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Old August 7th, 2010, 09:31 PM   #3381
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Old August 11th, 2010, 05:48 PM   #3383
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Transaero Launches Service to Hong Kong
6 August 2010
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Transaero Airlines announces the launch of new, regular scheduled flights from Moscow to Hong Kong , in line with its strategy to expand its international route network. In the launch phase, the service will operate weekly with Boeing 777 aircraft with seats available for Business, Premium Economy and Economy Class passengers. Due to high cruise speed the time of flight from Moscow to Hong Kong will take less than 9 hours.

Flight UN967 will depart from Moscow Domodedovo International Airport every Friday at 9:00 pm and arrive at Hong Kong International Airport at 9:55 am the following day. The return flight, UN968, will depart from Hong Kong every Saturday at 11:25 am and arrive in Moscow at 5:15 pm (all times provided are local).

On Transaero's Moscow – Hong Kong route a special offer is being made to Business and Premium Economy Class passengers. Passengers purchasing Business class tickets will be accommodated in Imperial class with its first class service and luxury seats reclining 180 degrees into lie-flat beds at not extra cost. As well as Premium Economy Class passengers will enjoy Transaero’s Business class service at no additional cost. This special offer is valid until 30 October 2010.

In addition to increasing the number of destinations in China , Transaero has added another weekly flight on its Moscow – Beijing route beginning from 1 August 2010. Flight UN865 will depart from Moscow Domodedovo International Airport every Sunday at 11:15 am and arrive at Beijing Capital International Airport (Terminal 3) at 10:10 pm. The return flight, UN866, will depart from Beijing every Monday at 12:40 am and arrive in Moscow at 4:20 am. Transaero will operate Boeing 747-400 aircraft on the route. The additional weekly service has been added in response to customer demand. Just two months after the carrier’s first-ever flight to this destination, the seat load factor regularly exceeds 90%.

Launching its service to Hong Kong as well as increasing the frequency of flights to Beijing marks another step forward for Transaero Airlines in the realisation of its long standing plans to expand the carrier’s presence in Asia and develop operations to and from all major global airports.
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Old August 13th, 2010, 11:22 AM   #3384
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All set for service to HK from Hongqiao
13 August 2010
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CHINA Eastern Airlines and its subsidiary Shanghai Airlines will launch direct flights linking Shanghai's Hongqiao International Airport with Hong Kong starting September 10 to facilitate passengers' access to the Yangtze River Delta region.

China Eastern will operate a daily flight departing from Shanghai at 8:30am and Shanghai Air will run a daily flight departing at 3:30pm, which will increase the number of weekly flights between the two cities to more than 200, Shanghai-based China Eastern said in an e-mailed statement yesterday.

At present, passengers can take flights to Hong Kong only from Pudong International Airport.

The Chinese mainland's aviation regulator and Hong Kong's transport department last month agreed to add Hongqiao as another destination amid growing trade and cultural interaction between the two cities.

Hongqiao airport is located in the Hongqiao Transport Hub, which links high-speed railways, highways, subways and buses.

The airport is a key gateway to the Yangtze River Delta region, and the new flights will facilitate passengers' transfers at the airport to gain better access to the region.

Meanwhile, China Eastern said in a separate statement that it carried 6.3 million passengers in July, surging 56.07 percent from a year earlier, and 114,130 tons of cargo, rising 54.81 percent on a yearly basis.

Its load factor reached 83.21 percent, the highest so far this year, rising 10.95 percentage points on a yearly basis and 3.09 percentage points from a month earlier, the statement said.
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Old August 14th, 2010, 08:59 PM   #3385
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Old August 15th, 2010, 12:20 AM   #3386
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Old August 15th, 2010, 10:36 AM   #3387
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Passenger Volume, Air Traffic Movements Reach New Highs in July

(HONG KONG, 15 August 2010) – Strong summer traffic momentum continued for Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) as all three traffic categories recorded double-digit growth in July. Passenger throughput and aircraft movements were up 17.5% and 14.7% from a year ago, reaching new monthly highs of 4.7 million and 26,720 respectively. Cargo tonnage also jumped 24.5% year-on-year to 363,000 during the period.

Passenger traffic to/ from the Mainland and South East Asia performed particularly well last month. While overall visitor number registered a 29% yearly increase, Hong Kong resident traffic rose 21% against July 2009.

On the air cargo front, almost all of Hong Kong’s major trading markets showed yearly double-digit growth in July. Exports, especially those to North America and Europe, continued to be the dominant growth driver, surging 36% over the same period last year. Import and transshipment volume also saw year-on-year growth of 23% and 2% respectively.

Stanley Hui Hon-chung, Chief Executive Officer of Airport Authority Hong Kong, said, “The market rebound during the summer holiday travel season has been particularly strong. July saw a high average load factor of close to 80% for passenger flights at HKIA. To meet increased demand, both foreign and base carriers have been active in adding more flights, launching new destinations, or restoring flights that had been suspended during the financial crisis. All these increased aviation activities will further strengthen the airport’s position as an international and regional aviation centre.”

According to the latest report by Airports Council International, HKIA has retained its position as the world’s busiest international cargo airport for the 14th consecutive year and handled the world’s third largest international passenger volume in 2009.

Meanwhile, robust demand has seen cargo throughput at HKIA increase 33.3% year-on-year to 2.3 million tonnes over the first seven months of 2010. Cumulative passenger volume for the period reached 29.2 million after rising 10.4%. Air traffic movements grew 6.3% to 171,650.
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Old August 16th, 2010, 05:54 PM   #3388
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Old August 17th, 2010, 12:17 PM   #3389
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PAL increases fares in 8 routes
12 August 2010
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The flag carrier will raise its fuel surcharge from $35 to $42 on Manila–Bangkok flights effective Aug. 15 until Nov. 14.

“PAL is constrained to increase its fuel surcharge to enable it to partially recover the steady increase in the cost of fuel,” the airline told the Civil Aeronautics Board.

The Lucio Tan-owned airline said it was incurring “under-recovery” of fuel cost amounting to $6.36 per passenger in its Manila-Bangkok route.

It was also allowed to extend until October 12 fuel surcharges it raised from July 13 on its flights to Singapore ($29), Indonesia ($44), Hong Kong ($25), Macau ($19), Xianmen ($24), Shanghai ($44) and Beijing ($44).

For domestic flights, PAL charges P500 to P700 for fuel surcharge.

A fuel surcharge is added to each airline ticket to offset increases in jet fuel prices, which in turn make up an airline’s highest expense after labor, accounting for more than a third of its operating cost per passenger.

PAL said it was spending as much as $30 billion a year on jet fuel.

The carrier is locked in a dispute with a group of pilots and in-flight crew over issues ranging from salary to retirement age to benefits. Its ground employees are also restive over its plan to spin off three non-core units.

PAL has reduced its domestic flights after the resignation of 26 pilots operating its Airbuses.

Meanwhile, foreign carriers Thai Airways and Malaysia Airlines were also allowed to increase their fuel surcharges.

Only Cathay Pacific and Hong Kong Dragon Airlines are bucking the trend and are cutting fuel surcharge.

Fuel surcharges will be as follows: Thai Airways’ Manila-Bangkok and Manila-Osaka services, $43; Malaysian Airlines’ Manila-Malaysia service, $30; Dragonair’s Manila-Hong Kong, $64.70; and Cathay Pacific’s Manila-Hong Kong service, $64.70.

Data from the International Air Transport Association showed that the price of jet fuel rose 4.3 percent to $92.40 a barrel on August 6 from a week ago.

The average price of jet fuel so far this year stood at $88.3 a barrel, and that increased the international airlines’ fuel bill by $17 billion.

Jet fuel was most expensive in Latin and Central America at $95.6 a barrel and cheapest in the Middle East and Africa at $90.20 a barrel.

Jet fuel prices in Asia stood at $92.80 a barrel on August 6, up 12.5 percent from a year ago.
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Old August 18th, 2010, 05:35 AM   #3391
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Cathay puts $5.5b into cargo hub
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Cathay Pacific is investing HK$5.5 billion to create what is billed as the world's largest air cargo terminal in terms of designed throughput.

The seven-story terminal - the third for Hong Kong International Airport - will occupy 10 hectares at Chek Lap Kok. It will increase total handling capacity by around 50 percent to 7.4 million tonnes a year, according to Development Bureau figures.

Siemens, which will equip the terminal, points to the facility having an annual capacity of 2.6 million tonnes in the initial phase, with operations starting in early 2013. This may reach 4.8 million tonnes in 2017, when the facility becomes fully operational.

"Not many cities experience the challenge of limited space as well as fast expanding cargo volume like Hong Kong," Siemens chief executive Denis Leung Siu-cheung said. "We need to be efficient to face the fierce competition from other regions."

The Airport Authority estimates cargo volume will reach eight million tonnes a year by 2025. So it gave Cathay Pacific the franchise in 2008 to invest in, design, construct and operate the terminal under a 20-year deal.

The Hong Kong Air Cargo and Asia Airfreight terminals are handling 2.6 million tonnes and 1.5 million tonnes respectively each year.

A spokesman for Cathay said the airline, along with sister firm Dragonair, recorded year-on-year growth of 18.1 percent in cargo and mail last month.

That came to 157,374 tonnes, or 43.3 percent of freight handled at the airport.

Siemens project manger Frank Fernschild said the new terminal will minimize handling and waiting time for trucks, with land-use efficiency over 25 tonnes per square meter.

Hong Kong International has been the world's busiest international cargo airport for the past 14 years. It handled 3.4 million tonnes of freight last year, or 35.3 percent of the total value of the SAR's external trade.
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Old August 19th, 2010, 02:16 PM   #3393
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Emirates’ A380 Network Continues to Expand

DUBAI, U.A.E.
19th August 2010


Emirates, the world’s largest operator of the Airbus A380, today announced Hong Kong as the newest destination for its super-jumbo from 1st October.

Emirates, the world’s largest operator of the Airbus A380, today announced Hong Kong as the newest destination for its super-jumbo.

Emirates has a total of 12 A380s in service with 78 on order and Hong Kong will become the Dubai-based global airline’s 11th A380 destination.


Starting on 1st October, Emirates’ A380 will operate daily from Dubai as EK384 via Bangkok with the return flight operating as EK385.

Richard Jewsbury, Emirates’ Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations, Far East and Australasia, said: “We are very excited to announce Hong Kong as a new Emirates A380 destination.

“This commercially-vibrant metropolis became part of Emirates’ ever expanding network back in 1991, and today we operate a double-daily service between Hong Kong and Dubai, one non-stop and one flight via Bangkok. We also operate 18 weekly Emirates SkyCargo freighter services.

“We are proud to be able to demonstrate our commitment to Hong Kong by putting our flagship aircraft on this route. Our passengers from Hong Kong now have the opportunity to enjoy the wonderful service and comforts available on this aircraft and our passengers from Thailand will have the option of flying the A380 to either Dubai or Hong Kong.”

Emirates’ luxurious A380 products include two onboard shower spas in the First Class cabin, featuring signature amenities by the airline’s premium spa brand, Timeless Spa. For First and Business Class passengers the onboard lounge is the social highlight, featuring a fully-stocked bar and a selection of hot and cold canapés.

Flat-bed massage-equipped private suites await passengers in First Class, while in Business Class there is a new generation of all-aisle flat-bed seats, for those travelling on the main deck in Economy Class can stretch out in seats with a pitch of up to 33 inches.

In all classes, there is mood-lighting and ice, the award-winning, inflight entertainment system featuring over 1200 channels of on-demand entertainment, including movies and music in Thai and Cantonese.

Emirates currently operates the A380 from Dubai daily to Paris, Jeddah, Toronto, Seoul, Bangkok, Sydney, Auckland, Beijing and double daily to London Heathrow. On September 1st Emirates will begin daily flights with the A380 to Manchester and from 31st October the aircraft will make a welcome return to the non-stop service between Dubai and New York’s JFK airport.

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Old August 19th, 2010, 05:42 PM   #3394
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Great! Another big A380 to spot and take pictures.
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Old August 20th, 2010, 05:47 AM   #3396
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Cebu Pacific adds flights to Hong Kong
21 August 2010
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Cebu Pacific (CEB) will add one more daily flight to Hong Kong, its most popular international destination, starting November 24, 2010. CEB's Manila-Hong Kong service is set to offer five times daily flights.

CEB flew 493,000 passengers to Hong Kong last year, outnumbering other international destinations such as Singapore, Osaka, Incheon, Kuala Lumpur, and Jakarta. The airline currently operates four daily flights from Manila, and a daily service from both Cebu and Clark to and from Hong Kong.

'The first international destination we flew to was Hong Kong in 2001. Since then, the demand for lower fares and even more flights and frequencies has resulted into very convenient flight schedules between Hong Kong and the Philippines,' said CEB VP for marketing and distribution Candice Iyog.

CEB is currently offering a seat sale from August 20-22, 2010 or until seats last, for travel this October 1-November 30, 2010. Those going from Manila and Cebu to Hong Kong, as well as from Manila to Macau, can avail of P1,999 ‘‘Go Lite'' seat sale fares. Meanwhile, those going from Clark to Hong Kong and Macau can avail of P1,499 ‘‘Go Lite'' seats.

Select domestic destinations are also available for P888 ‘‘Go Lite'' seat sale fares. These are from Manila to Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, Tagbilaran, Puerto Princesa and Zamboanga.

'CEB is also the biggest airline operating from the Philippines to Macau, with five times weekly flights from Manila and four times weekly flights from Clark. We plan to add two more Manila-Macau flights, making it a daily service, starting October 31, 2010,' Iyog said.

The airline also flew the most passengers from the Philippines to Macau, flying 115,262 passengers in 2009, 64,533 more than other airlines.

CEB has flown over 45 million passengers since 1996. The airline flies to 14 other international destinations, using the youngest aircraft fleet in the country. These destinations are: Brunei (starting August 21), Beijing (starting September 5), Guangzhou, Shanghai, Taipei, Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu, Jakarta, Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh, Osaka, Incheon, and Pusan.
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HKMA official bailed after airport fracas
Hong Kong Standard
Monday, August 23, 2010

A Hong Kong Monetary Authority official has been released on bail after being arrested for assault during a dispute with a Cathay Pacific ground staff member.

HKMA senior manager Brian Chin Tsang-kung was arrested on his return from holiday last week. He is now free on bail of HK$500 and must report to police next month.

Chin allegedly struck Cathay staffer Stanley Chan on a hand after being told he and three family members could not board a Kuala Lumpur-bound flight earlier this month because they were late at the departure gate.

Other staff members claim that after swearing at them and being violent, Chin received special treatment as he is an acquaintance of top managers at Cathay.

But Cathay's official position is that upgrading the Chin family to business class and providing limousine service in Malaysia follows normal procedure.

The chairwoman of the Cathay Pacific Airways Flight Attendants' Union, Dora Lai Yuk-sim, welcomed the action.

But "I hope it will not be another case of Amina," added Lai, referring to Amina Mariam Bokhary, a top judge's niece put on probation after a third conviction of assaulting a police officer. "One should not be treated favorably because of his or her social status."

Staff members also said Chin's case shows up a lack of guidelines to deal with passengers who are rude or violent.

Solicitor Wong Kwok-tung noted that Chin was arrested for common assault - one of the lesser charges that may be leveled for assault and carries a maximum one year in prison.

There have been reports that Chin is still on leave and is consulting psychiatrists. But a HKMA spokeswoman would say only that Chin is still on holiday.
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Emirates to launch A380 route between HK and Dubai
26 August 2010
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Emirates, operator of the world's largest fleet of Airbus A380s, will from October 1 begin a daily service using the world's largest commercial jet between Hong Kong and Dubai via Bangkok, making Hong Kong the 11th destination for the UAE-based airline's A380 fleet.

Singapore Airlines became the first carrier to operate the aircraft to the city in June last year.

Emirates - which is renowned for indulging passengers - has vowed to take the travel experience to a new level, offering baths and spa treatments at 40,000 feet and a 50-item meal menu in first-class cabins on the route.

But it will come at a price. A first-class ticket from Hong Kong to Dubai is set to cost around HK$70,000 to HK$80,000.

In business-class cabins, passengers will be able to stretch their legs in the lounge bar, while economy-class passengers will benefit from wider seats and a more spacious cabin, the airline said.

Edwin Lau Wing-Chu, Greater China vice-president at Emirates, has high hopes for the new service.

"Around 80 per cent of seats are sold out for the double daily service between Dubai and Hong Kong at present," Lau said. Many of the passengers will fly beyond Dubai to UK and North American destinations, he believed. Customers are largely on business trips, summer school trips and home visits.

By providing 517 seats per flight, the A380 will increase capacity on the carrier's Hong Kong-Dubai route by more than 40 per cent, the company said. The carrier operates a daily service between Hong Kong and Dubai using a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.

Emirates said the stopover in Bangkok on the new route would make it easier for the airline to fill seats. Demand for travel to the Thai capital, a popular holiday destination for Hongkongers, has picked up after the ending of anti-government demonstrations earlier this year.

Emirates has 78 outstanding orders on the A380 and Lau said it is possible a direct flight from Hong Kong to Dubai could be added in the future, but did not specify a time frame.

Tickets in all three classes on the airline's A380 service between Dubai and Beijing sold out in their first month, Lau said. Mainland visitors to Dubai are expanding partly due to the growing number of Chinese state-owned enterprises taking their business into the Middle East and Africa.

The Asian market, which has led a recovery in air travel since the financial crisis of 2008, is the focus of Emirates' current expansion plan, Lau said. Six of 11 destinations to which the carrier flies the A380 are in Asia.

Dubai has been in the process of transforming itself into an international air hub linking the East and the West.

In the financial year that ended in March this year, the carrier posted net profit of US$964 million, up 415.5 per cent on a year earlier. Passenger numbers jumped 21 per cent year on year.
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