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Old November 26th, 2007, 08:33 AM   #1021
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As Dragonair has integrated with Cathay Pacific, going forward, Dragonair-related items will be posted in here.

VIPS Join Unaugural Trip to Celebrate Launch of Dragonair Services
22 November 2007
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Dragonair hosted an inaugural trip for VIPs and some of Hong Kong's top travel agents on November 19-22 to celebrate the airline's recent launch of services to the Japanese cities of Fukuoka and Sendai.

Dragonair's Chief Executive Officer Kenny Tang led the Hong Kong VIP delegation, together with 16 leading travel agents, for a four-day familiarisation trip to experience first-hand the many attractions the two cities have to offer.

Gala dinners were held in Fukuoka on November 19 and Sendai on November 21, attended by more than 100 guests in each city including local government officials, industry partners and Japanese media representatives.

The events highlighted Dragonair's latest additions to its network and demonstrated its commitment to this important market for Hong Kong business and leisure travellers. It also provided an opportunity to raise the airline’s profile in Japan and strengthen relations with various industry partners.

Fukuoka and Sendai are the third and fourth destinations added to the Dragonair network since the airline became part of the Cathay Pacific Group in September last year. Another destination will be added on December 2 when Dragonair launches a new service to Kathmandu in Nepal.
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Old November 27th, 2007, 05:41 AM   #1022
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Cathay Pacific hesitant to buy EADS's Airbus A380 plane due to limited range

FRANKFURT (Thomson Financial) - Cathay Pacific Airways for the time being does not plan to order EADS's Airbus A380 airplane due to its limited range and limited cargo capacity, chief executive Tony Tyler told Sueddeutsche Zeitung.

He said the airline could only become interested in buying the A380 for its trans-pacific routes if Airbus offers a longer version of the plane or one with a longer range.

Hong Kong's flagship airline is considered a key customer of Airbus and US peer Boeing Co in Asia, as its orders influence investment decisions of other Asian airlines.

Tyler said the airline has also not yet made its choice between Airbus' A350 and Boeing's 787.
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Old November 29th, 2007, 04:23 AM   #1023
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Cathay Builds
1 December 2007
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Cathay Pacific Airways' sizable order for 10 747-8 freighters is a clear sign the airline wants to remain a dominant air freight player in Asia, and particularly in China.

The big order comes barely a year after Cathay boosted its air freight position with the takeover of Dragonair in a shareholding realignment also involving Air China. This order for widebody Boeing freighters gives the Hong Kong-based airline the long-haul reach with new aircraft to go along with its market reach into mainland China.

Cathay Pacific was No. 7 cargo airline in the world in 2006, according to Air Cargo World. Cathay also holds an equity stake in Air Hong Kong, which provides express services for DHL.

The new 747-8 freighters will provide Cathay Pacific significant lift for East-West service. "The key issue with Cathay Pacific is that it now has opportunities in the mainland China it didn't have five years ago," said Robert Dahl, project director for Air Cargo Management Group.

In addition, Cathay ordered seven more 777-300 extended range passenger airliners. The entire deal is valued at around $5.2 billion.

The new planes will augment the airline's fleet of 19 747 freighters used to connect Hong Kong to a wide range of international markets. Cathay becomes the eighth airline to order the 747-8 freighter, bringing to 73 the number of orders for the new cargo airplane.

"These orders highlight our long-term confidence in the future of both the cargo and passenger markets," said Cathay Pacific Chief Executive Officer Tony Tyler.

The 747-8 freighter has a maximum payload capacity of 154 tons and 14 percent lower tonne-kilometer costs than the 747-400 freighter. The aircraft offers 16 percent more revenue cargo volume than the 747-400 freighter with slightly more range.
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Old November 29th, 2007, 05:49 PM   #1024
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Old November 30th, 2007, 04:20 AM   #1025
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Cathay Pacific Airways celebrates 30 years of service in the UAE
29 November 2007
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Cathay Pacific Airways, Hong Kong's premier carrier, which operates 14 weekly flights between Dubai and Hong Kong, is celebrating its 30th anniversary in the UAE.

The service milestone highlights Cathay Pacific Airways' long-standing commitment to the UAE, as one of the first international carriers in the emirates, which has grown synonymously with Dubai.

In 1977, the first Cathay Pacific commercial flight to Dubai left Hong Kong, making its way across Asia, stopping in Bangkok and Mumbai before crossing the Arabian Gulf to land in the UAE. At that time, Cathay Pacific's fleet consisted of 12 B707s and 3 TriStars. It was the B707, which opened the routes beyond Asia and Australia to the UAE.

The beginning of its service to the UAE also marked the starting point in a course of expansion that has led to the ever growing network of intercontinental services now provided by Cathay Pacific. The airline is the fourth biggest operator of Boeing 747 and the biggest operator of Airbus A330. Cathay Pacific is currently ordering more aircrafts at a total cost of about Dhs19bn.

Henry Chan, Cathay Pacific's Country Manager for UAE and Oman said " Cathay Pacific has seen incredible growth in the past thirty years. We are very thankful to the UAE for welcoming us onto their soil. Our customers universally recognize that in this time, the evolution of Cathay Pacific Airways and our heritage has been built on our dedication to upholding the quality of our services. We look forward to scaling new heights in the future by providing our new and loyal customers with more top-of-the-line features and conveniences while continuing to deliver safe and exceptional service straight from our heart."

The airline's initial services in the UAE consisted of 3 flights from Dubai and 1 flight from Abu Dhabi to Hong Kong via Mumbai and Bangkok. Since then, the airline's route network has expanded tremendously and now offers 10 non-stop flights between Dubai and Hong Kong per week. The airline also operates 4 weekly flights from Dubai to Hong Kong via Mumbai and Bangkok.

General Manager of Orient Travel Mr. Asim Arshad congratulates Cathay Pacific Airways on their 30 years in UAE. He said, ' Cathay Pacific has always been our preferred airline and natural choice to offer to our customers. Its 30 years of operation with consistent growth speaks to its commitment and progress with the UAE'. He further adds, 'We trust Cathay Pacific's products and services, and cannot help, but appreciate the airline's friendly staff that always makes working with Cathay Pacific an enjoyable experience.'

Reporting a 23.5% growth in the number of visitors to Hong Kong from the UAE, Cathay Pacific offers passengers from Dubai more opportunities to travel to Asia, USA, Australia, and Canada than any other airline servicing the region. Meanwhile, Cathay Pacific cargo operations, which started in Dubai in 1982 remains as a strong business segment for the airline. Cathay Pacific has been a major cargo operator out of Europe and Hong Kong and currently operates 60 freighters a week.

The expanding services offered by Cathay Pacific in this short period reflects the maturation of the UAE as both a business hub and important market for the aviation industry, and further reinstates the country and airline's invested cooperation.

Honoring Cathay Pacific's 30th milestone, His Excellency, Gao Youzhen, Consul General of the People's Republic of China in Dubai said 'On behalf of the People's Republic of China, I would like to express my deepest congratulations to Cathay Pacific Airways, which has served the UAE for 30 years. The airline is greatly appreciated for its chief role in promoting trade and tourism relations between the PRC and UAE, and HKG/SAR and UAE. I wish Cathay Pacific can continue serving the UAE and paving the way in aviation for many years to come. '

The 30th anniversary of Cathay Pacific marks remarkable advancements for the airline, establishing it as a truly a premium international airline in the UAE. A major source of pride for the airline has been its recent merger with Dragonair. The merger now allows customers to travel to over 20 new destinations in Mainland China via Hong Kong. Furthermore, the airline has recently introduced its First Class and newly improved Business Class services on its Dubai-Hong Kong route.

Milestones: Cathay Pacific Airways Grows Synonymously with Dubai (1977-2007)

1977: Begins with 3 flights from Dubai and 1 flight from Abu Dhabi to Hong Kong via Mumbai and Bangkok.

1978: All 4 flights from Dubai via Mumbai/Bangkok to Hong Kong.

1982: Cathay Pacific acquires first B747-200 freighter. Cathay Pacific starts freighter service via Dubai connecting Hong Kong-London-Frankfort.

1987: Cathay Pacific cargo service frequency increased to 4 flights via Dubai.

1993: Cathay Pacific Airways maintained its leadership with product enhancement, service standards, and its introduction of Jumbo 747 on Dubai to Mumbai/Bangkok to Hong Kong route.

1993/94: Cathay Pacific Airways commences services to Hong Kong via Bahrain and introduces the state of art long haul aircraft Boeing 777s. Started with 3 flights a week and within year added one more making it 4 flights per week. This expansion was in line with the growing demand of Business Travelers as UAE had also embarked on a fast track growth.

1996: Cathay Pacific Airways adds 1 more flight to Hong Kong via Bahrain, and by 1998, added 2 more to raise the total number of flights to Hong Kong up to 7 and 4 via Bangkok and Mumbai.

1999: Cathay Pacific Airways adds 2 more flights, consolidating its position as a major preferred airline for travel to Asia, Austral-Asia, USA, Canada and China.

2002: Cathay Pacific freighter frequency increases to 32 services per week.

2004: Cathay Pacific Airways further adds 2 direct, non-stop early evening flights to Hong Kong.

2006: In October, Cathay Pacific Airways offers 10 non-stop flights via its Dubai-Hong Kong route. Cargo service reaches a volume of 60 services per week flying via Dubai and through Europe, Asia, USA, and Canada.

Present day: Currently operates a total of 14 flights a week between Dubai and Hong Kong.

Cathay Pacific offers customers the choice of:

~ 10 flights a week direct, non-stop flights to Hong Kong

~ 4 flights a week to Hong Kong via Mumbai & Bangkok

~ 3 flights a week to Bahrain.
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Enhanced air service boosts Canada’s Pacific gateway
30 November 2007
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Transportation links between B.C. and the Asia Pacific were further enhanced today during Premier Gordon Campbell's mission to China as Cathay Pacific Airways announced it will add four new flights per week between Vancouver and Hong Kong, beginning March 30, 2008.

"Stronger air connections between B.C and the Asia Pacific are essential to forging economic partnerships, building tourism, and developing Vancouver as the North American centre for Asian commercial airlines," Campbell said. "Cathay Pacific's increased service will help us achieve our targets of 75 per cent growth in passengers and a doubling of air cargo moving through YVR by 2020, and further secure B.C.'s position as Canada's Pacific Gateway."

Today's announcement boosts the number of Cathay Pacific flights between Hong Kong and Vancouver, the airline's Canadian headquarters, to 21 from 17. The four new flights per week will see nearly 1,000 new passenger seats available per week, consistent with the Canada-Hong Kong bi-lateral air agreement.

"We're thrilled to be able to now offer triple-daily service to Vancouver, knowing it will further strengthen ties between Hong Kong and Canada," said Cathay Pacific Chief Executive Tony Tyler. "We look forward to continuing to support the growth of tourism and business development in B.C. and Canada, while providing convenient accessibility to our hub of Hong Kong, the important region of Mainland China and beyond."

This is the second time in less than five months that Cathay Pacific Airways has increased its air service between Hong Kong and Vancouver. Weekly flights were increased to 17 from 14 in July 2007. By March 2008, Cathay Pacific will offer three daily non-stop departures between Hong Kong and Vancouver, the same number as to Los Angeles and New York City, and one more than to San Francisco.

"China is one the fastest-growing sources of arrivals to Vancouver International Airport, and also one of the fastest-growing destinations for travellers flying out of YVR," said Tony Gugliotta, Vancouver Airport Authority's senior vice-president of marketing and commercial development. "Increased service between YVR and Hong Kong will mean greater convenience and more choice for thousands of travellers."

Hong Kong has long-established cultural ties with B.C. More than 500,000 people from Hong Kong live in Canada today, many residing in the Greater Vancouver area. Hong Kong is home to the largest Canadian business community in Asia, with more than 250,000 Canadian passport-holders living there. Approximately 150 Canadian companies maintain office branches or subsidies in Hong Kong and a further 450 are represented by distributors, agents, or joint venture partners.

More information on the Pacific Gateway Strategy, the Action Plan and the targets for 2020 is available online at www.pacificgateway.gov.bc.ca/. British Columbia’s Asia Pacific Initiative can be found at www.gov.bc.ca/ecdev.
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Old December 1st, 2007, 03:42 PM   #1027
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Pay rises of up to 5pc for Cathay staff
1 December 2007
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Cathay Pacific Airways (0293) has decided to raise salaries for its Hong Kong staff by 4 to 5 percent.

"The economy is good in Hong Kong, and the company is expanding," a spokeswoman said.

"Passengers' demand for our services has been very positive, so we would like to share our good performance with the staff," she said, adding that the increase is the largest in the last 10 years.

Office staff and airport ground staff, who work in the lowest pay grade, will receive 5 percent increases. Cabin crew and staff in higher grades will receive raises of between 4 and 5 percent, depending on performance. Staff will also receive a one-month pay bonus together with their normal pay check on December 21.

Meanwhile, fees for a controversial new medical plan have been reduced following threats by ground crew to strike during the crucial Christmas season.

In November, Cathay told employees they would need to pay HK$50 to HK$100 per consultation under the medical plan it was considering. Consultations are free under the current plan. "I think it's the market trend for major corporations in Hong Kong," the spokeswoman said. "The staff are asked to contribute a part of the costs."

She argued that the new plan offers enhanced protection, including HK$100,000 "major medical supplemental" coverage that can help pay for expensive procedures.

After Cathay briefed staff on the new health-care plan at the beginning of last month, junior staff raised concerns that the level of their contributions should be in line with their level of coverage.

Cathay took up their suggestions, so contributions by staff in the two lowest grades will be reduced to HK$30 to HK$50 per consultation, she said. About 9,800 people - mainly office staff and ground crew - will benefit from the reduction.
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Cathay strike threat looms over Christmas
2 December 2007
South China Morning Post

Cathay Pacific ground staff and cabin crew are considering co-ordinated strike action over Christmas, threatening the holiday plans of thousands of travellers.

The workers are at loggerheads with the airline's management over recent changes to the medical benefits scheme.

Staff who joined the company after June 1997 now have HK$30 taken out of their pay for each visit they make to a general practitioner and HK$50 for each specialist consultation, which the union believes is unfair.

A meeting between the two groups of staff - the first ever - is to be held tomorrow at the Airport Regal Hotel. They will decide whether to proceed with industrial action following the breakdown of communication between the union and management.

Cathay Pacific Airways Flight Attendants Union chairwoman Becky Kwan Siu-wa said yesterday members had been forced to take the drastic step because management was refusing to negotiate.

The introduction of the medical charge was considered a de facto pay cut because it would be taken directly from salaries.

Ms Kwan said it was the first time the 4,500-strong union would meet the ground staff to discuss industrial action.

Industrial action would hit the company where it hurt, she said.

"We do not set out to inconvenience the public but we see this issue as the company taking advantage of us. At the moment, the company is not talking and it is testing our tolerance."

Ms Kwan said the airline's management had also declared they would not meet the union over any other matter.

"We find it difficult to tolerate the constant undermining of the union," she said. "We want management to withdraw this charge and start negotiations with us to prevent any industrial action."

A spokesman for Cathay Pacific could not be reached yesterday.
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Flight attendants threaten action on medical plan
4 December 2007
Hong Kong Standard

Cathay Pacific Airways appears headed for turbulence ahead of the busy Christmas period with the Flight Attendants Union threatening industrial action unless the airline withdraws a new medical policy set to go into effect January 1.

The union plans to stage a protest on Monday. If by then the company has not heeded its demands, it will consider other action including strikes, collective sick leave or withholding cabin service.

``We hope to resolve the dispute through dialogue with Cathay Pacific before December 10,'' union chairwoman Becky Kwan Siu-wa said. ``But if it does not talk to us or refuses to withdraw its policy, it will have to bear the consequences.''

The protest is still being planned and the union will notify its 5,000 members of further action. The latest action was passed by a majority of 150 flight attendants present at a special union meeting yesterday.

The new policy requires all ground duty staff and hourly-paid flight attendants who joined the company after June 1997 to pay HK$50 when they visit general practitioners and HK$100 for specialist consultations.

More than 6,000 employees will be affected by the policy, Kwan said.

The airline will pay for the rest of the cost of up to HK$7,000 a year. It reduced the co-payment to HK$30 and HK$50 upon receiving complaints from the union, but the workers consider any kind of co-payment unacceptable as they have not needed to pay for medical consultation in the past. The airline has its own medical center at Cathay City.

A flight attendant surnamed Cheung, who had been with Cathay Pacific for eight years, said the airline had been overly strict and unfair to employees claiming sick leave.

Cheung said if management detects a pattern in an employee's sick leave applications, that person will only be allowed to visit a doctor authorized by the company. If the doctor does not consider a day off necessary, 3 hours wages _ HK$650 in Cheung's case _ will be docked from the employee.

A Cathay Pacific spokesman said management had spoken to the union three times before and after the policy was announced. Cathay said most staff welcomed and understood the policy but the Flight Attendants' union said the airline was only citing the views of the Local Staff Union, which they claimed is controlled by senior management. ``Many ground duty officers sought help from us because their own union does not reflect their opinion,'' Kwan said.

The airline argued the policy aims to extend medical protection for employees as some allowances including hospital stays have been raised. But Kwan said only a small number of staff will benefit from the new coverage.

The Cathay spokesman said the company always welcomes dialogue with the union, but would not speculate on the effects of industrial action.
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Cathay hits out after strike threat
6 December 2007
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Cathay Pacific last night hit out at an "irresponsible" threat of industrial action by its flight attendants' union over a dispute about a new staff medical scheme.

The airline claimed the threat of strikes and other action would "alarm" thousands of passengers planning Christmas breaks.

It made public a letter sent by Charlie Stewart-Cox, the airlines' general manager of inflight services, to Becky Kwan Siu-wa, chairwoman of the airline's Flight Attendants Union, in which he expressed "the company's disappointment and concern at the misleading and unhelpful comments" raised in an extraordinary general meeting of the union on Monday.

He said that threats of sickouts, refusing to serve passengers or going on strike were "irresponsible at any time, but particularly now as it comes at the festive season when many Hong Kong people are looking forward to a year-end break."

The union is objecting to changes to be introduced on January 1 to 10,000 employees' medical benefits scheme, in which junior staff who joined the company after June 1997 will have to pay HK$30 for consultations with general practitioners and HK$50 for specialist consultations while the fees for senior staff will be HK$50 and HK$100. It threatened on Monday to stage a strike if management refused to speak to union members about the new medical plan next week.

Ms Kwan said this week that the company was not talking to staff and was "testing our tolerance".

But Mr Cox rejected claims that the company had not been talking to the union, saying three meetings had been held between September and last month on the issue.
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Cathay Pacific Group fleet to number 200 in five years with latest aircraft order
6 December 2007


Cathay Pacific Airways today announced a further expansion of its fleet, with a firm order placed for eight more Airbus A330-300 aircraft valued at approximately US$1.7 billion at list prices. Together with the commitment for 17 long-haul passenger aircraft and freighters announced last month, the new aircraft will take the Cathay Pacific Group's fleet size to 200 by 2012.

The latest additions, scheduled for delivery between 2010 and 2012, will take the number of A330-300s in Cathay Pacific's fleet to 40 – 29 are already in operation and three more are set for delivery in 2008. Another 16 of the aircraft type are operated by sister airline Dragonair, meaning the Cathay Pacific Group operates the largest A330-300 fleet in the world.

The new Airbus A330-300s will be powered by Rolls Royce Trent 700 engines that will feature a number of environmentally friendly modifications, including the latest fuel-burn improvements.
Cathay Pacific Chief Executive Tony Tyler said: "This is another significant development for the Cathay Pacific Group as we continue expanding our regional and long-haul fleets to further strengthen Hong Kong's position as a leading international aviation hub. The A330 is the most efficient aircraft for our regional and medium-haul fleet and we are delighted that with this order our fleet will grow to more than 50 such aircraft. These new aircraft will be deployed by both Cathay Pacific and Dragonair as our regional and Mainland networks continue to grow."

Mr Tyler said the Group is also considering leasing or buying more Airbus A320 aircraft to meet expected growth on secondary routes in the region. Dragonair currently operates a fleet of 16 of the aircraft type.

Cathay Pacific currently operates a fleet of 111 aircraft and has 55 aircraft - 37 passenger aircraft and 18 freighters - on firm order. Together with the 39 aircraft, including seven freighters, operated by its sister airline Dragonair and the eight freighters operated by its express cargo subsidiary airline Air Hong Kong, operated in partnership with DHL, the Cathay Pacific Group's combined fleet now totals 158 aircraft. By 2012, taking into account retired aircraft and the return of leased aircraft, Cathay Pacific will operate a total of 155 aircraft, while the Group's fleet will number 200 aircraft.
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Cathay Pac to buy 8 Airbus planes for RM5.75b
07-12-2007:

HONG KONG: Hong Kong's premier carrier Cathay Pacific Airways said on Thursday it had agreed to buy eight Airbus A330 aircraft for a catalogue price of US$1.7 billion (RM5.75 billion), mainly to serve in the Asia-Pacific region.

This is the second major aircraft acquisition announced by the company in less than a month following Cathay's biggest single aircraft order placed in November for 17 Boeing jets with a catalogue price of US$5.2 billion.

Cathay said in a statement that the Airbus aircraft will be used to replenish and expand its fleet.

Airbus has granted a significant price concession to Cathay and the actual consideration for the aircraft is lower than the catalogue price, the statement said.

The Airbus aircraft acquisition will be funded through commercial bank loans, other debt instruments of the company and cash from business operations, the airliner added.

It expects delivery of the aircraft in 2012.

Cathay, which has been expanding rapidly into mainland China since it bought Dragonair in 2006, benefits from strong passenger traffic growth in Asia on the back of a robust regional economy.

But analysts say record oil prices may put a lid of the airline's profit growth.

Shares of Cathay ended down 0.73% on Thursday but have edged up 1.5% in the past three months. It underperformed a 23% rise on the blue chip Hang Seng Index in the same period. — Reuters
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Friday, December 7, 2007 - 11:43 AM CST
Cathay Pacific Cargo increases service at D/FW International Airport
Dallas Business Journal

Cathay Pacific Cargo has added an eighth weekly flight at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.

The new flight, the first round trip from Hong Kong to D/FW, began Dec. 3.

"Cathay Pacific Cargo has been an amazing success story for D/FW, having grown from three weekly flights just two years ago to now eight weekly trips," said Joe Lopano, the airport's executive vice president of marketing terminal management.

The new flight provides dedicated direct service from D/FW Airport to Hong Kong, while the existing seven flights fly from Hong Kong to D/FW Airport to Atlanta and then back to Hong Kong. The addition comes just months after Cathay Pacific Cargo added three weekly flights in July and August of this year.

"Cathay Pacific Cargo is quickly making D/FW a major foothold in the United States, due to the fast growing North Texas economy and a continued growth in trade with Asia," said Bill Frainey, D/FW Airport's assistant vice president of marketing.

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Cathay stands firm on medical policy
11 December 2007
Hong Kong Standard

Cathay Pacific is standing by its new staff medical policy despite a protest by 500 flight attendants yesterday.

Members of the Cathay Pacific Flight Attendants' Union marched from Chater Garden in Central to Pacific Place in Admiralty _ headquarters of Cathay's parent company Swire Pacific _ to protest the policy, which requires them to contribute to the cost of medical consultations .

The policy comes into effect on January 1, 2008 and covers 10,000 employees including all ground duty staff and flight attendants who joined the company after June, 1997.

Yesterday was the last day for employees to sign up voluntarily.

Cathay insisted co-payment was reasonable as the policy offered employees more coverage, and denied profiteering as its own healthcare spending will increase by 10 percent.

At a union meeting last week members proposed strike action if management did not withdraw the policy.

Cathay's inflight services general manager Charlie Stewart-Cox called union chairman Becky Kwan Siu-wa irresponsible, although she said the union itself did not endorse industrial action.

Dane Cheng Ting-yat, Cathay's general manager of corporate communication, said he did not understand the union's claim.

``We've invited our staff, including the FAU, to talk many times,'' Cheng said. ``I don't understand why they keep saying we refused to talk to them.''

Cathay is confident the current dispute will not affect flight services during the upcoming festive season.
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國泰聖誕假期工潮有轉機
13 December 2007
星島日報

國泰在聖誕黃金檔期或爆發的工業行動現有新轉機,國泰已向 國泰航空公司空中服務員工會發出邀請信,雙方這兩天內會面商討解決方案。據了解,工會與資方昨日非正式會面「摸底」,工會有見資方充滿誠意,昨晚深夜初步決定不會發動員工在聖誕節集體病假等行動。

資方對解決事件樂觀

國泰空中服務員工會日前表明,如公司不安排會面解決員工自付診金問題,將由員工投票意向決定聖誕新年期間採哪種工業行動,難免會引發市民聖誕外遊的連串混亂;勞工處連日派人聯絡勞資雙方,希望拉攏雙方盡快溝通。工會本周一發動五百員工大遊行之後,已收到國泰資方發出的邀請信,相約雙方日內會面解決。

據了解,國泰高層昨晚與工會進行非正式會面,互相打開溝通之門「摸底」,工會有感資方充滿誠意,昨晚深夜工會仍開會磋商下一步,初步決定暫停發動員工集體請病假的工業行動,避免破壞雙方日內正式會談的氣氛。

國泰發言人指,現已向工會發出信件誠邀 國泰航空公司空中服務員工會會面,一切正安排當中,但拒絕透露任何細節,並對解決事件感到樂觀。

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Cathay Pacific releases combined traffic figures for November 2007
13 December 2007


Cathay Pacific Airways today released combined Cathay Pacific and Dragonair traffic figures for November 2007 showing another healthy rise in passenger numbers and a growth in freight tonnage as the winter peak approached.

In November the two airlines carried a total of 2,021,997 passengers, up 10.9% on the same month last year, with a capacity rise, measured in available seat kilometres (ASKs), of 5.9%. The month's load factor was up 3 percentage points to 80.4%. For the year to date, passenger numbers have increased by 3.7% against a capacity increase of 2.2%.

Cathay Pacific and Dragonair between them carried a total of 152,875 tonnes of freight in November, a rise of 3.5% year on year. November's capacity was up 6.8%, while the cargo and mail load factor fell by 1.5 percentage points to 69.8%. For the year to date, the 3.0% growth in freight carried compares to a capacity rise of 6.9%.

Cathay Pacific General Manager Revenue Management, Sales & Distribution Ian Shiu said: "November is traditionally one of our quieter months so we were encouraged by the robust growth in passenger numbers and rise in load factor. Business was given a boost by the addition of new flights to North America and Australia, while demand from corporate travellers remained strong. We expect the positive trends to continue through the upcoming Christmas and Chinese New Year peaks."

Cathay Pacific Director & General Manager Cargo Ron Mathison said: "We were pleased to see another month of tonnage growth, though it continued to lag behind capacity growth. Moving into the pre-Christmas peak, demand remained high on most key routes, particularly from the major Mainland China cities. However, the Northeast Asia market remains soft and yields are significantly down."
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