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Old June 11th, 2005, 05:54 PM   #401
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11 June 2005
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Cathay Pacific voted most favourite airline by readers of Weekend Weekly

Cathay Pacific Airways was today named the Most Favourite Airline by readers of the popular Hong Kong magazine Weekend Weekly.

A readers’ poll was conducted in May and most of the 4,416 readers that cast votes chose Cathay Pacific, the magazine said. Weekend Weekly presented the award to the airline today during the Hong Kong International Travel Expo at the World Convention & Exhibition Centre.

Cathay Pacific General Manager Sales Hong Kong & China Clement Lam, who received the award for the airline, said: “We are very honoured to have this recognition from Hong Kong people. It underlines that the people who matter most to us – our customers – recognise the effort we make to offer a premium service. We will continue to contribute to the development of the tourism and aviation industry in Hong Kong.”

Cathay Pacific earlier this month Airline of The Year, Best Airline Asia, Best First Class, as well as Best First Class and Business Class Lounges in the world's "largest" global passenger poll conducted by Skytrax Research.
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Old June 13th, 2005, 03:25 AM   #403
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Cathay flight hits violent turbulence
Fifteen passengers and crew are injured when a plane is jolted for two minutes
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Fifteen passengers and crew members were injured yesterday when a Cathay Pacific flight from Manila to Hong Kong was rocked by violent turbulence.

One flight attendant suffered a gash to her head and a passenger was scalded by hot drinks when flight CX906 lurched suddenly as meals were being served.

Others were jolted and thrown about as the turbulence rattled the plane for two minutes, causing panic in the passenger cabin.

Ambulances were sent to meet the Boeing 777-300 when it landed at Chek Lap Kok shortly before midday, taking the injured - eight passengers and seven crew members - to Princess Margaret Hospital for treatment.

Most suffered shock or minor injuries and were later discharged, but two passengers were kept in hospital overnight for observation.

The plane was carrying a near-capacity 352 passengers and 17 crew. It was cruising half an hour into the two-hour flight when it ran into the turbulence.

A Cathay Pacific spokeswoman said: "The pilots looked at the weather charts and there was no indication there would be turbulence. We understand the turbulence lasted about two minutes."

The fasten seat belt signs had been switched on before the turbulence struck, but the cabin crew was serving meals, and most remained on their feet as the airliner dipped and swayed.

Cathay Pacific immediately informed the Civil Aviation Department (CAD) of the incident and will conduct an internal inquiry before passing a report to the authority.

A CAD spokesman said a decision on any formal investigation into yesterday's incident would be reached once Cathay's report had been submitted. Cathay has classified what happened as an incident, rather than a serious incident or accident, indicating the airline believes it is not serious enough to merit a formal investigation.

A senior Hong Kong-based pilot said yesterday: "You get an incident of this kind I would say about once a week somewhere in the world. Often, there is very little a pilot can do to avoid it."

Turbulence can be caused by storm clouds, which are usually picked up on radar, but there is also clear air turbulence, which cannot be detected, the pilot said.

Cathay Pacific director Quince Chong Wai-yan said: "We regret the incident caused by the unexpected turbulence and would like to wish a speedy recovery for the affected passengers and crew."

Yesterday's incident was the most serious of its kind for a Hong Kong flight since nine people were injured aboard a Dragonair flight from Kota Kinabalu in Malaysian Borneo in 2003.

One female passenger said yesterday the Cathay plane went up and down four times and drinks had been spilled "All of us there were afraid and screaming."

Secretary for Health, Welfare and Food York Chow Yat-ngok, attending a ceremony at the hospital, visited the victims. "Most of them suffered bruises from hitting hard objects, and cuts in some areas which require stitches," he said.

The Observatory said the plane might have flown into a thunder cloud. "The plane may climb and descend several hundred metres as a result," senior scientific officer Lau Sum-yee said.
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oh dear... I hope the injured passengers are alright. Guess seat belts are really helpful in such a situation.
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Clear air turbulence is hard to avoid. There have been several incidents in recent memory near Japan. Conventional radar equipment cannot pick it up so passengers are encouraged to fasten their seatbelts even if the seatbelt sign has been turned off.
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Old June 14th, 2005, 07:29 PM   #406
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14 June 2005
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Cathay Pacific to screen Wimbledon Championships inflight

Cathay Pacific Airways will screen daily coverage of the 2005 Wimbledon Championships on StudioCX, the airline’s acclaimed multi-channel inflight entertainment system.

Match highlights will be shown from 21 June to 4 July and updated daily for all flights. The 10-minute show, bringing the all the results and best action, will be screened together with CNN World News and Hong Kong Cable TV news programme and with Samsung Transworld Sports on our StudioCX News & Sports channel.

In June, StudioCX highlights also include an array of blockbuster and first-release movies. Big-name movies, comedies and features include:
- Million Dollar Baby, with Clint Eastwood and Hilary Swank. The movie won four Oscars including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor.
- Hitch with Will Smith and Eva Mendes
- Be Cool with John Travolta and Uma Thurman
- The Phantom of The Opera with Gerard Butler and Emmy Rossum

Cathay Pacific offers a wide choice of Asian entertainment, including at least six Asian movies each month, from Hong Kong, Korea or Japan. This month includes:
- House of Fury starring Anthony Wong, Gillian Chung and Stephen Fung
- Seoul Raiders starring Tony Leung and Richie Jen
- Everybody Has Secrets starring Lee Byung Heon and Choi Ji Woo

Popular television comedy shows on the Laughter channel include Friends, Will & Grace and The Office. Toontime and Kidz channels continue to provide exciting entertainment with Lilo & Stitch and A Bug’s Life.

Cathay Pacific StudioCX inflight entertainment system offers all passengers more than 20 entertainment channels through the personal television installed on every seat. Its audio and video on demand system on long-haul flights offers First and Business Class passengers more than 350 hours of entertainment.
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Old June 15th, 2005, 07:57 AM   #407
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Cathay Pacific May Buy Airbus A340s or Boeing 777s

June 10 (Bloomberg) -- Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd., Asia's second-most profitable airline, said it may add the Airbus SAS A340-600 or Boeing Co.'s 777-300ER for long-haul flights as the company expands its fleet to meet rising travel demand.

The airline has requested proposals from Airbus, Boeing, engine makers and leasing companies for an order of A340-600 or 777-300 planes after an evaluation of its aircraft needs for 2007 to 2012, Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific said in the June issue of its internal magazine.

"We will receive their responses in July and, after completing our evaluations, will enter into detailed negotiations later in the year,'' said Greg Hughes, general manager of purchasing and aircraft trading. He didn't say how many planes Cathay may buy or lease.

Cathay Pacific, which operates 91 planes, has been expanding as economic growth worldwide spurs business and leisure travel. In April 2004, the airline placed an order for three Airbus A330-300s and leased three more of the same model. It also ordered two Boeing 777-300 aircraft.

Rival Singapore Airlines Ltd. has said it will seek proposals from aircraft makers as it plans to add as many as 30 new aircraft for regional and medium-haul flights from 2009 and beyond.

The A340-600 from Airbus has a catalog price of $207 million and can seat more than 380 passengers. Boeing's 777- 300ER, which can carry 365 passengers, costs $218 million to $245.5 million at list prices.

Cathay Pacific shares fell 0.35 percent to HK$14.05 yesterday in Hong Kong. The stock has dropped 4.4 percent this year, compared with a 7.6 percent decline on the Bloomberg Asia Pacific Airlines Index of 14 stocks.

A380, Boeing 787

The airline is "very interested'' in the Airbus A350 and the Boeing 787, Hughes said. "There is no need to be making any recommendation on their potential role at this time,'' because the planes won't be available in the next few years, he wrote in the magazine.

European Aeronautic, Defense & Space Co., the biggest owner of Toulouse, France-based Airbus, said on June 8 it won't make a decision on the construction of the 250- to 300-seat A350 until the end of September. The A350, which will challenge Boeing's 787, will be priced at about $150 million each, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer John Leahy said last December.

Airbus has one order for 10 A350s. Chicago-based Boeing has 266 order commitments for the 787 from 21 customers, Randy Baseler, vice president of marketing for Boeing's commercial aircraft division, said on June 8. Of those commitments, 128 are firm orders from nine customers.

The 787, Boeing's first all-new aircraft in 15 years, will enter service in 2008.

Cathay Pacific has 12 planes on firm orders that will be delivered by the end of 2007. Of the 91 aircraft that it now operates, 48 are Boeing planes and the others are Airbus planes.
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16 June 2005
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Cathay Pacific launches third daily Los Angeles flight with ‘Three for Free’ deal

Cathay Pacific Airways today announced it will mark the launch of its third daily non-stop service between Hong Kong and Los Angeles with a special fare that offers three additional flights to 86 cities within the continental United State – for free.

The third service will offer greater choice of timely connections across the US and strengthen Hong Kong as a global aviation hub and gateway to the Chinese Mainland. To mark its launch, passengers will be able to buy a return Economy Class ticket between Hong Kong and Los Angeles for HK$8,600, and have the option of making up to three stopovers in other US cities for no additional charge.

Bookings can be made from now until 30 June 2005 and travel should be completed between 1 July to 31 August 2005. Further details are available from travel agents and are posted on our web site www.cathaypacific.com.hk. Cathay Pacific, recently named ‘Airline of the Year 2005’, will phase in a third flight from early July and operate the full three-times-daily service from 1 August.

Cathay Pacific General Manager Sales Hong Kong and China Clement Lam said: “The early schedule of our new third flight creates far more onward connection opportunities for travellers bound for US cities beyond Los Angeles. Our ‘three-for-free’ offer really exploits that potential and is a great way for leisure and business travellers alike to see more of the United States for a single price. The third flight strengthens connections across our network and to the Chinese Mainland as well.”
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Cathay Pacific puts cadet pilots on career flight path
18 June 2005
South China Morning Post

Hong Kong permanent residents who dream of being airline pilots have a chance to make that dream come true.

One of the world's best-known airlines is looking to recruit 48 cadet pilots.

Cathay Pacific Airways prides itself on professionalism, passion and a positive attitude.

"This is a career rather than a job. Applicants must be motivated for a full career in aviation. A flight crew position with Cathay Pacific Airways is a professional career path," flight crew recruitment manager Claire Delaney said.

All successful applicants are required to complete a 60-week in-house training course in Adelaide, Australia.

This incorporates academic studies at ground school. These studies cover the theoretical side of the pilot's licence and flying training.

"On completion of the cadet pilot programme, cadets graduate with a Frozen Airline Transport Pilot's Licence." Ms Delaney said.

Those who make the grade will be employed as a second officer on the airline's Airbus 340s or Boeing 747-400s.

"Promotion to the position of junior first officer is possible once you have reached the required standard [after] a minimum of 3½ years," Ms Delaney said.

The ideal candidate should be proficient in English, an adept decision maker and have a mature outlook on life.

Five passes at Hong Kong Certificate of Education level, including physics and mathematics, are required, as are two passes at Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination.

A degree or diploma in any discipline is also acceptable.

Only Hong Kong permanent residents who are at least 18 years old are eligible to apply.
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Old June 20th, 2005, 10:28 PM   #410
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^ How do I become a "permanent resident of Hong Kong"?

[I'm DEAD serious. I'm about to graduate with a B.S. in Nuclear Engineering from University of Wisconsin - Madison, and I will do anything and everything necessary to get to Hong Kong and into that pilot programme. Please help hkskyline!!]

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^ How do I become a "permanent resident of Hong Kong"?

[I'm DEAD serious. I'm about to graduate with a B.S. in Nuclear Engineering from University of Wisconsin - Madison, and I will do anything and everything necessary to get to Hong Kong and into that pilot programme. Please help hkskyline!!]
The requirement is 7 years of residence :
http://www.immd.gov.hk/ehtml/topical_3_4.htm
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Thanks! Hmm that's easier than I thought yay!!!
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Well my application'll be in the mail this weekend!

@hkskyline: I've heard a lot about the "Right of Abode" and how it's really controvertial. Why is that?
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Cathay Pacific launches third daily Los Angeles flight with Free Ticket Promotion
20 June 2005


Cathay Pacific is marking the launch of its third daily non-stop service between Hong Kong and Los Angeles with a special fare that offers three additional flights to 86 cities within the continental United State – for free.

Passengers will be able to buy a return Economy Class ticket between Hong Kong and Los Angeles for HK$8,600, and have the option of making up to three stopovers in other US cities for no additional charge.

Bookings can be made from until 30 June 2005 and travel should be completed between 1 July to 31 August 2005. Cathay Pacific will phase in the third flight from early July and operate the full three-times-daily service from 1 August.

Cathay Pacific General Manager Sales Hong Kong and China Clement Lam said, “The early schedule of our new third flight creates far more onward connection opportunities for travellers bound for US cities beyond Los Angeles. Our ‘three-for-free’ offer really exploits that potential and is a great way for leisure and business travellers alike to see more of the United States for a single price. The third flight strengthens connections across our network and to the Chinese Mainland as well.”
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@hkskyline: I've heard a lot about the "Right of Abode" and how it's really controvertial. Why is that?
The right of abode issue has nothing to do with expatriates or business immigrants. The problem was directed at children of Hong Kong citizens immigrating to Hong Kong from the mainland and the social pressures that would arise on the existing infrastructure.
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23 June 2005
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Cathay Pacific receives new service and business awards

Cathay Pacific Airways today received two awards for product, service and business excellence from two leading Hong Kong magazines.

The airline received the Top Service Award from popular weekly news magazine Next in its airline category. The airline also received an award for being the “Best Airline” in the “Best of the Best” Award Presentation Ceremony organised by Capital, a monthly business magazine targeted at senior management.

Next magazine’s Top Service Awards have recognised local service excellence since 1990. This was the ninth straight year that Cathay Pacific received a Top Service Award in the airline category

The judging panel and the editorial board of Capital magazine rated the airline in terms of market achievements, marketing strategy and positioning, advertising and promotion campaigns, product development, design and package as well as after-sales service.

Cathay Pacific was also last month named ‘Airline of the Year 2005’ in the world’s largest passenger poll conducted by UK-based Skytrax Research.

Cathay Pacific General Manager Sales Hong Kong & China Clement Lam, who received the awards on behalf of the airline, said: “As the airline of Hong Kong, it is a honour to receive awards not only for our quality service but for our business achievements as well. It is a tribute to the hard work and dedication of our staff who every day strive to maintain and improve upon the standards of service that Hong Kong and our customers expect and deserve.”
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Oasis hits turbulence over route licenses
Alman Loong, Hong Kong Standard
June 25, 2005

Cathay Pacific Airways has filed a complaint with the Air Transport Licensing Authority over the issuing of licenses to budget carrier Oasis Hong Kong Airlines to fly to other countries, saying this will represent a policy shift.

While Cathay Pacific says its filing is not an objection, sources said two other companies, Macau Eagle Aviation Services and CR Airways, have filed objections to the licenses and the disputes will be taken to the High Court.

Cathay, Hong Kong's de facto flag carrier, said issuing route licenses to Oasis before it obtains a certificate to operate in the city will be a departure from "well-established policy."

"If there has been a change in policy covering the processing of ATLA license applications, all interested parties should be advised accordingly," said a Cathay Pacific spokeswoman.

Oasis, majority owned by Raymond Lee and his wife Priscilla, applied in mid-June to ATLA for licenses to fly to Cologne, Milan, Berlin, London, Oakland and Chicago as it aims to launch services by the end of the year. Cathay also run flights to London. Oasis, which does not have an air operator's certificate (AOC), has obtained the required endorsement for the licenses from ATLA, and will receive official approvals if no objection is raised in two weeks.

"We will not withdraw the application and are confident to get the [licenses] finally," Oasis Hong Kong managing director Stephen Miller told The Standard Friday.

Sources said the objections may eventually be withdrawn as CR Airways mostly runs flights to the Philippines and the mainland while Macau Eagle, founder of budget airline WOW! Macau, is not based in Hong Kong.

Macau Eagle's backers include William Ho, brother of Macau Chief Executive Edmund Ho. CR Airways is privately held by China Rich Holdings chairman Yip Kwong.

"The issue of an AOC ... is an important regulatory requirement to ensure that Hong Kong carriers are competent to provide the safe operation of aircraft for the flights intended," said an industry source.
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Cathay Pacific sees signs of a post-tsunami tourism recovery
24 June 2005
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Tourist arrivals to Thailand dropped sharply in the wake of the tsunami disaster. Yet recent signs have shown that the tourism industry has begun to recover, said the local sales representative for Cathay Pacific Airways.

"We are now trying to refresh the market and things seem to have settled after the tsunami crisis. We have been getting good cooperation from everybody here in our drive to help the Thai market to recover. Thailand is a favourite destination because of its culture, religion and ecotourism," said Yongyut Lujintanon, Cathay Pacific's sales and marketing manager for Thailand and Burma.

Cathay Pacific was recently voted Airline of the Year in the world's largest passenger poll, conducted by US-based Skytrax Research. The Hong Kong-based airline also took the honours for Best Airline Asia, Best First Class and Best Business and First Class lounges.

"We are doing every thing we can to revitalise the market in this region so that it can bounce back quickly to normal," said Yongyut.

Cathay Pacific is now enjoying a load factor of about 75 to 80 per cent. After the tsunami hit on December 26 last year, the airline's outbound business continued to perform at normal levels, but inbound business dropped by 40 per cent.

"Right now the inbound business is still not good enough. We need to do a lot of promotional activities with the Tourism Authority of Thailand and other agencies to help promote Thailand to foreign travellers and to win back their confidence. Apart from Phuket, Thailand still has other interesting places to visit such as Isaan or Chiang Mai," Yongyut said.

Bangkok is the third most important hub for Cathay Pacific after Hong Kong and Taipei. Cathay Pacific is currently flying 35 times a week, or five flights a day, on the Bangkok-Hong Kong route. It operates one flight a day or seven flights a week for the Bangkok-Singapore route. However, Bangkok is the regional office for the airline's Southeast Asian market. In the airline's marketing plan, Hong Kong still represents its bread and butter. The promotion plan has been laid down for the full year. The Visit Hong Kong Now programme is offering travellers a trip to the territory for Bt10,800 a person with a two-night stay. The Best Summer Package is offering travellers a four-day, three-night programme for Bt23,800. The travellers can stay at the Peninsula Hotel.

The highlight is Disney World, which will be open in September this year. The Cathay package offers three-day, two-night stay with tickets to all the facilities in Disney World for Bt21,200 a person.

Cathay Pacific is now operating with 89 aircraft, whose number will be increased to 100 by 2007. It operates three flights to Los Angeles a day, one flight to San Franscisco a day and two flights a day to New York.

"We try to differentiate our operation from other airlines through our service. Our cabin crews are made up of 14 nationalities from Asia," said Yongyut. "We also emphasise our ground service. And our products are also ahead in first class, business class and economy," said Yongyut.
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HK PRESS: Cathay Pacific Has Stopped Fuel Cost Hedging
25 June 2005

HONG KONG (Dow Jones)--Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. (0293.HK) said the company has stopped hedging against rising jet fuel costs through forward contracts, as further gains of international oil prices are expected to be limited, Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

In addition to imposing fuel surcharges on its passenger and cargo services, the company also plans to increase the efficiency of its fuel usage.

In May, the airline carried 1.23 million passengers, up 15.6% from the same month in 2004, and its cargo volume rose 12.8% to 90,134 tons. But part of the benefit was offset by higher fuel costs.

In 2004, fuel, its second-biggest cost after labor, accounted for 23.9% of annual operating expenses, up from 19.8% in 2003.
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27 June 2005
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Cathay Pacific to add fourth daily London service

Cathay Pacific Airways today announced the addition of a fourth daily non-stop service to London with a new morning departure from Hong Kong that will offer passengers the choice of flights throughout the day.

The new service, operated by a three-class Airbus 340-300, will start 1 December 2005, departing Hong Kong at 0905 local time (0915 on Mondays) to arrive at 1450 local time (1500 on Mondays) the same day. The return flight will depart London at 2115 local time, arriving in Hong Kong at 1730 local time the following day. Tickets are now available for booking.

The fourth service comes as Cathay Pacific this year celebrates 25 years of operating to London. And it illustrates Cathay Pacific’s ongoing initiative to strengthen Hong Kong as a global aviation hub by operating multiple daily long-haul flights to major cities, including New York, twice daily, Sydney, three times daily, and Los Angeles, which will go three times daily in July.

The airline’s maiden flight to London departed Hong Kong on 16 July 1980, and operated three times a week via Bahrain. The service went daily in 1981, and on 2 July 1983 Cathay Pacific made aviation history with the world’s first non-stop service from Hong Kong to the UK capital. Seven years later in June 1990 the airline doubled its frequency to twice daily and went three times daily in August 2003. Since that first flight, Cathay Pacific’s fleet has increased more than four fold, from 21 aircraft in 1985 to 94 aircraft today.

London in September last year opened its new First and Business Class lounge at Heathrow’s Terminal 3, modelled on the award-winning Hong Kong lounges The Wing and The Pier. In July last year the airline opened a London Cabin Crew base. Now 119 cabin crew are based in the UK.

Cathay Pacific Chief Executive Philip Chen said: “Cathay Pacific has grown tremendously since we commenced services to London a quarter century ago. London was our first European destination and remains a key market for Hong Kong’s continued growth as an aviation hub and business centre. Our fourth daily flight between Hong Kong and London, two world-class cities, underscores our commitment to support Hong Kong’s future growth, even as the airline faces the challenge of higher fuel prices. The greater travel choice that a fourth daily flight offers customers reflects our determination to surpass the standard of service that recently earned Cathay Pacific the title of Airline of the Year.”
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