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Old December 14th, 2007, 02:29 AM   #1041
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According to ENAC's (*) statistics, 199.339 pax flew between Rome (FCO) and Hong Kong (HKG) on commercial scheduled flights in 2006. These are CX's pax only, since there are no other carriers on the route.

In 2006 CX operated 5xw Jan-Mar with A-343, then it went to daily with B744 (apr-oct), and daily A-343 Nov-Dec.
CX usually sends to FCO B744 in standard config (383 seats - 3 classes) and since when they got the daily service to Italy they use to send a mix of A-343 during the winter time (4xw - 3 classes with 243 seats and 3xw - 2 classes with 287 seats).

It makes a total of about 330 flights each way (660 when you consider both ways), not considering possible cancelled/diverted flights.

199.339 pax/660 n° flights = 302 pax/per flight.

Offered Capacity = 160.000 (with 744) seats + 63.000 (with A343) for a total of 223.000 seats

199.339/223.000 => Average Load Factor is 89,4% on a year-round base

It seems to me a really good result!


Don't you see room enough to grow into this market? I think a CX's 10 weekly service between FCO and HKG would be good.


source, sorry just in italian!
http://www.enac-italia.it/Annuario_s...2006/intro.htm


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89% load factor is really good. I wonder whether the existing aviation agreements allow an increase in flights? CX is getting some more long-haul aircraft delivered so maybe that will translate into new destinations / enhancements to the existing network.
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Old December 14th, 2007, 11:02 AM   #1043
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89% load factor is really good. I wonder whether the existing aviation agreements allow an increase in flights?
As far as I know, as things stand at the moment, bilateral agreements between Italy and Hong Kong allow CX to fly up to 10xw cargo or pax service that they use as follows :
* daily (pax) to Rome FCO
* 3xw (cargo only) to Milan MXP.
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Faulty light caused emergency landing at Vancouver, B.C. airport
15 December 2007

RICHMOND, British Columbia (AP) - A false warning light has prompted a Cathay Pacific jet to make an emergency landing at Vancouver International Airport in Richmond, British Columbia.

Airline spokesman Scott Mowrer said the Airbus A340, bound for Hong Kong with 290 passengers and crew, turned back after an indicator light for the wing flaps came on in the cockpit.

The plane dumped fuel before landing without incident Friday evening.

Mowrer says tests were done on the flap system and everything appears to be working.
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Old December 17th, 2007, 06:22 PM   #1045
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Faulty light caused emergency landing at Vancouver airport: Cathay official
Published: Saturday, December 15, 2007 | 1:44 AM ET
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RICHMOND, B.C. - A Cathay Pacific airplane that made an emergency landing at Vancouver International Airport on Friday is to take off again after the trouble was traced to a defective warning light.

Airline spokesman Scott Mowrer said the Airbus A340, which was carrying 290 passengers and crew, turned back en route to Hong Kong after a indicator light for the wing flaps came on in the cockpit. The plane dumped fuel before landing without incident at the Vancouver airport.

Mowrer said tests were done on the flap system and everything appeared to be working.

"We not only fix the problem, then we test the problem on the ground a number of times to make sure the flaps are working correctly," he said. "When it's refuelled, we'll take off again."

He said passengers would re-embark on the same plane to resume their journey, although some would would miss connecting flights.

The flight was scheduled to take off again at 9:30 a.m. Saturday. Passengers were set up with accommodations for the night.

The Cathay flight took off from Vancouver around 2:30 p.m. local time and landed again just before 5 p.m.

Airport spokeswoman Nancy Baggio said that as standard procedure, RCMP, B.C. Ambulance and Richmond Fire Rescue and a YVR emergency rescue were all dispatched to the runway.

RCMP stood by nearby bridges in case they were ordered to be closed, but the incident never reached that point.

Baggio said standby crews are dispatched for emergency landing around two to three times a month.

The federal Transportation Safety Board will open a file on the incident when the airline files its report, said Bill Yearwood, an official with the agency's B.C. office.

"We'll review that data to determine if there's any residual risk that we need to investigate," he said. "And if that's the case we would open an investigation."

Yearwood said he did not have the A340's safety track record at hand but "there's nothing that I recall that suggests or reminds me of a similar problem with this specific type."

This week, the safety board released its report into the 2005 crash of an Air France A340 at Toronto International Airport.

The jet slid off the runway while landing in a severe thunderstorm, plunged into a ravine at the end of the runway and caught fire.

All the 309 passengers and crew escaped - though some were badly hurt - but the board made a series of recommendations to increase landing safety, especially in bad weather.

It's the second air emergency the busy Vancouver airport has experienced this week.

An Air Canada Jazz plane headed for Kelowna, B.C., was forced to make an emergency landing at the airport on Wednesday after losing power in one of its two engines.

The Bombardier CRJ-100 jet was carrying 49 people and landed safely.

Airport spokeswoman Kate Donagani said Vancouver International Airport, one of Canada's busiest, experiences "standbys" - where a pilot reports a problem in the air - on a weekly basis but all are treated the same.

"It can be something very simple and it's a potential problem," she said. "So in that case we do dispatch all of our emergency responders to make sure that they're there and prepared for the worst-case scenario."
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Old December 17th, 2007, 06:31 PM   #1046
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Dragonair Voted 'Best Airline (China)' by TravelWeeklyChina
14 December 2007
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Dragonair received the "Best Airline (China)" award at the TravelWeeklyChina 2007 Industry Awards held in Beijing today. The awards were decided based on a rigorous nomination and voting process by industry experts together with more than 100,000 votes cast by readers of the magazine in nine different categories.

"It is a great honour for us to receive this accolade, which comes on top of the 'Best Airline – China' award we received from Skytrax earlier in the year," said Dragonair Chief Executive Officer Mr Kenny Tang. "We have long been regarded as the expert in connecting the world with Mainland China, and as well as recognising our great network, the award is a resounding testimony to the quality service we provide both on the ground and in the air."

Dragonair flies to 21 cities in Mainland China, more than any other non-Mainland airline, and operates more than 400 Mainland flights a week from its Hong Kong hub. Since becoming part of the Cathay Pacific Group last year - and an affiliate member of oneworld® in November this year - Dragonair has been able to connect even more passengers from around the world to various destinations in Mainland China through Hong Kong.

"Looking ahead we will continue to further strengthen our core Mainland network and explore further developments for adding new niche destinations in Asia. We will also retain our commitment to providing high quality products and services to make us the ‘airline of choice’ in the markets we serve," Mr Tang continued.

"On behalf of everyone at Dragonair I would like to thank all those who voted for us. And, of course, credit must also go to our staff for all their hard work and commitment."
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Old December 19th, 2007, 03:57 AM   #1047
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Cathay backs down in row with staff
Hong Kong Standard
Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Cathay Pacific Airways has backed down on its decision requiring staff to pay for doctor visits under a new medical plan, saying each employee can make 10 free visits in the first year.

The new medical policy, which covers 10,000 Hong Kong-based staff and comes into effect on January 1, had drawn fierce protests from the Flight Attendants Union, which objected to its members being asked to pay for doctor and specialist consultations.

The previous policy did not require staff to pay to see a doctor.

Up to late last night, the union said it had not decided whether to withdraw a strike threat it issued last week when the company insisted on going through with the new policy.

In a statement issued yesterday, the carrier said the decision to add free visits to the policy was designed to prevent a disruption of services during the upcoming festive season.

"In view of public anxiety about possible disruption to their year- end travel plans and the need to inform the rest of Cathay Pacific's employees covered by the scheme, the company had no choice but to announce the new arrangements," the statement said.

The airline said the amendment followed the union's suggestion.

It had planned to announce the amendment at a scheduled meeting with the union yesterday but the group's representatives failed to show up.

Cathay defended the original medical policy saying it offered better coverage for staff, including higher limits, as well as protection for financial loss due to serious illness.

The airline said the policy would have cost the company 10 percent more than the previous medical policy.

Under the new policy, each staff will now be provided the first 10 visits free to doctors and specialists.

After that, junior employees must pay HK$30 to see a doctor and HK$50 for a specialist. Senior staff would pay HK$50 and HK$100, respectively.

The policy covers 10,000 ground duty staff and flight attendants who joined the company after June 1997.
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Old December 19th, 2007, 06:08 PM   #1048
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Hong Kong carrier Cathay Pacific allows passengers to fly greener by buying carbon credits
19 December 2007

HONG KONG (AP) - Environmentally conscious travelers on Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. can now buy their plane ticket and offset the amount of greenhouse gas spewed out by each flight, all with the click of a mouse.

The Hong Kong-based carrier and its sister airline, Dragonair, are the latest airlines to provide jet-setters with a way to reduce their carbon footprint through investing in renewable energy or other sustainable development projects.

Travelers logging on to either of the airlines' booking systems can tap in the origin and destination of their flight and calculate how much heat-trapping carbon dioxide they are responsible for releasing into the environment.

A single passenger traveling roundtrip economy class from Hong Kong to Bangkok, for example, would be responsible for an extra 0.31 tons of carbon dioxide, the greenhouse gas mainly responsible for heating up the planet, according to the Cathay Web site.

Passengers can choose to use frequent flyer miles, or cash, to invest in a wind farm or other green projects in mainland China that would offset the amount of carbon released by the flight, Cathay said.

"Climate change is a huge issue that needs to be addressed with some urgency," Cathay Pacific Chief Executive Tony Tyler said in a statement.

"It is vital that we show that we are a responsible airline that is committed to being part of the solution of the problem of greenhouse gas emissions generated by the aviation industry."

FLY Greener is an extension of an in-house program that Cathay has run since early 2007. The airline is estimated to have run up a carbon debt of about HK$1 million (US$128,000; euro88,790) due to staff business trips this year, a spokeswoman for the airline said.

Cathay would invest an equivalent amount in the Shanghai-based wind farm to help wean China off its reliance on coal-fired power plants for energy, the spokeswoman said, requesting anonymity because of policy.

The aviation industry accounts for about 2 percent of the world's carbon dioxide emissions and has come under increasing pressure from environmental campaigners.

Several airlines have launched similar programs, including Australian national carrier Qantas, and its no-frills subsidiary Jetstar.

Critics say carbon offset programs do not have a major impact on greenhouse gas emissions, but make consumers feel better about polluting the environment because they pay a fee.
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Old December 22nd, 2007, 04:58 AM   #1049
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Cabin crew drop holiday strike threat
Hong Kong Standard
Friday, December 21, 2007

The prospects of a crippling Christmas standoff between Cathay Pacific Airways and its flight attendants has been averted with both parties reaching a compromise yesterday.

The airline said it has secured an agreement facilitated by the Labour Department with the Flight Attendants Union in which the union will refrain from industrial or other action relating to a hotly disputed medical scheme during the Christmas and New Year period.

In return, Cathay will delay plans for flight attendants and their families to pay for medical consultations until May 1 next year instead of January 1.

Cathay will also waive the first 10 visits for consultations until the end of next year. But the airline did not say how much the new package would cost the company.

A working group, comprising management, staff and the union, will be formed to review the brokered scheme.

The union also issued a statement confirming the announcement, saying it notified members of the cancellation of the rally scheduled for yesterday and a Christmas strike. The union could not be contacted for comment last night.

The two sides have also scheduled another meeting on January 11 to discuss fringe benefits and employees' welfare.

The union previously had objected to a new medical plan that would cover 10,000 Hong Kong-based staff from January 1.

It had threatened industrial action during the peak holiday season if the airline went ahead with the plan.

Members were dissatisfied with being asked to pay HK$50 for consultations with general practitioners and HK$100 for specialists while the previous policy did not require staff to pay for the service.

Rates were reduced to HK$30 and HK$50 for GP and specialist consultations, respectively, after negotiations earlier this month, but the airline and its attendants were still at an impasse.
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Cathay Pacific: Another Penang-HK flight come June
24 December 2007
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HONG Kong's Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd will add another non-stop flight from Penang to Hong Kong from June next year, bringing its total non-stop service between the two cities to four per week.

This new non-stop flight will replace one existing flight via Kuala Lumpur.

The new non-stop flight has been added in response to growing number of passengers from Penang to visit Hong Kong, said newly appointed Cathay Pacific country manager for Malaysia and Brunei, Katherine Lo.

Cathay Pacific currently operates three flights per week to Hong Kong from Kuala Lumpur and daily flights from Penang, with four via Kuala Lumpur and three direct.

"We also offer daily direct flights to Hong Kong from Kota Kinabalu, but this service is operated by our sister airline Dragonair," Lo told Business Times in an interview.

The carrier operates the Hong Kong-Kuala Lumpur-Penang flights using a mixture of B777 and A330 equipment, and the Hong Kong-Kota Kinabalu sector using a A320.

Lo also said the carrier's systemwide passenger load factor - the percentage of seats filled with paying passengers - has been in the 80 per cent region and the load factor on its Malaysia-Hong Kong flights are largely reflective of this.

"We expect our load factor between Malaysia and Hong Kong to continue at this level next year.

"We are optimistic that we can fill the extra capacity resulting from the additional direct flight between Penang and Hong Kong with passengers," she said.

Lo said the carrier is also expected to gain from the Beijing Olympics next year, but will not be offering any special travel packages in conjunction with the games as it is not the official airline partner.

Lo said Cathay Pacific's passenger traffic growth from Malaysia remains unaffected by the operations of low-cost carriers (LCCs), particularly that of AirAsia which offers flights to Macau from Kuala Lumpur in July 2004.

"Our target market is different. We are a premium air travel provider, while they (AirAsia) pride themselves as a LCC.

Lo also said routes between Malaysia and Hong Kong are profitable for the carrier, but declined to give specifics.
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Cathay Pacific latest airline to receive EU complaint letter on cargo cartel allegations
24 December 2007

HONG KONG (AP) - Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. said Monday it had received a formal letter of complaint from European Union regulators investigating allegations of price fixing in the air cargo business.

"It is a lengthy and complex document, and only sets out the (regulator's) preliminary findings resulting from its investigation into to the air cargo sector of the aviation industry. The investigation involves many other airlines," the Hong Kong-based carrier said in a statement.

The EU and the United States have been investigating more than a dozen airlines since at least early 2006 to discover if there was collusion in the air cargo industry to fix prices on surcharges for fuel, security and insurance.

The European Commission said Friday it had sent out Statement of Objections to a number of airlines, but did not name them.

British Airways, Air France-KLM, and Scandinavian airline operator SAS Group later confirmed they had each received a letter.

Cathay said it was reviewing the letter with its legal counsel and would make a "timely response" to the objections. It did not say what the objections were, but emphasized that they were confined to air cargo operations and did not involve the company's passenger business.

" Cathay Pacific has always supported fair competition, and remains committed to compliance to all applicable competition laws in the 35 countries and territories in which it operates," the statement said.

Under EU law, the commission can fine companies accused of operating a cartel as much as 10 percent of their annual sales. Price-fixing, if proven, could also bring fines and other penalties in the United States.
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Cathay Pacific ready to join dogfight for China Eastern stake
7 January 2008

HONG KONG (AP) - Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. said Monday it will seriously consider any proposal that Air China Ltd. or its parent may make on a strategic partnership with China Eastern Airlines Corp.

The statement by the Hong Kong-based carrier increases the probability that China Eastern shareholders will reject an on-the-table offer by Singapore Airlines and its parent, the government investment agency Temasek Holdings Ltd,. when they meet in Shanghai on Tuesday.

Singapore Airlines and Temasek have offered to buy a combined 24 percent stake in the struggling Shanghai-based carrier for 7.2 billion Hong Kong dollars (US$923.8 million; €627.5 million), or about HK$3.80 a share.

But on Sunday, China National Aviation Holdings Corp., the parent of Air China, said that price was undervalued and offered to pay "not less than HK$5.00" a share for a 30 percent stake if shareholders rejected the Singapore Airlines deal.

The state-owned company also said it hopes to launch a strategic partnership between its listed unit, Air China, and China Eastern if its proposal is accepted.

Cathay Pacific, which holds a 17.64 percent stake in Air China, said in a statement to the Hong Kong stock exchange late Monday that it supported proposals for a strategic alliance between Air China and China Eastern.

It said it will monitor developments closely and "seriously consider" any proposals by China National Aviation or Air China to participate in that strategic partnership.

Cathay and Air China had teamed up in September last year to bid for the stake in China Eastern, but then pulled out.

China Eastern shares sank 3.8 percent to HK$6.66 in Hong Kong on Monday.

Singapore Airlines also saw its shares slide 3.2 percent in the city state. Air China was off 2.6 percent in Hong Kong at HK$10.52.
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I don't mean to defame Cathay Pacific or anything so please be objective to my opinion.

It seems like from the China Eastern issue, with SIA and Cathay-Air China, it seems to me that Cathay seems to be quite a lackey to Air China. It seems that the deal it got in Air China, ironically restricts its own entry into the Mainland China. Let's not talk about Dragonair here, although Cathay now owns KA, other than feeder operations into its HKG hub.

Air China on the other hand, seems to have got better of Cathay, and besides having access to KA/CX, it has a huge hub operation out of Beijing and gaining stance on other cities it already hubs.
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I don't mean to defame Cathay Pacific or anything so please be objective to my opinion.

It seems like from the China Eastern issue, with SIA and Cathay-Air China, it seems to me that Cathay seems to be quite a lackey to Air China. It seems that the deal it got in Air China, ironically restricts its own entry into the Mainland China. Let's not talk about Dragonair here, although Cathay now owns KA, other than feeder operations into its HKG hub.

Air China on the other hand, seems to have got better of Cathay, and besides having access to KA/CX, it has a huge hub operation out of Beijing and gaining stance on other cities it already hubs.
Cathay has been very quiet about this second round of bidding for China Eastern. Obviously, any airline would act against others that may damage its interests. Air China has been very vocal about that.

The whole deal with the partnership isn't so much with route optimization between Air China and Cathay. It was about Cathay + Dragonair. Air China needs Cathay's management expertise to go international, and that's what all this tie-up is about.
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Cathay Pacific releases combined traffic figures for December 2007
10 January 2008


Cathay Pacific Airways today released combined Cathay Pacific and Dragonair traffic figures for December 2007 that show a double-digit growth in passenger numbers over the same month last year. Cargo tonnage also grew, but again lagged behind the growth in capacity.

In December the two airlines carried a total of 2,117,307 passengers, up 10.4% on December 2007, with the load factor rising by 1.4 percentage points to 80.8%. The capacity for the month, measured in available seat kilometres (ASKs), rose by 8.6%. For 2007 as a whole, Cathay Pacific and Dragonair carried 23,253,427 passengers - 4.3% more than in the previous year – while capacity rose by 2.8%.

The two airlines carried a total of 147,800 tonnes of freight last month, a rise of 2.9% year on year, while the cargo and mail load factor remained static at 68.6%. Capacity for December rose by 6.9% - the same figure as for the year as a whole. In 2007 the airlines saw tonnage growth of 3.0% over 2006 to 1,641,853 tonnes.

Cathay Pacific General Manager Revenue Management, Sales & Distribution Ian Shiu said: "The robust growth in passenger traffic continued in December and a very busy holiday peak brought a strong year to a satisfactory close. We expect business to remain steady and bookings are healthy through the next peak at Chinese New Year."

Cathay Pacific Director & General Manager Cargo Ron Mathison said: "After a generally lacklustre year for the airfreight business, this year's seasonal peak was stronger and more prolonged than expected. We were pleased to see tonnage growth of 2.9% for the month, which again was driven by high demand for products manufactured in Mainland China."
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