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Old May 5th, 2009, 05:40 AM   #2921
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Old May 5th, 2009, 08:44 AM   #2922
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More crews demand right to wear masks
5 May 2009
South China Morning Post

More flight attendants are joining the fight for the right to wear protective gear such as masks and gloves on planes, as the number of swine flu patients rises around the globe.

The chairwoman of the British Airways Hong Kong International Cabin Crew Association, Carol Ng Man-yee, said she planned to issue a plea for help to health minister York Chow Yat-ngok tomorrow.

"Major transport operators in Hong Kong all told their staff to wear masks, but we who are exposed to greater risks, are not allowed to do so. How unfair is that?"

Ms Ng said she would write to Dr Chow on behalf of her union and cabin crews from another British airline, Virgin Atlantic, as she had heard that some of its flight attendants had made similar demands but had no union representatives.

On Saturday, Cathay Pacific backed down on its policy of banning cabin crew from wearing masks after Dr Chow appealed to it to be more flexible if staff felt unwell or uncomfortable not wearing a mask.

The Association of Flight Attendants - a major union in the United States - wrote to the US Federal Aviation Administration about the same issue.

British Airways said medical advice did not support wearing masks because under World Health Organisation guidelines, the risk of contracting the H1N1 flu virus was limited to those in close contact with an infected person for more than an hour. It told staff masks and gloves were only advised when in close contact with an infected person.

Virgin Atlantic's medical boss in the UK said it was "not necessary and staff should not wear masks on duty, unless they are following the specific procedures for dealing with a sick passenger".

A Virgin flight attendant said many of her colleagues wanted a change in policy.

"You can't blame us for being cautious. We have experienced Sars [severe acute respiratory syndrome] and [wearing masks] is for the good of both us and our passengers."

At Chek Lap Kok airport, flight attendants and ground officers from various airlines said they would not wear a face mask even if they were allowed to do so because they did not think the virus was severe. Some felt a mask would not protect them.

But Ms Ng said the point was that employees were given the choice. "You don't have to wear it if you don't think you need it."
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Old May 5th, 2009, 08:47 AM   #2923
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Old May 7th, 2009, 10:45 AM   #2925
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Airport rail link to cost 52 billion yuan
7 May 2009
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An intercity rail link connecting Hong Kong and Shenzhen airports is expected to cost nearly 52 billion yuan (HK$59 billion) to shorten the travelling time from an hour to 24 minutes, Shenzhen authorities said yesterday.

Shenzhen officials said in a study expected to be given to Hong Kong next month that the rail link was "feasible and would benefit the two neighbouring cities as part of efforts to cement the integration of them".

The proposed 41km line would have four stops - both airports, Hung Shui Kiu in Yuen Long and Qianhai in Shekou, Shenzhen - the feasibility study said.

It said checkpoints would be provided for cross-border travellers, and passengers could check in their luggage before boarding the train.

Hong Kong is expected to pay 41 billion yuan, 80 per cent of the total construction fees, for the 16km line in its jurisdiction, while Shenzhen will pay about 10 billion yuan for about 25km. Trains would run every three minutes, carrying 35,000 passengers an hour, said Li Xiaoyi , vice-director of the Shenzhen Rail Transit Construction Headquarters Office.

Shenzhen authorities said the planned intercity railway could provide a link between Hong Kong airport's frequent international flights and Shenzhen airport's domestic flights.

Shenzhen launched a feasibility study on airport rail links at the end of 2007, and its planning bureau earlier proposed that the railway should be 30km long and cut travelling time between the two cities to 17 minutes.

Shenzhen Mayor Xu Zongheng said earlier that construction of the line would not start until 2011.
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Old May 12th, 2009, 07:25 PM   #2929
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Motorola deal to improve airport luggage handling
Use of radio tracking gear intensifies

12 May 2009
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The Hong Kong International Airport is intensifying its use of radio frequency identification (RFID) technology four years after introducing a HK$50 million pioneering electronic baggage-tracking system.

The Airport Authority has awarded United States-based wireless communications supplier Motorola a multi-year contract for an undisclosed amount to further improve baggage-handling at Chek Lap Kok.

RFID is an automatic identification technology that stores and remotely retrieves data from electronic tags using a wireless network.

"The technology has greatly enhanced the reliability and efficiency of our baggage reconciliation and management system," said C.K. Ng, the authority's deputy director of airport operations.

At present, more than 70 airlines are involved in the electronic baggage-tracking activity at the airport, which handled 48.6 million passengers last year.

Unlike bar code tags, which require a scanner to be in the line of sight to read the tags, the new-generation Electronic Product Code-standard RFID luggage tags can store more data and be read at long distances without direct contact with the baggage.

The system also achieves an average read rate of more than 97 per cent, compared with 80 per cent for a bar code-only system.

Timely and accurately checked bags mean airlines and passengers experience more on-time departures. Improved customer service is also achieved, as the system reduces the incidence of misdirected bags.

The airport's RFID set-up tags passengers' bags in multiple locations, including the check-in counters at Terminal 1 and Terminal 2, in-town check-in desks at the Kowloon and Hong Kong stations of the Airport Express and upstream check-in facilities in the Pearl River Delta area.

According to Motorola, it has partnered Avery Dennison RFID, a manufacturer of inlays for label converters, to make the electronic tags, and Print-O-Tape, a leader in the design, manufacture and supply of automated baggage tags.

The three companies were awarded a three-year contract with an option for a fourth year to supply the airport with as many as 70 million RFID baggage-tracking tags based on International Air Transport Association-approved specifications.

Motorola is also supplying an undisclosed number of fixed RFID readers and hand-held computers.

Joseph Phi, the chairman of non-profit RFID proponent GS1 in Hong Kong, said: "Hong Kong needs to continuously pursue innovation and adopt technology to bring about greater efficiency."

RFID technology is widely used by local manufacturers, retailers, logistics companies and the government to manage, secure and track items.

Before the airport's RFID adoption, the Octopus stored value card and the Autotoll electronic toll collection systems were the leading examples of RFID usage.

Anna Lin, the chief executive at GS1 in Hong Kong, said the airport's RFID implementation was among the Gold Award winners at last year's first Hong Kong RFID Awards.

"We're only beginning to see how far this technology will go," she said.
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Old May 16th, 2009, 03:22 PM   #2932
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Cathay won't sell Haeco stake, chairman says
14 May 2009
South China Morning Post

Cathay Pacific Airways denied yesterday it was considering selling down its 27.45 per cent stake in Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Co (Haeco) or planning to tap the capital markets.

Shares in Cathay and Haeco rose sharply on Monday on speculation a major shareholder would be disposing of shares in the aircraft maintenance and modification business.

"We have no knowledge of any major shareholder selling shares, while Cathay is not considering to dispose of its stake," Cathay chairman Christopher Pratt said after a shareholders' meeting yesterday.

Although the current operating environment was difficult, Cathay did not expect to raise any capital on the stock market, given its strong balance sheet, he added.

Meanwhile, Cathay chief executive Tony Tyler said official plans to more than double the direct flights between the mainland and Taiwan to 270 a week as early as June would have an impact on the airline.

But that would partly be offset by an agreement signed over the weekend between Beijing and Hong Kong to allow mainland tourists to use the same visa to visit Hong Kong and Taiwan, he said.

Cathay flew 8.8 per cent more passengers last month, the first increase for several months, because the Easter holiday fell in April this year after falling in March last year.

However, the airline said it still saw no sign of a turnaround, given the disappointing mainland export figures for last month.

Price-fixing proceedings instituted against Cathay by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission would be vigorously defended, Mr Tyler said.

"We remain subject to the antitrust investigation by several jurisdictions, including Australia, New Zealand and the European Union {hellip} but we are not in the position to assess the full potential liability of the fine," he said.

Last year, the airline made a US$60 million provision for the settlement of a price-fixing investigation by United States regulators.
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Hong Kong's air cargo traffic drops 20 percent
17 May 2009
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Hong Kong's air cargo traffic dropped almost 20 percent year-on-year in April due to the global slowdown, the city's airport authority said on Sunday.

Hong Kong International Airport said in a statement it handled 257,000 tonnes of cargo in April, down 19.8 percent from April 2008.

The contraction in cargo traffic was most prominent in exports, recording a 27 percent year-on-year drop as cargo volumes to all major overseas markets experienced a decline.

Import also shrank 16 percent year-on-year, with cargo volumes from Southeast Asia and Japan decreasing the most.

Cargo volume has seen a consistent drop of about 20 percent over the last three months, after falling nearly 30 percent in December and January.

"Cargo throughput remains the hardest hit in comparison to passenger volume and aircraft movements, reflecting the continued weakening of global trade and consumption," airport authority chief executive Stanley Hui said.

Hui added that the aviation industry worldwide had yet to show signs of recovery as the gloomy economic outlook and the outbreak of swine flu dampened travel demand.

Although mild 4.1 percent growth in passenger traffic was seen in April, the authority said the rise was primarily a result of the Easter holidays falling in April this year instead of March as in 2008.
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HK Airport Apr Passengers Up 4.1%; Not Recovery Sign
17 May 2009

HONG KONG (Dow Jones)--Hong Kong's airport said Sunday passenger traffic rose 4.1% in April from a year earlier, but the airport authority said the aviation market hasn't any shown signs of a recovery as the weak economic outlook damps demand.

Airport Authority Hong Kong, which operates the airport, said passenger traffic totaled 4.22 million in April, up from 4.06 million a year earlier.

It attributed the rise to the timing of the Easter holiday, which fell in April this year but in March last year.

Taking the passenger figures for both March and April, traffic fell 2% from a year earlier, the authority said.

Cargo tonnage continued to fall sharply during the month, with throughput down 20% to 257,000 metric tons from 320,000 tons a year earlier.

"Cargo throughput remains the hardest hit in comparison to passenger volume and aircraft movements, reflecting the continued weakening of global trade and consumption," Airport Authority Hong Kong Chief Executive Stanley Hui said in a statement.

He said the fall in cargo traffic remains "worrying" even though the rate of decline has dropped from nearly 30% in December and January.

Hong Kong International Airport operates more than 5,000 flights a week and has an annual passenger handling capacity of more than 45 million. The Hong Kong government owns 100% of the airport authority.

As well as managing Hong Kong airport, the airport authority owns a 35% stake in Hangzhou's Xiaoshan International Airport. It is also part of a joint venture that operates Zhuhai's international airport.
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Hong Kong on track to open big jet fuel supply center in December
21 May 2009
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Hong Kong is on track to open a major new supply and trading center for jet fuel in December, officials close to the project told Platts this week.

The Permanent Aviation Fuel Facility, also known as PAFF, will start up its first phase with four storage tanks capable of holding a combined 140,000 cubic meters of jet fuel, along with a pair of submarine pipelines connected to Hong Kong International Airport and a two-berth jetty to take delivery of fuel from international suppliers.

The ground-breaking project is expected to open up supply and trading at the airport, which typically hosts more than 800 flights a day. The airport represents the second biggest demand center for jet fuel anywhere in the world, after London's Heathrow airport. In 2008, planes refueling at HKIA consumed 38 million barrels of jet fuel, compared with 48 million barrels of consumption at Heathrow.

Officials in the airline industry expect PAFF to radically change the way jet fuel is supplied at the airport. Some believe it could become the foundation for a traded spot market, though such an evolution looks some way off. Airport officials say its primary goal is to smooth local supply to planes.

"Being a major international and regional aviation center, PAFF is needed to ensure reliable and steady supply of jet fuel for the operation and continuous growth of Hong Kong International Airport," said a spokeswoman for Airport Authority Hong Kong, which operates HKIA.

A total of 11 companies currently supply jet fuel at HKIA, and more suppliers are expected to come when PAFF commences operation, she said. Current suppliers include China Aviation Oil, Chevron, ExxonMobil, Kuwait Petroleum, PetroChina, Thailand's PTT, Shell, Singapore Petroleum Company, Sinopec, Sinopec (Hong Kong) and Total.

"At HKIA, we adapt a fair and non-discriminatory open access approach in managing the aviation fuel system. That means any party can supply fuel at HKIA, provided it has a contract with an airline," the spokeswoman said. "Since quantity and prices are freely negotiable, healthy competition among suppliers is created."

PAFF TO LOWER BARRIERS TO ENTRY FURTHER

PAFF could also lower the barrier to entry for supplies at the airport by reducing the amount of reserve fuel stocks each supplier needs to keep on hand. According to one industry source, HKIA currently requires each supplier to hold 11 days of jet supplies. This could be reduced when PAFF comes into operation and pools stocks.

The new supply center, which is being built in Hong Kong's Tuen Mun industrial zone, will be developed in phases.

A second phase is planned to include another four storage tanks with a total capacity of 124,000 cu m for the end of 2010. A third and final development phase contemplates four more tanks, but the timing of it "will depend on market demand," the spokeswoman said.

Jet fuel will be delivered to the airport site through two buried, 500 mm diameter sub-sea pipelines that will connect to the airport's existing refueling area at Sha Chau, an island at the northwest water of Hong Kong. The length of the twin sub-sea pipelines will be about 4.8 km.

Currently, jet fuel is delivered to HKIA through an existing temporary Aviation Fuel Receiving Facility at Sha Chau. The tank farm does not have the capacity to meet forecast demand for fuel at the airport.

The existing tank farm would be kept for emergency back-up only after PAFF starts up.

PAFF is being developed by ECO Aviation Fuel Development. It is to be operated by ECO Aviation Fuel Services, a joint venture company between Hong Kong and China Gas and Shell.
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