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Cathay Pacific director and COO Philip Chen. (Interview).(Interview)

Hong Kong will remain the dominant huh in the region because it is extremely efficient and has massive infrastructure. A successful hub must have a successful global airline. Consider Brussels: It is a perfect location but unfortunately doesn't work because of the problems that Sabena has suffered. Certainly other hubs will grow, but Hong Kong will continue to expand at its current rate or better as air travel grows.

Hong Kong native Philip Chen joined Cathay Pacific in 1977. He served as COO of Dragonair beginning in mid-1994 before returning to Cathay as deputy MD in 1997. He was appointed a director and COO in 1998. He is also a director of John Swire & Sons (H.K.) Ltd. ATW caught up with Chen on the delivery flight of the airline's first A340-600. …

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