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Old December 1st, 2008, 05:25 AM   #2721
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I can't wait to fly to Hong Kong. It's amazing to see all these planes come in and fly out to the rest of the world.
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Old December 2nd, 2008, 04:04 AM   #2723
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Plane serviced in HK before flight aborted
30 November 2008
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A Qantas airliner forced to land with an engine fault two days ago had been serviced in Hong Kong last week, a spokeswoman for the servicing company confirmed yesterday.

Aviation sources told The Sydney Morning Herald that the engine starter motor of the Airbus A330 sheared off because no oil had been put into the motor after its overhaul.

David Cox, the executive general manager of Qantas Engineering, said: "Initial inspections by engineers indicate that the fault with the engine starter motor could have led to the engine oil problem."

The airliner, carrying 168 passengers bound for Singapore, had to return to Perth after an engine oil warning flashed in the cockpit and the flight crew shut down the problem engine. A replacement airliner took off after a near-five-hour delay.

The Airbus received a four-day routine check at the Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company (Haeco) base at Chek Lap Kok airport, a Haeco spokeswoman said.

It was a "basic servicing but not a heavy check", she said, and the aircraft had passed an inspection before being returned to Qantas.

A spokesman for the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) in Australia, Peter Gibson, confirmed that the malfunction had originated in the starter motor and that the oil supply was being looked at.

"CASA has been kept fully informed of the incident by Qantas and will be closely monitoring Qantas' investigation of the event," he said.

The Haeco spokeswoman said the company had contacted Qantas, which had given it no details of the incident.
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Old December 2nd, 2008, 12:35 PM   #2724
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HK's government arranges more flights to help tourists in Thailand
2 December 2008
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Hong Kong's government has arranged two more chartered flights on Tuesday to pick up visitors stranded in Thailand after a major airport in Bangkok was shut down by anti-government protesters.

The two Hong Kong Express flights were scheduled to pick up passengers at the U-Tapao military airstrip near Pattaya, about a two-hour drive from Bangkok, a spokeswoman for the Security Bureau told AFP. One had left the airport around noon local time (0500 GMT) and the other one will depart at 9pm local time (1400 GMT) today.

"It is very hard to tell how many Hong Kong visitors are still stranded in Bangkok. But we believe there are about a few hundreds of them," she said.

Up to 0600 GMT, the government has received 913 requests for assistance from Hong Kong residents stranded in Thailand and another 1,879 related enquiries, she said.

On Monday, the government arranged its first two chartered flights to help Hong Kong visitors in Bangkok.

Demonstrators have allowed dozens of empty planes stranded at the airport to leave in the past two days.
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Old December 3rd, 2008, 06:19 AM   #2725
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HK government urged to organise transport for stranded travellers
3 December 2008
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Travellers returning from Thailand have urged the government to provide transport to take tourists stranded in Bangkok to airports.

Risk management consultant Bernard Lui Wing-in, who planned to return home on Saturday but was not able to catch a flight until early on Monday morning, yesterday recalled a nightmare 10-hour trip from Bangkok to Phuket.

"We got on to a minibus at 8pm and arrived in Phuket at 6am," he said. "The road was very dark, with no lights at all. All drivers on the road were driving very fast, rushing to the airport."

There were six people in the minibus, including the driver and four of Mr Lui's colleagues. Mr Lui and his colleagues had no choice other than rushing to the resort island to catch a flight home.

"There were no safety belts on the minibus," he said. "We were all worried and took turns to sleep, so that at least one of us was staying alert."

Passengers were asked to pay about HK$450 for the trip.

"We arrived at the airline office in Bangkok and there we got on a minibus taking us to the airport," he said. "But we did not know who arranged the minibus for us."

He urged the government to consider providing transport for residents stranded in Bangkok to the airports in Phuket or Pattaya.
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Hactl awarded the Hong Kong Logistics Award for Enterprise In Logistics Awards Hong Kong 2008

(28 November 2008, Hong Kong) Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl) is pleased to announce that the Company has been awarded the Hong Kong Logistics Award for Enterprise in the Logistics Awards Hong Kong (LAHK) 2008 jointly organised by Hong Kong Trade Development Council, Hong Kong Logistics Development Council, the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport in Hong Kong (CILTHK), the Hongkong Association of Freight Forwarding and Logistics, the Hong Kong Logistics Association and the Hong Kong Productivity Council.

The fourth year since its inauguration, the Logistics Awards Hong Kong is a premier industry-wide event of the territory. Among the award categories, the Hong Kong Logistics Award for Enterprise is the most challenging, as it commands an all-rounded superiority in all the following key measurement areas:

* Leadership with Well-defined Business Strategy and Clear Management Processes;
* Proven Results in Quality & Cost Management and Customer Service;
* Business Results and Outstanding Operational KPI;
* Service Profile;
* Contribution to Industry and Society.

The Award recognises the significant contributions of Hactl to the logistics industry, its world-class infrastructure and facility, and its excellent service with high-standard of security and safety, reaffirming Hong Kong’s position as the leading air transportation hub around the globe.

Mr Anthony Wong, Managing Director of Hactl received the Award from Professor Wong Sze-chun, President of CILTHK, at the Award Presentation Ceremony held on 27 November at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

“It is our honour to have received the prestigious Hong Kong Logistics Awards for Enterprise this year. The Award is another testimony to our constant pursuit of excellence, enabling us to stay always at the forefront of the industry. We thank all our staff for their commitment to go beyond the miles to sustain Hactl’s excellent service, and we thank our valuable customers and business counterparts for their support and successful partnerships. We shall continue to excel in our service, facing up to all challenges as well as sharing the fruits ahead together with the whole industry,” said Mr Anthony Wong, Managing Director of Hactl.
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DHL sees 15pc drop in air cargo, flat ocean freight in region
4 December 2008
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The market for air freight out of the Asia-Pacific is expected to drop 10 to 15 per cent in the first half of next year, while ocean freight out of the region will see zero year-on-year growth, says Herman Ude, the chief executive of DHL Global Forwarding, Freight.

His predictions were based on feedback from customers of DHL, the world's biggest company in air and ocean freight.

Hong Kong, the north Asia-Pacific headquarters of the German giant, would see a similar performance in air and ocean freight in the first half of next year, said Kelvin Leung, the company's chief executive for the north Asia-Pacific region.

"Why this enormous dip in the first quarter next year? There will be a lot of stuff on the shelves [of European and US shops], which will be sold in the first quarter [because it would not be sold by Christmas]," said Mr Ude.

The freight slowdown would drive consolidation in Hong Kong's logistics industry, where there are hundreds of such companies, he said.

Freight out of Asia-Pacific might pick up around the middle of next year, but that is not certain, he added.

If the situation "becomes much worse" in the middle of next year, DHL might have to prolong its current global hiring freeze, he said.

DHL, a division of Deutsche Post World Net, has 40,000 employees worldwide, including 3,400 in Hong Kong and 3,700 on the mainland.

Commenting on Mr Ude's predictions about Asia-Pacific freight, Willy Lin Sun-mo, chairman of the Hong Kong Shippers' Council, said: "Some forecasts are even worse than that. It's a matter of how bad the global economy might get. We see lots of markets slowing down. The global recession is here."

However, he added: "I don't see a major crisis hitting Hong Kong's logistics industry yet, in terms of major lay-offs. Hong Kong's logistics sector has always been lean and mean."

Despite the global hiring freeze, Mr Leung said DHL was hiring about three dozen people in Hong Kong for its north Asia-Pacific headquarters, which it moved from Singapore in June.

"Hong Kong is no longer a place for only blue-collar workers but a hub for global trade. Having a head office for a large piece of the business is of more importance than a small addition of headcount," said Mr Ude.

DHL opened offices in nine third-tier mainland cities this year and planned to open offices in six more cities next year, he said. "We will do better than the industry. With the decline in existing business, we will go for new customers with better services and new ideas on how to improve the supply chain."

The company expects its Asia-Pacific ocean freight business to grow nearly 25 per cent this year.
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Charter flights return with 70pc of their seats empty
First four planes bring back only 212 travellers from Thailand

3 December 2008
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The first four government-chartered flights have brought back just 212 Hong Kong people stranded in Thailand, while 70 per cent of the seats were empty.

Only 41 people registered with the Hong Kong authorities to board the fourth flight, arrived early this morning.

Officials said they had already liaised with Cathay Pacific to reserve some seats for people who were not booked to fly with the airline.

Passengers on the two charter flights that landed in Hong Kong yesterday blamed the government for poor communication with travellers, saying that messages were spread only hours before the flights took off.

Stranded traveller Mrs Cheung, who boarded one of the first two charter flights from U-Tapao military airfield near Pattaya with her husband and two children on Monday night, said she only heard about the flight from friends in Hong Kong.

"Nobody told us the details of the flights and I knew many stranded visitors had no ideas of the charter flights," she said.

Passenger Mr Luk said the charter flight arrangement on Monday was too rushed. "I received a text message in Bangkok from the Hong Kong government at about 4pm [on Monday], saying a charter flight would depart at 7pm in Pattaya," he said. "There was not enough time for us to arrange the transportation."

He said about 100 people had registered for the flight, which had a capacity of 380, but only about 70 turned up to board the plane.

An afternoon charter flight yesterday arranged by Hongkong Express was only two-thirds full.

Passenger Ms Chan, who landed in Hong Kong yesterday afternoon, said: "The situation there is very chaotic. The telephone lines of airlines are all jammed and we had to ask my relatives in Hong Kong to give us the latest updates on the flights."

Non-Hong Kong residents were also able to board the flights but were charged the higher rate of about HK$3,500. Local residents boarded the charter flights for HK$1,100.

Secretary for Security Ambrose Lee Siu-kwong told the Legco security panel the first three government charter flights had offered about 700 seats for local residents, while about 190 passengers had registered.

Only 41 passengers had registered for the fourth charter flight when he spoke. The plane left Pattaya at 9pm Thai time (10pm Hong Kong time).

A Security Bureau spokesman said last night the Immigration Department had received calls for help from 939 Hong Kong residents by 9pm. Of these, 872 people had returned to the city or were due to return yesterday, while 42 people said they would make their own travel arrangements. The spokesman said a decision would be made today on whether more charter flights would be provided.
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Enter the Dragonair to identify high-flyers
29 November 2008
South China Morning Post

Dragonair has taken the lead in establishing a grassroots programme aimed at developing safety-conscious aviation professionals in a region where the industry is one of the economic cornerstones. The Aviation Certificate Programme was founded in 2005 by the airline and the Hong Kong Air Cadets Corps.

The scheme helps to fill an important community void by identifying and nurturing individuals who show keen interest in the aviation industry at a young age.

"The primary goal is to inspire a new generation of aviation professionals, not just pilots. This comprehensive eight-month mentorship programme introduces them to every aspect of planning and executing a safe, efficient flight by presenting them with the entire view of operations and how all the various divisions and organisations work together, making every function essential," said Dragonair Captain Marcus De Santis, who was instrumental in founding the programme and still helps to manage it.

The selection of the Hong Kong Air Cadets Corps as a partner was a natural one, given the group's focused and disciplined expertise in aviation. The programme includes training sessions, briefings and tours backed by bodies such as the Civil Aviation Department, Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company, Hong Kong International Airport Services, the Airport Meteorological Office of the Hong Kong Observatory, the Aviation Security Company and the Government Flying Service.

The commitment and passion exhibited by all of the participating organisations are the heart and soul of the programme, giving it unparalleled breadth and scope. The programme itself is rigorous and designed to nurture a profound, caring seriousness about the industry, given the magnitude of the safety implications of every flight.

As such, the intensive selection process is devised in a way that only the most outstanding and dedicated of cadets are able to enrol. Each year, about 10 cadets are selected for the programme, going on to experience a richly laden, all-inclusive course.

"We start off by matching up a volunteer Dragonair captain, who will act as a mentor and confidant, with each cadet. The pairing-up process itself is very important, as we want them to establish a powerful rapport that is interactive and engaging," said Captain De Santis.

During the eight-month course, significant time is spent on each link of the operational chain of a flight, including training and briefings at the participating organisations. To highlight the importance of how all divisions work together to ensure a safe flight, each cadet will also be able to experience a jump-seat observation flight with their mentor captain.

The final evaluation determines one of two types of rankings given with the aviation certificate, which can be included in their résumés. The first one is for cadets who have passed the programme satisfactorily and the second is for those who were exceptional throughout the entire course. These exceptional cadets will also receive a personal recommendation letter from Dragonair. This helps to fast-track the interviewing process with prospective employers but, of course, entrance prerequisites must still be met.

"A number of graduates from previous programmes are already building their careers in the aviation industry, including cadet pilots. However, without the commitment and passion from our volunteer members and contributing organisations, the success we've enjoyed with the programme would not be possible. We firmly believe that the greatest investment that pays the most return is in our youth," said Captain De Santis.

May Lam-Kobayashi, head of corporate communications for Dragonair, said the airline's corporate social responsibility programmes covered four areas: education, environment, support of arts and culture, and active involvement in medical and relief efforts throughout the world.

"The Aviation Certificate Programme is one of our flagship CSR initiatives," she added.

Two notable examples of Dragonair's community and social impact include contributing more than 210 free airline tickets and shipping more than 51 tonnes of relief supplies free of charge for the Sichuan earthquake appeal and the in-flight charity fundraising initiative for the Change for Conservation programme, which reached HK$6 million in November last year.

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Airport link won't drop riders before border
8 December 2008
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Air transit passengers who board the Hong Kong-Shenzhen airport express rail link from Chek Lap Kok airport will not be allowed to leave the train before it crosses the border, even if there is a stop before it leaves Hong Kong.

Bauhinia Foundation senior researcher Zhu Wenhui said the ban was a security measure because passengers who had not completed clearance procedures into Hong Kong needed to be separated from those joining the train in the middle of the journey.

But transport analyst Hung Wing-tat said such an arrangement would have security implications.

"It sounds chaotic to me, mixing a group of passengers without clearance into Hong Kong with another group who check in from the city," Professor Hung said.

"They said transit passengers would not be allowed to get off, but as long as the train is not moving, someone could always find a way out, such as smashing the windows."

But a government source said that was unlikely. "If we are to build a middle stop, there will be customs and immigration facilities there, which means [the platform] is a restricted area," the source said.

"I don't think any passenger can just smash the window and leave."

The source said the link was designed for transit passengers to access Shenzhen airport, so there was no need for them to get off before arriving there.

Dr Zhu said there were overseas examples of similar arrangements, with an inter-city train between Belgium and Switzerland allowing passengers to board in France but preventing those already on board from leaving.

Having a stop between the airports would increase the travelling time, but the government source said that this would add no more than three minutes to the journey.

"Our aim is still to achieve a journey time of about 20 minutes," the source said.

Dr Zhu said that once a certain passenger level was reached, express trains that would not stop could be included in the timetable.
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兩航空公司停飛曼谷
5 December 2008,

【太陽報專訊】泰國曼谷國際機場解封後,已逐步恢復運作,但本港往曼谷的客量急跌,泰國東方及香港快運航空遂決定暫停飛往曼谷的航班,直至本月二十一日及二十四日才重開。

香港快運總經理吳惠芬說,公司乘客以旅行團為主,目前曼谷線需求少,暫定本月二十四日至下月初,才恢復有限服務,班次由原來每星期七班減至四班。明年一月至三月,會增至每星期六班。至於泰國東方航空稱,現只接受預訂本月二十一日或以後的機位。而國泰航空宣布復飛曼谷航線,今明各安排四班香港往曼谷及三班曼谷返港的航班。至於國泰原定今日來往香港與芭堤雅烏塔堡機場的額外航班,會改為往來曼谷。保安局發言人稱,自曼谷國際機場逐步重開,入境處再無收到港人求助。局方稱,自上月二十六日曼谷機場關閉以來,共接到九百六十九宗港人求助,當中九成多已返港或獲安排機位,其餘的是資料有誤,或求助人自行撤回個案。
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Kingfisher to fly new global routes to meet winter deadline
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The country’s second largest carrier by passengers flown, Kingfisher Airlines Ltd will launch flights from Mumbai to London, Singapore and Hong Kong, and from Chennai and Bangalore to Sri Lanka in January, ending a freeze on new international operations.

The airline has been granted rights to fly these international routes by the civil aviation ministry on assurances that it would start the flights thiswinter.

Kingfisher Airlines had put new international operations on hold after launching its inaugural daily flight between Bangalore and London in September. The airline has since been battling a slump in domestic traffic and rising costs and has been preoccupied with defusing a payments row with state-run oil refiners and the Airports Authority of India.

In October, after forming an alliance with bigger rival Jet Airways (India) Ltd, Kingfisher Airlines requested the civil aviation ministry for permission to start flying on other international routes using three Airbus A330-223s that it had grou-nded. Two other A330-223s have been deployed on the Bangalore-London route.

The ministry and the Directorate General of Civil Aviation, or DGCA, asked the airline for assurances that it was capable of sustaining the flights, given the backdrop of payments it owed, said a senior government official who didn’t want to be named. Kingfisher Airlines received the go-ahead after making a presentation to the authorities in November. “We told them clearly that they cannot pull out domestic capacity (to serve international routes) and they have to show us that the flights will be (started) within the winter schedule,” the same government official said.

Under DGCA rules, if an airline does not run an international service for which it is granted rights within the immediate season, it is barred from that route for two years.

Based on the assurances Kingfisher Airlines held out, the government granted it the rights to offer seven flights a week from Mumbai to Singapore, Hong Kong and London. The airline was also allowed to offer seven flights a week between Chennai, Bangalore and Colombo, and also Bangalore-Bangkok and Mumbai-Male services.

Kingfisher Airlines officials were not available for comment on Monday.

The carrier also won permission to run 14 flights a week between Kolkata and Dhaka, the Bangladesh capital, on turboprop aircraft, and four services a week to the port city of Chittagong. The airline failed to win rights for flights between New Delhi and Dubai; it was granted Bangalore-Dubai flights earlier this year, which it is still to operate.

The airline will launch the Mumbai-London flight on 5 January, followed by Mumbai-Hong Kong on 12 January and Mumbai-Singapore on 16 January, according to a note circulated by the airline to travel portals, and seen by Mint.

Its flights from Chennai and Bangalore to Colombo, the Sri Lanka capital, will start on 19 January. The airline will use an A320 in an all-economy class configuration on the routes.

An analyst said while international traffic in January is generally strong, the residual impact from the Mumbai terror attacks may hurt thecarrier.

“Some of these routes are certainly well serviced. Mumbai-London, which has four other operators, will be particularly challenging. However, selecting routes that rely on point-to-point traffic can be risky unless they have been carefully researched and are supported by a comprehensive product and marketing strategy,” said Sydney-based Binit Somaia, regional director for the Indian subcontinent and Middle East at the Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation.

“The selection of destinations such as London, Hong Kong and Singapore, which are major international hubs, allows for the development of traffic feed from a much broader range of markets, but it requires through fares to be offered to passengers in conjunction with other carriers,” Somaia added.

It is unclear if Jet Airways, which, too, runs a service on sectors such as Mumbai-London, will have a code-share arrangement with Kingfisher Airlines following the alliance between the two carriers. At that time, the two airlines said they would look at not duplicating flights and focus on measures including code sharing, network rationalization, joint fuel management and common ground handling.

An email sent to Kingfisher Airlines’ spokesman on 2 December seeking comment on the level of cooperation the alliance has achieved in the past one-and-a-half months remained unanswered.
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