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Old May 6th, 2005, 07:30 PM   #361
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CROWN PRINCE REVIEWS AVIATION TIES
5 May 2005
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According to “Bahrain Tribune”, the Crown Prince, Shaikh Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, received the Chief Executive of Cathay Pacific, Philip Chen. Shaikh Salman reviewed with the official and the delegation accompanying him, hailing the group’s keenness on further developing operations through the Kingdom and making use of all the flexible procedures and services that the country provides for the aviation sector. The Crown Prince also stressed the ongoing cooperation and coordination between the Civil Aviation, Bahrain International Airport and Cathay Pacific, especially in the tourism and travel sector.
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The results for the 2005 Best Airline Lounges survey have been published by Skytrax Research, covering First and Business class airline lounges.

Cathay Pacific tops the 2005 Airline Lounge Awards, ranked No 1 First Class lounge and No 1 Business Class lounge



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Cathay Pacific launches holiday packages
7 May 2005
Middle East Company News

Cathay Pacific launched its Hong Kong and Asia-Pacific summer holiday packages which offer 46 convenient and flexible choices throughout Southeast Asia, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

"In response to the strong demand for holiday products to Hong Kong and the Asia-Pacific region, Cathay Pacific has drawn up 46 holiday packages specifically for the market here. The 2005 Cathay Pacific Hong Kong and Asia-Pacific Holidays give our customers a wide choice of destinations in 10 different countries across the region. In addition, there are both Economy and Business Classes options giving customers even more choice and the opportunity to customize their leisure or business travel with Cathay Pacific," announced Philip Herbert, Cathay Pacific's Country Manager for UAE and Oman.

With Cathay Pacific's Hong Kong and Asia-Pacific Holidays for 2005, passengers from the UAE & Oman have plenty of choice. In addition to Hong Kong, the other exciting destinations that travellers can choose include Chiang Mai, Pattaya, Bangkok, and Koh Samui in Thailand; Singapore; Kuala Lumpur, Penang, and Langkawi in Malaysia; Bali; both Manila and Cebu in the Philippines; Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Melbourne, and Perth in Australia; Auckland in New Zealand; Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York in the USA; and also Vancouver and Toronto in Canada.

Cathay Pacific's Hong Kong and Asia-Pacific Holidays are for a minimum of a three-night stay and include hotel, daily breakfast, transfers and tour options. Customers also have the flexibility to choose between single-, twin- and multi-city packages and can elect for combination destinations staying, for instance, three nights in each of Bangkok and Singapore; Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur; or Bangkok, Singapore and Hong Kong; and so on.

Furthermore, with Cathay Pacific's Hong Kong and Asia-Pacific Holidays passengers have options to stop over at Mumbai to visit family or do business on their way to their preferred destinations or on their way back to Dubai.

"We know just how precious summer vacation is for travellers from the Middle East and we want to make it easy for them by giving them choice destinations. Our holiday packages are carefully designed to suit all travellers," said Philip Herbert.

Cathay Pacific flies 13 times a week between Dubai and Hong Kong with 7 direct flights, 2 services via Bahrain and 4 services via Mumbai and Bangkok.
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Cathay Pacific's profits soar despite fuel costs
9 May 2005
South China Morning Post

Cathay Pacific Airways bucked sky-high fuel prices and new competition from regional low-cost carriers to record a near-record profit last year, confirming its status as one of the world's most profitable airlines.

Rebounding strongly from a Sars-struck 2003, Cathay reported a 239per cent jump in net profit to $4.41 billion. The result is the second best in Cathay's history. It posted a net profit of $5 billion in 2000, and would have exceeded that last year if fuel had not accounted for almost 24 per cent of operating costs.

Last year, Cathay carried a record number of passengers, and the carrier has not been shy about passing the higher fuel costs on to them.

The airline recently applied to the Civil Aviation Department for an extension on its temporary fuel charge.

Since May last year, the airline has been allowed to charge passengers a further US$19 for each leg on a long-haul journey, and US$7 on regional flights.

Sales to North America represented the biggest gain last year, increasing 53 per cent to $5 billion.

This was largely due to the airline moving quickly to expand its presence in the transpacific market, while competitors that cut back flights to Hong Kong and Asia during Sars failed to reinstate them.

Cathay may continue to expand its North America business by increasing flight frequencies to Los Angeles and other cities.

The mainland is also expected to be a major focus of Cathay's expansion as it aligns itself more closely with Air China. Late last year, Cathay bought a 10 per cent stake in the mainland airline and inaugurated daily flights to Beijing.
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10 May 2005
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Cathay Pacific releases April 2005 traffic figures

Data : http://www.cathaypacific.com/intl/ab...116981,00.html
RPK Total + 12.3% vs. April 2004
ASK Total +11.8% vs. April 2004
# Passengers Carried +10.7% vs. April 2004

Cathay Pacific Airways today released traffic figures for April 2005 that show sustained passenger and cargo growth on the back of a steady increase in capacity.

In April, the airline carried 1,216,595 passengers, up 10.7 percent on the same month last year. This compared to 1,262,901 passengers carried in March, which included the Easter and Rugby World Cup Sevens peak. Passenger capacity grew 11.8 percent year-on-year.

At the same time the airline carried 93,147 tonnes of freight, a 21.0 percent increase over the same month last year. This was slightly ahead of a corresponding 20.4 percent increase in cargo capacity.

Cathay Pacific General Manager Revenue Management, Sales & Distribution Ian Shiu said: “Double-digit passenger and capacity growth made April another good month. The daily passenger average was more or less the same as that in March, even without help from Easter. Yet rising fuel prices took another big bite out of revenue.”

Cathay Pacific Director & General Manager Cargo Ron Mathison said: “It was an excellent month for us with good growth over a very good April last year. Business was brisk to and from Japan ahead of the Golden Week holiday and remained strong on trunk routes to the US and Europe. Shipments out of Shanghai to points in Southeast Asia gained strength too. However, high fuel prices are still a cause for grave concern."
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HK's Cathay Pacific kept at 'hold' after in-line opg results
10 May 2005

HONG KONG (AFX) - DBS Vickers said it has maintained its 'hold' call on Cathay Pacific and kept the stock's price target at 15.80 hkd, after the carrier reported in-line operating results for April.

Cathay said its passenger capacity in April rose 11.8 pct year-on-year, while load factors remained strong at 77.4 pct. Its cargo capacity rose 16.7 pct year-on-year. Cathay also reported it carried 1.22 mln passengers in April, a 10.7 pct rise from the same period last year.

'We reiterate that Cathay is one of our top picks in the airline sector on a relative basis due to its strong top line prospects and higher resistance to higher fuel prices,' DBS said.

DBS forecasts a 'modest upside' going forward.

'In general, Cathay Pacific is comparably doing very well with a seemingly much better appetite for new capacity.'

This is evident in the company's ability to add more capacity and keep load factors exceptionally high, it said.

It noted that 'with a little help from energy prices,' Cathay could break, in the near term, its 2000 record net profit, which stood at 5 bln hkd.

A possible downside factor for the carrier's performance going forward is an economic slowdown, it said.

'We still see Cathay as a cyclical (counter) where the near-term looks good, but downside risk remains, if and when the economy slows down.'

At today's close, Cathay Pacific was down 0.05 hkd or 0.35 pct at 14.40.

(1 usd = 7.8 hkd)
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Graduates of pilot program find their wings
Winnie Chong, Hong Kong Standard
May 11, 2005

With interest in aviation growing in Hong Kong, 10 more local young people have proved they have the right stuff by graduating from Cathay Pacific's Cadet Pilot Program.

Sammy So, 23, grew up in Lok Fu, Kowloon and watched aircraft landing and taking off from the old Kai Tak Airport.

But he thought his ambitions to be a pilot would be no more than a dream as he is short-sighted.

While that might have kept him out of the cockpit, it did not stop him from pursuing an aviation career and he studied an air traffic control associate degree after completing secondary five. He has also obtained a private air traffic control license, hoping these qualifications would help embark on a career in flying.

In 2002 he joined Cathay Pacific as a flight attendant.

The same year, the Civil Aviation Department changed the rules on eye-sight requirements.

So applied to be a cadet pilot in 2003 and after passing four rounds of interviews he was admitted to undertake 60 weeks of aviation training in Australia.

The program includes flight training, crew resources training and even an outward bound camp to help cadets develop their leadership skills.

Back in Hong Kong, So has moved from his old workplace at the passenger aisles to the flight deck as a second officer, where his duties include receiving latest weather conditions and coordinating with the airline's Flight Operation Department for instructions.

So's first flight from Hong Kong to London at the end of February was an unforgettable experience.

A couple of hours into the trip a passenger suffered a stroke and the flight was diverted to Beijing.

So said the pilot, who had 20 years experience, told him that even an experienced flight crew may not have experienced a similar case before. "`This was an accident".

"However, it happened too early in my career - on just my first day as a pilot.

"Otherwise, I could learn more from the experience,'' he said.

So was also asked to control the flight when the captain and other officers took rests.

"When the captain told me 'you have control' I was really shocked as I needed to control the plane for the first time.

"But, I enjoyed the chance to [fly] a plane myself,'' he said.

Fellow graduate Michael Ho Chun-sing, 22, became interested in aviation as an air cadet when he was 12.

Instead of feeling nervous in taking his first flight, he felt the thrill of realizing his dream of becoming a pilot.

"The first time I heard my name called as one of the pilots in the flight announcement was an unforgettable moment for me,'' he said.

Cathay Pacific has trained more than 200 cadets at a cost of about HK$1 million each since it established the cadet pilot program in 1988.

The intake which graduated in November, became second officers and took their first flights in February.
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Cathay says jet fuel 30 pct of operating costs

HONG KONG, May 11 (Reuters) - Hong Kong's dominant air carrier Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. said on Wednesday jet fuel expenses have risen to about 30 percent of its total operating cost from 24 percent last year amid surging fuel prices.

Philip Chen, chief executive of Cathay Pacific, made the comments to reporters after the firm's annual general meeting.

Cathay has applied to Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department for an extension of the fuel surcharge, but Chen declined to say whether the airline planned to further raise the surcharge.

Separately, Chen said Cathay has no intention to bid for the 65 percent stake in Shenzhen Airlines Co. Ltd.

The regional carrier will put the stake up for auction on May 23, the Shenzhen Enterprise Ownership Exchange Center said on its website earlier.
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11 May 2005
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Cathay Pacific lounges again rated world’s best in survey

Cathay Pacific Airways today announced that its Hong Kong lounges have for the second consecutive year been ranked the world’s best in a global survey conducted by Skytrax Research.

The airline’s The Wing and The Pier came top in separate 2005 Best Airline Lounges ratings for First and Business Class facilities. The airline also won the Best Lounge award in 2002.

Skytrax said its ratings were based on the combined quality of product and service. “The airport experience is now a critical element of today's air travel enjoyment in First and Business class,” the company said. “A good airline lounge is somewhere you feel relaxed, genuinely welcome, and the expected product facilities are available. The survey seeks out those airlines that offer something original, and above all, they offer in the best quality format.”

The Wing and The Pier provide abundant space for passengers to relax and plenty of scope for those looking to eat before their flight. A range of Asian and European cuisine is available at The Noodle Bar, The Long Bar, The Short Bar, The Smoking Bar, and an exclusive First Class restaurant, The Haven. Business travellers are catered for with high-speed wireless LAN is accessible throughout both lounges.

Six “day-break rooms” have been introduced exclusively for First Class passengers using The Pier, where passengers can enjoy undisturbed privacy. The Wing features five Cabanas - lavish spa rooms where passengers may refresh themselves in total privacy before their flight and settle down for a soak in an enormous bathtub.

Cathay Pacific General Manager Hong Kong International Airport Victor Ho said: “At Cathay Pacific, we believe that premium service is not restricted to the flight – it starts on the ground with a level of care and attention to detail that accompanies passengers all the way to their final destination. Our dedication to service and determination to create something special has once again been recognised with 2005 Best Airline Lounges awards.”

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Brake problems block two Heathrow airport runways
Edward Black
12 May 2005
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PASSENGERS arriving at and departing from London's Heathrow airport faced delays and cancellations yesterday when both the airport's runways were blocked.

Problems arose when the brakes on a KLM Boeing 767 aircraft jammed and then a Cathay Pacific aircraft departing for Hong Kong suffered overheating brakes at 2:30pm.

The airport authority BAA said the northern runway reopened within nine minutes. The southern runway was closed for three hours.

A spokesman for BAA Scotland said: "The problems took place earlier in the afternoon at Heathrow and were soon cleared up but unfortunately these have meant some delays and cancellations taking place."

Some late-afternoon flights were cancelled between Heathrow and Scotland.
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CATHAY PACIFIC AIRWAYS - Non-stop HK-Moscow flights soon
12 May 2005
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As part of a major offensive, Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific Airways is planning to launch direct flights to Moscow and increase its presence in the rapidly expanding markets of India and China.

According to its manager for the Southeast Asian region, Patrick Yeung, the Hong Kong -Moscow route holds out great promise and the airline plans to inaugurate flights between the two cities in July.

The airline, which has been in the business nearly six decades and recently won an award in the "Best Chinese Food" category, is especially hoping to appeal to business and first class passengers.

"Cathay is also expanding its presence in China. After a break of 13 years, we resumed flights to Beijing two years ago. In January this year, the airline began daily freighter service to Shanghai, and the following month we began three weekly round-trip flights to Xiamen (from Hong Kong)," said Mr Patrick.

As for India, the airline, which currently flies four times a week from Hong Kong to New Delhi, and as many times to Mumbai (Bombay) via Bangkok, is hoping Indian aviation authorities will allow it to increase flight frequencies on these routes and also add new ones.

Mr Patrick said that India is still not a fully open market, but like Moscow it has tremendous potential for expansion and opening new routes will help it cope with the anticipated rise in passenger traffic between Hong Kong and India.

China too is also gradually opening up its skies. Connecting its major cities with Hong Kong will dramatically increase the mainland's connection with the outside world, said Mr Patrick. The former island colony could serve as a transit for travellers wishing to visit other destinations in Southeast Asia .

Meanwhile, Thailand is Cathay's fourth biggest market in the Asean region -- after the Philippines, Indonesia and Singapore. It has five daily flights connecting Hong Kong and Bangkok. The number of Thais visiting Hong Kong jumped 70% to a record high 316,910 last year, in part due to Cathay offering promotional airfares and Hong Kong's appeal among Thais as a frontline shopping and holiday destination.

To maintain its appeal among travellers Hong Kong will open its Disneyland in September. At the same time it's giving its famous Ocean Park, a theme park spread over two parts connected to each other by cable car, a US$300 million facelift.

The park has a spectacular aquarium, reputed to be the world's largest, and is complemented by a fun-fair containing a roller coaster, space wheel, octopus and swinging ship amongst its rides. Entrance fee to the park also includes a visit to the ancient Chinese Middle Kingdom.

The former Portuguese enclave of Macau is also opening new gaming centres and casinos, and Cathay's long-haul flights -- it already flies non-stop from Hong Kong to London three times daily _ are expected to bring in tourists and maintain the island's allure as a truly business and holiday destination.
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Ex-Cathay employee 'entitled to benefits'
Albert Wong
13 May 2005
Hong Kong Standard

An employee should be entitled to post- retirement benefits even though her contract was terminated before her retirement age, and especially if the contract was wrongfully terminated, a High Court judge ruled.

"By their nature and/or the provisions in the employment contract, quite likely these terms [for post- retirement benefits] are intended to survive the termination of the employment contract _ at least when the termination is not due to the fault of the employee,'' Justice Andrew Cheung said in giving his reasons for allowing a former Cathay Pacific flight attendant to have her claim retried at the Labor Tribunal. Courtney Chong joined Cathay Pacific Airways in 1979. In 1993, her contract was terminated after she was alleged to have stolen magazines and amenities while on duty.

Chong later sued Cathay for defamation over its allegations of theft and was awarded HK$3 million in 1998.

In November 1998, Chong applied for her "retirement travel concession'' since she had served for more than 10 years and was over the age of 40.

Cathay originally granted the application in December 1998 but retracted the offer the next month, saying it was granted in error and "contrary to company policy.''

In February 2003, the Labor Tribunal dismissed Chong's claim for HK$514,800 as a substitute for the travel benefits, saying she should have made the claim closer to the time her contract was terminated.

Last April, senior counsel Martin Lee argued that Chong only qualified for the benefits when she turned 40 and had, in fact, applied at the right time.
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RBC Royal Bank & Cathay Pacific Airways reveal faster way to earn Asia miles

TORONTO, May 16 /CNW/ - RBC Royal Bank and Cathay Pacific will unveil the
only credit card in Canada that offers frequent travellers to Asia a faster
way to get there sooner.

What:
RBC and Cathay Pacific Airways product launch

Who:
Dave McKay, senior vice-president, Credit Cards and Financing Products, RBC Financial Group
Philippe Lacamp, vice-president Canada, Cathay Pacific Airways

When:
Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Time:
4:30 pm to 6:00 pm

Where:
RBC Royal Bank, Steeles & Silver Star Branch (near Pacific Mall)
4751 Steeles Avenue East
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16 May 2005
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Cathay Pacific the official airline for Fortune Global Forum

Cathay Pacific Airways today announced it is proud to be Official Airline of the FORTUNE Global Forum 2005 in Beijing. It is the third time Cathay Pacific has served this role. The airline sponsored the 2001 forum in Hong Kong and 1999 forum in Shanghai.

The FORTUNE Global Forum brings together the world’s leading chief executives, academics and government leaders to explore key business issues facing the world. This forum’s theme will be "China and the New Asian Century" and President of the People's Republic of China Hu Jintao will deliver the keynote address at the gala opening on the evening of 16 May.

To mark the forum, Cathay Pacific is to donate money to The Community Chest of Hong Kong rather than present souvenirs to forum delegates. The airline will donate US$50 for each Forum attendee to the Community Chest. Certificates will be presented to each delegate explaining how the contribution will help people in need in Hong Kong.

Cathay Pacific Chief Executive Philip Chen will also speak and introduce China’s Minister of Commerce Bo Xilai who will address the Forum on 18 May 2005.

Cathay Pacific Chief Executive Philip Chen said: “Cathay Pacific, as the airline of Hong Kong, is proud to once again be the Official Airline for the FORTUNE Global Forum. Hong Kong, as a global hub and gateway to the Mainland, is at the heart of ‘China and the New Asian Century’. We will continue to work hard to create more connections between China and the rest of the world through Hong Kong.”
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