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Old August 23rd, 2012, 02:31 PM   #2661
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Cathay Pacific expands network in India with new Hyderabad service
23 August 2012
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Cathay Pacific Airways today announced that it will further extend its presence in India with a new four-times-weekly service between Hong Kong and Hyderabad, India's fourth most populous city and an important hub for the technology and pharmaceutical industries. The new service complements the airline's existing passenger services to Mumbai, Delhi and Chennai and will further boost both leisure and business travel between Hong Kong and India.

The new Hyderabad service commences on 1 December 2012 and will be operated by Airbus A330-300 aircraft, departing from Hong Kong every Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening. The latest destination launch will offer passengers travelling from India greater choice and more convenience when connecting to Cathay Pacific's international network through its Hong Kong hub.

Cathay Pacific Chief Executive John Slosar said: "Cathay Pacific has been serving India since 1982 and it is an increasingly important market for our airline, both for passenger and cargo services. Hyderabad is a fast-growing technology hub and we are excited by the opportunities it offers. This latest addition to the Cathay Pacific passenger network will promote ties between India and Hong Kong and help to strengthen Hong Kong's position as a leading aviation hub."

The new service will offer travellers from India easy connections to China, Australia and North America via Hong Kong. In May this year, Cathay Pacific launched a freighter connecting Hyderabad to key markets in East and North Asia.
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Old August 26th, 2012, 02:14 PM   #2662
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Dragonair Welcomes Further Streamlining of Entry Arrangements for Taiwan Residents
21 August 2012
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(Hong Kong) Dragonair today (Tuesday) welcomed the announcement by the Immigration Department of the Hong Kong SAR government that it will implement the online Pre-arrival Registration for Taiwan Residents from 1 September 2012.

Dragonair Chief Executive Officer Patrick Yeung said: “Taiwan is an important market for Dragonair and we now operate three flights to Taipei, six to Kaohsiung and two to Taichung every day. It is expected that there will be even more passenger traffic between Hong Kong and Taiwan following the implementation of the online pre-arrival registration, and we stand ready to meet the increase in demand with our premium products and quality service.”

In mid-May, Dragonair resumed flights to and from Taichung. Together with its services to and from Taipei and Kaohsiung, the airline currently operates a total of 154 flights a week between Hong Kong and Taiwan.


Cathay Pacific welcomes further streamlining entry arrangements for Taiwan residents
21 August 2012
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Cathay Pacific Airways today (Tuesday) welcomed the announcement of the implementation arrangements for the online Pre-arrival Registration for Taiwan Residents by the Immigration Department which will further streamline the immigration arrangements for Taiwan residents to visit Hong Kong with effect from 1 September.

Cathay Pacific Director Sales and Marketing Rupert Hogg said: “This is great news for both Taiwan and Hong Kong. There is already a strong market between these two locations and now it will be even easier for Taiwanese visitors to come spend time with friends and relatives in our home city. We’re looking forward to welcoming them onboard any of the 16 flights a day we operate between Taipei and Hong Kong.”

Cathay Pacific offers convenient connection between Hong Kong and Taipei with 114 flights per week between the two cities.
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Old August 28th, 2012, 11:15 AM   #2663
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Old August 28th, 2012, 08:23 PM   #2664
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Cathay pilots hone skills on 'Star Wars' simulators
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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Cathay Pacific's new simulator for the Boeing 777-300ER could be the envy of Star Wars fans as it offers a 4D experience and real-time satellite imagery.

It was delivered last week.

Batches of selected pilots from among its crew of 2,000, as well as some 350 cadets a year, will be trained on the extended-range passenger plane simulator.

Last month, pilots began training on a new Boeing 747-8F cargo plane simulator.

The two simulators, made by Montreal-based CAE, cost the airline an average of HK$130 million each.

Cathay recently announced it had ordered 99 new aircraft in its biggest expansion yet. Among them are 23 777-300 ERs and four 7478Fs.

A simulator for the Airbus A350-1000 will be delivered in 2015, ahead of some 26 orders of the aircraft, said manager of simulator training Chris O'Dea.

"The simulators use satellite pictures to represent the scenery. There is a worldwide terrain database, so every hill in the world is now represented. Previously, some of the hills were shown as a triangle," said O'Dea, who has been training pilots for 22 years.

The simulators are installed with a multi-interface visual system and use satellite imagery of the planet to visualize all airports across the globe. This allows pilots to land in Cairo or take off in New Orleans without ever leaving Hong Kong.

On top of it, pilots can practice flying with up to 400 flight contingency scenarios, experiencing the turning of aircraft, landing jolts or passing through thunder clouds, to learn emergency procedures that cannot be practiced safely aboard a real aircraft.

Simulators not only help pilots to broaden their flying experience, but also help to maintain a sense of danger for veteran pilots, so that they keep alert even after years of flying, said simulator manager (maintenance) Edward Yan Sut-yim.

Pilots typically train on simulators twice a year for around 20 hours while cadet pilots do so for three to four months of their training, with at least 24 hours at entry level.

Flight crew recruitment manager Kelly Crawford said the airline aims to expand its recruitment to around 350 cadets per year, taking in a range of applicants from those with zero flying experience to the ones accredited with the Commercial Pilot Licence.
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Old September 1st, 2012, 10:43 AM   #2666
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Dragonair Launches Flights to Zhengzhou
31 August 2012
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(HONG KONG) Dragonair today announced that it will launch a new scheduled service to Zhengzhou on 8 January 2013, offering more travel choices and greater convenience for passengers travelling between Hong Kong and Mainland China. The new daily service will be operated by Airbus A320 aircraft. Zhengzhou will be the ninth destination to be launched or resumed by the airline in less than 10 months.

Zhengzhou is the capital of Henan Province. The city has seen rapid economic growth, particularly in the manufacturing and high-technology sectors, in recent years, attracting both domestic and international investment. World-famous tourist attractions such as the Shaolin Temple in Henan also help to make Zhengzhou a popular destination.

“We see great potential in the Zhengzhou market for both business and leisure travel, and the new service will significantly boost ties between Hong Kong and Henan Province,” said Patrick Yeung, Dragonair Chief Executive Officer. “Dragonair’s network in Mainland China will increase to 21 cities with the launch of the Zhengzhou service, reinforcing our commitment to the core Mainland China market and at the same time boosting Hong Kong’s role as a major international aviation hub.”

Since April, Dragonair has resumed or launched scheduled services to Xi’an, Guilin, Jeju, Taichung, Clark (in the Philippines) and Chiang Mai. It will relaunch flights to Haikou on 28 October and start a new Kolkata service on 2 November. With the addition of Zhengzhou next January, Dragonair’s network will number 42 destinations.
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Cathay bans shark fin from cargo flights
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Cathay Pacific said Wednesday it would no longer carry unsustainably sourced shark products on its cargo flights, dealing a blow to Hong Kong's huge shark fin industry.

Environmental groups welcomed the move but shark fin merchants said it threatened their livelihoods, even though most of the estimated 10,000 tonnes of fins Hong Kong imports annually comes by ship.

"Cathay Pacific has decided to stop shipping unsustainably sourced sharks and shark-related products," the airline said in a statement.

"There is very compelling scientific evidence to support that this is the right thing to do for a company committed to sustainability.

"Specifically, due to the vulnerable nature of sharks, their rapidly declining population, and the impacts of overfishing for their parts and products, our carriage of these is inconsistent with our commitment to sustainable development."

Hong Kong is one of the world's biggest markets for shark fins, which are used to make soup that is an expensive staple at Chinese banquets.

Environmentalists say the sustainable shark fin industry is tiny and most shark products are harvested in a way that threatens scores of shark species that are deemed vital to the health of the oceans.

WWF-Hong Kong conservation director Andy Cornish said that while it was difficult to quantify how much shark fin Cathay carried, the ban was "fantastic news".

"I think the significance of this goes beyond the direct impact of any unsustainable shark fin they might have been carrying before. This continues the momentum of companies, particularly in Hong Kong, acting more responsibly," he told AFP.

Cathay said it had studied the issue for a "very long time" before siding with conservationists who have long been calling for curbs on the shark fin trade.

"The decision had to be based on scientific data -- for example, are sharks really endangered?" the airline said.

"We believe that we now have compelling evidence that the majority of shark fishing is incompatible with our position on sustainable development."

It said the new policy would take about three months to be put in place as shippers had to be notified and "appropriate procedures" established.

But no new contracts to carry unsustainably sourced shark products would be entered into, effective immediately.

Shark fin sellers condemned Cathay's decision.

"We have to put food on the table, so of course we want the shark fins to keep coming in," fin merchant Leung Wing-chiu said at his shop in an area of downtown Hong Kong where shark fins are prominently displayed for sale.

About 73 million sharks are killed every year, with Hong Kong importing about 10,000 tonnes annually for the past decade, according to environmental group WWF. Most of that is re-exported to mainland China.

The number of threatened species has soared from 15 in 1996 to more than 180 in 2010, mainly due to the growing Chinese demand for fins.

Shark fin soup is viewed by many Asians as a rare delicacy and is traditionally served at wedding parties and business banquets in Hong Kong, which handles around 50 percent of the global fin trade.

Importers and restaurants that serve the product often cite the cultural aspect of shark fin soup to justify the trade, but some surveys suggest consumers are willing to forgo their traditional delicacy.

A survey by marine conservation group Bloom last year showed that some 78 percent of Hong Kong respondents considered it socially acceptable to leave shark fin soup off the menu at a wedding banquet.

Major Hong Kong-based hotel chains Peninsula and Shangri-La have recently stopped serving shark fin at their up-market restaurants, amid signs that demand for the soup in Hong Kong is falling.

Cornish said however that demand in mainland China was rising due to the growth of the middle class.
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Cathay Pacific releases combined traffic figures for August 2012
13 September 2012
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Cathay Pacific Airways today released combined Cathay Pacific and Dragonair traffic figures for August 2012 that show an increase in the number of passengers carried alongside a drop in the passenger load factor. The amount of cargo and mail carried showed another year-on-year decline.

Cathay Pacific and Dragonair carried a total of 2,610,150 passengers in August – up 4.0% on the same month in 2011 – while the passenger load factor dropped by 1.1 percentage points to 83.1%. Capacity for the month, measured in available seat kilometres (ASKs), rose by 3.0%. For the year to date, passenger numbers have risen by 6.7% compared to a capacity increase of 5.8%.

The two airlines carried 122,351 tonnes of cargo and mail last month, a drop of 6.9% compared to August 2011. The cargo and mail load factor was down by 3.0 percentage points to 61.9%. Capacity, measured in available cargo/mail tonne kilometres, decreased by 6.1%, while cargo and mail tonne kilometres flown dropped by 10.4%. For the year to date, tonnage has declined by 9.6% against a capacity drop of 5.5%.

Cathay Pacific General Manager Revenue Management James Tong said: “While the overall load factor on the passenger side was above 80%, it dropped below last year’s level in both months of the summer peak. A number of typhoons in the region impacted on our business in August, while the Olympics dampened demand to London. We also operated fewer extra sectors over the summer than in 2011. Yield remained under pressure in all cabins.”

Cathay Pacific General Manager Cargo Sales & Marketing James Woodrow said: “Demand in the cargo markets is traditionally weak in August and this year was no exception. We saw a decline in tonnage compared to the same month in 2011, when demand had already seen a significant falloff, and our load factor was down despite the reduction in capacity. We expect to see some increase in demand from mid-September onwards, driven by the shipment of hi-tech products from the key manufacturing centres in Mainland China.”
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Cathay Pacific statement on its restrictive carriage policy on sharks and shark-related products
20 September 2012
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Cathay Pacific today reiterated that the decision to stop shipping unsustainably sourced sharks and shark-related products was made based on sustainable development considerations. The decision was made public two weeks ago.

Under the airline’s new restrictive carriage policy, it will only accept shipments when shippers provide proof that the products to be shipped are independently verified sustainable shark and shark-related products. The carrier expects the transition to this new policy will take approximately three months as it notifies shippers and puts the appropriate procedures in place.

Cathay Pacific Director Cargo Nick Rhodes said: “We didn’t make the decision lightly. We have been aware of and considering the issue for a long time. We have set up a Cargo Advisory Panel to bring in independent and expert opinion to help us do a comprehensive review – from a scientific perspective – of our policies related to transportation of animals and other sensitive cargo. There is compelling scientific evidence to support that this is the right thing to do for a company committed to sustainability. Specifically, due to the vulnerable nature of sharks, their rapidly declining population, and the impacts of overfishing for their parts and products, the threat to the shark species is real.”

The airline’s decision is based on scientific research provided by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The IUCN is an organisation that provides a neutral forum for governments, NGOs, scientists, business and local communities to find pragmatic solutions to conservation and development challenges. Within the IUCN, the specialist group which monitors shark populations has 160 members from 90 countries distributed among 12 ocean-region subgroups, all of whom are involved in fisheries management, marine conservation or policy development and implementation. The IUCN's report, “The Conservation Status of Pelagic Sharks and Rays”, provides compelling evidence that the majority of shark fishing is incompatible with our position on sustainable development. We are satisfied that there is presently no more comprehensive or authoritative report into the question and the threat to shark species is real.

“We focus on facts on sustainable development in our decision. We are implementing policies to support our words with tangible actions. We have no intention to challenge the legality of any other industries. Also the suggestion that our decision is based on a relationship with the Marine Stewardship Council is groundless.” Mr Rhodes adds.

Before the implementation of the policy, the airline carried approximately 300 tonnes a year of the products concerned which constitutes only a small portion of the shark fin trade.
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Twin legal blows for Cathay spell joy for workers
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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Cathay Pacific flight attendants and pilots were celebrating yesterday after winning their respective battles against the airline in the territory's highest court.

In two separate written judgments, the Court of Final Appeal upheld that certain allowances should be used in counting the holiday pay of cabin crew.

Eighteen pilots should also be given the equivalent of one month's salary for unfair dismissal.

The airline stands to pay out hundreds of millions of dollars in the decade-long battle - including costs.

Cathay Pacific Airways Flight Attendants Union chairwoman Dora Lai Yuk-sin said victory belongs to the unions since they have shown they can protect the rights of workers.

John Warham, who was president of the Hong Kong Aircrew Officers' Association and one of the appellants from the so-called 49ers, described it as a great day for Hong Kong workers fighting big business.

"We've achieved what [legislator] Lee Cheuk-yan and the Confederation of Trade Unions have been trying to achieve for about 25 years - proper union protection."

Cathay Pacific said it respects the judgment. "Our legal team is studying the respective rulings and the company will consider the necessary steps in their detailed applications," it said.

In the first case filed by three flight attendants in 2008, Chief Justice Geoffrey Ma Tao-li wrote it is common sense that line-duty and ground-duty allowances, and duty-free sales commission "clearly fall" in the calculation of statutory holiday pay.

Justice Kemal Bokhary and Justice Patrick Chan Siu-oi wrote that the duty- free sales commission, about 3.5percent of the total sale, "is clearly intended to form part of the wages of a cabin crew member who performs such duty."

Betty Kwan Siu-wa, a former chairwoman of the Cathay Pacific Airways Flight Attendants Union, had sought HK$280,000 in back pay from Cathay. She was joined in her fight by Vera Wu Yee-mei and Jenny Ho Kit-man.

Kwan said the judgment meant bosses must comply with employment contracts.

Current chairwoman Lai said it may take another year before the Labour Tribunal is able to process the claims filed by at least 4,000 flight attendants.

The court also ruled that Cathay should pay the 49 pilots sacked in 2001 a sum equivalent to a month's salary - on top of the HK$850,000 per plaintiff awarded earlier.

Warham, referring to the effect the fight has had on pilots' families, said: "In terms of human life, three people are dead because of what Cathay Pacific did to us. That's on their conscience, I hope they can live with that."
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Dragonair Expands Network In Asia With New Service To Yangon, Myanmar
12 October 2012
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(Hong Kong) Dragonair today announced it will launch a new four-times weekly service to Yangon, the largest city and main economic hub of Myanmar, commencing on 9 January 2013 (subject to government approval). The new service will enhance Dragonair’s presence in the region and provide a significant boost to both leisure and business traffic between Hong Kong and Myanmar.

Yangon will become the 10th destination to be launched or resumed by Dragonair since April 2012. Rich in history and culture, Yangon is a fascinating city to visit with its hybrid of local, British, Chinese and Indian influences, and it is home to the largest number of original colonial buildings in the region. Most of Myanmar’s commercial activities are centred in Yangon, reinforcing the city’s importance as a business and communications hub.

The airline will operate the new service with Airbus A321 aircraft, departing Hong Kong every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. As well as connecting passengers from around the world into Myanmar, the latest destination launch will offer passengers from Myanmar greater choice and convenience when connecting to Dragonair’s Mainland China network or the vast international network of its sister airline, Cathay Pacific Airways, through the Hong Kong hub.

Dragonair Chief Executive Officer Patrick Yeung said: “Yangon is an important addition to Dragonair’s expanding network in Asia and launching this new destination will further strengthen Hong Kong’s position as a leading aviation hub. We see tremendous potential in this market with both tourism and commercial activities rapidly gaining momentum. We look forward to carrying more passengers between Hong Kong and Myanmar and helping to promote ties between the two places.”

In addition to the new Yangon service, Dragonair will also be increasing frequencies to a number of destinations in its winter schedule, effective from 28 October. Services to Phnom Penh will rise from seven to 10 flights per week, while one extra flight has been added to Kota Kinabalu, making a total of six weekly flights to this popular Malaysian holiday destination. Dragonair has also been operating 12 flights per week to Phuket since July, up from the previous 10 weekly flights. In addition, the airline is set to resume services to Haikou on Hainan Island, with a daily flight commencing 28 October.

Dragonair, an affiliate member of oneworld, is a Hong Kong-based airline operating a fleet of 36 passenger aircraft and serving 39 regional destinations, including 19 cities in Mainland China. Dragonair has been recognised for its product and service quality, and was voted for two consecutive years "World's Best Regional Airline" in the annual World Airline Survey run by Skytrax in 2010 and 2011. Dragonair is part of the Cathay Pacific Group, providing seamless connectivity for passengers to more than 160 cities around the globe.
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12 October 2012
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(Hong Kong) Dragonair today announced it will launch a new four-times weekly service to Yangon, the largest city and main economic hub of Myanmar, commencing on 9 January 2013 (subject to government approval). The new service will enhance Dragonair’s presence in the region and provide a significant boost to both leisure and business traffic between Hong Kong and Myanmar.

Yangon will become the 10th destination to be launched or resumed by Dragonair since April 2012. Rich in history and culture, Yangon is a fascinating city to visit with its hybrid of local, British, Chinese and Indian influences, and it is home to the largest number of original colonial buildings in the region. Most of Myanmar’s commercial activities are centred in Yangon, reinforcing the city’s importance as a business and communications hub.

The airline will operate the new service with Airbus A321 aircraft, departing Hong Kong every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. As well as connecting passengers from around the world into Myanmar, the latest destination launch will offer passengers from Myanmar greater choice and convenience when connecting to Dragonair’s Mainland China network or the vast international network of its sister airline, Cathay Pacific Airways, through the Hong Kong hub.

Dragonair Chief Executive Officer Patrick Yeung said: “Yangon is an important addition to Dragonair’s expanding network in Asia and launching this new destination will further strengthen Hong Kong’s position as a leading aviation hub. We see tremendous potential in this market with both tourism and commercial activities rapidly gaining momentum. We look forward to carrying more passengers between Hong Kong and Myanmar and helping to promote ties between the two places.”

In addition to the new Yangon service, Dragonair will also be increasing frequencies to a number of destinations in its winter schedule, effective from 28 October. Services to Phnom Penh will rise from seven to 10 flights per week, while one extra flight has been added to Kota Kinabalu, making a total of six weekly flights to this popular Malaysian holiday destination. Dragonair has also been operating 12 flights per week to Phuket since July, up from the previous 10 weekly flights. In addition, the airline is set to resume services to Haikou on Hainan Island, with a daily flight commencing 28 October.

Dragonair, an affiliate member of oneworld, is a Hong Kong-based airline operating a fleet of 36 passenger aircraft and serving 39 regional destinations, including 19 cities in Mainland China. Dragonair has been recognised for its product and service quality, and was voted for two consecutive years "World's Best Regional Airline" in the annual World Airline Survey run by Skytrax in 2010 and 2011. Dragonair is part of the Cathay Pacific Group, providing seamless connectivity for passengers to more than 160 cities around the globe.
Looks like more and more airlines are finally flying to RGN. Indeed, Myanmar is finally open for aviation business.
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Cathay Pacific releases combined traffic figures for September 2012
16 October 2012
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Cathay Pacific Airways today released combined Cathay Pacific and Dragonair traffic figures for September 2012 that show passenger numbers, load factor and capacity all declining year on year. However, cargo and mail tonnage showed positive growth for the first time this year.

Cathay Pacific and Dragonair carried a total of 2,245,995 passengers in September – a drop of 0.4% compared to the same month in 2011. The passenger load factor fell by 1.5 percentage points to 78.2%, while capacity for the month, measured in available seat kilometres (ASKs), declined by 2.1%. For the year to date, passenger numbers have risen by 5.9% compared to a capacity increase of 4.9%.

The two airlines carried 134,584 tonnes of cargo and mail last month, an increase of 2.4% compared to September 2011. The cargo and mail load factor was down by 2.0 percentage points to 62.8%. Capacity, measured in available cargo/mail tonne kilometres, decreased by 0.3%, while cargo and mail tonne kilometres flown dropped by 3.3%. For the year to date, tonnage has declined by 8.3% against a capacity drop of 4.9%.

Cathay Pacific General Manager Revenue Management James Tong said: “In September we trimmed frequencies on a number of long-haul services as one of the cost-containment measures we announced in May to help manage our way through a high-fuel-price environment. Our passenger capacity will show negative growth for the remainder of 2012 and into next year. Demand in the premium cabins usually picks up after the summer holiday season but this year the pick-up has been slow, especially on regional routes. A number of major companies are still imposing restrictions on staff travel.

Cathay Pacific General Manager Cargo Sales & Marketing James Woodrow said: “Demand out of key markets began to pick up from mid-September onwards, helped by shipments of hi-tech consumer products out of Mainland China and other manufacturing centres such as Vietnam. There was also a short pre-holiday rush in the build-up to the National Day “golden week” in the Mainland. We will operate more scheduled services to Europe and the Americas from mid-October onwards but will still fall short of the number of freighters operated in the same period in 2010. The market from Asia to Europe in particular remains weak and ultra price-competitive as supply continues to exceed demand despite the capacity cuts.”
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