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Old March 5th, 2010, 06:10 AM   #3281
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Runway study ready this year
3 March 2010
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The Airport Authority will complete its feasibility study on building a third runway at Chek Lap Kok by the end of the year. Hong Kong cannot afford to sit idle as neighbouring airports expand, its chief executive, Stanley Hui Hon-chung, says.

The authority is preparing a report which will consider how the airport can be developed - such as by adding a runway - to maintain the city's edge as an aviation hub.

Hui said a decision on the runway should be taken quickly, given that airports in the region were expanding aggressively.

He said a new runway would take eight to 10 years to complete, including the time needed for approval and construction.

The proposal for a third runway was first raised in a report released in 2006. That study estimated that, by 2025, the airport would serve 80 million passengers and handle eight million tonnes of cargo and 490,000 flights each year.

Meanwhile, Hui said the authority had no plans to extend the relief package for airlines and other operators at the airport when it expired at the end of the month.

In April last year, the authority introduced relief measures of HK$450 million, including interest-free, deferred payments and lower fees, to help airlines and other operators whose business had been hit by the economic downturn.

Joe Ng, the deputy chairman of the Board of Airline Representatives, a trade body that represents about 80 airlines operating at Chek Lap Kok, said it had held talks with the authority over more help on rent and other charges.

Despite recent signs of a pick-up in passenger and cargo business, the global aviation industry is still struggling. Some carriers are replacing their first-class cabins with cheaper seats to attract more travellers.

Ng said major carriers would feel the impact of an end to fee discounts more than the smaller airlines. Parking and landing fees account for about 10 per cent of an airline's overheads.
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Old March 5th, 2010, 10:53 AM   #3282
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HK, Macau to host aviation show in turn
27 January 2010
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Hong Kong and Macau will take turns at staging an annual air show for business jet manufacturers to reach corporate high-fliers in the Greater China market.

The event will be organised by Reed Exhibitions, which stepped in last year to rescue the twice-yearly business jet event at the Asian Aerospace Expo in Hong Kong after the Asian Business Aviation Association pulled out.

"After talking to the [business jet] manufacturers, we found that they are keen to do a show in Asia every year," said Richard Thiele, the head of global sales for Reed Exhibitions. "We decided to host a new business aviation show in Macau in even years and do it in Hong Kong every other year."

This year's show will run from June 9 to 11 to coincide with the Global Gaming Expo (G2E) in Macau in which Reed Exhibitions is also involved. It is expected that G2E Asia, which was first held in Macau in 2007, will attract people who are also interested in the aviation event.

"We can get access to the delegate lists and send some special invitations to the potential clients of private jets," Thiele said.

More than 4,300 visitors from 60 countries attended the G2E show last year. "We are considering flying some of the G2E attendees by private jets from their cities to the air show," he said.

Sixteen private jets were on show at last year's business jet show at Hong Kong International Airport, from a seven-seater commuter to an Airbus 320 business jet.

Thiele expects a similar number to be on display at Macau International Airport in June.
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Old March 7th, 2010, 06:43 PM   #3284
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Old March 9th, 2010, 02:29 PM   #3285
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HK Feb air cargo throughput surges 34.7 pct yr/yr

HONG KONG, March 9 (Reuters) - Air cargo throughput via Hong Kong in February surged 34.7 percent from a year earlier, data from Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Ltd (Hactl) showed on Tuesday.

Cargo exports from the city in February rose 42.2 percent from a year earlier, while imports were up 31 percent.

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Year-on-year change in air cargo via Hong Kong:

 Feb   Jan   Dec   Nov   Oct   Sept   Aug    Jul   Jun
 34.7  48.9  38.5  18.8  1.7   -4.3   -6.2   -8.4  -14.4
Hong Kong is a re-export centre for trade between Asia and the rest of the world.

Air cargo volumes through Hong Kong in February totalled 180,033 tonnes.

"Driven by the surge in air cargo traffic before the Lunar New Year as a result of the stabilising economy, tonnage throughput for the first two months of 2010 reached a record high," Lilian Chan, Hactl's general manager of marketing and customer service, said in a statement.

A breakdown of air cargo handled by Hactl in February:

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Export           91,800    42.2        207,097    47.7
Import           50,536    31.0        110,829    47.3
Transshipment    37,697    23.6         74,730    22.7
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Total           180,033    34.7        392,656    42.1
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Old March 9th, 2010, 04:36 PM   #3286
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Airline chief warns of railways threat
9 March 2010
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The mainland's ambitious high-speed railway programme will deal a "devastating blow" to its airlines and could even kill off short- to medium-haul routes, the chairman of China Eastern Airlines warned yesterday.

"For trips under 500 kilometres, the impact is fatal," Liu Shaoyang said. "For trips between 800 and 1,200 kilometres, the impact will range from significant to marginal."

He said the government should better define the roles of express railway services and airlines because high-speed trains were siphoning off airlines' customers, leaving them weakened in a competitive market.

"Just like the airline fever we saw a few years ago, now it's high-speed railway fever," Liu, 51, said. "The government should work out a reasonable division of labour between the two to prevent overlapping and a waste of land and other resources."

Liu is well placed to comment. Before joining China Eastern, the mainland's second-biggest airline, he was president of China Southern Airlines - its biggest - from 2004 to 2008. He was also among the country's first airline pilots, in the 1980s.

Liu said the central government could also help airlines by opening up the skies for commercial flights.

"We should speed up air traffic control reform as soon as possible because we all know that it is the key reason for so many flight delays," he said. "In our country, airlines just have 20 per cent of air traffic control rights; others are controlled for non-airline purposes. But in the United States, the aviation industry's share is more than 80 per cent."

Nearly 80 per cent of air traffic control rights on the mainland are in the hands of the People's Liberation Army and state security departments.

Hong Kong's Airport Authority says 6,568 flights from Hong Kong to mainland cities were delayed by mainland air traffic control problems over the past three years.

Fears have also been expressed that the high-speed railway programme may affect China's ambitious plan to develop a new generation of regional jets - the ARJ21 Xiangfeng.

The 5 billion yuan (HK$5.68 billion) programme - which began in March 2002 - is a key project of the 10th five-year plan. The 70-seat, twin-engined jet, with a range of more than 2,200 kilometres and costing US$20 million each, is designed for domestic routes.

The Civil Aviation Administration of China still sees increasing demand for airlines. Xinhua said yesterday that Beijing planned to buy 218 aircraft this year, including jumbo jets and aircraft for regional routes. The report cited administration director Li Jiaxiang as saying that the government would spend 90 billion yuan expanding 25 airports this year. The administration expected 700 million passenger trips a year by 2020, with the number likely to double by 2030.

Xinhua has reported that 3.7 trillion yuan will be spent on the high-speed railway network in the next six years.

"It seems like the Ministry of Railways and the civil aviation authorities are competing with each other for their own interests," Hu Xingdou, a Beijing-based economist, said. "But I think it will be a good chance for the aviation industry to implement reforms."
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HK airport's traffic surges in February, back to pre-crisis levels
14 March 2010

HONG KONG, March 14 (Xinhua) -- Boosted by strong Chinese Lunar New Year traffic, passenger and cargo throughput at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) surged 17 percent and 30.1 percent respectively in February year on year, to 3.9 million and 257,000 tonnes, the Airport Authority of Hong Kong announced Sunday.

Air traffic movements also rose by 4.9 percent from the same month in 2009, to 22,270.

"February's performance was encouraging as it was the first month since July 2008 that all three traffic figures recorded growth, fully reflecting a continued recovery in the economy," said Stanley Hui Hon-chung, Chief Executive Officer of the Airport Authority.

Benefiting from the Chinese Lunar New Year holidays, Hong Kong resident travel surged by 45.3 percent and visitors by 17.5 percent in February over a year earlier.

Combined January and February figures, which balance out the seasonal impact of the Chinese traditional holidays, show an increase of 15.3 percent in Hong Kong resident traffic and 9.2 percent in visitor numbers.

On the cargo side, February's imports jumped 28 percent year on year while exports grew 44 percent and transshipments rose 8 percent. Imports and exports both increased by over 40 percent in the first two months over the same period in 2009, while transshipments also grew by more than 10 percent. Strong import and export growth was experienced across all HKIA major markets.

During the first two months, the airport handled 7.9 million passengers, 558,000 tonnes of cargo and 45,730 flight movements, up 6.9 percent, 36.9 percent and 0.6 percent respectively over the same period in 2009.

"Both passenger and cargo traffic have returned to the pre- crisis levels in 2008, although aircraft movements were still 5.7 percent below the first two months of 2008. Based on these figures, we have confidence that this growth trend will continue," Hui added.

Hui also said flight movements during the summer operating season will increase by about 15 percent over the same season last year, indicating that the aviation industry is ramping up flights to meet the anticipated market demand of the coming months.
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Customs foils transnational drug trafficking attempt at airport
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Hong Kong Customs yesterday (March 10) foiled a transnational drug trafficking attempt at Hong Kong International Airport, arresting a man and seizing about 1.8 kg of cocaine worth about $1.5 million.

Customs officers of the Airport Command intercepted a man arriving from Bogota, Colombia, via Moscow for baggage examination and found three packets of cocaine inside a hidden compartment of his suitcase.

The 37-year-old man, who claimed to be a businessman, will be charged with one count of trafficking in a dangerous drug and will appear at the Tsuen Wan Magistrates' Courts today (March 11).

Under the Dangerous Drugs Ordinance, drug trafficking is a serious offence. The maximum penalty is up to life imprisonment and a fine of $5 million.
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China, HK to be first overseas destinations for Aryan Cargo
18 March 2010
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Air cargo carrier Aryan Cargo Express (ACE) is all set to launch its scheduled international service in mid-April with China and Hong Kong to be its first overseas destinations.

“We are in the process of obtaining slots in eight destination airports initially, including Japan, Thailand, the UAE and Italy. We expect to get the clearances for China and Hong Kong airports by mid-April, which will enable us to launch our first scheduled international service,” Capt Mukut Pathak, Chairman and Managing Director, told Business Line.

ACE, a subsidiary of the New Delhi-based Aryan Cargo Express & Logistics Ltd, has been granted NOC by the Ministry of Civil Aviation to commence cargo operations from India. Currently operating on some non-scheduled routes, it plans to be a non-integrated carrier of goods providing airport-to-airport freight transportation, serving destinations in Asia, Africa and Europe. Initially, the cargo airline will be setting up three hubs in Delhi, the UAE and Bangkok.

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The airline will be deploying a fleet of five leased aircraft during its first year of operation (2010-11), when it expects to notch up cargo revenue of Rs 1,100 crore. “We have contracted for lease three Airbus A310-300 from Air India – we have already received the first of these, while the second is expected to join the fleet within a week and the third by April,” according to Capt Pathak.

In addition to these, the airline will be taking on lease two McDonnell Douglas MD-11 aircraft from Boeing Capital, which will be joining its fleet in June and August. While the MD-11s have a cargo carrying capacity of up to 90 tonnes, the A 310s can carry a load of up to 36.5 tonnes. “At present, this capacity is sufficient to carry out our first phase of operations. In this phase, we intend to connect SAARC with South East Asia, China and West Asia. In the second phase, the connectivity will extend to Far East, North Africa and Australia-New Zealand,” he said.

He said the airline was poised to launch international services at a time when cargo traffic was rebounding globally. “The end of 2009 and the beginning of 2010 saw a reasonable upturn in cargo volumes to a level of almost 28 per cent higher than the lowest point reached in 2008,” he said.

Latest figures released by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) show that international cargo demand registered a 28.3 per cent improvement with only a 3.7 per cent increase in capacity in January. This pushed the cargo load factor to 49.6 per cent, which is a significant change from the 40.1 per cent recorded in January 2009.

“The sharp improvement in air freight is being driven by businesses re-stocking depleted inventories. The industry is expected to take delivery of 50 freighters in 2010,” the IATA said.
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Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering: Deputy Chairman P.K. Chan Resigns
19 March 2010

HONG KONG (Dow Jones)--Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Co. (0044.HK) said Friday its deputy chairman, P.K. Chan, has resigned with immediate effect, just weeks after he asked to step down from his duties amid a corruption investigation by the city's anti-graft agency.

Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering, which is controlled by conglomerate Swire Pacific Ltd. (0019.HK), said in a statement Chan had retired and cited him as saying he wasn't aware of any disagreement with the company's board. Chan didn't immediately return calls to his mobile phone seeking comment.

The company said its board expressed gratitude to Chan for 'his outstanding contributions and wise counsel' since he was named a director in 1993.

The Independent Commission Against Corruption said last month it charged Chan's brother, Chan Wing-hin, on one count of conspiracy to accept bribes.

The anti-graft agency charged Chan Wing-hin for conspiring with P.K. Chan between July 1, 1999 and Feb. 28, 2007 to receive kickbacks in exchange for Haeco awarding certain contracts for arranging accommodation for training personnel in Hong Kong. No charges have been filed against P.K. Chan.

P.K. Chan retired as Haeco's chief executive in October 2008, and was later appointed non-executive deputy chairman.
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Aviation passenger fuel surcharges adjusted
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
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The Civil Aviation Department (CAD) today (March 23) gave approval for passenger fuel surcharges levied by three airlines to be reduced for the period from April 1 to 30.

The new maximum levels of fuel surcharges will be $81 for short-haul flights and $375 for long-haul flights, which represent a reduction of about 4% from the current maximum levels for both short and long haul flights. The applicable surcharge levels are based on the ticket issue date. (These airlines and their newly approved fuel surcharge levels are listed in the Annex.)

Passenger fuel surcharges seek to allow airlines to partially recover the increase in operational costs due to fluctuations in aviation fuel prices. As the aeronautical authority in Hong Kong, the CAD considers and approves fuel surcharge applications from the airlines in accordance with bilateral Air Services Agreements.

Passenger fuel surcharges are reviewed regularly by the CAD. The last review was done at the end of February when the maximum surcharge levels approved by the CAD were $84 for short-haul flights and $390 for long-haul flights.

Annex: Airlines and their newly approved fuel surcharge levels
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Airbus tyres explode on Chek Lap Kok taxiway
Airbus plane aborts take-off from Chek Lap Kok after tyres explode

8 April 2010
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An investigation has been launched after an Airbus plane with 243 people on board was forced to abandon take-off from Hong Kong after four of its tyres exploded, wrecking one of the plane's engines.

The A340 suffered extensive damage in the incident, which happened as it travelled down a taxiway at Chek Lap Kok shortly before midnight on April 1. The Swiss International Air Lines flight was preparing to fly to Zurich.

Debris from the four tyres smashed the cowling of one of the plane's engines and peppered the underside of the plane, forcing the pilot to abandon the flight and call for help to unload its passengers.

The passengers were taken off the stricken plane using a set of stairs driven out onto the taxiway. Some were put on indirect flights to Zurich the following morning, while others waited to catch the same direct flight on April 2.

Airbus and Swiss airline experts have since flown to Hong Kong to join the Civil Aviation Department in an investigation to find out what caused the accident, which the airline said was "serious" and unprecedented in its fleet.

The plane was still in the maintenance area yesterday after having its damaged engine replaced and repairs carried out to the landing gear. It is expected to fly back to Zurich within days.

Investigators are understood to be trying to establish whether a mechanical problem with the landing gear or axles caused the tyres to explode or whether a foreign object on the taxiway might have caused the incident.

A civil aviation spokesman said a 16-metre-long scratch was found on the taxiway. It was believed to have been caused by the wheels scraping on the tarmac after the tyres exploded.

Swiss spokesman Jean-Claude Donzel said the incident was "very strange". "It is the first time we have had an incident like this on a taxiway," he said. "You do occasionally have something like this happen after a hard landing if you have turbulence on your descent, but not when a plane is just rolling down a taxiway.

"The damage was quite serious and we had to replace one engine on the aircraft. Some of our people came from Switzerland to Hong Kong to supervise the repairs. We expect the aircraft to be ready to fly again in the next few days.

"We are looking forward to learning the outcome of the investigation. I don't want to speculate, but obviously we would like to know if there was any object on the taxiway that might have caused this to happen."

The civil aviation spokesman was unable to say if any foreign objects had been found on the taxiway but said the scratch - 10mm deep and 16 metres long - was almost certainly caused by the movement of the aircraft while the tyres were deflated.

"Further investigations are required to determine what happened. The [Civil Aviation Department] will collect all the necessary evidence to support the investigation," he said.

A senior Hong Kong-based Airbus captain described the accident as "extremely unusual". "I can't think of a precedent," he said. "I can only imagine that something external to the plane, possibly something on the taxiway, caused this to happen.

"The plane would only have been travelling at about 30 knots or 40 miles per hour (about 64km/h) while on the taxiway. Tyres are pretty tough these days and if anything goes wrong, they usually deflate. They don't explode. In all my years of flying I have never had a tyre go on me. The explosion would have been pretty powerful. If you were near one of the tyres when it exploded, the flying debris might kill you. But the passengers wouldn't have noticed much."

The incident was stranger for the fact that the engine affected by the flying debris was the No4 engine, not the No3 engine directly above the burst tyres, the pilot pointed out.

An Airport Authority spokesman said it had deployed staff to inspect the taxiway after the incident, arranged disembarkation for passengers and facilitated the towing of the aircraft for maintenance. Aircraft movements and airport operations were not affected.

"After the completion of the immediate on-site inspection, we found that the scratch did not affect taxiway operations and aircraft safety," he said. "While there is no immediate safety issue, pavement resurfacing for the concerned taxiway will be carried out within two weeks."
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Flight attendants prepare for strike after talks with United break down
7 April 2010
South China Morning Post

United Airlines flight attendants are preparing for possible strike action after talks with the American carrier's management failed to reach agreement on better pay, health care and other benefits.

"Our flight attendants have told us they have had enough. When we talk of a strike at the Association of Flight Attendants, we have our own way of doing it. It could be one flight, it could be 10 flights, it could be three hours, it could be one city. We could stop a whole city," Jack Kande, who heads the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA in Hong Kong, said.

The threat of industrial action followed protests by United's cabin crew in Hong Kong, Tokyo, London, Frankfurt and 11 airports in major US cities yesterday. More than 100 flight attendants waved placards and handed out flyers highlighting their grievances at the airport in Hong Kong.

Kande said the association, which represents the 16,000 flight attendants working for United, was making preparations for a strike, including setting up a fund to help compensate striking members for lost wages.

Cabin crew were hoping to work out new contracts with improved terms after agreeing to work longer for less pay after the airline filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in December 2002.

Three years later, the airline cancelled its pension plan before emerging from bankruptcy in 2006.

The bankruptcy-enforced pay cuts expired on January 7 as part of an agreement to negotiate a new flight-attendant contract.

Both parties had met some 40 times over the past year but the airline was insisting on more concessions from cabin crew, Kande said.

Flight attendants complain their wages are at 1994 levels and they are working almost 50 per cent more than they did in 2002.

When United emerged from bankruptcy in 2006, chief executive Glenn Tilton was awarded a bonus that could have provided a 10 per cent pay rise for all the airline's flight attendants, the union said.
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