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Old December 15th, 2010, 08:27 AM   #3541
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HK-bound Juneyao Airlines plans fleet boost
14 December 2010
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Shanghai-based Juneyao Airlines, which launches its first overseas flight on Friday - to Hong Kong - plans to triple its fleet to more than 50 aircraft within five years, chairman Wang Junjin said yesterday.

Launched in 2006, Juneyao operates 17 Airbus 320s on more than 40 domestic routes. It was considering an initial public offering in Hong Kong or Shanghai to support its expansion, which will require more than US$1 billion by 2015, Wang said.

He is banking on buoyant demand from the mainland's business capital.

The airline has committed to taking delivery of five A320s next year, followed by six in 2012. Counting leased aircraft, its fleet will comprise more than 30 planes by 2012.

"We are very pleased to launch the Hong Kong-Shanghai route, as it is one of the most lucrative routes with a high percentage of business travellers," Wang said. The once daily Hong Kong service will eventually rise to three flights a day.

Wang is confident that half the airline's passengers on the route will be business travellers, differentiating the airline from low-cost carrier Spring Airlines, which launched flights between the two cities three months ago with one-way fares as low as HK$199.

Juneyao is offering introductory one-way fares of HK$600 and return flights for HK$1,000.

Wang said Juneyao was a young, full-service carrier with a relatively competitive cost structure compared with airlines such as Cathay Pacific Airways and China Eastern Airlines. "We were still able to make more than 100 million yuan (HK$116 million) in profit in 2009 at a time when most traditional carriers were being burned by mammoth losses," he said.

Net profit would exceed 400 million yuan this year on revenue of three billion yuan from four million passengers, he said. Last year Juneyao carried 2.4 million passengers.

Wang said Juneyao intended to add flights to Japan, South Korea and Southeast Asia. Hokkaido in Japan would be its second international destination.

The mainland aviation market has undergone double-digit growth in the past five years, but faces the challenges of limited air space and competition from high-speed trains in the next five years, he said.
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Old December 15th, 2010, 11:47 AM   #3542
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Pilot group offers help in taxiway take-off mystery
5 December 2010
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Pilots should be drafted in to help an investigation into why a Finnair passenger jet with 260 passengers on board tried to take off from a taxiway instead of a runway at Hong Kong International Airport, a pilots' professional body urged yesterday.

Taxiway errors and runway incursions are a matter of concern worldwide, and expert pilots could help identify the "human factors" involved in the incident eight days ago when the Helsinki-bound Airbus A340-300 was halted by an air traffic controller as it began its take-off roll on a taxiway. The aircraft then taxied back to the end of the runway and took off normally.

The incident comes after a Hong Kong Airlines jet bound for South Korea tried to take off from a taxiway in September 2008 and an incident in January when another Hong Kong Airlines plane strayed onto an active runway, forcing a Cathay Pacific flight to abandon its take-off.

The Civil Aviation Department (CAD) launched an investigation into the Finnair incident. It said runway and taxiway markings and lighting at Chek Lap Kok have already been improved and that the previous two incidents were the result of "loss of situational awareness" by pilots.

Yesterday, airline captain Darryl Soligo, president of the Hong Kong Airline Pilots Association, offered expert help to the investigation, saying the association - which represents pilots at Hong Kong-based airlines in the International Federation of Air Line Pilots Associations - internationally had a dedicated airport and ground environment committee that made recommendations on such incidents.

"Incidents of this kind are of concern worldwide," Soligo said.

"It is our belief that pilots, as the end users of the aviation system, are in the best position to make such recommendations. In investigating incidents of this nature, it is vital that the `human factors' components involved in the incident are properly analysed and understood.

"Investigations into aircraft accidents must include a careful analysis of the human element to not only ensure a fair and impartial evaluation of the contributory human factors, but also to gain valuable experience that will determine future training and aircraft or airport design."

Soligo said misidentification of runway or taxiway markers were "a risk to all airports worldwide" and that pilots' association had worked with the department and the airport authority on committees on airport design and signage.

He said the fact that the incidents at Chek Lap Kok had not had serious consequences was "due in no small part" to back-up systems including a sophisticated surface movement, guidance and control system which alerted air traffic controllers to the potential dangers.

Asked if it would consider the association's offer of help, a departmental spokeswoman said: "The investigation will be conducted in accordance with International Civil Aviation Organisation standards by the [department's] Accident Investigation Division. We will seek third-party expert advice when necessary."
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Old December 15th, 2010, 12:18 PM   #3543
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Old December 15th, 2010, 10:21 PM   #3544
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Is that an Lufthansa Airbus A380? Looks like a mini Air China focus operations.
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Old December 16th, 2010, 04:41 AM   #3545
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Third runway sought to keep HK flying high
6 December 2010
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Hong Kong may lose its role as a leading aviation hub unless a third runway at Chek Lap Kok is built soon, a think-tank warned.

The Hong Kong Ideas Centre, whose Airport Study Group includes former director of lands Patrick Lau Lai-chiu and former director-general of civil aviation Albert Lam Kwong-yu, estimates that by 2017, the airport will be saturated and may have to turn away flights.

``We will be surpassed by other neighboring airports in terms of our leading position as an international aviation hub, which is vital not just to the aviation industry itself, but also to all other aspects of our economy,'' Lau said.

``The airport is critical to our existing four pillars of economy, for example, logistics, tourism, exhibitions, conventions, all kinds of services _ not to mention our role as a financial center.''

Without the third runway, ``Hong Kong's future will be under threat in many respects and that is not something which all Hong Kong people would like to see.''

Lau said the SAR is facing keen competition from other airports including Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Shanghai, which all have plans to expand in the next decade.

Assuming a 6.5 percent annual rise in the number of flights _ the figure used is the average yearly growth between 2000 and 2008 _ by 2017 about 458,000 flights may want to take off or land in Hong Kong, the group said in a report.

That would be 11,240 more flights than capacity if no new runway is built, Lau said, with the group estimating the existing two runways can handle up to 446,760 flights in 2017.

Lau said it normally takes 10 years to build a runway, but he hopes the government can speed up its planning and construction.

He noted some people may object to reclamation plans for a runway, but he urged the public to support the move for the sake of Hong Kong's overall interests.

Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen earlier said the government plans to seek views from the public on the proposal for a third runway in the first half of next year when the Hong Kong International Airport Master Plan 2030 Study, a blueprint carried out by AECOM Asia, is completed.
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Old December 16th, 2010, 04:48 AM   #3546
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^ No - it's an SQ A380.
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Old December 16th, 2010, 09:18 AM   #3547
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Airlines to Asia: keep your airport fees low
16 December 2010
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A global airline body has urged airports not to end discount charging schemes or raise fees for airlines, which still face the threat of lower profits next year.

The call was made by Jeff Poole, director of airport and air-traffic control charges at the International Air Transport Association. Poole said several Asian governments had "very enlightened policies" towards airport charges. The governments, which include Hong Kong, Singapore and Thailand, introduced discount schemes for landing and parking charges to offset the impact of the global economic crisis on airlines.

He pointed out that the Bangkok airport followed suit after Singapore launched a discount scheme.

But Poole said that, with the projected growth in air traffic in Asia-Pacific, governments may want to benefit from this increase in flights and passengers by ending discounts or raising charges.

The airline group estimates that passenger traffic in the region will climb by more than 50 per cent, with an additional 360 million passengers by 2014. But IATA also forecasts that global airline profit margins will be eroded next year as a result of higher costs and falling revenues.

Giovanni Bisignani, IATA president and director general, said: "Margins remain pathetic. With a 2.7 per cent net margin in 2010 shrinking to 1.5 per cent in 2011, we are nowhere near covering our cost of capital. The industry is fragile and balancing on a knife edge. Any shock could stunt the recovery."

Poole agreed: "The recession has not ended and a proper recovery is not under way."

The Hong Kong Airport Authority introduced a 10 per cent discount for landing and aircraft parking charges at Chek Lap Kok in April last year and later extended the scheme by a further three months to March this year. The sceheme generated savings of more than HK$220 million for airlines. An authority spokeswoman confirmed the scheme ended in March and said: "We do not have plans to increase charges."

By comparison, the authority saw a 12.9 per cent rise in passenger numbers to almost 30.4 million travellers between April and October, while the number of aircraft take-offs and landings climbed 12.1 per cent.
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Old December 16th, 2010, 10:04 AM   #3548
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Old December 16th, 2010, 11:12 AM   #3551
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Would it be a good idea for HKIA (and Macau airport) to install Chinese Customs Preclearance like Canadian airports with US Customs facilities?

It would save a lot of $ for all those small provincial airports and ferry terminals who need to hire immigration officers.
Well the Chinese don't usually think about reduction, they think about how to hire more people since there aren't enough jobs in China for its citizens.
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Well the Chinese don't usually think about reduction, they think about how to hire more people since there aren't enough jobs in China for its citizens.
They'll be doing it for the high-speed rail link though.
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Get your boarding pass the smartphone way
11 December 2010
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Say goodbye to long queues at airline check-in counters or self-check-in terminals - the new year is set to ring in Asia's first mobile boarding pass, in Hong Kong.

The facility, which will allow passengers to check in with their smartphones and download boarding passes onto them, is to be launched by British Airways in the first quarter of next year. Hong Kong will be the first city in Asia to have this form of paperless check-in in Asia.

With the mobile check-in, a passenger can check in online, download a barcode onto a phone and take it directly to the security check with or without baggage checked - this is deposited at a separate drop-off.

British Airways is working with the Airport Authority Hong Kong to launch the service.

The carrier has already implemented the feature this year at all British airports it serves, as well as four cities in Canada and 36 European cities including Amsterdam, Berlin and Oslo.

"Technically, British Airways is ready to roll out the service in Hong Kong," said Kevin McQuillan, regional general manager for British Airways, East Asia. "The timing will depend on when the upgrade of the special scanners at the departure halls and gates is completed."

Initially, the new service will be available for BA's two daily flights between Hong Kong and London.

Hong Kong International Airport is keen on promoting the mobile check-in and is willing to invest in the new scanners and gadgets at departure halls to facilitate the service, the airline said. An airport spokesman said the authorities support any initiative to provide more choices and value-added services to passengers.

The new system is even more convenient than the present option of online check-in and self-printed boarding passes offered by many airlines, British Airways said.

To use the service, passengers must have a smartphone and must apply for an Executive Club account which comes at no extra cost via the carrier's website. The boarding pass can be downloaded on the phone once the online check-in has been completed through a computer or a smartphone.

Carriers in the United States such as American Airlines, Continental Airlines and United Airlines launched the service last year. But United Airlines uses it only at domestic airports while the other two offer the service for domestic flights and at a handful of European cities.
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How could two pilots both mistaken a taxiway as the runway at the same time?
Runway and taxiway certainly look different from each other.
Were they at sleep before take off?
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HK plans flight into international market by seat of its pants
6 December 2010
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The humble aircraft seat may be Hong Kong's ticket to enter the fiercely competitive international aviation industry.

With a HK$10 million grant from the Innovation and Technology Fund, the Productivity Council wants to turn the city into a major producer of airplane seats. Council researchers have just reverse-engineered an economy-class seat for the Airbus A340, based on local airlines' discards.

Li Li-man, the council's manager for manufacturing technology, said it was difficult for Hong Kong to develop key components such as engines and airframes, but there was a huge market for cabin parts.

The seat comprised 800 components and was built to withstand 16 times the force of gravity.

"The aircraft-repair industry in Hong Kong has a very high ranking in the world," Li said. "We have a good safety record and the price-performance ratio is better than other countries. Planes from many Western countries are repaired here and airlines need to buy many parts."

Six local manufacturers have joined the project and plan to start a factory in Dongguan for mass production. Li believes there is market potential to expand into making other cabin parts such as overhead compartments, pantries and even washrooms, on which he says Hong Kong can compete on price.

The council has produced a two-seat set, which would cost US$10,000 on the international market, but Li thought the Hong Kong version could be sold at a competitive 20 per cent discount. Production could begin in 2012, he said.

According to Li, aircraft seats have a lifetime of five to seven years. But airlines replace them more frequently to keep the cabin environment fresh. Local airlines on average replaced 7,000 to 10,000 seats a year, while mainland airlines replaced 20,000, he said.

But the aircraft-parts industry was currently dominated by manufacturers with strong national support, or involved joint ventures licensed by original manufacturers. "If there is a local source to supply the parts, it can lower the cost and shorten the order time for airlines," Li said.

After being inspired during a visit to a German maker of aircraft seats, the council obtained discarded seats from local airlines, disassembled them to examine their structure, and produced a prototype copy.

Li said it was not a matter of being original, as the council could not "invent" a new seat: every single part on an aircraft needed to undergo strict tests; if a seat departed even slightly from the approved design, it would be rejected.

Spokesmen for Cathay Pacific and Dragonair said they were interested in the local project.

Li is proud of the initiative. "This will be a pioneer project for local manufacturers to accumulate experience," he said. "In the future, I hope we can produce other products."
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HKIA Pledges to Reduce 25% Carbon Intensity by 2015
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(HONG KONG, 17 December 2010) – Airport Authority Hong Kong (AA) and nearly 40 airport business partners today pledged to reduce Hong Kong International Airport's (HKIA) carbon emissions by 25% per workload unit by 2015. This marks not only the first airport-wide carbon intensity reduction pledge among airports in the world, but also the first voluntary, sector-wide carbon intensity reduction pledge in Hong Kong.

Airlines, cargo operators, aviation services providers, franchisees, contractors, government departments and the AA have developed more than 300 carbon-reduction initiatives to fulfill the pledge. The reduction will be measured against the baseline emission levels determined in the maiden airport-wide carbon audit for 2008, which covered all major buildings, facilities and vehicle fleets on the airport island. One workload unit is equal to one passenger or 100kg of cargo.

The ceremony was hosted by the Chairman of the AA, Dr the Hon Marvin Cheung Kin-tung, and officiated by Eva Cheng, Secretary for Transport and Housing, and Edward Yau, Secretary for the Environment. The pledge was welcomed by representatives for several green groups who were in attendance, including Dr Man Chi-sum, Chief Executive Officer of Green Power and Edwin Lau, Director of Friends of the Earth (HK).

Dr Marvin Cheung Kin-tung said, "We are delighted to have the support of our major airport business partners in making this pledge as we continue to build toward a green airport for Hong Kong. As a responsible corporate citizen we have implemented a number of environmental programmes over the years, and today's pledge further demonstrates our commitment to operating and developing the airport in an environmentally responsible manner."

Dr Cheung added that it was particularly encouraging to have the green groups witness the pledge. The airport-wide effort has also been endorsed by the Business Environment Council and Airports Council International. "Acknowledgement and encouragement from these organisations mean a great deal to the Airport Authority and the airport community at large," said Dr Cheung.

Officiating at the ceremony, Eva Cheng, Secretary for Transport and Housing, said, "As our airport continues to expand and strengthen its position as an international and regional aviation centre, we must step up our efforts in protecting the environment. The concerted efforts of the airport community, led by the Airport Authority, will make a difference. The carbon reduction pledge is an important step in the right direction, and I am confident that the Authority will be able to meet the pledge by 2015, and do more beyond 2015."

Edward Yau, Secretary for the Environment, said, "With the voluntary pledge announced today to reduce the airport-wide carbon emissions by 25% per passenger or per 100kg of cargo by 2015, as compared to the 2008 levels, the airport community has collectively demonstrated a firm commitment to further reducing carbon emissions in a progressive and transparent manner. This is an excellent example and role model for other industries and service sectors in Hong Kong."

Going forward, AA CEO Stanley Hui said carbon audits will be conducted every year to take stock of the progress made in the reduction of carbon emissions. Additional workshops will be organised to share best practices in environmental protection and management. Promotional campaigns will also be launched to encourage environmentally friendly behaviour, be it at work or at home.

Some of the major carbon-reduction programmes undertaken or to be undertaken by the airport community include:

* Replacing traditional lighting with 81,000 LEDs by 2013 in passenger terminal buildings
* Integrating the cooling systems in Terminal 1 and Ground Transportation Centre by 2011 so that the seawater chilling unit of various sizes can be used more effectively
* Upgrading fixed ground power and pre-conditioned air systems at aircraft stands to reduce emissions and increase energy efficiency
* Increasing the energy efficiency of flight simulators and enhancing building design to reduce heat gain
* Introducing more energy-efficient vehicles and equipment, and improving vehicle maintenance to reduce fuel combustion and consumption
* Initiating trials of green roofs and renewable energy, e.g. solar panels and wind turbines
* Launching green educational programmes among the airport community, e.g. proper use electric appliances/ systems

Details about each participating member's carbon-reduction programmes have been uploaded to a new page on the airport's website (http://www.hongkongairport.com/eng/c...n-reduction/): "HKIA Carbon-reduction Programmes". Updates will be provided as and when programmes are completed and new ones are developed.
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