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Cathay Pacific updates its brushwing brand

Cathay Pacific 2014 logo

Cathay Pacific Airways (Hong Kong) is updating its 1994 brushwing logo and brand. The airline is freeing the brushwing from the box. The airline issued this explanation:

Symbolizing our efforts to create a better, more beautiful and more enjoyable journey for passengers, we have refreshed many aspects of our brand identity.

Centred around our timeless brushwing icon, we have sought to simplify, clarify and beautify. The brushwing no longer sits constrained inside a box, and has been gently harmonized and set free.

We have also defined tighter rules around sub-brands which will now be clearly aligned within a simplified, tiered hierarchy. We will also use a tighter palette of colors and typography.

The next step? A probable new aircraft livery with the new logo and typeface.

Cathay Pacific 1994 > 2014 logo evolution

Cathay Pacific Typeface Evolution (LRW)

Above: The typeface evolution from 1994 to 2014.

Cathay Pacific lounge (LRW)

All images by Cathay Pacific.

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The updated Premium Economy cabin:

Cathay Pacific Premium Economy (CPA)(LRW)

 

 

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Cathay Pacific is facing a contract showdown with its pilots next week

Cathay Pacific Airways (Hong Kong) is facing a showdown with its pilots this coming week. 51 percent of the Hong Kong Aircrew Officers Association voted down the company’s offer on an online poll. The carrier said it was disappointed with the vote. The airline had offered a 10 percent salary increase over three years. Contract talks will start next week.

If the talks fail, the pilots may got to invoke a “contract compliance”, a form of a strike. This slow down action if implemented could have an impact on operations.

Read the full report from Malaymail Online: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Cathay Pacific Airways’ Boeing 747-467 B-HOO (msn 23814) taxies at London’s Heathrow Airport.

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Cathay Pacific is coming to Boston starting on May 3, 2015

Cathay Pacific Airways (Hong Kong) has announced at a joint press conference at the Massachusetts State House with Massachusetts Secretary of Transportation, Richard Davey, President and CEO of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, Paul Guzzi, and Thomas P. Glynn, CEO, Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport), that it will commence a new four-times-weekly nonstop service from Boston Logan International Airport to Hong Kong on May 3, 2015, subject to government approval.

The new service will link New England and Hong Kong directly for the first time, and marks Cathay Pacific’s sixth gateway in the United States, and eighth in North America. The airline, which was recently named “World’s Best Airline” in the 2014 annual Skytrax World Airline Awards™, currently serves Chicago, Los Angeles, New York (JFK), Newark, San Francisco, Toronto and Vancouver. 2014 saw a huge increase in capacity, with the launch of a daily Newark service, the addition of a fourth daily flight from Los Angeles, and three additional flights per week from Chicago.

The total origin-destination market between Boston and Hong Kong, plus the 44 Asian cities accessed via Cathay Pacific / Dragonair’s Hong Kong hub, represented over 331,000 passengers and $332 million revenue annually in 2013. Boston is the largest U.S. – Hong Kong market without nonstop service. More than 53,000 passengers flew between Logan and Hong Kong in 2013.

The Boston service will be operated by Boeing 777-300 ER aircraft featuring Cathay Pacific’s renowned cabin products, including the newly-refreshed First Class; awarding-winning Business Class; the newest cabin class, Premium Economy; and the new long-haul Economy Class. Together with the exceptional service provided by Cathay Pacific’s award-winning cabin crew and a state-of-the-art in-flight entertainment system in all classes, passengers will be provided with the best possible travel experience when they fly between Boston and Hong Kong.

The flight schedule for Cathay Pacific’s Boston (BOS) service, effective May 3, 2015 will operate four days a week (Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays).

Copyright Photo: Jay Selman/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 777-367 ER B-KPI (msn 36833) arrives in New York (JFK).

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Cathay Pacific to retire the last passenger long-haul Boeing 747-400 on August 31 on the San Francisco route

Cathay Pacific Airways (Hong Kong) will operate its last long-haul scheduled Boeing 747 passenger flight to San Francisco on August 31. The last departure will be from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) to Hong Kong. The company will continue to operate Boeing 747 freighters and the 747-400 on some short-haul Asian routes (Beijing, Manila, Osaka Kansai, Sapporo, Shanghai Pudong, Taipei Taoyuan and Tokyo Haneda per Airline Route).

 

Cathay Pacific Farewell 747 Giveaway

To mark the historic occasion, Cathay Pacific is running a “Farewell 747 Giveaway” contest. 20 winners will receive a Boeing 747 model. CLICK HERE for the details.

The inaugural flight from San Francisco to Hong Kong via Vancouver was flown on a Boeing 747-200B on July 1, 1986.

Cathay Pacific SFO Inaugural 7.1.86

Above Copyright Photo: Cathay Pacific.

Top Copyright Photo: KSK/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 747-467, the Queen of the Skies, B-HOY (man 25351) in the 1994 livery gracefully climbs away from the runway at Tokyo (Haneda)

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Rolf Wallner/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 747-267B VR-HIE (msn 28872) taxies at Zurich in the original 1971 green and white color scheme.

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Cathay Pacific’s first half net profit rises to $44.7 million, will retire its Airbus A340s by the end of 2017

Cathay Pacific Airways (Hong Kong) reported a first half net profit of HK $347 million ($44.7 million), up from a net income of HK $24 million ($3.1 million) in the same period a year ago.

The airline issued this first half report:

The Cathay Pacific Group reported an attributable profit of HK $347 million (all amounts in Hong Kong dollars) for the first six months of 2014. This compares to a profit of HK $24 million in the first half of 2013. Earnings per share were HK 8.8 cents compared to earnings per share of HK 0.6 cents for the corresponding period in the previous year. Turnover for the period rose by 4.6% to HK $50,840 million.

A number of factors had a significant negative impact on the Group’s business in the first six months of 2014. The principal adverse factors were reduced passenger yield, continued weakness and over-capacity in the air cargo market, the continued high fuel price and a weak performance from an associated company, Air China.

Fuel remains the Group’s most significant cost. In the first half of 2014 fuel costs increased by 5.2% compared to the same period in 2013. Fuel accounted for 37.9% of total operating costs, which represents a 0.9 percentage point decrease compared with the corresponding period in 2013. In the first half of 2014, hedging activities resulted in a gain of HK $1,024 million. A significant amount of this gain is unrealised. Cathay Pacific continues to increase fuel efficiency by modernising its fleet. It is also focused on controlling costs.

The Group’s passenger revenue in the first six months of 2014 increased by 4.4% to HK $36,520 million compared to the same period in 2013. Capacity increased by 5.3% as a result of the introduction of new routes (to Doha and Newark) and increased frequencies on existing long-haul routes. The load factor increased by 2.3 percentage points to 83.6%, but the increase in passenger numbers was at the expense of yield, which fell by 3.5% to HK 66.6 cents. Passenger demand was strong in all classes of travel on long-haul routes. Demand on regional routes was generally robust, although strong competition put downward pressure on yield and demand was weak on certain Southeast Asian routes.

The Group’s cargo revenue for the first half of 2014 was HK $11,663 million, a rise of 3.4% compared to the same period in the previous year. Yield for Cathay Pacific and Dragonair decreased by 6.9% to HK $2.17. Capacity increased by 10.8%, while the load factor rose by 0.8 percentage points to 63.2%. Over-capacity in the industry remains a major concern and has made it difficult to increase rates. The airlines continued to manage capacity in line with demand in the first half of 2014. More cargo was carried in the bellies of passenger aircraft, reflecting increased use of Boeing 777-300 ER aircraft. Its new cargo terminal in Hong Kong is operating smoothly and now provides services for airlines outside the Cathay Pacific Group.

The Cathay Pacific Group continues to modernize its fleet. In the first six months of 2014 it took delivery of five new aircraft: two Boeing 777-300 ERs, two Airbus A330-300s, and (for Dragonair) one Airbus A321-200. Two Boeing 747-400 passenger aircraft were retired during the period. As part of agreements entered into with The Boeing Company in 2013 the airline is selling its six Boeing 747-400F freighters back to The Boeing Company. Four of these freighters are now parked and all six will have left the fleet by 2016. In the first half of 2014, we planned the accelerated retirement of 11 Airbus A340-300 aircraft. Four of these aircraft will be retired by the end of 2015 and the remaining seven will be retired by the end of 2017. At June 30, 2014 it had 90 aircraft on order for delivery by 2024. In the second half of 2014, Cathay Pacific and Dragonair will take delivery of 11 new aircraft. Two of them were delivered in July and two of them were scheduled to be delivered in August. Four Boeing 747-400 passenger aircraft will be retired, two of them were retired in August.

Cathay Pacific introduced passenger services to Doha and Newark in March and has announced the introduction of services to Manchester and Zurich from December 2014 and March 2015 respectively. Flights were added on the Chicago, Los Angeles and Osaka routes. The airline stopped flying to Abu Dhabi, Karachi and Jeddah but improved its schedules on other Middle Eastern routes. Dragonair started flying to Denpasar-Bali and Penang and increased services on a number of other routes. For cargo, Cathay Pacific tagged Mexico City onto its Guadalajara cargo service and increased it from two to three flights per week. It began flying freighters to Columbus in the United States in March. It will add Calgary in Canada to the network in October.

New Business Class, Premium Economy Class and Economy Class seats have been installed in all Cathay Pacific’s Boeing 777-300 ER and long-haul Airbus A330-300 aircraft. Installation of new Regional Business Class seats is almost complete. The update of First Class seats in Boeing 777-300 ER aircraft will be finished by March 2015. New Business and Economy Class seats had been installed in 23 Dragonair aircraft by the end of June. The first Dragonair aircraft to be fitted with new First Class seats entered service in February.

The Group (which accounts for its share of Air China’s results three months in arrear) recorded a loss from Air China in the first half of 2014. Air China’s results were adversely affected by a difficult operating environment and substantial foreign exchange losses caused by the depreciation of the Renminbi. In June, Cathay Pacific announced a substantial injection of capital and loans into Air China Cargo by its shareholders. This injection is to provide funds to assist the carrier to renew its fleet and improve the performance of its main cargo business.

Cathay Pacific Chairman John Slosar said: “The operating environment for the Cathay Pacific Group – and the aviation industry as a whole – remains challenging. We face significant competition in our passenger business. This makes it difficult to maintain yields. The air cargo business remains problematic because of excess capacity. Intense competition similarly puts pressure on yield. On the plus side, we continue to strengthen our passenger network and the connections available through Hong Kong. The high quality of our products and services increases our attractiveness to passengers. We expect our new freighter fleet and new cargo terminal to allow us to compete successfully in the air cargo market in the long term.

We expect business to be better in the second half of 2014. Our financial position remains strong and will enable us, despite the current difficult trading conditions, to maintain the quality of our products and services and to continue with our long-term strategic investment in the business. As always, we remain committed to strengthening the world class aviation hub in our home, Hong Kong. Finally, we are particularly pleased that in July, Cathay Pacific was named the World’s Best Airline in the annual World Airline Awards run by Skytrax. This is the fourth time we have received this award, which is decided by public voting.”

Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best/AirlinersGallery.com. As the report indicates, Cathay Pacific is accelerating the retirement of its older Boeing 747-400F freighters and the pictured Airbus A340-300s. In the first half of 2014, Cathay Pacific accelerated retirement of its 11 Airbus A340-300 aircraft. Four of these aircraft will be retired by the end of 2015 and the remaining seven will be retired by the end of 2017. Airbus A340-313 B-HXL (man 381) completes its final approach to London (Heathrow).

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Cathay Pacific to relaunch Hong Kong-Zurich flights

Cathay Pacific Airways (Hong Kong) has announced that it will resume nonstop daily service from Hong Kong to Zurich on March 29, 2015.

The Zurich service will be operated by a Boeing 777-300 ER aircraft.

Copyright Photo: Ken Petersen/AirlinersGallery.com. This dramatic “in your face” runway action photo shows Boeing 777-367 ER B-KPF (msn 36832) in the special “Hong Kong – Asia’s world city” livery at New York (JFK).

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Cathay Pacific to return to Manchester

Cathay Pacific Airways (Hong Kong) today (April 10) announced that it will launch a four-times-weekly service to Manchester on December 8, 2014 (subject to government approval).

The Manchester service will be operated by Boeing 777-300 ER aircraft.

Flights will depart from Hong Kong to Manchester every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Departures from Manchester are also on these days.

Copyright Photo: Stephen Tornblom/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 777-367 ER B-KPS (msn 39232) climbs away from Los Angeles International Airport.

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Cathay Pacific launches its first flight to and from Newark

Cathay Pacific Airways (Hong Kong) on March 2 launched a new daily service from Newark Liberty International Airport to Hong Kong with a first flight celebration that included a lion dance and traditional roast pig cutting ceremony.

The new service complements Cathay Pacific’s current four-times-daily service from John F. KennedyInternational Airport (JFK) in New York.

The Newark service is operated by Boeing 777-300 ER aircraft.

Newark is Cathay Pacific’s fifth gateway in the United States, and seventh in North America. The airline currently serves Chicago (O’Hare), Los Angeles, New York (JFK), San Francisco, Toronto and Vancouver.

The flight schedule for Cathay Pacific’s Newark (EWR) service, is as follows (all times local and subject to change):

Standard time:

Flight no From To Departure/Arrival Days of operation
CX899 EWR HKG 0110/0600 +1 day Daily
CX890 HKG EWR 1820/2100 Daily

Daylight saving time:

Flight no From To Departure/Arrival Days of operation
CX899 EWR HKG 0150/0540 +1 day Daily
CX890 HKG EWR 1820/2200 Daily

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 777-367 ER B-KPC (msn 34432) climbs away from Los Angeles.

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Cathay Pacific orders an additional Boeing 747-8 freighter and three 777-300 ERs

Cathay Pacific Airways (Hong Kong) and Boeing (Chicago) announced the airline has ordered an additional 747-8 Freighter and three 777-300 ER (Extended Range) airplanes. The order, valued at about $1 billion at current list prices, will bolster Cathay Pacific’s 747-8 Freighter fleet and 777-300ER fleet to 14 and 53, respectively.

Hong Kong’s flag carrier is in the midst of renewing its freighter fleet with newer, more efficient airplanes, while also looking to strengthen its position as a market leader in the air cargo business.

The 747-8 Freighter gives cargo operators the lowest operating costs and best economics of any large freighter airplane while providing enhanced environmental performance. At 250 feet, 2 inches (76.3 m) long — 18 feet, 4 inches (5.6 m) longer than the 747-400 Freighter — the 747-8 Freighter gives customers 16 percent more revenue cargo volume compared to its predecessor with nearly equivalent trip costs and lower ton-mile costs.

The Boeing 777 is the world’s most successful twin-engine, long-haul airplane. The 777-300ER is equipped with the world’s most powerful GE90-115B commercial jet engine, and can seat up to 386 passengers in a three-class configuration with a maximum range of 7,930 nautical miles (14,685 km).

Hong Kong’s flag carrier operates 55 777s, including 38 777-300 ERs and an all-Boeing freighter fleet that includes 13 747-8 Freighters. With this order, Cathay Pacific will have 21 777-9X airplanes, 15 777-300 ERs and one 747-8 Freighter on order with Boeing.

Top Copyright Photo: Nick Dean/AirlinersGallery.com. Brand new Boeing 747-867F B-LJI (msn 39247) lifts off the runway at Paine Field near Everett, Washington.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. The Stretch Triple Seven is becoming the mainstay of the Cathay Pacific long-range passenger aircraft fleet as the Boeing 747-400 replacement. Sleek Boeing 777-367 B-KPN (msn 36165) steadily climbs away from the runway at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

Cathay Pacific orders 21 Boeing 777-9X airplanes

Boeing 777-9X (Boeing)(LR)

Cathay Pacific Airways (Hong Kong) and Boeing (Chicago) today announced the airline’s decision to become Asia’s first 777X customer with an order for 21 777-9X airplanes, as part of Cathay’s future long-haul fleet strategy. The order is valued at more than $7 billion at current list prices.

The 777X program was launched at the Dubai Airshow last month where it garnered a record 259 orders and commitments worth $95 billion at list prices. The 777X currently stands as the largest product launch in commercial jetliner history by value and is targeted for first delivery in 2020.

Advanced technology including a new composite wing, all-new engines and superior aerodynamics will result in the incredible fuel efficiency promised by the 777X family. The 777-9X, with 400 seats, will be the largest and most efficient twin-engine commercial jet in the world with the lowest operating cost per seat of any commercial airplane and no competitor in its market segment.

Hong Kong’s flag carrier operates 55 777s, including 38 777-300ERs and an all-Boeing freighter fleet that includes 13 747-8 Freighters.

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Boeing delivers first 747-8 performance-improved engines to Cathay Pacific

Boeing (Chicago) yesterday (December 18) delivered the first 747-8 (747-867F B-LJK, msn 43394) to Cathay Pacific Airways (Hong Kong) with performance-improved GEnx-2B engines as part of the airplane’s Performance Improvement Package (PIP.) B-LJK was the first 747 to deliver with the PIP engines.

The engine is the first of the package’s three improvements to enter service. The two other components, Flight Management Computer (FMC) software upgrades and reactivation of the horizontal tank fuel system on the 747-8 Intercontinental, are expected to enter service later this month and in early 2014, respectively.

The PIP engine improves the airplane’s efficiency by 1.8 percent. “With this improvement, 747-8 customers will use roughly 30 less semi-sized trucks of fuel per airplane per year,” said Bruce Dickinson, 747-8 chief project engineer and vice president.

All three PIP components can be retrofitted on the 747-8. The tail fuel reactivation is applicable only for the 747-8 Intercontinental and the FMC upgrades can also be made to 747-400s.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Sister ship Boeing 747-867F B-LJJ (msn 39246) climbs away from the runway at Los Angeles International Airport.

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Cathay Pacific introduces its third edition “Spirit of Hong Kong” logo jet

Cathay Pacific 777-300 B-KPB (13-The Spirit of Hong Kong)(Grd) HKG (Cathay Pacific)(LRW)

Cathay Pacific Airways (Hong Kong) on December 9 unveiled the third edition of the airline’s “Spirit of Hong Kong” livery at a special ceremony held at Hong Kong International Airport. The new livery marks the climax of the recent “The Spirit of Hong Kong” campaign run by the airline.

Cathay Pacific Chief Executive John Slosar officiated at the livery unveiling ceremony, held in the hangars of the Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company Ltd (HAECO). Guest of Honour at the event was Mrs Carrie Lam, Chief Secretary of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government. More than 200 other guests, including government officials, aviation partners, campaign winners and their friends and relatives, were in attendance.

The livery design, painted onto one of the pictured Boeing 777-367 ER B-KPB (msn 35299), carries the silhouettes of the 110 “The Spirit of Hong Kong” winners. The campaign was launched by the airline in July in support of the Hong Kong SAR Government’s own “Hong Kong: Our Home” campaign, and called on Hong Kong people to submit creative entries that illustrated the true spirit of the city.

The contest attracted an overwhelming response from the public, with more than 5,000 high-quality entries received, all of which demonstrated the true spirit of Hong Kong and what the city means to the contestants.

Speaking at the unveiling ceremony, John Slosar said: “We launched ‘The Spirit of Hong Kong’ campaign to encourage people to share what makes them proud of their home city and to promote this city’s extraordinary spirit. Having had such a great response to the campaign, we are now excited to be able to highlight that spirit through this unique livery. Our third ‘Spirit of Hong Kong’ aircraft will fly around our global network, helping to highlight the qualities that make this city so special.

“Cathay Pacific has been the home carrier of Hong Kong since 1946. For six decades we have been growing together with Hong Kong, supporting the city and its people every step of the way. We will continue to uphold the Hong Kong spirit, support our home, and infuse the city with positive energy as we move forward together,” Mr Slosar added.

At the ceremony, Mrs Carrie Lam said, “Cathay Pacific’s ‘The Spirit of Hong Kong’ campaign echoes the theme of the Government’s ‘Hong Kong: Our Home’ initiative launched earlier this year.  I look forward to seeing the ‘Spirit of Hong Kong’ livery spreading the Hong Kong spirit, which values people from different cultures, backgrounds and generations and encourages creativity, to the whole world.”

“The Spirit of Hong Kong” campaign called for entries that best represented the spirit of Hong Kong in terms of the relevance of the message, the ability to inspire, creativity and presentation quality. Two-hundred weekly winners were selected by public voting, while a judging panel separately selected 100 Top Winners and 10 Champions. A total of 620 round-trip tickets were given to the winners to enjoy trips to destinations around the networks of Cathay Pacific and sister airline Dragonair.

Cathay Pacific began highlighting the spirit of its home city in 1997, when the airline created a special livery for one of its aircraft that showcased the Hong Kong skyline in celebration of the transfer of sovereignty. In 2000, the airline unveiled its second “Spirit of Hong Kong” aircraft, created through a livery design competition, that highlighted the resilience of Hong Kong and urged people to come together to overcome the challenges the city faced.

The latest “Spirit of Hong Kong” aircraft was set to begin its mission soon after the unveiling ceremony, carrying silhouettes of 110 of the city’s people to destinations around the world.

Copyright Photo and Images: Cathay Pacific.

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Cathay Pacific 777-300 B-KPB (13-The Spirit of Hong Kong)(Drawings)(Cathay Pacific)(HR)

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Cathay Pacific to replace its Johannesburg and San Francisco Boeing 747-400 routes on October 26, 2014

Cathay Pacific Airways (Hong Kong) has been progressively replacing its Boeing 747-400s from passenger service especially on long-haul routes.. The company is currently planning to replace the last two long-range Boeing 747-400 passenger routes to Johannesburg and San Francisco with newer Boeing 777-300 ERs on October 25, 2014 per Airline Route.

Update: This retirement date has now been moved up to August 31, 2014 per Airline Route.

This will end long-haul passenger service of the type with CPA. It is unclear at this time if the airline will continue short-haul Asian service of the aircraft after this date.

In addition, the company will end Boeing 747-400 passenger service to London (Heathrow) on December 31, 2013.

Cathay Pacific continues to operate an extensive Boeing 747 freighter operation.

Copyright Photo: Keith Burton/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 747-467 B-HOP (msn 23815) approaches London (Heathrow) when it once served that route.

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Cathay Pacific to add flights to both Los Angeles and Chicago O’Hare

Cathay Pacific Airways (Hong Kong) today announced that it will add a fourth daily direct flight from Los Angeles to Hong Kong on June 1, 2014 and three additional direct flights from Chicago (O’Hare) to Hong Kong on August 2, 2014, bringing the number of flights from the Windy City to 10 per week (subject to government approval).

These additional North American flights come on top of Cathay Pacific’s recent announcement that it will launch a daily direct service from Newark to Hong Kong on March 1, 2014. This will complement the airline’s current four-times-daily service from John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in New York. Cathay Pacific also operates two daily flights from San Francisco.

The fourth Los Angeles frequency will be operated by Boeing 777-300 ER aircraft, with a consistent product offering of First, Business, Premium Economy and Economy Class seats and Cathay Pacific’s award-winning cabin services. Also operated by Boeing 777-300 0ER aircraft, all Chicago flights offer Business Class, Premium Economy Class and Economy Class products.

Details of the new flights are included in the schedule below (all times local):

LOS ANGELES (LAX) (June 2014, subject to government approval)

Flight no From To Departure/Arrival Days of operation
CX883 LAX HKG 2355/0545+2 Daily
CX881 LAX HKG 0115/0700+1 Daily
CX885 LAX HKG 1255/1855+1 Daily
CX893* LAX HKG 0940/1525+1 Daily
CX880 HKG LAX 2340/2155 Daily
CX882 HKG LAX 1625/1435 Daily
CX884 HKG LAX 1255/1110 Daily
CX892* HKG LAX 0930/0755 Daily

* Newly added flights. To commence on June 1, 2014.

CHICAGO (ORD) (August 2014, subject to government approval)

Flight no From To Departure/Arrival Days of operation
CX807 ORD HKG 1530/2020+1 Daily
CX801* ORD HKG 0115/0550+1 Wed, Fri, Sun
CX806 HKG ORD 1155/1350 Daily
CX802* HKG ORD 1825/2020 Tue, Thu, Sat

* Newly added flights. To commence on August 2, 2014.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 777-367 ER B-KPL (msn 36161) in the Oneworld livery arrives at Los Angeles International Airport.

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Cathay Pacific Airways is coming to Newark

Cathay Pacific Airways (Hong Kong) has announced that it will launch a new daily service from Newark Liberty International Airport to Hong Kong on March 1, 2014, subject to government approval. The new service will complement Cathay Pacific’s current four-times-daily service from John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in New York. The launch of the Newark service will provide more convenience and greater flexibility for passengers traveling to and from the New York metropolitan area.

The Newark service will be operated by Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.

Newark will become Cathay Pacific’s fifth gateway in the United States, and seventh in North America. The airline currently serves Chicago, Los Angeles, New York (JFK), San Francisco, Toronto and Vancouver.

The flight schedule for Cathay Pacific’s Newark (EWR) service, effective March 1, 2014, will be as follows (all times local and subject to change):

Standard time:

Flight no From To Departure/Arrival Days of operation

CX899

EWR HKG 0115/0600 Daily

CX890

HKG EWR 1820/2100 Daily

Daylight saving time:

Flight no From To Departure/Arrival Days of operation

CX899

EWR HKG 0150/0540 Daily

CX890

HKG EWR 1820/2200 Daily

Cathay Pacific Airways flies daily to Hong Kong and beyond, including over 22 destinations in Mainland China, from Chicago, Los Angeles, New York (JFK), and San Francisco.

Copyright Photo: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 777-367 ER B-KPB (msn 35299) climbs into the sky at Toronto (Pearson).

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Airbus delivers its 1,000th A330 to Cathay Pacific Airways

Cathay Pacific A330-300 B-LBB (94-We are flying the 1000th A330)(Nose)(Airbus)(LRW)

Airbus (Toulouse) yesterday (July 19) celebrated the delivery of the 1,000th A330. The aircraft, an A330-343X registered B-LBB (msn 1436), powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engines, was handed over to Cathay Pacific Airways (Hong Kong) at special ceremony in Toulouse. Cathay Pacific together with its sister airline Dragonair (Hong Kong) is the world’s largest operator of the A330, with a total of 56 now in service.

Since its first delivery of the A330 in 1995, Cathay Pacific’s Airbus fleet now comprises 38 A330-300s and 11 A340s, while Dragonair flies 21 single aisle A320 Family aircraft and 18 A330-300s. The Cathay Pacific Group has outstanding orders for 10 more A330-300s. The airline will also take delivery of 48 all-new A350 XWBs in the future, including 46 ordered from Airbus and two leased aircraft.

The wide market appeal of the A330 Family is demonstrated daily by over 100 operators, including network carriers, low cost, charter and flag carriers, who fly A330s on all missions from 30 minutes to over 14 hours. About 1.2 billion passengers have enjoyed traveling on board the light, bright and spacious A330 cabin to and from the 300 airports it serves today. More than 1,250 A330s have been ordered to date.

Copyright Photo: Airbus. B-LBB wears a special “We are flying the 1000th A330″ inscription below the main titles.

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Cathay Pacific’s 2012 annual profit drops 83.3% to $118 million, accelerates the retirement of the Boeing 747-400

Cathay Pacific Group (Cathay Pacific Airways) (Hong Kong) has issued the following financial report for 2012:

The Cathay Pacific Group reported an attributable profit of HK$916 million ($118 million) for 2012 – an 83.3% fall compared to the profit of HK$5,501 million ($709 million) reported for 2011. Earnings per share fell by 83.3% to HK23.3 cents. Turnover for the year increased by 1.0% to HK$99,376 million.

In 2012 the Group’s core business was adversely affected by the high price of jet fuel, pressure on passenger yields and weak air cargo demand. Economic uncertainty, particularly in the Eurozone countries, and an increasingly competitive environment added to the difficulties. It was a challenging year for the aviation industry generally. The Group’s share of profits from associated companies, including Air China, showed a marked decline.

Passenger revenue for the year was HK$70,133 million, an increase of 3.5% compared to 2011. Capacity increased by 2.6%. The two airlines carried a total of 29.0 million passengers in 2012, up 5.0% on the previous year. The passenger load factor fell by 0.3 percentage points. Yield increased by 1.2% to HK67.3 cents, largely due to higher fuel surcharges consequent upon a 1.7% increase in average fuel prices. Uncertain economic conditions and strong competition on key routes put pressure on yields while premium class yields were affected by travel restrictions imposed by corporations. The high cost of fuel made it more difficult to operate profitably, particularly on long-haul routes operated by older, less fuel-efficient aircraft.

The Group’s cargo revenue in 2012 was HK$24,555 million, a decrease of 5.5% compared to 2011. Yield for Cathay Pacific and Dragonair remained the same as last year at HK$2.42. Capacity was down by 3.1% while the cargo load factor dropped by 3.0 percentage points to 64.2%. The airlines’ cargo business was affected by weak demand in major markets, particularly from Asia to Europe. Demand for shipments from the two key markets of Hong Kong and Mainland China, was well below expectations, although there were short-term upturns in March and in the last quarter. Capacity was adjusted in line with demand.

Fuel remained the most significant cost. Throughout much of 2012, fuel prices were at sustained high levels and this had a major impact on operating results. The Group’s fuel costs (disregarding the effect of fuel hedging) increased by 0.8% compared to 2011. Fuel accounted for 41.1% of total operating costs – a decrease of 0.4 of a percentage point from the previous year. Managing the risk associated with high and sometimes volatile fuel prices remains a key challenge. The Group took advantage of a reduction in fuel prices in May and June to do more hedging with a view to mitigating the impact of future fuel price increases.

In May 2012, Cathay Pacific announced measures designed to protect its business in an environment of high fuel prices and weak revenues. These measures included the accelerated retirement of the less fuel-efficient Boeing 747-400 passenger aircraft; the withdrawal from service of four Boeing 747-400BCF converted freighters; and an adjustment of schedules and reduced capacity on some long-haul routes. At the same time as addressing the challenges to its business, the Cathay Pacific Group kept a clear focus on its key strategic goals: developing its network and its Hong Kong base; maintaining and enhancing the quality of its services; strengthening its relationship with Air China; and maintaining a prudent approach to financial risk management.

The airline continued with its major investments in new aircraft and new products, and opened its own cargo terminal at Hong Kong International Airport in February 2013. Despite the need to adjust schedules in 2012 in light of the challenging business environment and the high cost of fuel, the Group remained committed to maintaining the integrity of its network. On the passenger side, Cathay Pacific added frequencies on routes to India, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam and introduced a new service to Hyderabad in India last year. Dragonair added frequencies on routes to secondary cities in Mainland China and introduced or resumed flights to eight destinations in 2012. In the first quarter of 2013, Dragonair is launching another four new destinations. On the cargo side, Cathay Pacific introduced freighter services to Zhengzhou, Hyderabad and Colombo last year.

The upgrading of the Cathay Pacific and Dragonair fleets continued in 2012, with 19 new aircraft received. As at 31 December 2012, the Group had 92 aircraft on order for delivery up to 2020. An order was placed for six Airbus A350-900 aircraft in January 2012. In August the Group ordered 10 Airbus A350-1000 aircraft and converted an existing order for 16 Airbus A350-900 aircraft into an order for 16 Airbus A350-1000 aircraft. In March 2013, Cathay Pacific entered into an agreement with The Boeing Company under which it agreed to buy three Boeing 747-8F freighter aircraft and cancel the agreement to purchase eight Boeing 777-200F freighters that was entered into in August 2011. Under the agreements, the Company also acquired options to purchase five Boeing 777-200F freighters and The Boeing Company agreed to purchase four Boeing 747-400BCF converted freighters, which were taken out of service in 2012 and early 2013. The transaction is part of a package of transactions between the Group, The Boeing Company, Air China Cargo Co., Ltd and Air China Limited.

In an increasingly competitive environment it is crucial to maintain and develop passenger loyalty by providing high quality products and services. This remains a key focus of the Cathay Pacific Group. To this end, Cathay Pacific has introduced a new Premium Economy Class product, a new long-haul Economy Class seat and a new Regional Business Class seat. The airline’s long-haul Business Class was named World’s Best Business Class in 2012 at the World Airline Awards run by Skytrax. Dragonair will also get new Business Class and Economy Class seats from March 2013. On the ground, refurbishment of the Level 7 Business Class Lounge in The Wing at Hong Kong International Airport was completed in January 2012 and the First Class Lounge was reopened in February 2013. In August 2012, Cathay Pacific opened a new lounge in Paris.

Cathay Pacific Chairman Christopher Pratt said: “The Cathay Pacific Group operates in a volatile and challenging industry, one that will always be highly susceptible to external factors that remain largely beyond our control. The cost of fuel remains the biggest challenge, particularly for an airline such as ours where long-haul operations form a significant part of our total operations.

“We believe we have taken the right measures to deal with current challenges and will take whatever further measures are necessary should the business environment not improve. Our focus will remain on protecting the business and managing short-term difficulties while remaining committed to our long-term strategy. Our financial position remains strong and we will continue to invest in the future. Our core strengths remain the same as ever: a superb team, a strong international network, exceptional standards of customer service, a strong relationship with Air China and our position in Hong Kong. These will help to ensure the success of the Cathay Pacific Group in the long term.”

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Cathay Pacific orders three additional Boeing 747-800F freighters

Cathay Pacific Airways (Hong Kong) and Boeing have announced an order for three additional 747-8 Freighters. The order, valued at approximately $1 billion at list prices, also includes options for five additional 777 Freighters. The new additions will bolster Cathay Pacific’s 747-8 Freighter fleet to 13 airplanes.

The new 747-8 Freighters are expected to progressively replace Cathay Pacific’s 747-400 Boeing Converted Freighter (BCF) fleet. Cathay Pacific currently operates six 747-400 Freighters, eight 747-8 Freighters, six 747-400 ER Freighters and one 747-400 BCF.

Cathay Pacific currently operates eight 747-8 Freighters and with this order, the airline is set to take delivery of five more. A total of 70 747-8 Freighters have been ordered by more than nine customers around the world. To date, Boeing has delivered 28 747-8 Freighters to six airlines.

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Cathay Pacific Group slips into a first half loss of $120.5 million

Cathay Pacific Group (Cathay Pacific Airways) (Hong Kong) slipped into the red for the first half of 2012, reporting a new loss of $120.5 million (US). The company issued the following report:

          1H2012

 1H2011

Change

Turnover HK$ million       48,861

46,791

+4.4%

(Loss)/profit attributable to owners of Cathay Pacific HK$ million          (935)

2,808

-133.3%

(Loss)/earnings per share HK cents         (23.8)

71.4

-133.3%

Dividend per share HK$                -

0.18

-100.0%

The Cathay Pacific Group reported an attributable loss of HK$935 million for the first six months of 2012. This compares to the profit of HK$2,808 million in the first half of 2011. Loss per share was HK23.8 cents as compared to the earnings per share of HK71.4 cents in 2011. Turnover for the period rose by 4.4% to HK$48,861 million.

In the first half of 2012, Cathay Pacific’s core business was significantly affected by the persistently high price of jet fuel, passenger yields coming under pressure and weak air cargo demand – factors common to the aviation industry as a whole. Profits from associated companies, including Air China, also showed a marked decline. In response to these challenges, the Cathay Pacific Group introduced measures designed to protect its business, including schedule changes and capacity reductions, the withdrawal from service of older, less fuel-efficient aircraft, a recruitment freeze and the introduction of voluntary unpaid leave for cabin crew. At the same time the Group kept its network intact and did not allow cost reductions to compromise the brand or service quality. It also continued with major investments – new aircraft, new products and its own HK$5.9 billion cargo terminal at Hong Kong International Airport – that will benefit the business in the long term.

Fuel remains the airline’s most significant cost. Fuel prices were at historical high during the first half of 2012 (although they decreased significantly at the end of the period) and this had a major impact on Cathay Pacific’s operating results. In the first six months of 2012, the Group’s fuel costs (disregarding the effect of fuel hedging) increased by 6.5% compared to the same period in 2011. Fuel accounted for 41.6% of total operating costs. Managing the risk associated with high and volatile fuel prices remains a key challenge. The airline’s fuel hedging programme helps to mitigate the impact of fuel price fluctuations. However, with the fuel price remaining high for the past two years, realised profit from hedging activities in the first half of 2012 fell by 59.4% compared to the same period in 2011.

In the first six months of 2012, the passenger business of the Cathay Pacific Group was affected by pressure on yields against the background of increased fuel prices and higher operating costs. Revenue for the period was HK$34,713 million, representing an increase of 9.2% compared to the same period in 2011. Capacity increased by 6.9%. A total of 14.3 million passengers were carried by Cathay Pacific and Dragonair in the first six months, which is a rise of 8.6% compared to the same period in 2011. The load factor rose by 0.8 percentage points. Yield increased by 1.2% to HK66.1 cents. The high cost of fuel made it more difficult to operate profitably, particularly on long-haul routes operated by older, less fuel-efficient, Boeing 747-400 and Airbus A340-300 aircraft.

The Group’s cargo business was affected by continued weak demand in major markets. Cargo revenue for the first half of 2012 was down by 7.6% to HK$11,897 million compared to the same period in 2011. Yield was down by 0.4% to HK$2.41. Capacity was down by 4.3%, while the load factor was down by 4.1 percentage points to 64.3%. Demand for shipments from the Group’s two key markets, Hong Kong and Mainland China, was well below expectations, though the introduction of new hi-tech consumer electronics products in March resulted in a temporary improvement. Capacity was adjusted in line with demand. Cathay Pacific continued to develop new markets where demand warranted doing so, introducing freighter services to Zhengzhou in March and to Hyderabad in May.

Six Airbus A350-900 aircraft were ordered in January. In August, the airline agreed to acquire 10 Airbus A350-1000 aircraft and to convert 16 previously ordered Airbus A350-900 aircraft into Airbus A350-1000 aircraft which has a bigger capacity and longer range. The Cathay Pacific Group will take delivery of 19 aircraft in 2012 which will help to improve the operational efficiency of the fleet. In view of their high operating costs when fuel prices are high, the retirement of the airline’s Boeing 747-400 passenger aircraft has been accelerated. Three Boeing 747-400BCF freighters have also been withdrawn from service in order to reduce costs.

In May, Cathay Pacific announced its intention to reduce some passenger services on transpacific routes. This will enable fuel-efficient Boeing 777-300 ER aircraft to operate on routes currently served by older less fuel efficient Boeing 747-400 aircraft. The Group remains committed nevertheless to maintaining its network and has increased some services in Asia, where demand is relatively robust. Dragonair introduced or resumed flights to six destinations – Xi’an, Guilin, Clark, Jeju, Taichung and Chiang Mai – and will introduce flights to Kolkata and Haikou later in the year. Cathay Pacific continues to improve products and services in the air and on the ground. A new Premium Economy Class was launched alongside new long-haul Economy Class seats. The airline also continued to install its popular new Business Class on long-haul services. Cathay Pacific was proud to be named World’s Best Business Class in the 2012 World Airline Awards organized by Skytrax.

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Cathay Pacific selects the Airbus A350-1000

Cathay Pacific Airways (Hong Kong) today announced that it intends to add the A350-1000 to its future A350 XWB fleet, with an agreement to place a new order for 10 aircraft. In addition, the Hong Kong-based airline will convert 16 of its existing orders for the A350-900 to the larger A350-1000. The acquisition of the A350-1000, which is subject to the approval of the Board of the airline, will bring the total number of A350 XWB aircraft ordered by Cathay Pacific to 48. The airline also has separate lease agreements to acquire two more aircraft.

The A350-1000 is the largest version of the A350 XWB family and typically seats 350 passengers in a three class layout. The aircraft is capable of flying 8,400 nautical miles non-stop and will be operated by Cathay Pacific on higher density routes, including its longest non-stop flights to Europe and North America. The aircraft will be powered by two Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines delivering 97,000lbs of thrust – the most powerful engines ever developed for an Airbus aircraft.

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Cathay Pacific warns of “disappointing” numbers in the first half

Cathay Pacific Airways (Hong Kong) has announced its first half financial results will be “disappointing”. The flag carrier is cutting costs (including cutting capacity) to prevent further bleeding in the future. The carrier will also speed up the retirement of the Boeing 747-400 (above) while putting the newer, more fuel-efficient Boeing 777-300 ER (below) on even more long-haul routes. On the cargo side, Cathay Pacific will take three Boeing 747-400BCFs out of service this year as a near-term capacity-management measure.

The airline issued the following statement today:

“Cathay Pacific Airways today issued a trading statement to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange advising that its financial results for the first half of 2012 are “expected to be disappointing”.

In response to the changing market conditions and challenging business environment, the group is readjusting the capacity of both Cathay Pacific and Dragonair (Hong Kong) by reducing capacity on some long-haul routes while increasing capacity and introducing six new destinations in its regional network.

Since the airline announced its annual results in March, fuel prices have remained high, the cargo business, despite a temporary improvement in March, has shown no sign of a sustained recovery and pressure on Economy Class yields has continued. There has also been some softening in yield in the premium cabins.

Cathay Pacific Chief Executive John Slosar said: “We previously warned that 2012 is looking even more challenging than 2011 and we were therefore cautious about prospects for this year. In response to the challenging environment we face, we are reducing costs where possible, including through a reduction of capacity. The airline’s financial position remains strong which will enable us, despite the current difficult trading conditions, to maintain the quality of our products and services and to continue with our long-term strategic investment in the business.”

Mr Slosar added: “This is not just a Cathay Pacific problem; it is clearly an industry-wide issue, and continued high fuel prices in particular are hitting airlines hard across the globe. We have no option but to take concerted action to adapt to this volatile operating environment. We need to do this to protect our business in the short-run and to protect the Cathay Pacific team.”

The airline has announced a raft of measures to reduce costs that will include adjusting both passenger and cargo capacity, deploying more fuel-efficient aircraft on long-haul flights, speeding up the retirement of its older Boeing 747-400 aircraft, and putting a hiring freeze on new or replacement ground staff. At the same time it is offering voluntary unpaid leave for cabin crew from June and introducing cost-saving measures such as cancelling non-essential business travel for staff and reducing its marketing and IT spend.

On the passenger side, the Cathay Pacific Group as a whole will see its capacity growth reduced to 3.2% from the targeted 7% this year. The capacity growth for Cathay Pacific will be reduced to 2% from the targeted 7%. The airline’s network will remain intact but frequencies on some long-haul routes to North America and Europe will be reduced in response to high fuel costs and depressed yields. The airline has already made some ad hoc cancellations in May, primarily to Taipei, Shanghai and Japan – and these will continue in June.

The Group will retain its focus on expanding capacity within the region, with Dragonair’s capacity set to grow by 9.2% against a target of 7.3% as a result of the launch of new destinations and increased frequencies on regional and Mainland routes.

For cargo, Cathay Pacific will now target 4% growth in total (freighters plus passenger aircraft bellies), down from the original target of 7%, while there will be zero growth in freighter capacity compared to the 3% originally targeted for 2012. Ad hoc cancellations will continue to be made to match market demand.

In terms of fleet deployment, the airline will put its newer, fuel-efficient Boeing 777-300 ERs on more routes, including flights to San Francisco, Toronto and Paris. There are no plans to cancel or defer aircraft orders and Cathay Pacific is still on track to take delivery of 15 new planes this year, with six already in operation.

Given the persistently high price of aviation jet fuel, the retirement of the Boeing 747-400 fleet will be speeded up. The airline currently operates 21 747-400 passenger aircraft but three of these will now be retired this year, with five more leaving in 2013 and one more in early 2014, which will bring that fleet down to 12 aircraft.

In the cargo fleet, Cathay Pacific currently operates 25 wide-body freighters, including five new, fuel-efficient Boeing 747-8Fs. As it takes delivery of three more 747-8Fs this year and two next year, the airline will take three Boeing 747-400BCFs out of service this year as a near-term capacity-management measure.

While it puts these short-term cost-saving measures in place to address the current business situation, the airline will continue with a number of long-term strategic developments and investments. These include 93 fuel-efficient aircraft with a value of HK$190 billion for delivery by 2019, a new HK$5.7 billion cargo terminal at Hong Kong International Airport due to begin operations in early 2013, and inflight product and lounge investments valued at HK$3 billion.”

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Cathay Pacific to expand its fleet to over 220 aircraft in the next 8 years

Cathay Pacific Airways (Hong Kong) is planning to expand its fleet to over 220 aircraft in the next eight years. The carrier has 97 new aircraft on order, including Airbus A330-300s, Airbus A350-900s, Boeing 777-300 ERs and Boeing 777F freighters.

On the financial side, the Cathay Pacific Group recorded an attributable profit of HK$5,501 million for 2011. According to the group, “This compares to the profit of HK$14,048 million for 2010, which was a record year for the airline. The 2010 results included HK$3,033 million of significant non-recurring items being the profit on the sales of our shareholdings in Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited and Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company Limited and the gain on the deemed disposal of part of our interest in Air China. Adjusting for these items, the attributable profit in 2011 decreased by HK$5,514 million or 50.1% from 2010. Turnover for the year increased by 9.9% to HK$98,406 million. Earnings per share fell by 60.9% to HK139.8 cents.
In 2011 the core business of the Cathay Pacific Group was materially affected by instability and uncertainty in the world’s major economies. The passenger business of Cathay Pacific and Dragonair held up relatively well, mainly as a result of strong demand for premium class travel. Cargo business was adversely affected by a substantial reduction in demand for shipments from the two key export markets of Hong Kong and Mainland China.”

The Group continues to acquire new aircraft to replace older, less efficient aircraft and to increase the size of the fleet. In 2011 it took delivery of six Boeing 777-300 ERs, three Airbus A330-300s and four Boeing 747-8F freighters. Two new Airbus A320-200s joined the Dragonair fleet in February 2012. In March 2011, the company announced orders for 27 new aircraft, including two Airbus A350-900s (which had been ordered in December 2010), 15 Airbus A330-300s and 10 Boeing 777-300 ERs. In August 2011, the airline announced the acquisition of four more Boeing 777-300 ERs and eight Boeing 777F freighters. In January 2012, the purchase of six more Airbus A350-900s was announced, for delivery in 2016 and 2017 and agreed to lease two new Airbus A320-200s to be delivered later in 2012. By 2019, the Group intends to be operating one of the youngest, most fuel-efficient wide-body passenger fleets in the world.

The airline also has eight Boeing 777F freighters on order in addition to the 10 Boeing 747-8F freighter referred to above. To demonstrate its long-term confidence in Hong Kong as an air cargo hub, Cathay Pacific is building its own cargo terminal at Hong Kong International Airport. The terminal is expected to begin operations in early 2013.

The airline has continued its efforts to improve the services it provides to passengers. In March 2011, Cathay Pacific introduced its new Business Class seat and from February 2012 began installing new Premium Economy Class cabins on long-haul aircraft. The new cabins are expected to be installed in 87 aircraft by the end of 2013. New medium- and long-haul Economy Class seats were also introduced in March 2012 and are now being progressively installed on Boeing 777-300 ER and Airbus A330-300 long-haul aircraft.

Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best. The 21 remaining Boeing 747-400s will gradually be replaced with new Boeing 777-300 ERs.

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Cathay Pacific’s 2011 net profit drops 61% to $705 million

Cathay Pacfic Airways (Hong Kong) reported its 2011 net profit dropped by 61 percent to $705 million. The company is also concerned about 2012 due to high fuel costs.

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Cathay Pacific orders six Airbus A350-900s

Cathay Pacific Airways (Hong Kong) has signed a contract for six new Airbus A350-900s. The company has 38 now on order. The new type will replace the older 11 Airbus A340-300s and 21 Boeing 747-400s.

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Cathay Pacific introduces its new Premium Economy Class

Cathay Pacific Airways (Hong Kong) today (December 12) released details of its new Premium Economy Class. The product, which will be progressively introduced on its long-haul flights from March 2012, will soon be available for passenger booking for flights departing from April 2012 onwards. At the same time, the airline announced that it will progressively introduce a new Economy Class seat on the majority of its long-haul aircraft, also beginning from March.

According to the airline, “the new Premium Economy product will feature a quieter, more spacious cabin than the existing Economy Class with between 26 and 34 seats. The seat pitch will be 38 inches – six inches more than Economy Class – and the seat itself will be wider and have a bigger recline. It will have a large meal table, cocktail table, footrest, a 10.6-inch personal television, an in-seat power outlet, a multi-port connector for personal devices, and extra personal stowage space.

Customers will be offered a range of tailored products on the ground and in the air to provide a new kind of experience when travelling on the airline. It is targeted at those travellers who value a more spacious seat in a more private cabin, along with dedicated services and a number of additional features not available in the existing Economy Class cabin.

On the ground, passengers will enjoy priority check-in at dedicated counters and priority boarding before traditional Economy Class passengers. There will also be an increase in baggage allowance from 20kg to 25kg (weight system) or two pieces of baggage from 23 kg to 25kg each (piece system).

In the air, the Premium Economy Class seat offers a higher level of comfort with more living space in a separate cabin before the Economy Class zone. Passengers will also receive an environmentally friendly amenity kit with dental kit, socks and eyeshade for use during the journey. Larger pillows and noise-cancelling headsets will be provided to enhance the onboard experience.

Premium Economy passengers will be welcomed aboard with juice and champagne, and enjoy an enhanced onboard meal selection. Each passenger will also receive a bottle of water and additional snack choices to include more fresh fruit, energy bar and dessert.”

The new Premium Economy cabin will be installed on all Cathay Pacific long-haul aircraft including Boeing 777-300 ERs, Boeing 747-400s, Airbus A330-300s and Airbus A340-300s. The first 777-300 ER and Airbus A330-300 featuring Premium Economy Class will enter into service in March 2012, and will be available for sale in the first quarter of 2012 for flights departing from April 2012 onwards.

The airline plans to have 87 aircraft fitted with the product by the end of 2013. Premium Economy will initially be featured on the Sydney, Toronto and Vancouver and New York routes, followed by London, Los Angeles, San Francisco, continental Europe and other long-haul routes as the number of aircraft fitted with the product increases.

The new long-haul Economy Class seat will feature a cradle mechanism to enhance the level of comfort in the recline position, the latest high-resolution touch-screen personal televisions, a USB outlet and an iPod/iPhone outlet that allows passengers to connect their own mobile devices to view content through the personal televisions. The seat will also offer improved living space and more personal storage space.

The new seats will be fitted on all Cathay Pacific long-haul Boeing 777-300 ER and Airbus A330-300 aircraft. The first aircraft featuring the seats will enter service in March 2012 flying to Sydney and Toronto initially. A total of 36 Boeing 777-300 ERs and 26 Airbus 330-300s will be fitted with the seats by December 2013.

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Cathay Pacific dedicates a new cargo facility in Hong Kong and places its first Boeing 747-800F freighter into service

Cathay Pacific Airways (Hong Kong) on November 17, 2011 staged a special ceremony to mark the completion of the civil construction of the new Cathay Pacific Cargo Terminal at Hong Kong International Airport. The event was hosted by the airline’s Chief Executive, John Slosar, with The Honorable Donald Tsang, Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, as guest of honor.

The airline used the event to unveil its latest aircraft, a new Boeing 747-867F Freighter registered as B-LJA (msn 39238). B-LJA is also painted in a unique livery and carrying a special name, “Hong Kong Trader”, in recognition of the city’s position as one of the world’s most important trading hubs.

Cathay Pacific Cargo is acquiring 10 Boeing 747-800Fs and eight Boeing 777-200Fs.

B-LJA is pictured at Paine Field near Everett prior to the official hand over on November 15, 2011. The first flight was 10 days earlier.

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Cathay Pacific Airways becomes the second operator of the new Boeing 747-8F freighter

Cathay Pacific Airways (Hong Kong) yesterday (October 31) took delivery of its first new Boeing 747-800F freighter.

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Dragonair A330 and a Cathay Pacific 777 in a near miss near Hong Kong

Dragonair (Hong Kong) Airbus A330-300 and a Cathay Pacific Airways Boeing 777 came within one mile of each other earlier this month while waiting to land at Hong Kong in bad weather. Cathay Pacific issued the following statement:

“There was no risk of collision and at no time was the safety of the flights compromised”.

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Cathay Pacific Airways arrives in Chicago O’Hare

Cathay Pacific Airways (Hong Kong) as planned, added the Hong Kong-Chicago O’Hare route on September 1.

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Cathay Pacific to fly three times daily between LA and Hong Kong in March 2012

Cathay Pacific Airways (Hong Kong) has announced effective March 2, 2012 it will increase frequencies between Los Angeles and Hong Kong to three nonstop flights daily. The carrier will then offer more than 6,300 seats a week between the two cities.

Cathay Pacific currently offers 17 flights per week between Los Angeles and Hong Kong.

Flights will be flown onboard Boeing 777-300 ER aircraft. In Los Angeles, the aircraft are currently configured with six First Class suites, 57 Business Class seats that convert to fully-flat beds and 238 Economy Class seats with individual personal entertainment systems. Cathay Pacific is in the process of introducing an enhanced Business Class seat that will bring additional comfort and functionality for passengers. The new Business Class will be progressively introduced into Los Angeles as more new Boeing 777-300 ER aircraft join the fleet and current aircraft are retrofitted.

The additional four frequencies will come on Cathay Pacific’s afternoon departure, flight CX 885. The new frequencies will depart Los Angeles at 11:25 a.m. PST (1125) and arrive Hong Kong at 6:45 p.m. 91845) HKT the next day. (Departure will be at 12:25 PDT when daylight saving time returns on March 11, 2012.) The additional return flight frequencies, CX 884, will depart Hong Kong at 1:05 p.m. HKT and arrive Los Angeles at 9:40 a.m. PST. (0940) (Arrival will be at 10:40 a.m. PDT after the time change).

The airline currently flies daily to Hong Kong from Los Angeles, New York (JFK), San Francisco – and beginning on September 1, 2011, from Chicago (O’Hare).

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Cathay Pacific orders four additional Boeing 777-300 ERs and eight 777F freighters

Cathay Pacific Airways (Hong Kong) announced it has entered into an agreement with The Boeing Company to purchase four additional Boeing 777-300 ER passenger aircraft and eight Boeing 777-200 Freighters.

The aircraft are expected to be delivered to the airline between 2013 and 2016 and will be powered by General Electric GE90 engines.

On the financial side, Cathay Pacific reported its net profit for the six months ending on June 30 dropped 59 percent to $361 million (US).

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American Airlines and Cathay Pacific Airways expand codeshare agreement

American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) and its oneworld® alliance partner, Cathay Pacific Airways (Hong Kong), have expanded their codeshare relationship to include Cathay Pacific’s new daily service between Chicago O’Hare International Airport and Hong Kong International Airport, as well as Cathay’s existing daily service between Hong Kong and Ho Chi Minh City. The new Ho Chi Minh City codeshare gives American a stronger presence in Southeast Asia.

These flights will be available for travel starting on September 1. With the addition of the new flights, the codeshare agreement between American and Cathay Pacific includes 23 markets in North America and eight markets throughout Asia.

American and Cathay Pacific have been codesharing since 2003 on several trans-Pacific, as well as U.S. domestic and intra-Asia flights. Recently, Cathay Pacific expanded the agreement by adding its code on domestic services between Chicago O’Hare International Airport and 11 U.S. markets served by American or American Eagle. This expansion was made possible because of Cathay Pacific’s new service to Chicago, and the increased connectivity it offers to customers travelling between the networks of both carriers.

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Cathay Pacific Airways Airbus A330 returns to Singapore after a stall warning

Cathay Pacific Airways’ (Hong Kong) flight CX 715 with 136 passengers on board returned to Singapore after it departed to Jakarta, Indonesia. The crew returned to SIN after a stall warning in the number 2 engine. The aircraft was an Airbus A330.

The airline issued the following statement:

“Cathay Pacific confirmed that CX 715 which departed from Singapore to Jakarta at 00.54 am on May 16, 2011 returned to Singapore following a stall warning from the Number 2 engine. The crew shut down the Rolls Royce engine when they received the alert.

An emergency landing was declared and the aircraft returned at 01.57 am without incident. Fire services met the aircraft on arrival. The aircraft stopped on the taxiway and sparks from the Number 2 engine were reported. They were doused by fire extinguishers.

The 136 passengers on the A330 disembarked without incident and were accommodated in hotels. Most were transferred to other flights later this morning.

Cathay Pacific and Rolls Royce are investigating the incident which has been reported to the Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department. “

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Air China and Cathay Pacific to consolidate their cargo business

Air China (Beijing) and Cathay Pacific Airways (Hong Kong) announced today the consolidation of their cargo businesses in a Beijing ceremony to launch the new Air China Cargo. The new Air China Cargo will be based in Shanghai (Pudong) and will operate 12 Boeing 747-400F freighters.

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Cathay Pacific Airways orders 15 Airbus A330-300s and 10 Boeing 777-300 ERs

Cathay Pacific Airways (Hong Kong) has entered into an agreement with Airbus S.A.S. to buy 15 additional Airbus A330-300s and a separate agreement with The Boeing Company for 10 additional Boeing 777-300 ERs.

On the financial side, Cathay Pacific reported its net income jumped to HK$14 billion ($1.8 billion) for 2010 from HK$4.7 billion for the previous year.

Copyright Photo: John Adlard. Cathay Pacific has outlined its fleet plans. Please click on the photo for the full details.

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Cathay Pacific to help celebrate the centenary of powered flight in Hong Kong with a special logo on a Boeing 747-400

Cathay Pacific Airways (Hong Kong) has announced that it will launch four major initiatives to tie in with Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department-led celebrations to mark the 100th anniversary of aviation development in Hong Kong.

The airline will be giving away 1,800 free tickets to the Hong Kong public, inviting them to submit their thoughts on how air transport connects their home city with the world, and will also launch a special fare promotion covering more than 20 destinations with fares as low as HK$990. In addition, the carrier will run an aviation knowledge contest for students in Hong Kong, offering a unique delivery flight trip as a reward, and a special 100th Anniversary logo will go onto one of Cathay Pacific’s passenger aircraft.

Cathay Pacific is launching the “Connecting Your World” competition as part of the Home Affairs Department’s ongoing “Get Into Discovery” campaign, giving away 1,800 tickets to the Hong Kong public. The competition will be organized on a district basis and entries can be submitted online starting in April. The competition is open to all Hong Kong residents aged 16 and above. Participants can submit their entries online in video, photo, graphic illustration or written form on the subject of how air transport connects Hong Kong with the world, from the basic necessities of life to job creation, business opportunities, and building a bridge between people, places and cultures.

One-hundred tickets will be given out to residents of each of Hong Kong’s 18 districts. Each district will select the best 50 entries with a panel of judges made up of District Council representatives, a creative professional and a Cathay Pacific representative. The Champion in each district will win two Economy Class return tickets to any long-haul destination served by Cathay Pacific. The other 49 winners from each district will each get two Economy Class return tickets to any of the airline’s regional destinations. In total, 900 winners will be selected from the 18 districts, each getting two return tickets. More details on how to enter the “Connecting Your World” competition will be announced soon.

The Cathay Pacific Aviation Knowledge Contest is being jointly organised with the Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department and the Hong Kong Air Cadet Corps for all local secondary school students in Hong Kong. From March 5, the public will be engaged through a special Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/100cxcontest, featuring fun quizzes and games. In July, teams from local secondary schools will compete against each other in a live aviation quiz, with the winning team being flown to either the Airbus factory in France or the Boeing factory in the United States to join the delivery of a brand-new aircraft. Details of the contest will be made available on the Facebook page.

Finally, Cathay Pacific will show its commitment to honouring Hong Kong’s aviation anniversary by placing a specially designed commemorative logo by Civil Aviation Department on one of its Boeing 747-400 aircraft. The same aircraft will be used in one of the major events being organized by the Civil Aviation Department to mark the centenary – the Aircraft Pull on March 17 where more than 300 pullers will aim to break a Guinness World Record by manually pulling four aircraft simultaneously. This special Jumbo will fly on Cathay Pacific’s long haul routes and help carry the celebration to other parts of the world.

Copyright Photo: Cathay Pacific Airways. Mr Tony Tyler, Chief Executive of Cathay Pacific (right 2), Ms Florence Hui, Under Secretary for Home Affairs (middle) and Mr Norman Lo, Director-General Civil Aviation (left 2) reveal the Boeing 747-400 aircraft which carries the special 100th anniversary logo designed by the Civil Aviation Department.

Cathay Pacific Airways is coming to Chicago O’Hare

Cathay Pacific Airways (Hong Kong) will add Chicago O’Hare and the HKG-ORD route on September 1, 2011.

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Air China and Cathay Pacific win approvals for their new cargo joint venture

Air China (Beijing) and Cathay Pacific Airways (Hong Kong) have secured the necessary regulatory approvals for their new cargo joint venture.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Please click on the photo for additional information.

Cathay Pacific Airways’ Boeing 747-467 B-HOP loses pressurization over Kazakhstan

Cathay Pacific Airways’ (Hong Kong) Boeing 747-467 B-HOP (msn 23815) while operating flight CX 270 from Amsterdam to Hong Kong, diverted to Karaganda, Kazakhstan after losing cabin pressure.

The airline issued the following statement:

“Cathay Pacific announces that a special flight has departed from Hong Kong at about 16.00 this afternoon to fly to Karaganda airport in Kazakhstan to bring back 306 passengers and 20 crew on board our CX270 flight (departed 28 November from Amsterdam to Hong Kong) which had to be diverted due to a technical problem.

This special flight is expected to depart from Karaganda airport at 00.20 Hong Kong Time (HKT, Tuesday 30 November) and arrive at Hong Kong International Airport at 06.20 tomorrow.

Flight CX270 departed from Amsterdam at 13.05 local time (20.05 HKT) yesterday. About six hours into the flight, at about 02.20 HKT this morning, the cockpit crew detected a fault in the cabin pressurisation system.

In line with standard safety procedures, oxygen masks were deployed and the flight was diverted to the nearest airport, which was Karaganda.

The Boeing 747-400 aircraft landed safely at Karaganda airport without incident at about 04.08 HKT. A Mayday was declared for the descent as required under standard safety procedures.

All passengers and crew are reported safe with no injuries.

Cathay Pacific has informed the Civil Aviation Department of the incident and is investigating the cause of the fault.

A Cathay Pacific spokesman said that the airline had sought visa exemptions for the passengers from the relevant local authorities. But due to immigration requirements, deplaning of the passengers had been delayed until immigration procedures had been completed.

The passengers were served breakfast on board and, once arrangements with the local authorities were finalised, they left the aircraft at 08.00 HKT.

The spokesman said: “Our crew followed the necessary safety protocols at all times, including landing at the nearest airport.

We sincerely apologise to our passengers for the long delay and our inability to deplane them immediately because of the immigration requirements at Karaganda Airport. The crew kept passengers informed of the situation throughout, and were greatly assisted by the management and staff at Karaganda Airport who did everything possible to expedite the process.”

Copyright Photo: Keith Burton. Please click on the photo for additional information.

Cathay Pacific Airways exercises its options for six more Boeing 777-300 ERs

Cathay Pacific Airways (Hong Kong) yesterday (September 21, 2010) signed an agreement with the Boeing Company to exercise purchase rights for six more 777-300 ER (Extended Range) aircraft. The additional six aircraft will swell the airline’s total order for the aircraft type to 36. Eighteen are already in operation with another 12 scheduled for delivery from 2011 to early 2013. The additional six newly purchased 777-300 ERs will be delivered in 2013 and 2014.

Copyright Photo: Ken Petersen. This nice portrait shows 777-367 ER B-KPJ (msn 36157) on final approach at New York (JFK).

Cathay Pacific finalizes its order for 30 Airbus A350 XWBs

Cathay Pacific Airways (Hong Kong) yesterday finalized its order for 30 Airbus A350 XWB aircraft.

Cathay Pacific Airways heads for a record year, will order more aircraft

Cathay Pacific Airways (Hong Kong) is heading for a record year according to this Reuters report.

Cathay Pacific plans to order up to 30 Airbus A350-900s and it intends to exercise purchase rights to buy another six Boeing 777-300 ERs.

Read the full report:

CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: TMK Photography. Boeing 777-367 ER B-KPF (msn 36832) painted in the special Hong Kong livery visits Toronto (Pearson).

Cathay Pacific Airways starts its around-the-world cargo flight

Cathay Pacific Airways (Hong Kong) yesterday (July 9) launched its new around-the-world cargo service.

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Copyright Photo: Jay Selman. Boeing 747-412 (BCF) B-HKH (msn 24227) arrives at New York (JFK).

Cathay Pacific Airways introduces seatbelt airbags

Cathay Pacific Airways (Hong Kong) and the Air France-KLM Group have begun introducing seatbelt-mounted airbags in its economy class to reduce the risk of fatalities in plane crashes.

Read the full report from Bloomberg:

CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: TMK Photography. Boeing 777-367 ER B-KPF (msn 36832) of Cathay Pacific Airways in the special Hong Kong livery prepares to depart from Toronto (Pearson).

Cathay Pacific and Air China are close to cargo JV

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Cathay Pacific Airways (Hong Kong) and affiliate Air China (Beijing) intend to sign an agreement to form a new air-cargo joint venture before the end of the week according to Business Week.

Full article:

www.businessweek.com/news/2010-02-23/cathay-pacific-air-china-said-to-near-cargo-venture-agreement.html

Stuffed toilets forces Cathay Pacific to divert Hong Kong-bound flights

 

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Cathay Pacific Airways (Hong Kong) is noticing an upswing in stuffed toilets on flights bound for its HKG base. According to this BBC report one flight from Riyadh had to divert to Mumbai after all 10 toilets were blocked.

 

News link:

news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8378078.stm

Boeing delivers 777-367 B-KPL in Oneworld colors

Boeing (Chicago, Seattle, Wichita and Charleston, SC) on October 17 delivered the new 777-367 ER B-KPL (msn 36161) to BOC Aviation for its customer Cathay Pacific Airways (Hong Kong). The jetliner is painted in the Oneworld color scheme. B-KPL is the 12th 777-367 ER for Cathay Pacific.

News link:

finance.yahoo.com/news/Boeing-Delivers-Cathay-prnews-2222565602.html?x=0&.v=1

Copyright Photo: Royal S. King.

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http://airlinersgallery.com/2/23c36af/#/gallery/whats-new-hot-new-photos/cathay-pacific-777-300-b-kpl-09-oneworld-apr-pae-r2-lr-903764/

Cathay Pacific to sell HAECO stake to Swire

Copyright Photo: Royal S. King.  Please click on photo for full view, information and other photos.

Copyright Photo: Royal S. King. Please click on photo for full view, information and other photos.

Cathay Pacific Airways (Hong Kong) will sell its HAECO stake to its largest shareholder, Swire Pacific, to raise cash. Cathay will also sell and lease-back six new Boeing 777-300 ERs on order to raise additional capital.

News link:

www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601080&sid=ap0OjaYP6e.M

Cathay Pacific to park six aircraft by December

Cathay Pacific Airways (Hong Kong) is planning to park up to six passenger aircraft by the end of the year. One Airbus A340-300 has already been parked. Another Boeing 747-400 will also be parked. Five freighters are already stored. Traffic is down by 27 percent.

News link:

www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601080&sid=aKIPpqyeDjt8

Cathay Pacific swings to a profit

 

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Please click on photo for full view, information and other Cathay Pacific photos.

Reuters news link:

 

www.reuters.com/article/marketsNews/idESHKG34690720090805?rpc=44

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