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Old August 5th, 2010, 10:01 AM   #1781
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Dragonair attendants threaten to strike
4 August 2010
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Dragonair flight attendants are threatening to strike unless the airline cuts cabin crews' workload, which they say is affecting their mental and physical health.

The Hong Kong Dragon Airlines Flight Attendants Association will stage a protest on Friday as a warning, but the union's chairwoman, Winnie Poon, said it would escalate into a strike within three weeks if the airline did not propose any remedies.

Cathay Pacific's cabin crew union said it would support any reasonable action taken by its counterparts at Dragonair.

This follows a strike move by drivers of New World First Bus and its sister company, Citybus, planned for Monday. Unionists said up to 700 First Bus drivers would join the action, while a similar number of Citybus drivers would work to rule.

Poon said the flight attendants were being forced to take action as management had ignored their demands for more rest and higher overtime pay over the past two months.

"They cut about 10 per cent of manpower on each of the flights, and lately we were coerced to fly two more flights just after we returned to Hong Kong from 13 hours' duty."

That meant flight attendants who flew three short-haul trips between Hong Kong, Taipei and Shanghai, had to fly another return trip after returning to Hong Kong from overnighting in Shanghai.

Such arrangements do not violate duty time limits set down by the Civil Aviation Department, but Poon said it left attendants with no private life.

"A lot of our staff became unable to take care of their children and families under such chaotic arrangements, and the airline is not even offering extra pay for the overtime."

Dragonair has added at least 10 extra flights a week recently to cope with the summer peak.

Dragonair said the management shared staff concerns over the manpower situation and said it had been flexible in handling staff requests for days off. A spokesman said things would improve when 70 new recruits were ready to work in October.
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CX mulled to fly domestic again
August 3, 2010

Hong Kong based airline, Cathay Pacific is being eyed by the government again to cover the flight allotments of Philippine Airlines in the event it can't handle the surge of domestic travelers in the coming months.

"If it worsen then we are ready to re-allocate traffic rights to foreign airlines" says DOTC Undersecretary Dante Velasco who disclosed the plan after sensing that the meeting between the pilots association and PAL management is not the end of its trouble.

The government postponed the dialogue between the management and pilots of the Philippine Airlines (PAL) for tomorrow when no pilots other than its representative at ALPAP showed at the DOTC grounds in Ortigas.

June to October is the lean season for domestic flights. What the government foresee however is the inability of other local carriers to service passengers at peak season starting November.

"We have talks with other airlines like Cebu Pacific and Zest Air, and they said that the additional capacity they have is not sufficient to cover demand at that period" adds Velasco.

The government said that they have done re-allocation of traffic rights in the past citing the services of Cathay Pacific in 1998 when PAL was unable to fly its route and is not ruling out the possibility of calling them again in case of “worst-case scenarios.”

"This is a national interest issue. But of course we will offer this right to other domestic operators if they can fill the demand" Velasco said.
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Old August 6th, 2010, 06:32 PM   #1783
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Cathay Pacific first in Asia to enable passengers to change bookings online

Cathay Pacific Airways has become the first airline in Asia to enable those passengers making online bookings to change or reissue their tickets through its website's Calendar Display feature. The facility allow passengers to choose alternative flights or travel dates as they please and is applicable for all tickets purchased through the airlines website, whether unused or partially flown.

Previously, such changes could only be made through Cathay Pacific’s Reservations offices or travel agents, but now passengers have the flexibility to do it themselves, for inbound or outbound Cathay Pacific flights to any destination, for round-trip tickets or one way, and also for flights involving interline partners. All the usual ticketing rules and Terms & Conditions still apply.

The new booking change facility was soft-launched in North America in June and has already proved popular with customers flying from the United States and Canada. The system will roll out next in Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, the UK and Europe, and will be introduced for the Hong Kong market in the fourth quarter of this year. By the second quarter of 2011 it will be available in every market around the Cathay Pacific network.

Cathay Pacific Manager e-Business Lawrence Fong said: “More and more of our passengers are booking their flights and managing their journeys through our website. We are delighted to become a pioneer in Asia by offering our customers the opportunity to change their bookings themselves according to their own needs, and we will continue our work to give people even more control over their journeys.”

To change their bookings, passengers need to access the “Manage My Booking” function at the Cathay Pacific website and click on the “Change Booking” icon. Features include ticket eligibility checking, the calendar display, a re-pricing function, offers for tickets in other fare groups and the ability to reissue electronic tickets.

The “Manage My Booking” function on the Cathay Pacific website was introduced in 2009 to enable all passengers to retrieve the most updated flight status and edit their personal information to ensure they are promptly informed of any booking or flight changes. They can also make requests for special meals or other services required, access travel alerts and advisories, and find information relating to baggage requirements and visas.


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Old August 6th, 2010, 06:40 PM   #1784
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Cathay Pacific recorded huge net profit

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The Cathay Pacific Group today announced a profit of HK$6,840 million for the first six months of 2010. This compares to a profit of HK$812 million in the first half of 2009. Earnings per share were up 8.4 times to HK173.9 cents. Turnover for the period increased by 33.7% to HK$41,337 million.

Cathay Pacific has committed to investing in new aircraft and other items such as the new cargo terminal at Hong Kong International Airport and upgrades to its product in the cabin and on the ground between now and 2013. In addition, the airline has just signed a Letter of Intent with Airbus to buy 30 A350-900s and also intends to exercise purchase rights with Boeing to buy another six 777-300ERs. The total catalogue price of these aircraft will be about HK$75 billion. The new A350s will be delivered between 2016 and 2019 and will be used partly to replace some of the airline’s older aircraft and partly to accommodate future growth.

In the first half of the year the Cathay Pacific Group experienced a continuing and significant recovery in its core business following the extremely challenging conditions experienced for much of the previous year. The turnround in business that began in the last quarter of 2009 continued into 2010 and gained momentum. Both the passenger and cargo businesses of Cathay Pacific and Dragonair performed well with revenues continuing to increase despite uncertainty over the stability of the global economy.

In recognition of the positive interim result and the great effort made by its staff, the airline will pay an advance profit share in the form of an ex-gratia payment of 14 days salary to all eligible members of the Cathay Pacific team. This is a down payment on the final share of profit that will be calculated on the basis of the full-year results for 2010.

The Group’s passenger business experienced a marked improvement from the lows of 2009 with revenues returning to almost pre-financial crisis levels. In economy class, load factors were generally high, as they were during much of the previous year, and yields increased. In the premium classes there was a sharp increase in demand for business travel originating in Hong Kong although this was not matched by a comparable increase in demand for travel originating in other major cities. The two airlines carried a total of 13.0 million passengers in the first six months of 2010 – an increase of 8.5% year on year. The load factor increased by 5.5% points. Capacity decreased by 0.1%. Passenger revenue for the half-year period was HK$27,411 million – an increase of 25.7% from the first half of 2009. Yield increased by 17.5% to HK58.4 cents.

Cargo business was very robust for the whole of the first half with strong demand in all key markets. The cargo load factor increased by 11.8% points compared with the first half of 2009, hitting a record of 78.0%. By July the airline had brought back into service all five aircraft parked in the desert during last year’s downturn which helped it to meet demand. In the half year the amount of freight carried by both airlines increased by 24.4% to 872,000 tonnes. Cargo revenue increased by 63.1% to HK$11,844 million while yield increased by 36.1% to HK$2.26.

Fuel is the airline’s most significant cost component and fuel prices once again increased in the first half of 2010 - by 51.1% compared to the same period in 2009. Managing the risk associated with fuel price changes is a key challenge and objective.

After the extremely challenging conditions of much of 2009 the Cathay Pacific Group welcomed the subsequent turnround in business. In 2010 the airline has been able to restore capacity and reinstate services, and the turnround has enabled the Group to rebuild its balance sheet and strengthen its financial position, putting it in a better position to proceed with its core objectives of growing its airlines and further strengthening the position of Hong Kong as one of the world’s leading international aviation hubs.

The strategic partnership with Air China continues to go from strength to strength with an important development in the relationship – the formation of a new cargo joint venture based in Shanghai – announced in February. The two airlines will use an existing Air China subsidiary, Air China Cargo, in which Cathay Pacific will take equity and economic interest of 49%, as the platform for the joint venture, which is expected to begin operations in October. At the same time Cathay Pacific reaffirmed its commitment to the Hong Kong hub by recommencing work in March on its own cargo terminal at Hong Kong International Airport – a state-of-the-art HK$5.5 billion facility designed to enhance the competitiveness and efficiency of Hong Kong as an airfreight hub.

Cathay Pacific Chairman Christopher Pratt said: “If present trends continue, we expect our financial results to continue to be strong in the second half of 2010. That said, conditions can change rapidly in the airline industry. Our results would be adversely affected, and very quickly so, by a significant further increase in fuel prices or any return to the recessionary economic conditions of 2008 and much of 2009.

“We remain confident in the long-term future of the Cathay Pacific Group and Hong Kong. We are in a challenging and unpredictable industry and we have to be mindful of the many things – economic fluctuations, rising fuel prices, even volcanic eruptions – that can quickly have an impact on our business. Nevertheless, we have a number of things working in our favour, including our capable, supportive and committed team, a superb international network, effective management of costs, our quality service and product offering, a strong relationship with Air China, and our position in Hong Kong – one of the world’s great cities and a premier international aviation hub. These core strengths will, I believe, ensure the continued success of the Company.”
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Old August 7th, 2010, 02:52 AM   #1786
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Cathay Pacific first in Asia to enable passengers to change bookings online

Cathay Pacific Airways has become the first airline in Asia to enable those passengers making online bookings to change or reissue their tickets through its website.......... The facility allow passengers to choose alternative flights or travel dates as they please and is applicable for all tickets purchased through the airlines website, whether unused or partially flown.
1st in Asia....? I know Air Asia have been providing this facility for quite some time already.
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Old August 7th, 2010, 07:58 AM   #1787
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1st in Asia....? I know Air Asia have been providing this facility for quite some time already.
You can change your itinerary with Air Asia?
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Old August 8th, 2010, 07:31 AM   #1789
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Dragonair attendants threaten to strike
4 August 2010
South China Morning Post

Dragonair flight attendants are threatening to strike unless the airline cuts cabin crews' workload, which they say is affecting their mental and physical health.

The Hong Kong Dragon Airlines Flight Attendants Association will stage a protest on Friday as a warning, but the union's chairwoman, Winnie Poon, said it would escalate into a strike within three weeks if the airline did not propose any remedies.

Cathay Pacific's cabin crew union said it would support any reasonable action taken by its counterparts at Dragonair.

This follows a strike move by drivers of New World First Bus and its sister company, Citybus, planned for Monday. Unionists said up to 700 First Bus drivers would join the action, while a similar number of Citybus drivers would work to rule.

Poon said the flight attendants were being forced to take action as management had ignored their demands for more rest and higher overtime pay over the past two months.

"They cut about 10 per cent of manpower on each of the flights, and lately we were coerced to fly two more flights just after we returned to Hong Kong from 13 hours' duty."

That meant flight attendants who flew three short-haul trips between Hong Kong, Taipei and Shanghai, had to fly another return trip after returning to Hong Kong from overnighting in Shanghai.

Such arrangements do not violate duty time limits set down by the Civil Aviation Department, but Poon said it left attendants with no private life.

"A lot of our staff became unable to take care of their children and families under such chaotic arrangements, and the airline is not even offering extra pay for the overtime."

Dragonair has added at least 10 extra flights a week recently to cope with the summer peak.

Dragonair said the management shared staff concerns over the manpower situation and said it had been flexible in handling staff requests for days off. A spokesman said things would improve when 70 new recruits were ready to work in October.
There is a cantonese saying "食得鹹魚抵得渴". That's the nature of service industry.
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Old August 8th, 2010, 07:35 AM   #1790
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You can change your itinerary with Air Asia?
Yes. I changed my itinerary via AirAsia site for a couple of times, since early 2009.
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Old August 8th, 2010, 09:19 AM   #1791
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There is a cantonese saying "食得鹹魚抵得渴". That's the nature of service industry.
I thought the CAD restricts the number of hours cabin crew can work .. so how is it possible to do a 13-hour shift?

I tend to agree it's unreasonable if the duties are the same but there are less staff. If they serve less meals and drinks, then perhaps I can see room to cut cabin crew. The other part of it is whether safety will be compromised.

It's the same if you go to a bank and cannot find a financial advisor because there are too few of them and too many of you. In the end, you go to another bank where you can find service. Better to have the staff complain to you now than have the customer leave.
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Old August 8th, 2010, 01:51 PM   #1792
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I believe that, as an well-established airline, KA won't do anything that is breaking the regulation.

I got the feeling that KA wanted to "utilize" the cabin crew resources to capacity, and the crews were not happy with that. The unions of the airlines employees are one of the strongest and toughest among all labour segments. In the end it's $$$ they are after. I could understand their action.

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Old August 10th, 2010, 07:22 AM   #1793
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The case of the disappearing life jackets
Scores of vests go missing from Cathay Pacific planes, and some thieves end up in court

7 August 2010
South China Morning Post

On June 28, Hotimah BT Liman Mujali, an Indonesian transit passenger flying through Hong Kong, was fined HK$500 after being arrested the previous day at the airport. In March, a Vietnamese transit passenger, Nguyen Thanh Tu, was jailed for six days after security stopped him at the airport.

Their crime? The theft of life jackets from their aircraft.

Hotimah, a 28-year-old domestic helper, and Nguyen, 27, a construction worker, had each stolen a life jacket on board their Cathay Pacific flights.

They subsequently pleaded guilty in Tsuen Wan Court to theft. In both cases, airport security discovered the vests in the passengers' bags as they were transiting through Hong Kong. Nguyen told police he had stolen the vest "for his own use".

Hotimah and Nguyen, it appears, are not alone.

Cathay Pacific Airways says about 100 life vests go missing per month from its planes. There was evidence or suspicion of theft in some cases, and the airline reported two or three cases to the police each month, the airline's corporate communications manager, Elin Wong, said. As for the remainder, the airline believed they were illegally removed, but it was impossible to confirm that.

Police said there were on average two life-jacket thefts per month.

The chairwoman of the Cathay Pacific Airways Flight Attendants Union, Dora Lai Yuk-sim, said some staff had noticed that life jackets go missing. However, catching people taking the vests - about the size of the amenity kit of socks and eye shades given to passengers - was difficult.

Wong said the airline did not want to speculate on the motives of passengers who stole life jackets. "We have no idea why people would want to take such things," she said.

Lai, likewise, said she did not know why passengers would steal the vests.

"Some people think it's interesting to collect the cutlery; they might think it's useful. Different people have different interests for collecting," she said, adding that cutlery theft occurred more frequently.

But the police had an answer. "A majority of the arrested persons claimed they did not know that it could not be taken away, and some thought it was a gift from airlines."

Whatever the reason, the thefts are a problem.

"As the safety of our passengers and crew is the top priority of Cathay Pacific and the life jacket is a life-saving device, we take this matter seriously," Wong said. "We report all suspected cases to the police."

The police said airlines affected by the thefts had been advised to put a warning on life jackets reminding passengers they are the property of the airline and that anyone taking one faced prosecution.

Each life jacket cost about HK$350, Cathay Pacific said.

Dragonair corporate communications manager Ivan Chan said the airline had reported no cases of thefts of life jackets. Other airlines could not be reached.

The Civil Aviation Department said prevention of theft was the responsibility of aircraft operators and that it would ensure crime prevention measures adopted in aircraft did not affect flight safety.

Airlines kept an adequate number of spare life jackets in each aircraft in case some went missing or were damaged, it said.
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LOL. Who hasn't stolen at least one life jacket in thier lifetime?
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Tainted fuel blamed for Mayday landing
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A Cathay Pacific aircraft forced to make an emergency landing in Hong Kong used Indonesian- supplied fuel that was contaminated, according to investigators.

Fine spherical particles were found in the engine fuel components, the engine fuel system and aircraft fuel tanks, according to a bulletin yesterday from the Accident Investigation Division of the Civil Aviation Department.

"Examination and analysis indicated that those spheres could not have been generated from within the aircraft airframe or engine systems under normal operating conditions and environment," the bulletin said.

Cathay Flight 780 had pumped 24,400 kilograms of fuel at Juanda International Airport in Surabaya, Indonesia, before taking off for Hong Kong, the report said.

Before the Cathay incident, there had been extension work performed to the hydrant refueling circuit as part of Juanda airport's apron extension project. A subsequent investigation at the Indonesian airport found that some of the recommissioning procedures were not in line with industry guidelines and practices.

The hydrant refueling system was used for the Cathay aircraft before the completion of the recommissioning procedures, the report said. Flight CX780 declared a Mayday on approaching Hong Kong International Airport on April 13, with one engine stalled and the other with only 70 percent power.

The emergency landing injured 57 passengers, 10 of whom were sent to hospitals. Six tires were blown out.

The report recommended that Juanda airport authorities conduct an extensive review of the re- commissioning procedures and ensure the procedures are completed before resuming hydrant refueling at the airport.

The investigation aims to identify the cause of the loss of thrust control which led to the emergency landing of the Airbus SAS A330.

The second bulletin issued yesterday came three months after the investigation team issued its preliminary report in May. Cathay Pacific said in a separate statement no faults were found with the aircraft or engine control systems.

The Civil Aviation Department, in conjunction with the Air Accident Investigation Branch of the United Kingdom, the French civil aviation safety bureau and the US National Transportation Safety Board, will continue the investigation with the support of Airbus, Rolls-Royce and Cathay Pacific Airways.
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Cathay Pacific releases combined traffic figures for July 2010

Cathay Pacific Airways today released combined Cathay Pacific and Dragonair traffic figures for July 2010 which show a significant increase in the number of passengers and amount of cargo and mail carried compared to the same month last year.

Cathay Pacific and Dragonair carried a total of 2,485,244 passengers in July – up 19.5% on the same month last year. The passenger load factor was 87.5%, a rise of 4 percentage points, while capacity for the month, measured in available seat kilometres (ASKs), was up by 8.8%. For the first seven months of 2010, the number of passengers carried was up by 10.1% compared to an ASK rise of 1.1%.

The two airlines carried a total of 157,374 tonnes of cargo and mail last month, up 18.1% on July last year. The cargo and mail load factor was 76.0%, a rise of 3.4 percentage points, while capacity, measured in available cargo/mail tonne kilometres, was up by 21.3%. For the year to date, tonnage has grown by 23.4% compared to a capacity increase of 9.2%.

Cathay Pacific General Manager Revenue Management Tom Owen said: "Passenger demand remained firm as we moved into the normal summer peak month. In particular, demand to and from Hong Kong grew on both long-haul and regional routes compared to last year. The China market was also quite solid. Responding to the seasonal demand, we operated a number of extra sectors to cater for our Hong Kong based passengers. We are also adding capacity in the last quarter to enhance the network available from the Hong Kong hub as well as providing more scheduling convenience for our customers.”

Cathay Pacific General Manager Cargo Sales & Marketing James Woodrow said: "We saw a significant rise in our capacity in July as all previously parked freighters were returned to service, but the increase in tonnage was almost on a par due to sustained strong demand out of our key markets. Demand to Europe was softer than for transpacific routes but we have been encouraged by the strengthening of inbound loads into Hong Kong and China, which has helped to drive up our overall cargo and mail load factor.”
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Dragonair attendants demand better terms
7 August 2010
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Cabin crew are apparently not reaping the benefits of rebounding profits at major airlines - more than 100 Dragonair flight attendants vented their frustrations over long work hours and "unfair" employment conditions yesterday.

In a sign that all is not well among carriers despite increasingly full business-class and first-class seats and surging inflight sales, about 150 protesting flight attendants, chanting "Dragon Air, Never Fair", rallied at the airport, calling for more humane working conditions and fair compensation.

Winnie Poon, chairwoman of the Dragon Airlines Flight Attendants Association, said cabin crew were often called on to do extra shifts at the last minute.

"We are just asking for basic human rights. Cabin crew - they are working more than 10 hours a day. They don't even have 10 minutes for meals or to go to the toilet. We are requesting more manpower from the company and a backup roster," Poon said.

"We don't even know what time we can go home. When we get back from a flight, at 9am for example, if there is not enough manpower in the afternoon, the company will request the cabin crew to operate two more sectors. That means they need to work until 9pm."

Although there are Civil Aviation Department regulations over how long cabin crew can work before they are required to rest, Dragonair often schedules the maximum allowable flying time for its flight attendants. This means a flight attendant who works 15 hours will have 11 hours of rest time, although this is cut short by the time needed to go home and shower, for example, Poon said.

Some cabin crew are also told to go home at the last minute when a flight is not full. Usually, a full Airbus A330 requires 13 cabin crew members but Poon said some relatively empty flights last month needed only eight to 10 crew members.

"In a 30-minute flight to Guangzhou, we need to provide full service, including meals, wine service, coffee or tea, and even sell duty-free products. Worse still, only five of us are serving a total of 200 passengers. It's impossible," one flight attendant said.

Another flight attendant said many cabin crew members had urinary tract infections because there was not enough time to go to the toilet. "We just drink as little water as possible to reduce the frequency of going to the washroom," she said.

In a statement, Dragonair said the airline had implemented some measures to address staff concerns, including compensation for transport and meal expenses, and suspending non-essential training.

It said the airline also rewards cabin crew who delay their annual leave, work on their holidays and extend their flying time with flexibility in their rosters. Flight attendants are also given more flexibility to pick their days off if they are willing to work extra shifts, known as carry-on duties.

Poon said the airline planned to recruit 72 cabin crew in October.
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Cathay Pacific and its Diamond Plus top tier

If you are a Diamond member of Cathay Pacific’s Marco Polo Club you might not be aware there is a further – higher – tier to aspire to: Diamond Plus.

Introduced in 2006, the initiative is offered annually to the top one percent of Diamond members worldwide “in recognition of their exceptional and consistent travel performance and their contribution to Cathay Pacific and Dragonair”.

To reach Diamond status, a customer has rack up 120,000 Club Miles within a year (or 80 Club Sectors).

According to a CX spokesperson, Diamond Plus and Diamond members are “considered in the same tier in every aspect”. However, Diamond Plus get extra perks consisting of

• Nomination of one companion to the Diamond tier

• Access to CX First Class lounges regardless which airline they are flying

• The services of a dedicated Diamond Plus Service Team

The Diamond Plus tier is not to be confused with CX’s Lifetime members, which was how the airline previously recognised the custom of very frequent fliers.

No new Marco Polo Club Lifetime membership has been offered since the programme was realigned in 1999.
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17 August 2010
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Some Dragonair cabin crew had to work more hours last month because of unusually bad weather and delayed flights. But the airline hopes to start working out ways to improve its staff roster next month.

Inflight services general manager Cecilia Leung said 41 cabin crew, or 3.3 per cent of the carrier's flight attendants, worked "carry-on duties" in July involving additional hours they were not originally rostered for but which were within Civil Aviation Department guidelines.

There were no cases of such duties in the first six months of this year or in July last year, Leung said. "We don't want to see any carry-on duties. Our target is zero," she said.

Following concern from cabin crew over the disruption caused by such duties, Dragonair has offered to compensate staff for working these additional hours. For every hour of carry-on duty, cabin crew are paid five times the fixed hourly allowance they get for working their normal rostered schedule. The allowance is on top of their basic salary.

The airline does not consider carry-on duties to be overtime work, since the additional hours are within the maximum number allowed under Civil Aviation Department guidelines. Overtime is paid when cabin crew work more than 76 hours a month.

Early this month, more than 100 flight attendants vented their frustrations over long working hours and their employment conditions. Winnie Poon, chairwoman of the Dragon Airlines Flight Attendants Association, said it did not matter how much the airline offered in compensation because its definition of carry-on duties meant few flight attendants were able to enjoy it.

Dragonair said employees were considered to be performing carry-on duties when they were told to fly two more sectors, or flights, upon landing in Hong Kong. But this did not apply if staff were told of the additional hours the night before.

Poon said: "It's not about money anyway. Our staff want choice, but if we accept the proposed rate, we won't be able to say no."

Leung said only 2.5 per cent of cabin crew worked eight sectors within three days last month. Civil Aviation Department guidelines allow cabin crew to work up to just over 14 hours for two sectors and over 13 hours for three sectors, although Dragonair usually limits the work period to 11 or 12 hours.

Association members have been invited to meet management this afternoon, but Poon said she had not received a formal invitation. The association will decide if further action needs to be taken after a staff meeting on Thursday.

Dragonair has implemented a number of measures to address staff concerns, including compensation for transport and meal expenses, and has suspended non-essential training. Fifty recruits will also start work in October.
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