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Old May 14th, 2014, 03:30 PM   #2961
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Cathay and Dragonair passengers up 10.1pc
16 May 2014
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Cathay Pacific Airways and subsidiary Dragonair posted a combined 10.1 per cent year-on-year rise in passenger traffic to 2.7 million last month. Passenger capacity utilisation rose by 3.5 percentage points to 84.7 per cent, while capacity – measured in available seat kilometres – rose by 6.8 per cent. Cargo and mail volume grew 11 per cent to 137,444 tonnes. For the year’s first four months, passenger volume rose 5.8 per cent year on year and cargo tonnage was up by 5.7 per cent.
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Old May 30th, 2014, 06:34 PM   #2964
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Cathay considers seat upgrade auction
30 May 2014
South China Morning Post

Cathay Pacific is considering an online auction – similar to ones on eBay – where passengers can bid to upgrade their seats.

In a move to boost earnings, the Hong Kong carrier – whose net profits tripled to HK$2.62 billion last year – is exploring a pilot project to sell premium economy and business class seats at cheaper prices, allowing it to fly fully booked more often.The plan would open up all available premium seat upgrades to all passengers. “Customers would be invited to place an offer for their booked flights via a website prior to their departure date. If their offer was successful they would be advised around four days prior to departure and the offer payment collected,” said a spokesperson from International Customer Loyalty Programmes representing Cathay Pacific on Flyer Talk, a popular aviation forum.

Members of the airline’s Marco Polo Club climb faster up the company’s tiered membership system depending on how often and how far they travel. Currently, customers who gain the higher tier are more likely to receive better rewards.

But concerned frequent flyers fear free upgrades could be scaled back, a benefit that is offered to Marco Polo Club members, particularly on flights where economy class is fully booked.

The auction is designed to attract the highest bid, while currently, full-fare economy passengers and Marco Polo Club members are offered seat upgrades by Cathay sales agents for a one-off fee before the flight. Separately, at the airport, Marco Polo Club members are often upgraded to a better seat for free.

Air New Zealand is among a handful of airlines that introduced online bidding and initially encountered resistance from loyal passengers fearing cash upgrades would overtake reward upgrades.

It is unclear if available premium seats after an auction would be released to Marco Polo members to purchase last-minute upgrades in higher-class cabins or use air miles outright for a premium-class seat.

Reward seat purchases and free upgrades for frequent flyers could be scaled back, said one analyst. “Operational and staff upgrades could certainly decrease,” said Will Horton, an analyst at the Centre for Aviation.

Horton added there was likely to be distrust from passengers, but he urged Cathay to be “transparent” about upgrades and the priority frequent flyers would receive over non-status passengers.

Marco Polo members reacted on the Flyer Talk forum with scorn. One post said the move would make Cathay appear “cheap” and discourage passengers from paying upfront, while another threatened to switch to competing low-cost airlines.

“This is a direct threat to being able to obtain free tickets using [air] miles. That said, from a business point of view, it is quite smart. If Cathay can fill an F [first] class seat which would cost US$15,000 for US$7,500 it is better than flying empty,” the post read.

A Cathay spokeswoman said: “We are examining new initiatives that will allow us to offer passengers, including our Marco Polo Club members, different ways to get an upgrade. At this stage the project is still in the study phase.”
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Cathay Pacific must scrap 'too sexy' uniform: Union
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Hong Kong airline Cathay Pacific's "too sexy" uniforms for female flight attendants have made sexual harassment concerns a sky-high issue.

Short blouses and tight skirts that are "too sexy" need to be redesigned, according to the Flight Attendants Union, which represents members of Cathay Pacific's cabin crew.

The trade union's honorary secretary, Michelle Choi, told the South China Morning Post, a regional newspaper: "The blouse is too short and does not cover enough. Whenever a flight attendant bends down, her waistline is exposed."

"We believe the company intentionally does this to make us look a bit sexier and to let the passenger see more," she added.

The tight attire is behind increasing incidents of sexual harassment, according to Chou. She said female flight attendants experience problems on one in every 10 flights.

In addition, Cathay Pacific's frequent flier loyalty program, called the Marco Polo Club, could be aggravating the issue. "Some on the Marco Polo Club members think they can do things to us because they are privileged and we somehow allow it. That is very bad," Chou said.

"They think it is part of their privilege ... afterwards, they believe they can apologize and everything is settled," she added.

However, cabin crew members can now exchange their uniform for a looser, longer option, according to Cathay Pacific. "Crew are welcome to exchange their uniform any time if they feel the fit is not right," the airline told the South Morning China Post in a written response.

It added: "We welcome feedback from the crew and certain modifications have also been made, including the length of the blouse and the tightness of the skirt."
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Cathay confident on China growth
6 June 2014
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HONG Kong’s Cathay Pacific expects to see good growth in travel between China and Australia after boosting capacity here.

Cathay chief executive Ivan Chu told The Australian in Doha this week the airline was expanding in Australia and remained bullish about medium-term prospects for China’s economy despite speculation to the contrary.

“China and Australia are basically brothers in arms in terms of economic development,’’ he said. “I can only see further growth on that front, which would be a win-win for both countries.’’ The airline operates 74 flights a week between Australia and Hong Kong, including four flights a day from Sydney and three a day from Melbourne. It recently boosted *capacity in Melbourne by decoupling it from Adelaide and putting four flights a week into the South Australian capital.

While the airline was not big in terms of the kangaroo route through to Europe, Mr Chu said it was seeing more and more traffic going to Hong Kong and via Hong Kong to north Asia, particularly China.

“So if you look at north Asia, China, Hong Kong particularly, the Pearl River Delta and south China, we are still doing very well supporting more than 10 flights a day to Australia,’’ he said.

Overall, Mr Chu said there had been pluses and minuses for Cathay this year and that Southeast Asia routes had proved a lowlight.

Problems in Thailand, Vietnam and Malaysia, where travel between Malaysia and China has been affected by the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, had brought the cancellation of about 250 flights across the three markets.

The highlight had been north Asia, Korean and Japanese routes do well. Cathay has been a vocal *opponent of attempts by Jetstar and its partners to set up Jetstar Hong Kong. It claims the low-cost start-up violates Hong Kong law because it would be foreign-run, something Jetstar denies. Because of the delay in starting up the joint venture, Jetstar Hong Kong has sold three of the nine planes that have been delivered to the airline.

Mr Chu said Cathay had no immediate interest in starting up a low-cost carrier itself because it believed the level of traffic at Hong Kong’s airport, which currently catered for 60 million passengers a year, would not support quick enough turnarounds.

“We are maybe a victim of our success. Hong Kong airport is getting very full,’’ he said.

“For a low-cost carrier model to work, it takes a quick turnaround but that would not be supported by the infrastructure in Hong Kong, unfortunately.

“So not now. In 2023, when we have the third runway, then maybe we should think about it.’’ Mr Chu said there was no problem with access to low-cost airlines in Hong Kong as the city already hosted a home-based LCC and 15 of the more than 100 airlines flying to its airport were in that category.

The issue with Jetstar was that there was a constitutional rule that was applicable to all airlines based in Hong Kong and also to access to China from Hong Kong.

“The issue is not about choice or different business models, it’s not. It’s a red herring,’’ he said.

“The issue is a constitutional legal issue that any people, existing or new entrants, have got to meet the legal criteria.’’ He said the Jetstar application was before the Air Traffic Licensing Authority, which would hold public hearings.

“The whole process will be open and transparent and fair. We have confidence in that process,’’ he said.But there was bad news for Jetstar officials hoping for a resolution. Asked if application process was likely to take some time, Mr Chu said: “Yes, I believe so.’’
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Cathay Pacific cancels Karachi flights after Taliban attack

HONG KONG, June 11 (Reuters) - Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd has cancelled all flights to the Pakistani city of Karachi from Bangkok, the airline said on its website on Wednesday.

"We will continue to monitor the situation closely," the company said in its statement. "Customers are recommended to check flight status before departing for the airport."

The cancellations came after Pakistan Taliban insurgents claimed responsibility for an attack on a security academy at Karachi's airport on Tuesday, less than 48 hours after an all-night siege by Taliban gunmen at the country's busiest airport that killed more than 30 people.

Cathay Pacific shares were down 0.28 percent in mid-afternoon trade on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.
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Cathay Pacific releases combined traffic figures for May 2014
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Cathay Pacific Airways today released combined Cathay Pacific and Dragonair traffic figures for May 2014.

Cathay Pacific and Dragonair carried a total of 2,594,459 passengers in May – an increase of 10.9% compared to the same month in 2013. The passenger load factor climbed by 4.0 percentage points to 83.0%, while capacity, measured in available seat kilometres (ASKs), increased by 5.8%. For the year to the end of May, the passenger volume rose by 6.8% compared to a 5.0% increase in capacity.

The two airlines carried 138,448 tonnes of cargo and mail in May, an increase of 13.9% compared to the same month last year. The cargo and mail load factor rose by 1.9 percentage points to 63.0%. Capacity, measured in available cargo/mail tonne kilometres, rose by 14.0% while cargo and mail revenue tonne kilometres (RTKs) flown were up by 17.5%. For the year to the end of May, tonnage rose by 7.3% while capacity was up by 10.9% and RTKs increased by 11.3%.

Cathay Pacific General Manager Revenue Management James Tong said: “We saw good demand across our passenger network in May, and in particular to destinations in Northeast Asia, Australia/New Zealand and North America. Loads were generally high in the Economy cabin, though the increase in demand to Southeast Asia fell short of capacity growth due to issues in a number of countries in that region. Demand in the premium cabins was slightly ahead of expectations last month though yield remained under considerable pressure in all classes of travel.”

Cathay Pacific General Manager Cargo Sales & Marketing Mark Sutch said: “We saw an upswing in demand out of the key Hong Kong and Mainland China markets in May, though the rumours of major product launches failed to materialise. Demand on the transpacific lanes remained robust, boosted by the beginning of the fruit season out of the US. However, the momentum in Europe continued to be weak and we trimmed back our freighter schedule to the continent accordingly. Intra-Asia demand was generally in line with expectations though exports out of Dhaka continued to be affected by the unrest in Bangladesh.”
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I was trying to book LAX-KHI, and was wondering the connection showed up in the timetable but not while booking. It turns out the flight is longer in winters by an hour (LAX-HKG), which means you lose the connection by just 30 minutes!!

That is such a bummer. I guess Karachi isn't big enough of a market to move flights around but given how many people use it for LAX (according to top destinations shown by Cathay's website), can't they just somehow manage to move the flight by just 30 minutes?

I am totally bummed. This is how you lose traffic to ME3. Cathay's amazing business class costs 1.5X the economy class of ME3 (Business vs. Business, it's 40% cheaper). They can advertise the hell out of it and make some decent money.
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I was trying to book LAX-KHI, and was wondering the connection showed up in the timetable but not while booking. It turns out the flight is longer in winters by an hour (LAX-HKG), which means you lose the connection by just 30 minutes!!

That is such a bummer. I guess Karachi isn't big enough of a market to move flights around but given how many people use it for LAX (according to top destinations shown by Cathay's website), can't they just somehow manage to move the flight by just 30 minutes?

I am totally bummed. This is how you lose traffic to ME3. Cathay's amazing business class costs 1.5X the economy class of ME3 (Business vs. Business, it's 40% cheaper). They can advertise the hell out of it and make some decent money.
CX has 4 flights from LAX-HKG. Are you saying the other 3 cannot connect to Karachi at all?
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CX has 4 flights from LAX-HKG. Are you saying the other 3 cannot connect to Karachi at all?
They can, but the shortest layover is 10 hrs. In summers, it's 1 and a half hour.
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Cathay Pacific to cease operations to Karachi

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It was bound to happen. Low loads in BKK and the situation in Karachi. Hopefully the flight will return, though I really doubt. Karachi has lost MH, SQ and now CX in a matter of 2 or 3 years. TG remains, but at least they are always full. There's a lot of China-Pakistan cargo, I wonder which carrier delivers all that. My assumption was that that was CX's moneymaker.
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