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Old February 19th, 2011, 07:11 PM   #3721
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Old February 20th, 2011, 01:20 PM   #3722
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HKIA Records Double-digit Traffic Growth in January

(HONG KONG, 20 February 2011) – Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) recorded double-digit growth in all three air traffic categories in the first month of 2011. During January, passenger volume surged to 4.3 million and cargo throughput reached 333,000 tonnes, up 10.0% and 10.8% year-on-year respectively. Air traffic movements also grew by 16.9% over last January to 27,410.

The growth in passenger traffic in January was mainly driven by visitor traffic and Hong Kong resident travel. Passenger traffic to and from South East Asia and the Mainland performed particularly well. During the month, transfer / transit passengers grew by 6% year-on-year.

Meanwhile, the robust performance in export and transshipment, which increased by 11% and 16% respectively compared to the same month in 2010, resulted in the double-digit increase in cargo volume last month. Import grew by 8% year-on-year in the month. North America and Europe carried on the strong momentum with double-digit year-on-year growth.

Stanley Hui Hon-chung, Chief Executive Officer of Airport Authority Hong Kong, said, "I am glad to see the encouraging air traffic figures in the first month of this year. In addition, more and more of our passengers use the cross-boundary sea and land transport services to and from HKIA and the Pearl River Delta region, strengthening HKIA as a preferred gateway to the Mainland." Over 190,000 passengers used the SkyPier service in January, making a 20% year-on-year increase. About 160,000 passengers took mainland coaches and limousines to cross the border, growing more than 40% over the same period last year.

"Passenger volume and aircraft movement figures continued to rise over the Chinese New Year (CNY) period, and a new daily record of more than 170,000 passengers was set on 7 February. During the period between 2-8 February, the airport handled nearly 1.1 million passengers and over 6,100 air traffic movements, up 3.8% and 7.7% from the CNY period last year," Mr Hui added.

On a rolling 12-month basis, the airport handled 51.3 million passengers and more than 4.1 million tonnes of cargo, an increase of 11.3% and 21.1% over the same period last year. Aircraft movements also reported an increase of 11.4%, amounting to 310,500.

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Old February 21st, 2011, 02:36 PM   #3724
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Singapore Airlines increases flights to HK to meet demand

SINGAPORE, Feb 21 (Reuters) - Singapore Airlines , the world's second most valuable carrier, has added a seventh daily flight between the city-state and Hong Kong due to the route's popularity, it said on Monday.

The new service linking Asia's two main business centres will commence on March 27.
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Old February 22nd, 2011, 06:00 PM   #3725
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Photo Exhibition Marks 100 Years of Aviation Development in Hong Kong
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(HONG KONG, 22 February 2011) – One hundred years ago this March, a Farman biplane took off from the beach in Sha Tin, New Territories. The historic flight, piloted by Belgian aviation enthusiast Charles Van den Born, was the first powered flight in Hong Kong. This year, as Hong Kong' s aviation industry commemorates its centennial, an array of celebratory activities has been lined up to mark this important milestone.

To kick off the celebration, Airport Authority Hong Kong (AA) organised a "Photo Exhibition of the 100th Anniversary of Aviation Development in Hong Kong" that was officially unveiled at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) today.

Officiating at the ceremony were Secretary for Transport and Housing Eva Cheng, AA Chairman Dr Marvin Cheung Kin-tung, AA Chief Executive Officer Stanley Hui Hon-chung and Director-General of Civil Aviation Norman Lo.

The exhibition covers the history of aviation in Hong Kong with a wide collection of precious vintage photographs from the pre-Kai Tak Airport days (before 1925), the Kai Tak period (1925-1998), and the new era (1998-present) that showcases the current HKIA. It is a valuable retrospective of local civil aviation's rich history and gives viewers fascinating educational experience about the development of the industry. The exhibition is shown with a replica of the Farman biplane in the background, which is suspended from the ceiling at HKIA.

Over one hundred vintage photos were displayed. Highlights among the photos include the first Hong Kong aviator, Charles Van den Born, and the Farman biplane in the early 1910s; the passenger terminal of the Kai Tak Airport in Kowloon City in 1947; the massive transformation of the current HKIA from two small islands to a world-class international airport; the official farewell bid to Kai Tak in 1998; and the marathon held in 1998 with runners finishing the race on the HKIA runway.

In the ceremony, Secretary for Transport and Housing Eva Cheng said, "The past hundred years have witnessed leaps and bounds in aviation, not least in Hong Kong. Hong Kong is an international and regional aviation centre. We are now blessed with a world-class airport, strong home carriers, many foreign carriers, an extensive aviation network and a well-respected regulatory regime."

"The aviation industry is competitive as it should be, but with our concerted efforts, we will be able to rise to the challenges ahead, taking aviation development in Hong Kong to a new level," she added.

AA Chairman Dr Marvin Cheung Kin-tung said, "We are very proud to experience the evolution of the old Kai Tak airport into the current HKIA through this photo exhibition. It is interesting to see how the airport has changed over the years to cater to the needs of the city; for example, without the visionary decision to build a new and larger airport with two runways on Lantau, Hong Kong would have had to turn away millions of passengers and large volume of air cargo; and Hong Kong might not have grown into the thriving and vibrant city it is today."

"Currently, AA is working on HKIA Master Plan 2030 to map out the airport's long-term development for the next 20 years," he added. "Timely planning and investment will help Hong Kong avoid the same situation that Kai Tak faced, maintain HKIA's world-class airport experience and help drive the city's economic growth for years to come."

Dr Cheung further said that HKIA will continue to tender support to other landmark anniversary events spearheaded by the Civil Aviation Department. These activities aim to promote HKIA's status as an international and regional aviation centre and preferred gateway to the Mainland.

Also at the ceremony, Director-General of Civil Aviation Norman Lo said that he takes pride in the collective achievement in successfully establishing Hong Kong as an important international aviation centre where a host of leading aviation organisations is based.

"We have one of the best airports, the best airlines and some of the most successful aircraft maintenance organisations here in Hong Kong. What started off literally as a tiny dot on the surface of the earth has now flourished to become a major player in the global aviation industry," said Mr Lo.

"I am extremely thankful to all our predecessors in the past centenary and those hardworking individuals serving in the aviation community who helped to build up a highly successful and competitive aviation industry in Hong Kong," he added.

The exhibition is open to the public every day from now until 30 June, at the Departures Level of Terminal 1 at HKIA. Admission is free. Coming soon is an "aircraft pull" event organised by the Civil Aviation Department to be held at HKIA on 17 March, in which four teams, including members of the public with children of six to eleven years old, will pull four aircraft a distance of 50 metres simultaneously.

Other centenary celebrations to be announced later this year include Asian Aerospace 2011, a charity gala dinner, a birdman flying competition, aviation knowledge test, 4D movie shows and a carnival.
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Hong Kong Airport’s driverless train


In Hong Kong the city isn’t the only place where you find trains: if you head down to the basement of the airport you will find yet another rail network. Officially known as the “Hong Kong International Airport Automated People Mover“, it is one of two driverless trains in Hong Kong, the other being the MTR’s Disneyland Resort

The system uses “Crystal Mover” trains and guideways manufactured by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, which are also used on many other airport people movers around the world. The first section of the network was built by Mitsubishi and opened with the airport (marked in blue), with later expansion of the network (marked in red) carried out by another Japanese firm, Ishikawajima-Harima Heavy Industries. Today there are four stations on a 3.8 kilometre long route underneath the terminals.



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The train themselves are rubber tyred and run upon a concrete track with steel guiderails either side, the track gauge being 1700 mm with a guide face spacing of 2800 mm. Traction power is 3-phase 600 volt AC 50 Hz, sourced from a rigid conductor 3-wire busbar mounted to one side of the guideway, with side mounted collector skids on the trains.

With 1.3 km of guideway, the first section of the system is located in the basement of Terminal 1, linking the customs and immigration counters at East Hall with the boarding gates at West Hall, giving passengers using gates 33 though 80 a faster way to travel through the massive terminal. When opened in July 1998 four 2-car long trains were in use, giving a passenger capacity of 5,270 passengers per hour per direction.

The two stations are located 750 meters apart with two parallel tracks running between them, and a number of crossovers at each end. Each station is provided with two separate side platforms, in order to keep arriving and departing passenger streams apart. The initial track configuration in 1998 was as follows.




With this layout, two modes of operation are possible:

•Shuttle: each track having one train running upon it, shuttling back and forth between the two stations. Each train stays on the same track, serving the same two platforms, with no need for the crossovers.
•Pinched loop: each track is used in one direction, with trains switching tracks on a crossover located beyond the passenger platform, changing direction, then returning along the second track, where the same manoeuvre is carried out at the opposite end. In this mode each train serves all four platforms, but only carries passengers on two out of four legs of the circuit, to stop passengers moving between the arrival and departure streams of the airport.
The pinched loop configuration with multiple trains increases the capacity of the overall system, hence it is the mode used today. Left hand running is used, westbound trains carrying departing passengers headed for their boarding gates at West Hall, with eastbound trains carrying arriving passengers bound for customs and immigration at East Hall.

All crossovers in the guideway are located beyond the passenger platforms, and are automatically operated.

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Each platform caters for trains up to four carriages long, with Westinghouse platform screen doors along the edge to keep passengers off the tracks.


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Emergency evacuation of trains can be carried out via the walkway located at platform level between the tracks, with exit stairs located along the tunnel leading out of the basement tunnel.

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As usage of the the airport increased, additional capacity was required on the APM, the system being expected to reach capacity by 2006. In 2002/03 the dwell time of trains at stations was reduced to only 30 seconds, and in 2004/05 three additional 4-car trains were ordered. These trains were built by Japanese firm Ishikawajima-Harima Heavy Industries (IHI Corporation) in cooperation with subsidiary Niigata Transys. On delivery in December 2005 they took the fleet size to 20 carriages, and enabled 2 minute headways to operate on the APM.

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By the mid 2000s construction started on an expansion of the airport itself, featuring an additional terminal (Terminal 2 / SkyPlaza) to the east of Terminal 1, and a cross-border ferry terminal on the waterfront of the airport island (SkyPier).

The name ‘Terminal 2′ is somewhat misleading: it only caters to departing passengers, and lacks any kind of aircraft boarding facilities! Instead the terminal consists only of check-in counters and an immigration checkpoint for departing passengers, with passengers still using the boarding gates attached to Terminal 1. SkyPier is another unique concept, consisting of a ferry pier located inside the secure area of the airport, permitting passengers to transfer from aircraft to ferries bound for ports in Macau and Mainland China (and vice versa), without needing to proceed through another set of immigration and security checks.

As both of these new facilities would be inside the secure area of the airport, it was decided to link them to the existing Terminal 1 by an extension of the APM line. IHI Corporation won the contract to build the extension, having successfully supplied trains for the APM system some years earlier.

Phase 1 of the APM expansion opened with Terminal 2 in February 2007, linking the new terminal to the East Hall station of Terminal 1 with an additional 550 metres of single track. The station at Terminal 2 is an single platform face in the building basement, while the platform at Terminal 1 forms an island platform with the existing arrivals bound face at East Hall, allowing passenger to continue westbound if required by their boarding gate.

Phase 2 opened in late 2009 to connect the APM to SkyPier, the original scheduled date being spring 2008. Around 650 metres of single track forms the connection to Terminal 2, with a single platform located beneath the SkyPier building. To run the additional services, eight new APM cars built by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries were delivered in July 2009, formed in two 4-car trains.

Today the network is operated as two segments: the original Terminal 1 / Passenger Terminal Building (PTB) line in blue, and the Terminal 2 / SkyPlaza line in red.



Over this network, a number of routes operate:

•Westbound (departures):
◦SkyPier to Terminal 1 East Hall (SkyPlaza line)
◦Terminal 2 to Terminal 1 East Hall (SkyPlaza line)
◦Terminal 1 East Hall to West Hall (PTB line)
•Eastbound (arrivals):
◦Terminal 1 West Hall to East Hall (PTB line)
◦Terminal 1 East Hall to SkyPier (SkyPlaza line)
The general public are not allowed to travel on any other routes not listed, with a security guard checking each train is empty before it departs a station for another part of the network. This is the arrivals platform at Terminal 1 on the SkyPlaza line – only staff are permitted to use the train back to the SkyPier.

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The PTB line operates with four trains in the ‘pinched loop’ configuration, each track being used in a single direction, with trains running empty cars to changing tracks at a crossover beyond the platform. These videos from YouTube show the ‘revenue’ part of the operation – westbound from T1 East Hall, for departing passengers.

The single track SkyPlaza line works as a shuttle with two train sets, which pass each other at the central passing loop and platform. Only westbound trains stop at Terminal 2 to pick up passengers, no platform was provided for eastbound trains as they only move passengers from Terminal 1 arrivals to SkyPier.

In order to segregate arriving and departing passenger streams, the SkyPier and East Hall stations each have two platform faces located beside each other. At these stations trains drop off passengers at one platform, shuffle a short distance down the track to collect waiting passengers from the second platform, then head off to the other end of the line.

A complete trip on the SkyPlaza line can been seen in these videos, the first three videos appear to have been filmed during the commissioning of the SkyPier extension.

Looking backwards from an eastbound train, Terminal 1 to SkyPier, passing the boarded up eastbound platform at Terminal 1, and making a stop at the non-existent Terminal 2 platform (you also get a look at the tracks leading from the depot):






Maintenance of the network was originally carried out under the terms of the 3 year warranty by Mitsubishi, with the MTR Corporation taking over in 2001, who retain the contract to this day. The train depot is located at the eastern end of the original APM network beyond the main passenger terminal, but with the expansion of the airport it is now located directly below the coach station at Terminal 2. New trains are delivered to the system by crane through an opening in the depot roof.

The next phase of airport development to affect the APM is the construction of midfield concourse, located west of the existing terminal building. Announced in June 2010 and to be completed by 2015, the new concourse will be an island among the airport taxiways and aprons, with the existing East Hall – West Hall APM link extended under the airfield to a station beneath the new concourse.

To finish up, here are some links to some websites with some additional details and photos:

•Fact sheet for the original system at the Mitsubishi website, including a track plan
http://www.mitsubishitoday.com/peopl.../2666/pid/2666
•Report by IHI Corporation detailing the phase 2 trains and the signalling system:
http://www.ihi.co.jp/var/ezwebin_sit...7c4a65d680.pdf
•Diagram of the Terminal 2 station and underground depot:
http://staticimg.openbuildings.com/b...3.20536950.jpg
•Photos of the delivery of the phase 3 cars:
http://www.hongkongairport.com/eng/m...es/pr_964.html
•There is a video of the same event as well:
http://www.hongkongairport.com/eng/m...ery/index.html
•Presentation by MTR Corporation describing their maintenance practices, featuring a lot of photos behind the scenes:
http://www.chkpws.org/photo2008/2009_Item8.pdf


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Old February 27th, 2011, 05:25 AM   #3728
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SEAIR to fly daily to Hong Kong, offers special deals
25 February 2011
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MANILA, Philippines ' South East Asian Airlines (SEAIR) will be flying daily to Hong Kong starting March 14, 2011 via Clark.

Tickets are now on sale at a special introductory one-way fare of 35USD/ 1500PHP/ 270HKD all-in for booking until March 2 and for travel from March 14 to May 31, 2011.

Renowned for its breathtaking urban skyline and deep natural harbor, Hong Kong is both a tourist's paradise and a melting pot of tradition and modern culture where East meets West. Its dense population and highly-developed transportation network conveys to travellers its impressive air of efficiency and purpose as one of the world's leading financial centers. 'We look forward to serving travellers between Hong Kong and the Philippines with our ultra low fares. This has been possible because, like Tiger Airways, we are disciplined in eliminating unnecessary costs,' said Avelino Zapanta, President and CEO of SEAIR.

'With our new Hong Kong services and additional routes to be announced later, we are excited to contribute even more to our country's employment, tourism industry, and national economy,' added Zapanta.

Seats are marketed through www.FlySeair.com and www.tigerairways.com, following the expansion of the Partner Airline programme between SEAIR and Tiger Airways. The program allows SEAIR to distribute its seats through Tiger Airways' established internet booking system, www.tigerairways.com . SEAIR is the first Tiger Airways Partner Airline in the Asia Pacific region.

'We are delighted to be expanding our Partner Airline program with SEAIR,' said Tony Davis, President & Group CEO of Tiger Airways. 'Tiger Airways has established a strong marketing presence in both Hong Kong and the Philippines which will ensure strong sales for these new services from SEAIR. As we continue to grow this programme with more routes and services we look forward to achieving greater economies of scale which means even lower fares for all travellers.'
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Going to explore the terminal a bit on Tuesday afternoon when I fly back home. I didn't get to see much upon arrival last Monday night.

I kind of wish Kai Tak was still open as well, I'm sitting in the lounge at my hotel right now looking towards checkerboard hill which is very close by. Would be awesome to see the planes landing from here!
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SEAIR to launch 2nd daily Clark - Hong Kong before its first flight


Now before the launch, it has announced it will go 2nd daily from April onwards.


Tiger Airways plans to purchase major stake in Philippines based SEAIR
* Tiger Airways Holdings Limited (“Tiger Airways”) plans to purchase a 32.5% stake in South East Asian Airlines (SEAIR), Inc. (“SEAIR”) for US$6m
* SEAIR plans to expand operations on both domestic and international routes
* Recently launched Clark-Hong Kong route to be doubled to twice daily from 15 April 2011 to meet strong demand

Tiger Airways and SEAIR announced the signing of a Term Sheet for Tiger Airways to purchase a 32.5% stake in SEAIR from existing foreign investors.

Operating the same low cost business model as Tiger Airways, SEAIR will offer the lowest possible fares to both international and domestic travellers in the Philippines. It will offer short-haul, point-to-point flights within a 5-hour flying radius, using Airbus A320 family aircraft and crew based in the Philippines.

Following the successful launch of SEAIR international services between Manila Clark and Singapore in December 2010, SEAIR recently announced the commencement of a daily service between Manila Clark and Hong Kong. Due to strong demand on this new route, services will increase to double daily from 15 April 2011.

Avelino Zapanta, President and CEO of SEAIR said, “We are delighted that Tiger Airways wants to become a significant shareholder in SEAIR. SEAIR has a long history of operating domestic and international services in the Philippines and having Tiger Airways as a shareholder will enable us to significantly expand our network of services. We look forward to expanding our relationship with Tiger Airways and contributing further to the economic development of the Philippines, promoting increased regional tourism and creating more job opportunities for Filipinos.”

Tony Davis, President & Group CEO of Tiger Airways Holdings, said, “We are excited to have the opportunity to expand our relationship with SEAIR. The Philippines represents a major market opportunity for low cost airlines. With more than 7,000 islands, a population in excess of 90 million, plus another 11 million working and living abroad, the Philippines is an important market for both international and domestic aviation.”

The parties will now proceed to finalise the definitive sale and purchase agreement for the stake.

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Fly Guam Airlines to launch HKG

http://www.pacificnewscenter.com/ind...ews&Itemid=156

Picture of their aircraft: B737-400 (a pretty old 20.5 years old B737)
http://www.skyliner-aviation.de/view...av2&picid=7027

They have lodged for 4 weekly flights to HKG
For Saipan, they will start from 4 March: (how superstitious they also choose 168/169 as flight numbers as Mega Madives!)
Days 2,5 5K168 SPN-HKG 12:45 (after 27 March will be 12:40) 734
Days 2,5 5K169 HKG-SPN 13:45 (after 27 March will be 13:40) 734

For Guam, they will start from 17 March:
Days 4,7 5K148 GUM-HKG 14:30 (after 27 March will be 12:40) 734
Days 4,7 5K149 HKG-GUM 15:30 (after 27 March will be 13:40) 734
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Even after 10yrs the Hong Kong Airport still looks amazing.
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For hostess turned executive, sky's the limit for business jet business
28 February 2011
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Jackie Wu Wing-sze, an air hostess turned business jet executive, has quickly climbed the corporate ladder even in a male-dominated industry.

In January, Wu, 34, was appointed the chief operating officer of Hong Kong Jet, a newly established business jet operator backed by HNA Group, the fourth-largest airline company on the mainland.

It has been a rapid advancement for someone who began her aviation career as a flight attendant for Cathay Pacific Airways 11 years ago.

"I wanted to be a doctor when I was young, but my scores in chemistry were not high enough to allow me to enrol in medical school," Wu said.

Instead, she studied biomedical science at the University of Liverpool. Pharmacy was a logical choice but she rejected that.

"I am a people person and cannot stand spending most of my time in the laboratory," she said. "That's why I became a flight attendant."

Wu rose through the ranks to purser at Cathay, before Tag Aviation UK in 2006 selected her to become a VIP flight attendant on its business aircraft. A year later, Tag promoted her to manager of cabin services with Tag Aviation Asia, a new Asia-Pacific head office for the Geneva-based company.

In helping set up the office, Wu was involved in preparing the complex air operator's certificate application, which is required of any new commercial jet company. She compiled a 327-page cabin safety manual within three weeks.

"She is definitely a career woman - a perfectionist who always ranks work as her top priority," said Doris Ho, a manager of cabin safety services for Hong Kong Jet. "When I check my e-mails every morning, it is not uncommon to see that Jackie was sending out e-mails at two or three o'clock in the morning."

Wu said she learned about aircraft acquisitions and delivery by hard work and constantly asking questions. But it came at a price - with only about four hours' sleep a night and not much social life.

"There are some advantages to being a woman when it comes to getting help and advice from some industry veterans or someone who is senior," Wu said. "However, at the same time, some suppliers or industry counterparts have looked down on me because of my age and sex."

But discrimination and the cold shoulder have not cooled her enthusiasm for the business.

Wu is known for getting mainland flight-plan approvals within hours, when it can take days for other operators. And because of her connections with private jet manufacturers, she can speed up aircraft delivery schedules.

Wu said she could also get deals on pre-owned aircraft, which can help her clients save US$2 million to US$3 million per acquisition on private jets that can cost US$10 million to US$60 million, depending on whether they are used or new.

Wu left Tag Aviation in 2009 when a group of former passenger clients asked her to help them take delivery of several private jets including a used Dassault Falcon 2000 and a new Dassault Falcon 7X in February.

Getting the 14-year-old Falcon 2000 was challenging. For three weeks, Wu pored through technical log books for telling details, such as all the maintenance that had been done on the plane.

"I agreed to take up the post as [chief operating officer] of Hong Kong Jet as HNA Group shared the same vision as I had about the tremendous outlook for business aviation in Asia," she said.

HNA had long contemplated setting up an overseas business jet company to complement Deer Jet, its well-established business jet business on the mainland, in a bid to expand its footprint in Asia.

Hong Kong Jet has submitted its air operator application to the Civil Aviation Department and expects to get approval by August, Wu said.

The first of the four Gulfstream 550s, priced at US$50 million each, for chartering will arrive by May, with the rest to be delivered by the end of the year.

Meanwhile, the firm will start an aircraft management service for private jet owners, providing crew training and maintenance service and aircraft acquisition consultancy service.

"We are confident we can take 50 per cent of the market share in Hong Kong in the next two to three years," Wu said. She predicted that there will be about 80 business jets operating in the city by then, compared with fewer than 50 now.

But at least one competitor thinks that may be overly ambitious.

"The infrastructure in the Business Aviation Centre (BAC) at Chek Lap Kok cannot handle such dramatic growth of a single company," said an executive from a business jet firm who asked not to be named. "There is a lack of parking spaces, taxiways and hangar facilities for corporate jets, which will limit growth."

However, that limitation will be somewhat relieved when the third hangar at the BAC is completed next year.

Although now an executive, Wu said she valued her early experience as an air hostess, especially on private jets. "Passengers can easily get obsessed with private jet service, once they have experienced it, because it is even better than first class but with similar prices," she said.

But being an air hostess on a private jet is more demanding. Wu had to take care of everything on board, apart from flying the plane. "The air hostess literally can be called the butler in mid-air as she is solely responsible for everything on board," she said.

Before an important client gets on the plane, the air hostess may have to locate and arrange supply of specific foods, regardless of whether the plane is in Angola, Kiev or Beijing.

Wu once was told to restore order on a flight from Beijing on which an unhappy Russian ended up screaming at an air hostess because he did not get the drink he had ordered. Although intimidated, Wu took over the flight on short notice.

The Russian had requested Calvados, a strong apple brandy from Normandy in France, sushi and some Korean cold dishes for the next leg of the flight. Since Calvados is rarely consumed in Asia, especially in Beijing, Wu had to search 12 hotels before finding some. She eventually discovered an already opened bottle of Calvados at a six-star hotel.

The unhappy Russian quickly became a contented client once Wu arrived with the half bottle.

"I am proud of my background as an air hostess, although some people tease me about it," Wu said. "It made me understand the needs of my clients and helped me put myself in their shoes."
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HK Feb air cargo throughput falls 9.1 pct yr/yr

HONG KONG, March 4 (Reuters) - Air cargo throughput via Hong Kong in February fell 9.1 percent from a year earlier as a result of the Lunar New Year and the high base factor a year ago, data from Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Ltd (Hactl) showed on Friday.

Cargo exports and imports from the city in February were down 18.2 percent and 3.4 percent, respectively from a year earlier.

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

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 Feb   Jan  Dec  Nov   Oct   Sept
 -9.1  8.2  7.4  5.6   15.4  14.0
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 163,640 tonnes.

A breakdown of air cargo handled by Hactl in February and the first two months of 2011:

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                February 2010             Jan-Feb 2011
             Tonnage     Yr/Yr       Tonnage    Yr/Yr
            (tonnes)  growth (pct)   (tonnes)  growth (pct)
Export          75,100     -18.2        198,047      -4.4
Import          48,809      -3.4        111,653      +0.7
Transshipment   39,721      +5.4         84,891     +13.6
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Total          163,640      -9.1        394,591      +0.5
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what airline is it?
Mega Global Airlines - believe it's from the Maldives. I recall posting something about them coming to HKG before.
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