Cathay Pacific Expands London to Hong Kong Service

Cathay Pacific Airways, a Hong Kong based airline operator, will be expanding the service between its Hong Kong hub and London Heathrow to add a new return flight.

The airline is adding its fifth daily return flight from Hong Kong from June 27, 2013, as part of its commitment to offer its passengers more choice in long-haul flights. The new London Heathrow flight will be operated with a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.

The airline chief executive officer, John Slosar, said, ‘We are offering our customers the best of all worlds: first, products that are second to none, including our new long-haul Business Class, winner of the Skytrax Best Business Class in the world award; second, people and service that have earned us recognition as a five-star airline. And third, the choice to travel when it is convenient with multiple frequencies throughout the day.

Whether getting passengers to their destinations on a nonstop flight or connections via our convenient, world-renowned hub in Hong Kong, we are working to expand the network in a way that brings additional flight options to our customers. It is just another way we are giving passengers more reasons to choose Cathay Pacific.’

The new flight will increase the current service to London to 35 flights per week. The airline is also offering 25 flights a week to New York City, and 17 to Los Angeles, from Hong Kong.

The airline has recently provided new business class interiors on some of its long distance flights, including on its route between London Heathrow and Hong Kong.

Cathay Pacific Averts Threat of Strike

Cathay Pacific Airways, a Hong Kong based airline operator, has reported averting the industrial action by its flight attendants that was announced earlier.

The airline, on completion of talks – mediated by the Labour Department of the country, between the company and the Flight Attendants Union (FAU) – reported that the outstanding differences between the parties have now been resolved.

The airline general manager for cabin crew, Liza Ng, said, ‘The agreement we reached today addresses issues important to the company and the crew. It is incumbent upon the company to always ensure its long-term success when discussing short-term issues. We were able to accomplish that today.’

Some of the agreement points included a commitment to offer all destinations to Hong Kong based crew; and out port based crew can merely operate on routes between out port bases.

The airline chief executive officer, John Slosar, said, ‘This is the best possible outcome for our customers, who have always been at the forefront of this issue for us. They can now look forward to their holiday travel plans with confidence.

This is a good agreement for the company. It allows us to expand our business here at home, bringing even more services to the people of Hong Kong. Specifically, we maintain the flexibility we need to offer what our customers want us to provide.

Beyond that, we were able to look after the interests of the broader cabin crew community in terms of addressing lifestyle issues, which is important because we must keep the interests of all staff at heart. And we have demonstrated that we will listen to staff concerns and respond with appropriate solutions.’

The airline currently offers flights between Hong Kong and destinations in the UK including London Heathrow, Manchester, Aberdeen, Belfast, Edinburgh, and New Castle.

Cathay Pacific Announces June Fare Sale

Cathay Pacific Airways, a Hong Kong based airline operator, is offering new, lower fares on some of its routes for a limited time period.

The airline is offering fares commencing at $1,125 for roundtrip economy class travel from New York JFK, Chicago, San Francisco or Los Angeles, in the US, to Hong Kong on Cathay Pacific, followed by connecting flights to Chengdu, Xi’an or Guilin in China with the airline’s sister carrier, Dragonair. The sale ends June 15, 2012, for travel between September 3 and November 30, 2012. Travellers booking this deal online can enter a sweepstakes to win a three-night stay at the luxurious Shangri-La hotel in the city that they are visiting.

The airfare for the new Premium Economy Class between London, in the UK, and Hong Kong, in China, commences from £1,399 return, on bookings made until June 16, 2012.

Eric Odone, the airline vice president of sales and marketing, said, ‘This month’s deal will have something different that will appeal to every kind of traveller. Whether you want to interact with pandas in Chengdu, unearth the history of the terra cotta warriors in Xi’an or absorb the breathtaking scenery in Guilin, there is a destination waiting for you to explore.’

The airline’s new Premium Economy Class experience offers separate check-in counters, an additional baggage allowance, and priority boarding to its passengers; as well as in-flight amenities such as superior catering, improved entertainment, and a cabin featuring 26 to 34 seats. The seats are available on long distance flights, including flights from New York (US), Sydney (Australia), Toronto (Canada), Vancouver (Canada), and London, to Hong Kong.