Hong Kong Airlines appealed yesterday against its conviction for failing to pay a general manager on time, for which it had been fined HK$24,000. The company said there was reason to believe the man, who was also a pilot, had agreed to a cut in salary. The airline was found to have committed four breaches of the Employment Ordinance by paying wages out of time. The company failed to pay the pilot HK$13,000 per month on time from January to March last year and, after his employment had been terminated, another sum within seven days, as the ordinance says it must. The court heard that the company had sent a letter inviting employees to take a voluntary salary reduction in January last year. The cut was to start that month. In April, the pilot sent a letter to the human resources department saying he did not agree to the reduction. He left the company in May. Appealing against the conviction in the Court of First Instance yesterday, the airline said there was reason to believe that, since the pilot was part of the airline's management, he had supported the salary cut. However, the prosecution said the airline was obligated to give written notice of the salary cut and that the January letter had merely asked employees to consider - not accept - the proposal. Mr Justice Pang Kin-kee reserved judgment.