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Old April 14th, 2012, 08:40 AM   #2601
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What is that Pina Colada? That gyro or whatever look pretty tasty though.
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What is that Pina Colada? That gyro or whatever look pretty tasty though.
You mean this?



That's a Cathay Delight, a kiwi-based drink offered to J and F passengers only.
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Old April 14th, 2012, 07:35 PM   #2603
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Oh, non alcoholic?
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Oh, non alcoholic?
Yes - Cathay Delight is non-alcoholic.
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Old April 17th, 2012, 08:40 AM   #2605
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Cathay Pacific releases combined traffic figures for March 2012
16 April 2012
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Cathay Pacific Airways today released combined Cathay Pacific and Dragonair traffic figures for March 2012 that show the growth in passenger numbers rising ahead of capacity growth, while cargo and mail tonnage declined compared to the same month last year.

Cathay Pacific and Dragonair carried a total of 2,388,887 passengers in March – up 10.6% on the same month in 2011 – while the passenger load factor rose by 2.5 percentage points to 79.4%. Capacity for the month, measured in available seat kilometres (ASKs), was up by 8.2%. For the first quarter of this year, passenger numbers have risen by 9.0% compared to a capacity climb of 8.6%.

The two airlines carried 144,140 tonnes of cargo and mail last month, a drop of 10.7% compared to March 2011. The cargo and mail load factor was down by 2.7 percentage points to 68.3%. Capacity, measured in available cargo/mail tonne kilometres, decreased by 2.9%, while cargo and mail tonne kilometres flown dropped by 6.7%. For the first quarter, tonnage has declined by 10.5% while capacity is down by 2.1%.

Cathay Pacific General Manager Revenue Management James Tong said: “Passenger volumes were generally robust in March, though year-on-year comparisons are distorted somewhat by the negative impact of last year’s earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The big issue at the moment is the accelerating yield decline in both the Economy and premium cabins, resulting from a combination of the continuing economic uncertainty and competitive pressure.”

Cathay Pacific General Manager Cargo Sales & Marketing James Woodrow said: "March was the strongest month of the year so far for our cargo business. This was thanks to large shipments of hi-tech consumer products from China to key markets around the world combined with capacity reductions by both Cathay Pacific and our competitors. However, the general market for airfreight remains soft, particularly into Europe. There is poor visibility looking forward and little sign of any sustained pick-up in demand. We expect business to be weaker in April and we will continue to reduce capacity as necessary.”

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Old April 18th, 2012, 05:45 PM   #2606
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Cathay Pacific expands cargo presence in India with new service to Hyderabad, boosts frequency to Bengaluru
17 April 2012
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Cathay Pacific Airways today announced that it will further expand its presence in India with a new twice-weekly freighter service to Hyderabad, making it the first airline to offer an air cargo service linking India’s fourth most populous city with East and North Asia. In addition, a third weekly freighter flight to Bengaluru will be added to meet high demand to and from India’s leading information technology hub. Both services will commence on 17 May 2012.

The launch of the new Hyderabad service and the added frequency to Bengaluru will give shippers more choice and flexibility for connecting to the airline’s international cargo network through the Hong Kong hub.

Cathay Pacific Director Cargo Nick Rhodes said: “India is an increasingly important market for our cargo business. Hyderabad is one of the major hubs for the manufacturing of pharmaceuticals in India, accounting for around one-third of the country’s prescription drug production, so we expect a strong demand for our specialized Pharma LIFT products and services. For Bengaluru, we have been seeing increasing demand since we launched our freighter service last August and we believe the time is right for an additional flight each week.”

The Hyderabad service will operate on a Hong Kong-Delhi-Bengaluru-Hyderabad-Hong Kong routing every Thursday and a Hong Kong-Chennai-Hyderabad-Hong Kong routing on Sundays. The third weekly flight to Bengaluru will operate via Mumbai on Saturdays, in addition to the current flights every Monday and Thursday.

“The launch of these new flights will reinforce Cathay Pacific’s position as one of the biggest airfreight operators in India. The latest schedule enhancements mean that Cathay Pacific will operate 19 cargo flights a week to five major commercial cities: Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru and Hyderabad,” added Mr Rhodes.
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Old April 19th, 2012, 02:33 PM   #2607
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Madness in midair
The Standard
Friday, April 20, 2012

About 400 Cathay Pacific passengers got the fright of a lifetime when a man ran amok on a Hong Kong-bound flight and attacked two cabin crew on the approach to Hong Kong International Airport.

One report suggested the man, a 52-year-old Filipino, tried to open a door in midair, although police denied this.

The man was subdued by two passengers - including a Mongolian wrestler who immobilized him with a "neck lock."

The incident happened aboard flight CX712 from Bangkok. At around 7pm, about 30 minutes before it was due to touch down on Monday, the man attacked two flight attendants, holding one at knifepoint.

Wrestler Zayabaatar Buyannemekh moved into action when he saw the knife.

"When I looked, there was a person struggling with three flight attendants, demanding and trying to open the door," he told a Mongolian web site.

"After seeing this, I tackled him using a neck lock while the second pilot came out and secured him with handcuffs."

Mongolian Prime Minister Sukhbaataryn Batbold is said to have given the wrestler an award to thank him for saving the 398 passengers.

Cathay confirmed that a cabin crew member was assaulted on the Boeing 777.

"With the flight landed at HKIA, the police detained the concerned passenger for investigation," a spokeswoman said.

"One of the cabin crew was slightly injured during the incident and she was sent to hospital for examination. She was discharged later the same day."

The two passengers who helped were slightly hurt but hospital visits was not required. All other passengers were unaffected, she added.

Police are looking into the incident.

Although the web site called the incident a terrorist attack, the spokeswoman said there is no evidence to suggest that is the case. She also fended off claims that the airline offered lifetime first-class flights, saying no rewards have been given.

Cathay Pacific Airways Flight Attendants' Union chairwoman Dora Lai Yuk-sim cited attendants on the flight as saying the attacker may have had some mental problems. They said he kept walking back and forth on the plane before suddenly rushing into the business class section and holding an attendant at knifepoint.

Lai said there was nothing to suggest he was a terrorist nor had she heard about an attempt to open the door.

Police said the man has been charged with behaving in a disorderly manner on board an aircraft and is awaiting a psychological report. He will appear in Tsuen Wan Magistrates' Court on May 2.

A Philippines consulate spokeswoman confirmed that staff had contacted the man but declined to give further details, including whether he is still in Hong Kong, or a suspected terrorist. "You will have to talk to the local authorities," she said.

According to an aviation expert, it is "almost impossible" to open the door of a aircraft in flight because of the air pressure pushing against the door from outside.

Even a strong and well-trained man could not succeed, said the expert, who asked not to be named.

The Civil Aviation Department said it is aware of the incident, and that it involved "unruly behavior of a passenger."

Meanwhile, a Taiwan-bound plane was forced to make an emergency return yesterday when it was struck by lightning shortly after takeoff in stormy weather that stranded more than 200 other flights.

Hong Kong Express Airways flight UO162, carrying 129 people to Taichung, took off from Chek Lap Kok about 12.30pm. Soon after, the Boeing 737 asked the airport for permission to return.

It had to circle for an hour before landing with all of its passengers safe. An inspection found no damage and the plane departed two hours later. According to the Airport Authority, 103 arrivals and 97 departures were delayed by heavy rain.
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Old April 23rd, 2012, 03:10 PM   #2610
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Becks' wife flies into Cathay row
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Monday, April 23, 2012

A prank on board a Cathay Pacific flight by the wife of football star David Beckham has backfired, with netizens accusing her of violating air safety.

Victoria Beckham uploaded on her Twitter page a picture of herself posing as a cabin crew member making an announcement over the plane's public address system.

Under the picture, she posted the caption: "Cabin crew prepare for landing! Welcome to Beijing!"

The plane was flying from Hong Kong to Beijing, where Beckham was unveiling a new Land Rover design last night.

A flight attendant - obviously aware of the prank and making a funny face - sat nearby, pointing a finger at Beckham, who also uploaded another picture of herself pulling a trolley in Cathay Pacific's VIP lounge at Hong Kong International Airport.

Internet forums were soon flooded with comments from people in the aviation industry criticizing Beckham for putting the flight's safety at risk if the plane had really been about to land.

A Cathay Pacific spokeswoman said the picture was taken aboard CX390, a transit flight Beckham took to Beijing, and that both Beckham and the attendant in the picture "acted inappropriately."

"In principle, the cabin crew seats are only for the cabin crew," the spokeswoman said.

Cathay has yet to speak to the hostess in the picture. An initial investigation showed the picture was not taken during "critical stages" - takeoff, landing or when the seatbelt sign is on.

The airline believes that Beckham did not make any announcement through the PA system, but a more detailed account will be given when the incident is properly investigated, the spokeswoman said. The airline has reminded attendants to decline passenger requests to sit in a cabin crew seat.

A Civil Aviation Department spokeswoman said regulations do not state clearly whether a passenger can sit in a cabin crew seat or speak through the PA system.

But she said that such a seat should be reserved for cabin crew only.

If Beckham is charged, the only one possible is for being an "unruly passenger" - if what she did threatened the flight's safety, the CAD spokeswoman said.

Several flight attendants said Beckham should not have been allowed to sit where she did as another flight attendant could have been hardpressed to find a seat in time if the plane had hit severe turbulence.

The seat is usually used by a sick passenger if he or she has to vacate an allotted seat.

However, some hostesses said people should not take the matter seriously because Beckham did it just for fun.

And a reporter commented that if Beckham wanted to dress as an air hostess, she would wear one of her own designs. The former Posh Spice in the disbanded Spice Girls group now runs her own fashion label.
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End it with Beckham, Cathay warns crews
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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Cathay Pacific told its cabin crews yesterday that it will not tolerate any more Posh Spice incidents.

This came after The Standard reported that Victoria Beckham, former member of Spice Girls and wife of football star David, came under fire for posting a picture of herself on her Twitter account apparently playing with a public address system while seated on a cabin crew seat.

Critics hit out when they saw her pranks and said she may have violated the Aviation Security Ordinance for using an electronic device while aboard an aircraft.

A Civil Aviation Department spokeswoman said that, according to section 12B of the ordinance, operating an electronic device in an aircraft registered in Hong Kong is prohibited.

A person commits an offense if they operate such a device when instructed by an aircraft crew member not to do so, the spokeswoman said.

They are liable to a fine of HK$10,000 and six months' imprisonment on summary conviction. On the other hand, they are liable to a fine of HK$50,000 and two years' imprisonment on conviction by indictment.

However, a Cathay Pacific spokeswoman said passengers are allowed to use their cell phones as long as they are switched to "flight mode."

The head of Cathay's inflight services department reminded all crew members that they have to decline passenger requests to play with the PA system or sit on a cabin crew seat.

The Cathay spokeswoman also made it clear that the photo Beckham uploaded on her Twitter page on Friday was not taken during the "critical stages" of a flight such as at takeoff, on landing or when the seatbelt sign was on.

The photo was taken onboard CX390 from Hong Kong to Beijing. The airline said checks showed Beckham did not use its PA system.
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'Unruly' consul airs side on Cathay offloading
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Posted at 04/24/2012 12:50 PM | Updated as of 04/24/2012 4:03 PM

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATE) – A businessman and consul on Monday defended himself after an international airline said he was offloaded from the plane because of unruly behavior.

Cathay Pacific said it offloaded businessman Francis Chua because the latter refused to fasten his seatbelt and made a scene as the Hong Kong-bound aircraft taxied for takeoff last Sunday.

The airline said Chua, an honorary consul of Peru, introduced himself as a special Philippine envoy to China for trade and investment.

Chua said he only wanted to remove the shoulder strap because he felt suffocated. He said he asked one of the crew members to allow him to only wear the seatbelt.

"I could not use the shoulder strap because I felt suffocated. In my previous flight from Hong Kong last 09 April 2012 via CX 919 which was delayed for 4 hours, I asked the same from a stewardess and she politely agreed," Chua said in a statement.

He added: "The first stewardess replied 'OK.' Another stewardess came and told me that I should use the shoulder strap. I told her the same thing but she insisted and even informed her supervisor."

Chua said the cabin crew supervisor raised her voice at him when he insisted that he be allowed to remove the second strap.

“[Pero pagdating ng] supervisor, masungit. Ang sabi niya ‘hindi ka pwede [hindi magsuot ng seat belt], papababain kita,’ namamanta na. Ang sabi ko baka mahimatay ako. Nakausap ko na yung isang [cabin crew].”

The crew then alerted the pilot, Captain Brian Hall, and flight officer Warren Hayman, who decided to turn the plane around.

The airline said as the Boeing 747 returned to the airport terminal, Chua left his seat and reportedly climbed up the spiral staircase to the upper deck and tried to enter the cockpit, in an apparent attempt to talk to the pilot.

Chua, however, said he did not want to talk to the pilot.

He said he only wanted to talk to a friend who was located on the plane’s upper deck to help him ease the tension.

“So tinanggal ko yung strap ko. Sabi ko sa kanya aakyat ako sa kaibigan ko. I need somebody to diffuse the tension,” he said.

“Hindi pa ako nakatungtong sa hagdan eh… Pagka-stand ko pa lang, [sinabi na ng crew agad na] ‘hindi ka pwedeng pumunta, you could not go anywhere. Sit right there.”

Chua then called the friend, but the latter was also prevented from going down the plane’s lower deck to meet him.

Chua was brought to the CAAP office after being offloaded, but until late yesterday afternoon, no formal complaint against him had been filed. Sources said several individuals were interceding on his behalf.

Cathay Pacific said it decided to offload Chua because "the safety and security of our passengers and crew is of utmost importance to us. Wearing a seatbelt is requirement stipulated by the Civil Aviation Department of Hong Kong for all airlines to ensure passenger safety."

The airline said there were 378 passengers and 19 crew on board of the Boeing 747-400 aircraft. The flight departed at 2:49 p.m. local time after a delay of about an hour.

Chua said he was on his way to Hong Kong to meet with friend Nonoy Colayco and several other businessmen to strike a $25 million investment deal for a shipping line.

His fellow businessmen from the Employers Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP) also condemned the supposed disrespectful incident.

Born in Jinjiang, Fujian, China, Chua is an honorary president of the Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry Inc. and president emeritus of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines Foundation.

He is president of Philippine Satellite Corp. and vice chairman of Mabuhay Satellite Corp. – with The Philippine Star
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Cathay Pacific introduces selection of world-class Bordeaux wines in First Class
2 May 2012
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Cathay Pacific Airways today announced the latest enhancement to its award-winning inflight cellar – the introduction of six fine Bordeaux Grands Crus Classés wines in First Class.

Passengers in the First Class cabin can now savour six carefully chosen “Classified Growths” from the Bordeaux Wine Official Classification of 1855 in addition to the regular First Class wine selection. The 1855 classification was created to present the most famous Bordeaux wines at the Paris Universal exhibition.

From the 61 crus classés – “great growths” – that feature on the Médoc list, Cathay Pacific will offer the following six fine wines:


* Château Lagrange 2006
* Château Cantenac Brown 2005
* Château Giscours 2008
* Château Pontet-Canet 2007
* Château Branaire-Ducru 2004
* Château Lynch Bages 2004


Cathay Pacific Manager Catering Services Charles Grossrieder said: “At Cathay Pacific we are committed to offering the best possible selection of food and beverage as part of the inflight experience. Over the years the Cathay Pacific Catering team has worked closely with the airline’s wine consultants to provide new and exciting additions to our inflight cellar, and we are sure our First Class passengers will relish this selection of Bordeaux Grands Crus Classés wines.”

Cathay Pacific currently carries around 70 different wines to go with its wide variety of inflight cuisine and suit the differing tastes of passengers from around the world. The current selection includes wines from France, Italy, South Africa, Australia, the United States, New Zealand and Argentina.

The airline’s wine selections are made in Hong Kong by a wine-tasting panel that includes expert wine consultants. Tasting is an extremely important of the selection process because wines taste different in the air than they do on the ground due to the drier cabin environment and the effects of air-conditioning.

In 2011, the airline served around 1.6 million bottles of wine and champagne on its flights.

Château Lagrange 2006 is a deep opaque colour with purple red nuances. The flavours of sweet cassis, liquorice, herb, and spice box are beautifully integrated with oak tannins. It is full-bodied and powerful, with outstanding purity, texture, and depth. A stylish wine with length and presence, its textured tannins give good structure around the fruit. A strong effort, the 2006 Lagrange competes with the finest wines of the appellation.

Château Cantenac Brown 2005
This exceptional vintage is extremely complex. Intriguing and with great flavours, the nose exhibits cherry and violet notes. Full bodied, with a wonderful vanilla, berry and chocolate character, the tannins are round and silky and the palate full flavoured. This leads to a lasting and memorable finish. This is one of the greatest vintages of Château Cantenac Brown.

Château Giscours 2008 presents an intense dark garnet with beautiful glints. Its complex nose reveals fine aromas of black fruit with subtle spicy notes. Round and silky, with lovely black cherry and blackcurrant fruit imbued with touches of smoke, herbs and earth, the silky palate with fine-grained tannins develop on a long finish. It is a beautifully balanced and precise wine which is a perfect expression of a pure Margaux.

Château Pontet-Canet 2007 is deep in colour, offering rich black and red fruits with a beautiful minerality. The palate is full and velvet textured with ample fruits complemented by a ripe, well defined structure. Elegant and silky, its impressive length and seamless balance make it ideal for enjoying now. It is a perfect rendition of what this vintage can achieve with rigorous grape selection.

Château Branaire-Ducru 2004
Processing the finest aromatics of all the 2004 St. Juliens, Branaire-Ducru offers complex liquorice, cranberry and floral notes interwoven with notions of plums and figs. The palate is dense, complex and smooth. The wine exhibits elegance with crisp acidity and notes of minerals, raspberries and subtle oak. Gentle ripe tannins work well with the fruit, creating a wonderful experience.

Château Lynch Bages 2004
A fully-saturated inky ruby colour, the nose offers aromas of blackcurrant and cherry. Sweet, lush and ripe, with pure blackberry, cocoa and coffee flavours, its full-bodied texture, very good balance and sound acidity keeps this light on its feet. Fully mature with a smooth and voluptuous finish, it is very enjoyable to drink now.
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Cathay Pacific COO says "Lucky to be in Asia" as economy grows
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Ivan Chu, chief operating officer of Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd., comments on China's economic growth and the airline's performance. He spoke in Hong Kong today.

China's industrial production expanded the least since 2009 in April, new yuan loans were the lowest this year and exports growth missed estimates.


On the economy - "The slowdown is in one month. It's very clear that after releasing the figures, the central government is planning to take some actions. Growth in Asia Pacific is still the best in the world. We are lucky to be here in Asia."


On Cathay Pacific - "In Southeast Asia and in Northeast Asia, we are doing well in both passenger and cargo businesses, and have generated growth. The Asian region will be a star in our business. It's not that good in long-haul business, particularly flights to Europe. For cargo, we are hoping there will be meaningful pre-Christmas rush this year. Last year, we didn't have that."

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Dragonair to Launch New Service to Kolkata, India
23 May 2012
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(HONG KONG) Dragonair today announced that it will add its second passenger destination in India, launching a new service to the important commercial and financial hub of Kolkata. The airline already operates a daily service to Bengaluru (Bangalore).

Subject to government approval and the date of opening of the new airport terminal, the service to Kolkata will commence in winter 2012 with four flights a week operated by Airbus A320 aircraft.

The launch of Dragonair’s latest destination will offer more options and greater convenience for people travelling between Hong Kong and the eastern region of India. Travellers can connect through the Hong Kong hub to and from Dragonair’s Mainland China network as well as destinations in North America and Australia through seamless connections on the extensive global network of sister airline Cathay Pacific.

Dragonair Chief Executive Officer Patrick Yeung said: “The launch of a new service to Kolkata marks an important step in building Dragonair’s presence in the Indian market, following the launch of flights to Bengaluru in 2008. India is one of the major economies in Asia and the country has an increasing influence on the world stage. We are happy to offer travellers to and from this huge market a wider opportunity to enjoy our award-winning products and services.

“The launch of yet another new route by Dragonair is a significant step in enhancing Hong Kong’s role as a leading international aviation hub. By improving connections between Hong Kong and India we will offer a wider choice for both business and leisure travellers through our extensive Mainland China network as well as the global network of Cathay Pacific,” Mr Yeung added.

Kolkata will be the seventh destination to be launched or resumed by Dragonair this year. Since April, the airline has already resumed or launched scheduled services to Xi’an, Guilin, Jeju and Taichung. It will launch scheduled services to Clark in the Philippines later this month and Chiang Mai in Thailand in July.
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Dragonair Celebrates Launch of Flights to Taichung
29 May 2012
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(HONG KONG) Dragonair celebrated the launch of its twice-daily service between Hong Kong and Taichung with a cocktail reception held in Taichung city on 28 May. More than 100 guests, including government officials, travel trade and tourism partners, frequent flyers and media representatives, attended the event, which was hosted by the airline’s Chief Executive Officer Patrick Yeung.

Mr Yeung was joined by guest of honour Jason Hu, the Mayor of Taichung, and General Manager Taiwan & Korea Vivian Lo to officiate at the ceremony. Among the other distinguished guests was John Leung, Director of the Hong Kong Economic, Trade & Cultural Office.

Speaking at the event, Mr Yeung said: “Taiwan is a very important market for Dragonair and the Taichung service will further boost traffic between Taiwan and Hong Kong. I would like to extend my sincere thanks to the authorities in both locations for their great support in getting our Taichung operation up and running smoothly.

"2012 is an exciting year for Dragonair as we expand our network through the addition of at least seven destinations. In addition to Taichung, we have already launched a new service to Jeju in Korea and resumed flights to Xi’an and Guilin. We’ll also start new services to Clark in the Philippines tomorrow [29 May], Chiang Mai in Thailand in July, and Kolkata, India, this winter. Dragonair's network will extend to 40 cities in the Asia-Pacific region, further consolidating Hong Kong’s position as an international aviation hub,” added Mr Yeung.

Dragonair General Manager Taiwan & Korean Vivian Lo said: “Central Taiwan, and Taichung City in particular, is a market with great potential. The Taichung service not only provides passengers with more choice and greater convenience for travel between Hong Kong and Taiwan, but it also offers better connectivity to the extensive regional network of Dragonair and the worldwide network of our sister airline Cathay Pacific.”

Dragonair had a charter service to Taichung between 2007 and 2009. The airline’s twice-daily service between Hong Kong and Taichung, operated by Airbus A320 aircraft, began on 14 May. Dragonair now operates 77 passenger services out of Taiwan every week, covering three major cities, namely Taipei, Kaohsiung and Taichung.
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