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Cathay Pacific Launches 'I Can Fly' Community Programme

18 Jan 2003

Cathay Pacific Airways today launched the 'I Can Fly' Programme, a new community initiative which aims to nurture the spirit of social service and an enthusiasm for aviation among local youngsters.

'I Can Fly' is a brand new education concept that combines social service and aviation know-how. Under the guidance of Cathay Pacific pilots, 1,000 selected members between 13 and 18 years old will learn about aviation during fun and interactive sessions, and then apply what they learn in a number of community events. Each group of members will also have the opportunity to devise and implement social service programmes of their own.

During the course of the programme, members who perform exceptionally well will be given the chance to take part in additional activities like model plane flying, orienteering training, and simulator rides.

At the end of the programme, a number of outstanding members will also be invited to visit an aircraft plant in France or the United States, where they will be able to witness the aircraft manufacturing process. Besides, some of them will also visit a flying school in Australia and experience a unique flying experience there.

Mr Stephen Ip, Secretary for Economic Development and Labour, has agreed to act as the programme's Patron. The Education and Manpower Bureau, Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department and Social Welfare Department are also the Supporting Organisers.

"As the airline of Hong Kong, Cathay Pacific is committed to serving and supporting the local community," Cathay Pacific Director and Chief Operating Officer Philip Chen said. "We also feel a responsibility to strengthen an interest in the aviation industry among young Hong Kong people. The 'I Can Fly' programme combines both of these in a unique and challenging way that we hope will spark the imagination and develop the creativity of Hong Kong's youngsters - the future workforce of Hong Kong."

Programme details and online application forms can be found at "I Can Fly" website (http://icanfly.cathaypacific.com). Application forms are also available at the Cathay Pacific Ticketing Office (10/F, The Peninsula Office Tower, 18 Middle Road, Tsim Sha Tsui), the Swire Public Affairs Office (35/F, Two Pacific Place, Admiralty), as well as at local secondary schools and youth centres. Application deadline is 19 February. Interested parties can get more information about the Programme through exhibitions set up in Times Square on 18 and 19 January, Grand Century Plaza on 25 and 26 January, and New Town Plaza on 8 and 9 February.