Cathay Pacific Flies A350 To Manila


 

Cathay Pacific reveals first Airbus A350 flights from May

Cathay Pacific is revving up for its Airbus A350 flights to take wing in May to Taipei and Manila, followed by Singapore, Bangkok and Ho Chi Minh City in July, following an expected “late April” delivery of its first A350.

The airline overnight updated its booking system to reveal the first raft of regional services which will help crew and ground teams become familiar with the A350 in a working environment before the next-generation jetliner is rostered onto long-distance international flights.

The schedule – which is of course subject to change – shows the A350 winging its way to Manila and Taipei on May 1, then extending its reach to Bangkok and Ho Chi Minh from July 1, and Singapore from July 3.

Cathay’s A350 will turn towards the UK from September 2 with the start of scheduled flights between Hong Kong and London’s Gatwick Airport (initially running four days a week).

The airline also expects to list Auckland as another A350 destination soon after.

Inside Cathay Pacific's all-new Airbus A350

Cathay Pacific is due to pick up the keys to 12 A350-900s this year with ten more to follow in 2017, plus 26 of the larger and longer-range A350-1000s from 2018.

Ninoy Aquino Int’l Airport T3 To Be Fully Operational After 17 Years


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The Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 will finally be fully operational by the end of July, the Transportation department said, noting that it has been 17 years since the contract for the project has been awarded.

Five international carriers will transfer to NAIA-3 from NAIA-1 starting next week. Delta Airlines will fly out of the newest terminal by August 1. KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Emirates, and Cathay Pacific will soon follow suit.

“We are extremely pleased to confirm that full airline operations will begin at NAIA Terminal 3 next week. Our gateway airport will now be able to welcome 3.5 million more passengers with modern facilities every year, “ Transport chief Emilio Abaya said.

The contract, awarded in 1997, was supposed to have been finished by 2002. Allegations of anomalous transactions with contractor Philippine International Air Terminals Co., Inc., and cases consequently filed, have stalled project completion.

The terminal opened in 2008, but has been operating at half its intended capacity of 13 million passengers. In August 2013, the government struck a deal with the original contractor Takenaka Corp. to complete the project pending resolution of cases.

“[T]he Japanese firm has undertaken completion works for systems such as, flight information displays, computer terminals, gate coordination, landing bridges, and fire protection systems” over the past year, the Transport department said.

Around 85 percent of the works had been completed, it added, noting that other systems “which are non-critical to full airline operations, such as the building maintenance system,” would likely be completed within the year.

The transfer of five airlines to NAIA-3 is expected to reduce NAIA-1’s annual passenger traffic to its design capacity of 4.5 million from its current rate of 8 million. NAIA-1, which has been tagged the worst airport in the world, is also undergoing renovation.

Abaya added that the five carriers transferring to NAIA-3 “have the highest volume of international flights coming in and out of NAIA, so we look forward to giving them a new home.” The move thus cuts he number of travelers affected by NAIA-1 works.

The Cabinet official said NAIA-3’s completion is part of the President Benigno Aquino’s promise of good governance. “We made sure that 17 years and 4 administrations later, the whole Terminal 3 facility may be enjoyed by the public,” Abaya said.

Source: Kim Arveen Patria

World Airline Awards 2014: World’s Top 10 Airlines


World's best airlines for 2014
World’s best airlines for 2014

World’s Top 10 Airlines 

1. Cathay Pacific Airways

2. Qatar Airways

3. Singapore Airlines

4. Emirates

5. Turkish Airlines

6. ANA All Nippon Airways

7. Garuda Indonesia

8. Asiana Airlines

9. Etihad Airways

10. Lufthansa

emirates

Best Inflight Entertainment

1. Emirates

2. Singapore Airlines

3. Turkish Airlines

4. Qantas

5. Cathay Pacific Airways

6. Virgin Atlantic

7. Qatar Airways

8. Air New Zealand

9. Virgin Australia

10. Etihad Airways

Garuda-Indonesia

Best Cabin Crew

1. Garuda Indonesia

2. Cathay Pacific

3. Singapore Airlines

4. Asiana Airlines

5. Malaysia Airlines

6. Qatar Airways

7. EVA Air

8. ANA All Nippon Airways

9. Thai Airways

10. Hainan Airlines

AAsia

Best Low Cost Carrier

1. AirAsia

2. Jetstar Airways

3. Virgin America

4. AirAsia X

5. Indigo

6. Norwegian

7. Jetstar Asia

8. easyJet

9. WestJet

10. Azul Airlines

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