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Old December 25th, 2011, 01:34 PM   #2541
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Cathay Pacific will arrange an aircraft to bring flight CX254 passengers back to Hong Kong
23 December 2011
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Cathay Pacific will arrange CX260 from Paris to Hong Kong to make a stop at Moscow to bring back to Hong Kong the 197 passengers and 21 flight crew affected by the CX254 diversion.

The Boeing 747-400 aircraft is expected to arrive at Moscow at 19:25 local time (23:25 HK time), and will then fly out at 20:55 local time (0:55 HK time). The estimated arrival time in Hong Kong is 09:50 HK time on 25 December.

A Cathay Pacific spokesman said: “We apologise for the inconvenience caused to the passengers. The cause of the incident is being investigated and we are cooperating fully with all the authorities concerned.”

Cathay Pacific flight CX254 which departed from London 22:22 on 23 December local time to Hong Kong was diverted to Moscow. There are 197 passengers and 21 flight crew on board the Boeing 747-400 aircraft.

Our preliminary information indicates that after about four hours and 10 minutes of the flight journey, the Captain decided to divert the flight to Moscow because smoke was detected in the cockpit and the cabin.

The aircraft landed and parked at Moscow uneventfully at 8 am Moscow time (about 12 noon HK time) with no injuries to passengers or crew reported. Local priority landing was requested as a precautionary measure.

Normal disembarking was arranged for all passengers. Hotel accommodation has been arranged for passengers who do not require visa to enter Russia while other passengers are being looked after at the terminal.
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Cathay Pacific Plans Auckland & Toronto Service Reduction in S12

As per 27DEC11 GDS timetable and inventory display, Cathay Pacific appears to be reducing Hong Kong – Auckland and Hong Kong – Toronto service from 25MAR12 AND 01MAY12 respectively.

Auckland is operating Daily instead of 10 weekly, while Toronto operates 10 weekly instead of 14 weekly. Note it is possible that the service reduction may be reversed in coming weeks.

Summer 2012 schedule as of 27DEC11:

Hong Kong – Auckland
CX107 HKG2105 – 1155+1AKL 343 D
CX108 AKL1320 – 2100HKG 343 D

Hong Kong – Toronto
CX828 HKG1040 – 1350YYZ 77W 357
CX826 HKG1705 – 2020YYZ 77W D

CX829 YYZ0140 – 0500+1HKG 77W D
CX827 YYZ1530 – 1855+1HKG 77W 357

CX828/827 operates Daily until 30APR12


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Checked Cathay Pacific flights from ICN. Cathay Pacific really flies 5 times directly to Hong Kong with one stopping at Taipei before heading off to HK on the same plane.

Is Taipei-ICN route really busy? EVA runs it, KE runs it, CX runs it as well.
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Old December 29th, 2011, 09:01 AM   #2544
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Checked Cathay Pacific flights from ICN. Cathay Pacific really flies 5 times directly to Hong Kong with one stopping at Taipei before heading off to HK on the same plane.

Is Taipei-ICN route really busy? EVA runs it, KE runs it, CX runs it as well.
I think CX has generous 5th freedom rights out of Taipei, as they also do these 1-stop services to Japanese cities as well.
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11 January 2012
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HAECO Signs Memorandum of Understanding with Cathay Pacific Airways on Airframe Inventory Technical Management

Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company Limited (“HAECO”) has entered into a memorandum of understanding with Cathay Pacific Airways Limited (“CX”) in relation to the management of the CX group’s airframe rotable components.

The transaction is expected to yield benefits in component asset utilisation, pool synergy, business scalability, supplier relationships, and physical component repair capability development opportunities, putting HAECO in a strong position to secure potential customers in the Asia Pacific region where
strong growth is expected. The HAECO Inventory Technical Management (“ITM”) business is based in Hong Kong, with excellent logistics infrastructure and freight network coverage to serve airline needs around the world.

“We are delighted to have reached a significant milestone with Cathay Pacific, strengthening the strategic position of this business in our portfolio,” said Mr. Augustus Tang, HAECO’s CEO.
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Cathay Pacific releases combined traffic figures for December 2011
16 January 2012


Cathay Pacific Airways today released combined Cathay Pacific and Dragonair traffic figures for December 2011 that show growth in passenger numbers closer to capacity growth than in previous months, though cargo and mail tonnage showed another significant year-on-year decline.

Cathay Pacific and Dragonair carried a total of 2,460,016 passengers in December – up 7.9% on the same month last year – while the passenger load factor fell by 0.5 percentage points to 79.6%. Capacity for the month, measured in available seat kilometres (ASKs), was up by 8.7%. For 2011 as a whole, the number of passengers carried rose by 2.9% compared to the previous year, while capacity increased by 9.2%.

The two airlines carried 142,122 tonnes of cargo and mail in December, down 11.9% on the same month in 2010. The cargo and mail load factor was down by 9.6 percentage points to 67.8%. Capacity, measured in available cargo/mail tonne kilometres, rose by 3.9%, while cargo and mail tonne kilometres flown were down by 9.0%. For the year as whole, tonnage dropped by 8.6% compared to a capacity increase of 6.9%, while cargo and mail tonne kilometres flown fell by 5.2%.

Cathay Pacific General Manager Revenue Management James Tong said: “December was a relatively strong month in terms of the number of people flying, with passenger growth almost keeping pace with capacity growth. Demand was strong over the Christmas peak and premium traffic held up well. The biggest area of concern was the continuing pressure on yield in the Economy cabin, particularly on long-haul routes. We’ll be seeing high loads again over the upcoming Chinese New Year peak but yield will remain an area of concern.”

Cathay Pacific General Manager Cargo Sales & Marketing James Woodrow said: "The traditional year-end peak for our cargo business simply didn’t happen and our December figures were a disappointing end to what was a challenging year overall. Demand out of our key markets in Hong Kong and Mainland China remain soft and there is no sign of any upturn in prospect as we move into 2012. On the positive side, we have been seeing good contributions from recently added destinations such as Chongqing, Chengdu and Zaragoza and we will continue to seek out new business opportunities.”



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Cathay Agrees to Buy 6 Airbus Planes

HONG KONG—Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. said Friday it agreed to buy six Airbus aircraft with a total catalog price of US$1.63 billion as part of its expansion plans, despite a weakening global economy.

The Hong Kong-based blue-chip airline, which is controlled by conglomerate Swire Pacific Ltd., said in a statement it ordered six A350-900 wide-body long-haul aircraft, which will mainly serve destinations in Europe. They are scheduled for delivery between 2016 and 2017.

The deal underscores the carrier's confidence in Asia's aviation market despite the problems the sector now faces, including high fuel costs and fragile consumer confidence because of concerns about the global economy.

Cathay Pacific has been investing heavily to increase its capacity and services as it competes with other carriers in the region. Last year it announced plans to buy 14 Boeing 777-300 extended range passenger aircraft and eight Boeing 777-200 freighters as well as 15 Airbus A330s and two Airbus A350-900s.

The airline didn't disclose the actual cost of the deal announced Friday, but it said Airbus, a unit of European Aeronautic Defence & Space Co., had granted it "significant price concessions." Airlines usually receive discounts from manufacturers for large aircraft orders.

Before the latest deal, Cathay Pacific had more than 90 aircraft on order for delivery through 2019, with a list price of around 180 billion Hong Kong dollars (US$23.2 billion), including 36 Airbus A350-900s be delivered from 2016 to 2019. It also has two A350-900 on 12-year operating leases.

The company said it would fund the transaction with commercial bank loans, other debt instruments and internal cash resources.

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Cathay apologizes for mechanical glitches
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Cathay Pacific Airways issued an apology yesterday for a recent spate of incidents involving its Boeing 747-400 aircraft that affected about 1,500 passengers.

Chief operating officer Ivan Chu Kwok-leung said the latest incidents were mechanical in nature and not due to pilot shortage.

"This is unavoidable when the passenger volume is high," he said. "We regret the inconvenience caused. Sometimes we make relatively better decisions, and sometimes we don't."

On Saturday, oil was seen leaking from the right wing of a Boeing 747-400 as it was set to take off from London with 369 passengers bound for Hong Kong. The plane returned to the terminal, and the passengers eventually arrived in the SAR 28 hours later than scheduled.

The next day, a flight from New Zealand was also delayed for nearly a day because of an oil pressure meter failure, affecting 370 passengers. Chu said safety is the airline's priority, and planes experiencing mechanical problems would never be allowed to fly. He added that Cathay will beef up maintenance.

Chu stressed that Boeing 747s have a long record of reliable service, not only with Cathay Pacific but other airlines as well. The number of mechanical incidents involving this model for Cathay Pacific actually declined 30 percent last year.

Cathay is investing HK$190 billion to buy 90 new planes by 2019. The current fleet of 21 Boeing 747s will gradually be replaced by Boeing 777-300ERs and Airbus A350s.

Chu said the airline handled a record 101 extra flights last week during the Lunar New Year.

He reiterated Hong Kong's de facto flag carrier plans to hire more than 200 pilots this year to meet its expansion plans, amid complaints from existing pilots that they need to work on their days off.

When asked whether there was a pilot shortage, Chu replied: "I cannot say that there is such a situation. When a business reaches 96,000 passengers [a day], it [staffing] can be relatively tight during busy seasons. But it is not that tight during non-busy seasons."
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Cathay Pacific completes Business Class Lounge renovations at The Wing, the airline’s flagship lounge in Hong Kong
31 January 2012
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Cathay Pacific Airways today reopened its Level 7 Business Class Lounge of The Wing at Hong Kong International Airport following an extensive renovation. The newly opened 1,935-square-metre Level 7 lounge, together with the 1,002-square-metre Business Class Lounge on Level 6 that reopened in April last year, offers a new level of comfort and service for passengers flying out of Hong Kong.

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 help satisfy the growing demand for lounge usage in Hong Kong. The final phase of renovations for The Wing will be for the First Class Lounge, which will begin shortly. Designed by London-based architects Foster + Partners, The Wing renovations will be completed in full by the fourth quarter of 2012.

Cathay Pacific Director Service Delivery Philippe de Gentile-Williams said: “The refurbishment of The Wing highlights our commitment to offering the highest level of products and services to our valued customers. We will continue to make significant investments to ensure we deliver the very best to our passengers both on the ground and in the air.”

Among the many changes and upgrades is the signature Noodle Bar, which has not only doubled in seating capacity, but also moved beyond its original enclosed area to a larger open-ceiling space with ample sunlight and natural live bamboo decorations. On top of freshly made noodles, passengers can now enjoy the newly introduced Chinese-style buns, or bao, including the popular Char Siu Bao.

Also new to The Wing is the introduction of The Coffee Loft, a relaxing space where passengers can enjoy a cup of specialty coffee and freshly baked pastries. Self-service buffet counters featuring a wide variety of quality Asian and Western hot dishes along with cold food selections are also available on both levels of the lounge throughout the day.

The refurbished Business Class sections of The Wing offer a wide range of designer furniture including 35 unique Cathay Solus Chairs designed specifically to accommodate single travellers’ needs. The Level 6 lounge also houses all 24 of The Wing’s Business Class shower suites where passengers can freshen up before departures.

As with all Cathay Pacific lounges, The Wing’s 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.

THE NEW-LOOK BUSINESS CLASS LOUNGE OF THE WING

Overview

The Wing is Cathay Pacific’s flagship lounge at Hong Kong International Airport. Offering passengers unparalleled levels of comfort and convenience, The Wing set a new standard in airline ground service when it first opened its doors in 1998. The original design was created by renowned British designer John Pawson to represent the ultimate in spaciousness, tranquillity and uncluttered design.

While The Wing is an “old friend” to many of Cathay’s most frequent travellers, we recognise the need to continue offering the highest level of products and services to our valued customers. After 13 years in operation, Cathay Pacific appointed London-based Foster + Partners to redesign the lounge space with a full-scale renovation and refurbishment commencing in late 2010.

The renovation is being carried out in phases to minimise inconvenience to passengers. Phase I of the renovation for the Level 6 Business Class lounge was completed in April 2011, followed by Phase II - for the Level 7 Business Class lounge – which was completed in January 2012. The last phase will be the Level 7 First Class lounge, and the work will be completed in full by the fourth quarter of 2012.

Open ceilings and unobstructed views remain the hallmarks of The Wing. The original minimalist design is enhanced by contemporary and refreshing elements intended to re-establish The Wing as one of the best airport lounges in the world.

The sense of expectation builds immediately on arrival, with passengers greeted by our warm and friendly staff before heading to the balcony level. Inside this exclusive space, passengers have the freedom to recharge, relax, or catch up on some work.

Materials

The palette of materials has been carefully chosen to create a comfortable environment, one which relates to the airport as a whole while remaining distinctive in its own right. Building on the materials from the original The Wing and The Cabin, the new space features a palate of warm woods, white Carrara marble, “Nero Marquina” black marble and “China Black” granite.

The hugely popular Noodle Bar has been greatly expanded and has also moved beyond its original enclosed area to a larger, open-ceiling space with ample sunlight and natural live bamboo from Mainland China. The mix of bamboo material and natural stone gives a modern Asian feel to the space, making it a perfect place for passengers to relax and enjoy a bowl of freshly made noodles together with a selection of authentic Asian dishes.

The Long Bar remains an iconic feature of The Wing, and the white marble which forms the 23-metre-long feature was hand-picked from Italy.

The two self-service buffet counters, one on each level of The Wing, are also finished with white Carrara marble to provide the perfect backdrop to a variety of high-quality Asian and Western hot food selections along with cold dishes.

Furnishing

The furniture featured in The Wing comes from some of the world’s best craftsmen. The Foster 503 & Foster 500 leather armchairs designed by Sir Norman Foster and the Oscar Armchair designed by Person Lloyd are both produced by renowned furniture maker Walter Knoll, while the Imprimatur leather armchair and Kalos armchair, both designed by Antonio Citterio, have been produced by B&B Italia. These contemporary pieces are complemented by Cathay Pacific’s unique Solus Chair, which was designed by Cathay Pacific and Foster + Partners around the needs of the single traveller and handcrafted by Poltrona Frau in Italy.

The Coffee Loft

A brand new feature of The Wing, the Coffee Loft provides a relaxing environment where passengers can enjoy a cup of freshly brewed coffee and pastries baked on the premises. The space transforms into a cocktail bar in the evenings.

Level 6 Lounge Facilities

Passengers who prefer a more enclosed environment can choose to relax in the lower level of The Wing, where they will find a self-service international buffet area, as well as 24 shower suites where they can freshen up before their departure.

Also on this level is the IT Zone, which features six workstations equipped with individual computers and printers available for use by lounge guests.

Eligibility

The Wing 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. Its main entrance is located on Level 6, by Gate 2 at the airport.
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Pilots still confident in Cathay legal fight
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The leader of the group of 49 pilots sacked by Cathay Pacific is keeping his fingers crossed that the Court of Final Appeal will end their decade- long quest for justice.

Speaking at the Foreign Correspondents' Club, John Warham has high hopes the court will give him and the other sacked pilots the overdue justice he said they deserve.

"Yes, we are confident," Warham said. "We have been confident since 2001. We have confidence in the Court of Appeal and the Court of Final Appeal.

"The court is going to see the merits of our case and realize the implications of their rulings."

In July 2001, Warham and 48 other Cathay Pacific pilots were sacked on the same date - hence the group's name "the 49ers." Three other pilots were also sacked around that time.

Warham, 60, claimed he was fired because he was chairman of the Hong Kong Aircrew Officers Association and the chief negotiator in a dispute with the airline over rostering and flight safety issues. The pilots were sacked after a work to rule.

Some of the 23 pilots who filed for damages in 2001 accepted an offer by the airline and promised not to pursue the case.

But 17 of them were determined to take it to the Court of Final Appeal.

In 2010, the Court of Appeal overturned a High Court ruling that awarded each plaintiff a record HK$3.3 million for defamation - slashing the amount to HK$700,000. The court also overturned a ruling of wrongful dismissal.

Warham said yesterday the dispute is no longer a local industrial issue, and it has escalated to a new level.

"It affects every man and woman working under a contract of employment," he said.

Current law allows employers to fire employees without a cause, as long as sufficient compensation is offered.

Although some of the management members involved in the sackings no longer work at Cathay Pacific, Warham said some of the "big people" are still there.

"They have never shown any remorse or at any time offered any apology."

Immediately after the pilots were sacked, they were also blacklisted by all leading airlines, he said. The "malicious" sacking broke up marriages and families as quarrels intensified.

Warham had been a Cathay Pacific pilot for 17 years before he was fired, and was only five years short of retirement.

He was out of work until hired recently by the Oxford Aviation Academy as a flight simulator consultant.

A Cathay Pacific spokeswoman declined to comment. The case will be heard by the Court of Final Appeal on August 27.
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Cathay Pacific to restart New Delhi-Bangkok service from Feb 14
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Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific Airways has said that it will reintroduce daily flights from here to Bangkok from mid-February.

The daily flights from New Delhi will begin operations from February 14, the company said in a statement today.

This will be a full service flight, with a bigger seat capacity in business and economy class, it said, adding that the airline aims at catering to the corporate and MICE travel to Thailand.

The airline had discontinued services to Bangkok temporarily from December 11, 2011, keeping in mind the fog period and replaced this flight with a second direct service flight to Hong Kong.

It operates through offices in Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai and Bengaluru with its sister airline Dragonair.
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