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Old February 7th, 2005, 04:09 PM   #261
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Leaky fridge forces Tokyo-bound Cathay Pacific jet to return to Hong Kong

A Tokyo-bound Cathay Pacific Airways jet returned to Hong Kong less than an hour after takeoff after a malfunctioning refrigerator caused a fire scare, the airline said Saturday. No injuries were reported.

Flight CX500, carrying 383 passengers, returned to Hong Kong at 0803 GMT Friday after some passengers reported seeing smoke coming from the flight attendants' galley 45 minutes into the trip, said Cathay spokeswoman Carolyn Leung.

Leung said that passengers mistook the leaking refrigerant, which gave off a strange smell, as smoke.

"They thought they saw smoke but it was a false alarm. There was no fire," Leung said.

The passengers were diverted to another Cathay flight in Hong Kong and arrived in Tokyo almost two hours behind schedule, Leung said.

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What was the plane? A 777-300 or 747-400?
According to the flight number it seems to be a 777-300.
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HK's Cathay Plans Feb 28 Start For Xiamen Cargo Service
7 February 2005

HONG KONG (Dow Jones)--Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd., Hong Kong's biggest airline, said Monday it plans to launch thrice-weekly cargo services to Xiamen city in China's Fujian province starting Feb. 28.

'We've received approval from CAAC (Civil Aviation Administration of China) in Beijing so the critical thing now is to get all the local business and tax registrations in place,' Raymond Ma, Cathay Pacific's manager in Xiamen, said in the latest edition of staff newsletter CX World.

Xiamen will be the third mainland China city to be served by Cathay Pacific.

Cathay Pacific resumed passenger services to Beijing Dec. 2, 2003 after a hiatus of 13 years, and it now operates daily services to the capital.

The airline resumed cargo operations in Shanghai on Jan. 27.
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07 February 2005
Corporate Press Release
Cathay Pacific to sponsor the International Chinese New Year Night Parade in the Year of Rooster

Cathay Pacific Airways today announced that it is proud to be the title sponsor of the Cathay Pacific International Chinese New Year Night Parade in the Year of Rooster.

On 9 February 2005, the first day of the Lunar New Year, the Cathay Pacific float will lead 11 local and international floats accompanied by 29 performance groups from around the world to usher in the Year of Rooster. The parade will take off from the Tamar Site and ply along Convention Avenue and Harbour Road before returning to the Tamar Site.



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Ex-Cathay captain drives truck
'I've been turned down for 25 pilot jobs'

Simon Parry
8 February 2005
South China Morning Post

A Boeing 747 captain sacked by Cathay Pacific during the 2001 pay dispute is working as a long-distance truck driver for a tenth of his former salary after being turned down 25 times for pilot jobs.

Craig Young - a 49-year-old Canadian who had a package worth $150,000 a month with Cathay - was one of 49 pilots, known as the "49ers", sacked during the dispute.

The father of two, who has a son in college and a daughter on a gap year, sleeps in his cab and works away from home for weeks at a time for about $13,000 a month.

A Cathay pilot for 12 years before his dismissal, he claims he has been blacklisted by the airline - an allegation it rejects - and that the only way he could earn a living was to switch careers.

Mr Young's change of career came to light when his wife, Lorraine, wrote to Cathay pilots last week pleading with them to reject the company's offer to the 49ers to drop their legal actions in return for a 10-month payout or a job interview as a freighter pilot.

The association is holding an extraordinary general meeting next Tuesday, where a two-thirds majority is being sought by the general committee to approve the offer and halt legal funding for sacked pilots.

Speaking from his home in Calgary, Mr Young said of his new job: "It's an interesting lifestyle. The only similarities with flying a Boeing 747, I suppose, is that the truck's a big piece of machinery."

He returned home last weekend after three weeks spent driving 16,000km across North America.

After applying for 25 jobs, Mr Young was given only one posting with China Airlines for eight months and said he believed he had been blacklisted by Cathay.

He said he still hoped to return to work for Cathay but did not believe the Aircrew Officers Association should accept an offer that he considered failed to "restore the personal integrity" of the 49ers.

"It's not about the money. I would like an apology from Cathay {hellip} if it came to it, I would accept an apology and nothing else," Mr Young said.

The association's general committee says it believes the airline will not make a better offer and the deal at least gives some of the 49ers the chance to return to work.

A spokeswoman for Cathay said yesterday: "There is no blacklist. We understand that many, if not most, of the 49ers have found jobs as pilots with other airlines."
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What was the plane? A 777-300 or 747-400?
According to the flight number it seems to be a 777-300.
South China Morning Post
February 5, 2005
Midair fire scare due to leaky fridge
Simon Parry

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A Tokyo-bound Cathay Pacific flight with 400 people on board was diverted to Taipei yesterday when a leaking fridge caused a fire scare 30 minutes into the flight.

Economy class passengers reported a smoke smell coming from the flight attendants' galley, where meals and drinks are prepared, soon after flight CX500 took off from Hong Kong at 3.17pm.

The Boeing 777 with 382 passengers, two pilots and 15 crew was diverted to Taipei, where engineers discovered a small fridge in the galley was the source of the smell.

The fridge was leaking coolant, which may also have given off a haze that looked like smoke, a Cathay Pacific spokeswoman said.

The Cathay flight landed in Taipei at 4.03pm.

All passengers were switched to another plane, which set off at 5.15pm and arrived in Tokyo one hour and 45 minutes behind schedule.

The spokeswoman said the detour was a precautionary measure, and at no stage were any of the passengers, crew or the aircraft in any danger.
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Old February 10th, 2005, 04:11 PM   #266
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Cathay Pacific Increases Cost Effectiveness and Enhances Customer Service with SITA and Peribit
New Integrated Traffic Management Solution Maximizing Network Performance
10 February 2005

GENEVA & SANTA CLARA, Calif. - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Feb. 10, 2005 - SITA SC, a not-for-profit cooperative and the world's leading provider of network and communications solutions to the Air Transport Industry (ATI), today announced that Cathay Pacific, based in Hong-Kong and the territory's home carrier, has chosen SITA SC to provide an Integrated Traffic Management (ITM) solution.

"The ITM solution, built on Peribit technology, will allow Cathay Pacific to dramatically increase network performance, while reducing costs and enhancing customer service," said Brijdeep Sahi, Vice President Marketing, SITA SC.

Cathay Pacific is in constant pursuit of cost savings and service enhancements. As a result, the company faces a set of complex business and IT challenges, ranging from improving the quality of the passenger experience -- from booking to check-in to in-flight services -- to deploying network-based services.

"We needed to be able to maximize capacity out of existing network links to support new systems and applications," said Edward Nicol, Director of Information Management at Cathay Pacific. "We also wanted control mechanisms to ensure that new services don't negatively impact the performance of existing mission-critical applications. SITA SC was the best provider capable of delivering the solution we needed."

After an extensive three month assessment of existing infrastructure by SITA SC Professional Services, it was determined an ITM solution was the best alternative for Cathay Pacific. Details gathered during the assessment were then used to build a high-level technical design as well as a business case, allowing SITA SC to set the right expectations and demonstrate a solid return on investment. The solution was then developed in partnership with Peribit Networks, the technology leader in Wide Area Network (WAN) application performance.

The ITM system is built around Peribit's Sequence Reducer(TM) (SR) product family, which combines next-generation compression with traffic control functions including bandwidth management into an easy-to-deploy appliance. This allows Cathay Pacific to recuperate capacity on its network links, enabling traffic loads to grow without the need to purchase additional bandwidth. It also provides added visibility into the WAN, significantly improving network and application performance, and generating direct cost savings.

After an initial rollout at 11 Cathay Pacific sites in March/April 2005, the ITM system will progressively come online across the business, so that by June 2005 some 58 sites will be using the service, delivered via 73 Peribit devices.

About Peribit

Peribit Networks improves customer business efficiencies by resolving the technical limitations of WANs, increasing available bandwidth, and accelerating applications. Recently named Silicon Valley's second fastest growing private company for the period of 2001 to 2003, Peribit Networks is funded by top-tier investors Accel Partners, Foundation Capital, and Mayfield. Headquartered in Santa Clara, California, Peribit has operations throughout North and South America, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia. For more information on Peribit please visit www.peribit.com .

About SITA SC

SITA SC, a not-for-profit cooperative, is the world's leading provider of network and communications solutions to the air transport industry and to international organizations. As the industry's global network provider, SITA SC delivers innovative community solutions and value added services over the world's most extensive communications network to offer its customers maximum reach, service and cost effectiveness. SITA SC is registered in Brussels, Belgium and recorded revenues of US$1054.3 million in 2003. For more information on SITA SC please visit www.sita.aero .
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Cathay Pacific's Passenger Traffic Improves
February 14, 2005

Cathay Pacific Airways said on Monday its passenger numbers increased 7 percent in January from a year ago, but cargo performance was weaker than expected.

"The passenger business usually hits a lull between major holidays, but not this month. January's figures showed strong loads to and through Hong Kong," said Ian Shiu, Cathay's general manager for revenue management, sales and distribution, in a statement.

The airline carried 1.207 million passengers in January, down from December's Christmas peak of 1.273 million. The average passenger load factor was 79.6 percent, up 40 basis points from a year ago.

"The most popular destinations over the Chinese New Year were in North Asia, a delayed reaction, perhaps, from the Indian Ocean tsunami, which really did not affect our figures from January," he added.

But the airline carried less cargo than expected because of keen competition among operators, and the traditional pre-Chinese New Year surge was not as strong as anticipated.

Cathay carried 74,929 tonnes of cargo in January, down from 83,148 tonnes in December.

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Tuesday February 15, 5:51 PM
Cathay Pacific pilots' union rejects settlement for lawsuits over fired colleagues

AP - Cathay Pacific's pilots' union on Tuesday rejected a management offer to settle the Hong Kong airline's drawn-out labor dispute over 49 fired pilots, a union official said.

Cathay offered the pilots job interviews with the company or 10 months' severance pay on condition that the union halt three lawsuits challenging the dismissals. The pilots were sacked in July 2001 as cockpit crews launched on-the-job protests over wages and scheduling, which cost Cathay millions of dollars.

Cathay's offer was rejected in a 517-292 vote, or by 64 percent, short of the required two-thirds majority, union General Secretary John Findlay told The Associated Press by phone.

He called the vote "very disappointing" and said the union would approach Cathay for further negotiations. Findlay said a sweetened deal would help.

"It wouldn't take very much," he said, noting the pilots were unhappy the interview offers were for junior positions to the ones they had left.

Cathay, however, said its offer was final. "The proposed settlement was a full and final settlement of the dispute, which will now have to be resolved in court," the airline said in a statement.

The pilots have filed lawsuits against Cathay in Australia, Britain and Hong Kong.
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The Standard
February 16, 2005
Cathay's Offer to Pilots Rejected by Narrow Margin
Colum Murphy

The union representing Cathay Pacific pilots rejected by a razor-thin margin a company proposal to resolve a bitter three-year labor dispute, leaving the fate of 51 pilots dismissed more than three years ago unresolved.

Cathay had offered the pilots, fired in July 2001 over a dispute about pay and rosters, 10 months' salary _ equivalent to about HK$ 1 million _ or an interview for the position of freighter pilot in exchange for a pledge to drop legal action against the airline.

A vote by the Hong Kong Aircrew Officers Association _ which represents more than 1,000 Cathay pilots _ fell short by just 2 percent from the required two-thirds majority to accept the airline's proposal.

We're very disappointed with the outcome,'' said John Findlay, secretary general of the association, which has been supporting the sacked pilots' legal challenge. Findlay had urged members to accept the deal.

Findlay said the association would now seek an improved offer from Cathay Pacific.

A Cathay spokeswoman expressed regret at the outcome, but stressed the proposal was the airline's final offer and that the dispute would now have to be resolved in court.

Findlay couldn't say how Cathay's offer might be improved.

Those who were not in favor haven't elaborated on what would be acceptable, they have just said that this offer is not good enough,'' he said.

But Findlay said there were two main aspects of the offer that were called unacceptable by those voting against the proposal.

Some pilots were unhappy the job interview offer was for lower level positions than those which the pilots held when they were sacked.

Some pilots also say the compensation offered is not enough.

The fired pilots have been receiving financial support from the association for the past 3 years, and this would continue until the next steps were figured out, he said.

However, we can't ignore the fact that 64 percent of our members were prepared to accept the offer, so clearly we are going to have to put our thinking caps on and come up with another solution,'' Findlay added.

He said while the requirement under union rules to have a two-thirds majority for a vote to pass has been under review by a subcommittee for a long time, he foresees no immediate change to the rules.

Certainly two-thirds doesn't comply with modern standards,'' he said, adding that most associations and even general elections worked on the principle of fifty percent plus one.

In addition, legal costs have been borne by the association up to now.

Financial and legal support has been paid largely through member contributions equivalent to 3 percent of salaries _ down from a previous high of 5 percent.

Future legal battles, which are slated to take place in several jurisdictions including Hong Kong, Britain and Australia, could require increased member contributions, Findlay warned.

The general committee (of the pilots' union) will be making recommendations to the membership about the need for a total commitment if they are going to continue funding the legal cases,'' he said.

Findlay gave assurances that support for the pilots would not evaporate overnight. But there are some decisions to be made, not least of which is funding for legal cases _ it's a lot of money'' he warned.
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Cathay Pacific’s January ‘Change for Good’ collection up Four Fold for Tsunami Victims
16 February 2005


Cathay Pacific's UNICEF “Change for Good” inflight collections saw nearly a four-fold increase in January as passengers gave generously to help survivors of the Indian Ocean tsunami.

The airline collected HK$2,516,552.84 in January compared to HK$660,014.67 collected in the same month last year, UNICEF confirmed. All money collected by the airline in the first three months of the year is going straight to tsunami recovery efforts.

Cathay Pacific has supported the “Change for Good” programme since 1991, and in that time has collected more than US$7 million for UNICEF, the United Nations’ Children’s Fund, simply by asking passengers to donate their unwanted foreign currency change.

A month-long fund-raising effort in January by among Cathay Pacific staff raised HK$7 million for the Hong Kong Red Cross. The company kicked off the fundraising effort for the Cathay Pacific Southeast Asia Disaster Relief Fund with HK$1 million on 29th December, then matched dollar-for-dollar every donation made by staff until the initiative ended on 28 January.

More than 8,000 Asia Miles members also made donations to Asia Miles charity partners UNICEF, Oxfam Hong Kong, ORBIS and C.A.R.E. Housing Society to help fly relief workers to affected areas. Every donation made between 28 December and 7January was matched mile-for-mile by Asia Miles and more than 275 million miles were raised.

Cathay Pacific also helped to spearhead the Tourism Coalition of Hong Kong’s "We care for South Asia" campaign, which from 14 to 23 January rallied to help rebuild the tourism industry in affected areas with offers to revive interest in travel there.
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Hong Kong carrier shifts US HQ from LA to San Francisco

LOS ANGELES, Feb 16 (AFP) - Hong Kong carrier Cathay Pacific Airways on Wednesday shifted its North American headquarters to the California city of San Francisco.

The carrier's officially opened into brand new offices in the coastal hub 15 years after leaving the city to set up shop in Los Angeles, 800 kilometers (500 miles) to the south.

"Our return to San Francisco is an important strategic decision for us," said Tom Wright, Cathay Pacific's senior vice president for the Americas.

"We felt that we had made great strides in LA by pioneering the first daily non-stop from LAX to Hong Kong, and that now it was time to reinvest more energy into the Bay Area," he said.

The carrier flies directly from Hong Kong into a host of US cities, including both San Franciso and Los Angeles as well as New York.

But while San Francisco airport's new international terminal was designed to handle the next generation of superjumbo jetliners, including the Airbus A380, which is scheduled to begin flying next year, LAX is only about to begin a massive 11-billion-dollar ovehaul of its ageing facilities.
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South China Morning Post
February 17, 2005
Cathay pilots urged to dig deep for 49ers
Levy to cover court costs will see some pay up to $ 70,000

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Cathay Pacific pilots are to be asked to pay tens of thousands of dollars each to fund the court cases of their sacked colleagues known as the "49ers" after they narrowly rejected an offer aimed at ending a 3 1/2-year dispute.

The Aircrew Officers Association's 900 members - who on Tuesday voted down Cathay's offer of 10 months' pay or job interviews for the 49ers if they drop all legal actions - will be asked to pay an immediate levy equal to six months' union dues.

They will also be asked to pledge a further levy equivalent to a full year's dues - more than $ 50,000 for a senior captain - to cover the cost of potential court defeat if Cathay wins the cases with costs.

If the pilots fail to approve the special levies by a two-thirds majority at a special meeting expected to be called soon, the court cases in Britain, Hong Kong and Australia may not be able to proceed despite the outcome of Tuesday's vote.

Members were warned of the levies, which are on top of existing union dues of 3 per cent of salary a month, in a circular sent out by union president Murray Gardner seven days before Tuesday's vote when 64 per cent voted to accept the offer, just short of the two-thirds required.

In the circular, Mr Gardner told members the court cases had already cost the union $ 12 million and were likely to cost $ 13 million more if an out-of -court settlement was not reached. The levy equal to six months' dues would be raised immediately although some or all of it would be returned to members "in a best-case scenario" should the court cases succeed, the circular said.

Union members are already paying dues at three times their usual level to support the 49ers. The cost of paying both the six and 12-month additional levies for a captain earning $ 135,000 a month would be more than $ 70,000.

A senior pilot who voted against the Cathay offer said he believed the circular had a major effect on the outcome of the vote, describing it as a "scare tactic based on the very worst-case scenario".

One of the 49ers said: "I think the timing of the circular was a bit weird to say the least. It came out a week before the vote and it definitely influenced the way members voted."

However, union general secretary John Findlay said: "It would have been a dereliction of duty for the members of the general committee not to advise the membership of the financial implications of pursuing legal action."
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Cathay Pacific pilots may vote again over pay terms - report
20 February 2005

HONG KONG (AFX) - Pilots at Cathay Pacific Airways may vote for a second time in a bid to end a three-and-a-half year pay dispute, the South China Morning Post reported.

Members of the Aircrew Officers Association, the pilots union, last week rejected an offer to end legal challenges launched after 51 members were dismissed in 2001.

Although 64 pct of the 940-member group voted in favor of accepting the offer -- 10 months pay or an interview for lower-ranking freighter pilot jobs -- it was just shy of the two-thirds majority required under union rules.

Cathay, however, has said the deal would remain on the table should the union want to vote again, the South China Morning Post reported.

Last week the pilots union sent out a circular telling members they would be presented with a list of further options, believed to include the choice of a second vote, it said.

The report said backers of the deal, which was recommended by union leaders, were hoping members who voted against the deal would be swayed.

'It is very difficult to see the offer being rejected a second time when the pilots know that the majority of their colleagues support it,' one pilot who supported the offer was quoted as saying.

The alternative would be the continuation of costly legal challenges in the UK, Australia and Hong Kong, which have already cost 10 mln hkd and are likely to spiral to treble that.

A union spokesman said if legal action continued, members' levies would be at least doubled to six pct of their salary, or about 70,000 hkd a year, to pay for legal fees.
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Monday February 21, 12:37 PM
Cathay Pacific ranked Hong Kong company with best leadership in newspaper survey

AP - Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. was ranked No. 1 for leadership in a survey of Hong Kong companies released by the Asian Wall Street Journal on Monday.

Cathay edged out banking giant HSBC Holdings PLC for the top spot, the survey said. HSBC, which fell to No. 2, held the top ranking in the two previous years. The conglomerate Swire Pacific Ltd. was ranked No. 3 on the new list, the paper said.

The rankings were derived from a survey of 3,228 business executives and professionals, who were asked to rate companies on reputation, product and service quality, vision, financial soundness and innovation in responding to customer needs.

The survey was conducted by ACNielsen International Research, the paper said.
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Corporate Press Release - 21 February 2005
Cathay Pacific takes delivery of new B747 Freighter – the airline’s 88th operational aircraft

Cathay Pacific Airways tomorrow (Tuesday, 22 February) puts the 88th aircraft to join its operational fleet into service as the airline continues with aggressive expansion plans to strengthen Hong Kong as a global aviation hub.

The brand-new Boeing 747-400F freighter will initially fly between Hong Kong and Singapore before being switched to serve European cargo routes. Cathay Pacific took delivery of the aircraft – the 13th freighter to fly in Cathay Pacific colours – at a ceremony at the aircraft manufacturer’s Seattle factory on 17 February. It arrived in Hong Kong a day later for final checks before commencing service.

The freighter’s arrival marks the beginning of an aggressive expansion by Cathay Pacific in 2005. Another four passenger aircraft will join the fleet this year. The next scheduled delivery is a B777-300 from Boeing in April to be followed later on by the arrival of three Airbus A330-300s.

In total, the airline has two B777-300s and six Airbus A330-300s on order, all of which will arrive by 2007. It has also committed to acquire eight used Boeing 747-400s, which will be reconfigured for use as Cathay Pacific passenger and freighter aircraft.

Meanwhile, Cathay Pacific’s subsidiary all-cargo carrier Air Hong Kong is welcoming new aircraft. It received its fifth Airbus 300-600 General Freighter just before the Chinese New Year and a sixth will arrive on 12 March. Air Hong Kong has a further two on order for delivery in 2006.

Both the Cathay Pacific and Air Hong Kong aircraft additions will help boost Hong Kong’s position as a global passenger and cargo hub. Cathay Pacific will add more services in 2005 as it receives new aircraft. The airline recently began an all-cargo service to Shanghai on 28 February will launch a new thrice-weekly service to carry passengers and cargo to and from the Chinese Mainland city of Xiamen.

Cathay Pacific Director & General Manager Cargo Ron Mathison said: “We are pleased to receive the new freighter and get it into work straight away on some of our most important routes. The extra capacity provided by the new arrival will be a boon in helping us to provide a more comprehensive service to our customers in what is now a very competitive market.”


Cathay Pacific’s new B747-400 Freighter, B-HUQ, takes off from Boeing’s Seattle factory bound for delivery in Hong Kong.


Cathay Pacific’s 88th operational aircraft, a B747-400F, was flown to Hong Kong from Boeing’s Seattle plant by Chief Pilot B747-400 Captain Ian Rodwell, Senior Training Captain Tom McGeer, First Officer Doug Meyer and First Officer Greg Anderson.
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New HK Cathay Aircraft In Use - Fleet To Reach 100 In '07
22 February 2005

HONG KONG (Dow Jones)--Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. (0293.HK), Hong Kong's biggest airline, said its new Boeing 747-400F freighter will become operational Tuesday, marking the start of an aggressive expansion over the next two years.

The new Boeing 747-400F, the 88th aircraft to join Cathay Pacific's fleet, will initially fly between Hong Kong and Singapore before being switched to European cargo routes. The airline took delivery of the aircraft on Thursday in Seattle.

Cathay said four new passenger aircraft will be joining its fleet this year. That includes a Boeing B777-300 scheduled for delivery in April and three Airbus A330-300s later this year.

The airline has orders for two more B777-300s and six A330-300s, all of which are scheduled to arrive in 2007.

The airline has also committed to acquire eight used Boeing 747-400s, but hasn't finalized the delivery dates for these.

- By Rita Raagas De Ramos
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Thursday February 24, 12:15 PM
Cathay Pacific flight attendants take Hong Kong carrier to court

AP - Three Cathay Pacific flight attendants have taken their employer to court, alleging Hong Kong's largest airline breached their contracts by denying them automatic annual pay raises.

The crew members say that in 1999 Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. began violating their contracts by refusing to automatically bump them up one salary grade each year.

Cathay Pacific changed its policy on the automatic pay raises in the wake of the 1997 Asian financial crisis that threw Hong Kong and other parts of Asia into recession.

A decision in the case, which went to court Wednesday, could affect 4,000 current and former attendants hired before 1996.

In a statement, the airline said that the economic crisis and changes in the industry have forced it to adjust to remain competitive. Before changing its policy, the airline said that it met with the attendants' union but failed to reach a consensus.

"Cathay Pacific is a responsible employer and has been rewarding its crew with salary increments that are well above the average in Hong Kong," the statement said.

The airline said that cabin crew hired before September 1996 are earning a monthly salary of $12,000 Hong Kong dollars (US$1,538) to HK$38,000 (US$4,872) for an average of 76 hours to 80 hours per month.
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26 February 2005
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Air Ranger Betsy Unit Inauguration Ceremony Supported by Cathay Pacific Airways

The Air Ranger Betsy Unit, the first-ever Air Ranger unit to be named after a Cathay Pacific aircraft, was established today in a ceremony hosted by Mrs Julita Lee BBS JP, Chief Commissioner of the Hong Kong Girl Guides Association.

The Association has started up the unit to enable girls and young women in Hong Kong to enhance their understanding of, and interest in, the local aviation industry. Cathay Pacific Airways has given its full support by jointly designing a programme for the new unit and offering professional training for the Air Rangers.

Chief Commissioner Mrs Julita Lee said at the ceremony, held at Cathay Pacific City, that the co-operation between the Hong Kong Girl Guides Association and Cathay Pacific is a meaningful one. Now that the Hong Kong Government is reducing its funding to non-profit-making organisations, she said, it is becoming more necessary for such organisations to co-operate with the commercial sector.

“The Hong Kong Girl Guides Association has been closely co-operating with various commercial institutions in recent years to help boost the development of girl guides activities in Hong Kong. The Air Rangers unit is set up for girls aged 17 to 21 and its members will have the chance to fully develop their potential through various kinds of activities. The Air Rangers certificate programme will cover elementary and advanced aviation knowledge, cabin crew training and aviation industry operations, while training will include image and grooming, catering and aviation knowledge.”

Cathay Pacific General Manager Corporate Communication Alan Wong said: “Cathay Pacific has always been eager to encourage young people to explore new experiences and boost their personal development. The Air Rangers will provide a good opportunity for young girls to achieve this.

“We will take advantage of our experiences in training flight attendants to provide support to the Hong Kong Girl Guides in the preparation of training materials and the design of training courses. We will also provide opportunities for the girls to practice what they learn in our cabin mock-up and other facilities at Cathay City.”

Cathay Pacific Manager Training & Development Eliza Li said: “I was a girl guide when I was in school and I still remember the guides’ motto, “be prepared”, which means we need to take the initiative to learn and help others. Cathay Pacific’s backing for the Air Ranger provides us with a chance to support the community by helping these girls to grow and develop through the skills and experience we can provide.”

Guiding was introduced into Hong Kong in 1916. The Association was then an overseas branch of the Girl Guides Association of the UK. Guiding in Hong Kong developed steadily and units were set up in various schools and youth organisations. In 1978, the Association became independent from the UK and became an Associate Member of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS). It was in 1981 that the Association became a Full Member of WAGGGS. Guiding provides non-formal educational programmes to members at their leisure or as an extra-curricular activity in school. The approach is based on fun and activities. In addition to skills development, physical fitness and outdoors activities, programmes also incorporate training to enhance personal development and interpersonal relationship. Members have ample opportunities to participate in community services. It is hoped that these varieties of activities enable girls to attain new knowledge and enhance their personal development.
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24 February 2005
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Cathay Pacific kicks off campus careers road show

Cathay Pacific today hosted a Flight Attendant Career Talk at the Hong Kong Shue Yan College, in the first in a series of career talks to be staged by the airline at tertiary institutions across the territory.

Two experienced flight attendants, Perry Yu and Larry Chan, shared their experiences and answered questions concerning the career and entry and application requirements. Cathay Pacific aims to hire 1,200 new cabin attendants this year.

The airline also set up a booth on campus with a slide show introducing different roles and activities of flight attendants. Career brochures are also available.

Cathay Pacific is undergoing one of the fastest periods of growth in its almost 60-year history, adding 11 aircraft to its fleet this year and creating 1,500 jobs, including 1,200 for cabin crew and 200 for ground staff. New services and destinations will be added through the year, including the launch of a thrice-weekly service to Xiamen starting 28 February.

Cathay Pacific Career Development and Resourcing Manager Patton Chan said: “The airline industry is challenging and interesting and we hope that our campus career road show will give students a clearer picture about opportunities and where they might fit in. As Hong Kong’s airline, Cathay Pacific will continue to create job opportunities for Hong Kong people.”
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