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Old October 29th, 2008, 11:22 AM   #2661
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Hong Kong airport traffic continues to drop


The operator of Hong Kong’s airport is warning of difficult times for the Asian aviation industry in the worsening global economy as air traffic at the airport fell again in September, according to a report in Airwise News.

“Given the very difficult operating environment and shrinking demand in the economic slowdown, airlines are expected to further scale back their operation or put on hold their expansion plans,” the chief executive of the Airport Authority, Stanley Hui, said. “The aviation industry is expected to face even more difficult times in the coming months.”

In September, the Hong Kong International Airport reported traffic of 3.6 million passengers, a decrease of 4.7 per cent as compared with the same month one year ago.

The US and Europe, which are China’s largest trading partners, experienced a sharp fall in air cargo traffic into and out of the Hong Kong airport.

The number of flights was also down, with international passenger, cargo and non-revenue flights declining by 0.4 percent in September, down to 24,570.

“The steep decline in the traffic volumes in both passenger and air cargo clearly reflected a very troubled global economy as a result of the financial tsunami,” the airport executive added.

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Support for new connections from Hong Kong Airport


The Hong Kong Transport & Housing Bureau has planned to extend their new-destination incentive arrangement for airlines, in a bid to promote new services from Hong Kong.

Improving the arrangement, and extending its validity to December 31, 2009, is only one part of the proposed Scheme of Airport Charge implemented by the Airport Authority.

The one year extension will continue to offer airlines a rebate from the authority on landing charges between Hong Kong and any new destination, according to news.gov.hk.

The changes will also involve specifying parking charges at $80 per 15-minute parking unit for aircraft parked in anywhere other than a parking stand.

In addition, should an airline fail to provide the concerned aircraft’s flight manual to the authority, landing charges will be calculated using the maximum take-off weight of the relevant aircraft type.

The changes are intended by the Transport & Housing Bureau to have positive economic implications, encouraging new routes to enhance the connectivity of Hong Kong.

This ought to secure the status of Hong Kong as an international hub for the region, whilst benefiting the civil aviation and tourism industries of the city.

The changes are to be gazetted on October 24, with the full support of the Board of Airline Representatives. They are intended to become effective on January 1, 2009.
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DART Helicopter Services Opens Distribution Center in Hong Kong


DART Helicopter Services (DHS) has opened a warehouse/distribution center for helicopter accessories in Hong Kong, President & CEO Jeff Shapiro announced today. The facility is being operated in conjunction with Avion Logistics Limited.

Visit DART representatives this week (Exhibit 405) at Helitech 2008, Oct. 14-16 in Estoril, Portugal.

“This is a further expansion of our global footprint, and will help meet the helicopter accessory needs of operators in Asia and the entire Pacific Rim region,” Shapiro said. DHS offers more than 1,500 parts and accessories for AgustaWestland, Bell, Eurocopter, MD, Robinson, Sikorsky, Schweizer and Hiller helicopters.

DHS has experienced rapid growth since its founding in 2004. The company has 15 locations worldwide, and 2007 revenues grew more than 250 percent from 2006. Recently, DHS has announced its acquisition of Canam Aerospace Inc., and Cargo Net Innovations. Additionally, the company was named the exclusive worldwide distributor for Red Barn Machine’s commercial product line and AKV Inc.

With an exclusive focus on designing, marketing and selling helicopter accessories, DHS has adopted a unique and successful approach to its business by focusing on designing solutions to improve helicopter operations. Specifically, DHS products are better engineered, with more innovative features and higher quality than competitive offerings. Additionally, DHS is the sole source for certain products, such as floats with integrated life rafts, for example.

About DART
DART Helicopter Services LLC is a privately held sales and marketing company that creates sales networks for aerospace manufacturers that benefit from DART’s global marketing network and sales channel and for rotary-wing operators seeking a comprehensive product line and superior customer support. DART Helicopter Services, along with its subsidiaries Apical Industries Inc., Canam, and Geneva Aviation Inc. and its affiliate DART Aerospace Inc., owns nearly 400 STCs and manufactures more than 500 products. With its highly trained and knowledgeable North American and international sales team, DART Helicopter Services distributes more than 1,500 aftermarket products to more than 120 countries worldwide.More information is available at:http://www.darthelicopterservices.com/

About Aviation Logistics Limited
AA: is a spare parts sales, storage and distribution business in Hong Kong. The company is also an Authorized Spare Parts Distributor for Hawker Beechcraft Corp. in the Asia-Pacific Region. More information is available at:http://www.avionlogistics.com.hk/.
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China Airlines Announces Flight Number Changes
29 October 2008
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The flight numbers on many Southeast Asia and Taoyuan-Kaohsiung routes have been changed by China Airlines.

This has been done as preparation for network expansion and future scheduled cross-strait flights. Routes between Taoyuan and cities including Manila, Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Singapore, Jakarta, Denpasar, Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Bangkok, Phuket, Chiang Mai, Phnom Penh, Hong Kong and Kaohsiung have had their flight numbers changed.

Flights CI 601/602, CI 605/606, and CI 607/608 to and from Hong Kong are to maintain their original numbers. CI 701- CI 799 will be the numbering for flights to and from the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and Vietnam. Flights to and from Thailand and Cambodia will be numbered between CI 801 and CI 899, and CI 901-CI 999 is to be the numbering for flights to and from Hong Kong. Connecting flights between Taoyuan and Kaohsiung are to have the CI 300-310 numbering.
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Cross-organisational Runway Inspection Kicks Off the 2008 Ramp Safety Campaign
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(HONG KONG, 31 October 2008) – Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) today held the first-ever cross-organisational runway inspection – a special event to kick off this year's annual ramp safety campaign.

A total of 120 participants from 27 airport organisations, including the Airport Authority Hong Kong, government departments, airlines, ramp operators and other business partners, inspected the North Runway from 0715 to 0815hrs and removed debris that could disrupt normal runway operation. To ensure a safe operating environment, HKIA puts in place a comprehensive, round-the-clock monitoring programme which includes five daily runway inspections and regular airfield checks.

Executive Director, Airport Operations of the Airport Authority, Howard Eng said, "Top on our priority, safety is a collective responsibility of the entire airport community which requires the devotion of each and every one of us to fulfil our roles and perform our duties. Today's event showcases the commitment of the airport community to making HKIA the world's safest airport for passengers and staff."

Apart from the routine work safety programmes and events, a large-scale ramp safety campaign is organised every year to reinforce safe airfield operations and promote best practices among airport community. This year's campaign includes a series of talks and seminars on workplace safety for staff working at airfield and baggage hall and a comprehensive safety audit to evaluate the operation safety procedures of ramp operators.

Many other events are organised to promote workplace safety, for example, ramp staff who follow best safety practices will be recognised in a safety role model competition. Other initiatives include photo competition, safety quiz and crossword puzzle game. A new safety video will also be shown at designated workplaces.

Every year, HKIA conducts more than 100 safety training workshops and communication programmes. With the support of business partners, HKIA won a safety performance award from the HK Occupational Safety & Health Council in the past five consecutive years and an international safety award from the British Safety Council in 2008.
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中 港 航 班 每 周 大 縮 100 班


【記 者 呂 焯 均 報 道 】 受 金 融 海 嘯 重 創 的 本 港 航 空 業 , 中 港 航 空 服 務 傷 得 最 重 。 民 航 處收 集 所 有 航 空 公 司 最 新 的 航 班 資 料 後 得 悉 , 本 月 起 的 冬 季 定 期 航 班 , 每 周 劇 減 約 130 班 , 其 中 8 成 約 100 班 是 往 來 香 港 與 內 地 多 個 大 城 市 的 航 班 , 包 括 上 海 、 廣 州、 成 都 、 北 京 , 反 映 中 港 商 貿 和 旅 遊 業 務 正 急 促 萎 縮 。

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民航 處 每 年 均 向 航 空 公 司 收 集 夏 季 和 冬 季 的 航 班 數 目 , 以 監 察 機 場 使 用 情 況 , 若 有 剩餘 的 航 空 時 段 , 可 盡 快 審 批 給 其 他 航 空 公 司 。 然 而 民 航 處 剛 完 成 本 月 至 明 年 3 月 的冬 季 航 班 表 卻 顯 示 , 本 港 航 空 服 務 正 在 萎 縮 , 來 往 內 地 的 情 況 更 嚴 峻 。
民 航處 資 料 顯 示 , 今 年 夏 季 航 班 每 周 有 約 2,970 班 , 其 中 客 運 佔 約 2,500 班 , 但 本 月 開始 的 冬 季 航 班 , 卻 縮 減 約 130 班 , 全 部 是 客 運 服 務 。 航 空 界 人 士 說 , 由 於 夏 季 的 旺季 時 間 較 長 , 故 一 向 以 來 冬 季 航 班 數 目 都 較 夏 季 少 , 但 最 多 是 減 少 幾 十 班 , 今 年 的情 況 很 特 殊 , 明 顯 是 受 全 球 經 濟 衰 退 的 影 響 。 今 次 客 運 縮 減 215 班 , 雖 然 有 些 城 市的 航 班 亦 有 增 加 , 但 互 相 抵 銷 後 仍 合 共 減 少 約 130 班 。
資 料 顯 示 , 8 成 的 縮班 都 是 內 地 的 主 要 大 城 市 , 包 括 縮 減 最 多 , 達 21 班 的 上 海 , 其 次 是 廣 州 和 成 都 分別 有 17 班 , 北 京 有 14 班 ; 長 途 線 的 美 國 洛 杉 磯 則 縮 減 14 班 。 歐 洲 和 亞 洲 的 影 響較 少 , 其 中 東 南 亞 更 出 現 增 長 , 例 如 泰 國 曼 谷 增 加 最 多 , 共 10 班 , 其 他 5 個 亞 洲城 市 都 分 別 增 加 7 班 , 包 括 馬 來 西 亞 吉 隆 坡 、 菲 律 賓 馬 尼 拉 和 克 拉 克 、 日 本 北 海 道、 越 南 河 內 。 此 外 , 有 其 他 航 空 公 司 開 辦 每 周 7 班 香 港 飛 北 京 航 線 , 令 北 京 每 周 實際 上 只 縮 減 7 班 。

南 方 航 空 縮 65 班 最 多

航空 界 人 士 指 出 , 中 港 航 空 服 務 受 金 融 海 嘯 衝 擊 , 南 方 航 空 公 司 是 今 次 香 港 與 內 地 航班 縮 班 最 多 的 公 司 , 共 65 班 。 其 他 的 內 地 航 空 公 司 包 括 東 方 航 空 、 中 國 民 航 、 廈門 航 空 和 四 川 航 空 都 一 律 縮 減 中 港 班 次 , 本 港 港 龍 也 有 削 減 。 內 地 海 南 航 空 為 母 公司 的 香 港 航 空 公 司 , 則 把 大 幅 削 減 內 地 航 線 騰 出 的 航 機 和 機 組 人 員 , 改 投 日 本 及 東南 亞 航 空 服 務 。

今 年 冬 季 每 周 定 期 航 班 變 動

冬 季 航 班 總 數 ( 班 )
客 運 : 約 2,370   貨 運 : 473

夏 季 航 班 總 數 ( 班 )
客 運 : 約 2,500   貨 運 : 470

加 減 幅 度 ( 班 )
客 運 : 約 減 130   貨 運 : 加 3

冬 季 新 增 航 班 ( 班 )
客 運 : 83   貨 運 : 32

冬 季 縮 減 航 班 ( 班 )
客 運 : 215   貨 運 : 29

增 班 最 多 城 市 / 班 次 ( 客 運 ) : 曼 谷 /10 , 吉 隆 坡 /7 , 馬 尼 拉 /7 , 克 拉 克 /7 , 北 海 道 /7 , 北 京 /7 , 河 內 /7

縮 班 最 多 城 市 / 班 次 ( 客 運 ) : 上 海 /21 , 廣 州 /17 , 成 都 /17 , 北 京 /14 , 洛 杉 磯 /14 , 河 內 /10

資 料 來 源 : 民 航 處

大 馬 廉 航 成 本 低 狂 賺

【本 報 訊 】 中 港 航 空 業 務 大 倒 退 , 馬 來 西 亞 資 本 的 廉 價 航 空 公 司 AirAsia 則 看 好 本 港市 場 , 在 冬 季 航 班 增 加 本 港 飛 東 南 亞 的 航 線 , 本 港 航 空 界 人 士 指 出 , 該 公 司 現 已 成為 全 球 最 賺 錢 的 航 空 公 司 , 是 因 為 運 作 成 本 低 , 加 上 沒 有 舊 機 , 沒 有 龐 大 的 辦 公 室, 行 政 人 手 也 少 , 令 整 體 成 本 下 降 , 足 以 在 全 球 經 濟 惡 劣 的 環 境 下 生 存 甚 至 擴 展 。
內 地 海 南 航 空 為 大 股 東 的 兩 間 本 港 航 空 公 司 : 香 港 航 空 以 及 何 鴻 燊 持 有 股 份 的香 港 快 運 , 早 前 因 為 兩 公 司 合 併 部 份 運 作 而 削 人 手 , 有 關 裁 員 行 動 已 完 結 , 由 於 明年 中 將 有 兩 架 新 租 用 的 A330 到 港 , 需 要 調 配 機 組 人 員 應 付 , 故 兩 間 公 司 不 會 再 有裁 員 行 動 。

國 泰 全 力 減 開 支

此 外 , 國 泰 陸 續 有 新 訂 購 的 航 機 抵 , 但 乘 客 量 正 在 減 少 , 國 泰 賺 錢 最 多 是 商 務 及 頭 等 機 位 , 這 類 乘 客 減 幅 最 大 。 國 泰 現 正 全 力 尋 求 各 種 減 少 開 支 的 方 法 , 包 括 日 前 宣 佈 出 售 舊 機 。
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Pullout won't affect tourism
4 November 2008
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AIR Pacific's decision to withdraw flights to Tokyo does not mean the end of Japanese tourist coming to Fiji, says Fiji Island Hotels and Tourism Association president Dixon Seeto.

He said tourists from Japan could still travel to Fiji via Hong Kong or Korea following the airline's announcement to commence flights to Hong Kong.

He said Air Pacific's plan to withdraw flights from Japan would have been properly thought out and all matters concerned taken into account.

"The other alternatives for Japanese tourist to come to Fiji are through routes like Hong Kong and Korea," he said.

"This new route of daily flights to Hong Kong is also a bonus. We are hoping that business built up over the years will continue but by using different routes or carriers."

Mr Seeto said the announcement of Hong Kong would see new horizons open for the tourism market in Asia.

He said flights to Hong Kong would also open up the Asia market and service directly into two of the largest economies -- China and India. He said Hong Kong was a productive hub with its new airport and complex to all part of Asia.

"This will no doubt open new source markets for Fiji," he said. "With this new announcement, the Fiji Visitors Bureau and the FIHTA would have to look at new future development plans accordingly."

The airline, which accumulated losses of more than $35 million over the past four years, will commence flights to Hong Kong twice a week from June 2009.

Air Pacific managing director John Campbell said demand had steadily declined as economic circumstances in Japan impinged on long-haul flights and vacations.
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Hactl announces tonnage throughput for the third quarter of 2008

(10 October 2008, Hong Kong) Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl) announced today its tonnage throughput for September, the third quarter and the first nine months of 2008.

A total of 221,882 tonnes and 661,505 tonnes were handled in September and the third quarter, representing a year-on-year decline of 8.0% and 4.1% respectively. Tonnage throughput for the first nine months of the year was 1,939,896 tonnes, representing a cumulative year-on-year growth of 2.3%.

Export volume was 125,893 tonnes for September and 365,926 tonnes for the third quarter, representing a year-on-year decrease of 8.8% and 6.2% respectively. Despite the current market challenges, export tonnage to Africa and Middle East registered a progressive year-on-year growth of 24.0% and 18.2% in the third quarter. Cumulative export tonnage for the first nine months of the year was 1,059,988 tonnes, up 0.3% against the same period of last year.

A total of 53,110 tonnes and 163,878 tonnes of import cargo were handled in September and in the third quarter, registered a significant year-on-year drop of 12.8% and 7.5% respectively. Imports from South East Asia region remained the key driving force for the import tonnage, registering a year-on-year up of 0.8% in the third quarter. However, volume from Europe recorded a year-on-year decrease of 15.0% in the third quarter. For the first nine months, the total import volume was 501,892 tonnes, representing a slight year-on-year drop of 0.6%.

The transshipment volume was 42,879 tonnes for September and 131,701 for the third quarter, representing a climb of 1.4% and 7.6% year-on-year respectively. Total transshipment volume for the first nine months was 378,016 tonnes, up 13.0% year-on-year.
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A vigilant eye on the sky
Intense concentration is the name of the game for the team of air traffic controllers on duty at Chek Lap Kok

11 October 2008
South China Morning Post

Nothing provides a more vivid illustration of Hong Kong's claim to be a city that never sleeps than the airside operations zone at Chek Lap Kok. Long after midnight intercontinental passenger flights await clearance for takeoff, cargo-laden freighters hurtle down the runways and private jets whisk late-departing celebrities or business tycoons off on another overseas jaunt.

Even between 3am and 4am there can be 10 to 15 movements an hour and, as dawn approaches, the pace really starts to pick up. From 5am onwards the first of the day's scheduled long-haul arrivals are making their final approaches and, soon after, early-bird shuttles and regional short-hauls are beginning to taxi out, ready for departure.

It is a scene of near-constant activity and, of course, one which requires expert monitoring and precise choreography. And two nights out of every 10, as dictated by his department's standard roster, responsibility for that falls to Carl Modder. A senior air traffic control officer with the Civil Aviation Department and, more specifically, aerodrome supervisor at Hong Kong International Airport, Mr Modder has reached a point where the routines associated with the overnight shift have become almost second nature. He was quick to emphasise though that, day or night, the job itself is never less than demanding.

It takes intense concentration and a sense of calm authority to oversee the movements on two runways, while remaining fully aware of the weather, changing schedules and the overall traffic situation. Climbing to the control tower therefore means entering a high-pressure work environment, where every decision is important and every instruction has to be clear and concise. Specifically for the night shift, Mr Modder explained, there are 16 controllers on duty, fewer than the 36 for mornings and 32 for afternoons in view of the comparative traffic volumes.

They are divided into specialised teams. Those in the tower supervise take-offs and landings on the two runways, monitoring each flight on screen and by line of sight. The others are on approach control and short-range radar, or area control and long-range radar. Taken together, this covers the full extent of Hong Kong's airspace up to the northern boundary with the mainland and about 360km towards the neighbouring sectors overseen by Taipei, Manila and Sanya.

"Whenever we have a flight going in or out we communicate with the respective control centres to pass information about its altitude, the time and position it will enter or leave a sector, and to give a code for identification," Mr Modder said. "All the communication is done in English, and it's not just for arrivals and departures. There are also a lot of flights not landing at Chek Lap Kok, but which overfly our airspace at higher altitudes."

He said that, normally, by one in the morning, there is a halt in passenger flights because of airline scheduling. For the next few hours, the control tower therefore handles mostly long-haul freighters. These are generally heavier than passenger flights and, as a result, use a greater amount of runway and have different landing speeds.

"Most aircraft that operate in Hong Kong are larger [types] and all should be able to follow a certain speed that we assign," he said.

Though the overall workload at night was obviously less than at other points in the 24-hour cycle Mr Modder noted that a controller could still be "working" several aircraft at the same time. To ensure the necessary levels of wakefulness and concentration it was therefore usual to have at least a 30-minute break after each two-hour period on duty. Some individuals might read the paper or check their e-mail as a way of relaxing, while others preferred to just have a wander around.

"One problem if you want a bite to eat in the middle of the night is that there's no canteen and the restaurants in the terminal are all closed, so a lot of staff bring in cookies and fruit," Mr Modder said. "Some drink coffee but, since controllers sit side by side, we tend to talk, co-ordinate and keep each other up, so there is no risk of nodding off."

He acknowledged that when starting the job adjusting to the shift pattern could be difficult. "You are fighting against your circadian rhythm and biological clock but, as you go on, you get used to it," he said, adding that most people who joined the department stayed. "I have found that the main thing is to have adequate rest before you come to work and to make sure you are fit because the two consecutive nights can be quite stressful."

His own routine, honed in the course of a 30-year career in air traffic control, includes taking a 60- to 90-minute nap each afternoon before a night on duty. Afterwards he is usually back home in Tsim Sha Tsui by 9am, has breakfast, sleeps for a few hours and is then ready to "kick on". In his younger days that often meant heading to the beach but, more recently, it has been to play hockey or badminton as a way of keeping in shape and being sure to pass a stringent annual medical.

Over the years there were inevitably other areas of adjustment. In particular those concerned how to spend more time with his two sons, aged 23 and 21, and his wife, a senior air traffic flight service officer usually working from nine to five.

"Of course working shifts affects your family and social life," Mr Modder said. "For instance if you are sleeping odd hours you have to make allowances to see your kids and have meals with them or tend to their schooling needs.

"You won't always have the luxury of talking to them at night or you may be leaving home as they come in. It can be difficult but each of us learned to make accommodations in this regard and you just have to adjust your life accordingly," he said.

He added that being able to attend weddings or other social occasions was simply a matter of good forward planning. If such events couldn't be arranged for a regular day off there was always the possibility of a shift swap, and the sense of fraternity among controllers meant they would always try to accommodate each other.

"We produce a monthly roster so all the controllers know which position and shift pattern they will have by the middle of the previous month," Mr Modder said.

Dispensation from night duty was rare and only considered if a current employee developed a genuine medical problem. In such cases they might be assigned to administrative or office duties, or join the training unit as an instructor.

"The job description that we advertise already states that the role of an ATC involves shift work, so from day one an applicant is already aware what is required," Mr Modder said. "It is something you have to do, like it or not."
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