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Cathay Pacific Airways: Caught between the Devil and dark stormy skies…

Cathay Pacific Airways has warned staff their social media content will be heavily scrutinised, and said posts expressing support for anti-government protests in Hong Kong could fall foul of a strict new policy being forced on the airline by the Chinese aviation authority.
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In its latest notice to staff, the city’s flag carrier explained how it was fulfilling conditions imposed by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) on August 9, which included a ban on aircrew who joined or supported illegal protests from operating flights to mainland China, or using Chinese airspace.
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The company reminded staff it would take a “zero tolerance approach” to those taking part in illegal activities, and any employee who did so could be fired.
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But the carrier could not say what constituted support for illegal protests, violent action or overly radical behaviour, as it said it was a complex issue with no guidelines explaining the criteria.
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“Employees should reflect on and examine their own behaviour in relation to these points, exercise sound judgment and avoid putting themselves in a position where they could reasonably be questioned for being in breach of these conditions of the notice,” the company said.

https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/3023884/cathay-pacific-staff-warned-over-social-media-use-airline

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Cathay Pacific CEO Resigns, Airline Releases Cryptic Statement About Hong Kong

A protester shows a placard to stranded travelers during a demonstration at the Airport in Hong Kong earlier this week
Photo: AP

Rupert Hogg, the CEO of Cathay Pacific Airways, has resigned following conflict between the Hong Kong-based airline and the Chinese government in Beijing. The new CEO will be Augustus Tang Kin-wing, according to the South China Morning Post, and the airline released a bizarre statement about the future.

Hogg’s resignation comes as Cathay Pacific found itself in the middle of a heated debate about the speech rights of workers in Hong Kong. Hogg, who became CEO in May of 2017, has been critical of the pro-democracy protests that are currently in their tenth week, and he warned employees against showing up at “illegal” gatherings. The protests helped shut down the Hong Kong International Airport twice this week, creating headlines around the world.

Cathay Pacific recently fired two pilots and two airport staff for participating in the demonstrations, reportedly at the direction of the Chinese government, though it’s not immediately clear what role Beijing had in getting Hogg out of his position as CEO. Paul Loo, another executive at the airline, has also stepped down according to the South China Morning Post, which is owned by the online commerce giant Alibaba.

Curiously, the news of Hogg’s resignation was first announced by Chinese-state media outlet CCTV and not Hong Kong media. A statement from Cathay Pacific’s chairman was posted to another Chinese-run media outlet, CGTN, that referred to Hong Kong politics and not to the personnel changes at the airline:

“Cathay Pacific fully supports Hong Kong’s implementation of the ‘One Country, Two Systems’ principle and we have full confidence in Hong Kong’s bright future,” said John Slosar, chairman of Cathay Pacific in the statement.

The “one country, two systems” principle refers to Hong Kong’s handover as a British colony in 1997. But more and more Hong Kongers feel like China is exerting too much influence in the semi-autonomous region, especially after an extradition bill was introduced that would make it easier for Beijing to bring so-called criminals to the mainland.

A statement to news site Rappler was even more odd, saying that the CEO resigned in order, “to take responsibility as a leader of the Company in view of recent events.”
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Cathay Pacific’s stock price has plummeted this week, hitting a 10 year low. And as Gizmodo pointed out earlier this week, rich people really hate losing money.

https://gizmodo.com/cathay-pacific-ceo-resigns-airline-releases-cryptic-st-1837296992?utm_medium=socialflow&utm_source=gizmodo_twitter&utm_campaign=socialflow_gizmodo_twitter

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