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Old June 12th, 2012, 04:05 PM   #2621
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Cathay Pacific launches cargo service to Hyderabad

Hyderabad, May 17 (IANS) Air cargo major Cathay Pacific Thursday announced its expansion in India with a new twice-weekly freighter service to Hyderabad.

The service will operate on the Hong Kong-Delhi-Bangalore-Hyderabad-Hong Kong route every Thursday and on the Hong Kong-Chennai-Hyderabad-Hong Kong route on Sundays.

The move makes Cathay Pacific the first airline to offer air cargo services linking Hyderabad with east and north Asia.

The company launched its service a month after Thai Airways commenced its Bangkok-Hyderabad-Frankfurt cargo freighter service. Lufthansa is already operating four freighter services a week on the Mumbai-Hyderabad-Sharjah-Frankfurt route.

"India, and in particular Hyderabad, is fast emerging as an important pharmaceutical manufacturing centre with 70 percent of the exports coming from Hyderabad alone. Cathay Pacific expertise, along with the connectivity and the modern infrastructure at the Hyderabad airport will enable us to offer our customers the best and most reliable infrastructure facility for air cargo transport," said Vikram Jaisinghani, chief executive officer of GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd (GHIAl).

The GHIAI's cargo terminal is the country's first modular integrated cargo facility spread over an area of 14,330 sq metres with a capacity to handle 150,000 tonnes of cargo annually.

The terminal also has India's only dedicated pharmaceutical handling zone which offers a temperature-controlled environment for handling temperature sensitive pharma products to maintain the cold chain during the shipment movement process.

While Air Freight volumes in India have grown at a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 10.3 percent since 2008-09, the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA), Hyderabad, recorded a 12.5 percent CAGR, handling 82,000 tonnes during 2011-12.

RGIA currently manages over 270 international and 1,645 domestic flights a week serving Africa, Europe, USA, Middle East and Asia Pacific regions.
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Old June 14th, 2012, 01:13 PM   #2622
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Cathay Pacific releases combined traffic figures for May 2012
14 June 2012
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Cathay Pacific Airways today released combined Cathay Pacific and Dragonair traffic figures for May 2012 that show a year-on-year growth in passenger numbers alongside a significant drop in cargo and mail tonnage.

Cathay Pacific and Dragonair carried a total of 2,358,171 passengers in May – an increase of 6.8% on the same month in 2011 – while the passenger load factor rose by 0.2 percentage points to 78.5%. Capacity for the month, measured in available seat kilometres (ASKs), rose by 4.2%. For the year to date, passenger numbers have risen by 9.1% compared to a capacity increase of 7.6%.

The two airlines carried 123,403 tonnes of cargo and mail last month, a drop of 10.6% compared to May 2011. The cargo and mail load factor was down by 5.9 percentage points to 62.3%. Capacity, measured in available cargo/mail tonne kilometres, decreased by 7.3%, while cargo and mail tonne kilometres flown dropped by 15.3%. For year to date, tonnage has declined by 10.7% against a capacity drop of 4.1%.

Cathay Pacific General Manager Revenue Management James Tong said: “Demand on the passenger side remained robust throughout May, boosted by the enhancement of both Cathay Pacific and Dragonair’s regional services. Dragonair added four new destinations to its network in May. We continued to see a decline in yield in the Economy Class cabin on most routes. Business in the premium cabins is now being affected by a fall in yield and a lack of growth in volumes.”

Cathay Pacific General Manager Cargo Sales & Marketing James Woodrow said: "Demand once again remained soft out of the key Hong Kong and Mainland China markets in May. Demand was down on long-haul routes, particularly to Europe, though traffic within the Asia Pacific region held up well. We continue to manage capacity in line with demand, at the same time as developing new markets where possible. In May we launched a new freighter service to Hyderabad in India following on from the launch of services to Zhengzhou in Central China in late March.”
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Old June 16th, 2012, 11:36 AM   #2624
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Beat goes on for high-flying family duo
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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Talk about following in the family footsteps. A mother and daughter who both work for Cathay Pacific have the same side job - they are in the auxiliary police.

Flight attendant Anson Yik Siu-lam, 25 - who spends her nine days off each month as an auxiliary police officer walking the beat - says she feels like "another person" when she is on duty. She makes HK$70 an hour as a constable and considers the job a stress reliever from her duties at Cathay.

"I love working with people and contributing back to society. It always gives me a great sense of achievement and fulfillment every time someone smiles or thanks me."

Recalling an incident when she prevented a woman from attempting suicide, Anson said her communications skills as a flight attendant greatly helped her.

Her mother, Susan Chu Siu-ying, 58, is a senior flight instructor and has worked at Cathay for nearly 40 years. She has been in the auxiliary police for 37 years, with her latest position as a crowd management coordinator, earning HK$110 an hour.

"Both jobs allow us to contribute back to society and stay physically fit," Susan said. "Plus, the uniforms are really pretty."
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Old June 26th, 2012, 09:45 AM   #2625
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Interview: HK aviation benefited greatly from its return to mainland - Cathay Pacific CE
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HONG KONG, June 26 (Xinhua) -- Hong Kong has benefited tremendously from its return to the mainland. Being able to play a role to support the growth and development of the mainland economy, Hong Kong will achieve further prosperity in the future, John J. Slosar, chief executive of the Cathay Pacific Airways Limited, said during a recent exclusive interview with Xinhua.

AVIATION GROWTH "FANTASTIC"

"The aviation story in the development of Hong Kong in the past 15 years has been a fantastic one. The growth in flights, the growth in destinations, the growth in passenger numbers have all been fantastic." This is Slosar's comment on the overall development of the city's aviation industry.

What's made that development happen? In his eyes Hong Kong returning to China is the most important factor.

Slosar explained that Hong Kong's return to the motherland on July 1, 1997 created huge amount of interest among Chinese passengers to visit "the Orient Pearl" and thus has helped the city to expand its network into the mainland in a big way.

As one of the four pillar industries in Hong Kong, tourism has enjoyed tremendous development in the past decade, which has benefited the aviation industry. Statistics show that last year in every 10 Hong Kong visitors, nearly 7 were from the mainland. With a 65-year history, Cathay Pacific is lucky enough to jump at chances and prosper.

"It's always a good thing to be in a market where it grows. We are fortunate to base here where Hong Kong is very much in the middle of Asia and now a part of China. Half of the world population lives within a 5 hour flight of Hong Kong so there are lots of reasons for people to be coming to and through Hong Kong," Slosar said.

15 years after the reunification, the relationship between Hong Kong and the mainland has become broader and stronger. Benefited from the economic boom of the mainland, Hong Kong has also made unique contributions by participating in the development of the mainland economy.

"As long as the mainland economy continues to be strong, Hong Kong will have a role in helping that to happen and Hong Kong will achieve prosperity by playing that role," said he.

PARTNERSHIP WITH CHINA

Market means profit. With the ties between Hong Kong and the mainland drew closer and closer, how to go deep into the mainland market has become the priority on Cathay Pacific's agenda.

In 2006, Cathay Pacific took over 100 percent share of Dragon Air, a regional airline based in Hong Kong and its primary destinations are in the mainland. Up till now, Dragon Air operates about 400 flights a week to around 20 different destinations in China. Before the integration of Dragon Air into Cathay Pacific, there was about a million transfer passengers between the two airlines. The number has more than tripled in past 6 years working together.

"Dragon Air incorporation with Cathay (Pacific) is really important of us and it really adds value to us and helps us develop a strategy for serving the Chinese markets.. It really helped to increase the passengers traveling between China's mainland and Hong Kong as well as bring passengers to Hong Kong where they can go to other destinations with Cathay (Pacific)," Slosar said proudly.

Besides that, Cathay Pacific also built strategic partnership with Air China, one of the major airlines of China. Cathay Pacific now is a share holder in cargo of Air China, which operates in Beijing and Shanghai.

"Our goal is to make Air China Cargo one of the largest and efficient cargo airlines in the world," Slosar explained the future plan. "Wherever the cargo needs to move, Air China Cargo would like to be there servicing," he added.

On top of cargo, the two airlines also co-share a bunch of different flights. As Slosar put it, "Air China is absolutely our number one strategic partner."

INVESTMENT MAKES GROWTH

In Cathay Pacific's point of view, investment is crucial for the growth of aviation industry. Following that principle, the airline has enlarged its fleet size to 170 airplanes. According to Slosar, Cathay Pacific now has another 90 aircrafts on order for delivery for the next 7 year.

As for the cargo, a new cargo terminal is under construction at the Hong Kong International Airport by Cathay Pacific which will open in the beginning of next year. It will be one of the largest cargo terminals in the world with a capacity of about 2.6 million cargoes each year. "It'll be world class in terms of efficiency and energy consumption," Slosar said with a smile.

In addition, the airline has equipped its fleet with 10 new Boeing 747 freighters and 8 Boeing 777 freighters are under way.

"It'll give us a large and very fuel-efficient and low-cost freighter networks to help us continue to build cargo business," said he.

Slosar believed the largest trade flow in the world for cargo is to and from China. As a part of China, Hong Kong is a good place to provide services in helping that trade flow to exist and to move efficiently.

"The infrastructure in Hong Kong, in terms the customs, the trucking routs, the terminals, everything makes the trade and logistics happen efficiently."

Looking ahead, Slosar is quite confident and optimistic. "Hong Kong is always to be flexible, and to be able to adapt itself to whatever it required to be successful in the world economy. I think Hong Kong will continue to do that in the future. I'm very optimistic about the mainland economy and the mainland society, and I'm very optimistic about Hong Kong's opportunity as part of that," he said.

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Cathay Pacific highlights sustainability challenges in GRI A+ rated report
3 July 2012
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Cathay Pacific Airways today launched its latest Sustainable Development Report which outlines the various sustainability measures undertaken by the airline in 2011. The report incorporates the Cathay Pacific Group’s 100%-owned subsidiaries based in Hong Kong – Dragonair, Cathay Pacific Catering Services, Hong Kong Airport Services, Vogue Laundry Services and Cathay Pacific Holidays – and the 60%-owned Air Hong Kong.

For the fourth consecutive year, the report has achieved an A+ rating - the highest possible - in the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) guidelines, an externally verified and internationally accepted benchmark for reporting on economic, environmental and social impacts.

Cathay Pacific Head of Environmental Affairs Mark Watson said: “Our commitment to sustainability remains a vital part of our vision to be the world’s best airline. We face significant sustainability challenges and we are open and transparent about these in our latest Sustainable Development Report. We are now firmly on the journey towards achieving real and tangible improvements in our environmental, social and economic performance and we will continue to put sustainability at the forefront of our business decision-making.”

The report features in-depth coverage of the Group’s economic, social and environmental performance in 2011. The theme of the report, “En route to Sustainability”, highlights the ongoing journey of sustainability on which the company and details how it has remained on this path despite recent challenges. For the first time, a detailed matrix illustrates the importance of sustainability issues in the Cathay Pacific Sustainable Development Strategy.

In a joint message in the report, Cathay Pacific Chairman Christopher Pratt and Chief Executive John Slosar said: “Sustainability is indeed a journey, and we are committed to the long haul. We may not have found the most effective solutions to all of our challenges today, but we are striving to find them. In the meantime, we will continue to plan for the future and do the things we need to do to be successful in the long term. We realise that this path is not an easy one, but we believe it is the right one.”

This is the first year that the full Sustainable Development Report will be available only through a dedicated website. As before, readers can download specific sections of the report or the full report in PDF format, and a 20-page summary will also be available. The Cathay Pacific Group Sustainable Development Report 2011 can be accessed at www.cathaypacific.com/sdreport.
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Cathay has chosen the A350-1000 as their very large aircraft.

"Cathay Pacific selects A350-1000. Places 10 new orders and converts 16 existing -900 orders to -1000."
https://twitter.com/Airbus/status/222633454221799424


With this conversion and new order Cathay 20 A350-900 and 26 A350-1000 on order.

This means no A380, 747-8I for Cathay.

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Airline to add largest version of all-new airliner to existing A350 XWB order
10 July 2012 Press Release

Cathay Pacific Airways today announced that it intends to add the A350-1000 to its future A350 XWB fleet, with an agreement to place a new order for 10 aircraft. In addition, the Hong Kong-based airline will convert 16 of its existing orders for the A350-900 to the larger A350-1000. The acquisition of the A350-1000, which is subject to the approval of the Board of the airline, will bring the total number of A350 XWB aircraft ordered by Cathay Pacific to 48. The airline also has separate lease agreements to acquire two more aircraft.

The A350-1000 is the largest version of the A350 XWB family and typically seats 350 passengers in a three class layout. The aircraft is capable of flying 8,400 nautical miles non-stop and will be operated by Cathay Pacific on higher density routes, including its longest non-stop flights to Europe and North America. The aircraft will be powered by two Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines delivering 97,000lbs of thrust – the most powerful engines ever developed for an Airbus aircraft.

“This is an important and strategic development for Cathay Pacific. The A350-1000 aircraft will bring us world-beating fuel efficiency and environmental friendliness” said John Slosar, Chief Executive, Cathay Pacific Airways. “It will also be a very popular aircraft with our customers and its improved payload and range will allow us to connect more and more important cities worldwide directly with Hong Kong.”

“This announcement from one of the world’s most highly respected airlines is a clear endorsement of the unbeatable operating economics offered by the A350-1000,” said Fabrice Brégier, Airbus President & CEO. “The A350-1000 will be a game changer in the 350-seat category, offering outstanding payload-range capability and a 25 per cent reduction in fuel burn. As an all-new design, it will outperform existing aircraft in its size category on every count, as well as any future derivatives of those aircraft.”

The A350 XWB (Xtra Wide-Body) Family is an all-new mid-size long range product line comprising three versions seating between 270 and 350 passengers in typical three-class layouts. Scheduled for entry-into-service in 2014, the A350 XWB is already one of most successful aircraft programmes ever, with a total of 548 firm orders already received from 34 customers worldwide.
http://www.airbus.com/newsevents/new...cts-a350-1000/
note: It's not a firm order yet since it's still "subject to the approval of the Board of the airline", but that's probably just a formality.
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CX evaluates flights to Peru?

Cathay Pacific Airways de Hong Kong evalúa venir al Perú
Martes, 10 de julio del 2012
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—El próximo mes vendrá una delegación conformada por 17 empresarios hongkoneses a Lima a reconocer qué oportunidades tienen de invertir en nuestro país. Perú fue invitado para participar en enero próximo en el Foro Global de Financiamiento.
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Dragonair Resumes Scheduled Services to Haikou - One of Eight Destinations Being Added in 2012
11 July 2012
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(HONG KONG) Dragonair today announced that it will resume scheduled services to Haikou in Hainan Province, further strengthening Hong Kong’s position as a global aviation hub and gateway to Mainland China.

The daily service between Hong Kong and Haikou will commence on 28 October 2012, operated by an Airbus A320 aircraft.

“With the resumption of services to Haikou, Dragonair will serve the two most popular cities in Hainan Province – Sanya and Haikou, offering passengers more choice and greater convenience when travelling to this popular destination. As word spreads about what a unique destination it is, Hainan Island has seen significant traffic growth recently, showing great potential in this market,” said Patrick Yeung, Dragonair Chief Executive Officer.

“Our Mainland China network will increase to 20 destinations with the addition of the Haikou service, reinforcing our commitment to our core market,” Mr Yeung added.

Haikou is one of eight destinations to be launched or resumed by Dragonair this year. Since April, Dragonair has resumed or launched scheduled services to Xi’an, Guilin, Jeju, Taichung, Clark (in the Philippines) and Chiang Mai. The airline has also announced a new service to Kolkata in India that will launch in winter 2012. Together with Kolkata and Haikou, the total number of destinations served by the airline will increase to 41.
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Cathay ponders joining the Wi-Fi revolution
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Rising costs have airlines across the world looking for ways to save on expenses and the immediate effect seems to be on in-flight entertainment and just how it is delivered to us all.

Cathay Pacific is the latest of the world's big airlines to announce it is considering altering its in-flight services, doing away with the traditional chair-mounted screens and the miles of connecting wires they require on each aircraft. Instead, like more and more airlines, Cathay is contemplating in-flight Wi-Fi options for the movies and the music it offers to passengers.

"It's the next generation of in-flight entertainment," the airline's chief executive John Slosar told the South China Morning Post.

Cathay says, however, it will wait around five years before implementing the plan as it wants to ensure most people traveling will also by that time be carrying tablet computers which can access the Wi-Fi options.


More and more passengers to bring tablets on flight

China Southern Airlines has claimed at the moment only 10 percent of its passengers are doing just that -- and Cathay wants the number to reach 85 percent of all passengers before it makes the switch.

But other airlines have been quick to jump on the trend. The budget carrier Jetstar -- run under the umbrella of Australia's Qantas group -- didn't wait for passengers to take the plunge into the tablet market, buying 3,000 iPads to hand out for use on its Australian routes, and it has said it plans to buy more.

Qantas itself is currently conducting trials on a Wi-Fi system and another Asian budget carrier -- the Singapore Airlines-run Scoot -- used its launch at the start of the month to herald the fact that it had been able to cut its craft's weight by seven percent by providing iPads stacked with films, games, TV and music.

Scoot's service is free to business class but those in economy have to either pay or face a pretty quiet flight.

"Pay-for-play" services mean passengers can take films home

Meanwhile, American Airlines got in on the act last year with passengers now being offered a "pay-for-play" streaming service for their tablets, and Virgin America will roll out a similar service before the end of the year, with the prices expected to stick to the industry norm of US$5-7 for films and US$2 for TV shows, which of course they can finish off at home if time runs out.

The airline industry estimates are that such options will cut a plane's weight by a least a ton -- thereby cutting into fuel costs.

And some in the industry have signaled the move could also spell the end of that time-honored time-passer -- the free in-flight newspaper or magazine.

"Even the paper and magazines passengers carry can be downloaded onto these [new] gadgets," an official from China Southern Airlines said.
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Cathay sits pretty in premium
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Monday, July 16, 2012

Cathay Pacific Airways (0293) is bullish about "premium" passenger numbers despite the economic doldrums in the United States and Europe, says its chief operating officer.

Ivan Chu Kwok-leung said the airline will be focusing more on the lucrative regional business travel to meet the challenge of declining markets in the West.

The airline is set to unveil in a few months an Asian "regional business class."

Chu said the emphasis is on the "premium," not the class.

In December, Cathay launched its premium business class "researched and developed, designed and made in Hong Kong" that was voted on Thursday the "World's Best Business Class" in the annual Skytrax World Airline Awards program, in which more than 18 million airline passengers from around the globe voted.

Premium business class was followed by the launch of premium economy in February.

"We are very bullish on the business class because we have GDP per capita rising, more people are doing leisure travel in addition to business travel," Chu said.

"Business travel in Asia is doing quite well vis-a-vis other parts of the world so, yes, we are very bullish about business. That's why we are investing in the long-haul business class.

"In a few months we have very exciting [news] to announce about the regional business class of between one- to five-hour flights."

There is champagne served in premium economy - a step up from economy class and about 50percent more on the ticket. Cathay will always provide "a competitive product at a competitive price," Chu said.

CX general manager (product) Alex McGowan said the wing-back design of the seats in soft dark green colors, which are soothing and relaxing, is "very modern and very contemporary."
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How does their regional business class look like now? Never flown a regional product by CX before......
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Old July 17th, 2012, 06:59 PM   #2639
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Thanks I wonder if the new regional business will be similar to the new business class they recently launched........
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