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Old February 12th, 2004, 05:33 AM   #21
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it also depends on virgin being given permission from the Australian regulators... this will hinge on whether Qantas are able to fly to LHR from Shanghai... they have approval from Shanghai but not the EU yet..
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Old February 12th, 2004, 09:57 AM   #22
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qantas are starting up perth-hong kong direct flights this year
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Old February 12th, 2004, 11:02 AM   #23
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the new deal with Russia will allow Cathay Pacific to fly non-stop to New York!
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Old February 12th, 2004, 11:19 AM   #24
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yeah i think they are already flying. or its pretty soon anyways :P..
good news... .. I always fly Singapore Airlines or Cathay ... but i am a big fan of Qantas
hopefully we can get some direct flights into China aswell..

Qantas is going to start up direct flights between India and SYD or Melbourne... also between Brisbane and LA
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Old February 12th, 2004, 11:24 AM   #25
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the new deal with Russia will allow Cathay Pacific to fly non-stop to New York!
cool.. i assumed they already did ... i thought theyd go across the pacific then stop over in LA and then on to NY
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Old February 12th, 2004, 12:36 PM   #26
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they currently stop over in Vancouver instead of LA!
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Boeing to pitch its new plane to Asian carriers

Keith Wallis

Boeing is stepping up its promotion of its new 200 to 250-seat 7E7 Dreamliner plane after inviting a raft of Asian airlines, including Cathay Pacific and mainland carriers, to a meeting next week to discuss the latest development plans.

The event, hosted by Larry Dickenson, Boeing senior vice-president for sales and marketing, will be held at the InterContinental Hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui next Thursday.

Asked by The Standard if Cathay Pacific would be attending, Tony Tyler, the airline's corporate development director, said: ``Yes. Yes.''

Asked if the discussions about the 7E7 would continue outside Thursday's event, Tyler added: ``We will of course be talking to Larry as usual about a range of issues, and it's quite possible we will discuss the 7E7 among other things.''

Representatives from China Southern Airlines, China Eastern and Air China are expected to be at the Boeing presentations, including Wang Changshun, China Southern Airlines president. The meeting is being held to coincide with a two-day aviation conference organised by the Hong Kong-based Asian Aerospace Forum and Economist Conferences which executives from Asia's airlines and regulatory bodies will participate.

Boeing, through its Seattle office, is hoping to persuade Gao Hongfeng, Vice-Minister of the Civil Aeronautics Administration of China (CAAC), to attend the 7E7 briefing. This has caused some consternation within the Civil Aviation Department because they are paying Gao's travelling expenses to visit Hong Kong.

Boeing organised a visit to Seattle last November for about 50 airline representatives, including Cathay Pacific staff based in the US, when it gave presentations on twin-engined 7E7 aircraft. The meeting was intended ``to listen to customer requirements, share concepts to standardise and simplify the aeroplane and reveal the 7E7's state-of-the-art interior''.

The meeting at the InterContinental will further update potential customers, especially after the Boeing board formally gave its sales teams the green light to seek orders for the plane at the end of last year.

The Dreamliner, designed to replace ageing Boeing 757s and 767s and compete against the Airbus A330 series, should enter service in 2008.
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Old February 12th, 2004, 12:59 PM   #28
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Air pact to open up Russian routes

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Hong Kong and Russian airlines will be able to operate more than twice as many flights between the SAR and Russia under a new air services pact hammered out early yesterday.
The deal includes an expansion of overflight rights by Hong Kong carriers which will provide more scope to increase the number of flights to western Europe and transpolar services to North America.

It will also allow Hong Kong and Russian carriers to codeshare on routes between Hong Kong and Moscow.

Wilson Fung, Deputy Secretary for Economic Development and Labour, said the agreement was reached at 1.30am yesterday after two days of discussions between Hong Kong and Russian government negotiators in Hong Kong.
Fung said the latest round of talks resulted in three main achievements. Under the agreement, which takes effect immediately, there is a 130 per cent increase in the number of flights between Hong Kong and most cities in Russia from 14 to 32 a week in each direction. These services cover both passenger and cargo flights.

Cathay Pacific and Hong Kong Dragon Airlines (Dragonair) do not currently fly to Russia. Aeroflot operates a three times a week return service while fellow Russian carrier TransAero Airlines has a weekly service.
There is also a 30 per cent rise in the number of flights permitted over Russian airspace. These are split equally between services to Europe including Britain, France and Germany, and over the North Pole to the east coast of Canada and the US.
This means that subject to agreement with governments in western Europe, Cathay Pacific and Dragonair will be able to expand the number of flights to cities such as London, Manchester, Paris and Frankfurt. It will also allow Cathay Pacific to operate daily non-stop services to New York.

While the agreement also allows airlines to codeshare, that arrangement is limited to the Hong Kong-Moscow route. It does not allow Cathay Pacific, for example, to codeshare with Aeroflot on services beyond Moscow to cities such as St Petersburg or Kiev, or to central and eastern Europe.
Fung said the pact was unusual because it included an expansion in the number of flights even though no Hong Kong carrier currently flies to any Russian city.

Cathay Pacific and Aeroflot have been discussing a codeshare pact, in which Cathay will be able to put its CX flight code on Aeroflot flights between Hong Kong and Moscow, for several months. The codeshare agreement is seen as the initial step in Cathay Pacific launching its own flights to Russia.
Speaking about the codeshare on Tuesday, Cathay Pacific chairman James Hughes-Hallett said the airline was ``looking at it''.
Last year, the airline appointed Patrick Garrett to head Cathay's Moscow office. His responsibilities included talking to Aeroflot about commercial links between the two airlines and liaising with Russian authorities on overflight issues.

``The agreement between the Hong Kong and Russian aviation authorities is a welcome development and we thank the Hong Kong and Russian governments in their efforts to conclude constructive negotiations,'' Cathay Pacific said last night.
``The inclusion of more overflight rights and the establishment of codeshare arrangements can only strengthen Hong Kong's position as a global aviation hub.''

The Russian talks were the first of seven series of discussions Hong Kong air services negotiators will have with other governments to agree new air pacts in the next two months.
The coming talkes will be with representatives from the mainland, India, Thailand, Turkey, Spain and Malaysia.
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Old February 14th, 2004, 02:44 AM   #29
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Cambodian President Airlines resumes flights to HKIA

(HONG KONG, 9 January 2004) - The Airport Authority Hong Kong (AA) today welcomed President Airlines' resumption of direct service to Hong Kong from Phom Penh, the Cambodian capital.

The first flight landed at Hong Kong International Airport at 1325 hours local time. The airline first launched its service to Hong Kong last March, later suspended due to the outbreak of SARS.

AA Commercial Director Mr Hans Bakker said, "We are pleased to have President Airlines back on our network. The resumption of this service will offer additional frequencies, providing airport users with more options on connections."

President Airlines was established in 1997, initially operating domestic routes and expanding since 2002 to destinations including Taipei, Bangkok and Hong Kong.

"Hong Kong is a major international destination that cannot be missed in an airline's route map. By resuming this service we hope to bring more visitors to our country that is so rich in cultural and historical attractions," said President Airline Managing Director Mr Holik Tandijono.

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Holidaymakers bring surge in airport figures (HONG KONG 17 February 2004)

A surge in local residents going overseas for the Lunar New Year holidays boosted the passenger throughput at Hong Kong International to 3.012 million last month, up 6.2% from January 2003.

Outbound traffic was up 49%, which more than made up for a 13% drop in visitors compared with the same month last year.
The holiday mood was also reflected in cargo throughput of 197,000 tonnes, a 1,000 tonnes or 0.5% drop for the month.

A total of 19,310 aircraft movements were recorded, up 5.9%, with 16,900 passenger and 2,100 cargo flights.
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Old February 22nd, 2004, 08:39 PM   #33
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TG plan for service frpm Bangkok - Moscow in the near future, too.
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Old March 3rd, 2004, 02:57 AM   #35
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HK reached liberal air services deal with Spain

Delegations representing the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) and Spain concluded yesterday (February 27) a set of very liberal air traffic rights after a two-day negotiation held in Hong Kong. The set of traffic rights, which is the first ever between the HKSAR and Spain, provides for unlimited passenger and cargo capacity on routes between Hong Kong and Spain as well as comprehensive code-share arrangements.

An air services agreement was also initialled but the two delegations will continue discussions to bring the agreement into force.

The Principal Assistant Secretary for Economic Development and Labour, Mr Danny Lau, head of the HKSAR delegation conducting the consultations, said that he was very pleased with the outcome of the negotiations. He explained that in pursuit of the Government's progressive liberalisation policy on air services, the two sides had agreed to a complete open capacity regime on air services between Hong Kong and Spain. He hoped that airlines of Hong Kong and Spain would make use of the very liberal regime and introduce new services between the two places to further expand Hong Kong's aviation network and enhance Hong Kong's status as an international aviation hub.

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Indian air pact talks back on
Keith Wallis, HK Standard

Hong Kong and Indian government negotiators are due to meet early next week for talks to agree on a new air services pact after last month's scheduled discussions were postponed because an official from the other side fell ill.

The latest talks, scheduled to start on Monday in New Delhi and last two days, will focus on expanding the number of flights between Hong Kong and New Delhi. They are also expected to cover the granting of traffic rights between the SAR and Bangalore. The Hong Kong delegation is likely to be led by Wilson Fung, Deputy Secretary for Economic Development and Labour and the SAR's chief air services negotiator.

Cathay Pacific has already expressed its interest in adding more flights on the New Delhi route. The carrier currently operates four flights a week to New Delhi.

By comparison, Air India operates a five-times-a-week service between New Delhi and Hong Kong via Mumbai. '

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Hong Kong SkyMart officially opens after $600 million revamp to attract more tourists to fly via Hong Kong

(HONG KONG, 3 March 2004) – Hong Kong SkyMart officially opened today after a $600 million renovation, bringing a whole new shopping, dining and leisure concept to help attract more travellers to use the Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) as a gateway of China.

HKIA now boasts 160 shops, including 25 top-line brand names lining a 200-metre boulevard in the East Hall, plus 40 restaurants catering to a variety of taste and budgets.

Chief Executive Officer of Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK), Dr David J Pang, said the airport plays a crucial role in welcoming visitors to Hong Kong.

"Hong Kong SkyMart has further strengthened HKIA as a destination in its own right, and as the destination to destinations. In this end, we are confident that more travellers, especially those from and going to the Mainland, will take advantage of our international connectivity and fly via Hong Kong."

At an event to launch the added facilities, Dr Pang said: "It is important that HKIA provides travellers with this unique airport experience, to complement our competitiveness in international connectivity and the distinctive multi-modal system integrating air, land and sea travel to and from the Pearl River Delta and beyond."

Commercial Director Mr Hans Bakker said the revamp is the result of continuous surveys and passenger feedback aimed at providing still better customer service.

He said: "A good proportion of the expected 20 million visitors this year, of which more than half are from the mainland, will pass through the airport. Our new facilities will ensure they carry home a fulfilling and exciting airport experience."

"We can truly boast that SkyMart captures the best in East meeting West. Top international brands are brought in to satisfy the shopping needs of high-spending, brand-conscious customers from the Mainland, Taiwan, Japan and Korea."

"There is something for everyone who wants to dine, shop or be pampered. Our advice to departing travellers is to check in at least two hours early to enjoy what we have on offer; and for transfer passengers, browse the airport to enjoy what interests you."

Mr Bakker thanked business partners, construction and renovation contractors and travellers for their help in making this project a success. "The extensive reconfiguration project which took 20 months to complete was carried out with immaculate planning. This East Hall project has done HKIA proud. We have received a lot of acclaims from customers since the completion."

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Destination SkyMart Flies High Advertising Campaign

In celebration of the launch of the new Hong Kong SkyMart, a series of advertisements is produced. The objects in each ad represent not only the temptation, indulgence and desire in Hong Kong SkyMart, it also resembles the world famous roof line of Hong Kong International Airport.





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HK signs liberal arrangement with Thailand on air services

Delegations representing the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government and the Government of Thailand concluded two days of talks in Hong Kong today (March 19) to liberalise further the bilateral air services arrangement between the two places.

"The new arrangement with Thailand marks another major step to implement our progressive liberalisation policy in air services," a spokesman from the Economic Development and Labour Bureau said. Earlier last week, the Government also signed an arrangement with Malaysia to liberalise air services between the two places.

The new arrangement removes limitations on the direct air route between Hong Kong and Thailand. "With immediate effect, airlines of both sides can operate passenger services between Hong Kong and anywhere in Thailand without any limitation on routing or aircraft type," the spokesman said.

In addition, Hong Kong airlines will have the flexibility to combine a number of Thai destinations in their services and to allow passengers to stopover in cities in Thailand. The arrangement also provides for expanded fifth-freedom rights for passenger and cargo services.

"The bilateral code-share arrangement is further liberalised to provide more opportunities for airlines of both sides to code-share with partner airlines on services to and beyond Hong Kong and Thailand," the spokesman said.

Thailand is one of the most popular holiday destinations for Hong Kong residents, as well as an important source of in-bound tourists from the Southeast Asian region.

"We are pleased with the outcome of the talks. This is a win-win deal," the Government spokesman said. "The arrangement sets a liberal framework for airlines of the two sides to plan ahead and operate services in response to market demand. It also provides much improved flexibility for airlines to develop new products that suit the needs of the travelling public. The new arrangement will further enhance tourism and economic ties between Hong Kong and Thailand," he said.

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