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Old November 2nd, 2004, 11:07 PM   #161
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02 November 2004
Cathay Pacific Corporate Press Release

Cathay Pacific COO Philip Chen says fuel the “Crisis of the Year” facing airline industry

Cathay Pacific Airways Director and Chief Operating Officer Philip Chen addressed unprecedented challenges facing the world’s aviation industry at an annual meeting of heads of government aviation authorities.

Speaking last night in Hong Kong at the Cathay Pacific-sponsored opening dinner of the 41st Conference of Directors General of Civil Aviation Asia and Pacific Regions, Mr Chen said that the rising price of fuel is “the Crisis of the Year” facing the industry.

“Aviation is a central pillar of the global economy and thus the industry is very much exposed to external crises and shocks. After 9/11, SARS and war in the Middle East, the price of fuel is the Crisis of the Year,” Mr Chen said.

“Airlines are doing what they can to reduce consumption. But we could do better with closer co-operation and better communication with Air Traffic Service Providers and Airport Operators. Straightening routes, enhancing air traffic control procedures to allow aircraft to operate closer to optimum levels and improving airport operations procedures are just three measures that could generate tremendous savings.”

Mr Chen highlighted the concern felt by all airlines that commercial insurers may introduce new War Risk exclusion clauses.

“Whilst airlines are very keen to do whatever we can, it is obvious that airlines should not be bearing all the burdens and costs. The airlines are victims too, and such security and safety challenges must be faced squarely by all the countries together,” Mr Chen said. “With that of course is the insurance question and we cannot expect the airline industry to face that alone.”

The conference, hosted by the Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department from November 1 to 5, has 170 delegates from 38 states/territories including the People’s Republic of China, United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, France, Australia, Japan, Singapore, Thailand and the Macau Special Administrative Region have come to Hong Kong to participate.

The conference was last hosted in Hong Kong in 1962. Cathay Pacific Airways has given its backing to the event and sponsored the opening formal dinner.
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November 2, 2004 Tuesday

BA links e-ticketing with Cathay Pacific
By ROGER BRAY

British Airways has harmonised its electronic ticketing system with that of its Oneworld alliance partner Cathay Pacific.

The move means that its customers can make bookings on flights involving any of the alliance's members or switch bookings from BA to those carriers without the need to pick up a paper ticket. Other carriers in the group are Iberia, Chile's LAN, Finnair and Aer Lingus.

Oneworld says such e-ticket harmonisation now covers 90 per cent of its members' passengers and that it is on track to fill in the remaining gaps by the start of next year.
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04 November 2004
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Cathay Pacific Adds Daily Beijing service

Cathay Pacific Airways today announced that it will launch a daily flight to Beijing from 1 December 2004, in a further step to strengthen Hong Kong as a gateway to the Mainland almost a year to the day after the airline resumed services to the capital.

Cathay Pacific resumed services to Beijing with three weekly flights on 2 December 2003 after a break of 13 years. Four additional weekly flights will offer passengers more options to connect with the airline’s international services through Hong Kong.

Cathay Pacific figures for the first nine months of the Beijing flight’s operation show that, even with only three weekly services, more than 40 percent of Beijing passengers made direct Cathay Pacific connections to over 30 cities in the airline’s international network.

The largest proportion connected with flights to and from Auckland, Bangkok, Jakarta, Los Angeles, London, Melbourne, Manila, Singapore, Sydney and Taipei, because certain flights to and from these cities had close connection times with Cathay Pacific’s current Beijing service. More than one-third more international passengers connected with the flight heading to rather than from Beijing because connection times were more convenient.

Other passengers flew to and from points on the airline’s network in Southeast and North Asia, Europe, Australia, the Middle East and Canada.

Cathay Pacific has been granted rights to operate a second daily service to Beijing from the start of the Summer 2005 season. If Cathay Pacific were able to operate that service at a different time of the day that would create wider opportunities for the airline to draw more connecting passengers over Hong Kong.

As of December 2004, four airlines, including Cathay Pacific, will operate 112 weekly services from Hong Kong to Beijing. According to latest Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department figures, from December 2003 through May 2004, about 110,000 passengers travelled from Hong Kong to Beijing and back every month.

Cathay Pacific Manager Beijing K K Leung said: “Ever since our Beijing service started last December, passengers have been asking for more flights on the route. They say the more daily flights we offer, the more convenience they will have for travel between Beijing and Hong Kong and to connect to CX flights to the rest of the world. We are glad that we are going daily yet this is still a basic service for this travel market.”

Cathay Pacific has also been allocated rights upon designation to operate three weekly passenger services to Xiamen and 12 weekly freighter services to Shanghai and will launch services early in 2005, subject to operational requirements. The airline was last year licensed to operate three daily services to both Beijing and Shanghai and three weekly services to Xiamen.
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Old November 7th, 2004, 02:35 AM   #165
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Cathay flight diverted after man collapses
Simon Parry
7 November 2004
South China Morning Post

A Cathay Pacific flight to South Africa was forced to make an emergency landing in the Maldives when a 44-year-old passenger suffered a fatal heart attack.

The Airbus A340-300 was flying over the Indian Ocean on its way to Johannesburg on October 29 when the passenger, a South African, collapsed and fell unconscious as he returned to his seat after going to the toilet.

A nurse on board helped cabin crew give the man first aid, and the pilot - who was unable to establish a satellite link with the medical service Cathay uses - decided to touch down at the nearest airport.

Doctors met the aircraft and rushed the patient to hospital. He was certified dead shortly afterwards. The plane later resumed its 12-hour flight to Johannesburg, arriving about four hours behind schedule.

A Cathay Pacific spokeswoman said the passenger, who was travelling in economy class, had earlier complained of feeling unwell.

"Our crew members offered relief assistance and one of the passengers who was a nurse also attended to him," she said.

"He felt better and went to sleep. Later, our crew members found him collapsed and unconscious upon his return from the washroom."

The spokeswoman added: "We regret the unfortunate incident despite assistance rendered by our crew and passengers on board, and the medical professionals at the Maldives.

"Cathay Pacific expresses its condolences and has assisted the immediate family with the repatriation arrangements."

Pilots on board all Cathay planes are normally able to get instant advice from a team of medical professionals on what treatment to give and where and whether to land via Medlink, a US-based tele-medicine service.

Cathay is one of the few Asian airlines to subscribe to the service.

However, the 24-hour service - which enables three-way conversations between pilots, Hong Kong controllers and US-based specialist doctors - depends on a satellite link.

On Flight CX749 to Johannesburg, the emergency arose when the plane was in an area where, because of atmospheric conditions or the positioning of satellites, the pilots were unable to get through.

"It's like a mobile phone connection," said one pilot familiar with the system. "It works 90 per cent of the time but sometimes you'll be somewhere where you just can't get a signal.

"It's always the captain's final responsibility as to if and where to divert, bearing in mind things like weather.

"But once Medlink take over the case and we follow their advice, they pick up the tab for legal care and any legal liability. It's generally an excellent system."

The pilot said Medlink, run by Arizona-based MedAire, was popular with cockpit crews and was likely to be used by more and more airlines as the chances of passengers falling sick or dying on board increased.

"With bigger planes carrying more passengers and flying ever-greater distances, this kind of incident is going to become increasingly common," he said.

Currently, unofficial estimates of how many people die on board planes range from 300 to 1,000 a year. Most are only confirmed dead when they reach a hospital.

In 1998, Hong Kong-bound passengers complained when a heart-attack victim was left dead in his seat for three hours on an Emirates flight from Dubai via Manila.
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Old November 8th, 2004, 08:01 PM   #166
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China Eastern Seeks Investors To Strengthen Airline's Position

By Bruce Stanley
8 November 2004
The Asian Wall Street Journal

SHANGHAI -- China Eastern Airlines, one of China's three largest carriers, expressed surprise at the planned investment by onetime ally Cathay Pacific Airways in a Beijing-based rival and said it hoped to find a strategic investor of its own.

Li Fenghua, who became China Eastern's chairman last month, acknowledged Friday that his company needed to improve the quality of its service and the punctuality of its flights. He said the right foreign investor could help transform it into a stronger competitor.

"I'm not satisfied with the current situation," Mr. Li said. "It's my own wish to seek overseas investors as well as outstanding Chinese companies that could involve themselves in the management of China Eastern."

China Eastern emerged as one of China's biggest airlines, in number of passengers carried, after the government restructured the country's aviation industry last year by consolidating several smaller carriers into a trio of dominant players. Based in Shanghai, China Eastern splits its business about evenly between overseas and domestic routes. Its main rivals are China Southern Airlines, based in the southern city of Guangzhou, and Air China, headquartered in Beijing.

Until recently, China Eastern had a close relationship with Hong Kong's Cathay Pacific, which helped to train some of its managers and employees through personnel exchanges. Relations between the two cooled after China Eastern withheld support for Cathay's efforts to win Beijing's approval for flights on the profitable route between Hong Kong and Shanghai. Cathay embarked on a new partnership last month when it announced plans to buy a 9.9% stake in Air China once China's flagship carrier has an initial public offering later this year or in early 2005.

Cathay's planned investment in Air China "was a little bit unexpected," said Mr. Li, who is also president of his airline's holding company, China Eastern Air Holding Co. "But I can understand the ambition and emotion of Cathay Pacific to involve itself in the Chinese market."

Although China Eastern and Air China serve different regional markets within China, Mr. Li acknowledged that "there could be some threat" from an Air China invigorated by Cathay's financial strength and management expertise.

China Eastern had a 21% increase in domestic-passenger traffic in 2003 and forecasts a 15% rise for this year. With the domestic market going strong, Mr. Li believes foreign airlines might offer his company attractive terms to gain a foothold in Shanghai. He declined to name a preferred investor, but the secretary of China Eastern's board, Luo Zhuping, suggested that candidates might include Singapore Airlines, Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways.

As for joining a global airline alliance, the matter has been complicated by Cathay Pacific's pact with Air China, Mr. Luo said. For example, American Airlines, with which China Eastern has a code-sharing arrangement, belongs to the oneworld alliance -- but so does Cathay. That makes it harder for China Eastern to parlay its partnership with American into membership in a group that includes its powerful new rival.

Given such knots and stiff competition on flights from Shanghai to Los Angeles and some other overseas destinations, the carrier right now is focusing on growing inside China. China Eastern says it aims to boost its share of flights in and out of Shanghai to 40% from about 35%.
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10 November 2004
Cathay Pacific voted Best Business Class Cellar and First Class Most Original Wine List


“Best First Class White Wine” - Vincent Girardin Meursault Vieilles Vignes 2001


“Best Business Class Fortified or Sweet Wine” - Dow’s Late Bottled Vintage Port 1997


Best Business Class Cellar

Cathay Pacific Airways’ talent in selecting the finest wines to serve inflight has been recognised again with it being named the winner in the Cellar in the Sky 2004 wine awards run by Business Traveller and Wine International.

Cathay Pacific won awards for “Best Business Class Cellar” and “First Class Most Original Wine List”. Its Dow’s Late Bottled Vintage Port 1997 and Vincent Girardin Meursault Vieilles Vignes 2001 also won ‘Best Business Class Fortified or Sweet Wine” and “Best First Class White Wine” award respectively.

What gives Cathay Pacific a good nose for wine? First, it understands that successful selection of the wines to be served on board is not just a matter of reading the latest reviews and counting the medals. Tasting is extremely important because wines do taste different in the air due to the drier cabin air and the effects of air conditioning.

The airline has learned the specific characteristics that can help them to select wines. For instance, on board aircraft aromas tend to be reduced, and the tannin and bitterer flavor components are often more pronounced, so good characteristics for flying wines are a big fruit flavor, with mild tannins and a balanced acidity. The quality of the wines served on Cathay Pacific has already been widely recognised in the industry.

The latest Business Traveller and Wine International awards were the result of two days of tasting by a team of Wine International experts. Over 30 airlines competed in different categories for wines served in their first and business class.

Cathay Pacific offers a superior selection of champagne, red, white and dessert wines in its First and Business Class. All are specially selected by the airline’s experts not only to match the wide variety of inflight cuisine but also to suit the palates of passenger from different countries. Cathay Pacific serves more than 1 million bottles of wine and champagne every year from France, Italy, South Africa, Australia, the United States and New Zealand.

Cathay Pacific’s General Manager Inflight Services Peter Langslow said: “We are delighted to receive such significant awards. It is testament to our commitment in providing the very best products to all our customers and the expertise demonstrated by our staff.”

Cathay Pacific was recently voted “Best North Asian Airline” and “Best Airline Business Class” in this year’s TTG Asia Travel Awards. In this year’s 16th annual Robb Report awards for top luxury brands, Cathay Pacific was the world’s only airline rated “Best of the Best”. Cathay Pacific was cited for its ability to provide First Class travellers with “spacious sleeper seats, scrumptious menu selections, world class lounges, and first rate hospitality”.
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CX emergency landing

Cathay Pacific made an emergency landing at Los Angeles Int. Airport (LAX) last night because of an engine fire, it landed safely and nobody was hurt. The plane was on its way to Hong Kong.

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Cathay's Oct passenger traffic up 14.7 pct y/r

HONG KONG, Nov 11 (Reuters) - Hong Kong's main carrier, Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd , said on Thursday it carried 14.7 percent more passengers in October from a year ago, but margins were squeezed by high fuel prices.

The airline said it carried 1.17 million passengers in October, up from 1.09 million passengers in September.

"October was a strong month in terms of passenger numbers and revenue, with First and Business Class cabins on average almost two-thirds full," Ian Shiu, Cathay's general manager revenue management, sales & distribution said in a statement.

"Yet margins were squeezed as jet fuel prices peaked in October."

October's passenger load factor edged higher to 77.6 percent, from 75.2 percent the previous month.

The airline carried 90,533 tonnes of cargo in October, up from 83,687 tonnes in September.
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Engine fire forces Cathay Pacific jet to return to Los Angeles
Wednesday, November 10, 2004

(11-10) 12:18 PST LOS ANGELES (AP) --

A Cathay Pacific airliner carrying 324 passengers to Hong Kong safely returned to Los Angeles International Airport early Wednesday after an engine caught fire, officials said.

The four-engine Boeing 747 landed shortly after midnight, about 30 minutes after it took off, airport spokeswoman Nancy Castles said.

A maintenance worker and several other witnesses reported seeing sparks or flames in the plane's No. 4 engine as it was taking off, said Diana Joubert, an operations officer for the Federal Aviation Administration.

At the same time, the pilot notified air traffic controllers of the problem and asked for permission to return, Castles said.

"The pilot then spent the next half hour dumping fuel over the ocean," she said, adding that it was standard aviation procedure before a jetliner makes an emergency landing.

The cause of the fire was under investigation, said Frances Horner, a spokeswoman for the Hong Kong-based airline. Cathay Pacific was also working to place passengers on other flights to Hong Kong.
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A challenge to open skies in Asia?
Competitors see trouble in Cathay plans for Air China stake

Keith Bradsher
The New York Times
22 October 2004

Cathay Pacific Airways' pact to buy a stake in Air China has highlighted a struggle across east Asia, and especially in Hong Kong and mainland China, over how vigorously airlines should be allowed to compete with each other on international routes.

At stake is the world's fastest-growing regional aviation market, with China at its core. The fight over market access has drawn not only airlines but investment bankers seeking deals and consultants, lawyers and lobbyists seeking contracts.

At the heart of the debate lies Hong Kong, home to Asia's biggest airport for international passenger traffic and the world's biggest hub for international air cargo shipments. Many of the arguments here echo those at hubs dominated by a single carrier in the United States.

Cathay Pacific is the biggest carrier here, and has opposed allowing other carriers, especially American and Australian airlines, greater rights to fly through Hong Kong and pick up passengers to carry to other Asian destinations. At the same time, however, Cathay and the Hong Kong government have been pressing Beijing to allow more flights between Hong Kong and mainland Chinese cities.

The most immediate question now is whether Cathay's planned 9.9 percent stake in state-owned Air China will help soften objections from Beijing to allowing more Cathay flights to the mainland. Beijing has strictly limited the number of these flights while trying to prepare its domestic carriers for international competition, although it raised the ceiling somewhat last month and has allowed more nonstop flights lately from the United States.

Antony Tyler, who oversees Cathay's route negotiations as its director of corporate development, said at a forum on Thursday that Wednesday's Air China deal made sense even leaving aside access to the Chinese market. "This is an investment, and getting additional traffic rights into China is a totally separate issue," he said.

But Tyler also voiced earlier in the forum Cathay's continued desire to offer flights from Hong Kong to Shanghai. DragonAir, a carrier in which the Chinese government is the biggest stakeholder, conducts a thriving business on the route. Cathay owns a sixth of the shares of DragonAir. Hong Kong has moved steadily to allow more flights from other countries, sometimes over Cathay's objections, but not fast enough to suit FedEx Express, which is now in talks to open an Asian hub 130 kilometers, or 80 miles, up the Pearl River in Guangzhou instead. It has been strongly critical of Cathay.

"When you look at Hong Kong, Hong Kong is a market of monopolies and duopolies," said David Cunningham, the president of Asian and Pacific operations for FedEx. "My concern for Hong Kong is that, living here and loving it, the world has moved beyond that."

Cathay Pacific carries a third of the passengers passing through Hong Kong; holds its minority stake in DragonAir, which has another tenth of the market; and is now moving to invest in Air China, with another several percentage points of the traffic here.

Limits on competition have tended to mean high prices but also superb service. Cathay's numerous and fast-moving flight attendants manage to serve every economy-class passenger a hot meal even during 80-minute flights aboard packed jumbo jets to Taipei.

Tyler acknowledged that air fares here are somewhat higher than in other markets, but attributed this to historical factors, notably differences in exchange rates. He insisted that Hong Kong was a competitive market, adding that DragonAir and Cathay compete not only with each other but with at least one other carrier on every route.

Last year's lethal outbreak here of severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS, underlined the value to Hong Kong of having a locally based carrier, because other airlines were quick to suspend service here while Cathay kept flying, Tyler said. "We kept Hong Kong connected to the world," he said.

In a gibe at the United States, which has sought greater access for its carriers here over the years, Sandra Lee, Hong Kong's permanent secretary for economic development, said that Hong Kong's policies did not include giving soft loans to airlines or allowing airlines to take refuge from creditors in Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings.

As in Europe, decades of nationalistic policies in Asia aimed at protecting flag carriers from foreign competition are gradually being dismantled. Limits on the number of international flights between any two cities are being raised and, in some cases, eliminated.

Together with the arrival of budget carriers like Air Asia of Malaysia and Virgin Blue of Australia, the new freedom to compete is forcing established airlines to control costs and, in some cases, reduce fares.

Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand have led the trend toward open skies, drawing more passengers through their airports as a result, sometimes at the expense of Hong Kong.

"If I were Lufthansa and United, which have clearly courted Air China, I'm sure I'd think, 'what is this all going to amount to?'" Tyler said.
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14 November 2004
Cathay Pacific reintroduces "World Pass” offer to Hong Kong

Cathay Pacific Airways today reintroduced its popular World Pass packages that offer Hong Kong travellers multiple trips at special prices to more than 30 cities throughout the region and around the world.

This year’s “Cathay Pacific World Pass” provides the option of either one long-haul and one short-haul or two long-haul and one short-haul flight. Packages are available for travel in both Business and Economy Class and an upgrade from Business to First Class is available for an additional fee.

Long-haul destinations: Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Cairns, Auckland, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York*, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, London, Paris, Rome, Johannesburg.

Short-haul destinations: Taipei, Bangkok, Cebu, Manila, Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Singapore, Denpasar, Jakarta, Surabaya, Colombo, Bahrain*, Dubai*, Riyadh*, Mumbai, Delhi, Karachi.

These special tickets will be on sale between 15 November and 26 November2004 and travel must be completed by 15 July 2005. The same city can be visited more than once. All flights must originate in Hong Kong.

Asia Miles accrual and other terms and conditions apply. For details, please contact your travel agent or call Cathay Pacific Airways on 2747 1577 or visit our web site at www.cathaypacific.com.hk

Cathay Pacific Airways General Manager Sales Hong Kong and China Clement Lam said: “As Hong Kong’s airline, we encourage Hong Kong people to see beyond our home and experience the different cultures of the world. The Cathay Pacific World Pass offers both great value and a great opportunity to explore different parts of the world.”

"Cathay Pacific World Pass 2004" Packages:
1 Long-haul + 1 Short-haul (Round-trip Ticket)
Economy Class HK$8,380
Business Class HK$30,980
2 Long-haul + 1 Short-haul(Round-trip Ticket)
Economy Class HK$12,680
Business Class HK$53,980

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Old November 17th, 2004, 10:22 PM   #175
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Wednesday November 17, 4:45 PM
HK's Cathay Pacific Asks Philippine Govt To OK Fare Hike

MANILA (Dow Jones)--Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. (0293.HK) has sought approval to further raise its fuel surcharge on flights originating in the Philippines.

In papers that Cathay Pacific filed with the Philippines' Civil Aeronautics Board, whose contents were relayed to reporters by a CAB official Wednesday, the Hong Kong airline sought approval for the imposition of an additional $8 surcharge on long-haul flights and $2.20 for regional destinations to cope with rising cost of fuel.

If approved, this will be the third increase this year in Cathay Pacific's fuel surcharge. CAB last month allowed the airline to raise its surcharge to $19 from $14 on long-haul flights and to $7 from $5 for shorter routes.

Other international carriers such as Northwest Airlines Corp. (NWAC), Singapore Airlines Ltd. (S55.SG), and Eva Airways Corp. (2618.TW) have also sought increases in their fuel surcharges.
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Old November 19th, 2004, 01:06 AM   #176
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18 November 2004
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Cathay Pacific unveils new crew uniform

Cathay Pacific Airways today unveiled its new-look uniform created by celebrity Hong Kong designer Eddie Lau, which will debut on the airline next Spring.

Lau’s refresh of his original 1999 design, currently worn by Cathay Pacific staff and crew, has a more modern edge in reflection of changing fashions and times. Slimmer cut, the uniforms offer a younger look and are more practical.

Most of the changes are subtle yet the fabric and new cut will produce a sharper silhouette. Uniform colours for various ranks will not change, but yellow will stand out as a signature colour element common across all ranks.

Major modifications for female uniforms include a shorter jacket with vents and the skirt a little longer with cut to just above the knee. The standard white blouse will be simpler with the company’s signature brush wing pattern paired down from five to two colours – yellow and red.

The female Inflight Service Managers, Airport Service Managers and Manager on Duty uniform will move to a three-piece blouse, jacket and skirt instead of the one-piece dress and long jacket allowing an easier movement.

For male uniforms, the waistcoat will acquire lapels and the trousers will be cut slimmer with just two, rather than three, pleats at the front. New ties will be simplified into plain grey, purple, blue or burgundy according to rank.

Cathay Pacific’s Director Service Delivery Quince Chong said, “Cathay Pacific is committed to continuous improvement, and in these years we keep enhancing our products and services on the ground and in the air. It is our aim to ensure that we always look our best to the passengers.”

Says Eddie Lau: “When Cathay Pacific approached me in February this year to do the refresh, I looked back at all the collections I did before and took different elements from each. The overall aim was to come up with something less complicated, fresher with a younger look, and better reflects the changing profile of the crew community. ”

The airlines’ frontline staff in Hong Kong and flight attendants will appear in the new uniforms from March next year and be adopted by all airport staff overseas by June 2005.








Hong Kong celebrity fashion designer Eddie Lau and Cathay Pacific’s Director Service Delivery Quince Chong together with the cabin crew in the new-look uniform.
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Sexy but subtle - Cathay's staff join the style-high club
Nick Gentle
19 November 2004
South China Morning Post

Cathay Pacific customers can look forward to staff and air crew donning a more "sexy but subtle" version of their uniform next year.

The new look, unveiled yesterday, is intended to give a more modern edge to the existing uniform, created in 1999 by celebrity designer Eddie Lau Pui-kei.

Lau, better known for his work with late pop diva Anita Mui Yim-fong, is also behind the updated look, which he said simplified the existing uniforms while giving staff a fresher, younger appearance.

It is the first time the airline has refined rather than redesigned an existing uniform for its 8,000 cabin and ground staff.

"Simplicity was number one," Lau said. "But we also wanted to give the uniform a better silhouette - sexy but subtle."

The updated uniforms feature longer skirts and shorter, vented jackets for women, and slimmer trousers, lapelled waistcoats and single-colour ties for men.

Blouses will move from having Cathay's signature brushed wing patterned in five colours to just two: red and yellow, a choice Lau says is not a nod to the colours of China but more accurately reflects the airline's role as a modern Asian carrier.

Cathay grooming counsellor Iris Lim said uniform styles generally lasted eight to 10 years.
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Plane passengers' 20ft fireball terror
By Bo Wilson and Victoria Fletcher, Evening Standard
19 November 2004

Passengers today told how they feared they were going to die when an engine on their aircraft burst into a huge ball of flame.

The Cathay Pacific flight from Heathrow to Hong Kong turned round four hours into the flight and landed back in London today.

Passenger Dr Robin Singh, who was overlooking the wing, said: "It was a 20ft ball of flame. The wing caught fire and then it was coming towards the window.

"People started screaming. As it was reaching the window I thought, 'This is it'. I thought it was going to engulf the plane." But by the time flight CX250, with 322 passengers, touched down, the flames had subsided.

The passengers were put up in an hotel, where they were today awaiting replacement flights. They had been told the plane was being rerouted, but were amazed when it did not head for the nearest airport.

Confirming one of its engines had been in trouble, a Cathay Pacific spokesman said: "There were three working engines and at no time were the passengers or staff in danger."

Dr Singh, of the University of Middlesex Hospital in Isleworth, said: "We were flying over Russia, but they said we were going back to London, four hours away. They said it was because the service centre was there."

Jackie Thatcher, and her friend Maureen Weston, from Bath, were travelling to Melbourne. Mrs Thatcher said: "As we came into land, we saw blue sparks coming from under the wing. The engine the captain had shut off earlier had been a different one."

Miss Weston said she first noticed a problem when the plane began to shake violently. "The plane felt very hot, then all of a sudden it shook three times - swaying to the left and right," she said. "I thought I smelt smoke."

Kevin Clark, a businessman returning to Hong Kong after a meeting in Paris, said: "Just after we came into land the captain said the engine was popping and rumbling."

A Dutch passenger who was sitting in the left-hand side of the plane said he saw huge flames jump from the engine. "The sky outside was dark and they stretched right out behind the plane," he said.

"But after a minute they had gone."
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November 20, 2004
Cathay offers wings to dreamers Young people with a passion for flying have the chance to win a cadetship with the airline

MOST PEOPLE dream of being a pilot. Unfortunately, in the real world, this is not possible and most of us have to settle for second-best - being a passenger on a plane.

But some are fortunate to be a pilot and for a lucky few in Hong Kong this opportunity is possible through Cathay Pacific's cadet pilot programme.

Established in 1988, the programme is part of the company's ongoing commitment to Hong Kong. In this case, the commitment takes the form of providing an opportunity for local people to train to become pilots. This previously was not possible.

The 60-week stint is held at a flight training school in Adelaide, Australia, renowned for its good flying conditions year-round. Cathay works in partnership with the school and is the sponsor for each of its cadets, which includes the cost of the course, accommodation, meals and the provision of a small allowance.

Once the training is successfully completed the trainee receives a commercial pilot's licence, which is necessary for a cadet to be part of the piloting crew with Cathay. They begin their career with Cathay as a second officer.

The programme has several stages broken into two core elements - ground and flying.

The first week consists of cadets going through outbound training for team building purposes.

This is followed by a month of ground training where they learn the theory behind the basic principles of flying.

Weeks six to 25 consist of alternate days of ground training and flying - the former involving learning and preparation for the Hong Kong pilot's exam and the latter including the first solo flight in a single-engine aircraft and other general flying exercises needed to obtain a pilot's licence.

Gabriel Mok, a second officer, who completed his cadetship in May, said: "There were so many flying skills to acquire and so much knowledge to absorb within a limited time-frame. There were certainly challenging days in Adelaide."

To pass the two-day Hong Kong commercial licence exam, trainees also undergo a two-week practical study on the ground.

The real fun then starts as the next 17 weeks are all about flying, covering navigation, flying on instruments and visuals and other specialised flying techniques.

During this time the required flying hours are clocked up to obtain the licence; the base is 160 hours, but most cadets require 200 or more.

There are two practical exams, one on instruments and the other on twin-engine piloting, and several in-house exams to judge a cadet's overall progress on a practical and theoretical level.

"The ground school provided me with aviation knowledge on a very comprehensive level, including navigation, flight planning, engineering, law and much more," Mr Mok said.

"In my case, during the flight training element I acquired 220 hours of flying time with four aircraft types and two flight simulators."

The last five weeks include simulator training and Cathay's tailor-made element to familiarise the cadet with flying a commercial aircraft and Cathay's standard operating procedures, which are unique to the airline.

To date, 270 cadets have passed and have been offered a position with Cathay.

Of these, 85 per cent remained with the airline, Peggy Chung, assistant manager, flight crew recruitment (cadet pilot), said. Because the programme costs the company about $ 1 million per cadet it is very strict in selecting candidates and would rather select fewer than targeted than fill projections with unsuitable candidates.

"It is a quality-driven recruitment process. We target 36 cadets a year from 2,000 applications, but last year we selected only 22," Ms Chung said.

The company aims to send three groups of cadets to Australia each year.

"If you have an interest in becoming a pilot with Cathay ... make sure you have a real interest in flying. Getting up to fly at 3am takes passion," Ms Chung said.

The selection process is rigorous and involves several rounds of interviews and a series of tests - aptitude, reasoning, numeric, language, and computer skills.

Candidates who perform well in interview and test stages are sent to Adelaide for a two-week flight grading.

A final selection grading is made and successful candidates are offered a place on the cadet pilot programme.

Mr Mok said: "I think I was selected for my motivation and determination to succeed - I spent a lot of time on preparation before tasks and on evaluation afterwards - and for my passion to fly. I love the freedom of manoeuvring the aircraft.

"Working as a pilot is a very rewarding experience with great career prospects and job satisfaction.

"The dynamic life of a pilot provides me with world perspectives and I encourage anyone who is passionate about aviation to take this golden opportunity to become a cadet pilot."
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