January 10, 1999 |
Listen up, folks in the cheap seats: You'll soon be able to earn frequent-flier miles for those mega-mile overseas journeys on three major Asian airlines. Cathay Pacific Airways, Malaysia Airlines and Singapore Airlines, long allied in a frequent-flier program called Passages that limits mileage earnings to business and first class, are breaking up the alliance and starting their own programs. As of Feb. 1, all three will include economy class.
July 22, 2001 |
A rash of job actions is hitting carriers across Asia, Europe and the Americas, tripping up travelers during the busiest flying season of the year. Although labor disputes among U.S. airlines have been fairly well publicized here, international disputes are less well known. So it's wise to check for updates with your travel agent or the airline. Among recent labor actions: * Asia: In Hong Kong, a dispute with pilots led Cathay Pacific Airways to cancel nearly one-fifth of its flights July 10.
November 30, 2004 |
European Aeronautic, Defense & Space Co., the controlling shareholder of Airbus, said Monday that it fully supported the plane maker's plan to develop an aircraft to challenge Boeing Co.'s forthcoming 7E7. EADS said it would make a final decision on the proposal next month. The new Airbus aircraft, called the A350, would be a variant of the company's A330 with new wings and engines and a longer range.
April 7, 1989 |
Cathay Pacific Airways of Hong Kong announced Tuesday that it has placed a firm order with Airbus Industrie for 10 A330-300 aircraft and has taken options on another 10 of the wide-body planes. The firm order is worth about $1.1 billion, and if all the options are exercised, the order would total about $2.2 billion, the Hong Kong airline said. The first of the planes will be delivered in January, 1995, with delivery scheduled to be completed in 1997.
May 25, 1994 |
Two jumbo jets, one from Los Angeles, came within seconds of colliding head-on 28,665 feet over the Pacific Ocean after an air traffic controller mistakenly put them on a collision course, Japanese aviation officials said. Northwest Airlines Flight 6 from Tokyo to Chicago avoided the disaster Sunday by veering out of the way of oncoming Cathay Pacific Airways Flight 881 from Los Angeles en route to Hong Kong, the officials said.
May 24, 2000 |
Airbus Industrie said it has won commitments from four more airlines to buy the proposed A-3XX super-jumbo, bringing to six the number of carriers ready to buy what would be the world's largest passenger plane. "Progress has been fast," said Airbus Chief Executive Noel Forgeard at a press briefing. "In less than four months, we have obtained letters of intent from Emirates [Airlines], Singapore Airlines and from four customers that will remain undisclosed for a while.
October 18, 1990 |
A former chairman of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange was sentenced today to four years in prison for corruption. Ronald Li, 61, was also ordered to pay an estimated $1.4 million in court costs and profits reaped from his corrupt acts. The high-rolling former stock exchange chairman was convicted in High Court on Wednesday on two counts under Hong Kong's Bribery Prevention Ordinance.