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Old September 8th, 2004, 07:49 PM   #281
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Additional Information - Government Press Release
Review of Mainland/HKSAR Air Services Arrangement concluded



The latest review of the Mainland/The Hong Kong Special Administrative
Region (HKSAR) Air Services Arrangement (the "Arrangement") was
concluded today (September 8).

Since the Arrangement was signed in 2000, annual reviews were conducted
to address market needs. Compared to previous exercises, the latest review
covered a much wider spectrum of issues and achieved substantial progress
on various fronts.

The HKSAR side was represented by the Economic Development and
Labour Bureau, with the General Administration of Civil Aviation of China
as its counterpart on the Mainland side.

The Secretary for Economic Development and Labour, Mr Stephen Ip, is
very pleased with the successful conclusion of the review. "A liberal
Arrangement is crucial for enhancing the competitiveness of the Hong Kong
International Airport, and for strengthening Hong Kong's status as an
international and regional aviation centre. In the face of increasing
competition from airports in the region, the HKSAR Government must
firmly and actively implement its progressive liberalisation policy on air
services. The latest expansion of the Arrangement clearly demonstrates our
commitment to this policy," Mr Ip said.

The new Arrangement provides a clear timetable for opening the Hong
Kong/Mainland aviation market to more airlines and for expansion of
capacity limits on individual routes. The limit on the total number of airlines
allowed to participate in the market will be lifted immediately, while the
number of routes that allow "dual designation" by each side will be
increased in phases, eventually covering all routes by winter 2006.

Passenger and cargo capacities between the two places will be substantially
increased. Starting from next month, overall passenger capacity will be
increased by 30%, such that the total number of passenger flights that may
be operated by airlines of the two sides will increase from around 1,200 to
1,600 per week (number estimated on the assumption that aircraft types
currently deployed on respective routes remain unchanged). Capacity for
all-cargo services will increase by 100%, from the current 21 frequencies
per week (fpw) for each side to 42 fpw, bringing the total number of
freighter services that may be operated by airlines of both sides to 84 fpw.

Taking Beijing as an example, the new Arrangement will allow Hong Kong
airlines to add 4 passenger fpw starting from next month and another 7
passenger fpw starting from March next year, bringing the total number of
weekly frequencies that may be operated by Hong Kong airlines on the
route to 70.

As to Shanghai, Hong Kong may designate a new airline to operate
all-cargo services starting from next month, and the maximum number of
cargo flights that Hong Kong airlines may operate on this route will be
increased from 21 to 28 fpw. Passenger capacity will be increased by about
10% (7 fpw), and another 10% starting from March next year, bringing the
total number of weekly frequencies that may be operated by the Hong
Kong designated airline to 98. In addition, from October, 2006, a second
Hong Kong airline will be allowed to operate passenger service on the
Shanghai route. These new rights provide valuable business opportunities to
our airlines that have plans to launch services or increase their existing
services on the respective routes.

The Arrangement currently provides for a wide route network covering a
total of 44 destinations in the Mainland. A new route, Lijiang, has been
included in the new Arrangement. Services on the route may commence
once Customs-Immigration-Quarantine facilities are in place and the
required technical conditions are fulfilled.

The new Arrangement also provides for new modes of operation and
additional flexibility, by allowing airlines to combine two Mainland points in
one service, and enter into code-share arrangement on all routes between
Hong Kong and the Mainland.

Furthermore, the Arrangement also provides expanded through-running
rights (to more destinations with higher capacity on each route) for
Mainland airlines to operate services to overseas destinations via Hong
Kong, to strengthen the hub position of the Hong Kong International
Airport.

Mr Ip is confident that the new Arrangement will add impetus for further
development of the Hong Kong aviation industry. The new Arrangement
will bring in more competition and provide consumers with wider choices.

"It is a win-win Arrangement for all, as the additional traffic rights will create
abundant opportunities for both incumbent airlines as well as new comers,"
Mr Ip added. He hoped that the aviation industry would make good use of
the traffic rights to further strengthen Hong Kong's status as a regional and
international aviation centre.

Ends/Wednesday, September 8, 2004

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Media Reaction - Pact paves way for more flights to mainland cities
Dennis Eng, HK Standard

Hong Kong and the mainland have signed an agreement that will increase
passenger flights by a third and double air cargo capacity while clearing the way
for new carriers to enter the Hong Kong-China market.

The pact will have few immediate benefits for Hong Kong's two airlines - Cathay
Pacific and Dragonair.

Cathay which has been actively pressing for expanded rights to serve mainland
cities beyond its three weekly flights to Beijing, will most likely gain access to
the lucrative Shanghai market, but not until late 2006.

It will also be able to apply for routes to other mainland cities. Under current rules
the number of carriers from each side is limited to one, effectively giving
Dragonair a duopoly on those routes with one or another mainland carrier.

Beginning immediately the limit will be raised to two carriers per city in 11 cities,
rising to 40 by next March, and 45 in 2006.

Cathay said on Wednesday that the only additional route it will seek for now is
Xiamen.

For Dragonair, the benefits are harder to discern, since the carrier could, under
existing authority, apply for additional mainland routes and flights.

Moreover, the new agreement immediately lifts the current ceiling on the number
of carriers that can serve Hong Kong-China routes - two from Hong Kong, seven
from China - which could open the way for new, low-cost carriers to enter the
market.

These lines typically fly shorter routes with smaller planes, and thus could pose
a greater potential threat to Dragonair's service to smaller mainland cities than to
Cathay.

The secretary for economic development and labour, Stephen Ip, welcomed the
move, saying that: ``It is a win-win arrangement for all, as the additional traffic
rights will create abundant opportunities for both incumbent airlines as well as
newcomers.''

Both Hong Kong carriers issued cautious statements on the agreement.

"It is essential that the pace of liberalisation of air links between Hong Kong and
the mainland catches up with that seen between China and the rest of the world,"
Cathay said.

"Building on a capacity arrangement that sees market demand being adequately
met, the new arrangement provides for growth in passenger and cargo demand
on mainland routes over the next few years," Dragonair chief executive Stanley
Hui said.

Under the expanded Air Services Arrangement signed between the Economic
Development and Labour Bureau and the General Administration of Civil Aviation
of China on Wednesday, liberalisation of the aviation market will take place in
three phases through the end of 2006.

Cathay said that it plans to apply for both cargo and passenger services to
Shanghai and Xiamen, as well as more flights to Beijing.

Starting from October, the total number of authorised passenger flights per week
will be increased from about 1,200 to 1,600, lifting overall passenger capacity by
30 per cent.

This arrangement applies to both flights from Hong Kong to mainland
destinations and visa versa over 30 routes.

Another 14 routes will experience no change as they "already have ample
excess capacity", Economic Development and Labour Deputy Secretary Wilson
Fung said.

In the case of Beijing, Hong Kong carriers can add four weekly flights from
October and seven more in March, for a total of 70.

For Shanghai, the weekly frequency will rise to 98 as seven more flights per
week will be added starting from both October and March next year.

All-cargo services will double to 42 flights per week for each side.

Passenger flights from Hong Kong to China currently number about 700 per week
while cargo services number more than 20.

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Thursday September 9, 9:39 AM
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HK-Mainland Air Services Agreement Paves Way for More Flights


HONG KONG, Sept 9 Asia Pulse - In a review of air services between the mainland and Hong Kong, Beijing and Hong Kong SAR officials agreed Wednesday on a substantial increase in capacity of both passenger and cargo flights.

The new agreement provides a clear timetable for opening the Hong Kong/Mainland aviation market to more airlines and for expansion of capacity limits on individual routes.

The limit on the total number of airlines allowed to participate in the market will be lifted immediately, while the number of routes that allow "dual designation" by each side will be increased in phases, eventually covering all routes by winter 2006, according to Hong Kong Secretary for Economic Development and Labour, Stephen Ip.

Passenger and cargo capacities between the two places will be substantially increased. Starting from next month, overall passenger capacity will be increased by 30 per cent, raising the total number of passenger flights that may be operated by airlines of the two sides from around 1,200 to 1,600 per week.

Capacity for all-cargo services will increase by 100 per cent, from the current 21 frequencies per week (fpw) for each side to 42 fpw, bringing the total number of freighter services that may be operated by airlines of both sides to 84 fpw.

Taking Beijing as an example, the new agreement will allow Hong Kong airlines to add 4 passenger fpw starting from next month and another 7 passenger fpw starting from March next year, bringing the total number of weekly frequencies that may be operated by Hong Kong airlines on the route to 70.

As for Shanghai, Hong Kong may designate a new airline to operate all-cargo services starting from next month, and the maximum number of cargo flights that Hong Kong airlines may operate on this route will be increased from 21 to 28 fpw.

Passenger capacity will be increased by about 10 per cent (7 fpw), and another 10 per cent starting from March next year, bringing the total number of weekly frequencies that may be operated by the Hong Kong designated airline to 98.

In addition, from October, 2006, a second Hong Kong airline will be allowed to operate passenger service on the Shanghai route. These new rights provide valuable business opportunities to Hong Kong airlines that have plans to launch services or increase their existing services on the respective routes.

The agreement currently provides for a wide route network covering a total of 44 destinations in the Mainland. A new route, Lijiang, has been included in the new Arrangement.

Services on the route may commence once Customs-Immigration-Quarantine facilities are in place and the required technical conditions are fulfilled.

The new agreement also provides for new modes of operation and additional flexibility, by allowing airlines to combine two Mainland points in one service, and enter into code-share arrangement on all routes between Hong Kong and the Mainland.

It also provides expanded through-running rights (to more destinations with higher capacity on each route) for Mainland airlines to operate services to overseas destinations via Hong Kong, to strengthen the hub position of the Hong Kong International Airport.

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Thursday September 9, 10:26 AM

China Aviation Regulator, HK Sign Flight Svc Expansion

BEIJING (Dow Jones)--China and Hong Kong have signed an agreement to expand passenger and cargo air services as part of their Closer
Economic Partnership Arrangement, the civil aviation regulator said.

The announcement by the Civil Aviation Administration of China, or CAAC, confirms a statement issued Wednesday by the Hong Kong
government.

CAAC said the greater access to China's skies is part of CEPA, which aims to give the former
British colony increased access to the mainland market.

The new arrangement removes the current restrictions on the number of designated carriers that
are allowed to fly between the mainland and Hong Kong, CAAC said in a statement.

Total number of passenger flights between the city and mainland China will also be increased to
about 1,600 a week from the current 1,200 beginning in the fourth quarter, the statement said.
The number of cargo flights will also be doubled to 84 a week, it said.

Hong Kong Dragon Airlines Ltd. currently flies mainland routes from Hong Kong in
competition with Air China, the country's flag carrier, while Hong Kong-based international
carrier Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. (0293.HK) has been pushing for landing rights within
China.

Dragonair's major shareholders include China National Aviation Co. (1110.HK), a company controlled by Air China, which holds a 43.29%
stake. CITIC Pacific Ltd. (0267.HK) with 29.35%, Cathay Pacific with 17.79%, and Swire Pacific Ltd. (0019.HK) with 7.71% hold the
remaining stakes in the Hong Kong airline.

CAAC tied the expansion of air rights to an extension of the greater market access granted through CEPA, a preferential-trade deal between
China and Hong Kong that came into effect on Jan. 1, 2004.

-With Victoria Ruan, Dow Jones Newswires; 8610 6588-5848; [email protected]

-Edited by Sharon Buan
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Airlines to benefit from AA's NDIA scheme

(HONG KONG, 8 September 2004) – Airlines operating new routes under the Government's new Air Services Arrangement concluded today will be able to benefit from the Airport Authority's (AA) New Destination Incentive Arrangement (NDIA) which also commences today.

Dr David J Pang, AA Chief Executive Officer, said: "During the past several years we have endeavoured to encourage airlines to operate more destinations and flights from HKIA to extend our aviation network. The NDIA scheme and the new Arrangement will serve as great impetus to helping us fulfill our business objective."

"AA is committed to working closely with our business partners to enhance Hong Kong International Airport's (HKIA) connectivity. Through increased frequencies and capacity, HKIA's competitiveness in the region will be further strengthened."

The NDIA scheme provides rebate to existing and new airlines in opening air service to new destinations. Airlines will enjoy a 50 per cent rebate on landing charge in the first year of operation and 25 per cent for the second year.
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September 9, 2004
Deal Preserves Hong Kong's Hub Status



By KEITH BRADSHER

HONG KONG, Sept. 8 - Beijing agreed on Wednesday to allow more flights from here to cities across China, a step that promises to make air travel to China easier, less expensive and possibly safer. The deal could also influence legislative elections here on Sunday in which relations with the mainland are the main issue.

The pact strengthens Hong Kong's role as Asia's busiest hub for international air travel at a time when it faces new competition. An enormous rival, Baiyun International Airport, opened three weeks ago just 80 miles up the Pearl River in Guangzhou.

By addressing Hong Kong's lingering nervousness about losing its role as the gateway to China, Wednesday's agreement could help pro-Beijing candidates against their pro-democracy rivals in the elections on Sunday.

China has offered several economic plums to Hong Kong in the last 15 months in an attempt to tamp down calls for greater democracy in this former British colony. Other deals have included a relaxation of exit visa restrictions for travel here, which has brought a flood of mainland tourists into Hong Kong, and a free trade pact.

Sandra Lee, who oversaw the negotiations as Hong Kong's permanent secretary for economic development, said that participants had been working as fast as possible to conclude a deal ever since the talks began in December.

Without mentioning Baiyun Airport, Ms. Lee said that Wednesday's agreement would help Hong Kong by making sure that travelers could reach many Chinese cities with much greater frequency from here. The accord will increase the number of seats available on flights from here to the mainland by 30 percent, with most of the increase taking place on flights to second-tier cities, and will double the number of air cargo flights.

"Increasing the density of the network is an important step toward enhancing our competitiveness," she said.

United Airlines, a unit of UAL, announced last week that it was seeking authority to begin daily, nonstop flights to Baiyun Airport from San Francisco. Until now, Hong Kong has been the main airport for China's Pearl River delta region, which is China's wealthiest region because Deng Xiaoping started his experiment with capitalism in 1979 in cities across the border from Hong Kong.

The management of Baiyun Airport had no criticisms of Hong Kong's air rights agreement. "This is very innovative and worth learning from," said Qi Yaoming, the publicity director of the Guangdong Airport Management Company.

Cathay Pacific, which is the dominant carrier here and has chafed at restrictions on its flights to mainland destinations, welcomed Wednesday's deal and called for a further relaxation on flights.

"In order to defend the competitiveness of Hong Kong International Airport as the predominant hub in the region, it is essential that the pace of liberalization of air links between Hong Kong and the mainland catches up with that seen between China and the rest of the world," the carrier said in a statement. "This is vital for the overall interest of Hong Kong - not just one or a number of airlines."

The national government has been trying to help second-tier cities, especially in the interior, as Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and other cities near the coast have boomed. But providing daily service to some of the less-known cities, instead of flights twice a week, is important to preserving Hong Kong as a hub for China.

For cities that have only one or two flights a day, the new accord will authorize as many as four or five a day. The agreement, which will be phased in over the next two years, allows flights to go from here to a second-tier city and then on to another second-tier city before returning to Hong Kong, instead of coming straight back.

The pact also calls for code-sharing between mainland and Hong Kong-based carriers.

But the agreement calls for only modest increases in passenger flight schedules from Hong Kong to Shanghai and Beijing, the highest-volume and most lucrative routes. Cathay Pacific has wanted to greatly expand its service to these cities, but such competition would cut into the profit margins of carriers that are partly or
entirely owned by the Chinese government and currently dominate the routes.

Wednesday's pact also does little if anything to help European and American carriers. The agreement allows additional flights by mainland Chinese carriers and by airlines based in Hong Kong that make most of their decisions in Hong Kong and have mainly Hong Kong shareholders. The agreement could actually increase
competition for European and American carriers, because it gives mainland carriers the right to increase the number of flights that originate on the mainland, make a stop in Hong Kong and then continue to overseas destinations.

While Cathay Pacific has struggled for the rights to operate more flights to the mainland, it has been the main beneficiary of Hong Kong's reluctance to approve "open skies" agreements with other countries. Such agreements would allow other carriers, especially American carriers, to operate more flights to and from Hong Kong. Long-haul flights out of Bangkok and Singapore are often less expensive.

Wednesday's agreement grew out of an annual review of the four-year-old agreement that governs air traffic between the mainland and Hong Kong, which Britain returned to Chinese rule in 1997. Ms. Lee said that the agreement was not an attempt to increase the value of the Hong Kong Airport Authority, which the
government hopes to privatize as part of an effort to plug a budget deficit here.
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10 September 2004
Air Hong Kong takes delivery of new airbus freighter Air Hong Kong - first carrier to
operate new Airbus A300-600GF



The new Air Hong Kong Airbus A300-600F “General Freighter” touching down at Hong Kong International
Airport from Toulouse, France at 8:21am on 10 September 2004.



AHK Air Hong Kong Ltd today announced it has taken delivery of the first of six new Airbus
A300-600F General Freighters in the carrier’s new livery. When it enters service on 12
September 2004 operating to Bangkok and Penang, AHK will become the first carrier in the
world to operate this new freighter variant.

The aircraft is part of an order for six A300-600GF freighters placed by AHK in January
2003 to implement its plan of expanding its operations within the Asian region. The other five
wide-body aircraft are scheduled for delivery between now and the end of the first quarter of
2005. DHL, the world’s leading express and logistics company, holds a 40 percent stake in
AHK with Cathay Pacific owning the remaining 60 per cent.

AHK is also the launch customer for the A300-600GF which differs from the A300-600F
freighter aircraft currently being built for other carriers. Its unique features include a cargo
loading system capable of handling almost every type of container and pallet, and a side door
at the rear of the lower deck capable of handling large items of general freight. The new
freighter is powered by two General Electric CF6-80C2 engines.

Currently AHK operates a fleet of leased freighters comprising one Boeing 747-200, one
Airbus A300-600, two Airbus A300B4 and one Boeing B727. The route network includes
Bangkok/Penang, Osaka, Tokyo, Taipei, Seoul and Singapore. As each new freighter enters
service, it will replace one of the leased aircraft which will be returned to the lessors.

AHK Air Hong Kong Chairman Tony Tyler said: “Delivery of the new freighter is a significant
step in our fleet expansion. It demonstrates Air Hong Kong’s commitment to enhancing Hong
Kong’s position as Asia’s leading air cargo hub, and to strengthening our network and quality
of service.”

Cathay Pacific’s Director and Chief Operating Officer Philip Chen said: “Cathay Pacific's
original partnership to operate overnight services in conjunction with DHL extended Hong
Kong's capability from a global passenger and cargo hub to being a regional express shipment
center as well. Today's delivery of Air Hong Kong's first in a fleet of freighter aircraft signals
another significant step forward in Cathay Pacific's efforts to strengthen Hong Kong's hub
position as we continue to invest in the city's infrastructure and people to further develop Hong
Kong's economy. “

“As the only all-cargo carrier based in Hong Kong, AHK is well-positioned to strengthen the
status of Hong Kong as Asia’s leading cargo and logistics hub,” said John Mullen, Chief
Executive Officer – Asia Pacific, DHL Express. “AHK will also complement DHL’s recently
inaugurated US$100 million Central Asia Hub in Hong Kong and reinforce our regional air
network’s payload capacity and geographical coverage.”

DHL has a dedicated Air Network that covers 25 destinations in 16 countries and is served by
20 aircraft in dedicated air operations with over 800 commercial flights daily.

“With this order, Air Hong Kong launches a new variant of Airbus’ most successful freighter,
an endorsement of the strength of the Airbus product line,” said Noël Forgeard, Airbus Chief
Executive Officer. “The freighter market continues to grow for Airbus aircraft and this new
variant is the result of Airbus listening and reacting to market demands.”
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Airport key to expo space
Keith Wallis, HK Standard

AsiaWorld Expo has rejected claims by the Trade and Development Council (TDC) that there is a shortage of exhibition space in Hong Kong that threatens to undermine the territory's position as one of the region's leading venues for exhibitions and trade fairs.

The firm, which has a concession to build and operate the international exhibition centre at Hong Kong International Airport, also objected to claims by backers of expanding the Wan Chai convention centre that the airport facility was only suitable for a limited number of trade shows such as those featuring heavy machinery.

"I'm pretty surprised to hear that if there is no more space in Wan Chai, then exhibitors will move to neighbouring cities such as Shanghai and Singapore," said Nicolas Borit, AsiaWorld Expo chief executive, said in a letter to The Standard.

In interviews, however, TDC officials have pointed to new and planned facilities in Guangzhou and Shenzhen as being the most direct threats to Hong Kong's leading position in the exhibition business.

Borit agreed that there is a shortage of space now, but said this would change at the end of 2005 when the 70,000-square-metre first phase of the airport facility opens.

A 35,000-square-metre second phase would go-ahead "as soon as demand triggers expansion", he said.

Borit added that if the demand was there, AsiaWorld Expo could open up to 100,000 square metres of exhibition space in less than two years.

He rejected claims by TDC officials that the airport site was suitable for only a limited number of exhibitions.

"It's been suggested AsiaWorld Expo is less suited for general merchandise and light industry fairs. We believe this is simply not true," Borit said. AsiaWorld Expo has booked more than 12 international exhibitions in 2006. These include two China sourcing fairs organised by Global Sources which will hold similar events in 2007 and 2008.

AsiaWorld Expo will also host the ITU telecom world exhibition and forum in 2006. Borit said the facility's confirmed events will contribute HK$4 billion to Hong Kong's economy. "We have not forced anyone to come to AsiaWorld Expo," he added.

Unlike the Wan Chai convention and exhibition centre, the AsiaWorld Expo complex will feature a 13,000-seat arena suitable for sports, concerts and other entertainment events that would not otherwise come to Hong Kong, Borit said.

He believed some of the criticism reflected concerns that the new facility would compete with the Wan Chai site. "It's probably a fear of the unknown. People are a bit afraid," Borit said.

But he also warned that the negative comments, if they reached a global audience, could deter event managers and organisers from considering Hong Kong.

"What worries me is the message these comments have sent to the industry," Borit said. "It is hard to get exhibition business, but easy to lose."

Borit said AsiaWorld Expo, the convention and exhibition centre, TDC, other industry groups and the government should work together to win business for Hong Kong as a whole.

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Training boon for Dragonair
Keith Wallis, HK Standard

A surge in growth of shorter-haul routes and the expansion of low-cost carriers in the region is set to be a boon for Hong Kong Dragon Airlines (Dragonair) as more carriers use the airline's training facilities.

Dragonair has trained flight crew from Qantas, Air New Zealand, Philippine Airlines, Air Macau and Taiwan's TransAsia Airways.

Stanley Hui, Dragonair chief executive, said he believed interest would grow as an increasing proportion of airlines switched to Airbus A320 and A330 aircraft.

The Dragonair flight training centre at Hong Kong International Airport is one of the few facilities in the region that can offer state-of-the- art flight and simulator training on these Airbus aircraft.

Hui said: "As more airlines select Airbus A320 family aircraft such as the A319/320/321, the demand for simulator training on such aircraft naturally will rise. Our flight training centre is one of the facilities in the region providing such training, and we do expect stronger demand for A320 related training services."

He said there was growing interest in providing training in 2005.

"We have indeed received lots of enquiries from airlines in the region for such A320 simulator training next year," Hui said.

He added: "Recently, A320 simulator training in particular is in strong demand and we are bringing pilots from a number of airlines to Hong Kong for their A320 simulator training." Hui believed this has raised the profile of Hong Kong as one of region's main aircrew training centres.

Dragonair has helped several big name airlines such as Air New Zealand introduce the A320 into their fleets after training a select number of aircraft flight crew.

A similar agreement was reached between Dragonair and Qantas on training for the larger A330 twinjet. The package included flight simulator training together with "first-hand flying experience on our A330 flights after training with us for a period of time," Hui said.

Qantas started operating Airbus A330-300s on international routes last month. These included services between Hong Kong and several Australian cities such as Sydney, Perth, Melbourne and Brisbane.

He added: "We trained about 10 and 12 pilots for Air New Zealand and Qantas" between 2002 to 2004 with a short interruption due the Sars epidemic in the spring of 2003.

Hui said: "They were primarily their training/management pilots who in turn will train their own pilots on the aircraft after being trained by us."

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Here is some more information about CX's service increase later this year :

06 September 2004
Cathay Pacific to launch third daily Sydney service in expanded winter passenger schedule

Cathay Pacific Airways today announced it will be the only airline to operate three-times daily to Sydney with the 31 October launch of a new early morning service that is part of an expanded new winter schedule. Overall, the airline will add 16 weekly scheduled departures out of Hong Kong, bringing total passenger services to 511 flights – further strengthening Hong Kong as a global aviation hub and the gateway to the Chinese Mainland.

With the start on 31 October of the airline’s winter schedule, passenger services to Manila will increase from 35 to 37 weekly flights and Surabaya will go from 3 to 4 services a week. Brisbane will be served daily, up from five flights a week, and two more services to Auckland will take its weekly total to 12. In all, Cathay Pacific will operate 63 passenger services per week between Hong Kong and Australia and New Zealand.

Later, from 1 December, Cathay Pacific will add two more weekly services to Dubai, taking it to 13 flights a week. Cathay Pacific serves 87 destinations for passenger services worldwide, either directly or through code shares. During the summer, Cathay Pacific launched a daily non-stop service to New York and, through code-share arrangements, services to Moscow, Madrid and Barcelona.

According to the latest visitor arrival statistics from the Hong Kong Tourism Board (“HKTB”), the Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific region represents an area of robust potential. July arrivals amounted to 41,384, representing 85.3% growth on July 2003 and 31.7% on the 2002 figure. For the first seven months of 2004, arrivals stood at 81.3% ahead of those for 2003 and 13.7% above 2002.

Cathay Pacific Director and Chief Operating Officer Philip Chen said: "A third daily flight to Sydney will put us firmly in the lead. We are offering more than 17,000 seats to Australia and New Zealand every week and 900,000 seats every year. Our expanded winter schedule further strengthens Hong Kong's status as a global aviation hub, offering one of the strongest connections to Australia and New Zealand among major hubs, and linking them to other parts of the world via Hong Kong.”

Passenger Services / Week from October 31 (Change)
Manila 37 (+2)
Surabaya 4 (+1)
Brisbane 7 (+2)
Sydney 21 (+7)
Auckland 12 (+2)

Passenger Services / Week from December 1 (Change)
Dubai 13 (+2)
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Review of major airport operations systems progressing swiftly and efficiently

(Hong Kong, 6 September 2004) - In-depth studies and reviews of five major areas involving 17 systems, including power and water supply, people and luggage movement, building management, aircraft handling as well as information and communication are progressing swiftly and smoothly, according to a Task Force set up by the Board of the Airport Authority Hong Kong (AA).

The four-member "HKIA Systems Task Force", chaired by Dr Peter Wong King-keung, was briefed by the AA's management on the progress of the reviews into 17 major systems.

Dr Wong said the objective of the reviews was to look into possibilities to enhance robustness, increase the redundancy level and maximize reliability of major operation systems at the airport.

"Given the huge diversity of airport operations and the complexities of many massive operating systems involving both hardware and software, airport managers have to be relentless in system reliability enhancement in order to ensure that impact to airport users is minimized by continuous improvement to recovery and response time in case of any system hiccups" he explained.

"The AA management has demonstrated its commitment and determination to maintaining very high service standards at HKIA. They have the full support of the task force members," he added.

Other AA Board members of the task force include Miss Maria Tam Wai-chu, Mr Marvin Cheung Kin-tung and Mr Daniel R Fung.

Six consultant firms comprising experts in the relevant areas have also been retained to carry out reviews of the systems identified by AA. The reviews are expected to be completed by the end of the year.

The task force was established last month to look into the contingency provisions at the Hong Kong International Airport.

Appendix – 17 systems under review and the list of six consultants.

Major areas of systems under review:

1. Power and water supply
- Power distribution and emergency generator
- Water and sewage

2. People and luggage movement
- Baggage Handling
- Automated people mover
- Lift and escalator
- Traffic control

3. Building management
-Mechanical building management system
- General building management system
- Fire system
- CCTV

4. Aircraft handling
- Aircraft parking aid
- Fixed ground power
- Loading bridges
- Runway
- Airfield ground lighting

5. Information and communication
- Flight Information Display System
- Trunk mobile radio

The six external consultants:
* J Roger Preston
* Mott Connell Ltd
* PBA
* Ove Arup & Partners
* EMSD
* Black & Veatch
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