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Old August 19th, 2010, 11:23 AM   #1801
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It's easier to be a Cathay cadet but there's less money in flying
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Nelson Chang Way-man and Oscar Francis were members of two very different professions but they had one thing in common: a love of flying.

It led the doctor and investment banker to quit their highly paid jobs and join Cathay Pacific Airways' cadet pilot scheme last year with an initial pay potential of about a third of their previous earnings.

Both said their love of flying overcame any financial concerns and the chance to make a living from it was a dream comes true.

Yet while they may be about to realise their dream, others who have been through the same scheme are far less happy. The reason: the terms and conditions for pilots have been changed. A local captain said that after long-standing friction about unequal terms for locals and expatriates, Cathay, fearing action under Hong Kong's racial discrimination law, has stopped offering a housing allowance - not available to local staff - to all new recruits.

The Hong Kong Aircrew Officers Association, whose membership includes many of Cathay's locally hired and expatriate pilots, said the change was implemented in response to pilots' complaints about the disparity in pay between expatriate and local pilots. But instead of equalising benefits upwards, the bar has been lowered.

A union spokesman, a local captain who has worked for the airline for 14 years and requested anonymity, said the change was initiated after the Race Discrimination Ordinance came into effect last year.

"Now everybody, irrespective of your nationality or how many flying hours you have clocked up before you join Cathay, is employed on local terms. Instead of raising the salary of locals to achieve pay parity, they now shrink the pay packages of expatriates," he said.

It is an issue that will affect both Francis, a Briton, and Chang - both are classed as locals because they have Hong Kong ID cards. They will have to get by on the salary alone. But expatriate cadets are now also out of luck on housing allowances.

Francis and Chang were among the first batch of 61 cadet pilots recruited by Cathay after it loosened the entry requirement for its in-house training programme last year in a bid to attract more high-quality applicants to cope with expansion.

Where once the programme was open only to Hong Kong ID card holders, now anyone can join regardless of nationality provided they agree to settle in Hong Kong and view it as their permanent base.

Francis, 36, worked for Morgan Stanley as a legal and compliance officer. In 1999, he applied to British Airways but was rejected. "Before that, I wanted to join the Royal Air Force, but I was hit by a car and hurt my hip in 1996, which made me medically unfit to join the force," he said.

Francis, who was earning about HK$100,000 a month when he left the bank in 2009, will bring his wife and two children to settle in Hong Kong. He said taking up the Cathay job had been a difficult decision to make.

"I got no pay during the 14 months' training," he said. "I discussed with my wife how to do it. My wife did a course on English teaching while I got my training. She will teach English after we move to Hong Kong. I owe her everything. I know she has had a very difficult year."

Chang, a 31-year-old University of Hong Kong medical school graduate, also married with two children, was earning about HK$70,000 a month when he decided to change jobs.

"My wife is also a doctor and we have savings so we are able to do it," he said.

While 61 cadet pilots were recruited last year, only 36 and 19 joined the training programme in 2008 and 2007 respectively. But though the numbers may have grown through restrictions being eased, the cut in benefits is likely to continue to rankle.

Expatriates comprise about 50 per cent of the airline's more than 2,000 pilots.

Locally hired pilots, trained for 14 months in Adelaide at a cost funded by Cathay of HK$1.2 million each, number around 300. Eventually, they receive a HK$24,000 monthly housing allowance, but only when they reach the rank of captain. From second officer, becoming a captain usually takes at least 10 years.

Maria Yu Chi-sum, the airline's corporate communications manager, said, "The airline is expanding quickly."

Now was a "superb" time to join the airline, she said. "During Sars in 2003, we had to park many planes in the desert. Last year, because of the economic downturn, all our staff had to take no-pay leave of two to four weeks. But as the economy has rebounded and our airline is expanding, you can get promoted much faster now than before."

Not all the pilots agreed. The local pilot who spoke for the union said the change to the benefits structure could lead to a high turnover rate when the economy was good.

"At international airlines like Qantas and British Airways, just one salary package is applied to everybody. Everyone wanted to stay put during the economic downturn. But many local pilots like me, after having endured the unfair salary treatment for so many years, are considering switching to another airline when the economy picks up," he said.
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Old August 19th, 2010, 06:04 PM   #1802
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On-board phone calls and unlimited Wi-Fi access coming to Cathay Pacific and Dragonair
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Cathay Pacific has confirmed it is planning full broadband access on board its fleet starting from the first half of 2012.

In an exclusive conversation, Alex McGowan, Cathay’s Head of Product, said that:

1. From the first half of 2012, passengers will be able to access the internet for free using the onboard IFE system.

2. Blackberry and PDA messaging will be enabled, along with phone calls. The charge for doing so would be levied on customers own phone bills, and at normal or close to normal billing rates

3. For users of iPads and laptops, a limited number of websites would be available free of charge, including social media sites, partner web sites and Cathay’s own websites such as www.cathaypacific.com, www.marcopolo.com.

4. Full internet access would be enabled, with only video streaming and Voip calls such as Skype disabled in a fair use policy.

McGowan said that Cathay had started from trying to understand “what the passenger expectation was, how we can best deliver with the capabilities of the technology in the industry, and where they don’t exist we seek to work with suppliers to bring them into the market.”

“We had a very clear idea we wanted to address the fundamental connectivity needs. For the business traveller we saw that having their Blackberry or PDA smartphone device connected was essential, and we wanted that to be charged back to the users existing account without them having to sign up to a new program, so it would be charged at a standard international roaming rate.”

McGowan said that the new system will address the wide range of passengers onboard.

“We recognise that social media is a phenomenon we should cater for, and so for free people will be able to go abroad and put in their username and password through the seatback IFE system and pull up their Facebook page as a way of keeping in touch, and the same with Twitter or whatever system people are signed up to.”

“At the other end of the spectrum we have the corporate traveller who needs to check his emails through his VPN and surf the net for research, and they will have an unlimited ability to do so. We were clear we didn’t want to be charging people by the megabit because who knows how big that is? So we will be able to offer an hour of unlimited internet access for a certain fee, or a bundle of unlimited access for the duration of the flight, and there will be one flat rate for mid haul and one flat rate for long-haul flights including the 15 hours to New York.”

McGowan would not be drawn on the pricing of these flat rates, but said that the price has been determined.

“The rates will be competitive rates and what our customers have told us they are prepared to pay. We won’t be offering it for free in any part of the plane, because it’s not free to us. Our relationship with Panasonic means that we buy and install the equipment from them and they operate this service. They make money, we make a small amount from our share, but we don’t view this as an ancillary revenue stream, we view it as something we are offering, a benefit, and the cost of some of it is offset from those charges.”

So which aircraft will it first appear on?

“Our plan is to do this across our entire fleet both Dragonair and Cathay. So you will be able to get on a narrow body A320 aircraft and you will be able to be in touch on Blackberry or surf the internet and equally on our newest delivery B777-300ERs. Consistency is good, long haul and short haul, new deliveries and retro fit of existing aircraft. We announced the MOU with Panasonic before we announced the A350s, so they aren’t currently part for the proposal but we will work with Panasonic on that one.”

McGowan was clear about the importance of rolling out quickly.

“You will see this coming onto the fleet in the first half of 2012 and then progressively and rapidly install it across the fleet. One of the key drivers of usage is the expectation that you are going to find the technology onboard. We provide free wifi in all our lounges worldwide where we are allowed to do so by airport authorities.”

So how will passengers access the internet? As on the ground, it depends on the device.

“We are having an optimised internet portal for each type of device on board,” says McGowan. “If you access it through the IFE screen you will be able to see the free portal with real-time updated news, politics and business as well as accessing the social media functions. Then there will be an iPhone smartphone purpose built portal which will be able to access the internet for a charge. This will be a lower charge than through an iPad or laptop because the amount of data you would use would be less. For the laptop and iPad your browser will redirect you to the Cathay portal, with the free content prominently displayed. There will also be a button “Access the internet” and you’ll be able to do that.”

On devices such as a laptop it is intended that there will be a “...walled garden of content with 10 partner sites”.

“We are working with Panasonic and others to identify those – although www.cathay.com, and marcopolo.com will be on there so you can manage your booking and book your next one.”

McGowan said there would also be a hotel partner, financial services partner, credit card, perhaps a stock company and a big online retailer, all of which passengers would be able to access free of charge.

On the controversial topic of mobile phone use onboard, McGowan said:“We’ve thought long and hard about this. A good proportion of our frequent business traveller community hate the idea and we are very sensitive to that. But other airlines offer mobile phone use, and they haven’t had problems. Emirates has 70 aircraft fitted and it has had one complaint in the last two and a half years. The ambient noise of the aircraft, the fact that people chat to each other in their seats and some very clear usage and etiquette guidelines all help control that environment. Our plan is to launch with this system enabled, and we will have a code of conduct – please set your phone to vibrate, please speak at a normal volume and we will disable voice calling overnight from day one. Cabin crew will be trained to intercede if necessary. But if it is a problem clearly we are not going to alienate our core customers if it is a problem, and if it is, we’ll turn it off and keep the voice piece out of it and keep the internet access we have spoken about.”

McGowan confirmed that there would also be a fair usage possibility.

“We will disable streaming downloads to stop it taking up all the bandwidth. At the moment we are offering internet access but we will probably disable things like Skype because we are offering internet access but not video conferencing from the seat.”

For more on the new Inflight Entertainment (IFE) systems, click here

www.cathaypacific.com
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Old August 20th, 2010, 05:45 AM   #1803
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Flight strike chaos looms
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Friday, August 20, 2010

Dragonair is bracing for its first strike in more than two decades.

It comes after a major labor union representing cabin crew voted to take industrial action this month in a dispute over long working hours.

The Hong Kong Dragon Airlines Flight Attendants Association backed the plan with a near-unanimous vote at a meeting yesterday.

Only one of the 467 members present voted against. Of Dragonair's some 1,300 flight attendants, 800 are members of the union.

"The industrial action we are going to take this month will probably be a strike. We have already held a protest but our demand has not been met," association chairwoman Winnie Poon said.

"The company has shown no sincerity in the negotiations. We are fed up. With insufficient rest time, service quality might be affected."

If the action is taken, it will be the first by flight attendants since Hong Kong Dragon Airlines - or Dragonair - launched commercial flights in July 1985.

The airline is now a member of the Cathay Pacific Group.

Union representatives apologized for any inconvenience the strike may cause passengers.

"We will try to minimize the impact on passengers, so we will not hold the industrial action at the weekend," Poon said.

She said cabin crew grievances have been mounting since June as many of them have to work additional hours they are not originally rostered for.

That means some have to work for 12 to 15 hours on the trot.

The company has proposed an allowance of HK$236 for crew
who serve two more flights soon after flying back to Hong Kong, but the union has yet to accept the offer, she said.

However, Poon also pledged to continue talks with the carrier.

"The details of our industrial action have yet to be decided. It all depends on our talks with the firm."

Dragonair said it regrets the result of the union ballot. "However, the airline is pleased that the union has agreed to continue talks," it said.

It also professed full awareness of the pressures faced by crew and claimed to have introduced or proposed several measures to "address any unexpected demands or challenges faced by flight attendants."

General manager of inflight services Cecilia Leung said: "We are glad the union said it will engage in further discussions with us.

"Dragonair management and the crew union are aligned in their goal to provide a better working environment and an enhanced workflow for cabin crew."

Leung said Dragonair recruited 70 crew members in June who will join the team in October after training, which may help ease the workload.

EGL Tours executive director Steve Huen Kwok-chuen said several hundred clients on dozens of tours bound for the mainland, Japan, Taiwan and Southeast Asia are scheduled to take Dragonair flights this month.

Though there is no "Plan B" in place as yet, Huen is optimistic the dispute will be resolved.

The Labour Department is closely monitoring the issue and is in touch with Dragonair and the union in an attempt to sort matters out.
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Old August 20th, 2010, 11:39 AM   #1804
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I took a Cathay Pacific flight last month from Singapore to Chicago and must say their service is great!!!
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Old August 20th, 2010, 12:27 PM   #1805
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Thanks for your comment. I actually was about to write an angry letter to them since their food on short-haul flights has gone south tremendously. I got a very nasty bun on my Taipei and Manila flights.
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Old August 20th, 2010, 02:20 PM   #1806
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Particularly breakfast, it's downright horrid.

By the way, CX flies to Chicago? I'm pretty sure they don't... Must have CX-ed to LAX/SFO and AA-ed to ORD.
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Old August 20th, 2010, 03:42 PM   #1807
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Oh sorry i took CX to Hong Kong and transfered to AA TO Chicago. Cathay Pacific's service was far better then AA!!! Got mixed up because i booked the flight on Cathay's website. sorry....
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Old August 20th, 2010, 07:22 PM   #1808
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CX codeshares with AA, and expect less service for any US carrier. On many flights of 5+ hours across the US (West to East Coast), don't expect free meals. They live in a much different world.
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Old August 20th, 2010, 07:42 PM   #1809
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Yes they do. I have taken a United flight to Hong Kong before in 2007 and i must say the expirence is totally different from Asian Carriers like CX and SQ. Their plane interiors are also very backdated....
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Old August 26th, 2010, 09:58 AM   #1810
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Cathay Pacific ran seat trials
25 August 2010
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I refer to the letter from Nigel Bruce ("Rethink needed for Cathay's economy seats", August 22) regarding our long-haul economy class seat.

One of the most consistent issues passengers raise when flying in the economy cabin is the lack of control over living space. Primarily this comes from the space encroachment when the passenger in front reclines.

We were able to address this issue with the introduction of our new fixed-backshell seats, a product which a number of other airlines have now introduced to their premium economy cabins.

We measure passenger satisfaction every flight and have seen a 16 per cent increase in overall satisfaction scores with the introduction of the fixed-backshell seat.

However, while satisfaction levels were considerably improved in the upright position, the increase in satisfaction scores for the recline position was smaller. This was clearly something that we wanted to address, so we ran a number of trials in conjunction with the manufacturer to assess whether there were ways to further enhance recline comfort.

These initial trials were not conclusive but we have identified some more comprehensive alterations which we will test as soon as possible.

I can assure Mr Bruce that we will not be satisfied until we have come up with a long-term solution that optimises what we believe is an innovative and valuable concept.

Alex McGowan, head of product, Cathay Pacific Airways
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Old August 26th, 2010, 12:30 PM   #1811
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Pesonally i love the backshell seats. Very comfortable and private not needing to lay back into other peoples space. Good job Cathay Pacific! Even Singapore Airlines doesnt have that!!
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Old August 26th, 2010, 12:56 PM   #1812
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Yes - I prefer them as well since it is not intrusive to the passenger behind and comfort is still there.
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HK's Dragon Air eyes ...
28 August 2010
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Dragon Air, the sister airline of Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific, is planning to spread its wings in secondary cities in Southeast Asia, including Chiang Mai and Seam Reap.

"In Thailand, Chiang Mai has always had the potential to be a destination for Dragon Air," said Yongyut Lujintanon, Cathay Pacific sales and marketing manager for Thailand and Burma.

He said Dragon also planned to add a route from Hong Kong to Seam Reap, besides its Hong Kong-Phnom Penh route.

Currently, Dragon Air operates 10 flights on the Hong Kong-Phuket route every week, boasting an average load factor of 90-95 per cent.

"The airline is considering increasing frequency or adding more charter flights between Hong Kong and Phuket because of increasing demand," Yongyut said.

AirAsia and Thai Airways International also operate Hong Kong-Phuket routes.

Prakit Chiamorphong, president of the Thai Hotels Association, said Phuket was one of the earliest destinations to get back on track after the financial crisis. Hotel operators there are seeing an average occupancy rate between 50-60 per cent, higher than many other destinations. Hotels in Bangkok saw 40-50 per cent during the first eight months of this year.

Yongyut said Dragon Air currently operated from Hong Kong to 17 cities in the region.

To celebrate its 25th anniversary, the airline is offering a "Buy One Get One Free Package", starting at Bt18,600 per person, from now until December 15.

Moreover, it is offering an "Early Bird Promotion" of lower fares to Hong Kong when purchased online.

Dragon Air positions itself as a regional full-service airline, thus not competing directly with the growth of low-cost airlines in the region.
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Thats great!! Cant wait to see more of Dragon Air in SEA then!!!!
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Pesonally i love the backshell seats. Very comfortable and private not needing to lay back into other peoples space. Good job Cathay Pacific! Even Singapore Airlines doesnt have that!!
I love them too!! It is a really good plus point. Is Cathay Pacific the only one offering backshell seats in economy??
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Old August 30th, 2010, 05:43 PM   #1817
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Air China: Got China NDRC OK For Air Cargo JV With Cathay Pacific
30 August 2010

HONG KONG (Dow Jones)--Air China Ltd. (0753.HK) said Monday it has received approval from China's National Development and Reform Commission to set up an air cargo joint venture with Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. (0293.HK), clearing a major hurdle and paving the way for the tie-up to start operations in the fourth quarter.

The Chinese flag carrier and Cathay Pacific, in which Air China owns a 30% stake, finalized plans in February to set up the air-cargo joint venture, nearly four years after they announced plans for the tie-up.

Air China said Monday the venture is still awaiting the approval of China's Commerce Department.

The two carriers said earlier they would use Air China's existing air-cargo unit as the platform for the joint venture, of which Air China will own 51%, and Cathay Pacific will own 49%.

Air China reported Wednesday its first-half net profit rose 60% from a year earlier to CNY4.69 billion, according to Chinese accounting standards, as demand for both passenger travel and freight services continued to recover from the global economic crisis.

Air China Chairman Kong Dong said Monday he expects growth in China's civil aviation market to remain strong in 2011, supported by increased demand for domestic air travel amid rising disposable incomes.

Separately, Air China said it is in talks with the Beijing municipal government on launching a Beijing-based business jet venture, but it declined to elaborate.
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I bagged an upgrade to Business Class from JKF to HKG... so some food pr0n...

Cold starter of seared scallops:


Fillet steak:


Fruit & cheese:


Midnight snack of roast duck and noodles in soup:


Fresh fruit for morning starter:


Prawns with lobster sauce:


More cheese & mango cheesecake for desert:


But in all, even Singapore Airlines' Economy class meals on long-haul flights are just better done compared to Cathay... CX is just "okay" food (though still much better than the reheated dogfood you get on say, Lufthansa), but food on SQ is good enough for it to be restaurant food I'd pay for. CX, you need to up your game!
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Finally I can have a chance to fly CX Business Class again this week! I miss the good food!
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Cathay worker took bribes for check-in scam
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A former Cathay Pacific customer services officer has admitted taking bribes from travel agents to make it easier for mainland travelers heading overseas to check in.

Tan Wei-menn, 46, pleaded guilty in the District Court to four counts of conspiracy for an agent to accept advantages. Another Cathay Pacific worker, Ng Ka-wah, 30, denied the charges. His trial is set for January.

Tsui Ying-kit, 29, also of Cathay, has been on the run since October.

Two other men, unemployed Patrick Cheung Chun-wah, 46, and travel agent Thomas Chan Kin-hung, 62, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy for an agent to accept advantages.

Sentencing of the three will be adjourned as they offered to be prosecution witnesses against Ng in exchange for a lesser sentence.

The court heard that Tan, Ng and Tsui were responsible for checking in Cathay Pacific passengers at Hong Kong International Airport.

Between December 2008 and August last year, Tan - upon the request of Chan and Cheung - offered Ng and Tsui HK$5,000 and HK$2,000, respectively, for their help in easing the check- in procedures for mainland travelers on trips arranged by Tan or his associates.

After their arrest on August 13 last year, Cheung and Chan admitted having received HK$120,000 and HK$9,000, respectively, for their role and Tan received about HK$5,000. A total of HK$488,870 and 400 euros (HK$3,945) were seized from Cheung's residence.

Bail was extended for Tan and Chan while Cheung was remanded in custody.
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