding them, making it easy to chat with travel companions while at the same time having the ability to induce privacy with the simple slide of a wall. The adjustable seat moves from sitting upright to a completely lie-flat position. What I found most enjoyable about the seat was its changing leg rest position, so you feel like you're almost in a recliner chair in your living room. And speaking of being in your living room...

The in-flight entertainment in the new business class cabin might be better than what you're getting from your local cable provider. There are approximately 100 free movies to watch, which range from new releases like "The Hangover 2" and "Paul" to old favorites like "Dirty Dozen" and "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes". There's an entire kids library of movies that includes Disney favorites like "Cinderella" and Pixar's famous "Finding Nemo." The in-flight entertainment also has video games and a full music library that allows you to make your own playlist in flight (the perfect idea if you need some soothing sounds to lull you to sleep).



Forget about stuffing your luggage into the overhead bins. The new business class seats come with personalized storage units, including a shoe locker, a side storage locker (which also has a vanity mirror) for water, makeup and amenities cases, handbags, books and valuables. There is also a storage locker on the bottom of the seat that has a net and velcro strap, perfect for storing your laptop to ensure its safety. Briefcases can be stored under your foot rest, where you'll also find a down duvet cover and pillow.

I admit my favorite part of the business class cabin seat came in form of work space. A certified workaholic, even at 35,000-feet, one of my biggest frustrations on airlines is not having a tray table big enough to hold a laptop, and not having power outlets on the plane to charge up your batteries. The first thing I noticed when I sat down in my seat was the wall-display of power outlets, including US outlet ports. There's also an iPhone/iPod connector, a USB port for Blackberry devices, and the iPhone/iPod connector allows you to watch video from your device through the Personal TV.

The configuration of the new 777's is one seat on the window sides, and two seats in the middle. The two middle seats are great for companion travel, as they're angled toward each other and you can move your seat up to make chatting a bit easier. When you need a little privacy, you'll just slide your seat back, flip open the small storage door, which acts as a divider between you and your neighbor.




Cathay Pacific operates direct flights from New York to Hong Kong, making it an easy option for business travelers who need to get to the other side of the world and settled before walking into the boardroom.

The bottom line: flying is easier when you're more comfortable, whether it's a 2 hour or a 20 hour flight. The new business class cabin on Cathay's new 777's certainly up the comfort level, and you can't beat the views from your private window seat at 35,000-feet.



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Cathay Pacific Airways Lands at Chicago O’Hare International Airport
Daily flight to Hong Kong will add nearly 2,100 seats a week between two “world class” cities

Press Release Source: Cathay Pacific Airways On Thursday September 1, 2011, 2:00 pm EDT

CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Two of the world’s greatest cities are more connected than ever today with the launch of daily nonstop service by Cathay Pacific Airways between Chicago and Hong Kong.

Passengers will fly onboard a 777-300ER aircraft manufactured by Chicago hometown company, Boeing. The plane features six First Class suites, 53 Business Class seats that convert to fully flat beds and seating for 238 Economy Class passengers with personal entertainment systems. Load factors of more than 95 percent are expected in both directions on the first day’s flights.

“It’s great to be bringing Cathay Pacific’s award-winning passenger service to Chicago,” said Scott Mowrer, senior vice president, Americas, for Cathay Pacific Airways. “While this is our first passenger flight to the city, we know the way back to Hong Kong better than any other airline. Once there, there’s a whole lot of world we can fly you to, including mainland China, where Chicago has so many established and growing ties.”

“Chicago’s unmatched transportation links are central to our status as a world-class city,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “This service will not only provide Chicago and Hong Kong with additional air travel connections, but will generate millions of dollars in economic growth and create new jobs for Chicagoans."

“We are pleased to welcome daily, nonstop service between Chicago and Hong Kong by Cathay Pacific Airways,” said Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) Commissioner Rosemarie S. Andolino. “We believe passengers traveling from Hong Kong will find that Chicago O’Hare International Airport offers an outstanding level of connectivity to destinations all across the U.S.”

Cathay Pacific has had sales representatives based in Chicago since the 1980s. The airline launched all-cargo service to Chicago in 1996 and currently flies Boeing 747-400 freighters to Hong Kong via Anchorage and as well as twice weekly via Amsterdam and Dubai.

Today, in Chicago, the airline employs 23 local staff with duties in airport customer service, cargo, engineering and sales.

Cathay Pacific launches its service today in cultural style with a ceremonial lion dance and a traditional roasted pig ceremony. All passengers inbound and outbound on today’s flight will receive commemorative TUMI branded gifts.

Passengers traveling outbound from Chicago on the first flight will also be eligible to win an autographed photo of Hong Kong by National Geographic photographer Catherine Karnow. Forty of Ms. Karnow’s photos of Hong Kong are currently on display in the International Terminal, courtesy of National Geographic and Cathay Pacific.

For more information on Cathay Pacific’s new Chicago service, please visit the airline’s Web site at www.cathaypacific.com/us or the airline’s pages at Facebook and Twitter.

ABOUT CATHAY PACIFIC AIRWAYS

Cathay Pacific Airways currently offers nonstop passenger service to Hong Kong from Chicago, Los Angeles, New York JFK, San Francisco, Toronto and Vancouver in North America. The airline is a three-time winner of the prestigious Airline of the Year award from SkyTrax. More information, including current fares and availability, may be found by visiting www.cathaypacific.com/us.
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Old September 3rd, 2011, 06:52 PM   #2465
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Cathay Pacific Airways Lands at O'Hare International Airport
Airline begins nonstop flight passenger service between Chicago and Hong Kong

CHICAGO – Cathay Pacific Airways today began new nonstop flight passenger service
between Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) and Hong Kong International
Airport (HKG).

Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) Commissioner Rosemarie S. Andolino joined
Scott Mowrer, Cathay Pacific Airways Senior Vice President, Americas, to welcome the
airline’s inaugural flight to Chicago O’Hare with a celebration at International Terminal 5,
Gate M11. The event included a ceremonial lion dance, and a water cannon salute by
the Chicago Fire Department.

“Chicago’s unmatched transportation links are central to our status as a world-class city,”
said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “This service will not only provide Chicago and Hong Kong
with additional air travel connections, but will generate millions of dollars in economic
growth and create new jobs for Chicagoans."

The daily, nonstop service will operate from International Terminal 5 at O’Hare on a
Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.

“We are pleased to welcome daily, nonstop service between Chicago and Hong Kong by
Cathay Pacific Airways,” said Commissioner Andolino. “We believe passengers traveling
from Hong Kong will find that O’Hare International Airport offers an outstanding level of
connectivity to destinations all across the U.S.”

“It’s great to be bringing Cathay Pacific’s award-winning passenger service to Chicago,”
said Mowrer “While this is our first passenger flight to the city, we know the way back to
Hong Kong better than any other airline. Once there, there’s a whole lot of world we can
fly you to, including mainland China, where Chicago has so many established and
growing ties.”

Cathay Pacific offers first-class, business and economy seating and many amenities on
all passenger flights. The airline is known for its strong commitment to environmental
issues.

“Cathay’s focus on sustainability – such as the airline’s new fuel-efficient fleet, and
energy and water conservation programs – is a great fit with Chicago’s sustainability
initiatives and commitment to the environment,” Andolino added.

In addition to Cathay’s new service to Hong Kong, O’Hare International Terminal 5
passengers can experience that city through photos taken by National Geographic
photographer, Catherine Karnow, courtesy of National Geographic and Cathay Pacific.
Travelers will be able to view 40 of Karnow’s photos on display between Gates M12 to
M19 through early 2012.

Chicago is Cathay Pacific’s sixth North American city with passenger service to Hong
Kong. The other cities served by Cathay include Los Angeles, New York City, San
Francisco, Vancouver and Toronto.

The addition of Cathay Pacific passenger service is estimated to bring nearly $200
million in economic activity to the Chicago region.


Cathay Pacific also operates cargo service from O’Hare International Airport. Chicago is
one of Cathay’s 11 North American cargo destinations. Currently, there are eight direct
cargo flights a week on B747-4F aircraft. Each cargo freighter landing at O’Hare
International Airport represents approximately $3 million in business to the local
economy.


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Dragonair Holds Walk-in Interview for Cabin Crew in Response to Business Growth
1 September 2011
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(HONG KONG) Dragonair will hold a walk-in interview session for new cabin crew on Sunday, 4 September with the aim of recruiting high-calibre candidates to cope with the airline’s expansion and growing operational needs. The carrier plans to hire around 300 flight attendants in 2011.

Following the career talk given by Dragonair cabin crew at the Hong Kong International Airport Job Expo on 27 August, the airline’s recruitment exercise this coming Sunday will see a total of 1,200 interview tickets distributed to potential candidates. Those interested in applying are required to register at 9:00am at the airline’s headquarters, Dragonair House, presenting their resume in person and undergoing an arm-reach test. (See Appendix for details.)

This is Dragonair’s second walk-in recruitment day of the year, while applications can be submitted year-round through the airline’s website.

Dragonair General Manager Inflight Services Cecilia Leung said: “Dragonair has received widespread recognition for the quality of its services, being named ‘World’s Best Regional Airline’ by Skytrax in both 2010 and 2011. To help us maintain our reputation for world-class and heartwarming service, it’s vital that we continue to attract the right kind of top-quality employees.”

Ms Leung added: “The need for a third runway has become a hot topic of debate in Hong Kong and Dragonair fully supports the plan based on the needs and benefits it will bring to our home hub in terms of meeting projected air traffic demand within the Asia-Pacific region. We are confident about the future of Hong Kong’s aviation industry, which in turn will enable us to offer our employees a secure and rewarding career path.”

Ms Leung also shared some useful tips to cabin crew applicants before they go through their assessment:

* Understand more about the airline’s background, network etc
* Be prepared for scenario questions that will be asked to get a better understanding of the personality and adaptability of applicants
* Avoid memorising standard answers from mock interview questions or repeating website information. A willingness to interact with the interviewers is important
* Showing your real self and demonstrating a “willing to serve” attitude is crucial
* Always wear a sincere smile
* Smart casual attire will be sufficient. An arm-reach test will be conducted at the beginning of the session, so looser clothing is preferred.

All successful cabin crew applicants will go through an intensive seven-week training course which will cover everything from aircraft configurations, flight safety and emergency procedures to inflight food and beverage, grooming and hospitality. Flight attendants are offered a good remuneration package and promotion opportunities to supervisory ranks -including flight pursers, senior pursers and chief pursers - and managerial posts according to work performance and experience.
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Cathay Pacific celebrates launch of daily non-stop flights to Chicago
9 September 2011
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Cathay Pacific Airways celebrated the launch of its daily non-stop flights to Chicago with a gala event held at The Peninsula Chicago on 8 September. Around 200 guests, including business partners and government officials, attended the celebration hosted by the airline’s Chief Executive, John Slosar.

Officiating at the event was guest of honour The Hon Leong Che-hung, Member of the Executive Council of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government.

Cathay Pacific’s first flight from Hong Kong to Chicago took off on 1 September and the new service will play a pivotal role in connecting two of the world’s greatest cities. The daily non-stop service is being operated by recently arrived Boeing 777-300ER aircraft and features the airline’s new Business Class seat.

Chicago is the 50th passenger destination launched by Cathay Pacific as part of its ongoing commitment to enhance connectivity for passengers around the world. With Chicago added to the airline’s expanding network, passengers from the US now have easy access to Mainland China and other parts of Asia through the airline’s hub in Hong Kong. At the same time, passengers flying to the US can enjoy the convenience of connecting to the Midwest through the Chicago gateway at O’Hare International Airport.

Speaking at the event, Cathay Pacific Chief Executive John Slosar said: “I am very glad to be here in Chicago, among good friends, to celebrate the launch of our daily passenger flights to and from this fantastic city. Our new service will offer to Chicago businessmen and women access to great markets within the Cathay Pacific network, and access to the people who know them, especially China.”

Guest of honour The Hon Leong Che-hung, Member of the Executive Council, said: “The American Chamber of Commerce expects an increase of some 60 per cent in US business investment in Hong Kong in the next 12 months. A direct flight to and from Chicago will undoubtedly increase this 60 per cent further by facilitating connections from the Midwest and Central US to Hong Kong."

Highlights of the celebration included energetic performances by a Chinese percussion group and local percussion legends the Chicago Bucket Boys. Cathay Pacific’s signature “Walking on Air” show was also a big hit with the audience, showcasing the airline’s history through its uniform developments.
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Cathay Pacific releases combined traffic figures for August 2011
15 September 2011
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Cathay Pacific Airways today released combined Cathay Pacific and Dragonair traffic figures for August 2011 showing a year-on-year increase in passenger numbers alongside a rise in capacity. Cargo and mail tonnage showed a significant decline compared to the same month in 2010.

Cathay Pacific and Dragonair carried a total of 2,510,507 passengers last month – up 3.6% on the same month last year – while the passenger load factor fell by 0.2 percentage points to 84.2%. Capacity for the month, measured in available seat kilometres (ASKs), was up by 7.0%. For the year to date, the number of passengers carried increased by 2% while capacity was up by 9.1%.

The two airlines carried 131,448 tonnes of cargo and mail in August, an 11.8% decrease compared to the same month last year, while the cargo and mail load factor was down 7.8 percentage points to 64.9%. Capacity, measured in available cargo/mail tonne kilometres, was up by 1%, while cargo and mail tonne kilometres flown were down by 9.7%. For the year to date, tonnage has dropped by 6% compared to a capacity increase of 11.2%.

Cathay Pacific General Manager Revenue Management James Tong said: “Traffic in the summer peak remained strong and the increase in demand, measured in Revenue Passenger Kilometres (RPK) was in line with capacity growth. We continued to see a strong performance in the region, in particular from Southeast Asia, South Korea and the secondary Chinese cities, though demand in the Middle East remained weak. Our premium traffic continued to have a strong performance and we are seeing good growth in terms of both volume and yield.”

Cathay Pacific General Manager Cargo Sales & Marketing James Woodrow said: "The market from Asia to Europe and Transpacific remained weak in August, though intra-Asia continued to perform solidly. Additional freighter frequencies to Australia were added for September due to strong imports driven by the strong Australian dollar. The first half of September overall remained soft as expected, though tonnages should start to gradually improve over the coming weeks."
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Two Hong Kong-bound flights carrying more than 600 people narrowly missed each other over the Asian city, according to officials, after pilots scrambled to react to warning signals.

Two Hong Kong-bound flights carrying more than 600 people narrowly missed each other over the Asian city, according to officials, after pilots scrambled to react to warning signals.

A Cathay Pacific Boeing 777 arriving from New York and a Dragonair Airbus A330 from Taiwan were both told to hold off landing due to bad weather on September 18 but strayed into each other's path.

Airline officials said they were one nautical mile (2,000 metres) apart at the same altitude southwest of Hong Kong airport when the traffic collision avoidance system warning sounded.

The Dragonair pilot put his aircraft, carruying 284 passengers and 12 crew, into an immediate climb while the Cathay flight, with 299 passengers and 18 crew on board, descended to resolve the conflict.

According to Hong Kong's former civil aviation chief the two planes came within six seconds of impact, based on their distance and normal aircraft speed.

"The chance of a crash is absolutely high. The passengers really came back from hell," Albert Lam told The Standard newspaper.

A spokesman for Cathay Pacific, which also owns Dragonair, said that there had been a "loss of separation" but said: "There was no risk of collision and at no time was the safety of the flights compromised.

"At the closest, they were one nautical mile (2,000 meters) apart when abeam from each other with increasing vertical separation."

Both flights landed at the airport without incident, 14 minutes apart.

Cathay said the incident has been reported to civil aviation authorities and pledged to cooperate with the probe.
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Cathay Pacific connects to Western China markets with new Chengdu freighter service
6 October 2011
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Cathay Pacific Airways announced today that it will launch a new scheduled freighter service to Chengdu, one of the fast-developing cargo markets in Western China, on 12 October with flights every Wednesday and Friday. The new service will operate from Chengdu to Shanghai before returning to the Cathay Pacific hub in Hong Kong.

The airline currently operates 16 scheduled freighter flights to Shanghai each week. The flights to Chengdu will enable the airline to grow its presence in the west of the country as it grows in importance as a high-end manufacturing centre. The airline is also serving Chongqing in the region, with a twice-weekly freighter service operating since 9 August 2011.

Cathay Pacific Director Cargo Nick Rhodes said: “A gradual shift in manufacturing towards Central and Western China has been evident with key players in the consumer electronics field recently setting up in Chongqing and Chengdu. It is estimated that by the end of 2011, one out of five of the world’s computers will be made in Chengdu. We are pleased to be able to serve this fast-growing market through our new freighter services.

“While the global airfreight market has seen a slowdown in recent months, Cathay Pacific is still looking for opportunities to expand and diversify its network and develop the Hong Kong hub by serving important new markets,” Nick added.

Cathay Pacific is committed to offering its cargo customers a wider choice and developing further Hong Kong’s position as a leading international air cargo hub. In addition to adding Chengdu to its freighter network, Cathay Pacific will also enhance its services to Miami from a five-times-weekly flight to a daily service starting 30 October 2011.

The airline will soon begin taking delivery of 10 advanced Boeing 747-8F freighter aircraft, with the first three arriving within this year.
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Dragonair Named Best Regional Airline At TTG Travel Awards 2011
7 October 2011
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(HONG KONG) Dragonair is proud to have received the “Best Regional Airline” award at the 22nd Annual TTG Travel Awards Ceremony held in Bangkok on Thursday night (6 October). This is the second consecutive year the carrier has been given the honour.

The TTG Travel Awards, presented by leading regional travel trade publication TTG Asia, have been recognising the luminaries of the travel industry since 1989 and are determined through votes cast by TTG Asia readers across the Asia Pacific region. The Awards not only serve as a benchmark for high standards across the industry, but also as a trajectory for the travel industry's advancements.

“We are happy and excited to be awarded by TTG and my sincere thanks go to all readers who voted for Dragonair. The award is clear recognition of our quality products and services as well as our commitment to making Dragonair the choice for travellers across the region,” said Dragonair Chief Executive Officer Patrick Yeung.

In June Dragonair received the “World’s Best Regional Airline” honour from Skytrax - another award the carrier has received for two consecutive years.

“The credit for these awards goes to the whole Dragonair team that contributes to our success. My heartfelt thanks go to all the members of the team,” Mr Yeung said.

“The growing demand for air travel in the Asia Pacific region, and China in particular, offers tremendous opportunities for the aviation industry, and we at Dragonair will certainly continue to strive to further enhance our products and services in order to provide a world-class travel experience to our customers.”
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Old October 17th, 2011, 05:57 PM   #2479
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Cathay Pacific releases combined traffic figures for September 2011
14 October 2011

Cathay Pacific Airways today released combined Cathay Pacific and Dragonair traffic figures for September 2011 showing a year-on-year increase in passenger numbers that was below the increase in capacity. Cargo and mail tonnage showed a decline for the sixth consecutive month.

Cathay Pacific and Dragonair carried a total of 2,255,605 passengers last month – up 3.5% on the same month last year – while the passenger load factor fell by 2.1 percentage points to 79.7%. Capacity for the month, measured in available seat kilometres (ASKs), was up by 9.8%. For the year to date, the number of passengers carried increased by 2.1% while capacity was up by 9.1%.

The two airlines carried 131,443 tonnes of cargo and mail in September, a 10.1% decrease compared to the same month last year, while the cargo and mail load factor was down 5.0 percentage points to 64.8%. Capacity, measured in available cargo/mail tonne kilometres, was down by 0.8%, while cargo and mail tonne kilometres flown were down by 7.9%. For the year to date, tonnage has dropped by 6.4% compared to a capacity increase of 9.8%.

Cathay Pacific General Manager Revenue Management James Tong said: “In September we saw a falloff in demand in the back end, as expected after the summer peak. The Japan route continued to see a recovery, though China was down compared to last year due to the Shanghai Expo effect in 2010. Premium business held up well in September in terms of volume and yield, with currency movements working in our favour, but the outlook is getting more uncertain as companies begin to review their travel policies in light of the economic situation.”

Cathay Pacific General Manager Cargo Sales & Marketing James Woodrow said: "On the cargo side there was no significant change from the situation in August, with the key Hong Kong and China markets both remaining soft and demand to long-haul destinations, particularly Europe, below expectations. There is no sign yet of the traditional year-end peak beginning. On the positive side, intra-Asia traffic is holding up well and flights from most destinations into Hong Kong have been relatively full. We have recently launched freighter services to Chongqing and Chengdu to boost our presence in the growing Western China market.”

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