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Old June 29th, 2010, 03:47 PM   #1761
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Cathay Pacific USA Flights Provide Convenient Connections to Dragonair’s New Twice Daily Guangzhou Service


Hong Kong Enhances Status as Premier Guangzhou/Pearl River Delta Gateway

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Beginning September 14, 2009, North American passengers traveling to Guangzhou will be able to make the entire journey by air thanks to new service being launched by Cathay Pacific’s sister airline, Dragonair.

Cathay Pacific’s flights from the United States will provide easy connections to the new Dragonair flights via its hub at Hong Kong International Airport.

“The Pearl River Delta – and Guangzhou in particular – continues to be an increasingly important destination for North American businesspeople,” said Dennis Owen, Cathay Pacific’s vice president – Marketing, Americas. “With our sister airline, Dragonair, soon offering twice daily service to Guangzhou, our passengers will be able to connect directly to the Pearl River Delta by air.”

Part of the Cathay Pacific Group, Dragonair will operate the new services to Guangzhou (airport code CAN) using Airbus A320 and A321 aircraft. Both airplanes feature Business Class and Economy Class seating. The flight schedule for the new service is as follows (all times local):

Flight Route Departs Arrives Frequency
KA782 HKG-CAN 8:35a 9:25a Daily
KA783 CAN-HKG 10:15a 11:15a Daily
KA786 HKG-CAN 8:40p 9:30p Daily
KA789 CAN-HKG 10:25p 11:25p Daily

Overnight USA flights inbound to Hong Kong will provide convenient connections to Guangzhou via the morning departure. Conversely, the first departure from Guangzhou will connect nicely with the afternoon departures back to North America. Additional connections are available via the evening flights.

Subject to government approval, Cathay Pacific will codeshare on these new services.

The new flights will be Dragonair’s first flights into the Pearl River Delta. Dragonair serves an extensive China network offering additional flights to popular Southeast Asian destinations such as Hanoi, Vietnam, and Phuket, Thailand. Dragonair was voted Best Regional Airline: Southeast Asia in Skytrax’s World Airline Survey.

This appears to compliment China Southern's flights between HKG and CAN. Do people use this as a commuter flight? It's quite expensive at US$143 each way on Dragonair.com. I'd love to check out this flight though.
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I don't think regular commuters would want to fly to CAN, but the flight is more for transit passengers. Taking the train is faster!
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I don't think regular commuters would want to fly to CAN, but the flight is more for transit passengers. Taking the train is faster!
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Old July 4th, 2010, 04:17 PM   #1766
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Cathay Pacific Raises Stake In Air China To 19.18% Vs 19.05%
2 July 2010

HONG KONG (Dow Jones)--Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. (0293.HK) confirmed Friday it raised its stake in Air China Ltd. (0753.HK) to 19.18% from 19.05% to reduce the dilutive impact on its shareholding after the Chinese flag carrier completes an issue of new shares in Hong Kong.

The Hong Kong-based carrier bought 16.62 million publicly traded Air China shares in Hong Kong on Tuesday at an average price of HK$7.775 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.

On June 7, the airline said it raised its stake in Air China to 18.75% from 18.48% in May.

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 yuan-denominated A-share market in a private placement to as many as 10 investors, including its state-owned parent.

The company also said it planned 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.

Cathay Pacific, 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 announces details of new Haneda service
6 July 2010
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 Cathay Pacific Airways today announced it will commence a twice-daily service to Tokyo’s Haneda Airport on 31 October in addition to continuing to serve Narita International Airport.

Cathay Pacific Chief Executive Tony Tyler said: “To resume operations to Haneda Airport has been a longstanding wish for Cathay Pacific and we believe this new service will make Tokyo an even more popular destination for Hong Kong people. We will now provide more flights to and from Japan’s capital, offering more convenience for passengers and helping to develop further Hong Kong’s position as a leading international aviation hub.”

With the launch of the twice-daily service to Haneda, the airline’s flights to Tokyo will increase to seven a day from the current six. The Narita frequency will be adjusted to five flights a day – four non-stop and one via Taipei. CX524 has been retimed to offer more choice to travellers from Hong Kong.
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Moscow Domodedovo airport and Cathay Pacific Airways mark the beginning of flights on Moscow – Hong Kong route

Cathay Pacific Airways has noted today a start of the first regular flight on a new direction which will be carried out three times a week to the capital of Russia. Flights will be made to/from the Moscow airport Domodedovo on Airbus A340-300, with the converted innovative salon.

Acting at official opening ceremony at DME, the Director for corporate communications Cathay Pacific Airways, madam Kvins Chong has noted: «We sincerely believe that new flight will promote strengthening business, tourist, cultural and both personal relations between Moscow and Hong Kong».

Madam Chong has informed mass-media that the airline searched for a long time already for the possibility of entering russian market and considers flight opening to Moscow as a new step in development of the routeing network. «To us the huge potential of Russia is known for a long time. Start of a new flight underlines our aspiration for expansion of a routeing network, granting to passengers of services of the first-rate quality and increase of the status of Hong Kong as a leading hub in Asia», she has added.

Madam Chong and crew have received hearty welcome at the Moscow airport Domodedovo, and have taken part in traditional ceremony «bread - salt». Dear visitors were welcomed by girls in national Russian suits with a traditional delights, as gesture of hospitality from a receiving party.

Gifts from the airline and the airport were given to all passengers of the first flight.

Hong Kong is included into number of three cities in China, connected with the Moscow airport Domodedovo which is the leader among all airports of the Moscow aviation knot in the Asian market, occupying a share of about 52 %. Thus for last 8 years the volume of passenger traffic from Domodedovo to the Asian countries has increased approximately in 20 times. Domodedovo serves Singapore Airlines, THAI, Vietnam Airlines, JAL, Cathay Pacific.

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Carriers looking up as load soars
13 July 2010
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Cathay Pacific Airways (0293) and Dragonair have recorded a combined 27.5 percent surge in passengers in June from a year earlier as travel demand rises on the back of the gradual economic recovery.

The affiliated airlines carried 2.22 million travelers last month compared with 1.74 million in June last year _ when air travel took a hit from the financial tsunami and the swine flu scare.

In the first half of the year, the accumulated passenger numbers were up 8.5 percent.

The jump in passengers last month was the highest for the group since July 2004.

``We expect to see strong demand throughout July and August,'' said Tom Owen, Cathay's general manager for revenue management. But Owen said the airline is cautious on whether the solid revenue flow can be sustained toward the end of the year.

Cathay will continue to restore capacity that was cut last year due to the economic downturn, Owen said.

Cargo and mail business also picked up, with the two airlines carrying a total of 148,520 tonnes last month, or 19.9 percent more than a year ago.

Total tonnage in the first half rose by 24.4 percent.

Cathay general manager for cargo sales and marketing James Woodrow said demand was robust on one the most important routes _ between Hong Kong and Shanghai.
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Cathay Pacific clears in-flight broadband for take-off
8 July 2010
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Cathay Pacific and Dragonair will join the in-flight broadband revolution when wireless internet, cellphone and live television services become available on their combined fleet of 158 aircraft two years from now.

Mobile phone and BlackBerry data services would be charged similar to international roaming, Cathay Pacific said. Various fee packages available by the hour or unlimited usage for an entire flight would be offered to internet users.

The rates will be different among regional and long-haul flights but will be similar to charges for Wi-fi access at hotels and airports.

The airlines will use Panasonic Avionics' eXConnect system, which can deliver a 50Mbps internet stream to aircraft. Its eXPhone service, for example, allows passengers to use their mobile phones, smart phones and BlackBerry to make voice calls, send text messages and stream content wirelessly on board.

The satellite link would also carry a handful of live television stations and provide some pay-per-view programming.

Cathay Pacific and its wholly owned subsidiary, Dragonair, would be the first in Asia to use the Panasonic service, which is technically more sophisticated than systems used by European and American airlines. It uses a network of satellites to maintain a signal even while aircraft are flying over oceans.

Global research company In-Stat said last week that connecting fees would drop by some 24 per cent in the next four years due to increased usage.

In-Stat expects the number of planes installed with Wi-fi facilities to grow to some 2,000 by the end of this year, generating revenue of about US$95 million.

Some travellers expressed concern online that the latest features could turn trips into a nightmare if you happened to sit next to a noisy passenger.

"It will be like the MTR only I am going to be stuck on a flight for much longer," one traveller said.
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Cathay flight aborted New York landing
Crew made 'some procedural and technique errors' on approach to JFK Airport

25 July 2010
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An investigation is under way after a Cathay Pacific flight from Hong Kong had to abort a landing approach at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport.

Flight CX840, which was under the command of a senior training captain at the end of a 16-hour flight, got into difficulties as it tried to land on May 31 with 305 passengers and crew on board.

Cathay aircrew general manager and director-designate of flight operations, Captain Richard Hall, said the crew of the Boeing 777 had made "some procedural and technique errors" and had to conduct a "go-around" - the industry term for when an aircraft aborts a landing, circles around and then comes in to land again.

At no time were the passengers or crew in any danger, he said.

"When the crew recognised that they had not met the company's stabilised approach criteria, they appropriately discontinued the approach in a regularly trained manoeuvre called a go-around," Hall said.

An industry insider who is aware of the incident says the number of time zones through which a long flight passes, and a crew's irregular sleep during the rest periods on a flight, can lead to fatigue among long-haul pilots.

"The fact that pilots face their toughest challenges at the end of a flight during the approach and landing phase heightens the dangers involved," the insider said.

"Bad weather, air traffic congestion or complicated local flight paths all add to the stress. It's an exacting test of a pilot's physical and mental resolve, just at a time when their physical and mental resources are at their lowest. That the air traffic around JFK Airport is notoriously congested makes life even more difficult for pilots who are arriving after long-haul flights."

Hall said Cathay has "stringent safety standards for approaches" and denied fatigue had anything to do with the incident, saying that both the operating and relief crews on CX840 took turns to rest in the aircraft bunks as required by the company's flight time limitations scheme (FTL).

"The FTL is designed to avoid fatigue. The FTL is approved by the Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department, and is in line with industry-best practice," he said. "The scheme addresses all fatigue-related matters, such as maximum duty times as well as mandatory rest periods between long-haul flights, maximum number of flying hours et cetera."

Hall also defended the decision not to make a public announcement about the incident afterwards, saying: "The approach and landing proceeded as normal after the go-around and the flight landed on time, and at no time was there any danger to passengers or crew."

Cathay Pacific emphasised that it had an "open and honest" reporting culture. The crew immediately reported the incident to its corporate safety department. The matter was also reported to the Civil Aviation Department (CAD) in line with regulatory requirements.

The incident was the subject of chatter among the Hong Kong's airline fraternity. On the Professional Pilots Rumour Network website, one thread is headed: "Why does the thread on the B777 in JFK keep disappearing?"

One blogger wrote: "God knows the mistakes of the Airbus [sic] there received a good airing; from what I have heard this was so close to a disaster that it's not funny."

Another wrote: "The senior training captain involved was very experienced on the 777. There is only one reason for this incident, it starts with fatigue and ends in fatigue. CAD and the FAA [US Federal Aviation Administration] take note. We are humans not robots."
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New Cathay Pacific lounges enhance travel experience for passengers flying out of Heathrow
26 July 2010
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Passengers departing on Cathay Pacific flights from London to Hong Kong can enjoy greater comfort and convenience following the opening of the airline’s new First Class and Business Class Lounges located at the central concourse at London Heathrow Airport.

Cathay Pacific’s General Manager Europe Philippe de Gentile-Williams said: “We are always looking for new ways to meet the needs of our customers, and the opening of our new lounges in London will definitely further enhance the Cathay Pacific experience. The new facilities reflect the airline’s commitment to offering quality service both in the air and on the ground.”

The 923 square-metre lounges feature Cathay Pacific’s signature Noodle Bar, a popular feature at the airline’s world-renowned lounges The Wing and The Pier at Hong Kong International Airport, providing a selection of authentic noodles for passengers to choose from. Another dining highlight is an improved buffet area with a wide selection of Western and Asian food and drinks.

With a high-ceiling window wall, the new Heathrow lounges offer a panoramic view of the airport apron area. Employing a design inspired by the airline’s award-winning lounges in Hong Kong, the lounges offer more personal space and a wide range of features including desktop computers with internet access and Wi-Fi connections, a full range of local and international newspapers, and five fully equipped shower suites in each lounge.

The lounges are open between 0530 and 2200 for eligible passengers including:

- First and Business Class passengers travelling on Cathay Pacific, Dragonair and oneworld carriers.
- Silver and above Marco Polo Club members travelling on Cathay Pacific and Dragonair only.
- Cargo Clan Elite members travelling on Cathay Pacific and Dragonair only.
- oneworld Emerald and Sapphire members travelling on Cathay Pacific, Dragonair and oneworld carriers only.


Cathay Pacific flies non-stop four times daily between London Heathrow Terminal 3 and Hong Kong International Airport, with onward connections to 120 destinations worldwide, including 40 Asian cities and 17 destinations in Mainland China (through sister airline, Dragonair). Cathay Pacific is a member of the oneworld alliance.

CATHAY PACIFIC FIRST AND BUSINESS CLASS LOUNGES AT LONDON HEATHROW:

Modelled on the award winning designs of The Wing and The Pier, the London Heathrow lounges serve the airline’s First and Business Class passengers flying on any of Cathay Pacific’s four daily flights between London and Hong Kong.

Located at the central concourse of Terminal 3 near the Cathay Pacific boarding gate, the new and improved 923 square-metre lounges boast a spacious and passenger friendly environment, equipped with a premium range of facilities and providing a haven of peace and comfort.

Key components adapted from The Wing and The Pier in Hong Kong include:

- Personal Spaces
- Reception Area
- Landscape Wall
- Signature Noodle Bar offering a wide selection of noodles
- Wide variety of Western and Asian food choices
- Long table for passengers to enjoy their dining

First Class facilities include:

- 49 comfortable sofa seating
- State of the art plasma screens, with a choice of news, comedy and movie channels
- A selection of English and Chinese-language reading materials
- Five Personal Living Spaces

Business Class facilities include:

- Four distinct zones for passengers to relax or work
- Eight Personal Living Spaces
- 136 comfortable sofa seating

CATHAY PACIFIC LOUNGES WORLD-WIDE:

In addition to London and Hong Kong, Cathay Pacific also has its own airport lounges in the following cities:

- Bahrain
- Bangkok
- Beijing
- Frankfurt
- Kuala Lumpur
- Melbourne
- Paris
- Penang
- Seoul
- Shanghai
- Singapore
- Tokyo
- Vancouver
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Cathay aims high in recruitment drive
30 July 2010
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To cope with its expansion, Cathay Pacific plans to hire more than 300 flight attendants.

Candidates will undergo a stringent series of assessments and interviews. These include career talks, tests measuring arm reach, group discussions, proficiency tests in Putonghua and English, presentations and debates, assessments of work preferences, and one-on-one interviews.

"We will select outstanding candidates from each round, who then go on to the next stage of the selection process," says Melody Keung, career development and resourcing manager for the airline's in-flight service department. "However, we will still consider candidates who don't pass every test. We may take more time to review their qualifications and performance, and contact them a couple of weeks later."

Applicants should have an excellent service mindset and a genuine interest in a career involving extensive customer contact. They should also be culturally sensitive since they will deal with passengers from all over the world.

Fresh graduates without significant work experience are welcome to apply.

New recruits will complete five weeks of classroom training, covering safety, emergency procedures, technical and service skills, grooming, and knowledge of different types of aircraft.

"All cabin crew are required to attend the annual emergency and safety training," Keung says. "Special training is provided to prepare high-potential staff at different levels for future promotions."
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On 4th August 2010, Cathay Pacific entered into a letter of intent (the “LOI”) with Airbus Company in relation to the acquisition of 30 Airbus A350-900 aircraft from Airbus Company. The Company also intends, subject to the satisfactory outcome of negotiations with Boeing Company, to exercise existing purchase rights in respect of six Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.

This announcement is made pursuant to Rule 13.09 of the Listing Rules. On 4th August 2010, Cathay Pacific entered into the LOI with Airbus Company in
relation to the acquisition of 30 Rolls-Royce powered Airbus A350-900 aircraft (the “Airbus Aircraft”) from Airbus Company. The actual acquisition of the Airbus Aircraft will be subject to formal purchase documentation to be entered into between Cathay Pacific and Airbus Company in due course.

According to information provided to Cathay Pacific by Airbus Company, the catalogue price of the Airbus Aircraft in aggregate is approximately US$7.82 billion (equivalent to approximately HK$60.84 billion). The aggregate consideration payable for the Airbus Aircraft, reflecting arm’s length negotiations between the parties, will be lower than the catalogue price. The acquisition of the Airbus Aircraft will be a major transaction for Cathay Pacific under Chapter 14 of the Listing Rules.

Accordingly, Cathay Pacific will make a further announcement upon entering into formal purchase documentation for the Airbus Aircraft. Cathay Pacific will pay a commitment fee of US$4.5 million under the LOI. If formal purchase documentation for the Airbus Aircraft is not entered into (and accordingly the Airbus Aircraft are not purchased), the commitment fee will not be refunded.


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I've expected that CX will order A350 sooner or later but surprised that they didn't go for the largest model of the family, i.e. A350-1000. CX usually prefer larger aircraft type and so naturally no place for 787 in CX.

These A350-900 should be replacements for the oldest 333s and 343s, which aren't considered very economic to operate due to its 4-engine configuration.

As for A350-1000, CX may be weighing it aginst 77W, or the rumoured 777-NG.

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First render of Cathay Pacific A350

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I've expected that CX will order A350 sooner or later but surprised that they didn't go for the largest model of the family, i.e. A350-1000. CX usually prefer larger aircraft type and so naturally no place for 787 in CX.

These A-350-900 should be replacements for the oldest 333s and 343s, which aren't considered very economic due to its 4-engine configuration.

As for A350-1000, CX may be weighing it aginst 77W, or the rumoured 777-NG.
I'm pretty sure those 30 planes have the option to upgrade to -900R or -1000 as Cathay see fit at some later date...
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