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Old May 31st, 2007, 05:16 AM   #2001
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DHL launches new flight connecting China's Qingdao and Hangzhou with Hong Kong
30 May 2007

BEIJING (XFN-ASIA) - DHL said it has launched a new flight connecting Qingdao and Hangzhou with the company's central Asia hub in Hong Kong. In a statement, DHL said the move, which involves an investment of around 40 mln usd, will help accelerate the inbound and outbound express business in Qingdao and Hangzhou's respective provinces - Shandong and Zhejiang. DHL has already started gateway operations at the Hangzhou International Airport. The latest investment is part of DHL's planned 110 mln usd investment in its China business in the next few years. The new new ten times weekly service will be operated by a Yangtze River Express Airlines 737-300 freighter aircraft capacity with a payload capacity of 13 tons, DHL said. [email protected]
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Old June 1st, 2007, 05:41 AM   #2002
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Cathay hails airport upgrade but calls for teamwork to clear PRD jams
28 May 2007
International Freighting Weekly

Cathay Pacific Airways has welcomed moves by the Hong Kong government to enhance air traffic management and to increase runway capacity at Hong Kong International airport.

The airline said these "essential interim measures" were crucial to bolstering the Hong Kong's competitiveness as a global aviation hub, but called for further co-operation with the mainland authorities to find a long-term solution to airspace congestion in the Pearl River Delta.

The number of slots will be increased from the existing 54 per hour to 58 in two years. In addition, the Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department (HKCAD) will adopt measures to expand runway capacity.

Cathay chief executive Philip Chen said: "We are encouraged by the government's latest initiatives. Since late last year, members of the aviation industry have been working closely with the HKCAD and the Economic Development and Labour Bureau to resolve the airspace restriction issue."

Hong Kong's overall air freight throughput has been lacklustre so far in 2007, mirroring the picture at the port.

April traffic was 299,000 tonnes, 1.4% up on April last year, while the figure for the first four months of the year was 3.58m tonnes, an increase of 2.8% on the equivalent period in 2006.
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Old June 1st, 2007, 05:46 PM   #2003
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Gov't Press Release:
Speech by CE at the Grand Opening of Terminal 2 at Hong Kong International Airport (English only) (with photos)
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Old June 4th, 2007, 07:24 AM   #2004
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They only had the grand opening in June? It has been in operation for a while already.
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Old June 4th, 2007, 11:18 AM   #2005
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5 airports to set up cooperation forum
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Old June 5th, 2007, 02:26 AM   #2006
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when is exactly the "official" opening?
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Old June 5th, 2007, 03:58 AM   #2007
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when is exactly the "official" opening?

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Old June 9th, 2007, 06:35 AM   #2008
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Since they're both on Cathay, if your inbound flight is late and you miss the Manila connecting flight, Cathay should be able to accomodate you on the next flight. Your luggage should also be transferred automatically to the next flight, so all you need to do is to go through the transfer desk and head to the Manila flight's boarding gate upon arrival. Boarding begins about 30 minutes prior to scheduled departure, so your 1 hr 10 min should be more than enough.

Double check with Cathay regarding the above though.
That's the impression I was under, however when flying United Airlines to the US (HK > Chicago > Columbus), I had to transfer my own luggage over to the connecting flight.
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Old June 11th, 2007, 09:00 AM   #2009
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That's the impression I was under, however when flying United Airlines to the US (HK > Chicago > Columbus), I had to transfer my own luggage over to the connecting flight.
Depends on the airline and airport though. You need to clear US customs in Chicago, so it is highly likely you need to assemble your baggage there and then transfer onto a domestic flight onwards to Columbus.
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Old June 11th, 2007, 09:28 AM   #2010
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Helicopter toppled as wind cripples airport
Hong Kong Standard
Saturday, June 09, 2007

A Government Flying Service helicopter parked on the apron at Hong Kong International Airport flipped on its side Friday after being buffeted by strong winds, but no one was injured.

The airport reported gusts of up to 129 kilometers per hour when the accident happened at about 10am.

The 3,700-kilogram Eurocopter, on standby for emergency service, was slightly damaged. It has been in service for almost four years.

Calvin Shum Chi-wai, operations manager with the Government Flying Service, said such an accident was rare.

There was no record of a helicopter having being blown on its side in Hong Kong, even with a No10 typhoon signal hoisted.

Captain Trevor Marshall, chief training and standards officer with the Government Flying Service, said the helicopter involved could be out of service for a few weeks. Parts would be sent to the French manufacturer for inspection.

Meanwhile, the Airport Authority reported up to 150 flights delayed Friday by bad weather.

These included incoming and outgoing flights. A number of planes were diverted.

However, a spokeswoman said all diverted planes eventually landed safely in Hong Kong.
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Old June 11th, 2007, 06:47 PM   #2011
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CX to increase flights to JFK, SFO

Hong Kong's Cathay Pacific to increase flights to New York, San Francisco

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Published: June 11, 2007

HONG KONG: Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. said Monday it will double its nonstop passenger flights to San Francisco and New York in the next few months as it increases capacity by taking delivery of new long-haul aircraft.

The increase in flights to the U.S. is driven by strong passenger demand, said Philip Chen, the airline's chief executive. Cathay also plans to strengthen connections from its Hong Kong hub, home to its China-focused unit, Hong Kong Dragon Airlines Ltd., he said.

Last year, Cathay recorded the biggest rise in passenger yields on its flights to North America, up 5.3 percent. Passenger yields, calculated by dividing the airline's total revenue by the total number of kilometers passengers paid to be flown, is an important measure of airline profitability.

By this fall, Cathay Pacific will operate two daily nonstop passenger flights each to New York and San Francisco, up from one a day. The airline also operates one flight a day to New York via Vancouver, as well as three daily services to Los Angeles.

The airline hasn't given a start date for the additional flights, but the launch coincides with the arrival of new Boeing 777-300 extended range aircraft, with the first of 18 planes on firm order to be delivered in September.

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Old June 18th, 2007, 12:57 PM   #2012
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Airport passenger traffic up 7.5%
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Old June 21st, 2007, 07:08 PM   #2013
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Hong Kong Airlines buys 51 widebody and single aisle Airbus aircraft
21 June 2007
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Hong Kong Airlines, the fastest growing airline in Hong Kong, has become Airbus' latest customer by signing a memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for 51 Airbus aircraft, including 30 A320 Family aircraft, 20 A330s as well as an Airbus Corporate Jet. An engine choice will be made at a later date.

Since the company was established in 2001, Hong Kong Airlines has grown rapidly and built an extensive full service network serving Asian and Chinese mainland destinations.

"Demand for air travel in and out of Hong Kong is strong and will continue to grow. These new aircraft will help us grow our operation and to re-enforce Hong Kong as a key gateway in the region. Our new A320 fleet will allow us to add new destinations and build up frequencies on our existing services. In buying the A330 aircraft we are establishing strong foundations for extending our high quality service to longer haul destinations such as Australia, the Middle East and Europe. With these aircraft in our fleet we are aiming to create new standards in comfort and service which will position Hong Kong Airlines amongst the leading airlines in Asia Pacific." said Ren Wei Dong, Chairman, Hong Kong Airlines.

As part of the agreement Hong Kong Airlines is also buying an Airbus corporate jet to cater for the growing market in private aviation.

"We are delighted to welcome Hong Kong Airlines as a new Airbus customer. In one of the most competitive markets in the world, this young and dynamic airline has quickly made it's mark in offering quality and reliable service to previously un-served cities. We wish Hong Kong Airlines all the best as it makes an important step to realise its ambitions," said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers.

Firm orders for the Airbus A320 Family now stand at more than 5,070 aircraft, making them the world's fastest and best-selling commercial jetliner ever. The Airbus A320 Family has some 240 customers and operators worldwide.

Over 1,100 A330/A340 Family aircraft have been ordered to date.

Airbus' ACJ Family has won more than 80 sales to date and consistently leads in sales at the top end of the corporate jet market, making it the preferred choice of companies, governments and individuals and building on the success of the popular A320 Family.

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Old June 27th, 2007, 06:29 AM   #2016
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Seven hurt as Virgin flight hits turbulence on Sydney descent
27 June 2007
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Hong Kong passengers on a Virgin Atlantic flight had a terrifying descent into Sydney airport yesterday morning when the Airbus A340-600 ran into turbulence.

One passenger and six cabin crew were treated for injuries after the plane hit turbulence at 3,000 metres just before 7.30am, a Hong Kong resident surnamed Law told a television station.

Mr Law said the experience had left his niece shaken. She was one of the injured crew members.

"They were thrown up and down and got hit," he said. "My niece even passed out. She received some stitches in a hospital but has already left.

"They [the family] are really worried. My elder sister was hysterical." The sister was flown to Sydney last night.

The VS200 flight goes through Hong Kong from London, and then on to Sydney. The injured cabin crew and the passenger were treated after landing, but they have since been released.

A spokesman for the airline said the plane was less than half full, with 138 passengers on board as well as 19 crew members. The plane can hold 308 passengers, but the route is experiencing its low-season.

The weather in Sydney yesterday morning was not particularly bad, with westerly winds of up to 23km/h and cloudy skies.

"But what happens at 10,000 feet is often a lot different from what happens on the ground," the spokesman said.

The captain had anticipated some turbulence and had switched on the seat-belt sign for the descent.

"Pilots try to avoid this, but sometime they can't," the airline spokesman said.

The incident would not have any effect on other Sydney to Hong Kong flight schedules, the Virgin spokesman said.
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Technical fault forces Dragonair flight back to HK

HONG KONG, June 7 (Reuters) - A Dragonair passenger plane carrying 65 passengers returned to Hong Kong mid-way through a flight to central China on Thursday because of a "technical problem", the airline said.

Flight KA720, an Airbus A320, was also carrying six crew members and originally bound for Changsha, the capital of Hunan province.

The plane landed safely and all passengers were transferred to another airplane, the Hong Kong carrier, a unit of Cathay Pacific Airways , said in a statement.

No one was injured. An airline spokeswoman would not elaborate on the nature of the problem except to say it did not involve human error or weather.
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HKAA Press Release:
Another Record Year: Airport Authority Announces Profits of HK$1.9 billion and a Final Dividend of $1.6 billion
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Old June 27th, 2007, 05:49 PM   #2019
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It somehow always feels that China is always putting the reels back on Hong Kong's growth. I guess it makes sense that it would like to see more of its own cities see the wealth that Hong Kong has enjoyed.
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Old June 27th, 2007, 07:00 PM   #2020
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Actually, China has been very helpful in Hong Kong's aviation sector, especially with the individual visit scheme (relaxed visa requirements), which has prompted a tourism bonanza.
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