Cathay Pacific sells steeply discounted premium flights, again

Cathay Pacific’s website sold steeply discounted premium flights on Sunday. (AFP)
Updated 13 January 2019

Cathay Pacific sells steeply discounted premium flights, again

DUBAI: Oops, they did it again.
Just fresh from opening the new year with a seat-pricing snafu, and sparking a frenzy among eagle-eyed buyers, Hong Kong carrier Cathay Pacific again mistakenly offered steeply discounted premium tickets on Sunday.
First-class tickets from Portugal to Hong Kong were sold for $1,512 instead of $16,000 on Sunday, less than two weeks after a similar error on the carrier’s website appeared, South China Morning Post reported.
The airline also offered one-way flights on partner carriers from Lisbon to London, Zurich or Frankfurt, with connecting Cathay Pacific flights from these stops to Hong Kong. It does not operate direct routes between Portugal and Hong Kong.
But, while some of the tickets were at the usual full fares, others were sold at huge discounts. An early morning flight from Lisbon to Frankfurt, followed by a flight at midday in first class on Cathay to Hong Kong, is usually priced at $16,000, but a midday flight from Lisbon to London, followed by a late afternoon Cathay flight in first class, cost just $1,512.
Cathay Pacific later issued a statement, saying “We are aware of an error on some fares from Europe on our website because of an input issue. The sale of such fares was stopped immediately.
“We are looking into the root cause of this incident both internally and externally with our vendors.
“For the very small number of customers who have purchased these tickets, we look forward to welcoming you on board to enjoy our premium services.”
Cathay Pacific made global headlines on New Year’s Day after selling return tickets from Vietnam to various destinations in North America for as little as $870 in first class and $670 in business class, from original prices of as much as $16,000.
The Hong Kong airline honored all the tickets it sold in error as a gesture of goodwill, and quipped on Twitter about the “VERY good surprise ‘special’ on New Year’s Day.”

 


TWITTER POLL: More than 50% say Qatar relations with Israel either already sealed or about to be

Updated 17 September 2020

TWITTER POLL: More than 50% say Qatar relations with Israel either already sealed or about to be

  • More than 44% don't believe Qatar will normlize relations with Israel
  • This week saw the signing of the Abraham Accords with the UAE, Bahrain and Israel

DUBAI: More than half of 1,207 respondents to an Arab News Twitter poll said they believed Qatar either would be the next country to normalize ties with Israel – or had already done this.

The poll followed the signing of the Abraham Accord by the foreign ministers of Bahrain and the UAE with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday, on the South Lawn of the White House, with US President Donald Trump taking center stage as the host and broker of the deal.

The normalizing of relations has already led to a suspension of further settlements in Palestine and the creation of various highly lucrative business deals.

The Twitter poll found that 44.1 percent of respondents did not believe that Qatar would be the next to normalize relations.

But 33 percent said they did, while a further 22.9 percent said they believed the normalizing of relations between Israel and Qatar had already happened.