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Cathay Pacific Unveils Gloomy Forecast

Cathay Pacific is celebrating its 75th anniversary. However, the airline is also facing its biggest challenge at the same time. The Hong Kong-based carrier announced its traffic figure for August, when it carried 135,353 passengers, an increase of 278.4% compared to August 2020, but a 95.3% decrease from August 2019. Earlier, Cathay Pacific forecasted to operate 30% of pre-pandemic by the end of the year, but many global travel restrictions remain in place. The airline revised its forecast and expects…

Qantas Plans International Lounge Reopening, Shutters Hong Kong Lounge

Planning for easements in global travel restrictions, Qantas has announced plans to reopen its international flagship lounges in Singapore, London and Los Angeles in anticipation of Qantas international flights resuming in December. The Oneworld alliance carrier seeks to resume many overseas flights from its Sydney and Melbourne hubs — including…

Hong Kong and Singapore Travel Bubble Bursts

In the wake of new strategy for dealing Covid-19 in Singapore, the travel bubble agreement between Hong Kong and Singapore has burst, both governments have announced. Singapore's government has granted Hong Kong residents the ability enter the country without quarantining as a result of the low infection rate in Hong…

Cathay Pacific Prepares for Maiden A321neo Flight Service

Hong Kong's Cathay Pacific is on schedule to introduce its first-ever Airbus A321neos into maiden service, as the airline aims in continuing to gradually increase its route network and passenger capacity. Chief Executive Officer Augustus Tang said, “We’re incredibly excited to see our next-generation A321neo take to the skies for…

Cathay Pacific Expects a Better Second Half of the Year

Cathay Pacific Airways, Hong Kong’s flag carrier, expects its company finance could be improved as its cash burn will dip below HK$ 1 billion ($128.84 million) each month in the second half of the year. The struggling airline has burned up to HK$1.9 billion  per month in the first half…

Cathay Pacific And Airbus Focusing On Single-Pilot Systems

Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific is looking towards working with French aircraft manufacturing giant, Airbus, to innovate a new concept of reducing the number of flight crews needed on long-haul flights, with the idea of a lone pilot operating the flight deck for the majority of the flight time. The concept…

Cathay Pacific Gets Approval for Loan Extension

Hong Kong's Cathay Pacific Airways announced on Tuesday it had received the Hong Kong government's approval to extend the drawdown period for an outstanding 7.8 billion Hong Kong dollar ($1 billion) loan facility by a year until June 2022, allowing the airline more room to manage liquidity. The bridge loan…

Hong Kong Airlines Plans to Slash 1,000 Staff

With no end in sight for the pandemic, Hong Kong Airlines is planning to slash one thousand employees, about half of its workforce, and ground its 12 Airbus A320 jets for one year, according to local media. In addition, according to SCMP, the airline said it had been severely affected…

Cathay Pacific Resumes Hiring Local Pilots

Hong Kong's Cathay Pacific Airways has decided to resume its flight crew recruitment for Hong Kong-based pilots again for the first time in approximately eighteen months, as the airline is getting a head start into the lengthy medium-to-long term process of rebuilding its business and surviving the Covid-19 pandemic. Cathay…

Airlines Encourage Staff to Vaccinate

After being hit by the coronavirus for more than a year, airlines are telling to their staff staff to be vaccinated against Covid-19. Delta Air Lines has announced that newly-hired staff have to be vaccinated. Earlier, Cathay Pacific Airways encouraged its staff to get vaccinated. Cathay says the response has…