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Chris Leung
Technical Services Engineer, Cathay Pacific

“I like things to go according to plan so that I can do everything I want, rather than just being there. It’s about those small moments that you can’t predict.”

“About twenty years ago a Japan Airlines flight crashed due to maintenance error and a lot of people died. It was compulsory for every graduate trainee to visit the museum where the fuselage is housed to see exactly what can go wrong in the worst circumstances. What affected me the most were the watches that had stopped at the time of impact, as well as the family letters expressing remorse and grief. I realised that if something goes wrong on a plane it’s not just the people on the plane who suffer, but the whole family. It put a seed in my heart that I had to prevent this from ever happening again. Currently in my role at Cathay I try to minimise delays so that every aircraft leaves and arrives on time and passengers travel well. At the end of the day though, safety is of paramount importance. As for personal travelling, it can often just be about being there, whereas travelling well is about maximising every moment of the trip, especially when it comes to creating happy memories. I like things to go according to plan so that I can do everything I want, rather than just being there. It’s about those small moments that you can’t predict.”



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