HONG KONG -- Despite airline industry woes, Hong Kong carrier
Cathay Pacific is weathering the post-Sept. 11 storm by holding to
its dictum that one has to spend money to earn it, airline
"There are only three airlines in the world I know of that
received absolutely no government aid after the attacks: Cathay
Pacific, Dragonair and Air Hong Kong," said Tom Wright, senior vice
president for the Americas for Cathay Pacific. "We're also among
the few who did not let staff go or cut back on in-flight
Although Cathay did reduce frequency from North America, the
line flies daily from Los Angeles, New York (Kennedy), San
Francisco and Toronto and is "finding load factors are holding up,"
Investing in its product, the carrier installed flat sleeper
seats in business class that allow for six feet and three inches of
sleeping space at a 13-degree incline aboard its Airbus A330
The seats measure 20.5 inches wide and have privacy screens and
adjustable head and lumbar rests.
The business cabin also features a new cocktail bar area;
dressing rooms and extra storage and table space; USB data sockets;
and audio and video on demand at each seat.
Business class installation has begun on Airbus A340 jets flying
from San Francisco and Toronto, and the conversion of Cathay's
Boeing 747-400s from Kennedy and London should be completed by
The airline also is pitching its airport lounge concept -- based
on the Pier lounge it opened at the Hong Kong's Chek Lap Kok
Airport last fall -- to several North American locales, which
Wright declined to name.
The Pier features private Day-Break Rooms for first class
passengers; Personal Living Space cubicles; and private showers in
both its first and business class areas.
The 42,000-square-foot lounge also features a juice bar, a
coffee bar, two restaurants and 60 computers with Internet
Cathay Pacific also expanded its Notifly Flight Paging service
to 40 countries worldwide, enabling mobile phone users to confirm
flight arrivals, departures and changes in four languages.
For details on Cathay Pacific, log onto www.cathay-usa.com.