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Old October 5th, 2010, 09:19 AM   #3441
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Within a 140-kilometre radius, there are five major airports in the Pearl River Delta - Hong Kong, Macau, Zhuhai, Shenzhen and Guangzhou - which were under the separate sovereign jurisdictions of the British, Portuguese and Chinese governments when they were built, said Colman Ng, assistant director-general of the Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department.
It would have been much better if the new HKIA were built by flattening Neilingding Island, constructing two super-terminals (one for China and one for international flights), and building rail/road bridges to Tuen Mun, Shekou, and Zhuhai. Four cities would have shared one airport, and the entire system of bridges would have binded the entire PRD into one entity years beforehand.

Too bad the planners didn't think about locating the new airport outside the boundaries of the Crown Colony and cutting a sweet deal with Beijing.
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Old October 5th, 2010, 09:37 AM   #3442
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It would have been much better if the new HKIA were built by flattening Neilingding Island, constructing two super-terminals (one for China and one for international flights), and building rail/road bridges to Tuen Mun, Shekou, and Zhuhai. Four cities would have shared one airport, and the entire system of bridges would have binded the entire PRD into one entity years beforehand.

Too bad the planners didn't think about locating the new airport outside the boundaries of the Crown Colony and cutting a sweet deal with Beijing.
There was no way a joint airport for both Hong Kong and China could ever take off pre-handover. It was already a big pain to get CLK off the ground with much political bickering on both sides!
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Old October 6th, 2010, 05:16 PM   #3443
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Old October 6th, 2010, 05:27 PM   #3444
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Air Philippines Expanding Aircraft Fleet
1 October 2010

MANILA, Philippines (Xinhua) - Lucio Tan-led Air Philippines, ranking the third in the Philippines, plans to open more new air routes by expanding its aircraft fleet to compete in the country's competitive aviation industry, the company said Thursday.

Air Philippines CEO Cesar Chiong said the company planned to increase its Airbus A320 aircraft from just three to 18 by 2012 and add more domestic and regional routes.

The airline will fly to its first regional destination, Singapore, later this month, using its brand new 180-seater A320, which was delivered earlier this week.

'We're looking at destinations like the Republic of Korea, Bangkok and maybe Hong Kong,' Chiong said.

Domestic routes like Vigan and Marinduque are also in the company's radar screen.

By the end of the year, Chiong said, the company expects to have six new A320s. Another six will arrive next year while the rest will come in 2012. Air Philippines' first two A320s given to it by sister company Philippine Airlines (PAL).

Aside from the three Airbus jets, Air Philippines also has eight turbo propeller planes used to fly on domestic routes.

A total of 250 million U.S. dollars will be spent for the lease of the new aircraft.

Chiong said the company preferred to acquire A320 jets, which are the same planes used by its sister PAL, to keep expenses down since a fleet with just one type of airline is easier and cheaper to maintain.

Air Philippines is already the country's third largest airline, behind Gokongwei-led Cebu Pacific and PAL, at the end of the first half of the year after carrying 676,686 passengers.
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Old October 6th, 2010, 10:45 PM   #3445
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Hong Kong airport is looking very busy!
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Old October 10th, 2010, 06:27 PM   #3446
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Old October 10th, 2010, 06:30 PM   #3447
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Qantas passengers terrified after deranged man screams ... 'I'm going to kill myself, you will all die'
8 October 2010
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A RANTING man threatened to kill terrified fellow passengers by pulling open an emergency exit door on a Qantas flight from Melbourne to Hong Kong early yesterday.

``I'm going to kill myself, you will all die,'' he screamed on Flight QF29, according to a shocked passenger. ``It will be what God wants. I'm going to open the door.''

Flight attendants moved swiftly and managed to restrain the man with flexi-cuffs during the mid-air terror.

Hong Kong police confirmed they met the aircraft on its arrival.

``The 23-year-old Israeli male passenger, surnamed Ariel, became `emotional' after complaining about the food and other services','' a police spokesman said.

The man would not face charges because he did not cause any damage or harm other passengers, and was under medical observation at a Hong Kong hospital, the spokesman said.

Passenger Helen told the Herald Sun that a crew member, who was calming passengers, told them that the man began praying in another language, which she thought was Hebrew.

A Melbourne man, who was flying to Hong Kong to spend time with his daughter, was seated behind the man when he threatened to open the emergency door several hours into the flight.

His daughter, Jacqui Streets, said the crew asked her dad to keep an eye on the restrained man and the door for the duration of the flight.

``He said it was definitely unnerving, but by the end of the flight -- rather than thinking it was a terrorist -- he thought it someone just out to hurt himself or intellectually disabled,'' she said.

``The Qantas staff handled it really well. If you weren't in the vicinity you probably wouldn't even have known it was happening.''

Her father was upgraded to first class for the final hour of the flight.

Helen, who was seated in premium economy, did not see the incident, but she saw the detained man in the front seat of economy class, flanked by flight attendants and shielded by a curtain.

She praised the cabin crew for their professionalism: ``There was one lady who was quite upset. She moved into our cabin in premium economy because she said: `I heard too much, I heard too much. I can't go back down there, I'm very upset. I can't go back down there'.''

It's believed the man was not violent towards any of the 280 passengers on board.The passengers continued their journey to London after the Hong Kong stopover.

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1 About four hours after take off, an Israeli man starts praying and then threatens to open the emergency door

2 Flight attendants restrain him, holding him down and fitting flexi cuffs

3 The man is seated at front of economy, flanked by flight attendants, shielded by a curtain

4 He is removed from the flight at Kong Kong and taken to hospital
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Old October 12th, 2010, 04:40 AM   #3448
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I wonder what would have happened if the man was Arab, and if the plane's destination was LAX...
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Old October 12th, 2010, 05:28 AM   #3449
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I wonder what would have happened if the man was Arab, and if the plane's destination was LAX...
Shoot and Kill.
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Old October 12th, 2010, 06:40 PM   #3450
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Old October 12th, 2010, 06:51 PM   #3451
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Old October 12th, 2010, 07:03 PM   #3452
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Old October 13th, 2010, 04:45 PM   #3453
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Old October 13th, 2010, 07:55 PM   #3454
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HKIA Crowned Best Airport for Eighth Consecutive Year
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HONG KONG, 8 October 2010 – Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) continued its winning streak at the 21st TTG Travel Awards 2010, taking home the award for Best Airport for the eighth time in a row.

Attending the awards presentation ceremony in Bangkok, Stanley Hui Hon-chung, Chief Executive Officer of Airport Authority Hong Kong, said, “The winners of the TTG Awards are voted on by TTG readers across the Asia Pacific region each year, which demonstrates the travel industry’s support for HKIA. It is also testimony to the hard work of the 60,000 staff in the HKIA community who strive to maintain excellent service every day.”

He added, “As traffic at HKIA continues to grow, we will further enhance our service and facilities to ensure that passengers have the best possible travel experience at HKIA, and that airlines and other airport-related businesses can operate in a reliable, safe and efficient manner. ”

The TTG Travel Awards were voted on by over 48,000 readers of TTG Asia, TTG China, TTGmice,TTG-BTmice China and ttgasia eDaily between June and August of this year. The Awards have been held every year since 1989, with the exception of 2003 due to the SARS epidemic.

HKIA has received more than 10 other awards related to airport facilities and service this year, both locally and internationally. These include Airports Council International’s “World’s Best Airport”, selected among airports with an annual passenger throughput of 40 million-plus; Air Transport Research Society’s Asia-Pacific Airport Efficiency Excellence Award; and Air Cargo World’s Airport Cargo Award of Excellence.
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Old October 13th, 2010, 08:42 PM   #3455
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Likely foreign dignitaries.
The first one is a Slovak aircraft carrying the minister of finances.
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Old October 14th, 2010, 08:43 AM   #3456
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...... HKIA has received more than 10 other awards related to airport facilities and service this year, both locally and internationally. These include Airports Council International’s “World’s Best Airport”, selected among airports with an annual passenger throughput of 40 million-plus .....
The prospect of getting this award (ACI) again next year would very much depends on whether the passenger throughput of Singapore Changi Airport would exceed 40M or not in 2010. Passenger figure of Changi last year was 37.2M.
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Old October 14th, 2010, 08:46 AM   #3457
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Old October 14th, 2010, 11:39 AM   #3458
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The prospect of getting this award (ACI) again next year would very much depends on whether the passenger throughput of Singapore Changi Airport would exceed 40M or not in 2010. Passenger figure of Changi last year was 37.2M.
Well, Incheon got the 25-40 million award, not Changi.
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Old October 14th, 2010, 11:42 AM   #3459
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The first one is a Slovak aircraft carrying the minister of finances.
I suspect it is ...

Ukraine in visa deal with HK amid warming trade ties with China
5 September 2010
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Hong Kong struck a visa-free travel agreement with Ukraine yesterday as its president hailed the city's role in his Eastern European nation's emerging "strategic relationship" with China.

President Viktor Yanukovych said he wanted Hong Kong investors to play a key role in a new era of "political pragmatism and economic modernisation" after long years of "political confusion".

"Elevating our relationship [with China] to a new strategic level is a priority for us," Yanukovych told a Trade Development Council lunch after meeting Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen.

"China is a special force of attraction for Ukraine it is a tolerant force, it's not going to pull Ukraine to the right or left nor make it an area of its influence.

"Today we have a new class in our country, a class of entrepreneurs willing to work in market conditions and with respect to fair competition. The work of this class is not based on ideology but on fair competition."

Hong Kong's relations with the emerging markets of Eastern Europe have had a hectic few days. Yanukovych's delegation included senior government, parliamentary and industrial figures, and marked his first state visit to China.

Tsang met Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in Moscow on Tuesday after Cathay Pacific's inaugural passenger flight between the Russian capital and Hong Kong. He will meet a delegation from the Slovakia led by President Ivan Gasparovic at Government House tomorrow.

Hong Kong officials said that while Eastern Europe remained an important emerging region for the city, the flurry of activity did not represent a sudden new push but rather efforts to steadily build links.

Trade with Eastern Europe was largely insulated from the worst effects of the global financial crisis.

Council executive director Fred Lam Tin-fuk said Hong Kong-Ukraine trade was up 33 per cent to US$78 million in the first two quarters of this year - a figure he described as "just the beginning".

"I say this because I know that Ukrainian trade with the mainland is also growing fast. Building economic ties with the mainland is a priority for Ukraine."

Ukraine exports minerals and agricultural products and is also a source of hardware and technology for China's growing military - a legacy stemming from its previous inclusion in the former Soviet Union.

The People's Liberation Army is expected to lean more heavily on Ukraine in coming years as a source of technology it can no longer acquire from an increasingly wary Moscow.

Once derided by opponents as being too close to Moscow, Yanukovych has broadened Ukraine's international relationships while seeking to promote its entrepreneurs.

A former Soviet-era transport chief, Yanukovych recovered from an overturned 2004 election to win a five-year term in March.
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Old October 14th, 2010, 12:10 PM   #3460
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Changi was 2nd and HKIA 3rd worldwide in 2009.
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