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Cathay Pacific kicks off Lantau tree planting programme

24 Apr 2004

Cathay Pacific Airways today kicked off a new programme to plant 10,000 tress in a Lantau country park as part of an environment regeneration programme.

Airline staff, their families and members of the Cathay Pacific "I Can Fly" community programme planted the first 800 saplings at Pak Kung Au, Lantau Peak, Lantau Island. Among the 10,000 trees to be planted over the next three years will be 8 native and 6 exotic species.

They were joined by Cathay Pacific Director Corporate Development Tony Tyler, Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department Deputy Director Lau Sin Pang, JP, Friends of the Earth Director Mei Ng and TV personality Ada Choi. This is the second time that Cathay Pacific has sponsored the Friends of the Earth Corporate Afforestation Scheme, which is also supported by the Government's Agriculture and Fisheries Department. In 1998, the airline took part in a similar tree planting scheme in Sai Kung Country Park.

Cathay Pacific Director Corporate Development Tony Tyler said: "Cathay Pacific is a committed supporter of environmental projects in Hong Kong and we are delighted to be able to be a part of a tree planting programme located close to our headquarters on Lantau Island."

The airline's Environment Office has initiated a number of projects to improve environmental standards, including cabin air quality monitoring and implementing a comprehensive waste strategy for ground and inflight operations. Cathay Pacific staff also participate in various activities to increase their awareness of the importance of environmental issues.