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Old April 30th, 2016, 11:56 AM   #3301
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Old April 30th, 2016, 12:13 PM   #3302
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Dragonair is NOT a low-cost carrier. It is full-service and focuses on regional routes. Dragonair has huge brand recognition in China - much moreso than Cathay, so the rebranding can't drastically change this.
Thanks for pointing out as I already highlighted it was a Regional division.
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Old May 1st, 2016, 12:21 AM   #3303
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Dragonair is NOT a low-cost carrier. It is full-service and focuses on regional routes. Dragonair has huge brand recognition in China - much moreso than Cathay, so the rebranding can't drastically change this.
dragonair, is a low cost full service carrier....

that is why CX keeps it distinct
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Old May 1st, 2016, 06:14 AM   #3304
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dragonair, is a low cost full service carrier....

that is why CX keeps it distinct
The low-cost full service carrier in Hong Kong went under already. That was called Oasis.

Dragonair is not a low cost carrier. You don't need to pay for baggage or meals. They actually serve a complimentary meal even on their short hops of 90 minutes to TPE. That is most certainly not a LCC business model.

What LCC serves premium ice-cream free on its short-hauls for free?

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I believe Cathay Dragon is the "Silk Air" equivalent for Cathay Pacific?
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Old May 1st, 2016, 10:07 AM   #3306
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dragonair, is a low cost full service carrier....

that is why CX keeps it distinct
I believe you mean Lower cost, Low cost carrier would imply that its a no-frills, budget airline like Jetstar and AirAsia. Lower cost airline, is in an airline with lower operational cost than its parent company, i.e. CX has higher operational cost than KA.
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Pretend Cathay pilot on flight lands in trouble
3 May 2016
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A young man who likes dressing up as a pilot was detained in Penang after he tried to pass himself off as a Cathay Pacific pilot on a Dragonair flight from Hong Kong.

Cabin crew became suspicious when he took lots of photos and ordered an alcoholic drink during the KA691 flight on March 31 to the Malaysian state.

The man, who said he was half-South African, was held by Malaysian immigration authorities when the flight landed. However it was not immediately known whether he has since returned to Hong Kong.

The aircraft had to be searched overnight before it returned to Hong Kong the following day.

The man, aged about 18 to 20, was dressed like a Cathay pilot as he boarded the flight. According to an internal document, the passenger in seat 12A also had a pass and cabin luggage with Cathay Pacific logos.

He claimed to be a pilot who was traveling on duty for Cathay Pacific, after completing a flight from San Francisco to Hong Kong. He said he wanted to say thank you to the cockpit crew after the flight landed in Penang.

He took several photos of inflight food after meals were served. Cabin crew became suspicious after he ordered a Bloody Mary, and instead gave him a non-alcoholic cocktail.

Thirty minutes before landing, they asked for his staff ID before he could visit the cockpit. He claimed his documents were in his checked-in baggage.

The crew waited until disembarkation before questioning him again. He said his stepfather was a Cathay pilot.

Ground staff held him on the passenger boarding bridge, notified cabin crew and alerted airport security.

The man was escorted by airport security and detained by Penang authorities. Immigration told the suspect he would be treated as an inadmissible passenger.
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Cathay swoops on Virgin sales process
10 May 2016
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Cathay Pacific is the latest Asian airline to be circling the sales process for a 25.9 per cent stake in Virgin Australia, in a move that will no doubt annoy rivals Qantas and Singapore Airlines.

Cathay is in the oneworld alliance with Qantas but the pair is hardly on friendly terms, particularly after the Hong Kong carrier frustrated Qantas's attempt to set up Jetstar Hong Kong.

Cathay, like fellow interested party Hainan Airlines, could also use Virgin as a vehicle to add more flights to Hong Kong to skirt around a capacity cap and bolster its position in the Australian market.

Cathay, like Singapore, is already an alliance partner of the stake's seller, Air New Zealand.

But Cathay and Singapore are fierce competitors on the Kangaroo route between Australia and London and on itineraries throughout Asia. That means Singapore would hardly welcome Cathay with open arms on to the share register.

One theory is that Cathay might even consider a bid for all of Virgin.

While it is far-fetched that Singapore and Etihad would accept, such a move could push Singapore into the potential strategic blunder of overpaying for Virgin.

Virgin, advised by UBS, is still undertaking a capital review to decide just how much equity it will need to recapitalise the company.
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Old May 13th, 2016, 02:56 PM   #3311
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Shareholders flay Cathay for fading aura
12 May 2016
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Shareholders of Cathay Pacific Airways came down heavily on the management at its annual general meeting for its declining image as Hong Kong's premium airline and the big bonuses received by its management despite the poor performance of the company's stock.

One shareholder and frequent flyer alleged the company's cost-cutting measures had reduced Cathay "from a premium airline to a not-so-premium airline". He also questioned the rationale for Cathay's expensive rebranding of Dragonair and its plan to cram more seats on its B777 planes.

"If the management just focuses on raising the passenger load [capacity utilisation] instead of the yield [unit profitability], I don't think that's good for the company's long-term management," he said.

Cathay chairman John Slosar denied the carrier had lost any of its premium appeal but said reconfiguring B777 economy cabins from nine seats on single rows to 10 was viable.

"Ten years ago, Cathay was much less of a premium airline than it is today," he said. "There is always a trade-off between the number of seats you can put on an airplane and the premiums of those seats, and we are always looking for ways we can put more seats because more seats probably mean more revenue and more revenue probably means more profit. But you can't do that and just sacrifice the premium nature of the service."

He added that many airlines around the world had configured B777 planes with 10 seats abreast and that seat design technology had improved to ensure comfort.
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I believe Cathay Dragon is the "Silk Air" equivalent for Cathay Pacific?
No! Silk Air does not belong to Star Alliance, thus, denying alliance benefits to status pax.
Cathay Dragon is part of One World.
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Old May 17th, 2016, 04:56 PM   #3315
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Cathay Pacific releases combined traffic figures for April 2016
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Cathay Pacific Airways today released combined Cathay Pacific and Dragonair traffic figures for April 2016 that show a marginal year-on-year decrease in the number of passengers carried, together with a small increase in the volume of cargo and mail uplifted.

Cathay Pacific and Dragonair carried a total of 2,909,534 passengers last month – an decrease of 0.1% compared to April 2015. The passenger load factor fell by 2.3 percentage points to 84.9% while capacity, measured in available seat kilometres (ASKs), grew by 2.4%. In the first four months of 2016, the number of passengers carried rose by 3.8% compared to a 5.5% increase in capacity.

The two airlines carried 147,643 tonnes of cargo and mail in April, an increase of 2.1% compared to the same month last year. The cargo and mail load factor rose by 0.9 percentage points to 63.5%. Capacity, measured in available cargo/mail tonne kilometres, fell by 0.8% while cargo and mail revenue tonne kilometres (RTKs) rose by 0.6%. In the first four months of 2016, the tonnage carried fell by 1.8% against a 1.7% increase in capacity and a 3.4% drop in RTKs.

Cathay Pacific General Manager Revenue Management Patricia Hwang said: “We saw a general weakening in passenger demand last month across most of the markets we serve. The number of passengers carried decreased compared to the same month in 2015, despite more capacity being operated, which resulted in another drop in load factor. April figures received a boost from Easter returning traffic and the beginning of travel for the Labour Day holidays in China, but overall we are not seeing the high volumes we saw last year. Pressure on yield remains, with competition increasing and premium demand continuing to fall short of expectations.”
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‘Under intense pressure’: Cathay Pacific chief calls for hiring freeze as passenger and cargo businesses drop
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Cathay Pacific Airways’ chief executive has called on all departments in the company to curb spending by “stopping all non-essential discretionary expenditure,” freeze hiring or replacing “non-operationally critical staff,” and to review operational budgets.

“It is now necessary for us to contain costs further,” chief executive Ivan Chu Kwok-leung told staff, according to the company’s internal magazine CX World released on Tuesday.

Chu said business challenges have become more acute in recent weeks, with continued pressure on its cargo business being compounded by “a weakening trend in the passenger business”.

The company said it was not considering laying off staff in response to an emailed query.

Passenger volume at Cathay Pacific and its subsidiary Dragonair declined 0.1 per cent in April compared to the same month last year, according to operational data released on Tuesday. The company said passenger demand weakened in general across most of its markets served and competition increased. Load factor, a measure of capacity utilisation, dropped 2.3 percentage points to 84.9 per cent in the month.

Chu said yield, a measure of unit profitability, is “coming under ever-more pressure” at the airline......
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CX to offer more promos
26 May 2016
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Cathay Pacific (0293) will offer more online bookings and promotions to cater to changing markets, chairman John Slosar said yesterday.

He said the line between full-service airlines and low-cost carriers is blurring.

Noting more hybrid and upscale low- cost carriers in the market that provide value-added services, Slosar also hinted that there would be more interaction between the two types of players.

``Market changes, people's taste changes. If that means Cathay Pacific is to be like the LCCs and provide more online bookings and more promotions, that is fine,'' he said.

He added that Cathay's low-cost counterparts may also learn from it in dealing with high-end passengers.

Cathay recorded a drop in passenger numbers in April, the first time in three years.

Slosar said the airline's passenger business has worsened after the Lunar New Year and it would remain challenging the rest of this year.

Earlier this month, chief executive Ivan Chu Kwok-leung bared cost-cutting measures, including a freeze on hiring in certain posts. But a change in business model is unlikely, he said.

In January, Cathay Pacific said that developing an LCC is not currently being considered and it would maintain its high-end brand in the future. It said more resources would be earmarked for the mainland where outbound tourism has posted substantial growth.

Slosar said he takes an optimistic view of the outlook of Chinese airlines, describing them as ``the next big group of airlines that could shape the world stage.''

Progress is expected in Cathay's long- term partnership with Air China (0753), he said.
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Cathay Pacific’s first A350 arrives in Hong Kong New-generation aircraft to offer a Life Well Travelled for passengers
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Cathay Pacific Airways’ first Airbus A350-900XWB aircraft arrived at Hong Kong International Airport from Toulouse, France on Sunday, 29 May. It is the first of 48 A350s scheduled to be delivered to the airline. The new aircraft features Cathay Pacific’s latest inflight products in the Business Class, Premium Economy Class and Economy Class cabins, enriching the experience of passengers and helping the airline to deliver on its promise of a Life Well Travelled.

The airline held a special event in the hangars of Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company Limited (HAECO) at Hong Kong International Airport today (30 May) to give an exclusive preview of the new arrival to aviation and trade officials, key business partners, members of the Marco Polo Club loyalty programme and guests from the Hong Kong public.

Guest of Honour at the event was Joseph Lai, Permanent Secretary for Transport & Housing (Transport), who officiated at the welcome ceremony together with Cathay Pacific Chief Operating Officer Rupert Hogg.

“We understand that for our passengers, sleeping well, enjoying first-class entertainment, and using products that have been designed with them in mind are of the utmost importance. The new A350 will provide the very best of all these,” Mr Hogg said. “The lower cabin pressure and noise levels combine with our new features to set passengers up for the best sleeping experience possible in the skies. We have gone all out to provide the best inflight entertainment too. All seats come with the latest high-definition touchscreen personal TVs and a greater selection of movies, TV, live news channels and music. Inflight Wi-Fi is also available to connect passengers to family, work and world events, if they choose. We could not be more excited with what we’ve seen so far of the A350, and I’m sure that our passengers will feel the same way once they step on board.

“This superbly efficient aircraft will help us further expand our global network and strengthen Hong Kong’s reputation as an international aviation hub, helping to oil the wheels of commerce and trade in our home city,” Mr Hogg added.

The features of Cathay Pacific’s new A350-900 take the passenger travel experience to a new level. The design of many of the cabin features has been carefully considered to give passengers the best sleeping experience, the best entertainment, and to offer them greater control over how they want to use the space, whether for working or to relax. With its extra wide body, the aircraft offers more space and comfort. The A350 is designed for the wellbeing of passengers; the quiet cabin, panoramic windows, LED mood lighting and huge overhead lockers all contribute to a more comfortable and relaxing journey in all cabin classes.

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Wi-fi buzz as first Cathay A350 flight nears takeoff
May 31, 2016

Cathay Pacific has received the first of four dozen Airbus A350 aircraft it ordered, and it will soon offer wi-fi services for a fee.

Passengers on A350 flights will be able to send and receive e-mails and instant messages, browse web pages and social media but will be unable to watch online streams.

Wi-fi will be switched on once a flight reaches 10,000 feet, and switched off when a plane descends beneath that when coming in for landings.

The fee is HK$78 for one-hour access. But travelers may opt for full-flight charges: it is HK$156 for whole trips that are more than six hours, and HK$101 for journeys under six hours.

Passengers may pay by credit card for the service, which will be launched next year at the soonest.

Cathay also plans to launch in-flight data roaming services in the middle of the year.

Other airlines, such as Air China, offer free in-flight wi-fi but they ban accessing it on smartphones.

Japan Airlines charges around HK$79 for one hour, HK$112 for three hours and HK$146 for 24 hours.

The first flight of Cathay's A350 is a short-haul trip to Manila tomorrow.

The A350 is a long-range, twin-engine, wide-body airliner that is positioned to compete with Boeing's 787 and 777.

Cathay director of corporate affairs James Tong Wai-pong said it has less seats than the 777.

It offers a total of 280 seats 38 in business class, 28 in premium economy, and 214 in economy.
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