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Old February 11th, 2004, 11:22 AM   #21
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Cathay Pacific releases January 2004 traffic figures

Cathay Pacific Airways today released traffic figures for January 2004 that show continued positive growth for cargo and a record month for the airline's passenger business.

January was the airline's best month on record for passenger numbers. The airline carried 1,127,993 passengers, up from 1,111,505 in December 2003 and a 4.0 percent gain on the same month last year. On 25 January, the fourth day of the Chinese New Year holiday, the airline carried 42,922 passengers, a new one-day record. Over the holiday period, the airline operated 66 extra pairs of flights to meet peak demand.

Cargo continued its strong performance. The airline carried 69,702 tonnes of freight in January, up 2.2 percent on the same month last year, despite the short build-up to the Chinese New Year and the seasonal slowdown following the holiday. Last year's New Year fell in early February.

Cathay Pacific General Manager Revenue Management, Sales & Distribution Ian Shiu said: "January was clearly our best month ever, and holiday travel demand outweighed the fact that January is not a busy month for business travel. January's figures also show that the airline has, as yet, felt no real impact from concerns about avian flu."

Cathay Pacific General Manager Cargo Kenny Tang said: "Even though the early arrival of the Chinese New Year cut short the traditionally busy run-up to the holiday, we still produced positive tonnage growth on January 2003. It is an encouraging start to the year."
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Cathay Pacific Unlikely To Launch Low-Cost Airline

Hong Kong's biggest airline Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. (0293.HK) is unlikely to launch a low-cost carrier, its chairman, James Hughes-Hallett said Tuesday.

Last month, the airline said it was looking into launching a no-frills carrier, in response to plans by its competitors in Asia to launch budget airlines. But Hughes-Hallett said "we're not sure the economics of the low-cost model would work in Hong Kong."
For one thing, he said, there weren't enough cheap secondary airports in Asia to justify the costs.
"There's no other airport in Hong Kong than Chek Lap Kok, for instance," he said, speaking on the sidelines of an event publicizing a logistics conference - "Logistics Hong Kong" in mid-May.
"Also, to operate a cheap carrier, you need a cheap work force. Where can you find that in Hong Kong," he said.

He added that while there were a few short-haul routes like that between Hong Kong and Taipei that could suit the low-cost model, those routes were few.
"Will people be happy flying between Hong Kong and Singapore without food?" he asked. "At this stage, we're unlikely to launch a low-cost carrier."
In December, Cathay rival Singapore Airlines Ltd. (S55.SG) said it planned to launch a low-cost carrier called Tiger Airways in mid-2004, joining other big-ticket carriers like Thai Airways International PCL (THAI.TH) and Qantas Airways Ltd. (QAN.AU) in rolling out services this year.

They are all coming into a field of budget carriers that includes Indonesia's Lion Air, Thailand's Orient Thai and Malaysia's AirAsia.
Meanwhile, Hughes-Hallett said the outbreak of bird flu in the region hadn't affected the airline's operations, in stark contrast to the outbreak of SARS last year, which forced the airline to cut 45% of its weekly flights.
"We've seen a drop in bookings, but that usually happens after Chinese New Year," Hughes-Hallett said. "As far as we can tell, there's been no effect."
Cathay is 45.85% owned by Swire Pacific Ltd. (0019.HK) and 25.5% by red chip CITIC Pacific Ltd.
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The Cathay Pacific Story

Those were the days
American Roy C Farrell and Australian Sydney H de Kantzow founded Cathay Pacific Airways in Hong Kong on 24 September, 1946. Initially based in Shanghai, the two men eventually moved to Hong Kong and founded Cathay Pacific Airways. Legend has it that Farrell and a group of foreign correspondents thought up the airline's unique name in the bar at the Manila Hotel!


An Investment In the Future
The new company began to operate passenger flights to Manila, Bangkok, Singapore and Shanghai. Expansion was fast and, in 1948, one of Hong Kong's leading trading companies, Butterfield & Swire (today known as the Swire Group) took a 45% share in the company. Under the leadership of John Kidston Swire, Butterfield & Swire became wholly responsible for the management of the airline. Over the next decade, our fleet expanded and improved with the introduction of First and Economy Class seating.


Taking the Jet Age By Storm
The 1960s represented our coming of age. Between 1962 and 1967, business grew at an average rate of 20 percent a year. We also initiated international services (another world's first) to Osaka, Fukuoka and Nagoya in Japan.

New Horizons
In the early 1970s, we started to make use of the latest technology with our computerized reservation system and flight simulators. The first Boeing 747-200 arrived in Hong Kong in mid-1979, and by the end of the year, we had applied for traffic rights to start flying to London. As more B747's joined our fleet, we expanded our services to Europe and North America.


The Glory Years
The 1980s was a spectacular decade for the airline industry. Amidst a worldwide economic boom - spearheaded by Asia, more business travellers, tourists and cargo were flying than ever before. It was during this decade that we expanded our international network to include London, Brisbane, Frankfurt, Vancouver, Amsterdam, Rome, San Francisco, Paris, Zurich and Manchester.

A Change of Image
The early 90s was a difficult time for the airline industry. Nonetheless, we remained positive, safe in the knowledge that Hong Kong our home, was arguably the best location in the world for an airline. At the same time, we launched a new programme to offer unprecedented levels of passenger service. We also made another important decision changing our green and white striped livery to the dynamic and now famous Asian "brushstroke" image.


A World Leader
By the mid-1990s, we had assembled a fleet of aircraft that was among the youngest in the world, while our replacement programme involved orders and options for US$9 billion in new aircraft all of which were to create a fleet that is younger and quieter.

The Unsung Hero
While our passenger services continued to grow from strength to strength, the cargo division was playing an increasingly vital role in the company's growth and expansion. Today, our cargo services contribute almost 30 percent of our revenue.

Home is Where the Heart Is
Cathay Pacific City, our headquarters located at Hong Kong International Airport, was completed in the middle of 1999. The new complex represents the confidence we have in our future and that of Hong Kong.

Rising to the challenges presented by the new millennium, we are making the most of recent advances in technology and communication. Chief among those is the Internet, which provides passengers with a variety of special services - all geared towards greater flying convenience.

Because, at Cathay Pacific, we don't just wait for the future. We embrace it.x
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Russia deal aids Cathay's non-stop to New York plans

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Hong Kong and Russia have reached an agreement that could pave the way for Cathay Pacific to begin non-stop flights over the North Pole to New York.
The deal, concluded by the Economic Development and Labour Bureau's air-service negotiations team yesterday after two days of talks in Moscow, allows for a more liberal relationship.

It includes provisions for a 130 per cent increase in the number of direct flights between Russian cities and Hong Kong to 32 each week and approval for the launch of code-sharing partnerships between Russian and local carriers, under which each could sell seats on flights operated by the other.
The deal also gives Cathay a 30 per cent increase in the number of flights it can fly through Russian airspace en route to other countries.

Senior Cathay officials said the development would allow the airline to seriously consider a start date for non-stop Hong Kong-New York services.
Under the previous agreement, there was little scope for Cathay to launch a service without scrapping flights to other cities on routes that also flew over Russia, such as those to Britain.
Cathay ran a trial New York-Chek Lap Kok flight - one of the longest non-stop flights in the world - in 2000 when an Airbus A340-300 flew over the mainland, Mongolia and Russia.

Russian carriers Aeroflot and Transaero Airlines operate five flights a week to Hong Kong. No Hong Kong airline flies to Russia.
Andrew Pyne, Cathay's general manager for international affairs, said that while the carrier had no immediate plans to launch services to Moscow it was interested in a code-sharing partnership with a Russian carrier before actually flying there in the future.
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Close ties built with China Eastern
By Ien Cheng in Hong Kong


Cathay Pacific was pursuing a minority stake in Shanghai-based China Eastern, one of China's top carriers, until discussions were interrupted by the outbreak of Sars last year, according to a China Eastern official.

The two airlines have built increasingly close ties in recent years as Cathay has moved to position itself to benefit from the growth of China's air services market. In one initiative, groups of China Eastern cabin crew will be trained by Cathay, then work there on secondments lasting more than a year.

"Cathay Pacific is keen to develop a close working and commercial relationship with China Eastern," said Antony Tyler, director of corporate development. "Any equity participation would cement and re-inforce such a close relationship in practical and perception terms."

Despite its efforts to re-establish flights to key mainland cities, few analysts believe Cathay Pacific intends to build an extensive short-haul network in China, given political and operational challenges. But it could use a foothold in a few strategic routes to negotiate code-sharing deals and partnerships with carriers with complementary networks.

"Such partnerships are all possibilities. But we need a mainland presence before we can pursue them," said a Cathay Pacific executive.

Additional reporting by Richard McGregor in Shanghai
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Cathay Pacific sells inflight crockery at G.O.D stores

Cathay Pacific Airways today announced that it has teamed up with stylish Hong Kong home ware company G.O.D. to offer popular inflight items for sale to the public at G.O.D stores in Causeway Bay and Tsim Sha Tsui.
The link up was devised in response to demand from Cathay Pacific passengers who often ask whether they can buy service items during a flight. Items go on sale from today at G.O.D. in Causeway Bay and will be available at the Harbour City outlet in Tsim Sha Tsui from March.

The full range of Cathay Pacific's First and Business Class crockery which includes plates, bowls, salt and pepper shakers, cups and mugs, glasses, lacquer trays and dim sum baskets, all exclusively produced for Cathay Pacific by leading manufacturers, will be available.
Cathay Pacific Inflight Sales & Amenities Manager Anna Cheung says: "This is the first time we have sold our crockery in stores. G.O.D ties in perfectly with Cathay Pacific because we are both leading high-quality Hong Kong brands. Their products are original and their shops are located in prime locations, so this is a great opportunity for us."

Martina Chan, Head of Sales & Marketing of G.O.D. says: "We are positive that this joint promotion will increase public awareness on Hong Kong local cultural values and to promote the beauty of Hong Kong outside local community segments."
Cathay Pacific previously teamed up with G.O.D. in 2000. Passengers could order G.O.D. merchandise inflight for delivery to their home. Members of Cathay Pacific's Marco Polo Club and co-brand credit card holders can enjoy a 15% discount on purchase of Cathay Pacific items at G.O.D. worth more than HK$1,000.

G.O.D. Limited A leading home furnishing brand in Hong Kong. The mission in defining a new Asian identity, to bring Hong Kong outside Hong Kong and to capitalize on 'living better' by providing an eastern derived lifestyle concept, as an alternative to the established Western way of living. With affordable and good value for money, product categories including everything to do with the home: furniture, bathware, dinnerware, glassware, bedding, carpets, home clothes plus a few surprises.
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Cathay Pacific adds flights to Taipei, Sapporo, Osaka

Cathay Pacific Airways today announced the addition of new flights to Taipei, Sapporo and Osaka, further enhancing Hong Kong as a global hub and gateway to the Chinese Mainland.

Five more services will operate to Taipei from 28 March, bringing the total number of flights to 108 per week, or about 15 flights a day. This additional capacity will offer greater choice to customers, many of whom also journey to the Chinese Mainland.

A new Saturday service will operate to Sapporo, also from 28 March, raising the frequency from three to four flights a week. The convenience of this weekend flight will widen travel choices for leisure travellers to the northern Japanese resort town. The three new flights to Osaka will start from 1 May and raise the number of services to that city from 25 to 28 each week, or four flights everyday. Tickets for all the new flights can be booked now.

Cathay Pacific Director and Chief Operating Officer Philip Chen said: "Cathay Pacific's continued investment in new aircraft and steady expansion of services provides greater choice and convenience to our customers and strengthens Hong Kong's position as a global hub and gateway to the Chinese Mainland. We also plan to add more regional and long-haul services through the year."
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Cathay Pacific celebrates inaugural service to Beijing

Cathay Pacific Airways today celebrated its official resumption of services to Beijing with the departure of a special inaugural service to the capital.

Joining Cathay Pacific Chairman James Hughes-Hallett are leaders of international Chambers of Commerce, local business leaders, members of the National People's Congress, delegates to the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, aviation authority officials, Hong Kong Legislative Councillors and Cathay Pacific Marco Polo Club members. They took today's Cathay Pacific service CX318 to Beijing.

Ahead of the departure, Mr Hughes-Hallett said: "Cathay Pacific resuming services to Beijing represents the opening of another historic chapter in the airline's history. We are grateful to the Hong Kong and Central Governments for this opportunity to once more serve the capital.

Mr Hughes-Hallett added: "As the home carrier of Hong Kong, Cathay Pacific takes great pride in its commitment and contribution to Hong Kong and the Mainland. With services to Beijing, Cathay Pacific will strive to develop closer ties between Hong Kong and the capital, further strengthen Hong Kong's position as a global aviation hub and promote international tourism in the Chinese Mainland."

Over the course of a two-day visit to the capital, Mr Hughes-Hallett and members of the delegation will meet with officials from the Central Government, the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Council, Ministry of Commerce and the China National Tourism Administration.

The centrepiece of the event will be a gala dinner at which the guests of honour will be Yang Yuanyuan, Minister of General Administration of Civil Aviation Administration of China and Bowen Leung, Director of the Office of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administration Region in Beijing.


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Wednesday March 10, 7:26 PM
Cathay Pacific 2003 results top forecasts as it recovers from SARS

HONG KONG (AFP) - Hong Kong flag carrier Cathay Pacific reported a much better-than-expected net profit of 1.30 billion Hong Kong dollars (170 million US) for 2003 as it recovered from a disastrous SARS-induced first half loss.

"The airline came through a very testing year in remarkably good shape," the airline's chairman James Hughes-Hallett said.

"The results reflect a strong performance by the cargo business and a very welcome rebound in the passenger business in the second half of the year," he added.

Cathay Pacific Airways had a net loss of 1.24 billion dollars for the six months to June, reflecting the massive impact on travel, tourism and business generally of the outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome in the region.

Analysts had expected it to recover strongly with 2003 forecasts in a range of 700 million to 1.1 billion dollars but it did better than that as SARS fears eased quickly to allow a strong recovery in the industry.

The company reported a 2002 net profit of 3.98 billion dollars.

Revenues for 2003 fell to 29.58 billion dollars from 33.09 billion dollars in 2002, reflecting the impact of SARS, while yields -- the base return earned -- declined 4.6 percent to 43.3 cents per passenger kilometer flown.

Although the number of passengers fell 18 percent to 10 million, more than six million of those flew in the second half of the year, Cathay said.

Demand for cargo services remained strong throughout the year, with a record 874,724 tonnes of freight carried in 2003, up 2.8 percent, while cargo revenue increased 5.6 percent.

As the company turned the corner, Hughes-Hallett said: "Looking forward, we will continue to invest in our fleet, our product and our people in order to take advantage of new growth opportunities and enhance Hong Kong's position as a global aviation hub."

Speaking at a press conference, he said: "2004 has got off to a good start. Forward prospects are pretty good. It's most encouraging."

Cathay also announced the launch of a daily non-stop services from Hong Kong to New York -- the first in the world -- starting July 1.

Last December, Cathay resumed services to Beijing. Hughes-Hallett said he hopes to add flights to Shanghai in the future.

"We do believe that increasing flights back to the mainland is in the interest of Hong Kong and the mainland's tourism."

While SARS had badly hit the company's business last year, Hughes-Hallett said the deadly H5N1 avian flu sweeping Asia and the US has not had any depressing effects on passenger numbers.

Hong Kong was the world's second worst SARS-hit region after mainland China, with 297 dead from 1,755 infections. The territory was removed from the World Health Organization's list of areas affected by SARS in June.

Cathay had a very strong first quarter but the outbreak of SARS had a devastating impact on passenger numbers in the second quarter, which fell dramatically to below one fifth normal levels.

At the height of the SARS outbreak, Cathay issued its first ever profit warning, parked 22 aircraft and then reduced its schedule, cancelling up to half its normal services in May and June.

However, the recovery came quicker than initially expected and all suspended services were restored by late September as market conditions improved.

The company later added new flights to London, Auckland, Johannesburg, Melbourne and Rome.

Osaka and Singapore were added to its freighter network and additional services were launched to Brussels, Manchester, Milan and cities in the US.

The company said its other aviation-related service businesses were also affected to varying degrees by the SARS crisis but similarly benefited from the subsequent pickup in demand.

During the year, Cathay increased the fleet by six new aircraft, bringing total fleet size to 85 at year-end.

"We are currently studying options for the further expansion of our fleet to meet anticipated growth in demand," said Hughes-Hallett.

Cathay Pacific shares closed the morning session down 0.40 dollar or 2.44 percent to 16 before the release of the results. They closed down 30 cents at 16.10 dollars.
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Cathay Pacific to operate non-stop to New York

Cathay Pacific Airways today announced it will commence its daily non-stop service from Hong Kong to New York, starting 1 July. This will be the only daily non-stop service between the two cities and, with the continuation of the airline's existing one-stop service via Vancouver, Cathay Pacific will also be the only airline operating two daily services on this route.

The new service will give customers greater choice and further enhance Hong Kong as a global hub. With the addition of the new flights, Cathay Pacific will operate 72 passenger and cargo services a week between Hong Kong and North America. The airline serves 24 cities in the United States, either direct or through code share passenger services.

Cathay Pacific will operate the new service with the ultra-long-haul Airbus A340-600 and follow a route over the northern polar region. Passengers could save about three hours on the journey time and will avoid the inconvenience of having their rest disturbed during an intermediary stop. Its earlier departure time from both Hong Kong and New York also offers passengers greater flexibility making travels plans.

Cathay Pacific's A340-600 operates with an expanded Business Class cabin to reflect the anticipated popularity of the service among business travellers. There are eight First Class, 60 Business Class and 220 Economy Class seats. Given the unusually long duration of daylight hours during the Hong Kong to New York leg of the non-stop flight, additional refreshments and light snacks will be served to help passengers reset their body clocks.

The airline has recently added passenger services to London, Auckland, Johannesburg, Colombo, Osaka, Taipei and Sapporo and resumed services to Beijing.

Cathay Pacific Deputy Chairman and Chief Executive David Turnbull said: "Operating non-stop between Hong Kong and New York is a major undertaking. Our groundbreaking daily non-stop service reflects the airline's commitment to give our customers greater flexibility and choice and to strengthen Hong Kong as a global hub and gateway to the Chinese Mainland."


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Cathay Pacific reaches New Business Class milestone

Cathay Pacific Airways today passed a major milestone with the completion of the installation of the airline's New Business Class cabin in all long-haul aircraft. The final aircraft to be refitted, a Boeing 747-400, resumed service this morning as flight CX504 to Tokyo.

Even though cabin changes are now complete, enhancements to inflight service and entertainment system StudioCX will continue. With the latest upgrade of the airline's Audio Video On Demand entertainment system, passengers can now enjoy more than 350 hours of audio and video entertainment whenever they like.

This revamp has been accompanied by the introduction of a brand new "Toon Time" channel and the launch of a new-look Entertainment guide, with features, reviews and "critic's picks" from a wide selection of movies and TV programmes on show. A number of other channel enhancements are also in the pipeline.

Cathay Pacific's New Business Class cabin is now in every aircraft in the its long-haul fleet, which includes Boeing B747-400, Airbus A340s and three-class Airbus A330 aircraft operating on long-haul routes.

The New Business Class product came into service in August 2001. The lay-flat seat, which extends to a full six feet and three inches, entirely redesigned cabin with subtle mood lighting and exclusive bar area for passengers to meet and mingle, set a new industry standard in inflight style and comfort.

Cathay Pacific Manager Product Sarah Blomfield said: "We are very pleased that we can now guarantee that every passenger will experience our premium Business Class service whenever they fly on our long haul aircraft. StudioCX will continue to be upgraded, but of course we are constantly reviewing other aspects of our Business Class product and service to ensure that we continue to deliver an excellent product."


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Cathay Pacific launches 10th wilderness experience programme, invites local students to take part

Cathay Pacific and its local Co-organiser The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups are extending an invitation to Hong Kong students aged between 16 and 18 to take part in the Cathay Pacific International Wilderness Experience Programme 2004. The nine-day ecological course will take place from 21 to 30 July 2004 at the Entabeni Game Reserve in Johannesburg, South Africa.

This year marks the 10th Anniversary of the programme and 50 international students from Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, Taiwan, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, South Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, Japan, New Zealand, Bahrain, and South Africa will be invited to take part.


Successful applicants will be flown to the wilderness in South Africa where they will be guided by a team of highly qualified Educational Officers and experience nature through hikes, camping trips and wildlife observation. They will also share each other's cultural heritage through wedding role-play, group discussion, as well as introduce their traditional songs and dances. In Hong Kong, successful candidates will have the opportunity to participate in a leadership training programme organised by The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups prior departure.

Cathay Pacific will absorb all costs, including air tickets, course fees, accommodation, meals, and ground transportation in South Africa. Participating students in Hong Kong will only have to pay HK$500 for their travel insurance and training package.

Programme details and an online application form can be found at www.cathaypacific.com and www.u21.org.hk. Application forms can also be collected at the following venues:

* Swire Group Public Affairs Office (35/F, Two Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Hong Kong)
* Cathay Pacific Ticketing Office (10/F, Peninsula Office Tower, Tsim Sha Tsui)
* Cathay Pacific City (8 Scenic Road, HK International Airport, Lantau)
* The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups (G/F, 54 Bedford Road, Tai Kok Tsui, Kowloon) and other HKFYG units.

Cathay Pacific Director and Chief Operating Officer Philip Chen said, "As the international airline, Cathay Pacific is committed to the community and is especially focused on youth education and environmental protection."

He is also delighted to meet a past delegate Suria and learned that she is now a teacher and is actively promoting environmental protection to her students. Suria was one of the Hong Kong delegates who took part in the wilderness programme back in 1995.

Executive Director of The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups, Dr. Rosanna Wong said, "Youth needs an international vision and it is our mission to help it flourish." She also encouraged young people to take part in this special exchange programme so as to broaden their knowledge of the world and to enrich their experience of life.

Since its inception in 1994, the wilderness programme has seen over 400 students taking part in this nature experience. The Entabeni Game Reserve consists of over 10,000 hectares of natural scenery and vegetation. Participants will get up close and personal to a wide variety of wild- and plant-life, including the Big Five (elephant, rhino, lion, buffalo and leopard) as well as more than 80 species of mammals and 380 species of birds.

The application deadline is 1 May 2004. For further details, please call 2747-5210 or 2561-6149.

Mud fight shows the students from difference races that they are all the same.


Students get to know about the ecological environment during the Interpretative Walk led by the programme officials. This is followed by a Treasure Hunt, where they will put their knowledge to test in a fun activity.


Officiating guests encourages youngsters aged 16 and 18 to take part in the 10th anniversary of the Cathay Pacific International Wilderness Experience Programme. From left: Programme Ambassador Ms Nancy Wu, Education and Manpower Bureau Principal Education Officer (Curriculum Development) Mr Anthony Poon, Cathay Pacific's Director and Chief Operating Officer Mr. Philip Chen, Executive Director of The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups Dr. Rosanna Won as well as Programme Ambassadors Mr. Samuel Chan.


Since its inception in 1994, the Wilderness programme has seen over 400 students taking part in this nature experience Cathay Pacific. Past delegates shared their unforgettable experience at the kick-off ceremony.
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China's Ambassador Joins Cathay Pacific to celebrate 20 years of services To Germany

The Ambassador of the People's Republic of China in the Federal Republic of Germany Mr Ma Canrong joined Cathay Pacific Airways Director and Chief Operating Officer Mr Philip Chen to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the airline's services to Germany.

Cathay Pacific launched passenger services to Frankfurt on 1984 with three flights a week. Now, the airline connects the two cities with 17 weekly flights, including a daily passenger service and 10 dedicated freighter services.

Frankfurt is the world's third-busiest airport with over 48 million passengers passing through the airport in 2003. Hong Kong is Asia's busiest international airport with more than 33 million passengers a year.

To add more colour to the 20th anniversary, the airline's special livery "Asia's World City" aircraft visited Berlin, Germany's capital city, where Mr Ma met with Mr Chen. The aircraft then took the guests to Frankfurt for the official anniversary ceremony.

Speaking in Frankfurt, Mr Chen said: "With a history of 20 dedicated years' service we are proud of the contribution we have made to construct strong links between Asia's and Europe's leading aviation hubs. Frankfurt was Cathay Pacific's first freighter destination and it remains one of the top-performing routes on our network. As Hong Kong's carrier we are actively looking into the possibility of expanding our services to Germany in order to further strengthen Hong Kong as a leading global aviation hub."


Government officials in Berlin warmly greeted guests of Cathay Pacific's "Asia World City" aircraft when they landed on the Berlin Schoenefeld Airport making history for the airline as the first flight to the capital city of Berlin.


The operating crew of Cathay Pacific celebratory flight from Frankfurt to Berlin celebrates the company's 20th anniversary of service to Germany.


Cathay Pacific brings its own uniform fashion show - "Walking on Air" - from Hong Kong to the stage of Frankfurt to celebrate the airline's 20 years of operation to the city.
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Cathay Pacific offers 670 jobs at Youth Expo

Cathay Pacific Airways was one of the key participants in today's Youth Expo, offering 600 Flight Attendant vacancies along with 70 openings for Customer Service Officers based at Hong Kong International Airport. The airline's counter at the expo was busy throughout the day, with a host of young job seekers finding out more about the vacancies and submitting applications.

The Youth Expo was organised by the Labour Department of the HKSAR Government and attracted many young people to the Queen Elizabeth Stadium in Wan Chai. At the Cathay Pacific counter, visitors were given insights into the job nature and requirements of the relevant openings. Many of those who brought the necessary documentation with them were able to submit applications on site.

Cathay Pacific is adding new frontline staff as it continues to expand its fleet and services. The airline recently added extra passenger services to Osaka, Sapporo and Taipei and on 1 July will launch a new daily non-stop service to New York, creating a double-daily service on the route. Cathay Pacific also plans to add more aircraft to its fleet in the near future.

Cathay Pacific Director Personnel William Chau said: "As Hong Kong's airline we are committed to strengthen the territory's position as a leading global aviation hub and to further develop our network out of Hong Kong. At the same time, we are pleased to be able to create more jobs locally and provide training for Hong Kong people."

Cathay Pacific's workforce currently numbers around 14,300 people, of which more than 11,000 are based in Hong Kong.
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