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Old March 13th, 2008, 12:22 PM   #2421
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Old March 13th, 2008, 07:33 PM   #2422
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Old March 14th, 2008, 03:35 AM   #2423
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Old March 14th, 2008, 03:37 PM   #2424
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HKIA Records Continued Growth in February

(Hong Kong, 16 March 2008) — Driven by strong demand from Hong Kong residents over the Lunar New Year, passenger throughput at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) reached 3.9 million last month, up 7.3% from February 2007.

Stanley Hui, Chief Executive Officer of Airport Authority Hong Kong, said, “We believe many Hong Kong people took advantage of the buoyant local economy and treated themselves to a Lunar New Year holiday. Destinations in South East Asia, Europe and North America were particularly popular this year.”

While the Lunar New Year is usually a quiet period for cargo, total throughput increased 5.1% from February 2007, to 247,000 tonnes. This was mainly attributable to growth in transshipments and imports. Air traffic movements rose 6.7%, to 23,760.

Combining January and February’s numbers, passenger throughput reached 7.9 million, up 10.3% from the same period last year, mainly because of robust visitor growth. Cargo throughput grew to 542,000 tonnes, an increase of 7.2%. Air traffic movements reached 48,560, up 6.0%.

"It was a good start to the year. The months ahead may be more challenging, especially if the US economy continues to slow down," added Mr Hui.

For the 12 months ended 29 February 2008, HKIA handled 48.5 million passengers and 3.8 million tonnes of cargo, year-on-year increases of 8.3% and 5.2%, respectively. Air traffic movements rose 5.6%, to 298,205.
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Old March 15th, 2008, 07:40 PM   #2425
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Old March 18th, 2008, 03:11 PM   #2426
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Airport Authority Awards New Cargo Terminal Franchise to
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(Hong Kong, 18 March 2008) — The Board of Airport Authority Hong Kong today awarded a non-exclusive, 20-year franchise to design, construct and operate a new cargo terminal at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) to Cathay Pacific Services Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cathay Pacific Airways Limited. The new terminal and recently completed enhancements to the cargo apron, taxiways and aircraft stands will equip HKIA to meet future demand for cargo services and to maintain its position as the region’s premier air cargo hub.

Airport Authority Chief Executive Officer Stanley Hui said, “The new cargo terminal will reinforce the competitiveness of HKIA as a regional and international air cargo hub. It will provide additional choices for airlines, shippers and freight forwarders. And it will bring substantial economic benefits, in the form of new jobs and business opportunities, to Hong Kong.”

Scheduled to open in the second half of 2011, the new terminal will have an annual capacity of about 2.6 million tonnes and increase the airport’s total general and express cargo handling capacity to 7.4 million tonnes per annum. The new facility will be located on a 10-hectare site in the cargo terminal area.

According to Cathay Pacific Services, construction of the new terminal will create over 400 jobs. When it starts operation, the facility will employ more than 1,700 people.

“The new operator will bring additional competition to Hong Kong’s air cargo industry and build on the reputation for quality and efficiency that HKIA and its existing general cargo operators have achieved,” noted Mr Hui. The number of general and express cargo operators at HKIA will increase from three to four.

The decision to build a new cargo terminal was made after the Airport Authority held extensive consultations with Hong Kong’s air cargo and logistics industry. In December 2006, the Airport Authority called for pre-qualification proposals, which was followed by invitation for submission of business plans. The Airport Authority assessed the business plans and decided to award the franchise to Cathay Pacific Services as a result of an open and competitive tender process. The Airport Authority also invited the Independent Commission Against Corruption as an independent advisor to oversee the process.

Driven by the rapid expansion of the Mainland Chinese economy and robust global trade, cargo throughput at HKIA rose 4.5% in 2007, to 3.74 million tonnes. The air cargo industry handled over HK$1.9 trillion worth of goods in 2007, representing 35% of Hong Kong’s total external trade. HKIA is the world’s busiest international cargo airport for the 11th consecutive year.
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Old March 22nd, 2008, 04:01 PM   #2427
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Cathay Pacific wins new cargo terminal franchise at HKIA

Cathay Pacific wins new cargo terminal franchise at HKIA
www.chinaview.cn 2008-03-18 20:40:32

HONG KONG, March 18 (Xinhua) -- The Board of Airport Authority Hong Kong awarded a franchise to building a new cargo terminal at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) to a subsidiary of Cathay Pacific Airways Limited here Tuesday.

According to the contract, Cathay Pacific Services Limited, a subsidiary of the parent airways, will design, construct and operate the 10-hectare new cargo terminal during the non-exclusive,20-year franchise.

The new terminal and recently completed enhancements to the cargo apron, taxiways and aircraft stands will equip HKIA to meet future demand for cargo services and to maintain its position as the region's premier air cargo hub.

"The new cargo terminal will reinforce the competitiveness of HKIA as a regional and international air cargo hub." Airport Authority Chief Executive Officer Stanley Hui said, adding "it will provide additional choices for airlines, shippers and freight forwarders.

"I believe it will bring substantial economic benefits, in the form of new jobs and business opportunities, to Hong Kong," he said.

Scheduled to open in the second half of 2011, the new terminal will have an annual capacity of about 2.6 million tons and increase the airport's total general and express cargo handling capacity to 7.4 million tons per annum.

According to Cathay Pacific Services, construction of the new terminal will create over 400 jobs. When it starts operation, the facility will employ more than 1,700 people.

The decision to build a new cargo terminal was made after the Airport Authority held extensive consultations with Hong Kong's air cargo and logistics industry.

In December 2006, the Airport Authority called for pre- qualification proposals, which was followed by invitation for submission of business plans. The Airport Authority assessed the business plans and decided to award the franchise to Cathay Pacific Services as a result of an open and competitive tender process.

The Airport Authority also invited the Independent Commission Against Corruption as an independent advisor to oversee the process.

Driven by the rapid expansion of the Chinese mainland's economy and robust global trade, cargo throughput at HKIA rose 4.5 percent in 2007, to 3.74 million tons. The air cargo industry handled over1.9 trillion HK dollars (243.6 billion US dollars) worth of goods in 2007, accounting 35 percent of Hong Kong's total external trade.

HKIA has remained the world's busiest international cargo airport for the 11th consecutive year.
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Old March 24th, 2008, 02:26 PM   #2428
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RAGONAIR RESCHEDULES LAUNCH OF SERVICE TO BENGALURU (BANGALORE)
20 March 2008


Dragonair today announced it will reschedule the launch of its new service to Bengaluru (Bangalore), India, with the first flight now operating on May 24 instead of the original launch date of May 1. The rescheduling is the result of an Indian Civil Aviation Ministry decision to postpone the opening of the new Bengaluru International Airport until May 10/11.

Alternative arrangements are now being made for customers who made bookings on Dragonair's flights to and from Bengaluru (Bangalore) before May 24, helping to ensure they get to their destination with the minimum of inconvenience.

The Bengaluru (Bangalore) launch marks the first time for Dragonair to operate flights to India. The service - a daily flight operated by an A330-300 aircraft - will open up new opportunities for people travelling between Hong Kong and the thriving southern region of India, helping to boost Hong Kong’s position as a leading international aviation hub.
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Old March 24th, 2008, 02:30 PM   #2429
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Old March 27th, 2008, 06:44 PM   #2430
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Cathay Pacific Cargo Livery

Hi,

In a good number of the pictures in this forum, the Cathay Pacific Cargo 747s have a predominantly metallic finish; is this a new livery for the cargo operation, or is it because the aircraft have been acquired second-hand and pressed into service before undergoing a full repaint?
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Old March 28th, 2008, 01:39 AM   #2431
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Hi,

In a good number of the pictures in this forum, the Cathay Pacific Cargo 747s have a predominantly metallic finish; is this a new livery for the cargo operation, or is it because the aircraft have been acquired second-hand and pressed into service before undergoing a full repaint?
it is the new livery for the cargo planes, it was done to save weight.
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Old March 28th, 2008, 02:42 AM   #2432
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it is the new livery for the cargo planes, it was done to save weight.
Thanks for the info; I would not have thought that there would have been that much of a saving to be made.
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Old March 28th, 2008, 04:33 AM   #2433
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Thanks for the info; I would not have thought that there would have been that much of a saving to be made.
layer of paints add up the weight. leaving the body unpainted saves something like a ton or so of weight. so the airlines can fit an extra ton of freight inside to make money as well.
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Old March 28th, 2008, 10:57 AM   #2434
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not that much

Fully painted vs. unpainted actually saves 500 lbs. based on a 0.004 inch paint thickness.

Though not as much as a ton, 500 lbs is still significant, as a plane can save fuel/ carry more, as Eric said. It can also be used as a promotional tool to advertise a more environmentally friendly image.

http://www.boeing.com/commercial/aer...xt.html#table1
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not that much

Fully painted vs. unpainted actually saves 500 lbs. based on a 0.004 inch paint thickness.

Though not as much as a ton, 500 lbs is still significant, as a plane can save fuel/ carry more, as Eric said. It can also be used as a promotional tool to advertise a more environmentally friendly image.

http://www.boeing.com/commercial/aer...xt.html#table1
I learned that "one ton" from a documentary. So I guess it is not that much of a saving in reality.

But, hey, 500 lbs is 500lbs, flying without that 500lbs in long haul can add up the saving cost.
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Old March 28th, 2008, 11:09 PM   #2436
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Cargo Livery

Thanks for your responses.

Would there be any benefit in extending this to the passager fleet; say by not painting the underside of the hull?
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Thanks for your responses.

Would there be any benefit in extending this to the passager fleet; say by not painting the underside of the hull?
In term of actually cost of flight, I am sure there is the same benefit to fly a lighter passenger plane without the paint. But in terms of marketing, the silver body just doesn't look as impressive and attractive for travellers.

Given the bad operating environment in the industry, especially in the US, I wouldn't be surprised we will see passenger planes become unpainted in an American's owned airline very soon.
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Actually, with the newer composite offerings out of Airbus and Boeing, it is actually going to be more expensive to have it all-metal.

I read in a report that the difference is minimal and to purposely give a previously fully painted aircraft a metallic bare finish is even more expensive. Air Canada tried and gave up.

I would prefer if Cathay Cargo's aircraft came out of the production line as original metallic aircraft, similar to Japan Airlines Cargo aircraft. They are much more presentable. Right now, they are just downright ugly.
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In term of actually cost of flight, I am sure there is the same benefit to fly a lighter passenger plane without the paint. But in terms of marketing, the silver body just doesn't look as impressive and attractive for travellers.

Given the bad operating environment in the industry, especially in the US, I wouldn't be surprised we will see passenger planes become unpainted in an American's owned airline very soon.
one american airline already has unpainted planes, American Airlines has had unpainted planes since about the 1970s, over even before that, and USAir used to have unpainted planes
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The paint accounts for many tonnes of extra weight and with fuel prices where they are, can add to significant savings. An article on the Air Canada experiment was posted in the AC thread in this section.
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