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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) …

Now on sale: SIA@Home meals

Probably the most expensive home delivery meals you will ever buy, if you do decide to splurge The last couple of weeks were rather exciting, with so much buzz and talk about SIA’s latest “Discover Your Singapore Airlines” experiences. Over the next eight weeks, those who miss travelling will get some semblance of that experience – or at least, part of it – with possibly a chance to have a meal on SIA’s A380, perhaps order some really expensive airline premium meals home, or visit SIA Training Centre. The first to go on sale is the SIA@Home which went live at midnight today (5 Oct 2020). What is SIA@Home? This is the SIA marketing spiel for SIA@Home: Enjoy a taste of Singapore Airlines, delivered to your home. Order a home-dining experience for 2 created by our world-renowned International Culinary Panel chefs, paired with your choice of wine or champagne. For a perfect re-creation of our First Class or Business Class experience at home, purchase the all-inclusive package, which comes with the exquisite tableware and luxurious amenities available exclusively on board our …

Confirmed: Prices for ‘Discover your Singapore Airlines’ experiences, starting from S$50

After a leak of the prices just a day after the announcement, Singapore Airlines has unveiled all of its pricing for the three initiatives Singapore Airlines has officially announced the pricing for its upcoming on-ground experiences, including lunch on board one of its Airbus A380s at Changi Airport, visits to its training facility and home food delivery packages. The announcement, originally made on Tuesday, were without prices, but the national carrier subsequently updated the event pages with prices, and sent out a bunch of media backgrounders with the prices two days later. The official prices This is what SIA has announced for the three experiences respectively: Restaurant A380 @Changi (24, 25 October) Cabin Price per pax (S$) excludes GST Economy $50 or 6,250 miles Premium Economy $90 or 11,250 miles Business $300 or 37,500 miles First $600 or 75,000 miles Those who are able to secure a spot can sign up for an exclusive tour of the A380 aircraft (limited slots only!), where they will go on a 15-minute tour of the aircraft, including rare …