However, the spokesman emphasised that in compliance with the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance, Cathay Pacific was not in a position to disclose or discuss any personal information or circumstances of any individual company employee.
“We are taking the matter very seriously,” he said. “Cathay Pacific has no greater priority than the safety of our passengers and crew, and our primary concern is to establish if the incidents might have affected the safety and security of any of our flights.
“We are conducting a thorough investigation.
“At this point of the investigation, we have identified a number of crew who we believe may be able to assist us to gather the full facts and circumstances of the case.
“But the investigation has so far found no indication that the incidents in question had occurred on one of our flights while it was airborne.
The spokesman said there were no grounds to believe that a pilot of a Cathay Pacific Hong Kong-Indonesia flight on 8 August was the man shown in the photographs concerned, as claimed in a local magazine published today.
The spokesman added: “We are in close liaison with the Civil Aviation Department about the matter and will keep them informed about the progress of our investigation.”