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User currently offlineAirmale From Botswana, joined Sep 2004, 381 posts, RR: 1
Posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 5275 times:

Interesting development, will they be the first East Asian carrier to serve Almaty? or did Asiana fly there first?;

Cathay to fly to Moscow, Almaty

By Masood Anwar

KARACHI: Cathay Pacific Airways is including Moscow and Almaty in its flight map and terms and conditions in this regard will be finalised during a visit of the airline's delegation to Moscow next week.

Happy Minwala, Manager Cathay Pacific for Pakistan, Afghanistan and Central Asian Independent States (CIS) said while unfolding the Airways' expansion plan, it is sound and feasible to start operations to Russia and CIS.

"I am going to Moscow next week for final negotiations," he said adding "there is a big possibility that Karachi will be the transit point for Cathay to fly to CIS."

Pakistan has large traffic for Russia and CIS. When Aeroflot operated from Pakistan, it would have 16-18 flights per week for Moscow, he added. Minwala dismissed the impression Cathay has any problems with flying rights for operation from Pakistan to West and South.

"We have equal rights," he said. The Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) is planning to make West Coast next year after obtaining new Boeing-777 planes and it has no option except Hong Kong to go to Los Angeles or San Francisco.

"We have no objection to the PIA move. The airline is free to go anywhere from Hong Kong except Chinese airports," he made clear adding PIA is prohibited to fly within China from Hong Kong. Cathay is enjoying similar facilities in Pakistan, he added.

Minwala foresaw big potential in Russia, as he said there is no direct flight from Pakistan and Far East. He termed the new flight plan a new boost for the Airways.

Other News:

Cathay Pacific Airways has launched a business promotion programme to cope with the crisis gripping the Hong Kong territory due to the SARS epidemic.

The new business promotion program offered one ticket free for every business class ticket. This offer is valid for Hong Kong, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and Japan.

The airways offered free ticket for a child (up to 12 years) for economy class, ticket for the destinations of Hong Kong, Bangkok, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Australia and Auckland.

Happy Minwala, manager for Pakistan, Afghanistan and Central Independent States, while unveiling the airways plan at the Karachi Press Club on Saturday said that the World Health Organisation lifted it's travel advisory on Hong Kong last week and SARS is now under complete control.

SARS has badly affected Cathay business. Before the outbreak, around 35,000 passengers used Cathay every day for their travel. However due to SARS, this figure has dropped to 8,000 a day, he informed.

The nosedive drop in the number of passengers forced the airways to cut its flight operation by 45 per cent.

For Pakistan, the number of passengers was 200 a week that plunged to 70 passengers.

Now the situation is improving and figures for Pakistan are touching 146 passengers, Minwala said.

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[Edited 2003-06-01 09:00:08]


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User currently offlineCx flyboy From Hong Kong, joined Dec 1999, 6638 posts, RR: 55
Reply 1, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 5146 times:

Very interesting. I know one of our staff is going over to Moscow shortly to help with the set up of the office there but did not know about Almaty!

User currently offlineB-HXB From New Zealand, joined Jan 2001, 745 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 5110 times:

"We have no objection to the PIA move."

I wonder why?  Smile


User currently offlineTsentsan From Singapore, joined Jan 2002, 2016 posts, RR: 15
Reply 3, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 5094 times:

Sounds good! I would love to be able to visit Moscow, after learning so much about modern Russian history, just have to see the place for myself  Smile


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User currently offlineRupertvander82 From France, joined Dec 2002, 411 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 5036 times:

*gasp*

Cathay is flying to Moscow!!!! Woot! Now there's another option to fly from HK to Moscow!

I hope SIA will be next. There is so much potential in the Russia market.


User currently offlineCathay Pacific From Australia, joined May 2000, 1864 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 5016 times:

What a pleasant surprise from CXSmokin cool


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User currently offline9V-SPK From Hong Kong, joined Aug 2001, 1646 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 5003 times:

SIA has proved that Moscow is not a profitable destination for them (At least for Cargo)

At least customers would have another choice out of Aeroflot and I believe CX is much more superior to them in terms of service and safety (An Aeroflot A310 crashed enroute to HKG in 1994).

Best Regards


User currently offlineRupertvander82 From France, joined Dec 2002, 411 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 5000 times:

I'm surprised why Cathay does not fly to Copenhagen or Zurich though. I thought those destinations have a high traffic to HKG?

Anyway, bounce back Cathay!!!


User currently offlineUN_B732 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 4289 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 4985 times:

AEROFLOT is safe, except for that one A310 going down, and some minor incidents.....Uhh...That 747-400 looks very worn... not really, but if you look closely.
-Transaero Boeing 737-200



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User currently offlineAirmale From Botswana, joined Sep 2004, 381 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 4966 times:

What equipment and routing will they use? I wonder if Paksitan will be upgraded to a 744 that would be great if they choose to serve Moscow via Karachi. Any idea why Aeroflot and PIA quit the Moscow-Pakistan routes? PK quit in 97 they were using a 742 going onto Manchester and SU quit in 99-2000 they used an A310 to Karachi and Dubai as well as Lahore.


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User currently offlineRupertvander82 From France, joined Dec 2002, 411 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 4822 times:

Airbus 343 gets my vote. a 747 or even a 777 will be too big. But you never know!

User currently offlineAirmale From Botswana, joined Sep 2004, 381 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 4654 times:

I guess Almaty will get an A330, when do these services begin?


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User currently offlineCx flyboy From Hong Kong, joined Dec 1999, 6638 posts, RR: 55
Reply 12, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 4582 times:

There has been nothing official announced by Cathay about either of these routes. I know Moscow has been on the wish-list, but maybe for a couple of years down the line. Almaty has never even been mentionned. Maybe this will turn into another Honolulu or Tehran.

User currently offlineRupertvander82 From France, joined Dec 2002, 411 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 4552 times:

A few years down the line? Sigh....

User currently offlineAirmale From Botswana, joined Sep 2004, 381 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 4488 times:

CX are the only major North East Asian carrier not flying to Russia, JAL, ANA, Korean Air, Air China and China Airlines are all there, what about Asiana and EVA Air?


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User currently onlineHkg82 From Hong Kong, joined Apr 2002, 1322 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 4464 times:

I don’t see CX serving either of these destinations, at least not for a very long time. Even after things return to normal when SARS passes, CX will be very conservative in their expansion (they are a very conservative airline in general). They have to restore their route network first, before even thinking about adding new destinations.

How cool would it be if CX served Tehran? They would have to rely on fifth freedom traffic (direct HKG-THR-HKG isn’t feasible), perhaps via DXB, JED or RUH?

Hkg82.


User currently offlineRupertvander82 From France, joined Dec 2002, 411 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 4388 times:

No, ANA and China Airlines DOES NOT fly to Moscow. And I suspect Air China too. But I might be wrong.

If China Airlines does fly to Moscow... it'll be great, 'cos their fares are dirt cheap.


User currently offlineCx flyboy From Hong Kong, joined Dec 1999, 6638 posts, RR: 55
Reply 17, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 4384 times:

They have to be dirt cheap otherwise who would fly them!!

User currently offlineKaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12593 posts, RR: 34
Reply 18, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 4352 times:

Remember that lots of these routes are negotiated, but it doesn't mean airlines will fly them. I don't see Almaty being a runner (although a 333IGW could handle it?), but I could see 343s doing Moscow. That would be a great route to fly; the 343 would be ideal for freight and would be able to feed into CX's extensive HKG hub.

Glad to see CX is recovering too.


User currently offlineAirmale From Botswana, joined Sep 2004, 381 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 4285 times:

China Airlines do fly charters to Moscow with an A340 and they're planning to make them scheduled services in the future.


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User currently offlineAirmale From Botswana, joined Sep 2004, 381 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 4275 times:

Air China also fly to Moscow with a 767-200ER. Found the info at their website.


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