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Old January 31st, 2008, 09:35 AM   #2381
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Plane crash in Kazakh airport was caused by crew’s mistakes – commission

ALMATY. Jan 29 (Interfax-Kazakhstan) - The crash of a German plane that occurred at the Almaty airport on December 26, 2007 was apparently caused by mistakes made by the crew, a member of the commission investigating the crash told reporters on Tuesday.

According to information obtained by the transport prosecutor's office, the plane, which was flying from Hanover to Hong Kong, crashed shortly after takeoff on December 26, 2007. The plane was carrying four people, a passenger and three crewmembers, one of which was killed in the crash.

"The crash occurred because of the mistakes made by the crew," Rishat Tustkbayev, the head of the airport's flight safety inspectorate, told reporters on Tuesday.
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Old January 31st, 2008, 05:58 PM   #2382
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Hong Kong and Japan Finalise New Air Services Arrangements
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(HONG KONG, 31 January 2008) - Airport Authority Hong Kong today welcomed the conclusion of the latest round of air services consultations between the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and the Government of Japan.

The new arrangements enable unlimited air passenger and cargo services between Hong Kong and all cities in Japan except Tokyo. Our airlines will be able to respond to market demand by increasing services to Osaka, Nagoya, Fukuoka, Sapporo, Sendai and Okinawa. The arrangements also permit the launch of new services between Hong Kong and other Japanese destinations, including Kagoshima and Okayama.

In addition to enhancing Hong Kong's access to the world's second largest economy, the new arrangements strengthen the position of Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) as a leading regional and international aviation hub.

Airport Authority Chief Executive Officer Stanley Hui said, "Japan and Hong Kong are major trading partners and there are strong tourist flows between both destinations. The new arrangements create additional opportunities for airlines serving the passenger and freight markets and will encourage carriers to provide more schedule and fare choices for their customers."

In 2007, 3.9 million passengers travelled on routes between Hong Kong and Japan, up 5% from 2006. Each week, a total of 154 passenger flights and 59 freighter services operate from HKIA to Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Fukuoka, Sapporo, Sendai and Okinawa.
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Old January 31st, 2008, 11:26 PM   #2383
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lol, when I go to HK it's always 6 am in the morning so there's never anyone.
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Old February 1st, 2008, 01:27 PM   #2384
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Old February 3rd, 2008, 08:55 AM   #2385
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More visitors, closer trade ties with new Japanese open-skies agreement
Hong Kong Standard
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An open-skies agreement has been reached between Hong Kong and Japan to liberalize air services, but Tokyo's Narita Airport has been excluded as it is in the process of being expanded.

Transport and Housing Secretary Eva Cheng Yu-wah yesterday said the agreement will strengthen Hong Kong's status as an international and regional aviation hub.

Currently there are 154 passenger flights and 59 freighter services operating between Hong Kong and Japanese cities including Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Fukuoka, Sapporo, Sendai and Okinawa each week.

The arrangement will enable unlimited air passenger and cargo services to all of these cities, excluding Tokyo, and flights between Hong Kong and Kagoshima and Okayama can also be launched.

The Transport and Housing Bureau said both sides are aiming to add more services to Tokyo in the next round of talks scheduled for 2009.

The two major Hong Kong airlines - Cathay Pacific and Dragonair - welcomed the new arrangement, but only Hong Kong Express announced that it would be applying for the right to fly to Nagoya, Kagoshima and Okayama. The airline had previously announced that it would be flying to Okinawa starting from April.

Travel Industry Council executive director Joseph Tung Yao-chung said he hoped the increase in the number of flights would decrease the price of package tours to Japan.

A Hong Kong Tourism Board spokeswoman said she hoped the new arrangement would encourage more Japanese visitors from secondary cities to visit Hong Kong.

From January to November 2007, there were 1.198 million Japanese visitors, up 1 percent against the same period in 2006. At the same time, 383,460 Hong Kong people visited Japan, an increase of 22 percent.

Trade Development Council's director in Japan Shigemi Furuta expects closer bilateral trade relations between Hong Kong and Japan because of the new arrangement.

Japan is Hong Kong's third-largest trading partner, with the total volume of trade between Hong Kong and Japan amounting to HK$406.9 billion last year.
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Old February 4th, 2008, 06:56 PM   #2386
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Flight delays and cancellations continue
3 February 2008
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Hong Kong continues to suffer flight delays and cancellations as a result of the storms on the mainland.

Yesterday, three flights to Changsha and Hangzhou were cancelled. Another 29 to those and other destinations, including Shanghai, were delayed.

Ahead of the Lunar New Year, the mainland is supplying Hong Kong with an additional 60,000 chickens and 1,000 pigs a day, but Secretary for Food and Health York Chow Yat-ngok warned that supplies of beef and vegetables could fall.

Travel agents who had sold New Year trips to Hong Kong to people living in the worst affected areas have begun reselling tour places to people living in Guangdong, who can still travel to the city with relative ease.

Hunan residents were to have made up between 5 and 8 per cent of holiday visitors to the city.

"We expect a lot of the groups from Hunan will not be able to come because of the weather," said Michael Wu Siu-ieng, of the Association of Travel Agents.

A clearer picture of the situation should emerge by tomorrow, he said.
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Old February 4th, 2008, 06:59 PM   #2387
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Pilots fired as two small HK airlines merge
2 February 2008
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For some small operators, a merger is perhaps the best survival tactic in the cutthroat aviation industry.

Hong Kong's two small money-losing airlines, which have a common shareholder, are synchronising routes and integrating management and sales operations to seek elusive profitability, according to company sources.

Hong Kong Airlines has merged its management team with that of Hong Kong Express Airways, laying off 14 pilots in the process.

HNA Group owns a 45 per cent stake in each of both carriers while casino magnate Stanley Ho Hung-sun and other individual investors own the rest of Hong Kong Express. HNA also owns Hainan Island's Grand China Airlines and is planning to list it in Hong Kong.

To rationalise resources, the two carriers will combine their management teams and their sales and marketing functions. Under the new structure, Hong Kong Express president Ronnie Choi and Hong Kong Airlines chief executive David Lui will jointly handle corporate development.

Until now, the two airlines have competed for air rights and aircraft resources, even though they have a common shareholder.

Hong Kong Airlines rejected the suggestion that an expansion slowdown was behind the layoffs. Chairman Ren Weidong had unveiled a plan a year ago to expand routes to 30 cities and the fleet size to 40 aircraft by 2010.

The airline has committed to buying 51 planes from Airbus at a catalogue price of US$5.5 billion. It has a fleet of seven Boeing 737-800s, six in operation and one on wet lease to another carrier. It will be taking delivery of an additional aircraft on Monday.

"We still want to speed up our growth, and laying off less suitable pilots is one of the steps to take," Mr Lui said.

The 14 first officers being laid off were still under training, not having enough flying hours to serve. Most of them flew turboprop aircraft, which are popular for domestic flights in Europe but seldom used in Asia. They would take a long time to adapt to operating jetliners.

Mr Lui said the company would hire other first officers with more flying hours on the right aircraft type to cope with the development plan, without specifying a number.

The last time a local airline laid off staff was in 2001, when Cathay Pacific Airways sacked more than 50 pilots to cut costs.

Hong Kong Airlines flies to 12 mainland cites including Qingdao, Tianjin and Xiamen, as well as Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. It will add routes to Manila and several Japanese destinations this year.

With four B737-800s in its fleet, Hong Kong Express serves Bangkok, Chengdu, Hangzhou, Guiyan, Ningbo and Xian. It will start services to Beijing and Shanghai at the end of next month and to Okinawa in April.
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Old February 5th, 2008, 06:39 PM   #2388
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Old February 5th, 2008, 11:55 PM   #2389
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So Orient Thai still flies to HKG? They have been banned in Europe due to security issues (a very old fleet for example). They flew regularly to CPH a couple of years ago for example.
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Old February 6th, 2008, 02:30 AM   #2390
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AFAIK, One-to-Go Orient Thai and Orient Thai are different airline brands belonging to the same company.

But, yeah, One-to-Go Orient Thai's aircraft really are old.
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Old February 6th, 2008, 06:10 PM   #2391
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Well, I think both airlines are banned in Europe anyway.
Haven't seen any of their aircraft in a European airport in a long time.
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Old February 6th, 2008, 07:20 PM   #2392
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So Orient Thai still flies to HKG? They have been banned in Europe due to security issues (a very old fleet for example). They flew regularly to CPH a couple of years ago for example.
Orient Thai still flies to Hong Kong, but they've had a few incidents, including one where a part of the wing fell off during takeoff. Made a few headlines here locally. But then, when we want to save money and fly cheap to Bangkok, Orient Thai is the way to go.
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Is CR Airways still around? I really love their livery. Sadly too many Chinese carriers are replacing their liveries with absolutely fugly looking liveries like Hainan Airlines for example.
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Is CR Airways still around? I really love their livery. Sadly too many Chinese carriers are replacing their liveries with absolutely fugly looking liveries like Hainan Airlines for example.
CR has changed to Hong Kong Airlines, and recently I heard they're merging with Hong Kong Express.
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Old February 7th, 2008, 06:49 PM   #2396
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Hong Kong Airlines Welcomes the 8th New Boeing 737-800 Aircraft
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2008 Feb 4

Hong Kong Airlines has today taken delivery of a new Boeing 737-800 aircraft, the eighth such aircraft to be added to the airline’s fleet.

The new aircraft is the first to join the fleet this year in preparation for the forthcoming new business and route introductions.

“The arrival of this new aircraft today effectively marks the start of what is undeniably an ambitious programme for strategic expansion in Hong Kong market,” said Mr. Raymond Ng, Director, Marketing and Sales of Hong Kong Airlines. “This, plus the significance of the new routes that these aircraft will be employed on, to both travellers and the aviation industry in Hong Kong, adds up to what will without doubt be a milestone year in Hong Kong Airlines’ development,” he added.

Configured in two classes: 156 seats in economy class and 8 seats in business class, the new Boeing 737-800 aircraft can accommodate a total of 164 passengers with deluxe materials of seats with 32” seat pitch and adjustable headrest.
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Cargolux expands services linking Hong Kong and Budapest
5 February 2008
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Cargolux Airlines International announced it will add a fourth weekly flight from Hong Kong into Budapest, starting Feb. 26.

The expansion brings too six the number of weekly services operated by the Luxembourg-based all-cargo carrier from Asia into the Hungarian capital.

The additional flight is operated every Tuesday at 8:10 a.m. local time out of Hong Kong, with arrival in Budapest at 3:15 p.m. local time. Departure from Budapest is at 4:45 p.m., with arrival in Luxembourg at 6:35 p.m. the same day. The existing flights from Hong Kong are operated on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

The company also offers two flights routed Taipei-Bangkok-Budapest, on Thursdays and Sundays.
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Hactl announces January tonnage throughput ; A surge of 25.1% in transshipment sector
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(11 February 2008, Hong Kong) Transshipment cargo continues to be the key driving force behind robust cargo growth, according to the latest cargo statistics released by Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl), the air cargo terminal that handles the majority of general air cargo at the Hong Kong International Airport.

Hactl released today its tonnage throughput for the first month of 2008. A total of 206,615 tonnes were handled in January, representing a 7.5% year-on-year growth. Import volume for January was 56,060 tonnes, up 3% year-on-year. Export tonnage was 112,283 tonnes, up 4.7% against January last year. Transshipment demand stayed strong before Chinese New Year: transshipment tonnage in January showed a year-on-year growth of 25.1%, with a total of 38,272 tonnes of cargo being handled.
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