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Old October 19th, 2011, 06:48 PM   #2481
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Old October 23rd, 2011, 08:29 PM   #2483
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Dragonair's Seasonal Menu Surprises Passengers with Hot Pot Rice and Crab Roe Delicacies Being Offered
19 October 2011
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(HONG KONG) Dragonair has unveiled its seasonal menu for autumn featuring hot pot rice and crab roe dishes which have been specially designed to offer seasonal delicacies to passengers.

The hot pot rice dishes utilise popular culinary herbs such as American ginseng, wolfberries, cordyceps flowers, ginkgo nuts and yam. These herbs appear in many Asian and Chinese dishes and are prized for their ability to generate energy, strengthen the body’s vital organs and for their anti-aging properties.

“A healthy herbal diet offers a wide a range of nutritional value and more and more local restaurants are featuring various seasonal herbal dishes on their menus. The new Dragonair menu is in line with this trend to offer healthy seasonal dishes to appeal to our passengers,” Dragonair General Manager Inflight Services Cecilia Leung said.

Five new hot pot rice delicacies incorporating herbal ingredients have been added to Dragonair’s First Class winter menu (see Appendix – 1a) on Mainland trunk routes.

Six delicious hot pot rice dishes will be introduced on the Business Class menu (see Appendix – 1b) for autumn and winter, and is the first time that the hot pot rice menu will be available in the Business Class cabin.

Dragonair has also added to the popular seasonal crab roe menu and Chinese long-boiled soups which are exclusively offered to First Class passengers. These dishes have been well received by passengers since their introduction and Dragonair’s catering team devoted time and effort to ensuring there would not be a deterioration in taste when the dishes were reheated inflight.

The Chinese long-boiled soups have been given a seasonal twist incorporating radix codonopsis and red dates, both of which have warming properties, making them a perfect choice for winter months.

Six new crab roe dishes have also been created (see Appendix – 2a) including Braised King Scallop with Hairy Crab Roe and Braised Winter Melon stuffed with Hairy Crab Roe and Prawns and will be added to the recurring crab roe menu (see Appendix – 2b).

Dragonair’s catering team has given the crab roe menu a tasty twist by blending it with vegetables, winter melons and tofu rather than the traditional pork or beef to give the new dishes a refreshing taste.

“Vegetables and melons have a light taste and texture which contrasts with the strong crab roe taste offering a unique taste for our passengers to enjoy,” Ms Leung said. “Dragonair’s inflight menu is a key selling point with passengers and we strive to offer the best of Asian and Chinese seasonal cuisine to them.”



1.Steamed Rice in Hot Pot Casserole Menu

a.Healthy Hot Pot Casserole Dishes
(Available in First Class cabin from 16 December to 31 March 2012)
# Steamed Rice with Prawns, Cuttlefish, Fungus and Wolfberries in Hot Pot Casserole
# Steamed Rice with Chicken, Abalone, Yuzhu, Ginkgo Nut and Wolfberries in Hot Pot Casserole
# Steamed Rice with Cod Fish, Maitake, Ginkgo Nut and Wolfberries in Hot Pot Casserole
# Steamed Rice with Beef Shank, Cordyceps Flower, Ginkgo Nut and Fungus in Hot Pot Casserole
# Steamed Rice with Chicken, Conpoy, Yam, Ginseng and Wolfberries in Hot Pot Casserole

b.Hot Pot Casserole Dishes
(Available in Business Class cabin from 1 October to 31 January 2012)
# Steamed Rice with Preserved Sausage and Chicken in Hot Pot Casserole
# Steamed Rice with Chicken and Mushroom in Hot Pot Casserole
# Steamed Rice with Dried Shrimp, Pork Spare-ribs, Chili and Black Bean Sauce in Hot Pot Casserole
# Steamed Rice with Minced Beef Cake and Tangerine Peel in Hot Pot Casserole
# Steamed Rice with Cod Fish and Dried Shrimp in Hot Pot Casserole
# Steamed Rice with Cuttlefish and Pork in Hot Pot Casserole

2.Seasonal Crab Roe Menu
(Available in First Class cabin from 16 October to 15 December)

a.New Dishes
# Braised King Scallop with Hairy Crab Roe
# Braised Winter Melon stuffed with Hairy Crab Roe and Prawns
# Braised Hairy Crab Roe and Bamboo Pith with Pipa Tofu
# Braised Hairy Crab Roe on Egg White with Scallop, Shrimp and Abalone
# Egg Noodles in Soup with Hairy Crab Roe Wanton
# Shrimp Roe Noodles with Hairy Crab Roe and Scallops

Recurring Dishes
# E-Fu Noodles in Soup with Hairy Crab Roe, Crab Meat and Shrimps
# Hairy Crab Roe, Fish Maw Broth with Mini Hairy Crab Roe Bun
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Old October 24th, 2011, 09:39 PM   #2484
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Dragonair's Seasonal Menu Surprises Passengers with Hot Pot Rice and Crab Roe Delicacies Being Offered
19 October 2011
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(HONG KONG) Dragonair has unveiled its seasonal menu for autumn featuring hot pot rice and crab roe dishes which have been specially designed to offer seasonal delicacies to passengers.

The hot pot rice dishes utilise popular culinary herbs such as American ginseng, wolfberries, cordyceps flowers, ginkgo nuts and yam. These herbs appear in many Asian and Chinese dishes and are prized for their ability to generate energy, strengthen the body’s vital organs and for their anti-aging properties.

“A healthy herbal diet offers a wide a range of nutritional value and more and more local restaurants are featuring various seasonal herbal dishes on their menus. The new Dragonair menu is in line with this trend to offer healthy seasonal dishes to appeal to our passengers,” Dragonair General Manager Inflight Services Cecilia Leung said.

Five new hot pot rice delicacies incorporating herbal ingredients have been added to Dragonair’s First Class winter menu (see Appendix – 1a) on Mainland trunk routes.

Six delicious hot pot rice dishes will be introduced on the Business Class menu (see Appendix – 1b) for autumn and winter, and is the first time that the hot pot rice menu will be available in the Business Class cabin.

Dragonair has also added to the popular seasonal crab roe menu and Chinese long-boiled soups which are exclusively offered to First Class passengers. These dishes have been well received by passengers since their introduction and Dragonair’s catering team devoted time and effort to ensuring there would not be a deterioration in taste when the dishes were reheated inflight.

The Chinese long-boiled soups have been given a seasonal twist incorporating radix codonopsis and red dates, both of which have warming properties, making them a perfect choice for winter months.

Six new crab roe dishes have also been created (see Appendix – 2a) including Braised King Scallop with Hairy Crab Roe and Braised Winter Melon stuffed with Hairy Crab Roe and Prawns and will be added to the recurring crab roe menu (see Appendix – 2b).

Dragonair’s catering team has given the crab roe menu a tasty twist by blending it with vegetables, winter melons and tofu rather than the traditional pork or beef to give the new dishes a refreshing taste.

“Vegetables and melons have a light taste and texture which contrasts with the strong crab roe taste offering a unique taste for our passengers to enjoy,” Ms Leung said. “Dragonair’s inflight menu is a key selling point with passengers and we strive to offer the best of Asian and Chinese seasonal cuisine to them.”



1.Steamed Rice in Hot Pot Casserole Menu

a.Healthy Hot Pot Casserole Dishes
(Available in First Class cabin from 16 December to 31 March 2012)
# Steamed Rice with Prawns, Cuttlefish, Fungus and Wolfberries in Hot Pot Casserole
# Steamed Rice with Chicken, Abalone, Yuzhu, Ginkgo Nut and Wolfberries in Hot Pot Casserole
# Steamed Rice with Cod Fish, Maitake, Ginkgo Nut and Wolfberries in Hot Pot Casserole
# Steamed Rice with Beef Shank, Cordyceps Flower, Ginkgo Nut and Fungus in Hot Pot Casserole
# Steamed Rice with Chicken, Conpoy, Yam, Ginseng and Wolfberries in Hot Pot Casserole

b.Hot Pot Casserole Dishes
(Available in Business Class cabin from 1 October to 31 January 2012)
# Steamed Rice with Preserved Sausage and Chicken in Hot Pot Casserole
# Steamed Rice with Chicken and Mushroom in Hot Pot Casserole
# Steamed Rice with Dried Shrimp, Pork Spare-ribs, Chili and Black Bean Sauce in Hot Pot Casserole
# Steamed Rice with Minced Beef Cake and Tangerine Peel in Hot Pot Casserole
# Steamed Rice with Cod Fish and Dried Shrimp in Hot Pot Casserole
# Steamed Rice with Cuttlefish and Pork in Hot Pot Casserole

2.Seasonal Crab Roe Menu
(Available in First Class cabin from 16 October to 15 December)

a.New Dishes
# Braised King Scallop with Hairy Crab Roe
# Braised Winter Melon stuffed with Hairy Crab Roe and Prawns
# Braised Hairy Crab Roe and Bamboo Pith with Pipa Tofu
# Braised Hairy Crab Roe on Egg White with Scallop, Shrimp and Abalone
# Egg Noodles in Soup with Hairy Crab Roe Wanton
# Shrimp Roe Noodles with Hairy Crab Roe and Scallops

Recurring Dishes
# E-Fu Noodles in Soup with Hairy Crab Roe, Crab Meat and Shrimps
# Hairy Crab Roe, Fish Maw Broth with Mini Hairy Crab Roe Bun
Now that's yummy

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Question though:
It doesn't appear like Dragonair is a budget airline division of the Cathay Pacific group, does it? Because when I see pics of Dragonair, they have PTVs in every seat and they serve food on their board (or rather food that looks surprisingly good).

So what category is Dragonair then?
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Old October 25th, 2011, 04:52 AM   #2485
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Now that's yummy

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Question though:
It doesn't appear like Dragonair is a budget airline division of the Cathay Pacific group, does it? Because when I see pics of Dragonair, they have PTVs in every seat and they serve food on their board (or rather food that looks surprisingly good).

So what category is Dragonair then?
Dragonair has never been a low-cost division. Not all their planes have PTV's though, but they do serve full meals on their flights. In fact, they charge a premium over the mainland carriers for their China flights.
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Old October 26th, 2011, 06:53 PM   #2487
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Pilot exits may clip Cathay wings
The Standard
Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Cathay Pacific would likely be hard-pressed to keep up its expansion plan, with 13 of the 21 pilots hired in the past three months said to have resigned over employment conditions.

It is understood that many of them are expatriates who find Cathay's offer less attractive than those of other airlines.

It is also believed the airline has only hired about 20 pilots so far this year, excluding those who joined through its training program.

The Hong Kong flag carrier earlier announced plans to hire a total of 250 pilots.

A spokesman said he can neither confirm nor deny the resignation of 13 pilots, and did not respond when asked if it is an unusual situation.

"My colleague had a look at the documents and he said the figures do not look like they match. He said there should probably not be that many [resignations]," the spokesman said.

He said of 86 cadet pilots who joined the airline's training program in the past three months, 44 have been inducted.

Chairman Christopher Pratt said in March Cathay plans to hire 2,300 staff this year, including 250 pilots and 1,300 flight attendants.

Pratt also said the carrier will boost its fleet by another 27 new aircraft, after a record-breaking year in 2010 for net profit, turnover, passengers and cargo.

The supposed resignations, meanwhile, triggered a discussion among pilots in an aviation forum.

One user said 33 pilots have already resigned this year and a "sizable chunk" will quit around December, before the new tax year.

The user, understood to be an expat pilot, said Cathay has been reducing benefits to foreign hires.

The carrier discontinued the housing allowance paid to foreign pilots in April.

Another pilot said the airline is replacing foreign pilots with locals who are entitled to fewer benefits.
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Dragonair to spread wings with splurge
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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Dragonair plans to spend billions of dollars to buy five to 10 more Airbus aircraft within the next five years to expand its services.

It will also recruit hundreds of flight attendants.

Chief executive Patrick Yeung Wai-tim said the total cost of the aircraft is difficult to predict as various models have different price tags depending on their age.

"The Airbuses may be new or secondhand. It's hard to say how much they will cost," he said.

Dragonair has an all-Airbus fleet of 32 aircraft, serving 33 regional destinations, including 17 mainland cities.

A new Airbus A330-300 carries a list price of about US$222 million (HK$1.73 billion). A Dragonair spokeswoman said given that more than half the airline's destinations are in the mainland, the aircraft will most likely be used on those routes.

Dragonair plans to recruit up to 500 more flight attendants over the next five years.

When asked whether the investment will result in higher air fares, Yeung said much depends on the market situation.

Dragonair, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cathay Pacific Airways, was established in 1985, with Yeung describing it as a "youth" among airlines. "Dragonair is like a 26-year-old youth who needs to start stepping further."

He added the business has not been affected by the sluggish global economy as there has been no significant change in air ticket sales for Christmas.

"I think travel has already become part of Hong Kong people's lives."

Dragonair, meanwhile, has introduced its autumn menu. It features hotpot rice, which is available for first and business class passengers.
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Cathay Pacific updates flights to and from Bangkok
28 October 2011
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Cathay Pacific Airways announced that one of its five daily scheduled flights between Hong Kong and Bangkok (CX701/CX702) will also be cancelled on 31 October. The airline already announced the cancellation of this flight on 28 October, 30 October, 1 November and 2 November due to weaker demand on the route.

All other flights are currently operating as normal. However, the situation could change rapidly and there may be ad hoc flight cancellations. We are monitoring the situation closely and will issue updates on a regular basis. Customers are advised to exercise caution when travelling to Thailand.

Cathay Pacific advises passengers who have booked flights to and from Bangkok to check the latest flight information on Cathay Pacific’s website, www.cathaypacific.com, before departing for the airport.

The airline has issued special ticketing guidelines for flights with confirmed bookings involving Bangkok.

With immediate effect, rebooking charges will be waived for all tickets issued worldwide on/before 25 October with confirmed bookings involving Bangkok between 25 October and 2 November. Such requests must be made on/before 2 November and the revised travel date must be on/before 30 November 2011. There is no waiver on cancellation, refund or rerouting charges. Details are available on www.cathaypacific.com.

To receive the latest flight status updates via SMS or email, customers are advised to update their contact details via the Manage My Booking function in the airline’s website.
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Cathay Pacific begins taking delivery of advanced Boeing 747-8 Freighters
1 November 2011
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Cathay Pacific Airways has begun taking delivery of its new fleet of Boeing 747-8 Freighters, with the first arriving in Hong Kong today. The airline will receive a total of 10 of the new-generation aircraft – the world’s largest commercial air freighter – with four being delivered by the end of this year.

Commenting on the new arrival, Cathay Pacific Director Cargo Nick Rhodes said: “Cargo is a very important part of Cathay Pacific’s business, accounting for around a third of our revenues in a good year. We are very excited about bringing the 747-8F into our freighter fleet because it will give us an increased payload over a longer range with superb operating economics, enabling us to provide an even better service to our customers. These new aircraft will play an important role in our continued efforts to develop Hong Kong as a leading international air cargo hub.”

Cathay Pacific is the first Asia Pacific airline to take delivery of the Boeing 747-8F, which has employed innovative technologies to bring about significant efficiency improvements. These include a high-lift, low-drag wing that enhances payload and range performance, a simplified flap system to reduce noise and maintenance costs, and what is described as the most advanced commercial aircraft engine available, the GEnx-2B67.

The aircraft will greatly improve the efficiency and payload of Cathay Pacific’s ultra-long-haul freighter services, particularly on North American routes, and at the same time reduce the environmental impact of its operations. The new freighter’s technological innovations, including the advanced engine and use of composites and lighter alloys, will lead to significantly reduced fuel consumption and emissions. The aircraft also has a noise footprint some 30% smaller than its predecessors.

With the arrival of the first Boeing 747-8F, Cathay Pacific will operate a fleet of 21 wide-body freighters serving more than 40 destinations. The airline also carries cargo in the bellies of its passenger aircraft, connecting to some 150 destinations around the world.

As part of its commitment to developing Hong Kong’s hub role, Cathay Pacific continues to add new destinations to its freighter network, recently launching services to Bengalaru in India and Chongqing and Chengdu in Western China. The airline is also building a new cargo terminal at Hong Kong International Airport, due to open in early 2013, that will give it the ability to provide a more seamless service to shippers and freight forwarders.
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Cathay Pacific voted Best Asian Airline Serving China and Best First Class by Business Traveller China
3 November 2011
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Cathay Pacific Airways is proud to have won two coveted titles at the 2011 Business Traveller China Awards held in Beijing on 2 November 2011. The airline received the “Best Asian Airline Serving China” title for the second consecutive year and also picked up the “Best Airline First Class” honour.

Cathay Pacific General Manager China Sam Swire, who collected the awards on behalf of the airline, said: “China is an important market for Cathay Pacific and we are delighted to receive such great recognition for our products and services from this important group of business travellers. I attribute these awards to the great team at Cathay Pacific who go all out to ensure each passenger has a great experience every time they fly with us.”

Cathay Pacific currently offers scheduled services to Beijing and Shanghai. The airline also offers seamless connections with its sister airline Dragonair to provide travellers from Mainland China with access to an extensive international network through the Hong Kong hub.

Launched in 2007, Cathay Pacific’s revolutionary First Class cabin provides passengers with more space and privacy, creating the feel of a private relaxation suite. The innovative seat can be used as an armchair, a chaise longue or an extra long and wide bed. An ottoman in the suite and an extendable table means passengers can invite friends or colleagues to join them in their suite inflight, all the time enjoying the airline’s unparalleled service.

Business Traveller China has been awarding key players in the hospitality industry through its annual award for seven years. This year’s voting exercise asked readers to put their stamp of approval on travel and hospitality providers grouped in 35 categories, including nine for airlines and 22 for hotels and resorts and four for cities.
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港龍客機冒煙154人驚餐飽
2011年11月06日(日)


Key points : Passengers reported a burning smell and white smoke in the cabin about an hour before arrival from Phnom Penh to Hong Kong on flight KA207. The plane, carrying 154 passengers and crew, landed safely at 3:06pm. The cause is now under investigation.

【本報訊】港龍客機發生九霄驚魂。港龍航空一班編號KA207客機,昨晨十一時三十六分,載着一百五十四名乘客及機組人員由金邊飛返本港。至下午二時許,預計約有一小時便抵達香港國際機場之際,空姐接到有乘客通知,聲稱嗅到機艙有燒焦氣味,並冒出白煙,懷疑有機件故障,空姐立刻轉告機長,為安全計,機長隨即通知機管局戒備。

機管局接獲報告之後,立即通告消防及救護員戒備。至三時零六分,客機安全降落香港機場,全部乘客無恙,自行離開機艙,毋須消防及救護員協助。

港龍航空發言人稱,事後曾徹底檢查客機,證實機件一切正常,正調查焦味來源。
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Cathay Pacific enters Spanish market for first time with new freighter service to Zaragoza
7 November 2011
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Cathay Pacific Airways announced today that it will launch a new market in Europe with a new scheduled freighter service to Zaragoza, Spain on 15 November, with flights departing Hong Kong every Tuesday and Friday. The new freighter destination will be operated as an extension of one of the airline’s existing freighter services flying from Hong Kong to Delhi, then onward to Amsterdam and Zaragoza, returning to Hong Kong via Dubai.

With this new service, Cathay Pacific will be the first and only airline operating a freighter service linking India and Spain, bringing to five the number of European destinations that shippers in India can choose from, including Amsterdam, Frankfurt, London and Paris.

Cathay Pacific Director Cargo Nick Rhodes said: “We are pleased and proud to be able to expand our operation into Spain, a fast-growing market as a result of the recent growth of the garment industry. The market has great potential, with Spanish companies looking to expand further their business in Asia.

“In addition to serving Zaragoza, we will also develop other major Spanish destinations by providing a trucking service from the city to Barcelona, Madrid and other key commercial centres,” Mr Rhodes added.

Cathay Pacific is committed to expanding its freighter network and has recently added new services to Bengaluru in India and Chongqing and Chengdu in Western China. The airline has recently taken delivery of its first Boeing 747-8F freighter aircraft, with three more to be delivered before the end of the year.

Hong Kong - Delhi - Amsterdam – Zaragoza – Dubai – Hong Kong
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CX3201 (Tuesday and Friday)
HKG/DEL ETD 0640 ETA 1010
DEL/AMS ETD 1140 ETA 1620
AMS/ZAZ ETD 1750 ETA 2000

CX3202
Tuesday
ZAZ/DXB ETD 2200 ETA 0750+1
DXB/HKG ETD 1040+1 ETA 2140+1

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ZAZ/DXB ETD 2200 ETA 0750+1
DXB/HKG ETD 0920+1 ETA 2020+1
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Old November 9th, 2011, 05:15 PM   #2498
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Cathay denies claims of shortage in cockpits
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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Cathay Pacific Airways yesterday dismissed claims of a pilot shortage, saying its ongoing recruitment drive is in line with its expansion plans.

A spokeswoman said 112 pilots are expected to join this year, while 43 have resigned, retired or leaving for other reasons.

This leaves a net growth of 69 pilots - excluding the 44 trainees who have become full-fledged pilots over the last three months.

However, this is still a far cry from the 250 pilots that chairman Christopher Pratt has said he hopes to hire this year.

The airline currently employs about 2,500 pilots.

The spokeswoman said that, when looking into the airline's recruitment progress, the number of cadet pilots under training should also be taken into consideration.

She said there are 143 cadet pilots who will be joining Cathay after completing their training, which takes 10 to 60 weeks, depending on ability and performance.

The recruitment drive comes amid growing complaints from pilots who claim they are being asked to work excessive hours.

According to a captain, pilots are assigned "field reserve" days, in which they have to show up at work ready to replace a colleague who cannot fly due to sickness, tardiness or other reasons.

There are also "home reserve" days when pilots are allowed to do their own thing, but should be prepared to answer a call to work when the "field reserve" pilots have been used up.

The captain told The Standard there have been complaints that "home reserve" pilots are being used excessively.

"It is like being a military pilot, where you can be called to fly on a moment's notice, leaving you with little personal time to relax and not think of work," he said.

"If the scheduling department was more efficient, there should be little to no utilization of home reserve crew members."

He said this inefficiency has led to a more disgruntled flight crew.

Another pilot said that while he hasn't heard of massive resignations recently, Cathay is running short of pilots.

Yet another claimed that many pilots in the United States and Britain are planning to move to Hong Kong to work for Cathay Pacific, as some airlines in the two countries are suffering.

He added that many are reportedly willing to accept lower salaries just to secure jobs.

But none of them have made an application yet, he said.
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