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Old September 13th, 2005, 05:24 AM   #461
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12 September 2005
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Cathay Pacific releases August 2005 traffic figures

Cathay Pacific Airways today released traffic figures for August 2005 that show continued, though marginally slower, growth.

The airline carried 1,415,516 passengers in August, or an 11.6 percent increase year-on-year, and 94,522 tonnes of cargo, 22.1 percent up on August a year ago. Higher fuel costs weighed heavy on both passenger and cargo operations.

August is a peak month for summer leisure travel, yet year-on-year passenger growth dipped below a corresponding 11.9 percent increase in capacity and did not beat it as it has for most of the year.

There was growth in cargo transhipment tonnage but also a spike in the number of cargo charters out of Hong Kong. Greater freighter capacity in the market also reduced inbound loads from Europe and the United States.

The average passenger and cargo load factor in August was 81.8 percent and 64.3 percent respectively.

Cathay Pacific General Manager Revenue Management, Sales & Distribution Ian Shiu said:
"August's figures were a little disappointing as we did not manage to break any summer passenger records even with our extra available capacity. Still, the outlook for bookings in September is good."

Cathay Pacific Director & General Manager Cargo Ron Mathison said: "August’s figures were in some ways below expectations as high transhipment tonnage growth masked a weaker performance in exports from southern China. Rates are under pressure as a result of excess capacity being deployed into China and Hong Kong and we are concerned about the impact of high fuel prices on demand."

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Old September 14th, 2005, 09:23 PM   #462
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Cathay fails to take off with peak travel season
Russell Barling
13 September 2005
South China Morning Post

Cathay Pacific Airway's peak-season services weakened last month, raising the spectre that consistently higher oil prices may have finally convinced consumers to cut back on air travel.

Cathay carried 1.41 million passengers last month, a rise of 11.6 per cent on the same month last year. But that growth was slower than growth in July and for the first seven months of the year.

"August's figures were a little disappointing as we did not manage to break any summer passenger records even with our extra available capacity," Ian Shiu, general manager of revenue management, sales and distribution said in a statement. "Still, the outlook for bookings [this month] is good."

Cathay's capacity - measured in available seat kilometres - grew 11.9 per cent last month, outstripping demand growth.

The airline industry has been struggling to cope with the skyrocketing cost of jet fuel. Since its low on May 16, the price of aviation fuel traded in Singapore had risen 28 per cent to US$77.15 a barrel, averaging US$70.38 a barrel over the past six months.

Cathay and nine other airlines were on Saturday given permission to raise their fuel surcharges again from the end of the month.

From October 1, travellers on Cathay and Hong Kong Dragon Airlines will have to pay $91 per flight for each regional flight, up from $86. Cathay will add $353 per flight for all long-haul destinations.

It said higher fuel costs had weighed heavily on both cargo and passenger flights last month.

Cargo volumes rose 22.1 per cent to 94,522 tonnes. But load factors - the proportion of available capacity utilised - slipped marginally to an average 64.3 per cent.

In the first eight months, Cathay carried 10.19 million passengers, up 14 per cent year on year.

Cargo volumes reached just over 628,000 tonnes over the same period, up 12.8 per cent.
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Old September 15th, 2005, 05:05 AM   #463
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Cathay may withdraw route application
Kerlyn G. Bautista
15 September 2005
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Hong Kong carrier Cathay Pacific Airways may withdraw its application for an Australia-Philippines via Hong Kong route given opposition from local flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL), a government official said.

Tomas T. Manalac, director of the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB), said Cathay has informed the government that it may take back its application through a formal notice this month, ending a two-month row between the two big carriers.

Cathay petitioned the CAB in July for the approval of its planned Australia-Manila via Hong Kong route.

PAL called on the government to reject the petition, saying Cathay is not a designated carrier under the Philippines-Australia Air Transport Agreement.

PAL said Cathay is a third-country carrier which is not privy to the RP-Australia air agreement, which states that only designated carriers of the two states can use traffic rights.

It also added that the Philippine-Hong Kong Agreement limits Cathay's routes to Hong Kong-Manila and Hong Kong-to points other than the Philippines.

Shortly after its application for the Australia route, Cathay sought the CAB approval for another promo for its planned Dubai-Manila/Cebu via Hong Kong route.

PAL again opposed the application. It said that Cathay must have the authority under the Air Services Agreement between United Arab Emirates and the Philippines which was amended in 2003.

"If Cathay would operate international flights between the Philippines and Australia, it would mean that it could combine its traffic rights under the RP-Hong Kong Agreement," Mr. Manalac said.

By combining traffic rights, Cathay may violate Philippines-Australia, Philippines-Hong Kong, and Philippines-United Arab Emirates air traffic agreements, he noted, adding that this is reserved to carriers holding third and fourth traffic rights among different countries.

Cathay, he said, is classified as a carrier with sixth freedom operations in the Philippines and Australia.

Representatives from both Cathay and PAL refused to comment on the matter, which is still under review by CAB.

If Cathay withdraws its applications, the case will be rendered moot, Mr. Manalac said.
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Old September 18th, 2005, 10:57 PM   #464
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Bird strike may have caused HK pilot's fatal crash
Raymond Ma
18 September 2005
South China Morning Post

Preliminary investigations suggest a bird may be to blame for the death of a Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific pilot, who died when the home-made plane he was flying crashed in an Australian field.

Christian Paul Beattie, a first officer on Cathay Pacific's Airbus passenger planes, was described by fellow pilots and company management as a very experienced and extremely competent pilot who had flown commercial planes for most of his adult life and even owned his own charter airline.

Beattie died last Tuesday when his single-engine plane crashed in a field in southern Queensland.

The 36-year-old, who was on leave, had taken off from Toowoomba airport, west of Brisbane, en route for the New South Wales town of Moree to visit his parents.

The alarm was raised when he failed to arrive, and the aircraft wreckage was located in a field close to the state border. His remains were found three hours later, Australian newspapers reported.

Police are investigating the cause of the crash, but Beattie's girlfriend, Kamana Tripathi, said that private investigations by Beattie's Australian business partner suggested the plane may have disintegrated in mid-air after hitting a bird.

"They reckon it was a bird strike because the wreckage was found over a kilometre and they suspect that he was instantly blown out of the aircraft. We are all very shocked," she said, adding that the plane, a Thorpe T-18, had recently been serviced on a trip to the South Australian city of Adelaide.

The aircraft is a common model among home-plane builders. Beattie's was built by its previous owner, from whom he bought it in May, said fellow pilot and friend Dave Ellis.

A Cathay spokeswoman said Beattie had flown with the airline for five years.

Friends of the pilot said his life revolved around a love of flying.

Mr Ellis said the last time most friends in Hong Kong saw Beattie, he was excited by the prospect of flying his recently acquired plane for the first extended time.

"He was a little bit mischievous. He had a cheeky grin and was just full of zest for life. He loved having a beer, sharing a laugh and a joke with his mates."

A funeral will be held in Australia on Tuesday, and a memorial service will be held at St John's Cathedral in Hong Kong on September 30 at 5pm.

Additional reporting by Nick Squires in Sydney
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Old September 19th, 2005, 10:53 PM   #465
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19 September 2005
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Cathay Pacific Celebrates 40 Years of Flying to Fukuoka

Cathay Pacific Airways celebrated the 40th anniversary of flights to Fukuoka with a special event in the Japanese city hosted by the airline’s Chief Executive, Philip Chen. Guest of honour was Mr Watsura Aso, Governor of Fukuoka, with representatives from the travel trade and other business partners also in attendance on 16 September 2005. To mark the occasion, Cathay Pacific is mounting two extra non-stop flights between Hong Kong and Fukuoka to make more seats available over the holiday weekends in Hong Kong and Japan.

Cathay Pacific started services to Fukuoka in 1965 with two flights a week operated by an Electra aircraft. The airline now operates a daily flight with a stopover in Taipei. The past 40 years have seen continued expansion on the route, carrying more and more travellers between the Kyushu area and Hong Kong.

Fukuoka is the closest major Japanese city to Hong Kong and its close proximity to the airport makes it an ideal gateway to the Kyushu region. Cathay Pacific plays an important role in promoting Hong Kong as a leisure and business destination to travellers from Fukuoka and Kyushu. This year Cathay Pacific launched the successful “Hong Kong Tohiko” campaign – run in conjunction with the Hong Kong Tourism Board - to position Hong Kong as an ideal short holiday destination. At the same time the airline is working actively with local tourism organisation to promote tourism in the Kyushu area.

Speaking at the anniversary event, Mr Chen said: “Our success on the Fukuoka route over the past four decades reflects the growth of Cathay Pacific as a premium international carrier and Hong Kong’s strength as a global aviation hub. Fukuoka is the gateway to Greater Kyushu and we are committed to further strengthening this route. We are also working hard to promote tourism in both cities so that more Hong Kong people can enjoy the special delights of Fukuoka, while Japanese travellers can enjoy the many pleasures of Hong Kong. ”

The Japan market is an integral part of Cathay Pacific's business. The airline currently offers the most flights between Japan and Hong Kong operating 88 passenger flights and 11 freighter services weekly to five major Japan gateways: Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Fukuoka and Sapporo.
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September 20, 2005
Hong Kong's Cathay Pacific eyes direct Hong Kong-Budapest flights - report

HONG KONG (AFX) - Cathay Pacific is in talks with Hungary to start direct flights between Hong Kong and Budapest, The Standard reported, citing a Hungarian government official.

Hungarian Minister of Economics and Transport Janos Koka was quoted as saying that state-owned Malev Hungarian Airlines has started negotiations with Cathay Pacific over direct flights between Hong Kong and Budapest.

Airlines negotiate bilateral landing rights before starting services.
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27 September 2005
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Cathay Pacific inflight entertainment rated world’s best

Cathay Pacific Airways today announced its inflight entertainment system has been named the world’s best, lifting the title for "Best Inflight Video Programming - Long Haul" in the prestigious 17th Annual Avion Awards, presented by in Hamburg, Germany, by the World Airline Entertainment Association.

The WAEA represents nearly 100 airlines and over 250 airline suppliers and related companies, committed to excellence in inflight entertainment. The judging panel was drawn from the publishing, recording, and television/film industries and assessed originality, suitability, production value, content, and balance.

Cathay Pacific’s StudioCX inflight entertainment system offers more than 20 entertainment channels through personal televisions installed in every seat. The airline’s audio and video on demand system also offers First and Business Class passengers on long-haul flights the choice of more than 350 hours of programming.

The award came as Cathay Pacific is about to commence the rollout of an even better new-generation StudioCX inflight entertainment system user interface across its fleet. The new interactive incorporates more intuitive navigation through movies, music, information and short feature programming plus a few new “little things” designed to make passengers’ entertainment experience more pleasurable. The new interface will start to appear in November and will be on all aircraft in January 2006.

New screen functions offer passengers swifter access to entertainment, information about their destination and other things such as inflight shopping and guides in the use of inflight phones and email. Entertainment offerings can also be grouped according to language.

First and Business Class Passengers can create their own inflight “juke box” – a new feature that enables people to compile their own music play list from 100 CDs. New touches in Economy Class include a clock indicating the remaining time to when programming on each channel will recommence. New-style organic screen graphics will appear throughout.

Cathay Pacific Manager Inflight Communication & Entertainment Katherine Lo said: “Cathay Pacific’s inflight entertainment uniquely combines cutting edge and all-time favourite programming. A broad range of content, some of it exclusive to the airline, caters for a broad spectrum of passengers’ viewing and listening interests. The Avion award highlights our dedication to deliver the high standard of service to all our passengers.”
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04 October 2005
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Cathay Pacific passengers able to order duty free goods online

Cathay Pacific Airways today announced that doors are open for business on a sophisticated online duty-free store that lets passengers shop before they fly.

Passengers can order goods on a new section of the airline’s web site, www.cathaypacific.com/dutyfree, which they pick up and pay for on their flight. This service is one of the most comprehensive of its kind in the industry.

Preflight ordering further improves the personalised service Cathay Pacific offers all its passengers by helping to ensure the items they want to purchase will be in stock.

The almost 200 high-quality goods on offer range from perfume and cosmetics to electronics and collectibles. Some exclusive items are only available for purchase from the airline.

Passengers can place their orders any time between 2 and 21 days before their departure date. The catalogue site even allows people not travelling to email their wish lists to friends and family members who are going to fly with the airline.

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.

Cathay Pacific Director Service Delivery Quince Chong said: “With so many items to choose from in our catalogue, carrying enough of everything passengers might want to buy inflight can be difficult, given the limited storage space on aircraft. Preflight ordering tells us exactly what passengers want beforehand and gives us a chance to get it on board – avoiding disappointment. It’s another little thing we do to set our service apart.”
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First 747-400 Boeing Converted Freighter Takes Flight Flight Test Program Begins With Flight From Xiamen to Hong Kong
5 October 2005
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SEATTLE, Oct. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Boeing and launch customer Cathay Pacific Airways celebrated the arrival in Hong Kong of the first Boeing 747-400 passenger airplane to be converted to a freighter as part of the 747-400 Boeing Converted Freighter program.

The prototype airplane was flown from Xiamen, People's Republic of China -- where the modification was performed and certification ground testing was started -- to Hong Kong, where the flight test and certification will be completed over the next few months.

"The start of flight testing for the first 747-400 Boeing Converted Freighter is another in a long series of accomplishments achieved by our employees, our suppliers and our customer, Cathay Pacific Airways," said Lou Mancini, vice president and general manager for Boeing Commercial Aviation Services.

This is the first time Boeing has conducted a major flight test program outside the United States. It will be done by a Boeing flight test crew on site in Hong Kong in cooperation with Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific Airways, along with HAECO and TAECO, aircraft maintenance and engineering companies based in Hong Kong and Xiamen respectively. The Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department is assisting.

The Boeing flight test crew plans to accumulate up to 200 hours of in-flight testing, which includes a prescribed and rigorous routine of scenarios that will certify the airplane's fire detection and suppression systems. The 747-400BCF is the first major Boeing program to be certified in accordance with the new U.S. Federal Aviation Authority Changed Product Rule. Redelivery to Cathay Pacific Airways is scheduled for December.

747-400 Boeing Converted Freighter History

Engineering and support work began at Boeing facilities in the Puget Sound area of Washington State, Long Beach, Calif., and Moscow, Russia, shortly after Boeing's decision to offer the conversion to customers in October 2003. Boeing announced Cathay Pacific Airways as launch customer in January 2004. The program was then called the 747-400 Special Freighter, and was recently renamed the 747-400 Boeing Converted Freighter to signify a passenger-to-freighter conversion that takes advantage of Boeing's technical expertise, program management skills, certification experience and aftermarket support. The 747-400BCF demonstrates Boeing's ability in large-scale systems integration within a lean, global enterprise.

The first modification kit of components was fabricated, assembled and shipped to Taikoo (Xiamen) Aircraft Engineering (TAECO) in Xiamen in December 2004, and TAECO began hands-on conversion work in early 2005. By April, a modification crew removed a large section of the aft left fuselage of the passenger airplane and later installed a main-deck cargo door in the opening. This dramatic step in the conversion process is one of many that took place through September, and included replacing and strengthening fuselage frames, replacing the airplane's floor beams to receive a cargo-handling system and upgrading or replacing its airplane systems and flight deck.

Following approximately a month of ground testing, the airplane was readied for its first flight from Xiamen to Hong Kong.
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Cathay allowed to appeal award to flight attendant
Cathay Pacific Airways has been granted the right to appeal a HK$787,000 award to a flight attendant who was permanently injured by an errant drinks trolley in 2000.

Albert Wong
Hong Kong Standard
Friday, October 07, 2005

Cathay Pacific Airways has been granted the right to appeal a HK$787,000 award to a flight attendant who was permanently injured by an errant drinks trolley in 2000.
However, the Court of Final Appeal, will scrutinize the safety of standard air cabin carts used to distribute in-flight drinks also.

Wong Sau-lai, a Cathay Pacific flight attendant since 1994 was serving the business class cabin on a flight to Tokyo when she was injured.

She was originally granted the HK$787,000 settlement by the Court of First Instance in 2003, a ruling which was upheld by a majority by the Court of Appeal in February this year.

In summarizing Cathay Pacific's application to take the appeal to the highest court, vice president of the Court of Appeal, Anthony Rogers, Thursday said: "If it can be said that the cart, which is standard in this industry, is not suitable - that's a very serious matter."

Counsel for Cathay Pacific, Adrian Huggins SC, added: "We've got to get this right, not only because our insurers are going to be concerned, but because we've got to do the right thing."

In the 2003 hearing, Wong alleged that a blue drawer on the trolley containing beverages was overloaded, and as she pulled it out to reach bottles at the far end, the drawer toppled, broke free and crashed against her right knee injuring her.

The broken glass from the bottles also resulted in cuts.

In relation to the cart itself, Wong's "statement of claim" cited the failure to install sliding tracks or rails to fit in with the drawer and the failure to install a safety mechanism to prevent the drawer from falling off as basis for the carrier's negligence.

The so-called "bar cart" is rectangular in shape, about 1.2 meters tall, with drawers 38 centimeters deep.

The blue drawer carried 13 bottles of differing heights standing in a vertical position. Fully loaded, it weighs about 13.5 kilograms.

Justice Andrew Cheung ruled that "the risk of the blue drawer falling off the bar cart is reasonably foreseeable" and that the carrier was therefore liable.

However, he rejected the claim that the blue drawer was overloaded due to lack of evidence, and found that it was likely the blue drawer had been pulled out excessively by Wong.

The compensation award was only half of that sought due to contributory negligence.

In upholding Cheung's decision in February, appeal judge Doreen Le Pichon also noted that Wong may herself have contributed to the injury due to her inattention, but "the risk of injury is obvious" and that the carrier was still liable.

"Given what human nature is" she said, "it is reasonably foreseeable that an accident might happen given the pressured environment in which cabin attendants have to work."

She cited examples of how the "system of work" could have been made safer by instructing attendants to remove the top tray first, so that it would be easier to access bottles at the rear of the blue drawer below.

Appeal judge Maria Yuen also upheld the decision, adding: "the defendant [Cathay Pacific] was liable in negligence for having failed to provide suitable equipment."

Rogers however, dissented, and ruled that "no complaint can be made of its construction or use.

"When a cabin attendant retrieves a bottle that is at the back of the cart, it is no different from retrieving a bottle at the back of the cupboard.

"It is difficult to see how that, in itself, could be a dangerous activity."

Given that the blue drawer is often lifted out of the cart and placed on top to display the choice of beverages, "it seems to me wholly undesirable as well as impractical to put restraints on the blue drawer, or crate, or restraints inside the cart which would prevent the blue drawer being easily lifted out of the cart," Rogers ruled.

Huggins indicated Thursday that the condition to bear costs in any further appeal did not seem "improper or unreasonable," although he did not have a representative from Cathay Pacific to instruct him.
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Morgan Stanley lowers Cathay Pacific to "underweight"

HONG KONG, Oct 6 (Reuters) - Morgan Stanley on Thursday lowered Hong Kong flagship carrier Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. to "underweight" from "equal-weight" citing high jet fuel costs.

The bank cut earnings per share (EPS) estimates on Cathay Pacific by 7 percent for fiscal 2005 to HK$0.82 and by 27 percent for fiscal year 2000 to HK$0.60. The price target was lowered to HK$12 from HK$14.50.

"We think the market has yet to factor in the high oil prices for 2006, and potentially slowing global economic growth," Morgan Stanley said in a research note.

Cathay Pacific shares were down 1.1 percent at HK$13.50 in mid-morning trade on Thursday versus a 1.5 percent dip in Hong Kong's benchmark Hang Seng Index <.HSI>
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Cathay Pacific releases September 2005 traffic figures


Cathay Pacific Airways today released improved passenger and cargo traffic figures for September 2005. Although the latest Bali bomb attacks had minimal impact on passenger numbers rising fuel prices may be contributing to weaker advance bookings.

The airline carried 1,245,828 passengers in September, a 13.8 percent increase year-on-year, just ahead of a corresponding 12.7 percent increase in passenger capacity, measured in terms of Available Passenger Kilometres, or ASKs. The passenger load factor increased to 76.4 percent, up 1.2 percentage points from the same month last year, helped by the Chinese Mainland’s Golden Week holiday.

Cathay Pacific carried 100,292 tonnes of cargo, up 19.8 percent from September last year, a figure that includes significant transhipment tonnage growth. Increased competition on key trunk routes to the US and Europe added to downward pressure on yield. The cargo load factor dipped slightly to 68.7 percent.

Recent market jet fuel prices have topped US$85 a barrel, up by more than one-third from the first half of this year.

Cathay Pacific General Manager Revenue Management, Sales & Distribution Ian Shiu said:
"Passenger growth is keeping pace with increased capacity, yet increased uncertainty has been created by high fuel prices. Although there is no obvious trend in passenger numbers, increasingly late bookings have added to the sense of market volatility and weakened pricing.”

Cathay Pacific Director & General Manager Cargo Ron Mathison said: “September's high tonnage growth, boosted by transhipment, masks the softening in demand for exports from China, including a slowdown in garment shipments. We have seen a significant increase in cargo capacity in the market in the last few months and remain highly concerned about the pressure on yields and loads, particularly in the context of high jet fuel prices.”
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12 October 2005
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Cathay Pacific welcomes policy address commitments given by Chief Executive of Hong Kong SAR Donald Tsang

Cathay Pacific Airways today welcomed and strongly supports the vision expressed by Donald Tsang, Chief Executive of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, in his inaugural Policy Address, to “maintain Hong Kong’s vitality as Asia’s world city”.

The airline wholly supports Mr Tsang in his determination to enhance Hong Kong’s global position, strengthen bilateral ties with the Chinese Mainland and maintain a level playing for field Hong Kong enterprises to “grow in strength [and] world-class status”.

According to Mr. Tsang, the goal is to “strengthen [Hong Kong’s] interface in planning to perfect the infrastructural system in the Greater PRD [Pearl River Delta] region, to achieve full connectivity of air, sea and land transport among the cities in the region”.

Mr. Philip Chen, Chief Executive of Cathay Pacific, said: “Establishing the full connectivity of air services, as well as air to other modes of transportation, is essential for Hong Kong to strengthen its position a logistics centre, global hub for air traffic and the predominant gateway for business and tourism to the Mainland.”

He added: “As the home carrier of Hong Kong, Cathay Pacific supports the Government’s expansion of the Mainland and Hong Kong relationship for all related industries. This will be the key to the future of Hong Kong. We must seek better connectivity and market accessibility for all industries concerned.”

Cathay Pacific believes that all great cities are transportation hubs. In a world where travel is predominantly by air, the home airline industry plays a significant role in making Hong Kong a great city in the world.

The airline concurs with Mr Tsang that significant results have been achieved to develop cross-border infrastructure, environmental protection and facilitating people and cargo flows, and will do its best to support initiatives to further enhance these areas.
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Cathay Approved For New Cargo Flights To ATL, DFW
11 October 2005
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Cathay Pacific won DOT approval for its proposed all-cargo service between Hong Kong and Atlanta and Dallas/Fort Worth via Anchorage (DAILY, Oct. 6). The flights will launch on Nov. 19 with Boeing 747 freighters.
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14 October 2005

Cathay Pacific voted 'Airline of the Year' in TTG Asia Travel Awards

Cathay Pacific Airways today announced it has been voted “Airline of the Year” and “Best Airline North Asia” in the prestigious 16th annual TTG Travel Awards.

The TTG Travel Awards’ objective it to “honour the most outstanding organisations in Asia-Pacific's travel industry,” the awards organisers say, adding the airline was “unanimously” voted the winner by readers of leading travel industry magazines TTG Asia, TTG China, BTN Asia Pacific, BTN China and TTGmice,

The award winners were based solely on the votes of the magazine’s readers, which largely comprise members of the region’s travel trade.

Cathay Pacific Chief Executive Philip Chen said: "We are honoured and delighted to be voted 'Airline of the Year' and 'Best Airline North Asia'. We take this as an encouragement to our continued dedication to service, determination to strengthen the Hong Kong hub and desire to be the most admired airline in the world. We would like to extend our sincerest thanks to the TTG readers and members of the travel trade for their support, and to our excellent team at Cathay Pacific for their achievement in winning this honour.”

Cathay Pacific was also voted “Airline of the Year 2005” in the London-based Skytrax Research poll of travellers around the globe – the world’s largest passenger poll.
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Cathay Pacific expects strong growth in air cargo transport
17 October 2005

According to Airports Council International (ACI), Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) is the busiest airport among the top 10 international airports in the world.

In 2004, 309 metric tons of cargo was handled by the HKIA. Observing an increasing demand for air cargo transportation in Hong Kong, Cathay Pacific started modifying passenger aircraft for air cargo transportation in 2001. The company has already modified at least three Boeing 747-300 passenger aircraft and one Boeing 747-200. It is expected that the four modified aircraft will be available for services in early 2006. Cathay Pacific and Hong Kong Dragon Air are planning to refit two passenger aircrafts into air cargo aircrafts every year in the future to meet the growing demand.

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Cathay is not the flag carrier of HK. Its the largest HK based carrier, but is not "flag carrier". Have you ever seen a HK flag or a PR China flag on a Cathay aircraft? No, the only flag you see is the swire group logo.

Air China is the flag carrier for the Peoples Republic of China of which HK is apart of autonomously, even though Air China not the biggest airline in the PRC.
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Cathay Pacific is Hong Kong's flag carrier but unofficial. Just like China Airlines. China Airlines is mistaken by many as China's flag carrier which in fact is Taiwan. It doesn't have the Taiwan flag in it's carriers.
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Cathay Pacific is Hong Kong's flag carrier but unofficial. Just like China Airlines. China Airlines is mistaken by many as China's flag carrier which in fact is Taiwan. It doesn't have the Taiwan flag in it's carriers.
How can it be HK's flag carrier but unofficial, aren't you contradicting terms here. Flag carrier, i.e. flag wearing carrier. Cathay does not fly any flag!! It only has the swire group logo!! It is the largest HK airline but thats where it stops, you can't call it flag carrier because it's not.

A Flag carrier of HK would also be a dumbfounding, flag carriers fly the flags of a country, since when was HK ever declared an independent sovereign state?

China Airlines is the flag carrier for the Republic of China! It flew the ROC flag prominently on its tail before switching to the floral c/s it has now.



Thats the ROC flag on the tail!!
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