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Old 6th Dec 2005, 15:41
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The official press release can be found here

Cathay Pacific announces service to Moscow and Manchester

Cathay Pacific Airways today announced it will, pending final government approvals, make history again as the first Hong Kong airline flying to Russia with the launch of a three-times-weekly service to Moscow, starting 27 March 2006.

From Moscow, Cathay Pacific’s service will continue onwards to Manchester, England. Cathay Pacific will be the only airline to offer a direct passenger service to Manchester from Hong Kong.

The announcement came a week after the airline placed its biggest ever order for new aircraft in order to add flights and new destinations.

The Moscow service will extend an existing codeshare agreement with Aeroflot - Russian Airlines, while the Manchester service marks a resumption of Cathay Pacific passenger flights to the city, which traditionally has strong ties with Hong Kong. The route will be operated with an Airbus A340-300.

Cathay Pacific Chief Executive Philip Chen said: “Cathay Pacific’s new Moscow and Manchester service adds yet another spoke to the Hong Kong hub. It strengthens the city’s ties to Europe and reinforces its position as the gateway to the Chinese Mainland. “

Mr Chen added: “Moscow is an exciting destination and our new service will offer Hong Kong passengers more choices and greater travel convenience to this great capital. With three new services to Manchester, we will operate an unmatched 31 flights every week from Hong Kong to the UK.”

Both the Moscow and Manchester services are expected to generate new hub traffic to and from Australia, New Zealand and around the region. Hong Kong’s gateway position will appeal to Russian businesses forging closer trade ties within the Pearl River Delta.

Cathay Pacific has operated codeshare flights to Moscow with Aeroflot since June 2004. Aeroflot currently operates the service with Boeing 767 aircraft. All services operated by both airlines will carry Aeroflot's "SU" and Cathay Pacific's "CX" prefixes.

Cathay Pacific last week announced its biggest ever order for new aircraft to grow its fleet and network. The airline made commitments for 16 advanced wide-body Boeing 777-300ER aircraft with purchase rights for 20 more. It also made commitments to acquire three Airbus A330-300s to operate regional routes.

Cathay Pacific currently operates 54 passenger services to five cities in Europe each week. It operates four flights a day to London, plus daily services to Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Paris, and five weekly flights to Rome. The airline serves 92 destinations world-wide.

Full schedule
Flight number Days of operations
CX237 Hong Kong Moscow 00:15 / 06:25 Mon, Thu, Sat
CX237 Moscow Manchester 07:50 / 08:55 Mon, Thu, Sat
CX236 Manchester Moscow 10:00 / 16:55 Mon, Thu, Sat
CX236 Moscow Hong Kong 18:40 / 08:10 +1 Mon, Thu, Sat
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Old 6th Dec 2005, 17:59
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Good news indeed, but isn't that a bit of a short turnround for a 340?
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Old 6th Dec 2005, 18:00
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British Airways franchise partner GB Airways has announced a new twice-weekly service from Manchester to Heraklion, Crete in summer 2006 as well as an increased service from London Gatwick.

The Manchester service, which starts on May 2, 2006 will bring the total number of weekly flights to the Greek island to seven in the summer, including five from London Gatwick.
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Old 6th Dec 2005, 19:00
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Im glad that Cathay are to operate via Moscow this time instead of Germany, this will in my view leave room for another service ex Man to Germany.

Maybee someone like Condor should look at this ???
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Old 7th Dec 2005, 06:53
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More importantly.....how about letting us (at Cathay) know a few good pubs/restuarants in MAN?
Looks like we'll be having 3-4day layovers.
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Old 7th Dec 2005, 10:07
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Just sailed over my house the first Mahan Air A310 to Manchester and very nice it looks

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Old 7th Dec 2005, 16:05
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petitfromage, won't you position to LHR or AMS and operate out of there rather than 3 days in MAN?
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Old 7th Dec 2005, 16:30
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petitfromage -

Your most important accessory for Manchester is an umbrella. After that, you can enjoy the vibrant nightlife, world class restaurants (not all of which serve black pudding), and rumour has it that they've got a football team.

You shouldn't be bored.
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Old 7th Dec 2005, 17:11
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petitfromage,
Have a word with the guys and gals over at cargo....they know a good night when they see one.....trouble is it very rarely is just a night.....normally ends up lasting well into the next morning......

My head hurts thinking about it


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Old 8th Dec 2005, 12:48
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LGS6753 - 'rumour has it that they've got a football team'.

They do indeed, Manchester City are very entertaining to watch and the stadium is great.

There's also teams in Wigan and (I believe) Salford, although the latter are in a bit of a decline at the moment...
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Old 8th Dec 2005, 12:56
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Not to mention,
Stockport
Oldham
Rochdale
Bolton
oh and Manchester United
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Old 8th Dec 2005, 21:03
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Are Meridiana to start a twice weekly Manchester Cagliari and once weekly Manchester Olbia service this summer? A source told me they have slots to operate in to and out of T3.
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Old 9th Dec 2005, 14:25
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VS announce weekly St Lucia apparently from Nov 2006!
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Old 9th Dec 2005, 16:21
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What was the EK 773 in MAN last night for? Returned from ACE and it saw it on the T2 apron.
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Old 9th Dec 2005, 16:32
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It went tech early afternoon - apparently.
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Old 9th Dec 2005, 16:55
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virgin

So virgin go next summer
10 x Orlando 747
1 x Barbados a340 ?
and next Nov St Lucia 1 a week a340 or 747
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Old 9th Dec 2005, 19:33
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VS at the moment fly 6 days a week to Orlando, and Sundays to Barbados all with a 744, no Airbus. I believe it goes to 10 a week in the summer 2006 and eventually double daily in 2007.

Last year they did some P&O charters with a 340 once every 2 weeks.
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Old 9th Dec 2005, 19:54
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Unfortunately we won't be seeing any A340s from VS again up here at MAN for a long while. They're concentrating more on their A346 expansion at LHR and are getting rid of their remaining A343's fairly soon.

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Old 10th Dec 2005, 13:53
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I hear that we should look out for a little bit more FR expansion from MAnchester....Charleroi and Girona have been mentioned.....!
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Old 10th Dec 2005, 14:34
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And I`ve heard Hahn

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