Asian airlines are pulling back their fuel hedging strategies owing to weak Asian prices of jet fuel in the fourth quarter. Oil price has been depressed due to the European debt crisis and the slip back into recession. A similar situation was adopted earlier last year as oil prices softened and airlines were content to monitor the markets and adjust their requirements as required. Cathay Pacific is reported to be hedging just 20-30% of its fuel for the first quarter, compared to the 35-40% it hedged last year. However the freezing weather across Europe may cause heating oil prices to

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