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Old September 9th, 2007, 02:53 AM   #2121
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Old September 13th, 2007, 07:05 PM   #2122
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September 12 2007
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Royal Jordanian is opening a gateway for Jordan to the People's Republic of China (PRC) on January 22, 2008, when it will start operating regular service to Hong Kong, passing via the Thai capital, Bangkok.

President/CEO Samer Majali said that at a first stage, RJ will fly three times weekly in order to service the active commercial movement between the two countries. The service will have a great impact on businessmen and tourists, and will stimulate relations between Jordan and China in all fields of interest. Hong Kong is a major international economic centre and a magnet for businessmen from all over the world.
Majali added that RJ's decision to add Hong Kong to its route map follows the airline's membership in the oneworld airline alliance which joins among its members Cathay Pacific and Dragonair, the Cathay Pacific group member. Dragonair will join oneworld on November 1 this year. With the addition of Hong Kong, the airline will fly to 55 destinations worldwide.

Majali mentioned that RJ passengers from Amman to Hong Kong will be able to continue their journey to other 19 cities in China served by Dragonair, which operates 400 weekly flights on its domestic route network departing from Hong Kong. RJ frequent flyers will be able to earn and redeem mileage awards on the sectors of the flight between Amman and their final destinations in China.

The president also voiced expectations of increased demand on travel between Jordan and China after connecting Amman and Hong Kong with three weekly flights via Bangkok, to which RJ operates daily flights in the winter and five direct weekly flights in the summer. He pointed out that the newly refurbished Airbus A310s will service the route.
Royal Jordanian flight will depart from Amman at 12:55 am Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, and will arrive in Hong Kong at 7:00 pm. It will depart from Hong Kong to Bangkok and Amman at 8:30 pm and reach Amman at 4:00 am. The journey between Bangkok and Hong Kong lasts 2:45 hours.

Hong Kong is the world's eleventh largest trading location; its economy is dominated by services, which account for over 90% of its gross domestic product. Together with Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan, Hong Kong is known as one of the Four Asian Tigers. Hong Kong maintains a highly capitalist economy built on a free market policy, low taxation and no intervention on the part of the government. It is an important centre for international finance and trade, with the greatest concentration of corporate headquarters in the Asia-Pacific region.

Hong Kong encompasses a collection of 262 islands and peninsulas in the South China Sea and spreads out over 1,100 square kilometers. Its population reaches around seven million. Hong Kong's climate is subtropical and, for nearly half the year, tends toward temperate. The average temperature in the coldest month, January, is 16°C while the average temperature in the hottest month, July, is 29°C.
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Old September 13th, 2007, 07:38 PM   #2123
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Airbus Gets Hong Kong Air Orders For 20 A320s
12 September 2007
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PARIS (Dow Jones)--Hong Kong Airlines has signed a firm contract with Airbus for 30 A320 aircraft, 20 A330s and one ACJ, firming up an initial commitment announced at Le Bourget Airshow in Paris in June.

Engine choices have yet to be finalized.

Airbus is a unit of European Aeronautics Defense & Space Co. (5730.FR).

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, Airbus said.

'Our decision to acquire these Airbus aircraft follows an extensive evaluation period. These Airbus aircraft are really the best suited for our needs,' said Ren Wei Dong, Chairman of Hong Kong Airlines.

'This new fleet of 51 aircraft secures the future growth of our operations and will reinforce Hong Kong as a key gateway in the region. It marks the first step in what we expect will be a long and fruitful cooperation between Airbus and Hong Kong Airlines,' he added.

Firm orders for the A320 Family now stand at 5,350 aircraft ordered by 189 customers making them the most successful jetliner ever. Close to 1,200 A330/A340 Family aircraft have been ordered by almost 90 customers, Airbus added.
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Old September 16th, 2007, 06:26 AM   #2124
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DRAGONAIR TO START SERVICES TO KATHMANDU IN DECEMBER
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Old September 16th, 2007, 07:10 AM   #2125
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Press Release http://www.hongkongairport.com/eng/pr/pr_902.html

Three International Awards and Double-digit Cargo Growth in August


(HONG KONG, 16 September 2007) - Cargo throughput at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) grew 10.5% in August, a month that also saw Skytrax, Conde Nast Traveller and SmartTravelAsia.com recognise HKIA as the world's best airport.

Cargo volume reached 324,000 tonnes in August 2007. That represented a 10.5% improvement from August 2006 and the largest monthly increase this year. Robust outbound and visitor numbers saw passenger throughput increase to 4.42 million, up 8.2%, while air traffic movements grew 7.8%, to 25,580.

Stanley Hui, Chief Executive Officer of Airport Authority Hong Kong, said, "Our cargo volumes have risen strongly over the past five months, a trend we believe points to sustainable long-term growth. As a regional air cargo hub and transshipment centre, HKIA remains well positioned to both contribute to and benefit from the Mainland's economic development."

For the 12 months ended 31 August 2007, passenger and cargo volume reached 46.4 million and 3.66 million tonnes, representing year-on-year growth of 7.3% and 3.9%, respectively. Air traffic movements grew 4.5%, to 289,935.

August's awards began with Skytrax, which named HKIA airport of the year after polling nearly 8 million international travellers. Then, Conde Nast Traveller recognised HKIA as the world's best airport in its 10th annual Readers' Travel Awards, citing the airport's cleanliness, customer-friendly design and lounges and other passenger facilities. The month's final accolade was from the readers of online travel magazine SmartTravelAsia.com, who picked HKIA as their favourite airport for the second consecutive year.



Skytrax World Airport Awards 2007:
http://www.worldairportawards.com/Aw...irport2007.htm

Conde Nast Traveller Readers' Travel Awards 2007:
http://www.cntraveller.co.uk/Readers...2007/Airports/

SmartTravelAsia.com Best in Travel Poll 2007:
www.smarttravelasia.com/travelpoll.htm
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Old September 16th, 2007, 05:28 PM   #2126
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JAPAN AIRLINES "SKY SCHOOL 2007" TAKES OFF
http://www.hk.jal.com/cms/contents/e...news_2028.html

Japan Airlines is now inviting local children to participate in our annual "Sky School" programme which will be held on Sunday, 4 November. During the trip, the children can have the opportunity to take a bird's eye view of Hong Kong territory and meet TVB Jade "After School" Programme hosts and guests when the flight takes off from Hong Kong International Airport.

Launched in 1984, this year marks the 24th anniversary of JAL Sky school programmme. Until now, over 5,000 children have had the opportunity to experience air travel on the specially organized one-hour flight aboard a Japan Airlines airplane. As usual, this year an open lucky draw will be held for drawing children from the public to win a place on the trip with further places being donated to local charitable organizations.

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Old September 17th, 2007, 07:08 PM   #2127
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Old September 20th, 2007, 07:55 PM   #2128
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Air New Zealand plans more mainland flights
17 September 2007
South China Morning Post

Expecting a surge of tourist arrivals from China, Air New Zealand says it will add flights to Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong and increase its fleet size in the next six years.

Ed Sims, group general manager for New Zealand's only international carrier, said the airline expected the number of tourists heading to New Zealand from China to surge 140 per cent by 2013.

"China will become the third most important market to New Zealand in terms of inbound tourists after Britain and Australia by 2013, way ahead of Japan," Mr Sims said.

Eight Chinese tourists will fly to New Zealand for every two New Zealanders travelling to China, he said.

Mr Sims said the shift would balance as soon as Air New Zealand launched its Beijing service because the capital's historical attractions were more appealing to New Zealanders than Shanghai, where it currently flies.

Before 2010, the carrier will fly from Auckland to Beijing, with a stopover in Shanghai. Later it will fly directly to Beijing. Air New Zealand will increase its aircraft to four in Hong Kong and the mainland by 2013, with two Boeing 777s and two B787s replacing its existing B747s.

Its Auckland-Shanghai service, inaugurated in November last year, has increased to five weekly flights from three.

The percentage of seats filled by passengers reached an average 75 per cent. The carrier woud launch daily flights in 18 months, Mr Sims said.

The airline also will add two more weekly flights to its Auckland-Hong Kong route from November.

Next Friday, Air New Zealand shareholders will vote on a proposed NZ$4.5 billion (HK$25.02 billion) fleet acquisition plan. If approved, the carrier will gradually replace its older aircraft with new B787-900s and B777-300s beginning in 2010 and by 2012 will become the youngest fleet in the world with up to 30 aircraft with an average age of six years.

Despite intense competition, Air New Zealand launched a Hong Kong-London daily service a year ago. Five other carriers, including Cathay Pacific Airways, Oasis Hong Kong Airlines, British Airways and Virgin Atlantic already fly that route.

Mr Sims said Air New Zealand's growth would depend on more than just passengers.

New Zealand is the first developed country to negotiate a bilateral free trade agreement with China. And that is likely to stimulate the air cargo business.

China, New Zealand's fourth-largest trading partner, imports more than NZ$1.6 billion worth of merchandise from New Zealand. Wool is shipped to Shanghai twice a week by Altas B747 freighters. Dairy products by Fonterra, the parent company of Anchor butter, also arrive in the mainland twice weekly.

At the same time, about 90 per cent of the home wares, clothing and electronic goods sold by Warehouse, the Wal-mart of New Zealand, comes from China.
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Old September 25th, 2007, 12:21 PM   #2130
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Airlines to increase fuel surcharge
25 September 2007
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Airlines will introduce higher fuel surcharges from next month, although the increase will be slight.

Short-haul passengers on Cathay Pacific will pay HK$1 more at HK$104, while HK$4 will be added to the long-haul surcharge, bringing it to HK$428.

A Cathay Pacific spokesman said the higher surcharge would help offset the additional fuel cost.

Fuel is the single biggest cost factor for the airline, accounting for about 30 per cent of total operating costs. However, of the airlines applying to the Civil Aviation Department for the increased surcharge, Aeroflot, the Russian national carrier, was granted a 62.71 per cent increase, raising its passenger fuel surcharge to HK$384 from HK$236.

The changes take effect on October 1 and are valid for two months.
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Old September 25th, 2007, 06:27 PM   #2131
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Old September 25th, 2007, 09:29 PM   #2132
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I'm confused, I thought Hong Kong Airlines was going to use all Airbus aircraft.
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Old September 28th, 2007, 11:27 PM   #2133
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Old October 6th, 2007, 07:17 AM   #2134
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Old October 9th, 2007, 06:28 AM   #2135
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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.
T2 isn't that bad but I really don't consider it a terminal. It doesn't have gates. Only check in counters, etc. T2 though has a nice food stall where they serve good NY pizza
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Old October 10th, 2007, 02:42 AM   #2136
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T2 isn't that bad but I really don't consider it a terminal. It doesn't have gates. Only check in counters, etc. T2 though has a nice food stall where they serve good NY pizza
How does the pizza taste: authentic with all the grease and cheese and none of the great toppings that Pizza Hut in HK has?
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Old October 10th, 2007, 08:13 AM   #2137
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How does the pizza taste: authentic with all the grease and cheese and none of the great toppings that Pizza Hut in HK has?
It's NY style though it lacks the variety of toppings of HK's Pizza Hut. Yes these pizza are greasy that's why if I'm gonna have pizza, I go to Fat Angelos or Pizza Express

Anyway, I'm curious why they proposed a different design to T2. I prefer consistency just like Shanghai's Pudong airport
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Old October 12th, 2007, 06:27 AM   #2138
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T2 is like a mall that works like a terminal in some ways.
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T2 is like a mall that works like a terminal in some ways.
It is a mall and so is T1.
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Old October 12th, 2007, 06:51 PM   #2140
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but first and foremost still an airport!
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