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Old January 5th, 2009, 04:27 PM   #2781
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Old January 5th, 2009, 05:44 PM   #2782
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Is there any consistency whatsoever in which aircraft CI send to HKG from TPE? I've done the route with both B747 and A330, and seemingly they even send B737s to HKG too?




There seem to be no consistency in the liveries they paint their planes in either? I'm not complaining though - they're beautiful.
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Old January 5th, 2009, 06:17 PM   #2783
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I'm guessing the smaller planes go to Kaohsiung.
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Old January 5th, 2009, 06:32 PM   #2784
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Is there any consistency whatsoever in which aircraft CI send to HKG from TPE? I've done the route with both B747 and A330, and seemingly they even send B737s to HKG too?

There seem to be no consistency in the liveries they paint their planes in either? I'm not complaining though - they're beautiful.
Well, CI flies 8 or so regular flights between HKG and TPE everyday, with additional services during weekend and holiday up to 15/16 flights on just one day. With such a busy schedule, it is possible to send any wide body jet whichever is available as well as depending on the seasonal demand. And besides TPE, CI also flies to other Taiwanese cities to/from HKG.

The livery is always the same with the plum flower, this B737 just has a special body paint.
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Old January 6th, 2009, 10:35 AM   #2785
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Airport staff continue bonus talks
6 January 2009
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Marathon negotiations on the bonus dispute between Hong Kong airport ground staff and their employer continued last night, with unionists saying a strike remained a last resort.

Representatives from Hong Kong Airport Services (HAS) met a dozen staff yesterday at the Labour Department's offices in Kwai Chung.

No agreement had been reached by 9pm.

Unionist lawmaker Ip Wai-ming, who is the deputy secretary for the Staff and Workers Union of Hong Kong Civil Airlines, said there were plans for further industrial action if the talks collapsed.

"We view [industrial action] as the last resort. It is part of our negotiation tactics," Mr Ip said ahead of the meeting. "The union is prepared but we will consult the workers for when it would take place."

HAS had initially said it was scrapping the bonus - which this year was to be four weeks' salary. After negotiations, it said it would pay two weeks' bonus, but workers want a full month.

Chow Siu-sung, the general secretary of the Airport Air Freight Employees' Association, said they stood by their demands.

"The workers deserve to get the bonus after a year of hard work," Mr Chow said.

HAS had no comment.

A spokeswoman for the Airport Authority said it remained in close communication with other airport service operators.

"If necessary, we will deploy more manpower to handle luggage and facilitate passenger flow," she said.

"We will closely monitor the situation and might activate the airport emergency centre to co-ordinate airport service operators, if there is a need.

"We appeal to the HAS and airport ground staff to stay calm and resolve their differences through negotiation and avoid taking action that might cause inconvenience to travellers."

Air traffic and other services were seriously affected on December 27 when about 1,000 ground staff went on a three-hour strike.

Thousands of people who flew into Hong Kong left the airport without their luggage, and dozens of flights were delayed.
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Old January 6th, 2009, 06:51 PM   #2786
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Old January 7th, 2009, 09:56 AM   #2787
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HK's Airport Staff Rule Out Future Strikes After Pay Deal
6 January 2009

HONG KONG (AFP)--Ground staff at Hong Kong's International Airport on Tuesday ruled out further strikes after their employer agreed to drop a proposal to scrap their annual bonus.

Following a 15-hour negotiating session that ended at 6:00 a.m. (2200 GMT Monday), representatives of staff at Hong Kong Airport Services said the company had agreed to pay each full-time employee a bonus equivalent to 18 days' pay.

On top of that, the company will also give a one-off additional payment of HKD1,000 ($130) to all staff.

'Although we cannot say we are 100% happy about the company's final decision, their offer is acceptable,' said Ng Wai-yee, spokeswoman for the 3,000 staff affected, adding there would be no further strikes.

The company is the largest of the three major ground services providers at the airport.

The negotiations took place after more than 500 staff went on strike on Dec. 27 in protest against the company's plan to drop their annual performance-based bonus.

The three-hour industrial action resulted in major disruptions to departures and baggage delivery for more than 80 flights, with passengers complaining they had to wait up to three hours before they could pick up their luggage.

It also led to the intervention of the Airport Authority and the government in a bid to settle the dispute.
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Old January 9th, 2009, 05:13 AM   #2788
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HK seeks clarity on roles of airports
9 January 2009
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The Hong Kong government said it would look for a clearer division of roles among airports in the Pearl River Delta region after the central government said the region should become a regional hub for international logistics.

The National Development and Reform Commission said yesterday that the region would develop a modern service structure that accommodated the needs of Hong Kong, and become a centre for international shipping, logistics, trade, conferences, exhibitions and tourism.

The Hong Kong government said it would work with neighbouring cities to ensure a clear division of roles for ports and airports in the region.

Hung Wing-tat, a logistics expert and professor at Polytechnic University, said the development plan hinted that the region's airports should co-operate, rather than compete, with each other. "Under this clear instruction, the Hong Kong government should consider going ahead with the logistics park proposed for Lantau Island as early as possible."

Bauhinia Foundation senior fellow Zhu Wenhui said the commission's announcement yesterday endorsed new planning concepts and would clear some hurdles to cross-boundary integration. Hong Kong universities had not been allowed to set up branches on the mainland, and there had been limits on using funding from a city on one side of the border to study issues on the other side, he said. "These problems are expected to be solved soon."

Zheng Tianxiang , a professor of economics at Zhongshan University's Pearl River Delta Research Institute in Guangzhou, said closer co-operation between Guangdong and Hong Kong was easier said than done.

Some "fundamental differences" between Hong Kong and Guangdong needed to be sorted out first, he said. "Hong Kong still seems to treat Guangdong as its backyard factory."
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Old January 9th, 2009, 12:37 PM   #2789
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Interesting that last quote. Seems the mainlanders have some serious insecurities about themselves. As long as they have that attitude about HK and try to compete, the region as a whole will not flourish.

I hate to say this, but China has to take a lesson from Japan. The japanese are so good at forsaking personal pride for the good of the nation, and willing to sacrifice and cooperate, while the Chinese seem hellbent on besting one another.
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Old January 9th, 2009, 03:01 PM   #2790
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Interesting that last quote. Seems the mainlanders have some serious insecurities about themselves. As long as they have that attitude about HK and try to compete, the region as a whole will not flourish.

I hate to say this, but China has to take a lesson from Japan. The japanese are so good at forsaking personal pride for the good of the nation, and willing to sacrifice and cooperate, while the Chinese seem hellbent on besting one another.
Unfortunately, I would say many people in the PRD (everyone neither HKer, Cantonese or Macao's) do still look at the region that way with three forces.
After all, there is still the history and cultural difference among Macao, HK and Guangdong. Even it has been ten years, but the generation that runs the society are still those grew up in the colonial past who still has the mind set that way. Time will change.
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Old January 10th, 2009, 06:54 AM   #2791
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Old January 10th, 2009, 07:01 AM   #2792
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Old January 13th, 2009, 08:38 AM   #2793
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Hong Kong Dec air cargo throughput drops 30 pct

HONG KONG, Jan 12 (Reuters) - Air cargo throughput via Hong Kong in December plunged 29.7 percent from a year earlier, reflecting weak global demand for Asian goods amid deteriorating economic conditions in Western countries where many retailers were offering huge discounts to sell goods over the Christmas period.

The decline in trade accelerated from a 19 percent year-on-year drop in November.

Data released by Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Ltd (Hactl) showed that air cargo volumes through Hong Kong for 2008 as a whole fell 3.8 percent from 2007 to total 2.534 million tonnes. Hong Kong is a re-export centre for trade between Asia and the rest of the world.

Breakdown of air cargo handled by Hactl in December:


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             December 2008            Jan-Dec 2008
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 Export           88,222   -34.0         1,394,146   -6.0
 Import           44,787   -29.6           644,885   -6.4
 Transshipment    34,836   -16.0           494,479    7.3
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 Total           167,845   -29.7         2,533,510   -3.8
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Old January 14th, 2009, 10:33 AM   #2794
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Interesting that last quote. Seems the mainlanders have some serious insecurities about themselves. As long as they have that attitude about HK and try to compete, the region as a whole will not flourish.

I hate to say this, but China has to take a lesson from Japan. The japanese are so good at forsaking personal pride for the good of the nation, and willing to sacrifice and cooperate, while the Chinese seem hellbent on besting one another.
Thats exactly our problem, us Chinese are so regionalistic and seem to screw each other up all the time its disturbing. Hong Kong, Macau and Guangdong are within one country already yet they're always bickering about this and that. Surely there are differences within the regions but people really should work together for the ultimate greater good of the nation, after all we're all Chinese and belong to the same country.
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Old January 14th, 2009, 04:49 PM   #2795
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Old January 16th, 2009, 05:26 AM   #2797
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Cathay Pacific to delay new cargo terminal by 24 mths

HONG KONG, Jan 15 (Reuters) - Cathay Pacific Airways said on Thursday it will defer completion of its new Hong Kong cargo terminal by up to 24 months to mid-2013, as the global economic slowdown hits cargo traffic.

Cathay warned on Tuesday its cargo and mail traffic dived nearly a quarter in December on weak demand from China, while passenger numbers fell slightly.

The carrier said the first quarter of 2009 will be weak, and revised its cargo capacity to Europe and North America downwards.

"The deferral is aimed at better matching supply and demand in the airfreight business given the current market outlook. It is also important for the company to maintain a strong balance sheet until the market strengthens," Cathay Pacific said in a statement received by Reuters.

It added that it remains fully committed to building and operating the third cargo terminal.

The HK Airport Authority said it had agreed to the delay for the facility which was originally scheduled for opening in the second half of 2011.

Cathay Pacific Services Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hong Kong's dominant airline, holds a non-exclusive 20-year franchise to operate the terminal, awarded to it in March by the Airport Authority.

Cathay's shares dropped 2.4 percent to close at HK$8.38 on Thursday.
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Central government backs HK as int'l aviation center: State Councilor

BEIJING, Jan. 16 (Xinhua) -- China's central government supports Hong Kong's continued status as an international and regional aviation center, State Councilor Liu Yandong said on Friday.

The central government supports enhanced cooperation between the Chinese mainland and Hong Kong in aviation, Liu said in a meeting with James Hughes-Hallett, chairman of the Swire Group.

The government attaches great importance to the economic development and social stability of Hong Kong, she said. The government had taken a series of measures to support Hong Kong Special Administrative Region's (HKSAR) handling of the international financial crisis.

Since Hong Kong's return to China, the government has adhered strictly to the Basic of Law the HKSAR, and the policy of "one country, two systems", "Hong Kong people governing Hong Kong" and a high degree of autonomy is seriously implemented, she said.

She expressed appreciation for the efforts of the Swire Group in promoting Hong Kong's economy and enhancing economic cooperation between Hong Kong and the Chinese mainland.

Liu said she hoped that the company would contribute more to Hong Kong's economic development, livelihood improvement and social stability, and actively participate in the Chinese mainland's economic development and enhance cooperation with the mainland in the aviation field.

Headquartered in London, the Swire Group's core businesses in Hong Kong are held by the Swire Pacific Ltd., which is the largest shareholder of Cathay Pacific Airways, Hong Kong's flag carrier.
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