“Airport Work” Observation Tour at Narita Airport for Elementary Students as Part of Cathay Pacific’s CSR Activities

“Airport Work” Observation Tour at Narita Airport for Elementary Students as Part of Cathay Pacific’s CSR Activities

Elementary students at Cathay airplane.

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On August 4, Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific Airways Limited gave a tour to elementary students so they could observe the airline’s work at Narita Airport.

The tour is part of Cathay’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities. Joining the tour were 48 people including elementary students and their guardians. The children were from the junior ballet group at Setsuko Ballet School based in Shizuoka Prefecture. The airlines Narita branch lent its full support to the tour project.

The tour began with sampling of the actual in-flight meal served on flights between Narita and Hong Kong, followed by visits to the passenger check-in counter and the Maintenance Department office. Thereafter they headed to a cargo plane on the apron that had just arrived from Hong Kong. The students got on through the cargo bay where air freight is stored, and inside they heard information from staff as they observed their work up-close. In addition, all the students got special permission to take turns sitting in the captains seat in the cockpit just prior to takeoff. After watching the plane take off from the side of the runway, they rode a bus to see special airport facilities that are normally closed to the public, such as the world’s only “automatic aircraft washing system.” The students were surprised by seeing the real work involved with aircraft at the international airport, and one of them said, “We won’t have the chance to experience this again.”

After the end of the four-and-a-half hour observation tour, Cathay Pacific’s Airport Services Manager, Narita, Junko Goto, said, “Corporate social responsibility activities are very important efforts to us at Cathay Pacific Airways. If we have the chance, we would again like to show the Japanese people, whom we have been serving for over 50 years, the work we do at the airport and on our aircraft.” All Nippon Airways (ANA) and Japan Airlines (JAL) also regularly provide airport and aircraft observation tours, but the Cathay tour was the first by a non-Japanese airline in Japan to show restricted areas and aircraft interiors to such a large number of people from the public.