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Old March 31st, 2009, 04:00 PM   #1341
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DRAGONAIR TO CUT KOTA KINABALU-HONG KONG FLIGHTS

KOTA KINABALU (Malaysia), March 30 Asia Pulse - Cathay Pacific Airways' (SEHK:0293) unit, Hong Kong Dragon Airlines Ltd (Dragonair), will reduce its Kota Kinabalu (KK)-Hong Kong flights from seven a week currently to four starting this May.

Cathay Pacific country manager for Malaysia and Brunei, Katherine Lo, said demand for the route fell, especially in the front-end business class and the company expected a further slowdown in the second half of the year.

"There is a lot of uncertainties at present ... But in future we will definitely look into increasing the flights (again) if there is demand.

"We are committed to the market in this region," she said at the Dragonair annual agency dinner here Friday day.

She said the airline was not considering any new destination now but would instead redeploy the capacity of some of the aircraft to other routes like the new service to Manila, which was introduced last December.
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Cathay Pacific wins ‘Airline of the Year 2009’ Award
2 April 2009
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Cathay Pacific Airways welcomes the announcement that it has been named Airline of the Year 2009 in the World Airline Awards run by the London-based Skytrax research organisation – the third time it has taken the honour in the past 10 years. The airline was also named Best Airline Asia in 2009.

The awards were presented to Cathay Pacific at the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg, Germany, where Skytrax was celebrating the 10th anniversary of the World Airline Awards. The 2009 awards were based on the annual World Airline Survey run by Skytrax, which was conducted between August 2008 and March 2009.

Skytrax Chief Executive Officer Edward Plaisted said: “In a global study that proved to be our largest-ever passenger survey, it is truly a great achievement for Cathay Pacific to have secured the world's best airline title in 2009. With over 16.2 million completed interviews, drawn from more than 97 nationalities around the world, we pay credit to the fact that Cathay Pacific is clearly delivering a quality of product and service that its customers really appreciate.”

Cathay Pacific has been a consistent winner in the World Airline Awards, taking the Airline of the Year honour in 2003 and 2005 and winning plaudits for its Hong Kong lounges and inflight products. In the 2008 awards the airline took the Best First Class title following the introduction of its groundbreaking new cabins.

Commenting on the latest honour, Cathay Pacific Chief Executive Tony Tyler said: “We are delighted to once again be named Airline of the Year in the Skytrax awards. This award is very meaningful because it was voted for by the travelling public and it’s a real tribute to the dedication and professionalism shown by our whole team. At Cathay Pacific we have worked hard to develop a world-class international network from our Hong Kong home, offering passengers top-notch products and the best service in the air, and it’s very pleasing to receive this kind of global recognition.”
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At Cathay Pacific Airways, It's Not "Business" as Usual
Thousands Off Traditional Business Class Roundtrip Fares Available

8 April 2009

SAN FRANCISCO - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Only likely to take one vacation this year? Make it extra special with low Business Class fares on Cathay Pacific to Asia.

How good are the deals? Right now, you can travel from New York's JFK International to Manila in Business Class roundtrip for just $3,791, fees and taxes included.

Other excellent roundtrip Business Class travel bargains include:


$4,622 San Francisco to Hong Kong
$4,854 San Francisco to Shanghai
$5,141 San Francisco to Jakarta
$5,622 Los Angeles to Hong Kong
$5,655 Los Angeles to Penang
$5,659 Los Angeles to Singapore
$7,638 New York JFK to Hong Kong
$8,554 New York JFK to Shanghai

These and other Business Class fares are available online at www.cathaypacific.com/us.

The JFK to Manila fare requires a seven-day advance purchase and outbound travel must occur by June 30, 2009. The fare shown is for Monday through Thursday departures. Weekend departures begin at $3,991. Stopovers in Hong Kong are permitted for an additional cost. Seats are limited and available on Flights CX888/889 only. Other restrictions may apply.

Other fares shown from New York JFK must be purchased by Dec. 31, 2009 and outbound travel must occur by that date. Fees and taxes are included. Seats are limited and other restrictions may apply.

Fares shown from Los Angeles and San Francisco must be purchased by June 30, 2009 and outbound travel must occur by that date. Fees and taxes are included. Seats are limited and other restrictions may apply.

Taxes and fees are subject to change by the respective governments.

Cathay Pacific Airways is progressively introducing new Business Class cabins on its medium- and long-haul fleet. Features include a 78-inch-long, fully flat bed at the touch of a button; comfortable, private seating with a massage function; a 15-inch widescreen personal TV; and a variety of award-winning cuisine.

About Cathay Pacific Airways

Headquartered in Hong Kong, Cathay Pacific Airways was named "Airline of the Year 2009" by the Skytrax World Airline Awards. From North America, Cathay Pacific offers daily nonstop service to Hong Kong from Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Toronto and Vancouver. The airline is a member of the oneworld™ alliance and a partner in Asia Miles, a leading Travel Reward program. For more information, visit: www.cathaypacific.com/us.
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Cathay Pacific: Henry Fan Resigns As Deputy Chairman
9 April 2009

HONG KONG (Dow Jones)--Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. (0293.HK) said after the market closed Thursday that Henry Fan has resigned as deputy chairman, after he stepped down from conglomerate Citic Pacific Ltd. (0267.HK), which owns a 17.5% stake in the Hong Kong-based carrier.

Cathay Pacific said Fan's resignation, which took effect Thursday, was due to his resignation Wednesday as managing director of Citic Pacific.

Fan had been a Cathay Pacific director since October 1992.

The airline hasn't named a successor to Fan.
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Cathay Pacific Airways records drop in cargo, passenger traffic in March
14 April 2009

HONG KONG (AP) - Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd., Asia's third-largest carrier, said Tuesday its monthly passenger and cargo traffic continued to slide in March amid low demand for business travel and a slump in global trade.

The number of passengers traveling with Hong Kong's flagship airline and its subsidiary Dragonair dropped 3.2 percent to about 2.1 million compared to the same month last year, Cathay Pacific said in a statement.

Leisure travel has held up well because heavily discounted fares were available to customers on long-haul journeys but demand for business and first-class travel remained low, the airline said.

"The slump in our passenger business continued in March, with overall passenger numbers and load factor both showing a fall from last year's high base, which included the Easter holiday period," said Tom Owen, general manager of revenue management.

Cargo and mail shipments for the two airlines combined recorded a decline of 13.7 percent, Cathay Pacific said, as the ongoing financial crisis continued to take a toll on the global airfreight business.

Fierce competition amid a shrinking market also put tremendous pressure on the company's cargo yield, the airline said.
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Tiger and Cathay Pacific join discount airfare war
15 April 2009
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Tiger Airways and Cathay Pacific have turned up the heat on Qantas by announcing a range of bargains for domestic and international travel.

Melbourne-based Tiger Airways has a $30 one-way seat sale to anywhere in Australia, while at the other end of the travel spectrum Cathay Pacific is offering a special two-for-one business class fare.

The Tiger Airways offer is available for travel in May one-way on all the airline’s routes across Australia. The airline will have tickets on sale at the special price today or until sold out.

Tiger’s network consists of 16 routes including Perth, Melbourne, Adelaide, the Gold Coast, Hobart, Alice Springs and Canberra.

In addition to the $30 domestic airfares, the airline has also introduced international specials flying out of Perth to a number of key destinations in Asia via Singapore.

These include Perth to Singapore for $139, Bangkok for $175, Phuket for $185, Kuala Lumpur for $148, Macau for $258, Ho Chi Minh City for $195, Manila for $225 and Chennai for $319.

At the other end of the market, Cathay Pacific has two-for-one fares for return business class travel to a number of destinations across its network.

These include Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, Taipei and London. With the deal, a minimum of two passengers travelling together on the same flights will pay from $2824 return per person between Perth and Hong Kong, while fares to London start from $5851 return.

The business-class deal is available until Monday for travel from May 1 to August 31.

It is inclusive of taxes and surcharges and passengers must travel on the same flights.
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Cathay Pacific plans to tell staff to take unpaid leave
Published: 2009/04/16

HONG KONG: Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd, Hong Kong's largest carrier, will tell staff to take mandatory unpaid leave this year to help save about HK$400 million (HK$100 = RM46.68), a company official with knowledge of the matter said.

The plan will apply to all Cathay Pacific staff, including top executives, the person said, declining to be identified before an announcement scheduled for the next few days.

Cathay Pacific had its first loss in 10 years in 2008 as the financial crisis slashed demand for flights to London and New York among business- and first-class passengers.

Qantas Airways Ltd and other Asia-Pacific carriers are cutting jobs, grounding planes and eliminating routes as travel declines.
"It's definitely helpful as staff costs are the third largest expense for Cathay," said Jim Wong, a Hong Kong-based analyst at Nomura Holdings Inc. "Still, most crucial to its earnings is demand coming back."

Carolyn Leung, a spokeswoman for Cathay Pacific, declined to confirm or deny that the carrier was planning mandatory unpaid leave.

"We have made it clear that if the company makes any decisions affecting staff, our employees will be the first to be informed," she said.

Cathay Pacific plans to force staff to take as much as four weeks unpaid leave this year, Apple Daily reported yesterday.

The amount of forced unpaid leave may vary depending on which department an employee works in and their pay, the person said. Higher-paid workers will be asked to take longer unpaid leave, the official said. - Bloomberg
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Cathay Pacific to cut passenger capacity


Cathay Pacific plans to cut capacity and ask staff to take unpaid leave as sales from passenger and cargo flights dropped 22.4 per cent in the first quarter amid a deep recession.

The Hong Kong carrier, which has slashed prices in various routes to drum up demand, said on Friday it would reduce passenger capacity by 8 per cent from next month while Dragonair, its China-focused arm, will see a 13 per cent cut. Cargo capacity will be lowered by 11 per cent.

The company, one of Hong Kong’s biggest employers, has also requested its 27,000 staff worldwide to take periods of unpaid leave over the next 12 months.

Cathay’s initiatives come as airlines around the world struggle to battle with a mounting crisis in aviation. Qantas this week said it was likely to deliver its worst full-year results since listing 14 years ago and announced plans to cut 1,750 jobs, or about 5 per cent of its workforce.

As part of its cost-saving measures, the Australian flag carrier also said it would cut flying capacity by 5 per cent, defer aircraft orders and ground aircraft. The latest restructuring will cut capital expenditure by at least A$800m (US$580m) in 2009.

Singapore Airlines has reported a more than 20 per cent drop in passenger loads in February.

The International Air Transport Association, an industry organization, has forecast carriers in Asia Pacific to be the hardest hit by the current downturn as exports from Japan, the region’s largest market, plunge. Asian airlines are expected to report losses of US$1.7bn this year, while the sector worldwide is predicted to lose US$4.7bn.

Cathay in March said the aviation industry was ”in crisis” after the company suffered its biggest annual loss in its 63-year history last year.

In the first quarter of this year, Cathay carried 2.7 per cent fewer passengers and 18.7 per cent less cargo.
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Cathay Pacific: To Defer Delivery Of 2 Boeing 777s To 2010
17 April 2009

HONG KONG (Dow Jones)--Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. (0293.HK) Chief Executive Tony Tyler said Friday the airline has deferred delivery of two Boeing 777 aircraft to 2010 and is in talks with manufacturers on delaying other orders as the carrier seeks to conserve cash in the market downturn.

The Hong Kong-based carrier said earlier Friday it plans to cut its passenger capacity by 8% from May, while its China-focused unit Hong Kong Dragon Airlines Ltd. will cut its passenger capacity by 13%.

Cathay Pacific is also asking its employees to take unpaid leave over the next 12 months

Tyler told reporters he sees no signs of a recovery in demand at present, adding the airline will consider taking 'further steps' to cut costs if necessary.

'There's no visibility on how long this will last...This makes it more challenging than anything I've experienced,' said Tyler.

Tyler said the airline has no plan to layoff staff over the next 12 months.
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Global slowdown hitting harder than 9/11 and SARS: Cathay
17 April 2009
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The global economic crisis is hitting Hong Kong carrier Cathay Pacific harder than the SARS outbreak and September 11 attacks on the United States, the airline's head said on Friday.

Chief executive Tony Tyler made the claim as the company said it would be slashing flights and asking all 17,000 staff to take unpaid leave after it announced a 22-percent drop in first-quarter revenue.

And just weeks ago the firm posted an annual loss of more than a billion US dollars in 2008, its first full-year loss for a decade as demand fell off due to the economics slowdown as well as losses on fuel hedging bets.

"SARS was more dramatic in terms of revenue but it had a finite end and when it did we recovered quickly because the economy was quite strong -- 9/11 was a similar thing," Tyler told a press conference.

"The problem with this one is there is no visibility on how long this will last and that makes it more challenging than anything I have experienced."

The 9/11 attacks on the United States in 2001 left thousands dead and hit the global aviation industry for months.

Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) killed 299 people in Hong Kong when it struck in 2003, battered the city's economy and led to a plummet in its key tourism industry.

Earlier this year Cathay Pacific shelved plans to build a new cargo terminal at Hong Kong International Airport for two years.
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Jumbo jet turns back with engine trouble
18 April 2009
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A Cathay Pacific plane with more than 350 passengers on board returned to Hong Kong because of engine trouble, a spokeswoman said yesterday.

Flight CX872, bound for San Francisco, experienced a problem with one of its four engines about 23 minutes after takeoff on Thursday night, she said, and the pilot decided to fly the Boeing 747-400 back to Hong Kong as a precautionary measure.

The engine did not catch fire, no emergency landing was declared, and no injuries were reported.

Passengers flew out on a different plane less than two hours later, the spokeswoman said.

An Airport Authority spokesman said fire services and ambulances were placed on standby, which is normal procedure any time an aircraft returns to the city after takeoff.
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Cathay investigates claim couple used crew rest area for sex
19 April 2009
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Cathay Pacific is investigating claims that an amorous couple in first class were allowed to use the crew rest area to join the "mile-high club" on a flight from Toronto to Hong Kong.

A Hong Kong-based passenger says in a blog on the www.airliners.net website that the purser invited him and his girlfriend to use the off-limits area after he saw them getting intimate while sitting in seats that folded out into beds in the airline's new first-class cabin.

The passenger, a doctor, has posted pictures of himself lying on the bunk - used by crew to rest between shifts on long flights - on a detailed blog about his "amorous adventure" on the 15-hour flight on his way home from a Harvard University reunion.

It is unclear from the blog whether the rest area he claims to have been in was that for the cockpit crew or for the cabin crew, but his description indicates that the alleged incident took place in the pilots' bunks.

The unnamed passenger, an aircraft enthusiast who has posted a number of previous blogs describing his front-end flying experiences, says the romp on board the Boeing 777-300ER was made possible by an attendant he knew from previous flights. Three other passengers were in the first-class compartment.

The passenger wrote on his blog: "On these long, long flights there isn't really anything to do after the meal service so my gf [girlfriend] and I were cuddling and watching movies.

"With the magnificent large bed one thing led to another and soon my friend was at our side saying, 'Would you like the privacy of our crew rest upstairs?'

"My gf and I looked at each other and were like, sure why not? We haven't been in the mile-high club. Now THAT left me exhausted."

Cathay managers are examining the blog, posted this month, to see if the attendant broke the rules.

An airline spokeswoman said: "We are looking into the case. It is a company policy that the cabin crew and cockpit crew rest bunks can only be used by operating crew and not for any staff or passengers."

One flight attendant said he was convinced the blogger had invented the story, adding that passengers were not permitted in crew rest areas for various safety reasons. "Passengers are not permitted in crew rest areas because they are not trained in how to exit from it in the event of an emergency or a jammed door," he wrote on the website.

A senior Cathay Pacific pilot, speaking on condition of anonymity, said: "I frankly think it's unlikely this really happened. On a flight from Toronto there will be someone in the cockpit crew rest area almost all the time. There are four pilots and two will be in there at a time apart from the breaks between shifts, which will only be about 15 minutes."
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Cathay Pacific staff sign up for unpaid leave
'Significant majority' of airline employees disregard union advice

24 April 2009
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A "significant majority" of Cathay Pacific flight attendants and ground staff have signed up for unpaid leave despite appeals from key staff unions not to agree to the deal yet, senior airline sources said last night.

However, only a small percentage of pilots have said "yes" to unpaid leave since Monday's formal issuing of the offer, which both the Flight Attendants Union (FAU) and Aircrew Officers Association (AOA) have refused to endorse, the sources said.

The airline announced last Friday that it wanted all staff at Cathay Pacific and Dragonair to agree to take unpaid leave of between one and four weeks depending on seniority after reporting a 22.4 per cent year-on-year drop in first-quarter turnover.

The AOA said an original deadline of April 30 for staff to sign up was extended yesterday until May 10 for pilots, while the airline sources said an extension was being considered for all staff.

The 5,000-member FAU has urged its members not to accept unpaid leave, saying it is concerned about a number of legal and labour issues and unhappy that apparent "sweeteners" have been offered to pilots to sign but not cabin crew.

Discussions between management and AOA representatives over the complex deal remained deadlocked last night, with airline executives understood to have indicated that the retirement age offer may be withdrawn if not enough cockpit crew agree to take unpaid leave.

Under the terms of the offer sent out to pilots on April 20, some first and second officers will be allowed to opt out of the unpaid leave scheme as compensation for their reduced chances of promotion because of the retirement age change.

A message sent out by AOA general secretary John Findlay yesterday urged pilots: "Do not respond until your association is able to provide you with more information on your choices. Time is of the essence but the deadline is now not until May 10. Do not be hasty."

One airline source said: "An impressive majority of flight attendants and ground staff - well over half - have already agreed to take unpaid leave. Pilots are taking longer because what they are being offered is far more complicated. Only a handful have come forward so far."

The FAU told its members in an e-mail sent out on Wednesday that it "strongly recommends you NOT to consent {hellip} until we are able to provide a clear directive" on the scheme.

It said its lawyer had expressed concern at the terms and conditions of the deal, and the union was meeting the Labour Department to "address various issues and implications" of the scheme.

Commenting on the retirement age deal offered to pilots, FAU chairwoman Becky Kwan Siu-wa said: "What is available to one group of employees should be available to the other group. No other union apart from the AOA has had the opportunity to negotiate with management so we don't know if the company is treating people fairly or not.

"We feel that such an opportunity should be open to other unions as well, like the FAU and the Dragonair Flight Attendants Union. At Dragonair, flight attendants still have a retirement age of 45. Cathay talk about 'same team, same dream'. So how come everyone is treated differently, especially when they are asking for our help?"

A spokeswoman declined to say how many staff had agreed to unpaid leave but said: "We are very encouraged by the staff response so far."
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