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Old July 18th, 2015, 08:45 PM   #3141
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Old July 19th, 2015, 06:33 AM   #3142
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Cathay feels impact of global cargo trend
15 July 2015
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Volume remains flat as market continues downward shift on weak world economy

Cargo volume at Cathay Pacific Airways remained flat last month as the global market continues a worrying downward trend.

Combined traffic figures for Cathay and its subsidiary Dragonair released yesterday showed a 2.2 per cent year-on-year drop in cargo load factors for the month, as cargo volume grew 0.5 per cent while capacity increased 5.9 per cent.

“Growth in the cargo markets has been softening … and we saw a continuation of this trend in June,” said Mark Sutch, Cathay’s general manager for cargo sales and marketing.

The International Air Transport Association said on July 1 air cargo growth had “undoubtedly come off the boil” due to a weak global economy.

Carriers in the Asia-Pacific experienced slow growth as a result of poor import-export performance, with trade volumes for emerging markets in Asia down 10 per cent at the end of the first quarter, compared with the fourth quarter of last year, Iata said.

Sutch said Cathay had “sporadic” demand and “strong competition” in mainland China, the largest source market.
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Old July 19th, 2015, 07:19 PM   #3143
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Flew on Dragonair between Shanghai and Hong Kong two weeks ago. I got this email notifying me of a flight delay.

"KA875/6Jul/PVGHKG: Your flight will late depart from Pudong Airport due to incoming flight late arrived.Sorry for any inconvenience caused.Dragonair."

Must say I expected better English from Dragonair, especially considering there was no corresponding message in Chinese.
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Old July 20th, 2015, 03:58 PM   #3144
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500,000 Hong Kong travellers a year may be affected by proposed night-landing ban at Heathrow
5 July 2015
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Half a million Hong Kong travellers a year may be affected by a proposed night ban on landing at Heathrow, which could kick in if the British government approves the airport's long-awaited third runway.

Four of Hong Kong's eight daily departures to London now land between 11.30pm and 6am.

The proposed ban stems from the planned runway's ability to accommodate the dozens of overnight flights now arriving before 6am - and is meant to make noise pollution in the middle of the night a thing of the past.

However, a third runway, if realised, is still a decade away.

Britain's Airports Commission released its findings on building a new airstrip in southeast England only on Wednesday. "A third runway would create the opportunity to end night flights before 6am," it said. "This opportunity should be taken … There should be a ban."

It said passengers in transit to continental Europe on morning flights could seek alternative connections from rival European or Middle Eastern airports.

Hong Kong tops a list of cities that are set to be affected by the ban. The city alone flies up to 480,755 people overnight to Heathrow a year, amounting to 53 per cent of scheduled seats, day and night. Singapore and Kuala Lumpur are the next two heaviest routes affected.
To be honest this proposal is a rather stupid one considering that even if a 3rd runway is to be built, night flights would not dramatically increase anyway in the near future. Likewise it would be better to focus on banning noisier aircraft instead.

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Of the eight daily direct flights from Hong Kong to London, five are taken up by Cathay Pacific. British Airways flies twice a day, while Virgin Atlantic operates one service.

Cathay said a third runway in Heathrow and Hong Kong presented new flying opportunities, but the construction and operations were still years away.

Five daily flights are not enough for Cathay on a route that is one of its most profitable. Sources at the airline said it was keen to launch a sixth service, but could not obtain landing and take-off slots in London.
Surely Cathay could afford to buy the additional slots they need? I mean granted the airport is full but there are still airlines which would be willing to sell their slots if the price is right.

Even if that was not the case, I would suggest that BA and CX should operate a JV on the London to Hong Kong route so that A380s can be used on more services to increase capacity on this route.

It does wonder if Cathay would order the A380neo for the LHR-HKG route (and others) in the near future...
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Old July 22nd, 2015, 05:18 PM   #3145
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Surely Cathay could afford to buy the additional slots they need? I mean granted the airport is full but there are still airlines which would be willing to sell their slots if the price is right.

Even if that was not the case, I would suggest that BA and CX should operate a JV on the London to Hong Kong route so that A380s can be used on more services to increase capacity on this route.

It does wonder if Cathay would order the A380neo for the LHR-HKG route (and others) in the near future...
Heathrow slots are very hard to come by. Some airlines had to buy another airline primarily for their slots!

For CX, increasing frequency is their most important factor, given that's what business travelers like. They are in the same alliance as BA anyway, who already flies the A380 on this route.
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Old July 22nd, 2015, 05:26 PM   #3146
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Heathrow slots are very hard to come by. Some airlines had to buy another airline primarily for their slots!
Well BA certainly did with BMI and to an extent Aer Lingus. I would also agree that getting such slots

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For CX, increasing frequency is their most important factor, given that's what business travelers like. They are in the same alliance as BA anyway, who already flies the A380 on this route.
I understand that, but Cathay need to increase frequency when it operates flights leaving at both 17:00 and 18:20? Likewise what sort of time period during the day would Cathay be looking for the "6th" flight in question?
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I understand that, but Cathay need to increase frequency when it operates flights leaving at both 17:00 and 18:20? Likewise what sort of time period during the day would Cathay be looking for the "6th" flight in question?
I recall when they expanded the frequency last time, they added a daytime flight ex-HKG. I prefer this, but business travelers may not mind sleeping on board and starting their meetings upon arrival during breakfast time.
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I recall when they expanded the frequency last time, they added a daytime flight ex-HKG. I prefer this, but business travelers may not mind sleeping on board and starting their meetings upon arrival during breakfast time.
Well from my personal experence in Y, night-flights are not such a good idea. In First and Business though they are a very different story since you are more able to sleep during the flight.
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Old July 24th, 2015, 04:14 PM   #3149
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HK airport on hunt for lost million
24 July 2015
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Crime unit investigates after bag of cash falls off trailer in cargo area

The hunt is on for $1 million after an botch-up during the unloading of 13 cash bags from a Cathay Pacific flight in Hong Kong.

On Friday, 13 bags containing $10 million were loaded on to flight CX198 in Auckland and transported to Hong Kong. The cash was being transported to the Bank of China in bags labelled G4S International Logistics in a luggage box.

When the flight landed the case was offloaded by staff from a cargo transfer service provided by a Cathay Pacific subsidiary, Hong Kong Airport Services.

English news website Shanghaiist said surveillance footage showed three of the bags falling from a trailer as it sped round a corner.

“During the transfer, there was only a driver on board without a security guard. Only 10 minutes later, when the cargo arrived at the station, the driver realised the bags were missing.”

Two of the bags were found on the tarmac, but the third remains missing.

A Hong Kong Police spokesman said the airport police crime unit was leading the investigation. No information could be released.

Cathay Pacific spokeswoman Tracey Kwong confirmed that the airline had transported the “valuable shipment”.

G4S International Logistics — which specialises in transporting valuable cargo internationally — denied responsibility for the lost money, which is insured. The company’s North Asia commodities director, Janet Leung, said the entire currency consignment was accounted for before its transfer into a restricted area at the airport.

“This loss occurred within the controlled airside sector of HKIA — a restricted area that we are not allowed access to,” she said.

“We can confirm that the missing banknotes were safe and accounted for during the entire time it was in G4Si’s possession, up until it was in the controlled airside sector.”
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Old July 28th, 2015, 04:09 PM   #3150
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"Flight Test: Cathay has Auckland and Manchester united"...

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I judge all my long-haul flights on how fast they seem to have passed - these went by in the blink of an eye.

THE AIRLINE Cathay Pacific

THE ROUTE Auckland to Manchester via Hong Kong

THE PLANES Airbus A340-300 and Boeing 777-300ER

UP THE BACK OR AT THE POINTY END? Premium Economy seats 30C and 31C

TIME IN THE AIR 11 hours and 12 hours

IN TRANSIT

Hong Kong International Airport is very easy to navigate but huge. If you are in transit for a short period it pays to find out early the gate of your on-going flight as you could be in for an epic walk. If you choose, Cathay Pacific schedules can give you almost a day's lay-over, allowing you time to catch a train to downtown Hong Kong to stretch your legs, explore and shop.

THE SEAT STUFF

As-new fabric seats, 17.8 inches wide on the A340 and 19.5in on the 777, with extra elbow room thanks to a solid seat divide that holds the foldout dining trays. Eight inches of recline makes for easier and more comfortable sleeping.

BAGGAGE ALLOWANCE

Up to 20kg check-in. Up to 7kg carry-on, though there were a few interesting interpretations of carry-on luggage as the passengers around me loaded up the (fortunately large) overhead lockers.

COMFORT FACTOR

The seat had good adjustable headrests for height and side "loll" support, plus either calf rests or a raised footrest. The 38 inch seat pitch gave all the legroom (and some) that I needed with a 6 foot 3in frame, and no dramas with passengers behind when in recline. The two planes differed in layout slightly and on the 777 the bulkhead seat is the best option if you can get it. On the A340 go for the rows behind if you have long legs.

THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT

Cathay's Studio CX entertainment system has a good on-demand mix of recent movies, standards, festival/fringe and family viewing plus TV programmes/series and music. Plenty of choice basically. Controls pull out from seat arm on an inertia reel cord. The noise cancelling headphones were so good I used them to listen to audiobooks on my iphone for a large part of the flight.

THE SERVICE

Cabin crew were friendly and efficient throughout, welcoming Premium Economy passengers to their seats with a choice of juices or glass of bubbles.

FEEDING TIME

Four meals were served between Auckland and Manchester plus snacks available on request. All except breakfast were preceeded by a drinks round. The food was tasty and nicely presented on spacious trays with steel cutlery, served with wine if wanted or the usual selection of drinks. Menu choices included stir-fried beef with ginger and onions, seared chicken breast with roast carrot sauce, pasta with fennel and olive caponata and baked hoki with creamy mushroom and leek sauce.

THE VERDICT

My flights (including the return journeys) left at very civilised times so I left feeling fresh. Cathay's Premium Economy has a dedicated check-in lane so there was no frustrating queuing. The extra recline and comfort of the seats reduced LHNB (long-haul numb bum) and allowed proper sleep. I judge all my long-haul flights on how fast they seem to have passed - these went by in the blink of an eye.

FREQUENCY

Flights depart Auckland every Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 1.30pm arriving in Manchester at 6.30am the following day. See cathaypacific.com
The writer flew courtesy of Cathay Pacific.
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‘It was the most terrifying moment of my life’
31 July 2015
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Cathay Pacific passengers tell of horror as plane make emergency landing

Passengers on a Cathay Pacific flight have spoken of their terror as the aircraft was forced to make an emergency landing at a military airport in Alaska after smoke was detected on board.

Genevieve Cousineau, a 25-year-old English teacher from the United States who is based in Beijing, described the incident as “the most terrifying moment of my life” as Los Angeles-bound Flight CX884 from Hong Kong dramatically changed course on Wednesday night.

Writing on Facebook, she said she awoke to the crew announcing an emergency landing, with “people running around, pulling life jackets over our heads, many crying, practising the brace position. We were over the ocean and our plane smelled strange.

“Everyone was in a panic, like, ‘Oh my God, this is really happening’. This is when people started to freak out,” she wrote. “You could just see the fear in people’s eyes.”

Bruce Kirch, a 55-year-old businessman who flies between Hong Kong and the US with Cathay about eight times a year, said he had never experienced anything so alarming on a flight.

He said the first sign of trouble was when the pilot called the lead flight attendant to the flight deck.

About 10 minutes later, “everybody was running around, putting soda bottles away, closing everything in a most urgent fashion”, he said. “Something was definitely amiss.”

Another five or 10 minutes later, the crew announced there would be an emergency landing and told passengers to put on their life vests and get in the brace position. Kirch looked at the interactive map on the in-flight entertainment system and realised the plane was still flying over the Pacific Ocean, and feared it could be forced to ditch in water.

“My heart was beating; I didn’t know what to expect,” he said. “It was quite unnerving but what can you do except hope for the best.” About five minutes before touching down, the crew told passengers the plane had reached a landing strip.

Cathay Pacific yesterday said a cooling fan below the cabin floor near the cargo compartment had failed, creating smoke in the cockpit.

It was then that the captain decided to make an emergency landing at the Eareckson Air Station, part of a US military base on the Aleutian Islands.

Kirch said the base only had small landing strip with no facilities, so the passengers stayed on the plane.

Cathay said the aircraft, a five-year-old Boeing 777-300ER, was later “declared serviceable” and had flown to Anchorage in Alaska. Kirch said the passengers were kept in a holding area, where they were given snacks, sandwiches and water.

A relief flight left Hong Kong at 3.45am yesterday, arriving in Anchorage in the afternoon. It took off at about 2.40pm Hong Kong time, taking the 276 passengers and 18 crew members to Los Angeles, where it arrived at 7.42pm.
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Cathay Pacific update on flight CX884/29 July
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30 Jul 2015

Passengers on diverted flight flown to their intended destination from Anchorage

Release #3, 15.45 Hong Kong Time, 30 July 2015

Cathay Pacific Airways confirms that passengers who were onboard Flight CX884 from Hong Kong to Los Angeles on 29 July, which made a precautionary diversion to Shemya military airport in the Aleutians Island near Alaska, are now on their way to their intended destination.

The aircraft operating CX884, a Boeing 777-300ER, was declared serviceable after the technical issue that resulted in smoke being detected in the cockpit area of the aircraft was addressed. The flight departed from Shemya with all 276 passengers and 18 crew, arriving in Anchorage at 06:11 Hong Kong time (14:11 local time) today.

Meanwhile, the airline operated a special flight, CX884D, to Anchorage from Hong Kong. Passengers of CX884 were transferred onto this relief flight and departed for Los Angeles at 14:48 Hong Kong time (22:48 local time). They are expected to arrive at Los Angeles International Airport at 19:28 Hong Kong time (04:28 local time)

Cathay Pacific flew a team of ground staff from Vancouver to Anchorage to attend to passengers, while a team will greet them on arrival in Los Angeles to offer any necessary assistance.
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Plane loses flaps during landing at Delhi's IGI, runway closed
1 August 2015
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New Delhi, Aug. 1 -- Operations at Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport's main runway was hit for an hour on July 27 after airport staff noticed large piece of foreign objects scattered on the air strip.

A closer inspection of the objects later found them to be three pieces of the flap of an aircraft wing, following which air traffic controller was asked to divert aircrafts to other two runways.

"The left wing of the flap of a Cathay Pacific freight plane fell off while landing at the Delhi airport on July 27. The aircraft was a Boeing 747-400 and we have grounded the plane," said an official of Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).

According the airport sources, the aircraft had landed on the 10-28 runway, which is the primary runway of Delhi airport. "It had then moved to the parking area without anyone noticing the incident. An inspection team of airport operators later noticed large objects and checked the last flight which had landed. Engineers of Cathay Pacific later confirmed that the objects were part of an aircraft's wing that belonged to them," said an airport official.
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Cathay Pacific lays focus on fleet, cargo ops expansion
4 August 2015
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Hrithik Kiran Bagade, Bengaluru, Aug 04, 2015, DHNS:

Hong Kong's largest airline Cathay Pacific has embarked on a large expansion strategy, with developments on several fronts including fleet enhancement, and focus on its cargo business.

Full-service premium carrier Cathay Pacific currently flies 148 wide-bodied aircraft, with an average age of 7.6 years. As part of its fleet expansion, the airline has ordered 72 new aircraft.

"We are laying immense emphasis on fuel efficiency, which is essential for an airline with a wide network. The 72 aircraft ordered include 22 Airbus A350-900 and 26 A350-1000 aircraft, apart from several long-haul Boeing 777-9X planes. The first A350-900 will enter service by February, 2016," Cathay Pacific Airways General Manager (South Asia, Middle East and Africa) Charlie Stewart-Cox told Deccan Herald.

The airline has already begun retiring its existing Boeing 747 and Airbus A340 fleet in phases, going up to 2017.

Cathay Pacific is perfecting itself as a network carrier, and building better connectivity, and has stressed on seamless products in the air and on the ground for patrons.

"Since 2010, we have invested HK$7.4 billion in our products which includes several revamps of our in-flight facilities, a premium economy class, and also lounge upgrades at the Hong Kong International Airport," Stewart-Cox said, adding that the region is laying focus on cargo operations as well.

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Positive about India

Meanwhile, the airline group flies to six metros in India. While Cathay Pacific flies to Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai and Hyderabad, its subsidiary Dragonair flies to Bengaluru and Kolkata, operating 48 flights from India to Hong Kong every week.

"We are happy with India, where we have enjoyed around 85 per cent load factor on average. The outbound market here has grown considerably, and we continue to look for opportunities. While the mainstay here is tourism and visiting relatives abroad, we are also bullish on capturing the corporate travel segment, especially for the business class," he said, adding that globally, the airline flies to 188 destinations in 51 countries (along with code share partners), while Dragonair flies to 52 destinations.

Even in terms of cargo, the airline operates its service to all six said destinations in India. "India is a significant market for our cargo operations, both in terms of robust exports, and inbound imports," Stewart-Cox added.
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Cathay Misses Estimates on $482 Million Fuel Hedging Loss
August 19, 2015
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Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd., Asia’s largest international airline by passengers, reported net income that lagged behind analyst estimates after it had losses from fuel hedging and passenger yields dropped. Shares extended losses on the results.

Profit jumped to HK$1.97 billion ($254 million) in the six months ended in June, below the HK$2.22 billion median estimate in a Bloomberg News survey of six analysts, Hong Kong-based Cathay said in a statement to the stock exchange Wednesday. That compared to net income of HK$347 million a year earlier. Sales in the first six months declined 0.9 percent to HK$50.4 billion.

Cathay shares fell to their lowest intraday level since November after the results, which included a HK$3.74 billion loss from fuel hedges. Last year’s slump in the crude oil market has left several Asian carriers holding hedges placed when oil prices were higher, adding to the challenges for Chief Executive Officer Ivan Chu.

“It’s a mixed set of earnings,” said Mohshin Aziz, a Malayan Banking Bhd. analyst in Kuala Lumpur. “On the revenue side things were very weak, much weaker than expected. Fortunately on the cost side, they seem to be making a lot of improvements.”

The airline had an unrealized fuel hedging loss of HK$7.42 billion at the end of June, Cathay said in the statement.

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