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China's Ambassador Joins Cathay Pacific to celebrate 20 years of services To Germany

05 Apr 2004


The Ambassador of the People's Republic of China in the Federal Republic of Germany Mr Ma Canrong joined Cathay Pacific Airways Director and Chief Operating Officer Mr Philip Chen to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the airline's services to Germany.

Cathay Pacific launched passenger services to Frankfurt on 1984 with three flights a week. Now, the airline connects the two cities with 17 weekly flights, including a daily passenger service and 10 dedicated freighter services.

Frankfurt is the world's third-busiest airport with over 48 million passengers passing through the airport in 2003. Hong Kong is Asia's busiest international airport with more than 33 million passengers a year.

To add more colour to the 20th anniversary, the airline's special livery "Asia's World City" aircraft visited Berlin, Germany's capital city, where Mr Ma met with Mr Chen. The aircraft then took the guests to Frankfurt for the official anniversary ceremony.

Speaking in Frankfurt, Mr Chen said: "With a history of 20 dedicated years' service we are proud of the contribution we have made to construct strong links between Asia's and Europe's leading aviation hubs. Frankfurt was Cathay Pacific's first freighter destination and it remains one of the top-performing routes on our network. As Hong Kong's carrier we are actively looking into the possibility of expanding our services to Germany in order to further strengthen Hong Kong as a leading global aviation hub."
Government officials in Berlin warmly greeted guests of Cathay Pacific's "Asia World City" aircraft when they landed on the Berlin Schoenefeld Airport making history for the airline as the first flight to the capital city of Berlin.

From Left: Mr Adrian Harley, Country Manager, Germany, Cathay Pacific Airways, Ms Chitty Cheung, Regional Manager Europe, Cathay Pacific Airways, Ambassador Ma Canrong, Embassy of the People's Republic of China in the Federal Republic of Germany, Mr Volkmar Strauch, State Secretary, Berlin Government, Senate Department for Economics, Labour and Women's Issues, Mr Philip Chen, Director and Chief Operating Officer, Cathay Pacific Airways and Mr Thomas Weyer, Managing Director, Berlin International Airports.
Mr Philip Chen, Director and Chief Operating Officer, Cathay Pacific Airways was warmly greeted by Mr Volkmar Strauch, State Secretary, Berlin Government, Senate Department for Economics, Labour and Women's Issues and Mr Thomas Weyer, Managing Director, Berlin International Airports at the Berlin Schoenefeld Airport.
The operating crew of Cathay Pacific celebratory flight from Frankfurt to Berlin celebrates the company's 20th anniversary of service to Germany.

From middle left: Ambassador Ma Canrong, Embassy of the People's Republic of China in the Federal Republic of Germany, Mr Volkmar Strauch, State Secretary, Berlin Government, Senate Department for Economics, Labour and Women's Issues, Captain John McCormick, General Manager Operations, Cathay Pacific Airways, Mr Philip Chen, Director and Chief Operating Officer, Cathay Pacific Airways, Mr Adrian Harley, Country Manager, Germany, Cathay Pacific Airways, Mr Thomas Weyer, Managing Director, Berlin International Airports, Ms. Chitty Cheung, Regional Manager Europe, Cathay Pacific Airways.
Cathay Pacific brings its own uniform fashion show - "Walking on Air" - from Hong Kong to the stage of Frankfurt to celebrate the airline's 20 years of operation to the city.

From left: Cathay Pacific's cabin crew, Mr Adrian Harley, Country Manager, Germany, Cathay Pacific Airways, Mr Michael Fley, Director Europe, Hong Kong Tourism Board, Mr Philip Chen, Director and Chief Operating Officer, Cathay Pacific Airways, Ms Lore Buscher, Regional Director Central Europe, Hong Kong Trade Development Council, Ms. Chitty Cheung, Regional Manager Europe, Cathay Pacific Airways.