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Old September 13th, 2008, 04:27 PM   #2601
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Old September 13th, 2008, 10:37 PM   #2602
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Hactl welcomes Donghai Airlines to Hong Kong
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(9 September 2008, Hong Kong) Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl) is pleased to welcome Donghai Airlines Co., Ltd. (Donghai Airlines) as a new customer. The Shenzhen-based freighter carrier launched its inaugural flight to Hong Kong today, starting its 4-time-a-week freighter service with routings Shenzhen – Hong Kong – Chengdu.

Hactl has been appointed by Donghai Airlines to be its air cargo terminal operator at Hong Kong International Airport, providing hassle-free physical cargo handling services.

Ms Lilian Chan, General Manager, Marketing and Customer Service of Hactl said, “We are delighted to extend our warmest welcome to Donghai Airlines as our new customer. Chengdu, as a core city, certainly plays an important role in commerce and transport infrastructure development pertinent to the expansion of the central-western part of China. This freighter services to and from Chengdu will undoubtedly further enhance the seamless connectivity with Hong Kong. We keenly look forward to partnering with Donghai Airlines for mutual growth and expansion.”
Mr Zhou Yunda, Chief Executive Officer of Donghai Airlines said, “The launch of this new route aims to enhance the air cargo flow between Chengdu and Hong Kong, providing a better support to the post-earthquake rehabilitation works at the affected area as well as the re-engineering of the economic development of West China. We are very happy to partner with Hactl, with its excellent reputation on premier service with particular emphasis on safety, security and efficiency.”


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Donghai Airlines launched the Shenzhen-Hong Kong-Shenzhen freight routes today. This is the first time for Shenzhen Airport to open round-trip freight routes to Hong Kong. At present, there are in total 9 companies operating international air cargo business at Shenzhen Airport. Donghai Airlines will the 10th and it is also the only one that especially operates round-trip air cargo business to Hong Kong. It flies every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday.

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Old September 14th, 2008, 04:57 PM   #2603
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Old September 14th, 2008, 06:59 PM   #2604
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Old September 14th, 2008, 07:12 PM   #2605
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15 September 2008
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DHL Express' air freight operating partners, Polar Air and AeroLogic, will have a new Asian base following the opening of DHL's US$210m new central Asia hub (CAH) in Hong Kong airport.

Polar Air is set to launch additional transpacific services in October. AeroLogic will begin plying Asia-Europe routes, with connections to transatlantic services next spring. The 35,000sq metre facility, which can handle up to 40m shipments a year, will also be home to Asia-Pacific specialist Air Hong Kong, DHL's joint-venture with Cathay Pacific.

Dan McHugh, DHL Express Asia Pacific CEO, said that at present, over 60% of express cargo processed by CAH is intra-Asia Pacific shipments, and that figure is expected to continue growing alongside rising intraregional trade.

"With over 40% market share and $2.2bn invested in the region, CAH provides the core backbone to further enhance service excellence and will assist in extending our market-leading position in Asia Pacific, " said McHugh.

The company is also building a North Asia Hub (NAH) in Shanghai's Pudong airport that is expected to be completed in 2010.
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Old September 14th, 2008, 07:53 PM   #2606
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Traffic at HKIA Slows in August
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(HONG KONG, 14 September 2008) — Passenger volumes at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) declined 5.3% in August 2008, to 4.2 million. Cargo throughput and air traffic movements shrank 3.9% and 0.5%, respectively, from August 2007, to 311,000 tonnes and 25,430.

While outbound travel by Hong Kong residents grew slightly in August, visitor traffic to Hong Kong slowed. Cargo exports and imports contracted, despite growth in transshipments to and from North America and the Chinese Mainland.

Stanley Hui Hon-chung, Chief Executive Officer of Airport Authority Hong Kong, said, “High fuel prices, rising inflationary pressures and global financial volatility exert escalating pressure on the aviation industry worldwide. These factors, as well as the tightening of Mainland visa applications due to the Olympics, contributed to lower passenger and cargo figures in August.”

“While the operating environment for the rest of the year will continue to be difficult, we remain committed to working with our business partners to equip the airport for long-term growth. For example, the expansion of DHL’s Central Asia Hub was completed recently and Cathay Pacific Services Limited has started construction of their new cargo terminal. We are also in the midst of a HK$4.5 billion terminal and airfield improvement program that will give us the capacity and facilities to take advantage of new opportunities,” Mr Hui added.

HKIA is also in the process of updating its master plan for 2030, which includes studies on environmental and technical feasibilities for a third runway at the airport.

For the first eight months of 2008, passenger volume, cargo traffic and aircraft movements rose by 4.7%, 4.5% and 3.6% over the same period last year, to 33.0 million, 2.5 million tonnes and 201,170, respectively.

HKIA saw growth for the 12 months ended 31 August 2008, with passenger and cargo throughput increasing 6.0% and 5.2% from 2007, to 49.3 million and 3.8 million tonnes, respectively. Air traffic movements rose 4.3%, to 302,340.
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Old September 14th, 2008, 08:29 PM   #2607
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Old September 14th, 2008, 08:55 PM   #2608
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Magnificent. A really nice collection of planes. I have already seen for several times two of our air carrier the Cebu Pacific and Philippine Air. Thanks for posting these.
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Old September 15th, 2008, 02:21 AM   #2609
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Old September 16th, 2008, 05:46 AM   #2610
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SIA lobbies for HK-New York fifth-freedom rights
16 September 2008
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Singapore Airlines is lobbying the Hong Kong government for the right to fly from its home base through Hong Kong to New York because it believes the route is under-served and overpriced.

Only Cathay Pacific Airways and Continental Airlines serve the Hong Kong-New York route, between them providing three daily non-stop services.

In contrast, the Hong Kong-London route is served by five airlines offering 13 direct flights a day.

The Singapore government is lobbying for "fly beyond" or so-called "fifth freedom" rights on the route.

"Hong Kong and New York are two global financial centres. Connecting flights should offer the maximum convenience, competition and choice to passengers," the general manager of SIA in Hong Kong, Campbell Wilson, said last week. "We feel the market is under-served. When you compare the Hong Kong-London fare with Hong Kong-New York, the price to fly to London is much lower."

Cathay said it provided more than enough capacity on the route. "There is still plenty of space left in the front end on the flights, with average first-class loads this year in the low 50s and average business-class loads in the mid-60s," a Cathay spokesman said.

Continental Air country director of Hong Kong Wyn Li said the airline would consider adding more flights when demand was stronger.

SIA said it had no intention of undercutting fares if it was granted rights to fly on to New York, adding that new capacity would lift demand.

The extra competition would bring prices down and create benefits for passengers as well as the Hong Kong economy, Mr Wilson said.

The cheapest two-way ticket (tax and surcharges excluded) between Hong Kong and New York is HK$7,500 offered by Continental Airlines. The lowest price offered by Cathay is HK$10,000.

A round-trip ticket from Hong Kong to London, however, costs as little as HK$5,150 on Virgin Atlantic Airways and HK$6,050 on Cathay.

The flight time from Hong Kong to New York is three hours longer than the London service, but analysts say this alone cannot explain the price difference.

"I think Singapore Airlines has a strong argument on the route," said Damien Horth, a transport analyst at UBS, adding that the carriers could not add direct flights to the route because of a lack of long-haul aircraft.

Only certain aircraft can fly non-stop between Hong Kong and New York, such as the Boeing 777-300 ER, or the B777-200 ER.

SIA has several ultra-long-haul aircraft, with 18 B777-300 ERs in its fleet and another arriving next year.

Cathay has eight B777-300 ERs with 22 more to come by 2012 while Continental has 20 B777-200 ERs and eight more on order.

Whether SIA secures the right to serve the Hong Kong to New York route now lies in the hands of the Hong Kong government.

"We are prepared to consider any pragmatic proposal from the Singaporean side that could satisfy the market needs of both sides," said a spokesman at the Economic Development Bureau.
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Old September 16th, 2008, 02:42 PM   #2611
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Old September 16th, 2008, 02:49 PM   #2612
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AirAsia to fly Bangkok-Hong Kong route from October
16 September 2008
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Budget carrier AirAsia said Tuesday it would launch daily flights between Bangkok and Hong Kong from October as it continues to expand its network despite high oil prices.

The airline said it was also adding a second daily flight on its Kuala Lumpur-Hong Kong service due to strong demand.

"AirAsia has continued to buck industry trends with its rapid expansion plans," it said in a statement.

"The Hong Kong-Bangkok route will provide increased access to Thailand for the huge tourism market in Greater China."

As part of the launch, the airline said it was offering 5,000 free seats, although passengers must pay for administrative fees and fuel surcharges.

AirAsia has been bullish despite global economic jitters, but its balance sheet was hit in the three months to June, with net profits falling 95 percent due to high fuel costs and foreign exchange losses.

However, the airline's founder Tony Fernandes said in August that AirAsia was also benefitting from the economic slowdown as more travellers switched from full-service carriers to budget airlines.
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Old September 18th, 2008, 03:58 AM   #2614
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Old September 18th, 2008, 11:33 AM   #2615
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Free trips from airport to border
11 September 2008
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Commuters using the Airport Express will be able to travel to the border free once the rail networks are fully integrated.

This benefit, along with other fare concessions, is expected to boost MTR patronage, though the company said it expected any increase to be modest.

The MTR connection to the Airport Express has always been free for Octopus card users, but once the networks are integrated, passengers will be able to go as far as Lo Wu or Lok Ma Chau free. That would currently cost about HK$33.

However, it is still unclear if the move would increase the number of passengers travelling between the airport and the mainland as it would take four transfers to complete the trip. The fare reduction could attract more people using single journey tickets, but as such commuters account for only 10 per cent of MTR patronage any increase would be small in proportion.

Platforms at the interchange stations could become more crowded, especially during rush hours, as improvements to the Mei Foo, Kowloon Tong and Nam Cheong stations are expected to speed up commuter flows. Passengers switching between the East Rail and West Rail at Nam Cheong station, for example, will be able to use a new passageway instead of having to go up an escalator. That could lead to the accumulation of crowds.

Head of operations Wilfred Lau Cheuk-man said the MTR would monitor the situation and see if any crowd control measures were needed as room for increasing train frequency may be limited.
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Old September 19th, 2008, 08:28 AM   #2618
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Yes, there are regular scheduled flights. Other African carriers include South African, Ethiopian, and Kenya.
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Old September 22nd, 2008, 05:01 AM   #2620
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HK-bound jet grazes another plane in Canada
20 September 2008
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A Hong Kong-bound Air Canada jet grazed another plane from the airline minutes before taking off from Vancouver International Airport.

A Canadian transport safety official said the collision, which disrupted flights, was not a rare occurrence at the airport.

The wingtip of the Air Canada Airbus A340, carrying about 300 passengers, hit the tail of an Air Canada Jazz Dash-8 as it was taxiing to the runway for takeoff, Canadian press reported. The Jazz Dash-8, operated by a regional carrier, had about 40 people aboard.

There were no injuries to the passengers or crew on either plane in the collision, which occurred on the south runway shortly after 2pm on Thursday, but both planes suffered minor damage, Bill Yearwood of the Transportation Safety Board of Canada said.

"There was {hellip} no risk to the passengers or crew," he said. "The aircraft both returned to gates where passengers were disembarked and inspections could be carried out."

He also said it was not the first time a collision had occurred at that spot, and the accident was not due to traffic congestion. Means of preventing similar incidents would be explored, he said.

An Air Canada spokesman told CBC News it was unclear how the two planes had hit each other but an investigation had begun.

Stephen Budisa, a passenger on the Hong Kong-bound flight, said he heard a "crunching". He said the pilot and the crew did not tell passengers what had happened. "What was very obvious was the wingtip on the left-hand side of the aircraft had been ripped." He said part of the Jazz Dash-8's tail was crushed.
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