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Old May 22nd, 2010, 09:59 PM   #1741
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Dragonair CEO: Yields Have Recovered To Near Pre-Crisis Levels
24 May 2010

HONG KONG (Dow Jones)--Hong Kong Dragon Airlines Ltd., the China-focused unit of Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. (0293.HK), said Monday its yields--a key measure of airline profitability--have recovered to near pre-crisis levels because of Asia's economic rebound and strong passenger demand on its busy Shanghai route during the World Expo.

Dragonair Chief Executive James Tong told reporters advanced bookings on the Hong Kong-Shanghai route for the next few months have jumped 40% from the same period last year. He said the airline, which already operates 13 daily flights to Shanghai, will use larger aircraft to meet demand.

'The regional aviation market was less affected by the financial crisis, and we've been seeing very strong growth in passenger traffic over the past few months,' said Tong, adding the airline recorded double-digit growth in passenger traffic in the January to April period from a year earlier.

Dragonair operates more than 90% of the Cathay Pacific group's China network.
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is CX planning to give Millan a daily flight?
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Old May 29th, 2010, 07:31 AM   #1746
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Is Dragon Air as good as Cathay Pacific? Will be taking it next month from Hong Kong to Shanghai.
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Old May 29th, 2010, 05:51 PM   #1748
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Is Dragon Air as good as Cathay Pacific? Will be taking it next month from Hong Kong to Shanghai.
Some planes don't have PTVs, as it is more a short-haul regional airline. But KA definitely has a lot more PVG frequencies than CX.
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Some planes don't have PTVs, as it is more a short-haul regional airline. But KA definitely has a lot more PVG frequencies than CX.
Thanks for your info hkskyline! Do you know if food will be served on the Dragon Air flight to Shanghai? Because i am flying Cathay Pacific from Singapore to Shanghai via Hongkong.
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Thanks for your info hkskyline! Do you know if food will be served on the Dragon Air flight to Shanghai? Because i am flying Cathay Pacific from Singapore to Shanghai via Hongkong.
Yes from my prior experience. It's 2.5 hours after all, and the traditional carriers give food on short-haul flights in this region.
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Yes from my prior experience. It's 2.5 hours after all, and the traditional carriers give food on short-haul flights in this region.
Thats good! I think Dragon Air must be similar to SilkAir in Singapore. I heard that Dragon Air won the award for best regional carrier this year so i am expecting quality service onboard!!
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Old May 31st, 2010, 12:36 PM   #1752
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A home-grown dragon to be proud of
25 May 2010
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At least one home-grown "dragon" has finally made us all proud.

Of course, we are not talking about the pathetic BrandHK dragon logo, a total waste of taxpayer's money. We are saluting the fabulously resilient and resourceful Hong Kong Dragon Airlines.

Dragonair started off as a one-aircraft airline 25 years ago and was affectionately described as "one of a kind" in the industry in the early days. It has just been voted the world's best regional airline in the annual World Airline Survey organised by Skytrax, a London-based research organisation which runs the annual review and the World Airline Awards. This is the first year this award category has been included in the survey.

Some 18 million travellers from more than 100 nations voted in the survey, carried out between July of last year and this April. Winners are selected based on more than 35 different criteria that include the planes, the service, even the airport facilities.

Dragonair, affiliated with the Cathay Pacific Group, operates a fleet of 28 passenger aircraft serving 29 regional destinations. It has been voted the best airline in China for six consecutive years as well as being the best regional airline in Southeast Asia in the past.

"For a Hong Kong-grown airline to be named among the world's best is a matter of great pride not only for us but for the entire Hong Kong community," said Dragonair chief executive officer James Tong.

Absolutely, James. We will put you in charge of promoting Hong Kong as Asia's world city in the next government campaign.

Activists here, brats there

Hong Kong's post-1980s generation of activists no doubt would like to believe they symbolise a generation of young people who care about the city's future and dare to speak up and push for social reform.

We believe fads don't last, but it seems that the post-80s generation is no ordinary fad. Despite the fact that many reports have accused them of being too radical and lacking a sense of responsibility, they continue to dominate headlines and mesmerise the media and public. The post-80s generation is all the rage now; there are local news sections that cater to the dining and travelling needs of these youngsters, and there is even a local girl band named after them. Not surprisingly, valuable column space in newspapers has been dedicated to analysing who these people are.

However, on the mainland, it is a different story. They are known as the "after-80s" generation or the "princess clan", a derogatory term to describe those who are young and spoiled.

It is a common workplace expression used to describe young people who are self-centred, unhelpful and socially unsophisticated. Employees branded members of the princess clan are often perceived to be unmotivated and don't care much about work.

The term "princess clan" doesn't necessarily refer only to females. In fact, the word "princess" has a double meaning. Apart from the obvious one to depict a female person who is spoiled and egotistical, the word "princess" is pronounced "ge ge" in Putonghua, which are the first two words of the Chinese idiom, "ge ge bu ru", meaning a square peg in a round hole.

Apparently, the trendy word last year on the mainland was "lonely clan". We don't really know what that one was all about.

A sweet offer

You've heard about plain-vanilla securities, but no-one's yet tried chocolate bonds.

While capital-raisings have been falling by the wayside in recent weeks, one British confectioner is still going to try its hand.

According to Reuters, Hotel Chocolat wants to raise £5 million (HK$56.5 million) by enticing some of its 100,000 Chocolate Tasting Club members - who already pay for regular home deliveries - to put their money where their mouths are.

Rather than standard cash coupons that bonds usually pay, chocolate lovers will be paid out in their favourite indulgence: monthly tasting club chocolate boxes, the agency said.

For an initial outlay of £2,000 or £4,000, the prospective "bondholders" can expect an annual yield of 6.72 per cent or 7.29 per cent respectively on the three-year bonds based on the value of the boxes of confectionery.

Lai See thinks it's got to be better than minibonds, which left a sour taste in Hong Kong investors' mouths.
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Old June 3rd, 2010, 06:26 PM   #1753
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Cathay Pacific gives passengers a real taste of home with authentic Hong Kong cuisine inflight
1 June 2010
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Cathay Pacific Signature Dishes including congee, hot pot rice, noodle soups and Chinese desserts are being served in rotation in First and Business Class cabins throughout 2010.

Cathay Pacific Airways is featuring a variety of its “Cathay Pacific Signature Dishes” on flights this year, bringing Hong Kong passengers a true taste of home as they enjoy classic local dishes during their journeys, and at the same introducing authentic flavours from the airline's home city to passengers from around the world.

Starting early this year, Cathay Pacific Signature Dishes has been introducing phase by phase a selection of local Hong Kong favourites that are truly authentic in taste and appearance, including congee, hot pot rice, noodle soups and Chinese desserts. The signature dishes are being served in rotation throughout the year in First and Business Class cabins.

Eleven different types of home-style congee are being served for the first time in First and Business Class. Among the varieties on offer are braised preserved vegetable pork rib congee, shredded chicken with bean curd skin congee, and dried bonito and peanut congee.

The hot pot rice, offered in First Class, featured all the traditional elements of the dish including a crispy rice base and infused flavours from various toppings such as minced pork patty with mui choy vegetables, chicken and mushroom with Chinese sausage, and spareribs in black bean sauce.

Cathay Pacific’s renowned noodle soups are also offered in First and Business Class, such as shui gow with rice vermicelli, shrimp wonton noodle, barbequed duck with lai fun noodle, and beef brisket noodle. Traditionally prepared wonton and shui gow dumplings together with fresh soup stocks prepared with top-quality ingredients will allow passengers to savour the authentic tastes of Hong Kong.

Chinese sweet soup desserts, freshly prepared in the flight kitchens, will be introduced on Cathay Pacific flights for the first time in August. Double boiled papaya with snow fungus sweet soup, lotus seed paste sweet soup, and green bean and rice dumpling sweet soup are a few of the desserts that will give passengers a taste of home, sweet home.

Cathay Pacific Manager Catering Services Charles Grossrieder said: “As Hong Kong’s home carrier we are proud to serve the best of Hong Kong’s rich and diverse cuisine on our flights. Our aim is to provide a feeling of home for local passengers and at the same introduce new and exciting tastes to travellers from around the world.”
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Cathay Pacific launches round-the-world freighter flight, Including airline’s first transatlantic crossing
4 June 2010
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Cathay Pacific Airways today announced that it will launch its first round-the-world freighter service on 9 July, offering its cargo customers a wider choice and at the same time helping to further develop Hong Kong’s position as a leading international air cargo hub.

The airline has spent months developing the new route, which will initially be operated twice weekly, every Friday and Sunday, using a Boeing 747-400 freighter. The flight will leave Hong Kong and fly via Anchorage to Chicago. From there it will fly onward to Amsterdam and Dubai before returning to Hong Kong.

Cathay Pacific Director Cargo Rupert Hogg said: “We are very excited about the launch of this new freighter service which will further strengthen our cargo network and also help in the continued development of Hong Kong’s airfreight hub role – something to which our airline is deeply committed.”

The round-the-world flight is an extension of Cathay Pacific’s existing service to Chicago – the airline currently serves the city with eight flights per week. The flight from the United States to Amsterdam marks the first time for Cathay Pacific to ever operate a transatlantic service. In total, the round-the-world flight will take 44.5 hours to operate, including ground time to uplift freight.

Cathay Pacific has been working hard to strengthen its services to and from Hong Kong in response to the recent global upswing in airfreight markets, and has just announced it will strengthen its freighter route to Houston and Miami. From 2 July the airline will fly four times weekly to Houston and five times each week to Miami.

The airline is also reinforcing its commitment to the continued development of Hong Kong as a leading international air cargo hub through the construction of its own new cargo terminal and the continued expansion of its freighter fleet.

Development of the HK$5.5 billion Cathay Pacific Cargo Terminal at Hong Kong International Airport is now underway, with the facility set to come into operation in 2013. In terms of strengthening its fleet, the airline has 10 Boeing 747-8F freighters on firm order with deliveries set to commence in January 2011.
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Cathay Is in Talks to Buy Long-Range Jets, Shuns Super-Jumbos

June 8 (Bloomberg) -- Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd., Hong Kong’s biggest carrier, is in talks with Boeing Co. on buying 787 Dreamliner aircraft and with Airbus SAS on A350 jets as it seeks to enhance its cargo business.

Cathay Pacific will shun Airbus’s larger A380 superjumbo aircraft as well as Boeing’s 747-8, the biggest airliner the Chicago-based company has ever built, in favor of smaller long- range jets that are more suited to carrying cargo, Chief Executive Officer Tony Tyler said in an interview in Berlin.

The carrier said yesterday that it agreed to sell its 15 percent stake in Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Co. to its biggest shareholder for HK$9.4 billion ($1.2 billion). The proceeds will help Cathay Pacific pay for 33 planes that it has ordered and is taking delivery of in the next four years.

“We’re talking to Boeing about 787s and Airbus about A350s,” Tyler said. “We have no plans at the moment to have a campaign on the A380 or on the 747-8 Intercontinental.”

The new planes will allow Cathay to add destinations and replace its A340 aircraft and Boeing 747-400 models, enhancing a route network that is being anchored by Boeing’s 777.

“It’s a great cargo carrier and has a huge belly and doesn’t have that many passengers,” the executive said. “The A380 doesn’t have such a huge belly, and you’ve got 500 plus passenger bags to accommodate.”

Cargo Terminal

Cathay has restarted work on a new cargo terminal in Hong Kong after suspending construction when demand for services shrank last year, Tyler said. The airline will also buy 49 percent of Air China Ltd.’s cargo unit as part of a joint venture with the Beijing-based carrier. The deal will probably receive Chinese regulatory approval within months, Tyler said.

“We’re a very big player in the international market, and the reason we’re a big player is that we sit in a very lively air cargo market,” said Tyler. “Cargo demand collapsed but it bounced back very well, very healthily and we fully believe in the long-term future as a business stream.”
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Cathay Pacific Raises Stake In Air China To Reduce Dilution Impact
9 June 2010

HONG KONG (Dow Jones)-- Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. (0293.HK) on Wednesday confirmed it raised its stake in Air China Ltd. (0753.HK) to 18.75% from 18.48%, to help reduce the dilution impact of its share holding after the Chinese flag carrier completes issuing new shares in Hong Kong.

The Hong Kong-based carrier bought 6.36 million publicly traded Air China shares in Hong Kong on Monday at an average price of HK$7.638 each, according to disclosures filed to the Hong Kong stock exchange. Details of earlier share purchases weren't available on the stock exchange's website. The airline said last week it raised its stake in Air China to 18.48% from 18.1% in February.

Air China, which is listed in China and Hong Kong, said in March it plans to raise up to CNY5.6 billion in China's A-share market in a private placement to as many as 10 investors, including its state-owned parent. The company also said it plans to raise up to HK$1.04 billion from the sale of new Hong Kong-listed H shares to a wholly owned unit of its parent.

The Hong Kong-based airline, which is about 30%-owned by Air China, said earlier it would always be interested in acquiring more Air China shares at the right time and price because the two carriers are strategic partners.
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Cathay Pacific May Passengers Up 12.0% On Year At 2.18 Mln
10 June 2010

HONG KONG (Dow Jones)--Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. (0293.HK) said Thursday it carried 12% more passengers in May than in the same month last year, boosted by strong demand on routes to mainland China for the Shanghai Expo.

The Hong Kong-based airline and its China-focused unit, Hong Kong Dragon Airlines Ltd., carried 2.18 million passengers in May. The airline also carried 30% more freight during the month than it did a year earlier, at 158,600 metric tons. Year-earlier figures weren't provided.

'Our passenger business held up well in May, despite it traditionally being one of the softer months in the year,' said Tom Owen, Cathay Pacific general manager of revenue management.

'Volume and yield improved over the same month in 2009, when our business was being hit hard by the economic downturn and regional flights were affected by the swine flu outbreak.'

Passenger revenue, as measured by revenue passenger kilometers, rose 10% in May to 7.82 billion RPKs, outperforming a 2.8% year-on-year rise in capacity, as measured in available seat kilometers, to 9.62 billion ASKs.

Cathay Pacific's passenger load factor, or the proportion of seats filled on its flights, rose 5.5 percentage points from a year earlier to 81.3%.
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Cathay Pacific May Further Boost Air China Stake; Mulls New Orders
21 June 2010

HONG KONG (Dow Jones)--Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. (0293.HK) hopes to further raise its stake in Chinese flag carrier Air China Ltd. (0753.HK), Chief Executive Tony Tyler said Monday, though he noted the company's plans will be limited by the free float requirements for listed companies.

The Hong Kong-based carrier has in recent weeks bought additional Hong Kong-traded shares in Air China, to reduce the diluting effect on its stake after Air China completes its planned issuance of new shares in Hong Kong and China. Cathay's stake in Air China has risen to 18.75% from 18.1% in February. Air China also has a stake of around 30% in Cathay.

"If the price is right, if the time is right we certainly wouldn't rule out increasing our stake," Tyler told Dow Jones Newswires in an interview. "We think it's a good airline, it's a good investment, and strategically puts us in a strong position to be if we are a key shareholder in Air China."

However, Tyler said the airline is limited to how far it can go in raising its stake. The public float requirement would cap Cathay's stake to just over 23% and the limit for foreign ownership in Chinese airlines is 25%.

Asked whether Cathay plans to boost its stake to the regulatory limit, Tyler said "it's something that makes sense for us" if the time and price are right, but added the airline "doesn't have a particular plan or target to get there."

Since Air China acquired a stake in Cathay Pacific in 2006, the two airlines have been cooperating closely on routes between Hong Kong and China, marketing seats on each other's flights through a code-sharing arrangement. Cathay, which is controlled by conglomerate Swire Pacific Ltd. (0019.HK), operates flights from Hong Kong to around 15 mainland Chinese cities, mainly via its China-focused unit, Hong Kong Dragon Airlines Ltd.

Cathay, Hong Kong's biggest airline by revenue, flies to more than 30 countries with a fleet of over 160 passenger and cargo aircraft.

Tyler said Monday the airline is considering acquiring Airbus A350 and Boeing 787 aircraft. He said the airline is talking to both Airbus and Boeing on a larger, and longer-range variant of the two aircraft types, though it hasn't yet made any orders for the aircraft. He said the airline is looking at deliveries starting 2014 for any new orders it makes.

Tyler said the new Airbus and Boeing aircraft models, which are more efficient and smaller than the Boeing 747-400 long-haul aircraft it currently operates, can help Cathay boost flight frequency as well as launch services to destinations that aren't economically viable with the existing fleet. The airline is considering launching services to cities such as Munich and Madrid, he said.

The airline isn't currently considering putting orders for the much larger Boeing 747-8 or Airbus A380 aircraft, Tyler said, though the airline's view may change as manufacturers make the aircraft more efficient and better suited for its business model.

Like other major airlines, Cathay Pacific was severely affected by the global financial crisis that began unfolding in 2008, as passenger and cargo volumes fell significantly. The airline was hit particularly hard as it relies heavily on income from its first- and business-class services, which suffered as demand for corporate travel dwindled because of the global downturn.

Nonetheless, both cargo and passenger business have improved markedly since the last quarter of 2009, with cargo traffic now back to pre-crisis levels, while demand for Cathay Pacific's first-and business-class services, though not yet back to where it was in 2008, have recovered significantly when compared with the same period last year, Tyler said.

Cathay said earlier it believes the downturn in passenger demand could be structural rather than cyclical, raising questions about whether it would need to adjust its heavy focus on the premium travel market.

Consequently, the airline said earlier this year it launched a strategic review of its product offerings. Tyler said Monday the airline is still considering launching a premium economy cabin for long-haul flights.

"There is a good case for thinking positively on it for long-haul travel." Tyler noted there is an increasing divergence in the business- and economy-class business product offering, particularly for Cathay, and having an intermediate product "might be a winner for us."

In April, Cathay was one of dozens of carriers affected by airspace closures in Europe due to the volcanic ash cloud from Iceland. The airline canceled 79 passenger flights to Europe and delayed 14 others, affecting more than 20,000 passengers during the week-long closure.

Tyler said the financial impact of the flight cancellations was "not material to our half-year results.

"When we have a typhoon in Hong Kong that shuts down our whole network for 24 hours, the impact actually is significantly greater than the eight to nine day suspension of the European flights" in April, he said.
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I must say that Cathay Pacific is a really good airline. Nearly as good as Singapore Airlines. Love its economy class seats!!!!
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