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Old February 25th, 2010, 06:37 AM   #1681
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Cathay allows pilot to fly despite his drink-driving
21 February 2010
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A Cathay Pacific pilot has been allowed to continue flying for the airline despite being banned from the road for drink-driving.

The unnamed pilot was convicted of the offence in Britain and made to attend an alcohol misuse clinic by Britain's Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). The pilot's driving licence was suspended.

The Cathay Pacific officer was one of eight pilots, including cockpit crew with British Airways and Virgin Atlantic, convicted of drink-driving in Britain in 2008. Details of their convictions were made public this month by the CAA after requests were filed under Britain's Freedom of Information Act.

Drink-driving offences in Britain carry a mandatory minimum one-year driving ban.

The International Airline Passengers Association (IAPA) criticised Cathay Pacific's decision to allow the pilot to continue flying. It argues that pilots convicted of drink-driving should be stripped of their commercial flying licences.

However, Cathay Pacific said its action was in line with other airlines worldwide, while the main Cathay pilots' union insisted a drink-driving conviction had no effect on pilots' ability to do their job unless specific alcohol abuse problems existed.

IAPA spokesman Jonathan French said: "I've spoken to a lot of passengers about this issue and the majority view is that drink-driving is a serious offence which does relate to their jobs as pilots.

"When you are a commercial pilot, you have so many lives in your hands, so the standard of behaviour expected of you has to be very, very high. If a pilot breaks the law on drink-driving, there should be no second chance - they should lose their flying licences as well as their driving licences."

French said he understood the argument that driving and flying should be treated separately, "but if I turned up at the airport for a flight and found out the pilot had taken a taxi to the airport because he is banned from driving, I would be alarmed and I think most passengers would be alarmed too. There are enough people out there who want to fly for commercial airlines."

However, John Findlay, general secretary of the Hong Kong Aircrew Officers Association, said: "Drink-driving has nothing at all to do with a person's ability to be a pilot unless of course the pilot has an alcohol abuse problem, in which case it should be treated as an illness and they should go for a programme of rehabilitation.

"If a person has just had one drink too many and gets stopped for drink-driving, that is no different to a politician or a police officer being stopped for the same offence. It does not in any way affect the pilot's ability to do his or her job."

Asked about the pilot's conviction, a Cathay spokeswoman said: "The [Hong Kong] Civil Aviation Department requires all pilots to declare criminal convictions, including drink-driving convictions, at the time of their annual relicensing medical examination. This is in line with the practice of many overseas regulatory authorities. No Cathay Pacific pilots have had their flying licence suspended on grounds that they have been convicted of drink-driving."
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Old February 26th, 2010, 04:19 PM   #1682
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Air China, Cathay Pacific plan cargo joint venture
26 February 2010

SHANGHAI (AP) - Major Chinese carrier Air China and Cathay Pacific Airways said Friday they plan to set up a joint cargo airline based in Shanghai, four years after the deal was first mooted.

Under an agreement signed Thursday, Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific will contribute 1.67 billion yuan ($244.6 million) to the venture, taking a 25 percent stake and holding another 24 percent indirectly through an offshore trust. State-owned Air China will own 51 percent, the companies said in a statement to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

Cathay Pacific's investment will include aircraft and engines for the joint venture, which will use the existing facilities and fleet of Air China subsidiary Air China Cargo.

Air China Cargo owns seven Boeing 747 freighters and also sells cargo space on Air China's passenger flights.

The two carriers, which announced plans for the venture in June 2006, said it is aimed at capturing business opportunities in the Yangtze River Delta region adjacent to Shanghai, one of the fastest growing areas in China.

Other major cargo carriers, such as DHL Worldwide Express Inc. and FedEx Corp. have also been expanding their operations in the region.

The agreement is subject to government approval in China and elsewhere.

Cathay Pacific owns an 18.1 percent stake in Air China, while the mainland Chinese carrier holds a 29.99 percent stake in Cathay Pacific.
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Old February 27th, 2010, 04:33 PM   #1683
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Cathay Pacific Executive: Raising Air China Stake 'On The Cards'
25 February 2010

HONG KONG (Dow Jones)--Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. (0293.HK) will increase its stake in Air China Ltd. (0753.HK) when the time is right, Cathay Chief Operating Officer John Slosar said Friday in an interview with CNBC Asia.

"It's certainly on the cards," he said. "There're no restrictions on how and when we can do that, and when the time is right, when the business is good, we will certainly look at doing that."

Cathay owns an 18.1% stake in Air China. It first bought a stake in the Chinese flag carrier in 2004 ahead of Air China's initial public offering in Hong Kong.

Air China boosted its stake in Cathay to 29.99% from 17.46% last year by buying shares in the airline owned by Citic Pacific Ltd. in a deal worth HK$6.3 billion.
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Old March 1st, 2010, 12:29 PM   #1684
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Cargo carriers brace for more consolidation
1 March 2010
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A cargo joint venture agreed last week between Hong Kong flag-carrier Cathay Pacific Airways and Air China will likely trigger a wave of consolidation in China's highly fragmented air cargo sector, operators say.

A tie-up between China Southern's cargo operation and China Cargo Airlines, the cargo unit of China Eastern Airlines, could be next, a China Cargo Airlines official said.

"I would say a merger between China Cargo Airlines and the cargo division of China Southern is possible," the official said.

"Both parties realise they cannot stand alone in the face of tougher competition. The joint venture between Air China and Cathay is a signal that domestic players will need to strengthen their competitiveness through consolidation."

China Cargo Airlines operates 11 freighters, six of which are smaller MD-11s, while China Southern operates six Boeing 747Fs in Shanghai.

Last week, Cathay Pacific said it would pay 1.67 billion yuan (HK$1.90 billion) for a 49 per cent stake in Shanghai-based Air China Cargo.

The deal comes four years after the two airlines' cross-shareholding deal in June 2006, in which Air China took a 17.5 per cent stake in Cathay and the latter regained control of regional carrier Dragonair.

The latest agreement will give Cathay increased access to cargo routes from Shanghai to the US and Europe, expanding its existing freighter service from Hong Kong to 37 international destinations.

Cargo operators said Shanghai is a highly fragmented market with more than 30 cargo airlines in operation. The absence of a dominant player has resulted in a volatile market in which freight rates vary widely. "There are many small charter freighter operators in Shanghai that lure customers by offering very cheap rates," a cargo operator said.

Hongqiao Airport, which is open to domestic airlines only, and Pudong in Shanghai, together handled three million tonnes of international and domestic cargo last year, accounting for nearly one-third of the country's total cargo tonnage, mainly because of the electronic product makers in the Yangtze River Delta.

But Pudong's cargo market growth slumped from more than 30per cent in the five years to 2007 to just 1.7 per cent in 2008. It declined 2.3 per cent in 2009 to 2.54 million tonnes. Of the top 20 mainland airports, Pudong was the only one with negative growth in cargo last year.

"Shanghai is an international gateway for the mainland and would have been more heavily affected by the economic downturn," said Rupert Hogg, director of cargo at Cathay. The carrier will reduce its all-cargo service between Shanghai and Hong Kong from 22 to 16 weekly flights over summer, from March, Hogg said.

Air China Cargo's fleet will increase to nine B747Fs when the first two B747Fs are acquired from Cathay this year, followed by 12 B747Fs by next year.

Smaller operators such as Yangtze River Express, Great Wall Airlines and Jade Cargo International are expected to come under pressure as a result of the tie-up.

Cargolux, Lufthansa Cargo and Air France are among the big names that dominate the European routes to and from Pudong, while Singapore Airlines, China Airlines and Japan Airlines also have a strong presence.

"In the initial stages, the impact of the joint venture may not be big as only two freighters are added ... But in the long term, the joint venture would hope to be competitive," Hogg said.
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Old March 4th, 2010, 05:17 PM   #1686
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Old March 5th, 2010, 03:52 AM   #1687
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Business class in the upper level of the 744??
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Old March 5th, 2010, 05:01 AM   #1688
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Business class in the upper level of the 744??
Looks like it - in the new J class setup.

I liked the upper deck, although harder to take pictures out the windows due to the curvature of the aircraft. But I preferred the old J setup.
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Old March 5th, 2010, 01:41 PM   #1689
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FAcing away from the window? Just how retarded is that? And even more retarded is the fact that people actually pay a premium for that. Unless the seats can rotate, but doesn't look like it.
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Old March 5th, 2010, 03:45 PM   #1690
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FAcing away from the window? Just how retarded is that? And even more retarded is the fact that people actually pay a premium for that. Unless the seats can rotate, but doesn't look like it.
You haven't been on many J class have you?
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Old March 5th, 2010, 05:08 PM   #1691
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FAcing away from the window? Just how retarded is that? And even more retarded is the fact that people actually pay a premium for that. Unless the seats can rotate, but doesn't look like it.
Err ... flat-bed J is not that common yet in the industry.
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Old March 5th, 2010, 05:27 PM   #1692
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FAcing away from the window? Just how retarded is that? And even more retarded is the fact that people actually pay a premium for that. Unless the seats can rotate, but doesn't look like it.
Actually, this 'herringbone' style seat layout is common on a number of airlines, including Air Canada, Virgin Atlantic, Jet Airways and Air New Zealand.

Having said that, I don't like CX's new business class seats. The first time I tried them, I felt a bit claustrophobic. It's also not so convenient when you are traveling with your partner or family.
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Old March 6th, 2010, 05:21 PM   #1693
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Schedule for a new flight from Hong Kong to Moscow(DME) has appeared:

CX 207 HKG 01:45 – 07:05 DME 343 246
CX 206 DME 1715 – 08:00+1 HKG 343 246
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Old March 6th, 2010, 08:31 PM   #1694
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Schedule for a new flight from Hong Kong to Moscow(DME) has appeared:

CX 207 HKG 01:45 07:05 DME 343 246
CX 206 DME 1715 08:00+1 HKG 343 246
Have heard Transaero and Hong Kong Airlines both plan to open the Moscow route lately as well!
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Yes i've also heard But concerning CX i cant understand the schedule, arriving at 07:05 to DME and back only at 17:45 means it will continue to Europe after Moscow, then back to Moscow and then to HKG back, but they didnt plan to make a transit flight to Moscow. It was before, talks about Manchester, but after that they talked only about direct route.

Seems like prices gonna be hot if all of these airliners will open this route Cant wait!

Btw, Transaero opens Beijing from 4th of June using 744.
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Yes i've also heard But concerning CX i cant understand the schedule, arriving at 07:05 to DME and back only at 17:45 means it will continue to Europe after Moscow, then back to Moscow and then to HKG back, but they didnt plan to make a transit flight to Moscow. It was before, talks about Manchester, but after that they talked only about direct route.

Seems like prices gonna be hot if all of these airliners will open this route Cant wait!

Btw, Transaero opens Beijing from 4th of June using 744.
Cathay talked about starting Moscow a few years ago but I don't think they got the Manchester 5th freedom so the route never got off. I haven't heard they'll send their planes elsewhere from Moscow though for this recent announcement. It'll be a long sit on the tarmac!

Russia tour prices have skyrocketed about 30% in the past few years. A 9-day tour costs about HK$11000 now + taxes (about USD$1500). Hope the new routes will bring the costs down!
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Old March 7th, 2010, 11:36 AM   #1697
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You haven't been on many J class have you?
I know I know, I've seen it (only flew twice in J and neither had herringbone layout). What I was saying was how can people fly like this? I know they do, but it just surprises me.
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More alternatives for travelling, more low prices Last year when Hong Kong cancelled visas for us, more russian travellers visited this amazing vibrant city, including me. I hope soon Russia will become more lowpriced for hongkongers too, aswell as HKG more cheap for us, because now its also not so cheap
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I know I know, I've seen it (only flew twice in J and neither had herringbone layout). What I was saying was how can people fly like this? I know they do, but it just surprises me.
I have flown twice with the herringbone, both from New York to Hong Kong. I agree the herringbone layout may not be great for family and coupled travellers, but it is great for business and sole travellers who probably makes up the majority of J-class passengers.
The herringbone has a much greater privacy. I don't think you want someone to look at your screen when you are working, or disturb you from walking around. In a sense it feels like you have your own "room" on the plane. I am a fairly big guy, but still find these seats are wide enough and be comfortable.
A good night sleep is also a plus for long-haul travelers and the ability to lie down completely, which the old way doesn't. I believe SA has figured out the front-facing seats to have flat beds, but it comes with a greater cost to reduce capacity.
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It looks scary, but I think you got to give an applause to the captain, safety first.
A CA captain would have landed that plane.
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