Cathay Pacific Airways today helped to surprise visiting fans of international film star Jackie Chan by arranging for their martial arts hero to greet them upon their arrival in Hong Kong.
Jackie jumped aboard CX503 from Osaka and CX509 from Tokyo as each flight arrived. Cathay Pacific arranged for him to step into the aircraft cabin where he met and mingled with about 180 delighted fans and posed for photos.
The event, arranged in conjunction with the Hong Kong Tourism Board, is part of a broad programme of initiatives taken by the airline to promote the rebuilding of the tourism industry in Hong Kong.
Cathay Pacific has sponsored some 8,000 air tickets to enable the Hong Kong Tourism Board to invite people from all over the world to visit Hong Kong between now and early next year. Such tickets will be used to bring foreign media and trade industry representatives to Hong Kong and also to support Hong Kong Welcome Day on 17 August.
In addition, the airline has donated HK$2 million worth of air tickets as the grand prize in HKTB’s Hong Kong Super Draw, which runs from 1 August to 30 September 2003. Any Hong Kong resident or visitor can take part.
Cathay Pacific has given its backing to the Hong Kong Welcomes You Fair in five countries, the Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore and Indonesia and will further promote Hong Kong in these areas. The airline has also sponsored air tickets for the Hong Kong Academy for Performing of Arts to perform in these areas.
In its ongoing work to bring more visitors to Hong Kong, Cathay Pacific has restored 90 percent of its passenger services. The airline will operate a full schedule in September, which will be enhanced with additional frequencies to London, Melbourne and Auckland.
Cathay Pacific is winner of Asia / Pacific`s Leading Airline at the 2002 World Travel Awards: www.worldtravelawards.com