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Old October 11th, 2014, 10:03 AM   #3021
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Cathay pilots reject pay rise offer
11 October 2014
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Union threatens industrial action after proposed 10 per cent wage increase over three years is rejected with a 51 per cent majority vote

Cathay Pacific pilots moved a step closer to industrial action after union members voted down the airline’s pay rise offer of 10 per cent over three years.

Sources said about 90 per cent of the Hong Kong Aircrew Officers Association’s 1,900 members had voted in the online poll. The result, announced yesterday, was razor-close, with 51 per cent voting against the airline’s offer and 49 per cent in favour.

“It just shows how divided the pilots are,” the association’s general secretary Chris Beebe said. “I think it’s better to say that contract compliance is under consideration.”

Contract compliance, also known as a work-to-rule, is an action in which pilots will only do the bare minimum of what their contract requires. Pilots expect any impact of such action to be significant, especially in unexpected situations such as a typhoon, because there would not be enough standby pilots.

Beebe said the union hoped for more talks with management before deciding whether to go ahead with a work-to-rule.

Under the airline’s pay rise proposal, announced last month, Hong Kong-based cockpit crew members would get increases of 4 per cent this year, 3 per cent next year, and 3 per cent in 2016.

Pilots based in Europe would get a worse deal, with wage increases of 3 per cent, 2 per cent and 3 per cent. Those based in New Zealand would see their pay go up only 1 per cent each year. Cathay has around 2,900 pilots.

A Cathay spokesman said the airline was disappointed with the result of the vote, despite the recommendation by the association’s general committee.

“The HKAOA stated to their membership that if the pay deal was unsuccessful, a potential vote on contract compliance would commence,” he said. “We are waiting for further clarification from the HKAOA on that situation. However, it is important to note that any motion on contract compliance has to be successfully voted in by the majority of the HKAOA members.”

He added that the nature of Cathay’s business required the airline to prepare resources to cover any operational irregularities, and said the airline would do its best to ensure its planes flew as scheduled.

A Cathay pilot who asked not to be named said he was surprised that the offer was rejected.

“It is just really close. I thought it would be voted through,” the pilot said. Although he voted for the airline’s offer, he said he and the rest of the pilots would press ahead with contract compliance if it became necessary.

“The impact will be huge. There could be flight cancellations,” the pilot said.

Pilots complain that they are called in to work on their guaranteed days off, some as frequently as two or three times a month.
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Old October 11th, 2014, 09:20 PM   #3022
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I'll agree against such a ridiculous pay increase too considering the work & responsibilities pilots carry on their shoulders. Really unfair for European & New Zealand based crew getting even a shorter end of the stick, I'll call that discrimination.
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Old October 16th, 2014, 06:41 PM   #3023
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Cathay Pacific releases combined traffic figures for September 2014
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16 Oct 2014

Cathay Pacific Airways today released combined Cathay Pacific and Dragonair traffic figures for September 2014 that show an increase in both the number of passengers carried and the amount of cargo and mail uplifted compared to the same month in 2013.

Cathay Pacific and Dragonair carried a total of 2,489,445 passengers in September – an increase of 4.6% compared to the same month last year. The passenger load factor fell by 0.4 percentage points to 81.0% while capacity, measured in available seat kilometres (ASKs), increased by 8.0%. For the year to the end of September, passenger volumes were up by 5.7% compared to a 5.9% increase in capacity.

The two airlines carried 147,307 tonnes of cargo and mail last month, an increase of 14.5% compared to September 2013. The cargo and mail load factor rose by 2.9 percentage points to 62.2%. Capacity, measured in available cargo/mail tonne kilometres, rose by 10.8% while cargo and mail revenue tonne kilometres (RTKs) flown were up by 16.3%. For the year to the end of September, tonnage rose by 11.7% while capacity was up 11.3% and RTKs increased by 14.5%.

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Old October 18th, 2014, 03:40 PM   #3024
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Cathay Pacific exec says airline eyeing Calgary as possible 2016 destination
By Amanda Stephenson, Calgary Herald
October 16, 2014

The prospect of a second non-stop flight between Calgary and Asia was dangled before local business groups Thursday by a senior executive with Cathay Pacific.

But it won’t happen until at least 2016.

Tom Owen, Cathay Pacific’s senior vice-president for the Americas, told a crowd of business leaders at a luncheon event that Calgary is too small a market to serve with the Hong Kong-based airline’s existing fleet of Boeing 777-300s. But he said when Cathay Pacific takes delivery of its new, smaller Airbus 350s in 2016, “long, lean” routes like Calgary to Hong Kong could become economical for the first time.

“It will open up a world of opportunity for Cathay Pacific. So watch this space, but nothing until after 2016,” Owen said.

Owen is in Calgary this week to celebrate the launch of dedicated, twice-weekly Cathay Pacific air cargo freighter service from Calgary to Hong Kong. It is the airline’s first Alberta service, and marks the first time in six years that Calgary will have a direct air freighter link with Asia. (Calgary had a direct Asian link to Seoul, South Korea until 2008, but that service was cancelled by operator Asiana during the global recession.)

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Old October 20th, 2014, 06:13 PM   #3025
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Old October 24th, 2014, 10:22 PM   #3026
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Looks like Cathay Pacific's livery is going to get a refresh soon. Can't wait to see it. I'm sure CX won't do it they way Japan Airlines and China Eastern did it. Well, they have a very good taste, at least to me, when it comes to design, so hopefully they will not disappoint.

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Cathay Pacific Relaunch Powerful Yet Simple New Brand Image

Cathay Pacific have been working on a new brand image for the past few months, and whilst you may be forgiven for going ‘Really?’ we here at thedesignair.net think the subtle difference in the new brand positioning is both striking, powerful and evocative. We have been huge fans of the interior and ground products of the airline for many years, but the livery and graphic proposition, whilst iconic hasn’t been the most aesthetically pleasing. This new design philosophy “Softly spoken, strongly felt” paves the way (although hasn’t been confirmed) for a new livery concept, to sit along the new brand image of the airline....







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Old October 25th, 2014, 03:38 AM   #3027
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Why oh why spend $$$ on such a minor alteration to the already classy livery
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Old October 25th, 2014, 04:06 AM   #3028
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Next steps. I dont think that in 2030 anything will remain.

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Old October 27th, 2014, 04:42 PM   #3029
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I wish there was still some red left in the logo. It gives it a nice contrast.
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Old October 28th, 2014, 03:04 PM   #3030
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Cathay Pacific B747-467 (B-HOP) landing in Singapore on August 31, 2014. Ferried to Bruntingthorpe, UK on September 17, 2014 for scrapping
It's pity that the plane has been scrapped. This is the last CX Boeing 747-400 I've ever seen.
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Cathay Pacific A340-300, "oneworld signature livery" (reg. B-HXG)

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Old October 31st, 2014, 05:38 PM   #3032
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Bigger jets to boost Cathay capacity
24 October 2014
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CATHAY Pacific may fly bigger planes to Australia’s restricted airports as a way of boosting capacity.

The Hong Kong-based airline has hit the limit in terms of access to Australia’s four biggest airports and is increasing capacity into Australia by progressively replacing Airbus A330s with bigger Boeing 777-300ERs on its prime daily Sydney flight, CX138/CX139, from December. The 777s will initially fly on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays before moving to daily services in February.

The airline is also adding an extra row of economy seats on all A330s operating into Australia and says this, combined with the bigger 777s, will give it a capacity boost of 7 to 8 per cent.

The airline currently has 74 flights a week to Australia, including four a week to the unrestricted Adelaide airport.

Cathay corporate development director James Barrington said if the Sydney increase worked well, the airline may put more 777s into the Australian market, which would also add capacity.

Speaking on the 40th anniversary of Cathay’s Sydney-Hong Kong service, Mr Barrington said the airline would like to see the Hong Kong and Australian governments renegotiate the cap on the bilateral air services agreement. However, he noted Qantas, which flew only 21 services a week to Hong Kong, still had “significant headroom’’ under the current agreement to operate more flights.

“I think realistically that we think it’s unlikely that the combined Qantas-Australian government approach would be to support an increase,’’ he said. “So we’ll increase by up-gauging ourselves.’’ Australia is Cathay’s fourth biggest market globally and it is seeing good growth from Australia to long-haul destinations such as Europe and North America.

The number of Cathay passengers travelling from Australia to North American ports has doubled in the past 12 months, with particularly strong growth to New York from all Australian cities.

There have been significant increases in bookings from Adelaide to New York, Los Angeles and Toronto; from Perth to all ports in North America; from Brisbane to New York, Los Angeles and Toronto; and from Sydney to New York. Cathay also believes there will be good demand into Boston, with four weekly flights scheduled from May.
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A bit basic question: does Cathay Pacific's Boeing 777-300ER feature first class?
A few months ago one of my friend flew with one between Surabaya and Hong Kong, and the plane doesn't feature first class.
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A bit basic question: does Cathay Pacific's Boeing 777-300ER feature first class?
A few months ago one of my friend flew with one between Surabaya and Hong Kong, and the plane doesn't feature first class.
it depends on CX's B77W version. This is the 3-class version without F class :
http://www.seatguru.com/airlines/Cat...77-300ER_C.php

This is the 4-class version with F class :
http://www.seatguru.com/airlines/Cat...77-300ER_A.php
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A bit basic question: does Cathay Pacific's Boeing 777-300ER feature first class?
A few months ago one of my friend flew with one between Surabaya and Hong Kong, and the plane doesn't feature first class.
There are some B77Ws that feature F class, while others don't. It depends on the aircraft registration and which aircraft your flight has been assigned to. Not to mention, CX also operates the B773 (non-ER) as well, which is used for regional flights and, therefore, do not feature F class.

Cathay Pacific B777-300ER, "Asia's World City" (reg. B-KPF)

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F is also not available on specific long-haul routes even with the 777-300ER, such as Toronto.
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If such a case happens, what will be the class classification for F if there is an aircraft shortage? Let's say for example: CX829/8 to Toronto... if there is no aircraft that has a 3-class interior (and only the 4-class version is available), will the F seats on that flight be sold as J tickets?
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Bigger jets to boost Cathay capacity
24 October 2014
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CATHAY Pacific may fly bigger planes to Australia’s restricted airports as a way of boosting capacity.

The Hong Kong-based airline has hit the limit in terms of access to Australia’s four biggest airports and is increasing capacity into Australia by progressively replacing Airbus A330s with bigger Boeing 777-300ERs on its prime daily Sydney flight, CX138/CX139, from December. The 777s will initially fly on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays before moving to daily services in February.

The airline is also adding an extra row of economy seats on all A330s operating into Australia and says this, combined with the bigger 777s, will give it a capacity boost of 7 to 8 per cent.

The airline currently has 74 flights a week to Australia, including four a week to the unrestricted Adelaide airport.

Cathay corporate development director James Barrington said if the Sydney increase worked well, the airline may put more 777s into the Australian market, which would also add capacity.

Speaking on the 40th anniversary of Cathay’s Sydney-Hong Kong service, Mr Barrington said the airline would like to see the Hong Kong and Australian governments renegotiate the cap on the bilateral air services agreement. However, he noted Qantas, which flew only 21 services a week to Hong Kong, still had “significant headroom’’ under the current agreement to operate more flights.

“I think realistically that we think it’s unlikely that the combined Qantas-Australian government approach would be to support an increase,’’ he said. “So we’ll increase by up-gauging ourselves.’’ Australia is Cathay’s fourth biggest market globally and it is seeing good growth from Australia to long-haul destinations such as Europe and North America.

The number of Cathay passengers travelling from Australia to North American ports has doubled in the past 12 months, with particularly strong growth to New York from all Australian cities.

There have been significant increases in bookings from Adelaide to New York, Los Angeles and Toronto; from Perth to all ports in North America; from Brisbane to New York, Los Angeles and Toronto; and from Sydney to New York. Cathay also believes there will be good demand into Boston, with four weekly flights scheduled from May.
Is the flight HKG-SYD-HKG counted as 1 flight or 2?
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Is the flight HKG-SYD-HKG counted as 1 flight or 2?
A roundtrip is 2 flights.
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This is my mockup! Also did a refresh "Cathay Dragon" if the rebranding for KA ever happens. Hope you guys like it! If not leave suggestions and I'll try making some modifications. This livery could also work with a dash of red at the tail, however we all know that the red is now completely gone from the logo.

Livery Elements:
- Different shades of green used to give contrast
- Chinese characters at the front (Mainland China brand awareness)
- Engine cowlings painted corporate colours with brushstroke logo
- Addition of brushstroke logo at the front of the aircraft
- Brushstroke logo enlarged at the tail

I didn't want to depart too far away from the current livery, hence why I left the typeface on the bottom half of the aircraft, I think CX's current livery is very recognisable with this arrangement.

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