Cathay Pacific, in conjunction with Alaska Airlines, is offering up to $500 off flights and package deals to Asia for departures from its six US gateway cities. Bookings must be made by 31 July 2018 and the higher the cabin booked the higher the discount offered.
Cathay Pacific has launched a short Economy Class sale offering fares between the West Coast and Hong Kong from as low as $348. The fares are available on non-stop flights originating in San Francisco and Los Angeles and, from what I can see, don't come with any onerous constraints or requirements - you just have to be prepared to book by 8 June 2018.
In an interview given to Bloomberg back in March the Cathay Pacific CEO Rupert Hogg was keen to stress that, as part of its efforts to get back to profitability, the airline planned to do "a lot more on food" and that "food is going to be a concentration" for the airline going forward. Things have been quiet on the Cathay front for a few weeks now but now Australian Business Traveller has got its hands on an internal email that appears to shed some light on what's coming.
There has been a lot of speculation surrounding Cathay Pacific over the past 18 months as the airline struggles with various economic pressures. In the financial year to December 2017 Cathay Pacific posted a net loss of HK$1.26bn and we've seen the airline have to fend off suggestions that it would have to introduce buy-on-board meal service to help raise more revenue.
Last month a mysterious document purporting to be an internal Cathay Pacific memo was leaked to a number of newspapers and travel websites. The document suggested that Cathay was considering a number of negative service moves and that the airline would start up non-stop service to Canberra and Cape Town in 2018.
There have been rumors circulating for a while that Cathay Pacific is planning to put through a few service changes that you wouldn’t ordinarily associate with a premium airline and, last week, things came to a head.
I recently spent quite a few hours in Kuala Lumpur International airport and, as the Malaysia Airlines lounges in the satellite terminal are both currently closed for refurbishment, I took a look around to see what other options are currently available. I’ve already posted details of the Malaysia Airlines C.I.P Lounge in the satellite terminal, which is where some Malaysia Airlines passengers are being sent but, as that facility is (a) temporary, (b) small and (c) not exactly impressive, you may want to know what the Cathay Pacific Lounge is like.
Cathay Pacific has embraced the season of spending by launching a Black Friday sale for departures from all the US cities it serves. The promotional deals are for travel in Business Class and Premium Economy with the offers available to book through 29 November 2017.
Qatar Airways already owns a little over 20% of IAG (the parent company of British Airways, Iberia and Aer Lingus), around 10% of LATAM in South America and now it has announced that it has taken a significant stake in another of its oneworld partners - Cathay Pacific.
Over the past month Cathay Pacific's route planners have been busier than I ever remember them being. At the end of August the airline announced 3 new routes between Hong Kong and Europe and then, 3 weeks later, Cathay suspended its route to Dusseldorf. Now the route planners are at it again with the announcement of more service between Hong Kong and Europe and an increase in service to Israel too.