All posts tagged: Covid-19

Cathay Pacific to axe 6,000 employees, gets rid of Cathay Dragon brand

The original plan was to make 8,000 roles redundant. Multiple news outlets today reported that Cathay Pacific will be retrenching 6,000 employees worldwide, with close to 5,000 of these roles lost in Hong Kong itself. The international airline was originally planning to axe up to 8,000 staff, but reduced it to 6,000 after government intervention. The airline will also remove another close to 2,600 unfilled positions, bringing the total tally of positions lost to 8,500. With a total workforce of 33,000 staff, the 6,000 employees axed come to under 20% of its staff strength, signifying a smaller cut that what some other airlines have undertaken. The cuts came after Cathay Pacific Group took up a government aid worth HK$27.3 billion (S$4.8 billion) in June, which came with the condition that the airline must appoint two government selected observers to the board to oversee the investment and protect taxpayers’ money. According to the airline, affected staff will be offered “severance packages that go well beyond statutory requirements”, and extending medical benefits and staff travel entitlements, as …

Singapore-Hong Kong leisure travel bubble to commence ‘soon’

No quarantine required, but pre-trip Covid-19 tests and booking of ‘dedicated flights’ required if you want to go In a surprise move, Singapore newly-minted Transport Minister Ong Ye Kung announced on Thursday (15 Oct) that it has confirmed a travel arrangement with Hong Kong to allow ‘general travel’ for residents between both countries. The most salient point of this agreement is that there will be “no restrictions on travel purpose”, effectively making this the first leisure ‘green lane’ for Singapore and Hong Kong residents, since the COVID-19 closed most borders this year. Travellers will be subject to Covid-19 PCR testings that are recognised by both governments, but will not need to serve any isolation requirements nor be subjected to movement restrictions under ‘controlled itineraries’. Travellers can also only travel on dedicated flights that only serve travellers under this Air Travel Bubble (ATB) arrangement. No firm timeframe yet Both governments have not confirmed nor indicated any firm date to start the ATB flights. However reports have suggested that the bubble could comments in ‘weeks’, even though …

Jetstar Asia expands network in October

Jetstar will serve eight cities across Southeast Asia in October, operating over 100 flights in the month. While the number of destinations has not increased over September, Jetstar Asia will operate more flights this month, with increases in frequency to Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur. The eight cities it will serve in October are: Cambodia: Phnom Penh Indonesia: Jakarta Malaysia: Kuala Lumpur, Penang Thailand: Bangkok The Philippines: Clark, Manila Vietnam: Ho Chi Minh City The full schedule Sector Flight no. Days of ops Dep Arr Flight time Aircraft Singapore – Bangkok^ 3K513 Mon, Fri 1910 2040 2h 30m A320 Bangkok – Singapore 3K514 Mon, Fri 2120 0050(+1) 2h 30m A320 Singapore – Clark* 3K775 Wed 0920 1300 3h 40m A320 Clark – Singapore* 3K776 Wed 1400 1740 3h 40m A320 Ho Chi Minh City – Singapore@ 3K556 Sat 0855 1155 2h A320 Singapore – Jakarta 3K201 Mon, Thu, Sat 0755 0900 2h 5m A320 3K205# Sun 2000 2055 1h 55m A320 Jakarta – Singapore 3K202 Mon, Thu, Sat 0940 1240 2h A320 3K206# Sun 2135 0025(+1) …

Singapore Airlines ditches ‘flight to nowhere’, will launch other on-ground initiatives

Lunchtime on A380s, tour of training facility, and home delivery of in-flight meals to be rolled out in October and November for Singapore customers. The big question is: how much will these experiences cost? Singapore Airlines yesterday officially confirmed that it will not be launching sightseeing flight-to-nowhere, but instead focus on offering on-ground experiences in the upcoming months. The three experiences will still leverage the use of its A380 aircraft, but in a different way. On top of that, SIA will also offer home delivery of its famed catering, as well as its training facility at Upper Changi. Singapore Airlines scrapped flights to nowhere after huge media discussion Singapore Airlines was rumoured to launch ‘flights to nowhere’ weeks earlier, following news of other airlines launching similar flights. Qantas was the most recent to publicise its 7-hour sightseeing flight around Australia, with tickets snapped up ‘in minutes’. Even earlier in the year, EVA Air launched a flight to nowhere as well on its famed Hello Kitty aircraft for Father’s Day in Taiwan. Singapore Airlines has confirmed …

Scoot operates to 20 cities in October, November

Low-cost carrier Scoot will serve a total of 20 cities in 8 countries & territories from Singapore over the next two months, it said in an update today (24 September). The SIA Group’s budget subsidiary will be operating between 170 to 180 flights over the next two months, its largest network since April when there were only two destinations. Having said that, some of the 20 destinations will continue to be served only sparingly, either by a weekly service, or less frequently. Destinations The two new destinations commencing October are Semarang in Indonesia and Tianjin in China. Semarang was originally served by Silkair before services were suspended, and was scheduled to start in July as part of the transition from Silkair to Scoot. While these are new destinations, they aren’t much of an addition: Semarang will only see a single service in October (with none in November), while Tianjin will see only three return services over the next two months. The 20 cities Scoot will serve from October are: Country/Territory City Australia Perth China GuangzhouNanjingTianjinHong …