I know everyone is getting bored of Cathay, and I'm trying to get back on interesting strategic content, philosophy, etc. But hey, I want to give credit where it's due - they've started to de-escalate and get reasonable.
Some facts here are wrong, and there's some omissions. But anyways, I appreciate this Joseph.
I filmed a video reply (that's friendly!) and I'll post it later. Really, it's entertaining.
Anyways, they're originally saying I caused a gigantic disturbance and was a huge problem, then I said I was going to bring tons of legal action against them (which, y'know, usually means they'd want to preserve their leverage by holding everything over my head that they can), and yet now they just filed no complaints, no charges, and cleared me to fly. That's interesting, isn't it?
Subject: Re: MR SEBASTIAN MARSHALL - 26 December 2011 / KA 482 / Hong Kong to Taipei (KMM10053232I15977L0KM)
Date: January 4, 2012 11:02:28 AM GMT+08:00
Our Reference: 2998612
Mr Sebastian Marshall
By email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear Mr. Marshall
Thank you for your email.
I apologize for the formality of our response. However, as you have
stated you intend to see this settled via a legal challenge, we're
required to answer your enquiry in a more formal tone
I have gathered all the necessary reports regarding your flight KA 482
from Hong Kong to Taipei on 26 December 2011 and have obtained copies of
your Award ticket issued by British Airways (BA), and the Payment
Receipt of your inflight upgrade from Economy to Business Class on board
KA 991 from Beijing to Hong Kong on 26 December 2011.
You advise that you had requested for First/Business Class award
redemption with British Airways Frequent Flyer Programme (FFP) for your
itinerary. I regret that we do not have access to BAEC's FFP programme
and reservation system, and can only rely on the reservation record our
system received from BA. However, you may wish to clarify with BA in
respect of the class of ticket you should have been issued in the first
Our records confirm that you were holding an economy class award ticket
for the following itinerary:
26 December 2011 / KA 991 / Beijing to Hong Kong / Economy Class
26 December 2011 / KA 482 / Hong Kong to Taipei / Economy Class
4 January 2012 / CX 475 / Taipei to Hong Kong / Economy Class
4 January 2012 / KA 992 / Hong Kong to Beijing / Economy Class
You purchased an upgrade during your flight on Dragonair from Beijing to
Hong Kong at a cost of HK$2300. This was charged to your credit card and
our Inflight cabin crew issued you with a payment receipt (Slip No:
020157). It is indicated on the slip that the transaction was for an
upgrade to Business Class, for the Beijing to Hong Kong sector on 26
December 2011 flight only.
On board KA482 from Hong Kong to Taipei the same day, the cabin crew
reported that you seated yourself in the Business Class cabin but was
unable to present a Business Class boarding pass or air ticket. You
were asked to take your assigned seat as shown in your Economy Class
boarding pass but regrettably, you refused to adhere to the crew's
instruction citing that a mistake had been made by both British Airways
and Dragonair in Beijing. Repeated requests by our cabin crew, then
ground supervisor and finally the Captain of the flight was likewise
ignored by you. As your behaviour on board the flight was creating a
disturbance, regrettably we were left with no other recourse but to
request you to deplane and as you refused to do so, the assistance of
security and local authorities were reluctantly sought.
I would like to highlight that while we always aim to provide all our
passengers with an enjoyable and comfortable flight, our duty of care is
for all passengers and crew, neither of whom should be subjected to any
sort of disturbance or behaviour in a manner that affects the comfort of
everybody and of course the timely departure of flights.
I understand that you were invited to the office of the Airport Police
and after preliminary investigations, the Manager-on-Duty for Dragonair
decided not to submit a formal complaint against you for the incident.
The decision to refuse you carriage on board KA 482 on 26 December 2011
was reached after numerous failed attempts to gain your cooperation and
the decision was made in consultation between our ground supervisors,
Inflight supervisors and the Captain of the flight; in accordance with
our conditions of carriage Article 9.1 which is available at:
I note that you are currently holding a confirmed reservation for flight
KA 992 from Hong Kong to Beijing today, 4 January 2011, scheduled to
depart at 2:00 pm. I would like to share that you are not banned from
travel with Dragonair and can board this flight as booked.
I very much hope however that we will have your cooperation and your
travel to Beijing this afternoon will prove to be problem-free and
enjoyable in every respect.
Joseph Anthony Schaffel Gonzalez
Assistant Manager Customer Relations
Cathay Pacific Airways Limited
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Alright, you guys won't get too much more Cathay going forwards. I'll get back to strategy. A fun video later, though! Really, watch this one! :)