Cathay Pacific records first ever back-to-back annual loss

Cathay Pacific Group has reported its first back-to-back annual loss since the company was founded in 1946. The Hong Kong flag-carrier blamed intense competition from low-cost Chinese carriers and higher fuel prices for the result. Losses totalled HK$1.26bn, or £115 million, for the year to December. In March last year the carrier posted its first annual loss in eight years, of HK$575 million. In response, Cathay is part way through a huge three-year cost cutting programme. The loss per share for 2017 was HK32 cents, compared to a loss per…

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Thomas Cook Airlines flies all-female crew for International Women’s Day

Thomas Cook Airlines has operated an all-female crew on International Women’s Day 2018 and today launches its first scholarship for future female pilots. The captain, first officer and seven crew for the flight from Manchester to Gran Canaria at 08:40 this morning were all female, as well as engineers and ground staff from Manchester Airport and NATS air traffic controllers who cleared the A321 aircraft with 212 customers on board for take-off. Thomas Cook Airlines has also announced today that it is partnering with FTEJerez to attract more women to…

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Air Astana goes daily on London route

Air Astana, the national carrier of Kazakhstan, will offer daily, non-stop flights from Nazarbayev International airport in Astana to London Heathrow from June 1st. The additional frequencies, on Wednesdays and Fridays, are already available for sale. “We are delighted to have finally secured daily flight status on what is such a prestigious and popular route – the only direct service linking the UK to Kazakhstan,” said Air Astana chief executive, Peter Foster. “London has consistently grown in significance, with both business and leisure travellers and it comes at an opportune…

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