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Old September 5th, 2006, 06:27 AM   #101
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甘泉航空頂爛市 愈早訂位價愈平
$1000單程直飛倫敦

05/09/2006



「一晚酒店價錢就可以直飛歐洲!」一間本港新成立的航空公司,將於下月底開啟由香港往來倫敦的直航路線,為打響頭炮,該公司在開業初期推出超平機票,經濟客位單程票價低至一千元,還包括正規的「飛機餐」。

甘泉香港航空 ( 甘泉 ) 為首間本地以經營廉價長途航空為主的公司,專注來往香港及歐洲的直航航班,昨日起接受訂位。由香港直飛倫敦的航班將於十月二十五日啟航,甘泉首席行政總裁苗禮士表示,將計劃開闢其他航線,目的地包括三藩市區的奧克蘭,科隆、米蘭、柏林和芝加哥等歐洲及北美洲城市。該公司表示其經營成本為業內最低,有信心能提供廉價優質服務,幫助七百萬港人及珠三角同胞以廉價環遊世界。

料下月獲航空許可證
甘泉商務總監卓德健表示,甘泉的票價政策是「愈早訂票愈平」,市民最早可於七個月前訂位,以購得最平價的機票,一成的經濟客位將以單程票價一千元出售,商務客位亦低至六千六百元,單程燃油附加費為四百八十一元。卓德健稱,其餘經濟客位單程票價平均由一千五百元至三千五百元,商務客位則由六千六百元至二萬元。

甘泉主席李卓民表示,平價機票全賴低成本經營:「我們經營點到點長途航線,能節省航機上落及停站的油費,選擇降落的國際機場都是優越但沒那麼繁忙的,航機降落不用繞道,節省油費及時間,航班增減富彈性,能提升航機使用率;我們的機師可留在自己國家居住,我們不用重金禮聘,能增強員工士氣。」

甘泉的飛機改裝自新加坡航空的波音747-400航機,機齡平均十七歲。被問及用「二手機」會否有損安全,李卓民表示:「一般航空公司的機齡都有二十七、二十八歲,十七年機齡絕對不成問題,而且香港民航處達世界標準,收到航空許可證就能保證航班安全。」雖然甘泉航空已開始售票,但至今仍未得到民航處的許可證,但甘泉稱預計於十月取得航空許可證。
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Old September 6th, 2006, 03:56 PM   #102
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Oasis Airlines is now booking flights to London!!
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Old September 7th, 2006, 03:27 PM   #103
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Thursday September 7, 1:40 PM
Dragonair cancels Hong Kong-Bangkok services

HONG KONG (AFP) - Hong Kong airline Dragonair, which is being taken over by flag carrier Cathay Pacific, has said it will cancel its Bangkok-bound service this month as the flights have been underperforming.

"Hong Kong-Bangkok is a very busy, competitive route, and it has not been performing to expectations for some time," group chief executive Kenny Tang said in a statement.

"That is why we have taken the decision to cancel the service," effective from September 27, he said.

The airline currently flies to the Thailand's capital once a day.

A Dragonair spokesman said the decision was made purely for commercial reasons and is not related to Cathay Pacific's takeover, which has been approved by shareholders and the Chinese government.

He would not reveal any financial details of the services.
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Old September 8th, 2006, 04:29 AM   #104
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Outdated rules threaten HK's coveted role as global air cargo hub
8 September 2006
South China Morning Post

In realtors' parlance, it would be easy to attribute Hong Kong's rise to being the world's busiest hub for international air cargo to three things: location, location, location.

The potential benefits of living next door to the world's emerging factory surfaced as early as 1980 when the National People's Congress created the Guangdong Provincial Special Economic Zones. They were cast in stone 12 years later when Deng Xiaoping, visiting Shenzhen, quelled growing controversy over the success of such zones by declaring them instruments of socialism, not capitalism.

If location was the sole reason for our success, Shenzhen or Guangzhou would have had equal opportunity to develop the region's primary air trade hub. They, of course, did not.

The flexible customs and trade regulations that sped Hong Kong's development as a "free port" played an equally big role as location, which is why it seems odd that a handful of those rules are now impediments to the airport's fastest-growing trade sector: transshipment cargo.

Transshipment goods - those relayed through Hong Kong on their way from the point of origin to final destination - made up 85 per cent of the 3.4 million tonnes of cargo handled at Chek Lap Kok last year.

Only 504,000 tonnes was imported here for consumption or made here for export.

The segment known as "air-to-air transshipment" - cargo moving from aircraft to aircraft - was about 20 per cent of last year's volume or 677,000 tonnes.

Relay cargo originating or destined for the mainland has been the fastest-growing part of that sub-sector, rising from a low base at an average annual growth rate of 44 per cent from 2002.

Transshipments are unique in that facilitating their smooth transition through any airport requires modern infrastructure and equally modern customs and regulatory regimes.

The latter is where Hong Kong has begun to fall behind vis-a-vis its regional rivals outside the mainland, according to consultants GHK.

The value of Hong Kong's air-to-air transshipments reached about HK$314 billion last year or 6.84 per cent of our total trade by value, according to the Airport Authority.

In its latest report, GHK said growth in some higher-value sectors of our transshipment trade is being restricted by regulations whose origins date back to the 1970s when Hong Kong was obliged to stop a wide range of "sensitive" materials from entering China, then a closed society.

The report cites several examples of how antiquated rules divert cargo from Hong Kong airport, chief among them is our Import-Export Ordinance (IEO).

The IEO, created when trade was virtually all export or import, requires licences for a dizzying array of "controlled goods", most of which face no such formality in the jurisdictions of rival hubs.

Moreover, the regulations are confusing and licences take two to five days to obtain, a non-starter in an industry where a premium is paid for transit times measured in hours.

The result, the report says, is that high-value goods such as medical supplies and pharmaceuticals are routinely diverted to hubs such as Singapore where modern regulations recognise the time constraints of today's supply chain. And so are all goods consolidated with them.

"In terms of [the airport's] total throughput, the volume of cargo falling foul of these restrictive regulations may be relatively small," the report said.

"However, this ignores the volumes of cargo traffic that avoids HKIA all together and routes through competing locations that operate a more appropriate regime."

The report also takes aim at our Trade Declaration Charge, which it says is at odds with Hong Kong's "free port" status, labelling it little more than a "transshipment tax". Ostensibly, the tax - which raised HK$1.17 billion last year - was created to fund the Trade Development Council. Whatever good the council has done has been at least in part undone as cargo owners look to avoid the same tax that fills its coffers.

In a nutshell, the report shows some of the cracks forming on Hong Kong's air cargo pedestal.

Government officials will likely struggle to take the report's warnings seriously, given Hong Kong's booming air cargo industry for the past few years. Those who lack the incentive to pay attention to early warning signs need only look to the fate of our once invincible port for inspiration.
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Old September 8th, 2006, 09:30 PM   #105
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Hong Kong air cargo up 3.1 pct in August-HACTL

HONG KONG, Sept 8 (Reuters) - Hong Kong's main air cargo terminal handled 3.1 percent more cargo in August compared to the same period last year, below the growth rate of 4.7 percent for total cargo in the first eight months of 2006. Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Ltd. (HACTL), which is 25 percent owned by Jardine Matheson Holdings and 20 percent by Swire Pacific Ltd. said on Friday it had moved 210,426 tonnes of cargo last month.

Export volume was up 3.5 percent at 119,109 tonnes from August 2005, the firm said in a statement, while import volume grew 2.6 percent to 35,180.

Trans-shipment volume increased 2.6 percent to 35,180.

HACTL handled 1,612,960 tonnes of cargo from January to August.
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HAECO in joint venture to repair aircraft on mainland 2006-09-09 HKT 07:15

The Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company will form a 42-million dollar joint venture with Cathay Pacific and four other companies to repair aircraft landing gear on the mainland. The companies will build a centre in Xiamen. It's set for completion by the middle of 2008.
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Old September 12th, 2006, 05:51 AM   #107
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Passenger's miscarriage diverts U.S.-bound plane to Beijing
10 September 2006

BEIJING (AP) - A passenger suffered a miscarriage on a flight from Hong Kong to Chicago, forcing the plane to make an emergency landing in Beijing, state media said Monday.

The United Airlines flight made the emergency stop Saturday afternoon just two hours after take-off when an expectant American woman began hemorrhaging, the official China Daily newspaper said.

The woman and her husband, who was traveling with her, were taken to the Sino-Japanese Friendship Hospital in Beijing, it said. The report did not say how far along the woman had been or give any other personal details.

The flight departed Beijing an hour after the couple was taken off the plane, it said.
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Old September 13th, 2006, 01:15 AM   #108
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Air NZ in dogfight on Hong Kong route
13 September 2006
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WHEN Air New Zealand starts its new London service via Hong Kong next month, it will go head to head with a start-up Hong Kong budget carrier offering fares at a fraction of the price.

Oasis Hong Kong Airlines starts a four-days-a-week service to London's Gatwick Airport on 25 October, three days before Air NZ launches its daily Auckland-Hong Kong-London Heathrow service.

Oasis Hong Kong says it will fly daily from November. It is offering a temporary, promotional one-way fare from Hong Kong to London of $NZ201 for economy class passengers plus taxes, bringing the total to around $420 each way.

In April, when Air NZ announced plans to fly the Hong Kong route to London as an alternative to Los Angeles, it said return fares would start at $2,615 from Auckland, excluding airport taxes.

Since then it has announced a new fare of $1,999 return to London (including fuel surcharges) when passengers travel with a companion from Auckland.

This led other carriers on the route to match fares.

But for passengers wanting to pick up an Air NZ flight from Hong Kong to London, the economy fares are considerably dearer and do not accrue frequent flyer points, according to the airline's US online booking service which offers the Hong Kong connections. Like Air New Zealand, Oasis Hong Kong is flying non-stop Boeing 747 aircraft.

The Hong Kong-London route is already flown by Cathay Pacific, British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and Qantas; from early next year there will be 12 daily services.

Oasis Hong Kong is described as no-frills by its 65% owner multimillionaire Hong Kong property mogul owners Rev Dr Raymond Lee and his wife, Priscilla.

The airline plans to fly to six other destinations, including Milan, Berlin, Bonn, Chicago and Oakland.

Lee intends to build a fleet of 25 aircraft in the next five years to fly to 50 to 60 destinations and, through an initial public offering next year, to raise about $HK10 billion ($NZ2.04 billion).

Oasis starts with cheap fares that become more expensive as the plane fills up. It has promised year-round fares at least 30%-50% cheaper than its rivals.

Air NZ's general manager, commercial international airline, Gerard Gilmore, this week said Air New Zealand had factored Oasis into its business plans for the route.

He said Air NZ had access through the Star Alliance to an extensive network in the United Kingdom and Europe and the route was more about the through business between New Zealand and Europe than point-to- point traffic.

But Lufthansa, part of the Star Alliance, which flies from Hong Kong to Frankfurt and Munich, will be protecting its turf, say travel industry people.

Last week, Cathay Pacific carrier struck back at Air NZ's introductory $1,769 fare for direct flights to Shanghai from 6 November. Cathay and its associate Dragonair are offering return fares via Hong Kong, starting at $1,400 from Auckland plus taxes of $43.

Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation said new data showed low-cost carrier seat capacity in the Asian region was set to rise 63% year on year this month and would account for 10% of total services in the region, up from 6% in the same period last year.
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Old September 23rd, 2006, 02:15 AM   #110
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Airports in PRD 'need joint action'
16 September 2006
China Daily - Hong Kong Edition

Airports in the Pearl River Delta (PRD) region must increase the level of their cooperation and seek integration for the benefit of the entire zone, Hong Kong Airport Authority CEO David Pang said yesterday.

Delivering a speech at a luncheon hosted by the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, he said airports of China, including the one in Hong Kong, would be the economic growth engine of the country in the 21st century.

Airlines facilitate the flow of goods and passengers and maximize the economic value of goods. But since there are five airports serving the PRD region, their services often overlap, he said.

China's civil aviation has come of age. The mainland today has 142 airports, and the number will increase by 44 in another four years under the 11th Five-Year Plan. Thirty-four more airports would be added by 2020, taking the total number to 220.

"This would provide tremendous opportunities for further growth as the mainland is striving for double-digit growth in passenger, cargo, aircraft and pilots. This also means tremendous opportunities for Hong Kong International Airport to maintain its status as the gateway airport of China by offering excellent connecting services," he said.

But noting that airports in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou are building new runways or passenger terminals, he said there was little room for expansion for Hong Kong airport to do so.

Its two runways are nearing their capacity, but even then it's very difficult to build a third.

Land is scarce in Hong Kong, he said, and building a new runway is a capital-extensive task because it involves reclamation and removal of mud. The Airport Authority has nevertheless commissioned a feasibility study for a new runway to expand its services, he said.
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HKIA Records Solid Growth in August
New Business Aviation Hangar to Open in 2007

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(HONG KONG, 20 September 2006) - Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) handled 4.1 million passengers in August, an 8.7% increase from the same period last year. Supported by continuous growth in passenger numbers, aircraft movements grew 3.3%, to 23,800. Cargo throughput maintained its upward trend with total tonnage rising 3.4% from August 2005, to 292,000.

In the past 12 months, passenger throughput grew 8.7%, to 43 million. Cargo throughput and aircraft movements increased 6.6% and 9.6%, respectively, to 3.5 million tonnes and 277,440 movements.

Business aviation has experienced similar, strong growth. To better serve passengers and enhance HKIA's status as a global aviation hub, the Airport Authority today signed an agreement with Hong Kong Business Aviation Centre Limited (BAC) for the construction of a new hangar. Located on a 4,500-square-metre site adjacent to BAC's existing hangar, the new building is almost double the size of the company's current hangar and is able to accommodate large aircraft such as the Boeing 737-800 and Airbus Corporate Jet (ACJ).

The Airport Authority's Commercial Director, Hans Bakker, welcomed the new initiative. He said, "Business aviation is one of the fastest-growing segments at HKIA. In the first six months of 2006, business aircraft movements surged 40% from the same period last year."

BAC will spend about HK$100 million on the new hangar, which is scheduled to open in 2007. The Airport Authority will invest $80 million to expand the nearby apron, a move that will enhance the taxiway to facilitate the efficient movement of aircraft and provide additional parking space for business jets. Construction will take place in phases with taxiway enhancement completed by 2007 and the remaining works by the end of 2008.
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Dragonair Aug Passengers Up 15.6% On-Year To 517,856
18 September 2006

HONG KONG (Dow Jones)--Hong Kong Dragon Airlines Ltd. said Monday it carried 15.6% more passengers in August than it did in the same month last year, boosted by a strong summer travel season.

The airline, which is wholly-owned by Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. (0293.HK), said it carried 517,856 passengers during the month, up from 448,093 a year
earlier. Its cargo volumes rose 1.1% to 32,192 metric tons from 31,856 tons.

'The August passenger figures were very strong, mainly due to the high number of leisure travelers,' Chief Executive Kenny Tang said, adding that the airline operated 38 additional flights during the month to meet demand.

He said the airline recorded double-digit growth in the number of passengers on routes to mainland China and Taiwan, particularly on Beijing and Shanghai
services.

Unlisted Dragonair was bought out by Cathay Pacific in August. The airline has a fleet of 31 aircraft, and flies to 23 Asian cities, mostly in mainland China.
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Someone on airliners.net speaks about a new OA Athens-HK flight!

http://www.airliners.net/discussions....main/3004089/

It is official , and if everything goes as planned , Olympic Airlines (OA / OAL) will announce a new flight to Hong Kong (HKG / VHHH) as of october 29th, 2006.The flight (OA / OAL 481-2) in cooperation with Hellenic Duty Free shops and faux bijoux magnate Folli Follie , will be operated 3 times weekly , leaving Athens (ATH / LGAV) every Wednesday,Friday and Sunday at 19:00GMT/22:00 local , arriving in HKG 06:00GMT/15:00 local and flying back to ATH at 12:30GMT arriving 00:30GMT/03:30 local.
Flights will be operated with OA's 4 A340-300. Deals have been made to forward passengers into mainland China on Dragonair , and to ICN,MNL,KIX,NRT,SYD on Cathay Pacific.
To cover the gap on the ATH-LHR and ATH-CDG flights where OA is using the A340 , they are looking to lease five B737 or A320 (with Airbus leading the race rumors say) , specially configured to handle the big demand of Business class passengers on these routes. In addition they will further expand to the balkans , taking advantage of more aircraft in the fleet.Lack of aircraft has been olympic's main problem of route cutting the previous years.
Great news Olympic! it was about time to see the rings back in SE Asia.
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Someone on airliners.net speaks about a new OA Athens-HK flight!

http://www.airliners.net/discussions....main/3004089/

It is official , and if everything goes as planned , Olympic Airlines (OA / OAL) will announce a new flight to Hong Kong (HKG / VHHH) as of october 29th, 2006.The flight (OA / OAL 481-2) in cooperation with Hellenic Duty Free shops and faux bijoux magnate Folli Follie , will be operated 3 times weekly , leaving Athens (ATH / LGAV) every Wednesday,Friday and Sunday at 19:00GMT/22:00 local , arriving in HKG 06:00GMT/15:00 local and flying back to ATH at 12:30GMT arriving 00:30GMT/03:30 local.
Flights will be operated with OA's 4 A340-300. Deals have been made to forward passengers into mainland China on Dragonair , and to ICN,MNL,KIX,NRT,SYD on Cathay Pacific.
To cover the gap on the ATH-LHR and ATH-CDG flights where OA is using the A340 , they are looking to lease five B737 or A320 (with Airbus leading the race rumors say) , specially configured to handle the big demand of Business class passengers on these routes. In addition they will further expand to the balkans , taking advantage of more aircraft in the fleet.Lack of aircraft has been olympic's main problem of route cutting the previous years.
Great news Olympic! it was about time to see the rings back in SE Asia.
Nice! I haven't picked this news up from the Hong Kong press yet. I'll keep an eye on it.
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HK airport needs to plan ahead to meet travel growth demands
Improved airspace and a third runway essential: IATA
Business Times (Singapore) 09/25/2006
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The city, which has Asia's third- busiest airport by passenger numbers, needs a new runway to meet growth in travel demand, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said.

The government should start planning a third airport runway and also improve airspace management with China, Giovanni Bisignani, chief executive officer of the group that represents 265 carriers worldwide, said in Hong Kong on Friday.

Airport Authority Hong Kong is spending HK$4.5 billion (S$916.2 million) to boost capacity as passenger numbers are estimated to grow 23 per cent to 50 million by 2010. The government-owned operator may release a report by the end of the year on expansion plans until 2025. 'It's important that the government starts to discuss this in order to be ready,' Mr Bisignani told reporters after a speech. Hong Kong may miss out on China's growth in tourism numbers if it doesn't plan ahead, he said.

Hong Kong International Airport, which has two runways, can handle 45 million passengers and 3 million tonnes of cargo a year. The operator is adding parking stands and other facilities in an expansion plan by 2010, it said on Jan 26.

Hong Kong also needs to improve air traffic control and remove a cap of 53 aircraft movements per hour, Mr Bisignani said.

Congested airspace is increasing airlines' costs, Philip Chen, chief executive officer of Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd said. 'We're adding a lot of minutes on flights into Hong Kong,' Mr Chen said in a speech on Friday. 'This adds to fuel burn, has an environmental impact and time added for customers and crew.'

The IATA is in talks with China's aviation regulator and air force to open three air corridors to reduce flying time from Europe and cut fuel costs for airlines.

The industry group has proposed shorter routes for flights to reach Hong Kong, Shanghai and Guangzhou from Europe. 'We hope to see some improvement at the end of next year,' Mr Bisignani said. The IATA will hold meetings with Chinese officials in Geneva in the next few months, he added.

China opened in April a route, IATA-1, through its western Qinghai province, cutting 30 minutes of flight time between Europe and Hong Kong.
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Oasis eyes London to Hong Kong cargo sector
By Keith Wallis in Hong Kong
25 September 2006
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OASIS Hong Kong, the newly launched low fare airline, will muscle in on the busy Hong Kong-London airfreight scene with plans to generate more than 20% of its revenue from cargo.

The airline’s chief executive Steve Miller said: “Cargo is very important to us.”

The carrier has chosen Cargolux, the Luxembourg-based all-cargo airline, as its general sales agent and Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals (Hactl) as its cargo handler.

Oasis Hong Kong will start operating on October 25 using two Boeing 747-400s that were previously owned by Singapore Airlines. Oasis Hong Kong will operate four flights a week between Hong Kong and London Gatwick, carrying cargo in the belly hold.

Oasis Hong Kong commercial director Kenneth Chad said Cargolux would be responsible for selling all cargo space on Oasis aircraft. He denied that Cargolux has block booked a portion of the available hold space to augment its own cargo capacity between Hong Kong and London.

Mr Miller, who started working for Cargolux in 1972 before forming Hong Kong Dragon Airlines (Dragonair) in 1985, said the airline plans to acquire a further three aircraft by the end of 2007.
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Hong Kong airport records 8.7 percent rise in August passenger traffic
20 September 2006

HONG KONG (AP) - Some 4.08 million passengers passed through Hong Kong International Airport in August, an 8.7 percent increase compared to the same month last year, Hong Kong's Airport Authority said Thursday.

The airport handled 3.76 million passengers in August 2005, the authority said in a statement. Cargo traffic in August rose 3.4 percent to 292,000 tons (321,200 short tons) from 282,344 tons a year earlier.

Total aircraft movements for the month rose 3.3 percent to 23,750, from 22,981.

In the 12 months ended August, passenger traffic rose 8.7 percent to 43.30 million, while cargo traffic rose 6.6 percent to 3.52 million tons (3.87 million short tons).

Opened in 1998, Hong Kong International Airport operates more than 5,000 flights a week, with a capacity to handle 45 million passengers a year. The Hong Kong government owns 100 percent of the Airport Authority, but has plans to sell part of its interest in the future.
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Overdue Airbus giant to make a flying visit to Hong Kong
5 October 2006
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Hong Kong aviation enthusiasts will get their first glimpse of Airbus' giant new A380 aircraft next month when it flies into Chek Lap Kok on its second scheduled operating test of Asian airports.

The A380 - the first commercial delivery of which Airbus said yesterday would be delayed a further 10 months to next October - is to arrive on November 18. It will also make stops at Tokyo, Seoul and Bangkok's new Suvarnabhumi International Airport.

"It is destined to be a landmark opportunity to show off both the newest member of Airbus' family and Hong Kong's 21st century infrastructure," said Martin Craigs, president of Aerospace Forum Asia.

Mr Craigs said Airbus had been invited to bring the aircraft for public viewing - after a harbour flyover - at Hong Kong's inaugural Asian Aerospace Expo and Congress in September, a month before Singapore Airlines (SIA) is now expected to take delivery of the first A380.

The world's largest passenger aircraft will be at the airport for about 24 hours as it tests the compatibility of ramp-handling equipment, passenger gates and cargo-related infrastructure.

Airbus, plagued by wiring and software problems believed to be in part associated with the advanced in-flight entertainment systems, warned investors yesterday to expect an aggregate earnings shortfall of {euro}4.8 billion (HK$47 billion) to 2010 as it wrestled with delivery delays for the A380.

Singapore Airlines, the launch customer for the US$292 million aircraft at list prices, said it was still weighing up the full impact of the delays on its growth plans. Airbus had promised to deliver the first aircraft in March this year.

"We're very disappointed about the delays," said SIA spokesman Stephen Forshaw. "We will have to extend some leases on some B747-400s that we had counted on retiring when the A380s were delivered. But all of our growth plans were not tied to the A380."

SIA is scheduled to take delivery of 10 B777-300ERs from rival manufacturer Boeing in the next nine months.

Other premium airlines such as Qantas, Emirates and Virgin Atlantic have had their fleet plans similarly disrupted. No Hong Kong carriers have ordered the aircraft.
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so A380 will be in HK on Nov this year, and Sept next year. Good news for airplane spotter in HK.
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HK's HACTL says 9-mth air cargo volume up 5.1 pct

HONG KONG, Oct 12 (Reuters) - Hong Kong's main air cargo terminal said it handled 5.1 percent more cargo in the first nine months of 2006 compared with the same period last year.

Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Ltd. (HACTL), which is 25 percent-owned by Jardine Matheson Holdings and 20 percent by Swire Pacific Ltd. , moved 1.84 million tonnes of cargo in the nine-month period, it said in a statement.

HACTL said tonnage throughput for the third quarter rose 3.7 percent from the year-ago period to 650,040 tonnes and the throughput for September increased 7.3 percent to 231,580 tonnes.

Export volume for the first nine months rose 4.5 percent from a year ago to 1.03 million tonnes, volume for the third quarter rose 2.5 percent to 363,855 tonnes, and volume for September was up 5.6 percent to 130,442 tonnes.

Imports rose 3.4 percent to 510,570 tonnes for the first nine months, up 1.8 percent to 174,690 tonnes for the third quarter and up 1.9 percent to 59,811 tonnes in September, all over year-ago periods.

Trans-shipment volume for first nine months also rose 10.1 percent to 305,682 tonnes, increased 11 percent to 111,495 tonnes for the third quarter and surged 23.2 percent to 41,327 tonnes for September.
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