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Old September 20th, 2016, 04:27 PM   #3361
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Cathay Pacific releases combined traffic figures for August 2016
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Cathay Pacific Airways today released combined Cathay Pacific and Dragonair traffic figures for August 2016 that show a drop in the number of passengers carried and an increase in the amount of cargo and mail uplifted compared to the same month last year.

Cathay Pacific and Dragonair carried a total of 2,975,161 passengers last month – a decrease of 3.8% compared to August 2015. The passenger load factor dropped by 1.8 percentage points to 86.8%, while capacity, measured in available seat kilometres (ASKs), dropped by 0.8%. In the first eight months of 2016, the number of passengers carried rose by 1.8% compared to a 3.4% increase in capacity.

The two airlines carried 153,733 tonnes of cargo and mail in August, an increase of 3.8% compared to the same month last year. The cargo and mail load factor rose by 2.7 percentage points to 63.3%. Capacity, measured in available cargo/mail tonne kilometres, dropped by 2.6%, while cargo and mail revenue tonne kilometres (RTKs) increased by 1.7%. In the first eight months of 2016, the tonnage carried rose by 1.2% against a 0.3% increase in capacity and a 0.7% drop in RTKs.

Cathay Pacific General Manager Revenue Management Patricia Hwang said: “August was a busy month for our passenger business and we saw high passenger loads across the network. However, the disruption caused by Typhoon Nida, which passed close by Hong Kong in early August, led to nearly 300 flights being cancelled. Our top markets – Hong Kong, Mainland China and the United States – continued to show signs of weakness. Although the Europe route group also saw revenue decline due to security concerns, there was healthy demand for the newest routes on the network – Madrid and Gatwick. Yield remains under intense pressure due to volatile currency markets and strong competition.”
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Old September 25th, 2016, 06:21 PM   #3362
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Old October 1st, 2016, 05:05 AM   #3363
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Time flies as Cathay’s Boeing 747 fleet set to retire, marking end of ultra-large aircraft era
The airline’s last commercial flight with the 747 model will be on September 30
September 26, 2016



Cathay Pacific Airways is retiring its last three Boeing 747 passenger aircraft this week, marking the end of the ultra-large aircraft era.

The airline’s last Boeing 747 commercial flight is scheduled for a round trip from Hong Kong to Haneda Airport in Tokyo on September 30. After the plane returns from Japan, Cathay’s 747 fleet will be officially replaced by the Boeing 777-300ER, which is slightly smaller but with more economical twin-jet engines.

The Boeing 747, dubbed the “queen of the skies”, is recognised as one of the most important inventions of the 20th century, making long-haul travel affordable for passengers.

The double-decker jet can carry more than 400 passengers and has a flight range of 7,260 nautical miles compared to about 189 passengers and 5,750 miles by its predecessor, the Boeing 707.

But current aviation trends seem to favour lighter and more economical jets.

Tony Britton, an aircraft project manager at Cathay, said the company now flies to smaller airports, so ultra-large aircraft are no longer suitable.

Britton added that the number of flights by the new 777s would be increased. “We now have five flights to London. We prefer connectivity and frequency now,” he said.

Cathay has been retiring 747 passenger jets since 2005. But Britton said 23 freighter versions of the 747s will stay in service with the newest model expected to serve the company’s air freight business for another 25 years.

The retired 747s will be sent to the United States and United Kingdom to be disassembled with valuable components recycled. Cathay owned up to 25 such passenger jets in the early 2000s.
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Old October 2nd, 2016, 01:15 PM   #3364
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Old October 3rd, 2016, 02:15 PM   #3365
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Cathay Pacific will go 10-seat abreast in its 777s.
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Ten abreast on 777 looms as Cathay tests new, narrower seats

Cathay Pacific has been rumoured to be planning a more dense, 3-4-3 layout on its Boeing 777 aircraft for some time. The airline is one of the holdouts on the more comfortable 3-3-3 configurations, but with a relatively negative set of earnings just released, and concerns about whether the airline is able to attract sufficient premium passengers in its home market, the wind may be blowing in the narrower direction.

RGN has learned that Cathay Pacific is testing narrower seats, and we spoke with one of the carrier’s seat testers, who wished to remain anonymous.

“I filled in a customer satisfaction survey on a long-haul Cathay Pacific flight, and they got my details from that. The survey was actually contracted out,” the seat tester says. “They specifically were looking for customers who had flown long-haul economy on Cathay Pacific within the last 12 months.”

“Testing took place at Cathay City, their headquarters near the airport,” our source continues. “I was met at reception and escorted through security to an area where they had the seats set up. I was given twenty minutes in each of the three seats (ten minutes in an upright position and ten minutes reclined). I was asked to relax and sit in any position that I found comfortable. I was told that I could play with my phone, read, eat or do any other ‘normal’ activities while seated.”
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Old October 4th, 2016, 03:20 PM   #3366
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I guess that is where the A350 comes in then: Efficient and comfortable.

Really sad to see Cathay trend in this direction.

So the aircrafts which offer 18in seats in economy are 330, 350, 380 and 777-9 (Because the 777X series has a wider cabin to accommodate 10 across and 18in)?
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Old October 6th, 2016, 03:09 PM   #3367
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Cathay Pacific’s ‘Queen of the Skies’ to mark retirement with Victoria Harbour Flyover
Final chance for the Hong Kong public to bid farewell to the Boeing 747
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To commemorate the retirement of the iconic Boeing 747-400 aircraft from its passenger fleet, and to help raise funds in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Cathay Pacific will operate a special charity flight for its staff on the morning of Saturday, 8 October.

With the approval of the Civil Aviation Department, the 60-minute flight – CX8747 – will include a Victoria Harbour flyover, giving the Hong Kong public one final opportunity to bid farewell to Cathay Pacific’s “Queen of the Skies”.

Some 300 of the airline’s staff, many of whom have a long attachment to the 747, have made a minimum donation of HK$747 to secure their seats onboard the historic flight. With Cathay Pacific absorbing the flight’s operating costs, all funds raised will benefit the Hong Kong Breast Cancer Foundation.

The flight is planned to take-off from Hong Kong International Airport at 10.30 am, subject to airport traffic and weather conditions, and will initially head east over Victoria Harbour, passing the former Kai Tak Airport and out over the Lei Yue Mun Gap.

The best vantage points for members of the public to watch the farewell flight include the Peak, Lion Rock, Kennedy Town promenade, West Kowloon Cultural District, the harbour facing sides of ICC and IFC, Tsim Sha Tsui promenade, Tamar, the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal, Golden Bauhinia Square, MegaBox and the Tsing Ma Bridge Observation Deck.
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Old October 8th, 2016, 01:15 PM   #3368
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Goodbye Cathay B747 CX8747 by altinomh, on Flickr



Boeing B747-467, B-HUJ, Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong by Trevor Slack, on Flickr
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Old October 8th, 2016, 02:00 PM   #3369
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Cathay Pacific will go 10-seat abreast in its 777s.
NOOOO!!!!

But okay, to have something real to say: Routes Online figured out for us what the routes were of Cathay Pacific's early days of 747 service (1979):




http://www.routesonline.com/news/38/...47-operations/
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Old October 8th, 2016, 04:07 PM   #3370
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SCMP says so:
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Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific to introduce 10-abreast seating in its Boeing planes

Cathay Pacific will move to the much disliked 10-abreast economy seating from the standard, spacious nine-abreast in plans revealed to the South China Morning Post by the airline’s chief executive.
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Chief executive Ivan Chu Kwok-leung said in an exclusive interview: “If you look at the Boeing 777s, which everybody uses from the Gulf to the US to European carriers and ourselves, the standard is 3-4-3. I think we are moving towards that stage, it’s very clear.”
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Chu explained he wanted to offer the best in economy seats to ensure customers felt comfortable in the smaller seats. Cathay said it was committed to maintaining 32 inches of legroom as standard but the seat width would narrow – estimated to come down from 18.5 inches to around 17 inches per seat, based on changes made by rival airlines.
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Old October 9th, 2016, 12:54 AM   #3371
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Now I noticed the happy face flying 9-abreast, and the unhappy one flying 10-abreast.
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Old October 9th, 2016, 03:59 PM   #3372
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I like the article, it demonstrates that Cathay's strategy of high frequency is quite flawed.

They say they would rather focus on high frequency than high capacity, but:
A shortage of take-off and landing slots at Hong Kong International Airport means Cathay and local rivals like HK Express, are unable to expand the number of flights with the two runways operating at almost 100 per cent capacity every day.

“There are not enough passengers willing to pay a premium for Cathay. The passengers willing to pay more for nine-abreast either aren’t willing to pay enough or are not numerous enough,” he said.

Thoughts: They should have invested in some A380s to maintain premium standards rather than putting more seats in their 777s. Unfortunately, they have 53 of them at the moment, so getting rid of them and replacing it with A380s isn't the cheaper option.

Thank god A380s, A350-900/1000s or B777-8/9 can solve this problem.
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Old October 10th, 2016, 07:04 AM   #3373
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Aeroflot 10 seats @ 17.8in
BA 9 seats @ 17.5in

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Old October 11th, 2016, 12:24 PM   #3374
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It seems that Cathay is seeing a decrease in demand for F, J and W pax, so they are trying to boost a number of Y seats. Or just maximize the profits.

Also, the article is a bit manipulative:
On the Hong Kong-Vancouver route, Cathay’s Boeing 777 can carry up to 275 passengers, but Air Canada fits 458 passengers into the same model.

It is true that in total Air Canada has more seats (450, not 458). However, breaking down by classes, Cathay's B77W has 6F, 53J, 34W, and 182Y. While Air Canada in its 450 seater B77W has 28J, 24W, and 398Y.
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Old October 12th, 2016, 12:58 PM   #3375
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I actually like the new uniforms. I wasn't a fan of the purple suits for the male ground and flight crew and I think the grey is a much more suiting colour. That being said, it would've been better if the suit blazers did not have the "old traditional" Chinese theme elements.
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If the financial outlook on JAL gets better, Panama could be a destination if there are more OW airlines. JAL currently flies to Sao Paulo via New York. Buenos Aires is also quite popular with the Japanese, so if there's a direct flight to Panama from Tokyo (perhaps via a West Coast North American city), and a network of codeshares with LAN and AA, it could work.
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Panama is Copa Airlines' stronghold, and it's a Star Alliance member, therefore, an ANA flight would make more sense. JAL stopped GRU-JFK-NRT quite a long time ago. And yes, there's now a codeshare agreement between Cathay Pacific and Latam.
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Cathay Pacific and LATAM Airlines Brasil to offer additional connections between Asia and South America through new codeshare agreement

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oneworld members Cathay Pacific Airways and LATAM Airlines Brasil have entered into a codeshare agreement, offering passengers additional connections when travelling between Asia and South America through their gateways in Europe and the United States.

Under the new agreement, Cathay Pacific’s “CX” code will be placed on all flights operated by LATAM Airlines Brasil between London and Paris to Sao Paulo and all flights between New York to Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.

At the same time, LATAM Airlines Brasil will place its “JJ’ flight code on all flights operated by Cathay Pacific between New York and Hong Kong.
For an actual Cathay Pacifict flight to South America, a route that makes sense would be HKG-MIA-GRU. Miami is an underserved market for Asian airlines and MIA-GRU is one of the United States' busiest international routes.
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Old October 13th, 2016, 04:04 PM   #3378
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I like the article, it demonstrates that Cathay's strategy of high frequency is quite flawed.

They say they would rather focus on high frequency than high capacity, but:
A shortage of take-off and landing slots at Hong Kong International Airport means Cathay and local rivals like HK Express, are unable to expand the number of flights with the two runways operating at almost 100 per cent capacity every day.

“There are not enough passengers willing to pay a premium for Cathay. The passengers willing to pay more for nine-abreast either aren’t willing to pay enough or are not numerous enough,” he said.

Thoughts: They should have invested in some A380s to maintain premium standards rather than putting more seats in their 777s. Unfortunately, they have 53 of them at the moment, so getting rid of them and replacing it with A380s isn't the cheaper option.

Thank god A380s, A350-900/1000s or B777-8/9 can solve this problem.
Cathay is not a low-cost carrier. They are out to fill the premium seats as a business carrier. It will be silly that during a down-cycle they rip up their cabins in a multi-million dollar retrofit, finish a few years later when the premium traffic would have recovered.

This is why they are protecting their front cabin while modestly adding a little more capacity on the back side. They don't need to increase their fares, but can squeeze a bit more revenue out back.

High frequency is why a frequent business traveler, like me, fly them time after time. The A380 will just dump capacity and force fares lower. This will just make things worse.
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Don't get your logic.

Cathay is stating that they cannot increase frequency further because there is a constraint on the runway. What I was saying was that they could increase capacity by buying A380s (hence maintaining premium status) and not squeeze more seats in each row?

I'm also curious, as a "business traveler" to Vancouver for example - do you take the same flight all the time or would it rotate between the four flights they have daily based on your business needs?
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Don't get your logic.

Cathay is stating that they cannot increase frequency further because there is a constraint on the runway. What I was saying was that they could increase capacity by buying A380s (hence maintaining premium status) and not squeeze more seats in each row?

I'm also curious, as a "business traveler" to Vancouver for example - do you take the same flight all the time or would it rotate between the four flights they have daily based on your business needs?
Frequencies can't be increased because of insufficient slots during prime times. That is true. But increasing capacity will not enhance profits. Yields are being challenged. What do you do with the extra seats? You discount them heavily, which makes things worse.

The A380 has been a headache for most airlines operating it except Emirates. SQ is getting rid of their first batch, and Chinese carriers have been very lukewarm to it (only CZ has a few of these). No takers for MH's 380s either.

Business travelers don't care if the widebody they are on is a 380 or a 777. If the seat is the same and so is the service, who cares? They just need to get A to B in comfort, and are willing to fork out the money to do so. If my meetings suddenly change, I will be happy that there are flights at other times of the day that I can switch to, even hours before departure.

The worst thing to do in an economic downturn and a falling yield environment is to dump capacity.
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