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Old May 19th, 2005, 08:56 AM   #381
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2005 Best Onboard Catering Survey - Skytrax

The results for the 2005 Best Onboard Catering survey have been published by Skytrax Research, covering onboard catering standards on long haul, intercontinental services.

FIRST CLASS

1 Gulf Air
2 Cathay Pacific
3 Swiss
4 Lufthansa
5 Emirates
6 Air France
7 Qatar Airways
8 Singapore Airlines
9 Thai Airways
10 Qantas

CX did not appear on the Business Class and Economy Class rankings.
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Cathay Pacific again named Asia’s Best Inflight Retailer

Cathay Pacific Airways today announced that it has once again been named “Best Inflight Retailer in Asia/Pacific” in an industry-wide poll. The airline has in recent years totally transformed its inflight shopping experience for travellers by offering a greater selection of goods – many of which are sold exclusively on Cathay Pacific flights – and by last month launching a new fashion and lifestyle oriented product catalogue.

The award was made in the annual Raven Fox Awards for Travel Retail Excellence in Asia/Pacific. Cathay Pacific won the same award in 2003, 2001 and 1998. Raven Fox is the world’s biggest travel-retail publisher specialising in market intelligence and industry research. Its annual poll reflects the views of some of the most active industry players.

Shopping has become as much a part of the inflight entertainment experience as movies, music and food. Over the years, Cathay Pacific has enhanced its passengers’ shopping experience and expanded the range of products it offers. The airline expects total 2005 inflight sales to increase by a quarter over 2004.

The airline took inflight shopping to a new high with its launch of “Discover The Shop” magazine goes beyond the traditional boundaries of a simple catalogue to include the kind of short features and an exclusive fashion shoot usually seen between the pages of glossy fashion and lifestyle magazines.

The magazine offers 184 items for purchase – a 22 percent increase from a year ago – ranging from the traditional cosmetics and liquors to exclusive jewellery items. Skincare, perfume, cosmetics, jewellery and watches currently account for almost two-thirds of the airline's inflight sales, and most active sales are on routes to and from Japan, Korea and Taiwan.

Cathay Pacific Director Service Delivery Quince Chong said: “We are always looking for new ways to improve the quality of service that we provide our customers – both on the ground and in the air. Cathay Pacific being named the region’s best inflight retailer for the fourth time reflects not just the quality but consistency of our service as well.”


Cathay Pacific Director Service Delivery Quince Chong together with the cabin crew in the new Discover the Shop magazine launch event in last month


Over the years, Cathay Pacific has enhanced its passengers' shopping experience and expanded the range of products it offers. Shopping has become as much a part of the inflight entertainment experience as movies, music and food.
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Air China and Cathay Pacific sign code-share and marketing memorandum

Air China Limited (hereinafter “Air China”) and Cathay Pacific Airways today further cemented their partnership by jointly signing a memorandum of understanding to promote sales and marketing initiatives between the two airlines that includes a new code-sharing arrangement on flights between Hong Kong and Beijing.

The memorandum was signed in Beijing by Air China Executive Vice President Cai Jianjiang and Cathay Pacific Chief Executive Philip Chen. Cathay Pacific acquired a 10 percent strategic shareholding in Air China at its initial public offering last year in Hong Kong. This was followed by regular meetings between teams from both sides to explore cooperation on various business areas.

Air China will code-share on two Cathay Pacific services from Beijing to Hong Kong – one of which operates daily and the other three times a week. Cathay Pacific will attach its code to three of the daily Air China services to and from Beijing. Code-share operations should commence in the fourth quarter of this year.

Both Air China and Cathay Pacific believe that by working together, the two airlines will offer an even more attractive proposition to customers, with more services between Hong Kong and Beijing and more timely connections through the Hong Kong hub to and from other destinations.


Air China Executive Vice President Cai Jianjiang (L) and Cathay Pacific Chief Executive Philip Chen (R) signed a memorandum of understanding to promote sales and marketing initiatives.


Air China Executive Vice President Cai Jianjiang (L) and Cathay Pacific Chief Executive Philip Chen (R) signed a memorandum of understanding to promote sales and marketing initiatives.
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Financial Times
May 20, 2005
Pilots' claims of unfair dismissal to be heard in UK

A group of former Cathay Pacific airline pilots who have been trying to bring unfair dismissal claims against the Hong Kong-based carrier in an English employment tribunal on the basis that their home base was Heathrow have won the right to have their cases heard in the UK.

But the airline said yesterday it intended to appeal to the House of Lords.

Eversheds, the law firm acting for Cathay, said it had "genuinely believed" it was applying the appropriate law when it dismissed them under less stringent Hong Kong procedures. But Simpson Millar, acting for the pilots, said: "These are some of the most flagrant unfair dismissals I've seen and the company has tried to avoid liability by hiding behind jurisdictional points."

The case has highlighted the difficulty of trying to apply nationally-based employment laws to 21st century working practices.

Last year, the English courts tried to clarify the circumstances in which statutory unfair dismissal rights applied to expatriate employees, by saying the 1996 Employment Rights Act was designed to cover "employment in Britain".

But even then, it was admitted that borderline cases would depend on "an assessment of all the circumstances of employment in the particular case". Lawyers, meanwhile, acknowledged it would take a number of cases to establish what was meant by "employment in Britain". That guidance itself is now subject to an appeal to the Lords, due to be heard in November.

All these difficulties were apparent in yesterday's split Court of Appeal decision in which Lord Phillips, master of the rolls, was at odds with two other senior members of the judiciary.

The six pilots, who live in the UK, were employed by Cathay, but allocated to a "European base area". As a result, they held formal contracts with Veta, a Hong Kong-registered subsidiary, rather than Cathay itself. Their salaries were paid into Hong Kong accounts and they held Hong Kong pilots' licences. Training and discipline also took place in Hong Kong, while work contracts were governed by Hong Kong law. But their tours of duty began and ended in London and their pay reflected a lower cost of living than that of Hong Kong.

Lord Phillips took the view that the pilots' place of work could not be said to be Britain "just because that is whether their flight cycles begin and end". But Lord Justice Waller and Lord Justice Kay disagreed, saying they were employed in Britain because of the way their contracts required them to "live and work".
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Cathay Pacific Applies To Extend HK Fuel Surcharges
23 May 2005

HONG KONG (AP)--Hong Kong airline Cathay Pacific (0293.HK) has asked the local government for permission to extend fuel surcharges for its flights ending and originating in the territory, a company spokeswoman said Sunday.

Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. is currently allowed to collect a surcharge of US$5.30 on short-haul flights and US$15 on long-haul flights until the end of May.

It has sought government clearance to continue imposing the surcharges, Cathay spokeswoman Carolyn Leung said. She declined to say how much longer Cathay wanted to keep the surcharges.

The Hong Kong government has let dozens of airlines charge fuel surcharges here amid high oil prices.

June crude futures closed at US$46.80 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange Friday.
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New RBC Cathay Pacific Visa Platinum Card offers frequent flyers a faster way to earn Asia Miles
19 May 2005
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TORONTO, May 19 /CNW/ - Frequent travellers to Asia now have a way to get there even faster with the RBC Cathay Pacific Visa Platinum card, the only card in Canada that allows cardholders to earn Asia Miles every time they use their Visa card.

"This new alliance with Cathay Pacific will present many benefits to people who travel to Asia regularly," said Dave McKay, RBC's senior vice- president, Credit Cards and Financing Products. "The RBC Cathay Pacific Visa Platinum makes it easy to earn Asia Miles and receive reward benefits faster and more affordably."

RBC Cathay Pacific Visa Platinum cardholders accumulate Asia Miles by earning one Asia Mile for each Canadian dollar spent on the card, plus new cardholders will receive 5,000 bonus miles upon enrolment. Cardholders also earn two Asia Miles for each HK$5 spent for inflight purchase and from now until May 15, 2006, travellers will earn two Asia Miles for every Canadian dollar spent on flights booked online at www.cathaypacific.ca .

Every new RBC Cathay Pacific Visa Platinum cardholder will also receive a free companion ticket with the purchase of a qualifying round-trip Cathay Pacific business class ticket from Canada to Hong Kong (or beyond to the following Southeast Asia destinations: Bangkok, Cebu, Denpasar Bali, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Penang, Singapore, Surabaya and Taipei). This offer is available for flights booked and ticketed by November 18, 2005 for travel during the period May 19, 2005 to May 18, 2006 inclusive.

"We are delighted to work with RBC to offer more ways for Canadians to earn Asia Miles -- an increasingly popular travel reward currency in Canada," said Philippe Lacamp, vice-president Canada, Cathay Pacific Airways. "We believe the RBC Cathay Pacific Visa Platinum card will be a welcome choice for travellers to Asia. Its introduction further demonstrates our commitment to provide improved benefits to our customers."

Asia Miles is a leading travel reward program and has over 230 partners in nine partner categories. Asia Miles are redeemable on 18 airlines, flying just about anywhere in the world. Travellers can enjoy a wealth of free travel awards to destinations such as the Caribbean, Mexico, Asia and Europe.

RBC Cathay Pacific Visa Platinum cardholders will also receive complimentary Green membership to Cathay Pacific's prestigious Marco Polo Club, and enjoy special benefits like preferred check-in and access to a 24-hour toll-free Member Services Centre. Cardholders will also benefit from the RBC Cathay Pacific Visa Platinum "peace of mind" insurance coverage.

To take advantage of the RBC Cathay Pacific Visa Platinum, and to find out the specific requirements of the special offers of bonus miles, double points and the companion ticket, RBC clients can call 1-800-Royal 1-1, or click www.rbcroyalbank.com/cards .

About RBC Financial Group

Royal Bank of Canada (RY: TSX, NYSE) uses the initials RBC as a prefix for its businesses and operating subsidiaries, which operate under the master brand name of RBC Financial Group. Royal Bank of Canada is Canada's largest bank as measured by assets, and is one of North America's leading diversified financial services companies. It provides personal and commercial banking, wealth management services, insurance, corporate and investment banking, and transaction processing services on a global basis. The company employs approximately 60,000 people who serve more than 12 million personal, business and public sector clients through offices in North America and some 30 countries around the world. For more information, please visit www.rbc.com .

About Cathay Pacific Airways

Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific Airways, recognized as an international premier airline with a reputation for superior service standards, offers passenger and cargo services to over 90 destinations in Asia, North America, Australia, Europe and Africa.

From Canada, the airline operates two flights daily non-stop from Vancouver to Hong Kong, daily non-stop service from Vancouver to New York and daily direct service from Toronto to Hong Kong, plus a 3-time weekly freighter service between Vancouver and Hong Kong.

Cathay Pacific is a partner of Asia Miles -- a leading travel reward program offering the most comprehensive range of air and non-airline partners. Asia Miles currently has more than 230 high quality partners and well over 2.3 million members worldwide. For more information, please visit www.asiamiles.com .
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25 May 2005
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Cathay Pacific voted Hong Kong’s best airline by East Week readers

Cathay Pacific Airways has been voted Hong Kong’s best airline by readers of the popular East Week magazine in its “Quality Living Award HK,” and given a second special award for drawing more votes than any other company across all award categories.

East Week says its award recognises “the superiority of those services and products” which raise the quality of Hong Kong people’s lifestyle – creating more treasured moments with family and friends and making lives happier. It also aims to “encourage better service standards by recognising success in satisfying customers’ needs”.

Voting criteria included the company’s ability to enhance people’s quality of living, to live up to its promise and being professional yet user friendly. An editorial panel created the initial shortlist for which readers cast their votes.

Cathay Pacific Director Service Delivery Quince Chong said: “Cathay Pacific being voted Hong Kong’s best airline by East Week’s readers, and moreover winning more support in the poll than any other candidate, is a source of pride for everyone in the company. It shows that, as Hong Kong’s home airline, we are delivering a quality of service that not only strengthens the city as a global aviation hub but improves city residents’ quality of life as well. It is a promise that we will continue to work hard to deliver in future.”


Cathay Pacific Corporate Communication Manager, Product, Elsa Leung (3rd from left, front row), was pictured with other category winners of the East Week “Quality Living Award HK”.


Popular singer Leo Ku presented the East Week “Quality Living Award HK” to Cathay Pacific. Elsa Leung, Corporate Communication Manager, Product, received the award on behalf of the airline.
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26 May 2005
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Open University joins hands with Cathay Pacific to offer study programme in inflight service

The Open University of Hong Kong (OUHK) and Cathay Pacific Airways will offer a Professional Diploma in Inflight Service programme in August. This is the first inflight service study programme in Hong Kong jointly provided by a university and an airline.

The collaboration was announced today (26 May) by OUHK President Prof. John Leong, and Ms Quince Chong, Director Service Delivery of Cathay Pacific Airways, at a signing ceremony in Cathay Pacific City.

Prof. John Leong said, “Our collaboration with Cathay Pacific sets the best example of cooperation between education and business for building our work force. We can capitalize on the strengths and experiences of both sides to help train professionals for the airline industry.”

He continued, “Cathay Pacific is one of the best airlines around the world. It holds leadership in the industry and is known for its commitment to staff development. In this collaboration, Cathay Pacific is involved in the development of programme structure and subject contents and will assign experienced staff to teach some of the courses and provide training venues. This highly practical and professional programme will provide an invaluable pre-service training opportunity for people who are interested in developing a career in inflight service.”

Ms. Quince Chong said, “As Hong Kong’s home carrier, Cathay Pacific is committed to developing Hong Kong as Asia’s leading aviation hub. We spare no efforts in providing jobs and training opportunities for local people. We are happy to cooperate with The Open University of Hong Kong and capitalize on its rich experience in continuing education and expertise in developing course material and structured training programmes. The collaboration to offer an Inflight Service Diploma programme not only provides an opportunity for the public to learn about our industry but also provides a pool of trained candidates for the industry. Timing of the programme ties in well with the expansion plan of the airline where we are targeting to offer over 1,000 customer services jobs this year. ”

“To cope with the robust growth in the tourism industry, the local airline industry needs another 3,000 flight attendants in these two years,” said Prof. Lui Yu-hon, Director of Li Ka Shing Institute of Professional and Continuing Education (LiPACE), OUHK. “Our programme aims to help people who wish to become flight attendants to gain a basic understanding of civil aviation industry and acquire sufficient working knowledge about inflight service as well as effective languages, communication and grooming skills. Students will also learn to develop the proper mindset and skills to achieve excellence in customer service.”

The “Professional Diploma in Inflight Service” programme can be completed by approximately two months of full-time study. Students have to complete seven courses including Essential Knowledge of Civil Aviation, English for Inflight Service, Putonghua for Inflight Service, Professional Image and Presentation Skills, Aircraft Safety, Inflight Customer Service as well as Inflight Service Skills. All courses except Putonghua and Cantonese language skills will be conducted in English.

The programme consists of about 250 class hours of which about half will be delivered by experienced trainers from Cathay Pacific. Students will have the opportunity to practice in an inflight setting at Cathay City in the Hong Kong International Airport. Graduates will receive a Professional Diploma in Inflight Services jointly awarded by OUHK LiPACE and Cathay Pacific.

“We are confident that outstanding students will have a greater competitive edge in getting a flight attendant post. Given their language skills and hospitality knowledge, their career prospects will not be confined to the airline industry,” Prof. Lui said.

The programme will commence with two intakes in August and October with no more than 24 students each. The tuition fee is $27,800. The programme is applying for inclusion in the reimbursement course list of the Continuing Education Fund and successful applicants will be reimbursed a maximum sum of $10,000.

Applicants must have five passes in the HKCEE including English (Syllabus B) and basic skills in speaking Putonghua and Cantonese and may be invited to an admission interview. Information seminars will be held on 18 and 25 June and feature speakers from OUHK LiPACE and Cathay Pacific. Programme details and enrolment methods are available at www.ouhk.edu.hk/PDIFS. Enquiries can be made by calling LiPACE at 3120 9988.
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Monday May 30, 5:59 AM
Many Cathay Pacific Pilots to Drop Claims

AP - Many of the 51 Cathay Pacific pilots fired in 2001 who were suing the airline have agreed to drop their legal action in exchange for payments, the airline said Sunday.

The pilots were sacked in July 2001 after cockpit crews protested over wages and scheduling, costing Cathay millions of dollars.

Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. spokeswoman Carolyn Leung declined to say exactly how many accepted the management's offer of 10 months' severance pay and the chance to reapply for jobs with the carrier.

However, the South China Morning Post reported Sunday that 19 pilots rejected the offer.

The main Cathay pilots union voted to stop funding the lawsuits in Australia, Britain and Hong Kong earlier this year, but the Post reported that some pilots were forming a new union to keep funding the cases.

Calls to the main pilots' union, the Hong Kong Aircrew Officers Association, went unanswered Sunday.
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Cathay Pacific puts more passengers on board to overtake JAL
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30 May 2005
South China Morning Post

Earlier trend indicators for regional airlines were confirmed with results for the first quarter this year, compared with the same period last year.

According to data collected from the airlines, Cathay Pacific Airways' growth in seats filled, at 17 per cent, is not only fast, but it makes the airline bigger than Japan Airlines.

The airline has become the region's second largest by this measure, after Singapore Airlines.

In fact, first-quarter growth for Cathay's three main competitors - Japan Airlines, Qantas Airways, and Singapore Airlines - was not only slower than at Cathay, but it was weak, with growth rates of just zero to 2 per cent.

Of the smaller airlines, Air Macau's 29 per cent looks impressive. However, most of its growth came in February, and that rate may not be sustained through the year.

At Hong Kong Dragon Airlines, we have become accustomed to faster growth than its 10 per cent in the first quarter - it has, after all, almost doubled in size since 2000.

However, the pace was quickening in March so, unlike at Air Macau, faster growth is expected over the rest of the year.
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2005-05-31
Air China appoints Cathay Pacific chief to board; gets nod for bond/CP issue

HONG KONG (AFX) - Air China Ltd (753.hk) said Cathay Pacific Airways' chairman David Muir Turnbull has been appointed as a non-executive director of the company at a shareholders meeting yesterday.

The appointment will be in effect until Sept 29, 2007.

Turnbull will not receive any compensation for his services as director of Air China.

His appointment follows Cathay Pacific's purchase of 10 pct stake in Air China when the Chinese airline listed last December.

Air China said two resolutions which will enable the company to raise funds were also approved at yesterday's meeting.

One resolution provided for Air China's issue of bonds while the other provided for the issue of short-term commercial paper.

No details on the amount and timing of the debt issues were given.

Rao Xiyu, Air China's secretary of the board of directors, had earlier told XFN-Asia that the group plans to issue 2 bln yuan in short-term debt on the mainland's interbank debt market, the proceeds of which are to be used for its daily operations.

Air China also said in a statement posted on the website chinabond.com.cn that it plans to issue 2 bln yuan in one-year notes with a coupon of 2.92 pct.

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Law report : Hong Kong pilots employed in England
31 May 2005
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COURT OF APPEAL. Published May 31, 2005. Crofts and Others v Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd and Others. Before Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers, Master of the Rolls, Lord Justice Waller and Lord Justice Maurice Kay. Judgment May 19, 2005

An employment tribunal had jurisdiction to determine unfair dismissal claims brought by international airline pilots employed by Hong Kong companies since their contracts of employment required them to be based in England.

They were therefore employed in Great Britain for the purposes of section 94(1) of the Employment Rights Act 1996. Similarly the tribunal had jurisdiction to hear contractual claims brought by those pilots in respect of their dismissals.

The Court of Appeal so held by a majority, the Master of the Rolls dissenting, when, inter alia, allowing the appeals of five pilots employed by Veta Ltd, a subsidiary of Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd, against the decision of the Employment Appeal Tribunal (sub nom Dickie v Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd (2004) ICR 1733) and remitting their unfair dismissal and breach of contract claims to the employment tribunal for determination.

The appeals of six pilots employed by Cathay Pacific against the dismissal of their contractual claims and an appeal of a pilot employed by USA Basings Ltd were dismissed.

Mr David Griffiths-Jones, QC and Miss Joanna Heal for the pilots; Mr Christopher Jeans, QC and Miss Anya Proops for the employers.

THE MASTER OF THE ROLLS, dissenting, said that Cathay Pacific was Hong Kong's major airline. Until the early 1990s all Cathay Pacific pilots were employed by Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd.

Then there was a change of policy to enable some pilots to live in countries other than Hong Kong. Pilots could be allocated a base area from which their flight cycles would start and at which they would end. One such home base was London Heathrow.

Pilots for whom Europe was the base area entered into contracts of employment with Veta Ltd, a subsidiary of Cathay Pacific registered in Hong Kong, which was little more than a shell company.

The contracts of employment of all the pilots were governed by Hong Kong law.

Their salaries were paid into Hong Kong bank accounts. They held Hong Kong professional pilots' licences. All training, disciplinary and grievance procedures took place in Hong Kong, from where flight instructions were issued.

Five Veta pilots and six Cathay pilots complained of unfair dismissal and breach of contract. The employment tribunal held that it had jurisdiction to entertain the unfair dismissal claims of the Veta pilots as their employment had a substantial connection with Great Britain and Heathrow was to be regarded as their principal place of work, but it had no jurisdiction to consider the unfair dismissal claims of the Cathay pilots.

It had jurisdiction to consider the contractual claims of both, but whereas the contractual claims of the Cathay pilots should be stayed on the ground of forum non conveniens, those of the Veta pilots should not.

Before the hearing in the Employment Appeal Tribunal, the Court of Appeal gave judgment in Lawson v Serco Ltd (The Times January 30, 2004; (2004) ICR 204) on the ambit of application of section 94(1) of the 1996 Act.

The Cathay pilots abandoned their challenge to the decision on unfair dismissal.

The Employment Appeal Tribunal dismissed all appeals in respect of the contract claims.

Applying Serco it decided that the Veta pilots' case on the 1996 Act was borderline and should be remitted to a fresh tribunal for rehearing, which should also consider whether the Veta pilots' contract claims should be stayed on the ground of forum non conveniens.

Section 94(1) of the Employment Rights Act 1996 formed part of Part X of the Act, which was concerned with unfair dismissal. Section 196 excluded from the ambit of the Act certain employees engaged in work wholly or mainly outside Great Britain.

The wording of section 196(2) might have been read as excluding from the application of Part X international pilots who necessarily spent most of their working hours outside Great Britain.

However, in Todd v British Midland Airways ((1978) ICR 959, 965) Lord Denning, Master of the Rolls, considering the predecessor of section 196(2), held that a man's base was the place where he ought to be regarded as ordinarily working, even though he might spend days, weeks or months working overseas.

The whole of section 196 was repealed by section 32(3) of the Employment Relations Act 1999. The authorities gave very little guidance as to the principles of statutory construction that should be applied to a such a repeal.

In Serco the Court of Appeal laid down the test that Part X of the 1996 Act applied to employment in Great Britain. The court rejected alternative tests of whether the employee had a substantial connection with the United Kingdom, or the base where the employee was employed was within the United Kingdom or whether he ordinarily worked in the United Kingdom.

In due course the House of Lords would rule in Serco whether employment in Great Britain was the correct definition. In the meantime the court was bound to apply it.

The effect of Serco was to restrict protection from unfair dismissal to those employees who, under their contracts of employment, worked in Britain. The tribunal concluded that on the facts the Cathay pilots were based in Hong Kong, but the centre of operations of the Veta pilots was London.

His Lordship said that provisions in section 196 by which mariners employed to work aboard a ship registered in the United Kingdom were to be regarded as ordinarily working in Great Britain, were replaced, after the repeal of section 196, expressly in section 199. Absent express provisions, which had not been introduced, section 94(1) of the 1996 Act could not apply to international airline pilots.

In relation to the contract claims, if they were to proceed before the employment tribunal, there was a strong case for arguing that that factor made the tribunal the more appropriate forum for the parallel claims for breach of contract.

LORD JUSTICE WALLER said that he could not accept that by virtue of the strict application of the Serco test section 94(1) of the 1996 Act could not apply to international airline pilots.

His Lordship found it difficult to contemplate that a pilot such as Mr Todd, who by virtue of his contract was found to be ordinarily working in Great Britain under the previous legislation, was, because of the repeal of section 196, no longer employed here.

Even if the Serco test was appropriate, that test had to be construed with sufficient flexibility to bring the employment of international airline pilots within the unfair dismissal provisions of the 1996 Act.

The tribunal had made detailed findings. The fact that the decision was difficult was not a basis for remitting the matter to a fresh tribunal to start again, and only if one was driven to do so by some lack of findings should it be contemplated that the further costs of remission should be incurred.

The place where the contract placed international airline pilots did throw light on whether under their contracts they were employed in Great Britain.

The findings of the tribunal led to the conclusion that the Veta pilots were employed in Great Britain because the contract required them to live and work in the way it did.

If the employment tribunal had jurisdiction in relation to the unfair dismissal claims, it would be the appropriate forum to hear the breach of contract claims of the Veta pilots.

LORD JUSTICE MAURICE KAY said that he had come to the same conclusion as Lord Justice Waller for substantially the same reasons.

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Cathay Pacific voted “Airline of The Year 2005”

Cathay Pacific Airways has made a virtual clean sweep of this year’s World Airline Awards with the announcement today it has been named Airline of The Year, Best Airline Asia and Best First Class in the world’s “largest” global passenger poll.

London-based Skytrax says its 2005 World Airline Awards poll was the world's “largest” passenger survey ever with more than 12.3 million eligible nominations. Votes were cast by 94 different nationalities from June 2004 to May 2005.

The latest awards come on top of the airline’s Hong Kong lounges last month being voted the world’s best in a survey also conducted by Skytrax Research.

“Airline of the Year is the established, global barometer of passenger opinions about airlines around the world,” Skytrax says. “Airline of the Year is not focussed on one specific sector of the passenger market. It encompasses a wide mixture of passenger types – business customers who may be more familiar with First and Business class and, most importantly, the large majority of global air travellers who travel Economy class, be it on leisure or business travel.”

Cathay Pacific’s The Wing and The Pier were earlier named 2005 Best Airline Lounges for First and Business Class travellers in the Skytrax survey. Skytrax said its lounge survey was based on the combined quality of product and service and “seeks out those airlines that offer something original and, above all, the best format”.

Cathay Pacific was previously voted the Airline of the Year in 2003. It has carried off the Skytrax "Best Airline - Asia" award three times, "Best Airline - Transpacific" twice and won the Best Lounge award in 2002. In April this year, Hong Kong International Airport was named the World’s Best Airport in a separate Skytrax poll for the fifth straight year.

Cathay Pacific Airways Chief Executive Philip Chen said: “Cathay Pacific being voted Airline of the Year is a great honour because it is such a world-class award. I would like to thank every member of staff around the world whose professionalism and dedication to excellence made this great achievement possible. Being a repeat winner reflects our commitment to deliver consistently high standards of service across the board. It also underscores our ongoing effort to make Hong Kong more attractive to passengers as a global aviation hub and gateway to the Chinese Mainland, and our determination to make Cathay Pacific as the world’s most admired airline.”
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Cathay Pacific celebrates 10 years in Surabaya

Cathay Pacific Airways today celebrated 10 years of operation to Surabaya, Indonesia’s second largest city, with a gala reception and the airline’s signature “Walking on Air” catwalk show of cabin crew uniforms throughout its almost 60-year history. The event was hosted by Cathay Pacific Regional Manager Southeast Asia Patrick Yeung.

The airline started services to Surabaya in 1995 with two services a week and doubled that to four weekly flights in 1 November 2004. As the gateway to East Indonesia, Surabaya clearly fits into Cathay Pacific’s long-term strategy to strengthen its regional network and build hub connections in Hong Kong to points in the Chinese Mainland and other parts of the world.

Surabaya, a manufacturing centre, complements Cathay Pacific’s services to Jakarta, which first started in 1961, and is the country’s most important destination for business travellers, and to Denpasar, Bali, which first started in 1971 and have flourished with the island’s tourist economy.

Cathay Pacific’s passenger business from Surabaya is split evenly between business travellers flying direct to Hong Kong and China, local workers heading for jobs in Hong Kong, and travellers continuing beyond to cities in North Asia, North America and Europe. Cathay Pacific doubled it frequency of flight to and from the city in order to meet demand for customers making onward connections in Hong Kong.

Cargo shipments are also split fairly evenly between fresh seafood and other perishables bound for Hong Kong and China, frozen seafood and manufactured goods headed to North Asia and a mix of other goods to North American and Europe.

Cathay Pacific Regional Manager Southeast Asia Patrick Yeung said: “Cathay Pacific has been present in Indonesia for more than 40 years. Celebrating our 10-year anniversary in Surabaya underlines our commitment through thick and thin as a reliable partner to Indonesia in the continued development of business, tourism and trade. By strengthening Hong Kong as a global hub and gateway to Chinese Mainland, Cathay Pacific will ultimately be able to better serve Indonesia.”
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A bitter falling-out in the skies
The unions representing HK pilots; and flight attendants were once like a married couple.
5 June 2005
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A senior Cathay Pacific captain suspects his wife, an air stewardess, is having an affair with another of the airline's pilots. To make matters worse, the lover is a young upstart whom the senior pilot believes is out to wreck his career as well as his marriage.

He confronts his wife. She not only admits the relationship but tells him it is his fault and taunts him over his masculinity. Enraged, the captain declares that their marriage is over and he wants nothing more to do with her.

It sounds like the plot for the kind of steamy novel holidaymakers might pick up on their way through Chek Lap Kok airport to read on the beach. In fact, it is the personification of a real-life rift between the two key unions in the Hong Kong airline industry.

The senior pilot is the 900-member Aircrew Officers Association (AOA). The wife is the 4,000-member Flight Attendants Union (FAU). And the young lover who split the marriage is the newly formed breakaway Cathay Pilots Union (CPU), which has only a handful of members and none prepared to give their names.

Like most affairs, it didn't just happen overnight. The AOA and the FAU had been drifting apart for some time before the third party came along - and a look at their recent history suggests irreconcilable differences may lie at the root of the deteriorating relations.

Simmering differences exploded into the open in spectacular fashion last month when FAU chairman Becky Kwan Siu-wa accused the AOA of abandoning the sacked Cathay pilots known as the 49ers and allegedly told AOA general secretary John Findlay: "Your members are selfish and ball-less".

Outraged, AOA president Murray Gardner responded by cutting off all forms of co-operation with the FAU and told Ms Kwan in a letter: "You are very close to destroying all trust in the FAU by this association."

Reflecting on what appears to be a permanent rift in once very close relations between the two unions, Ms Kwan said: "In the past, it was as if the FAU was married to the AOA. Now I feel we are going in opposite directions. It is very sad."

Mr Findlay remarked: "I find it inconceivable that we will have any form of relationship with them so long as they are supporting this breakaway union."

So what happened to drive a wedge between the two unions, who have not only stood shoulder to shoulder in successive industrial disputes in the 1990s - first involving the flight attendants and later involving the pilots - but ironically whose members are in many cases either married or romantically involved with each other?

The answer appears to lie in two significant but very different victories for the two unions which characterise the diverse paths they have set out upon.

The AOA under the presidency of Mr Gardner has mended fences with Cathay, succeeding in April in a key battle to persuade members to accept a company offer to settle the long-running dispute over the sacking of the 49ers.

That settlement involved job interviews or 10-month payouts for the sacked pilots in return for the union stopping all funding for their legal actions. Twenty-one have since accepted interviews; 11 have gone for payouts. Many of the others are expected to fight on either alone or with the support of the breakaway union.

The FAU has at the same time seen its relations with Cathay grow frostier after it won a crushing High Court victory against the airline for unilaterally scrapping annual pay increments seven years ago, costing Cathay $280 million in back pay and salary increases.

Rightly or wrongly, the FAU believes the AOA was the first to break faith by "climbing into bed" with Cathay management over the 49ers offer. It was only after that happened that the FAU decided to seek out a new relationship with the breakaway union.

Speaking with the air of an overachieving wife whose fogeyish husband refuses to acknowledge her success, Ms Kwan said: "After our High Court victory, my phone was jam-packed with congratulatory messages for three days. But I got nothing from the AOA.

"It shows that the leadership of the union is not on the same wavelength as the FAU or the rest of the labour community in Hong Kong. Pilots were sending us e-mails congratulating us, and some of them wrote to the AOA saying, 'please publish these e-mails in our newsletter to congratulate the FAU on its success' - but nothing appeared."

Mr Findlay played down the significance of the lack of an official AOA message of congratulations. "I had a conversation with her [Ms Kwan] and I congratulated her over the telephone. It is not a big deal," he said. "When we won the Gardner case [a landmark High Court victory over rosters won by Murray Gardner in 2003], the FAU didn't write to us and say congratulations, but they did phone up and say 'well done'."

The real meltdown in relations came when the FAU supported the setting up of the Cathay Pilots Union, providing it with a temporary banking facility and later inviting one of its founders to speak at the FAU's annual general meeting at the end of May.

When Mr Findlay phoned Ms Kwan to ask why the FAU was supporting the breakaway union, he says she told him: "If the AOA won't help the 49ers, the FAU can and will." Mr Gardner then wrote to Ms Kwan: "I find your remarks offensive and impertinent. For almost four years this association has provided assistance to the 49ers without precedent in our industry {hellip} This association and its members can be very proud of what we achieved."

The FAU leader is unrepentant. Contrasting the case of the 49ers with the FAU's own High Court victory, she said: "What is important is that we persevered and they didn't.

"The 49ers have sacrificed their jobs for the union because they followed union directives and now the union has voted to abandon them and that is very, very sad. These pilots have been abandoned by their union, who they have been sacked for, and for the union leadership to come out and write such an arrogant letter to the FAU - I find that quite difficult to swallow."

While she denies using the exact words "selfish and balls-less" in her conversation with Mr Findlay, it is clear that the labels reflect her views of the AOA leadership. "They are selfish because they didn't want to continue to support the legal battle for the 49ers," she said.

"The leadership kept on telling the members how expensive it was. They didn't tell people or educate members in the principle of standing up for their rights. It seems to me that they have forgotten why these people lost their jobs."

It is an accusation that the AOA finds not only offensive but erroneous, and ignorant of the way in which the offer was debated amid much soul-searching by the union leadership and its members.

"This association has not abandoned the 49ers," Mr Gardner wrote in his letter. "We have in fact, through our persistence and application of sound strategies, succeeded in providing them opportunities that few thought possible so long after their terminations.

"If individual 49ers choose not to accept those opportunities, against the advice of the association and of their own legal counsel, they are free to do so, but that most certainly would not constitute abandonment by the AOA."

In many ways, union officials believe, it was the braver course. Union leaders put up with months of abuse and accusations from the "no" faction before securing a deal that may ultimately save the union from being destroyed by sky-high dues and falling membership.

Ms Kwan, they believe, has acted without the knowledge of most of her own members by siding with the breakaway union, and many will be shocked to realise the AOA has been cast aside and replaced by what can most generously be described as a minority faction.

Nevertheless, the break-up between the AOA and the FAU appears beyond mediation. There is no longer even any dialogue, Mr Findlay said, saying that the FAU "hasn't had the courtesy to reply to Captain Gardner's letter".

Ms Kwan replied: "I don't want to write anything I might regret later. I sometimes think a more well-thought-out response is better. But in the meantime my message to them is MYOB - mind your own business.

"If there was to be any sort of reconciliation, we would need to have some common goal. At the moment I don't see a reason why we should continue to work together."
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Cathay Pacific releases May 2005 traffic figures

Cathay Pacific Airways today released traffic figures for May 2005 that show continued steady passenger and cargo volume growth on the back of increased capacity.

In May, the airline carried 1,230,482 passengers, up 15.6 percent year-on-year. There was a corresponding 11.6 percent increase in passenger capacity measured in terms of Available Seat Kilometres, or ASKs. At the same time the airline carried 90,134 tonnes of freight, a 12.8 percent increase over May 2004.

The passenger load factor was 75.7 percent, up 1.4 percentage points from May 2004, and the cargo load factor was 66.5 percent, down 3.5 points. Year to date, there was a 15.5 percent increase in the number of passenger carried over the same period last year and a corresponding 9.0 percent increase in the volume of cargo.

Cathay Pacific General Manager Revenue Management, Sales & Distribution Ian Shiu said: “Passenger numbers and revenue were up but so too was the price of fuel, the asking price for which has increased by almost two thirds in the past year. With our new summer schedule, starting 1 July, we will phase in a third daily non-stop service to Los Angeles and add a second daily flight to Ho Chi Minh City.”

Cathay Pacific Director & General Manager Cargo Ron Mathison said: “We had a satisfactory May despite difficult trading conditions in Europe and Australia where over capacity is causing sharp declines in yield. High fuel prices continue to erode margins and remain a concern going forward.”

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Carrier landed appeal blow in statutory holiday ruling
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11 June 2005
Hong Kong Standard

The rest days of employees working on shifts cannot "with the benefit of hindsight" be substituted for statutory holidays on which employees are required to work, said a judge who ruled in favor of a former ground crew worker suing Cathay Pacific Airways.

Last August, the Labour Tribunal granted Tam Wai-mei more than HK$25,000 after it found Cathay had violated the Employment Ordinance because it never satisfactorily notified its employees that their "off-duty" days could be substituted for the statutory holidays on which they had to work.

According to the ordinance, employers are only allowed to make their employees work on public holidays if they notify them of a designated alternative holiday.

In April, Cathay appealed that decision saying that it had, in fact, been "more generous and more flexible" than required.

The airline said Tam and her former colleagues were given two days off a week, amounting to an abundance of paid rest days that could flexibly account for the public holidays on which she had to work.

Cathay said it was actually providing 40 days of holiday more than they were legally required to.

However, Justice David Yam upheld the Labour Tribunal's decision and added that Cathay should make clearer notification of the "off" days that were in place of the missed statutory holidays, rather than leave it to hindsight and "flexible" substitution.

Yam also said that it was not just the "formal strict compliance of the statute" which was at issue. He said that the Cathay ground crew members were ordinarily entitled to two days off after having worked 44 hours a week. Even those who do not work on a shift basis are entitled to a half day on Saturday and a Sunday off.

"One cannot say, therefore, that the half day on Saturday can then be taken as a half day rest day or substituted holiday for any statutory holiday," the judge ruled.

The argument that Cathay is already more generous than required in its "Public Holiday Pay" also has no legal basis since the employees are entitled to their holiday remuneration whether or not it falls on a statutory holiday, the judge said.

"Just because the employee is being given paid leave for her off-duty day, which happens to be a statutory holiday, does not mean she is being remunerated for a missed statutory holiday."

In any case, the ordinance prohibits the payment of holiday pay in place of a statutory holiday.

Tam, who represented herself, was also awarded legal costs.
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