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Old June 30th, 2010, 04:38 AM   #3341
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I know I've asked this before but didn't see an answer, what is Air Macau doing at HKG? Don't see any flights between HKG and MFM.
I remembering answering before actually .. Air Macau's jet is being leased by a mainland airline, so it's not flying as an Air Macau flight at all.
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Old June 30th, 2010, 09:03 AM   #3342
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I remembering answering before actually .. Air Macau's jet is being leased by a mainland airline, so it's not flying as an Air Macau flight at all.
Thanks for the answer. It looks like the HKG to MFM flight via plane isn't feasible nor profitable. It would be nice though in my opinion.
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Old June 30th, 2010, 07:02 PM   #3343
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HK Airport Authority Last FY Net Up 9.9%; Volumes Seen Recovering
30 June 2010

HONG KONG (Dow Jones)--Airport Authority Hong Kong, which operates the city's international airport, said Wednesday its net profit for the fiscal year ending March 31 rose 9.9% due to stringent cost controls and growing demand for air travel as the global economy recovered.

Chief Executive Stanley Hui told a news conference air passenger and cargo traffic volumes will likely return to pre-crisis levels in the fiscal year ending March 2011 as a result of the continuing recovery. He said he expects around 50 million passengers to pass through Hong Kong's airport this fiscal year and the cargo volume rise to 4 million metric tons.

The airport operator's net profit for its last fiscal year was HK$2.84 billion (US$364 million), up from HK$2.59 billion the previous fiscal year. Its return on equity rose to 7.8% from 7.2%.

Revenue increased 1.5% to HK$9.02 billion from HK$8.89 billion.

The airport handled 47.0 million passengers during the period, down 1.7% from 47.7 million a year earlier, and cargo throughput rose 4.4% to 3.6 million metric tons from 3.4 million tons.

The unlisted government-owned airport operator has earmarked more than HK$12.0 billion for the next five years to increase the airport's capacity. Of the total, the authority will use HK$7 billion-9 billion to fund an expansion program that could increase its annual handling capacity to 70 million passengers and 6 million tons of cargo by 2020.

Hui said the authority will fund the expansion with internal resources and debt financing, and declined to comment on whether it will consider listing in Hong Kong to raise funds.

'It's up to our shareholder, which is the Hong Kong government, to decide on such plan,' said Hui.

The Hong Kong government previously planned to list the authority in 2005, but the plan has been put on hold. Analysts have said the authority's strong profitability in recent years made a share sale less urgent.

The authority said it will pay the Hong Kong government a special dividend of HK$2.2 billion in addition to an ordinary dividend of HK$2.3 billion for its last fiscal year, up from the HK$2.2 billion it paid in the previous fiscal year.

It said the contribution from its 35%-owned Xiaoshan International Airport in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, was HK$177 million, down 8.3% from HK$193 million.

The loss from the authority's joint venture with the Zhuhai government to manage the Zhuhai International Airport narrowed to HK$6 million from HK$11 million.

Hui said Zhuhai Airport will likely turn profitable this year, supported by improving air travel demand thanks to the rapid growth of China's economy.
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Old June 30th, 2010, 07:34 PM   #3344
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Thanks for the answer. It looks like the HKG to MFM flight via plane isn't feasible nor profitable. It would be nice though in my opinion.
Nah .. it's an hour ferry, and soon a bridge will connect us!

However, Macau and Shenzhen have an air connection though!
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Old June 30th, 2010, 11:04 PM   #3345
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Nah .. it's an hour ferry, and soon a bridge will connect us!

However, Macau and Shenzhen have an air connection though!
MFM and SZX by helicopter correct?
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Old June 30th, 2010, 11:17 PM   #3346
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MFM and SZX by helicopter correct?
Sky Shuttle runs helicopters between SZX and the Macau ferry terminal, and between the Macau ferry terminal and the HK ferry terminal.

Shows you that Chinese people are such compulsive gamblers that they have helicopters to zoom them to casinos faster!
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Old July 1st, 2010, 08:22 AM   #3347
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I recall Air Macau used to have a Shenzhen - Macau flight, but upon checking their schedules last night, I can't find the route anymore.
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Old July 1st, 2010, 10:03 AM   #3348
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I recall Air Macau used to have a Shenzhen - Macau flight, but upon checking their schedules last night, I can't find the route anymore.
Probably one of the shortest scheduled jet flights ever.
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Old July 2nd, 2010, 06:39 PM   #3349
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Old July 3rd, 2010, 03:25 AM   #3350
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Probably one of the shortest scheduled jet flights ever.
No doubt another victim of the new direct flights to Taiwan.
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Old July 3rd, 2010, 06:06 PM   #3351
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Helicopter accident
Saturday, July 3, 2010
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The Civil Aviation Department (CAD) is conducting an investigation to determine the cause of an accident involving a helicopter which made an emergency landing at the harbour today (July 3).

The Sky Shuttle type AgustaWestland AW139 helicopter, flight EMU2, departing for Macau, made an emergency landing at sea about 500 metres northwest of Shun Tak Centre at 12.05pm. All 13 passengers and crew onboard were rescued and admitted to Queen Mary Hospital. They were subsequently discharged.

Marine Police, Fire Services Department and Marine Department participated in the rescue operation. Marine traffic has not been affected by the accident.

CAD had ordered and agreed by Sky Shuttle to ground all AW139 helicopters for inspection. The service between Hong Kong and Macau is suspended until further notice.

CAD will invite the participation of the accident investigation authorities of Macau and Italy where the helicopter was registered and manufactured respectively. The preliminary report will be released in about one month's time.
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Old July 5th, 2010, 05:58 PM   #3353
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HK June air cargo throughput rises 30.5 pct yr/yr
5 July 2010

HONG KONG, July 5 (Reuters) - Air cargo throughput via Hong Kong in June increased 30.5 percent from a year earlier, data from Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Ltd (Hactl) showed.

Cargo exports from the city in June increased 38.6 percent from a year earlier, while imports were up 27.2 percent.

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

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 30.5  44.6  41.9  30.8   34.7  48.9
Hong Kong is a re-export centre for trade between Asia and the rest of the world.

Air cargo volumes through Hong Kong in June totalled 245,352 tonnes.

Export volume to China, Europe and the United States for the first half of the year recorded robust growth of 48.8 percent, 45.7 percent and 45.5 percent as the global economy continued to rebound from a low base in 2009, Hactle said in a statement.

"We remain cautious over the global economy's long-term growth prospect as the looming European debt crisis and the uncertainties in the US's economic growth continue to pose impacts to cargo traffic around the globe," Lilian Chan, Hactl's general manager of marketing and customer service, said in a statement.

A breakdown of air cargo handled by Hactl in June:

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Export         134,138      38.6       752,830     46.4
Import          65,056      27.2       366,204     35.4
Transshipment   46,158      15.3       270,025     23.2
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Total          245,352      30.5     1,389,059     38.4
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Old July 8th, 2010, 12:08 PM   #3355
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Sorry if this has been discussed before, as I am new here, but does Etihad stand a chance in HKG? If so, would they use a 332 or 77W?
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Sorry if this has been discussed before, as I am new here, but does Etihad stand a chance in HKG? If so, would they use a 332 or 77W?
Well, if Emirates and Qatar can make it here, Etihad probably has a chance provided it can have better ongoing connections.
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HKIA Named Asia-Pacific's Most Efficient Airport
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(HONG KONG, 8 July 2010) – Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) was once again recognised as the most efficient airport in Asia-Pacific. The Air Transport Research Society (ATRS) bestowed on HKIA the "Asia-Pacific Airport Efficiency Excellence Award" at the 2010 ATRS World Conference in Porto, Portugal. This is the fourth consecutive year that HKIA received the honour, proving its long-time consistency in operational efficiency.

The results of the award are obtained after a year-long research by 13 top aviation experts from Europe, Asia-Pacific, North America and Australia, and are published annually in the ATRS Global Airport Benchmarking Report. Airports are benchmarked among peer airports on their performance, productivity, efficiency, unit cost competitiveness and other factors. The report also provides over 30 performance measures identifying effects of the operating environment of the airport, business diversification efforts, outsourcing and service quality.

Stanley Hui Hon-chung, Chief Executive Officer of Airport Authority Hong Kong, saw the award as a great encouragement to the 60,000 strong airport community members whose diligence and professionalism have made HKIA the most efficient in Asia-Pacific. He said, "It is particularly meaningful to us as we operate one of the busiest international passenger airports and the busiest international cargo facilities in the world. We will continue to do our best to provide efficient, reliable, safe and cost effective services to our passengers and other airport users."
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Helicopter in harbour plunge was subject to safety alert
Helicopter in accident subject to safety alert
Incident in Qatar prompted warning about craft's tail boom

11 July 2010
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The Macau-bound helicopter which was forced to ditch in Victoria Harbour last weekend was the subject of a worldwide safety alert.

Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department officials confirmed that the stricken Italian-made AgustaWestland AW139 - along with hundreds of the same model flying worldwide - was subject to an emergency airworthiness directive issued last October by European safety officials.

The directive details a "de-bonding" problem with panels on the 15-seater aircraft's tail boom and mandates rigorous daily checks on that section of the helicopter.

Investigations into last weekend's incident continue, and official details are sketchy, but it is known that the AW139 helicopter - owned and operated by Macau-based company Sky Shuttle - suffered a "tail rotor failure" seconds after take-off from the Shun Tak Centre helipad in Sheung Wan, forcing pilot Richard Moffatt to ditch in the harbour.

The section of the tail that broke off and sank will form a key part of the investigation into what happened last Saturday. Aviation officials said it had yet to be retrieved from the harbour.

The aircraft's 11 passengers were plucked to safety and suffered only slight injuries as a result of the efforts of Moffatt and his first officer, Fernando Sun Keng-pong, in bringing it safely down onto the surface of the harbour.

Sky Shuttle operates a fleet of six AW139s, two of which are registered in Hong Kong and four in Macau. After being grounded in the immediate aftermath of the incident, the five remaining aircraft were cleared for take off last Wednesday.

The emergency directive was issued by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) on October 29 after the tail boom of a helicopter of the same model operated by Gulf Helicopters snapped off as it taxied along a runway in Qatar in August. Its issuance has split European and Hong Kong aviation officials.

A spokeswoman for the Civil Aviation Department said it was aware of the de-bonding problem. "However, the problem referred to by the emergency AD [the directive] was only on the section of the tail boom immediately behind the cabin, not on the vertical section at the tail. EASA did not specifically correlate the reason for the directive to the Qatar incident."

A spokeswoman for AgustaWestland also moved to play down any link between the Hong Kong and Qatar incidents.

"We can confirm that the airworthiness directive you reference relates to the same model as was involved in the Sky Shuttle incident, although we believe that the Qatar incident that preceded the directive's issuance and the incident here in Hong Kong are unrelated," she said.

However, EASA's Dominique Fouda said the directive applied to the whole tail boom and that the Qatar incident - among others - had been factored into the decision to issue the airworthiness directive.

"The directive was issued following a number of different incidents involving fuselage problems on the AW139. It covers the whole of the tail, including the section to which the tail rotor is attached. The Qatar incident was factored into the decision," Fouda said. "The directive remains in force but has not been updated in light of the Hong Kong incident because the investigation into that is still ongoing."

The directive mandates that inspections of the AW139 tail boom be made at more regular intervals as a result of potential tail boom problems. These include daily general visual inspections and frequent detailed inspections of the tail boom panels "to detect bulging and/or deformations". It goes on to say that these inspections should in some cases be carried out at intervals not exceeding 25 flight hours.

Asked if this was being done prior to the ditching of the helicopter last weekend, the Civil Aviation Department spokeswoman said: "The inspection records of the accident aircraft are being checked. All airworthiness directives issued by the state of manufacture are mandated by Hong Kong.

"Therefore, the two Hong Kong- registered AW139 of Sky Shuttle are in compliance with the requirement of the [directive] since it was issued. This includes daily general visual inspections, 25-flight-hour inspection and 50-flight-hour inspection."

The Hong Kong authorities are also aware of the Qatar incident and say they will liaise with the authorities in the Arab emirate if necessary.

Despite several months having passed since the Qatar incident, details have not emerged as to what caused the tail boom to snap. There was initially speculation that a bird strike may have caused the helicopter pilot to lose control, but a former head of Hong Kong's Civil Aviation Department, Peter Lok, cast doubt on that theory.

"I never thought it was a bird strike. My feeling is that was an engine problem. These are not unheard of despite the fact that the way modern engines are designed enhances their safety quite considerably," he said.

The international investigation into the Victoria Harbour incident is being jointly undertaken by the Civil Aviation Departments of Hong Kong and Macau, the Italian Air Safety Board, AgustaWestland and the Transport Safety Board (TSB) of Canada - where the engines were manufactured.

The Civil Aviation Department is expected to release a preliminary report into the incident in about three weeks' time.
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