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Cathay Pacific celebrates inaugural service to Beijing

02 Mar 2004

Cathay Pacific Airways today celebrated its official resumption of services to Beijing with a special inaugural service to the capital.

Joining Cathay Pacific Chairman James Hughes-Hallett will be The Honourable Donald Tsang, Chief Secretary for Administration, Hong Kong SAR. Members of the accompanying delegation also include leaders of international Chambers of Commerce, local business leaders, members of the National People's Congress, delegates to the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, aviation authority officials, Hong Kong Legislative Councillors and Cathay Pacific Marco Polo Club members.

Over the course of the two-day visit to the capital, Mr Hughes-Hallett and members of the delegation will meet with officials from the Central Government, the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Council, Ministry of Commerce and the China National Tourism Administration.

The centrepiece of the event will be a gala dinner at which the guests of honour will be Yang Yuanyuan, Minister of General Administration of Civil Aviation Administration of China, and Mr Tsang.

The delegation will take today's Cathay Pacific flight CX318 to Beijing. A ceremony will be held at the Hong Kong International Airport prior to departure.