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Old August 23rd, 2007, 01:16 PM   #2101
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AirAsia launches three new Hong Kong routes

HONG KONG, Aug 23, 2007 (AFP) - Malaysian budget carrier AirAsia will launch new services to Hong Kong later this year, a spokesman said Thursday, the latest sign that the city's luring of cheaper airlines was paying dividends.

AirAsia is planning to start daily flights from Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok to Hong Kong in December in response to demand and as part of their Asian expansion plans, spokeswoman Janet Leow told AFP.

AirAsia's chief executive Tony Fernandes added the carrier would also launch new daily routes from the Malaysian city Kota Kinabalu, according to a report in the South China Morning Post, but the spokeswoman was unable to confirm the route.

Fernandes added that the move was a long-held ambition for the airline, which entered the greater Chinese market with flights to Macau and Shenzhen, but had previously resisted because of Hong Kong's high landing prices.

He said improved incentives from the airport had tipped the balance in favour of offering the new service, and hinted their may be more routes in the future.

"It is a good start in response to the good gesture from the Hong Kong government," Fernandes said.

A Hong Kong airport authority spokesman told AFP the move followed a new package announced last year to target small carriers, which sees a 75 percent rebate in landing charges during the first six months to new destinations and lower parking rates.

Fernandes praised the discount and said one-way tickets to Bangkok would start at 300 Hong Kong dollars (38 US dollars) not including taxes, and 400 dollars to Kuala Lumpur.

Fernandes also told the Wall Street Journal that AirAsia was in talks with Airbus to buy a further 25 A320 jetliners, in a deal which could be worth 1.63 billion US dollars, to meet its expanding network's demands.

AirAsia earlier this month unveiled a new deal with Richard Branson's Virgin Airlines to develop AirAsia X, the long-haul budget carrier which hopes to build a network of long-haul flights across Asia, Europe and the Middle East.
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Old August 23rd, 2007, 03:06 PM   #2102
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Finally, the regional budget airline is coming to HKG.
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Old August 23rd, 2007, 03:08 PM   #2103
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New air route approved to ease Shanghai-Hong Kong flight congestion - report
08.22.07, 11:05 PM ET

BEIJING (XFN-ASIA) - Chronic flight delays between Shanghai and Hong Kong are likely to be eased next year when China gives its nod in October to an additional air route between the two cities, the South China Morning Post reported, citing the head of China's Air Traffic Management Bureau, Su Lange.

'It is great news for Hong Kong to have this new air route. We have been working on the details and hopefully will finalize it in October. The route is so congested that we have spent a long time liaising with different air traffic control regions to create a new route,' Su said.

The new route, slated to open in the first quarter of next year, would almost double the capacity of the busiest route between the two cities now served by four airlines, the Hong Kong newspaper added.

He said the new air route would be parallel to existing air route 470, located 100 miles east of Hong Kong.

Air route 470 is the main corridor for flights from Hong Kong to Shantou, Nanjing and Shanghai. It also serves as a path for flights coming from Southeast Asia to mainland China via Hong Kong.

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Old August 24th, 2007, 04:30 AM   #2104
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Officials study closer spacing of aircraft to increase flights
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The Civil Aviation Department is studying ways to maximize airspace use to increase the number of flights into and out of Hong Kong.

Civil Aviation director-general Norman Lo Shung-man said yesterday one possible measure would be to reduce the distance between planes from the current six nautical miles (about 11 kilometers) for a light plane following a heavy plane, and five miles (9km) for a medium plane following a heavy plane, to just four miles (7.4km), which is the standard for two heavy planes following one and another.

He said the department was looking at such factors as air currents that may be caused by the shortened distance, and other safety factors.

"Safety remains our first priority before any new requirement can be set," Lo said during a press tour of Hong Kong International Airport.

He said that in November China will follow the Hong Kong model of a minimum flight altitude of 1,000 feet (304 meters) between two planes flying below 40,000 feet.

Lo said if the four-mile limit was adopted, it would effectively save 482,144 miles or about 1,800 flight hours per year, translating to between five and seven minutes for each flight.

He said that since, for safety reasons, independent parallel operations were out of the question on Hong Kong's parallel runways, it was necessary to find other ways to maximize capacity.

Lo said a study on the necessity of constructing a third runway was expected to be completed by the first quarter of 2008, though it would take a further year or two before a feasibility report is made. A few more years would be required for its construction.

"It is not for a CAD director to say whether a third runway is necessary for Hong Kong. But if there is a demand for more flights, and if this will result in a positive economic impact, then it sounds like a good idea, " he said.

"However, we have to tackle many obstacles, such as the mountain barrier and environmental issues. If we do not conduct the feasibility study now, we will be wasting about 10 years."

Lo said reclamation would be needed to build a new runway.

Runway capacity now is about 54 flights per hour for the two runways. The CAD expects it will be increased to 55 flights per hour this winter and then progressively increased to 58 by 2009. "We had 65 flights before and it is possible to reach 70. But it would be difficult to further increase the capacity under the current system," Lo said.
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Old August 24th, 2007, 10:44 AM   #2105
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I didn't know T2 at nite is so colorful! I think that i have seen some video showing light show.
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Old August 24th, 2007, 11:11 AM   #2106
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You can see the construction site of the Satellite terminal here (small terminal for single-aisle plane). Completion by third quarter of 2009.
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Old August 24th, 2007, 11:26 AM   #2107
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a lot of good news for HKIA.
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Old August 24th, 2007, 05:40 PM   #2108
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NEW FLIGHT TO HO CHI MINH CITY
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On 24 August 2007, Hong Kong Airlines starts a new route from Hong Kong to Ho Chi Minh City. This new service enhances the link between Hong Kong and South East Asia.

Ho Chi Minh City is located at the Mekong River Delta, with over 7 million populations. As a result, it is the heart of economic and tourism development in Vietnam, playing a significant role of the country’s advancement.

The government of Ho Chi Minh City targets to increase 12% of gross domestic productivity in 2008 when compared with the current year. In order to have significant growth in economy, the local government targets to attract foreign and high technology investments. These measures will further increase its ranking in industrial production in South East Asia.
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Old August 25th, 2007, 09:52 AM   #2109
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Very nice pictures !!!!
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Old August 25th, 2007, 08:32 PM   #2110
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I love seeing Continental there. It's cool to see one of your home airlines in a far away place.
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Old August 26th, 2007, 08:00 PM   #2111
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Old August 30th, 2007, 01:11 PM   #2112
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Cathay Pacific Press Release:
Cathay Pacific sponsors new DVD that shows the greener side of Hong Kong and promotes environmental awareness
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Old August 31st, 2007, 02:59 PM   #2113
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HK Gov't Gazette Releases:
Cathay Pacific's new filghts application from HK to cities on Hainan Island

Hong Kong Airlines new filghts application from HK to cities in Kyushu of Japan and cities in South Korea
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Old August 31st, 2007, 08:27 PM   #2114
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Violent turbulence injures 26 on HK-bound flight

HONG KONG, Aug 30, 2007 (AFP) - At least 26 people were injured Thursday when a flight from Mauritius suffered severe turbulence on its way to Hong Kong, officials said.

The Air Mauritius MK 640 flight called Hong Kong air authorities for help at 12:23 pm (0423 GMT) saying some passengers had been injured after the plane was buffeted in the air, an airport authority spokesman told AFP.

The plane landed 25 minutes later, with ambulances on standby, he added.

Of the injured, 20 were taken to hospital in Hong Kong, a police spokesman said, while the rest were treated at the airport.

Most were quickly released from hospital but four people, including an 11-year-old, needed further treatment, the police spokesman said.

Local television pictures showed two people being unloaded from ambulances wearing head braces. All the injured were conscious, the police spokesman said.
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Old September 2nd, 2007, 05:32 PM   #2115
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Old September 3rd, 2007, 06:36 AM   #2116
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Love all the pictures here as usual. Thanks!!!
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Old September 3rd, 2007, 07:27 AM   #2117
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FS's (Financial Secretary) speech at Asian Aerospace International Expo and Congress (English only) (with photos)
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Old September 3rd, 2007, 09:58 PM   #2118
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Old September 5th, 2007, 04:42 AM   #2119
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HK Opens New Hangar to Meet Rapid Growth of Business Aviation

HONG KONG, Sept 4 Asia Pulse - The Hong Kong Business Aviation Centre (HKBAC) Ltd. announced here Monday the opening of its brand new Hangar 2 at the ongoing 14th Asian Aerospace International Expo and Congress.
Present at the opening ceremony were Financial Secretary of Hong Kong John Tsang, Director-General of Hong Kong Civil Aviation Norman Lo, Chief Executive Officer of Hong Kong Airport Authority Stanley Hui and other guests.

With over 3,800 square metres of floor space, the 100-million-HK dollar (US$12.8 million) new hangar is large enough to accommodate an Airbus ACJ or a Boeing BBJ private jet.

The new facility is designed to use as much natural light as possible to save energy and meets the highest safety standards with infra red heat detectors.

According to figures given by HKBAC, there is a rapid rise in the number of aircraft movements at the HKBAC from 981 in year 2000 to 2,853 in 2006, representing a compounded growth rate of 19.5 per cent per annum.

Speaking at the ceremony, Tsang said that since its inception, the HKBAC has played an important role in meeting the traveling needs of senior business executives.

With the second hangar in place, the HKBAC will be best placed to compete and respond to the growth in market need, he added.

The HKBAC is the only business aviation support facility in Hong Kong for those who own, operate or charter private aircraft.

The 14th Asian Aerospace Expo is being staged from September 3 to 6 at Asia World-Expo complex in Hong Kong, adjacent to the Hong Kong International Airport.

The expo aims to create a platform for optimum business, trading, networking and educational opportunities with major Asia-Pacific aviation buyers.
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