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Old January 16th, 2009, 10:22 PM   #2801
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I wonder what happened to the fuselage of this AF aircraft. It's missing some paint.

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Old January 17th, 2009, 04:16 AM   #2802
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Delta's plane in HK??
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Old January 17th, 2009, 02:15 PM   #2803
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Maybe that's Northwest already painted with Delta's livery
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Old January 17th, 2009, 08:24 PM   #2804
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Maybe that's Northwest already painted with Delta's livery
It is. (Old) Delta doesn't even have 747s in their fleet, so it has to be.
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Old January 18th, 2009, 04:15 AM   #2805
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It is. (Old) Delta doesn't even have 747s in their fleet, so it has to be.
oh yea!! Delta never operated -400s
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Old January 18th, 2009, 07:00 AM   #2806
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Now they do, along with A320s, A330s and DC9s.
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Old January 19th, 2009, 03:48 AM   #2807
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Singapore Airlines Cuts 214 Flights As Demand Falls -Report
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SINGAPORE (Dow Jones)--Singapore Airlines Ltd. (C6L.SG) is canceling 214 flights from now until the end of March on falling demand, the Straits Times newspaper reported Friday, citing a circular to travel agents.

In the circular, the airline said it will reduce flights to Shanghai, Hong Kong, Guangzhou in China, and to Mumbai and New Delhi. Flights to Perth, Sydney and Brisbane in Australia and to London and Zurich will also be affected, the Straits Times said.

The 214 flights account for less than 3% of the airline's total flights, the paper added.

"We are approaching the economic downturn with the same broad approach to capacity that we had during the SARS downturn in 2003," the report quoted a Singapore Airlines spokesman as saying.
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Old January 19th, 2009, 03:32 PM   #2808
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Old January 20th, 2009, 04:11 PM   #2809
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Hong Kong air cargo sharply down in 2008, passenger growth slows
19 January 2009
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Air cargo through Hong Kong dropped more than three percent last year, airport figures released Monday showed, as the global drop-off in demand for goods hit traffic through the export hub.

The global slowdown devastated freight demand in the second half of the year, resulting in a 3.1 percent fall in volume, compared to 4.5 percent growth in 2007, Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) said in a statement.

In December, cargo throughput plunged 28.2 percent year-on-year to 243,000 tonnes, the largest single-month drop since the airport opened in 1998, the statement said.

Passenger growth was also hit, slowing to 1.7 percent in 2008 compared to a record growth of 7.5 percent in 2007, the figures showed. Annual passenger volume was 48.6 million for 2008.

The statement said that while passenger traffic maintained a steady growth in the first seven months of the year, it saw a four percent drop over the last five months.

The volume of passenger traffic plunged 5.3 percent year-on-year to 4 million in December, with routes to and from Southeast Asia, Taiwan, China and North America recording the biggest drops.

The HKIA said the annual drop was partly due to China's tighter visa rules for foreign tourists following security worries for the Beijing Olympics last summer.

"2008 was a very tough year for the aviation industry, with skyrocketing oil prices in the first half of the year followed by the financial tsunami and the ensuing weakening demand for travel and air cargo services in the second half," said Stanley Hui, chief executive of the Airport Authority.

Hui said he expected another challenging year ahead as the full effects of the global downturn would be felt, but said he thought the economy would stabilise in the latter part of 2009.
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Old January 22nd, 2009, 03:40 PM   #2810
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HK govt allows airlines to almost halve maximum fuel surcharges
22 January 2009
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Hong Kong on Thursday said it had approved the applications by Cathay Pacific and three other airlines to almost halve their fuel surcharges in response to falling oil prices.

The move will cut the carriers' maximum fuel surcharges by 44 percent to 61 Hong Kong dollars (7.82 US) for short-haul flights and to 280 dollars for long-haul flights, a Civil Aviation Department spokesman said in a statement.

The new surcharges at Cathay, All Nippon Airways, Singapore Airlines and Nepal Airlines will be introduced between February 1 and March 31 this year.

"Despite the drop in oil prices, it remains an international practice for airlines to levy passenger fuel surcharges," the spokesman said.

"When compared with the average amounts of surcharges at international level, the surcharges on the local routes remain at a lower level," he said.

The spokesman told AFP that it is reviewing similar applications from Dragonair, Thai Airways International and another carrier.

Cathay immediately announced it would be reducing its fuel surcharges, and insisted they would "continue to be significantly lower than those of other international airlines on comparable routes outside Hong Kong."

The aviation department said the surcharges were last reviewed at the end of November, when the maximum surcharge levels were set at 108 dollars for short-haul flights and 499 dollars for long-haul flights.

The aviation industry has been suffering from weakened demand for travel and air cargo services since the financial crisis hit in the second half of last year.
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Old January 23rd, 2009, 04:44 PM   #2811
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Old January 24th, 2009, 06:11 AM   #2812
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Old January 24th, 2009, 06:12 AM   #2813
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Hong Kong Exports Woes
26 January 2009
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Long the world's leading international air gateway, Hong Kong International Airport now appears to be at the epicenter of the collapse in China's export business.

Cargo business at the world's largest freight airport fell off a cliff as 2008 wound down as freighter operations turned down sharply amid a general decline in Asia exports.

An 18.7 percent decline in the cargo handled in November included a 19.5 percent drop in loaded exports, and it appeared that even worse was on the way.

China, which started 2008 with exports growing at a better than 25 percent annual rate, reported a 2.8 percent decline in overall exports in December and operators in Hong Kong, a key gateway for China trade, were hit hard by the slowdown.

In the worst month of a bad quarter and a slow year, Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals saw its tonnage fall 29.7 percent compared with December 2007 to 167,845 metric tons. For the fourth quarter, tonnage was down 19.4 percent to 593,082 metric tons. For the year, HACTL's tonnage was down 3.8 percent.

"The global economic performance remains bleak. With the toxic combination of falling trading demand and the possible modal shift from air to ocean taking place, the whole air cargo industry is undergoing an extremely challenging ice age," said Lilian Chan, HACTL's general manager of marketing and customer service.

The airport's No. 2 handler, Asia Airfreight Terminals, fared even worse.

Tonnage for AAT was off 33 percent in December, including a 37 percent drop in exports.

That collapse of the air export market is especially tough for the cargo handlers because the business makes up about two-thirds of the ground business in Hong Kong and is critical to business across Asia.

Ground handler Swissport said this month it will leave Singapore Changi Airport less than three years after moving into the airport as the airport authority responded to forwarder and carriers requests by opening up the site to greater competition. Swissport's withdrawal will leave one of the world's largest freight airports with two ground handlers.

In Hong Kong, HACTL's exports were down 34 percent in December and 6 percent for the year. Exports to most countries were down by double digits, but the big exception was the Middle East; exports to that region gained 19.3 percent in the last quarter.

Imports were down 29.6 percent in December and 6.4 percent for the year. Imports from the United States dropped 11.2 percent in the fourth quarter.

"In light of the uncertainties in the global economies and loss of consuming power and confidence around the world, we can only be cautiously optimistic about the possible recovery in the latter half of 2009," said Chan.

Air carriers are not showing much optimism, responding to the reduced demand by scaling back flights as rapidly as they can. Hong Kong reported a 10.1 percent decline in freighter movements in November and the 4,025 all-cargo flights marked a slight decline from October to November, a period when carriers usually are ramping up flights for peak season deliveries.

Instead of building up, however, carriers across Asia have been pulling down capacity. The Association of Asia Pacific Airlines says its member airlines reduced freight capacity 8.9 percent in December, still well behind the 15.5 percent decline in traffic the association measured.

Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific Airways reduced its cargo capacity 14 percent in December, which wasn't enough to match a 23.9 percent decline in cargo and mail tonnage from the same month the year before.
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Old January 24th, 2009, 06:09 PM   #2814
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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.
Well, some competition within the region is a good thing. Even within the same country, there is some competition going on between regions and cities. For the airports, there was a huge lesson learned from overbuilding in the delta.
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Old January 25th, 2009, 04:10 PM   #2815
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Old January 25th, 2009, 11:33 PM   #2816
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Wow, it's possible to fly from Hong Kong to Macau? Must be a very short flight. I want to do that flight some day.
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Old January 26th, 2009, 06:47 AM   #2817
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I've seen Air Macau in HKG lately. I believe they're being used for charter. There are no scheduled services between Hong Kong and Macau (although there are flights between Macau and Shenzhen).
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Any takers for a used jumbo jet?
25 January 2009
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Have you been searching high and low for a used jumbo jet?

If so, try calling the Airport Authority, but don't expect seats. Or engines for that matter.

An Ocean Airlines Boeing 747 that had been abandoned at Chek Lap Kok airport since 2007 may be put on the auction block, according to documents filed in the High Court.

The Airport Authority has asked the court for approval to sell "or otherwise dispose of" the plane, which was abandoned when the defunct cargo airline halted flights. There was no mention of a possible asking price.

A spokesman from the authority said they were selling the plane to recover unpaid airport charges.

John Findlay, general secretary of Hong Kong Aircrew Officers' Association, can see the lonely jet from his office window. "It's an old heap of junk. It's just sitting in the middle of the airport, getting in the way."

It was likely that no one had paid parking charges since the demise of the plane's Italy-based owner, which flew cargo between Europe and Asia, Mr Findlay said.

Three of the jet's four engines had been removed, along with most of its fixtures, to make the aircraft lighter.

That decision made headlines in September when the plane was spun 90 degrees during Typhoon Hagupit.

Some pilots complained that the jet's reduced weight posed a safety risk when there were strong winds.

No planes were parked next to the Boeing at the time, possibly because some airlines had asked that their aircraft not share neighbouring bays.

"Other airlines were concerned that something like this might happen," a pilot told the South China Morning Post after the storm. "They asked to have those bays kept clear {hellip} in case it shifted and damaged other planes."

It was unclear what sort of market existed for the hollowed-out plane, but Mr Findlay said the jet would probably be cut up and sold as scrap.

Anyone thinking about flying it out of the airport without at least two of its four engines had better think again, he said. It would not be recommended.

"Technically, you could fly a very long way with two engines," he said. "But no one would."
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