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@HKSKYLINE: All I can say is that was a fantastic job of organizing a ton of great pics of planes around HKG. Thanks from all who enjoyed it. You really are a fantastic poster and Skyscraper.com is lucky to have you affiliated with it!!!!
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Continental Airlines to launch direct flights between Hong Kong and Saipan

The Marianas Visitors Authority (MVA), the official tourism board of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), has welcomed Continental Airlines’ decision to launch non-stop flights between Hong Kong and Saipan, the capital of CNMI. Beginning November 1, 2004, passengers on flight CO910, will fly direct from Hong Kong to Saipan, then continue to Guam after about an hour stop-over in Saipan. The returning flight, CO909, will fly from Guam to Saipan for passenger pick-up, then directly back to Hong Kong.

Ms Victoria Benavente, Managing Director of MVA said, “Continental Airlines’ decision to operate a non-stop service to Saipan from Hong Kong is excellent news for visitors to the Marianas – Saipan, Tinian, and Rota. The increase in accessibility shortens their travel time and allows for travelers to explore our destinations’ attractions. With the direct flights, we welcome our Hong Kong vacationers and invite them to create their adventure either through sports tourism, gourmet, cuisine, entertainment, health, spa, and beauty.”

China (including Hong Kong) is a key growth market for the MVA. It posted a tremendous increase in visitor arrivals with a record breaking total of 4,405 for the month of August which is its greatest gain in fiscal year 2004. (Visitors in August 2003 were 1,485.) In fiscal year 2003 visitor arrivals totaled 13,368 for China and in fiscal year 2004 (ending the 30th of September) the arrival figures are expected to double.

Ms Benavente added, “The MVA is gearing up for the anticipated influx of Hong Kong tourists. Our members have begun to invest in upgrading their services and facilities to welcome these tourists. For instance, the DFS Galleria in Saipan has been doing reconnaissance trips and planning to train staff in Chinese language and culture so as to provide even better services. Renewal projects, such as the Garapan Revitalization project includes the pedestrian walkway in the Garapan district, a popular attraction for visitors.”

Mark A Erwin, President and Chief Executive Officer of Continental Micronesia at Continental Airlines said, “We are delighted to see the investment by the CNMI. We have observed the demand from tourists to visit the CNMI and the large potential of the market. We, therefore, decided to launch this direct flight between Hong Kong and Saipan. Continental Airlines is committed to making travel more convenient for our customers and we also would like to support the efforts of the CNMI government and its people.”

In addition, Continental Airline and Cape Air forged a partnership in the summer this year, through its Continental Connection program to provide more flights within the CNMI and the Micronesia. The increase in accessibility for inter-island travel provides a more efficient and comfortable choice to the travelers.
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DJ HK Airport Authority's Syndicated Loan 3.5 Times Covered
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HONG KONG (Dow Jones)--The Airport Authority of Hong Kong, which runs the territory's Chek Lap Kok international airport, said Friday its HK$4 billion syndicated loan was about 3.5 times covered.

'We're discussing with the arrangers whether to increase the size of the loan,' said Treasurer Sam Kwok, adding that the decision is expected to be made early next week.

BOC Hong Kong, Citibank, HSBC and Standard Chartered are arranging the loan.

The loan is made up of two tranches. A HK$2 billion three-year tranche has an interest rate of Hong Kong interbank offered rate plus 17 basis points; a HK$2 billion five-year tranche has a rate of Hibor plus 22 basis points.

A market source said earlier the net proceeds of the funds will be used to finance the repayments the authority must make to the government as part of its restructuring before a planned listing.

The Airport Authority, which operates Asia's second-busiest airport after Japan's Narita, is set to list next year and has to return HK$6 billion of its HK$36 billion in equity capital to the government.

The Airport Authority's net profit for the year ended March 31, 2004 fell to HK$386 million from HK$502 million in its previous fiscal year, reflecting the impact of the SARS outbreak on travel and tourism.

-By Ruby Chan, Dow Jones Newswires; 852-2802-7002; [email protected]

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Old October 9th, 2004, 06:21 PM   #390
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Qantas & Cathay?
Qantas best placed for Asian alliance

06 October 2004
By TANSY HARCOURT



The ducks were all in a row for Geoff Dixon to bow out at the top. At 63 years of age, after one of the most difficult periods in Qantas' recent history, he had just steered Australia's flagship carrier to its highest profit.

But instead of retiring when his contract expired in August, Mr Dixon accepted the invitation of the board to sign up for another three years to pilot Qantas through what could be the most exciting period in its history.

Its drawn-out alliance deal with Air New Zealand is dead, leaving a clean slate for both parties to go forward.

Suddenly, British Airways is gone from the Qantas share register and Mr Dixon is free to explore opportunities in Asia as never before, after being strategically restricted by the decade-long equity alliance with British Airways.

For Qantas, the public focus has been on Singapore – where the airline's main Asian hub is – and talk of an alliance or even merger with Singapore Airlines.

But Singapore may not be the only game in town for Mr Dixon.

Qantas' decision last week to "out" the Singapore Government's investment vehicle Temasek, which owns 57 per cent of Singapore Airlines, as a 2.9 per cent shareholder in Qantas after BA sold its 18 per cent stake showed there might be other things afoot in Mr Dixon's Asian plan.

The Singaporeans are believed to have been miffed by the Qantas revelation, but perhaps it was just Mr Dixon keeping his rivals on their toes.

Though Qantas wants to do a deal in the region, it has to be on its terms, and the airline wants its competitors to know that it has options. And Qantas does not want another airline, or an investment company that controls another airline, sneaking up on its share register without approaching it first.

There is no doubt a deal with Singapore Airlines makes sense. Both airlines are among the most profitable carriers in the world.

Both face growing competition from Middle East carriers, such as Emirates Airline, picking off lucrative Asian and European routes, and relentless pressure on costs.

Qantas wants to tap the enormous number of people who live in Southeast Asia and the Singapore Government needs Qantas' business to protect its economic viability.

AdvertisementAdvertisementBut the centre of Asian economic activity is gravitating north to China, making Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific an attractive alternative as an alliance partner for Qantas.

Freight and passenger loads from China have increased at a hefty rate of about 10 per cent a year, growth rates that analysts expect will be maintained for the foreseeable future.

The United States Department of Commerce estimates that by next year China will have notched up cargo turnover of 2.7 million tonnes and passenger volume of 100 million.

The booming Chinese economy is attracting business in droves and recently the US and China negotiated a bilateral agreement to allow for greater air services between the two countries.

For Australia, China is still a growing market, but in a few years it is expected to be a major destination for Qantas.

The problem for Qantas is that it has a lot more leverage to do a deal with Singapore Airlines than it does with Cathay, because aviation is crucial to Singapore's economy and Qantas is the second-biggest user of its Changi Airport as a hub.

But perhaps the way for Qantas to deal itself a seat at the table with Cathay's owners, the Swire Group and the Chinese Government, is the fear of what it could do instead – that is, a deal with Singapore Airlines to create a regional super airline.

That same fear of Qantas tying up with someone else could partly explain why Temasek has bought shares in Qantas.

It is worth noting that the motivations of state-owned Temasek may not necessarily be the same as those of the companies it owns, such as Singapore Airlines.

"Governments are incentivised by gdp growth and not necessarily by the return on equity of their investments. The distinction is important when assessing aviation policy," says Merrill Lynch analyst Simon Gresham.

He notes that it is in the Singapore Government's best interest to promote healthy competition between Singapore Airlines and Qantas, given their status as the two biggest users of Changi Airport.

But if Qantas is determined to do a deal and regional consolidation is to take place, then the idea of that happening with any carrier other than Singapore Airlines would be an even less attractive prospect to the government than having its two biggest airline customers tie up.

Hence Temasek's move on Qantas could be perceived as an attempt to grab a blocking stake rather than necessarily being a precursor to a full-blown merger.

Before British Airways' sell-down of its 18.25 per cent stake in Qantas last month, the region's airlines had been trying to position themselves as strongly as possible in anticipation of a consolidation in the next few years.

But with British Airways' sudden decision to sell out of Qantas and focus on aviation consolidation in Europe, the jostling in this region has begun in earnest.

Until recently, a deal between Cathay Pacific and Qantas would not have made much sense. The two are already part of the oneworld alliance and therefore have code-share agreements in place, plus they both have had a safe hold on the Australia-to-Hong Kong route.

But with Virgin Atlantic due to start flying Australia-to-London via Hong Kong at the end of this year, and China-based Dragonair also about to start the Australia-Hong Kong route, and the doubling of air-service rights between the two countries, that route could be about to get a lot tougher.

If there is increased competition, some analysts say there could be a strong case for Qantas and Cathay Pacific to enter a joint services agreement on Australia-Hong Kong, similar to the one Qantas has with British Airways on the "kangaroo route" between Australia and Britain.

Be it with Singapore Airlines or Cathay Pacific, Qantas has the potential to be in a very powerful position in Asian aviation consolidation.
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Lucrative Shanghai flights to be distributed; Cathay and Dragonair have battled for the 12 weekly cargo flights that the government is due to grant next week
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The government will decide next week on the distribution of the first tranche of mainland flights won in last month's air services agreement with Beijing.

Cathay Pacific Airways and Dragonair are competing fiercely for the 12 additional weekly all-cargo flights to Shanghai, with both thought to have applied for at least seven new services to central China's manufacturing heartland.

"We expect to make our decision public within a couple of days," said an official from the Economic Development and Labour Bureau, which is tasked with allocating the new frequencies. "However, the flights will not be available until the end of the month."

Cathay has also applied to increase its thrice-weekly passenger service to Beijing and to fly to Xiamen, in Fujian province. The airline is not authorised to launch passenger services on the Shanghai route until 2006.

Four more weekly flights to Beijing are available, as is daily service to Xiamen, but the immature Fujian market is unlikely to make a daily flight an attractive proposition for any carrier.

As Dragonair did not apply to increase passenger services in this month's allocation, Cathay is expected to receive its Xiamen and Beijing allocations.

But it is Shanghai which remains the key target. "Shanghai is certainly not an immature market and there is room for more carriers," director of corporate development Tony Tyler said yesterday.

"Our serving the mainland will not pose a threat to existing operators. We will focus on funnelling international travellers through Hong Kong - a very different market proposition to existing operators which primarily focus on passengers from Hong Kong, Taiwan and other mainland cities."

Compared with other major Asian markets served through Chek Lap Kok, Shanghai remains the most restricted.

With 2.26 million passengers flying on the route in the year to May, it is Hong Kong's No3 market behind Taipei and Bangkok. But the route is served by only two carriers - Dragonair and China Eastern - while 13 airlines ply the Hong Kong-Bangkok route and six offer services to Taipei.

Mr Tyler, set to become Cathay's chief executive next year, said liberalisation of the Shanghai sector would help Hong Kong further develop its regional hub status.

"Cathay Pacific makes its living out of attracting traffic from right across our network, over Hong Kong and on to other points. More than half our passengers make connections here," he said.

"We know how to get traffic flowing over Hong Kong to and from the mainland, and we are itching for the opportunity to help build the hub by doing this. The only way to consolidate Hong Kong's hub status is by linking our international network to our own flights to the major mainland cities."

Seven more passenger flights to Beijing and Shanghai will become available to Hong Kong carriers in March next year.
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Hactl wins "Air Cargo Terminal of the Year" for third year running



(8th October 2004) Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl) has been named "Air Cargo Terminal of the Year" at the Asia Logistics Awards 2004. This is the third consecutive year that Hactl has won this prestigious award. The award presentation gala dinner was held last night at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The Asia Logistics Awards is organised by leading trade publication, Lloyd's Freight Transport Buyer Asia, and has become an annual highlight for the Asian logistics industry since its inauguration in year 2002. The Awards recognise the industry's top-performing players in 13 categories. Readers of Lloyd's Freight Transport Buyer Asia cast their vote to select finalists from each category, and the final winner is chosen by an independent panel of 15 judges, comprising professionals in various sectors of the supply chain, across different Asian countries.

Speaking at the award presentation dinner last night, Mr. Anthony Wong, Hactl's Managing Director said, "It is a great honour to have won the 'Air Cargo Terminal of the Year' title three years in a row. This recognition is a testament to our efforts to provide efficient and reliable cargo handling services at the world's most modern air cargo terminal, as well as our dedication to serving Hong Kong and maintaining its position as the premier air cargo and logistics hub in the Asia Pacific region. This award is not just an achievement for Hactl, but for the entire Hong Kong International Airport community, and my heartfelt thanks go to our valued customers and business partners, who have given us their trust and support over the years."
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Air Cargo Growth Sustained in the Third Quarter

(7th October 2004, Hong Kong : ) Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl) released its air cargo tonnage figures for September and for the third quarter of 2004 that showed continued volume growth.

A total of 199,501 tonnes were handled in September 2004, up 12.4% compared with the same month last year. A new weekly tonnage record of 49,097 tonnes was set in the week of 20 September to 26 September, breaking the previous record of 48,428 tonnes achieved in the week of 17 November to 23 November last year. Tonnage for the third quarter was 568,594 tonnes, up 13.2% year-on-year. Cumulative tonnage for the first nine months of the year was 1,637,757 tonnes - an increase of 15.2% against the same period last year.

Export volume in September was 114,058 tonnes, representing a year-on-year growth of 14.4%. Total export tonnage for the third quarter was 320,740 tonnes, up 15.9% compared with the same period last year. The European market, which accounted for over 30% of the total export tonnage, continued to lead the growth in the export sector, with year-on-year increase of 31.7% and 29.0% registered in September and in the third quarter respectively. Buoyant export tonnage growth was also recorded in the U.S. market - up 12.6% for September and 17.8% for the third quarter. Cumulative export tonnage for the first nine months of the year was 905,676 tonnes, up 19.6% against the same period last year.

In the import sector, a total of 57,578 tonnes were handled in September, up 2.1% year-on-year. Total import volume for the third quarter was 170,318 tonnes, up 4.8% year-on-year. Strong growth was seen in the U.S. market (+42.4%), as well as in Mainland China (+38.8%) and Japan (+14.7%) in the quarter. Aggregate import volume for the period January to September 2004 was 520,257 tonnes, up 10.0% year-on-year.

"Growth in the third quarter was fuelled by the surge in export volume in the latter half of September amid the pre-National holiday rush," said Warren Bishop, Hactl's Marketing Director. "The new weekly handling record set in September shows that Hong Kong International Airport is still the preferred air cargo hub in the region. Hactl's ability to handle these volumes reflects our on-going efforts to maintain our service standards and enhance efficiency. We expect growth momentum to be sustained throughout the last quarter, and are confident that we can manage this growth, while delivering service according to our customers' expectations," Mr. Bishop added.

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Flight From Hong Kong Diverted in U.K.
October 14, 2004

LONDON - A Virgin Atlantic plane heading from Hong Kong to London was diverted to an airport north of London on Thursday after receiving a bomb threat, police said.

Flight VF201, carrying 214 passengers and 18 crew members, was diverted to Stansted after a bomb threat was made by phone. Essex Police Chief Superintendent Sue Harrison said officers established that the call was a hoax before the plane was searched but questioned passengers individually.

"Information we received has been thoroughly investigated. We are now satisfied it is a hoax," she said.

No explosives were found aboard the plane, police said.

The plane landed at 5:23 a.m. Everyone on board was evacuated safely and taken to a secure area at the airport, Harrison said.

"We never treat threats of this nature as routine. We take it seriously and we have tried and tested procedures to deal with it," she said.


Crew re-board a Virgin Atlantic Airbus A340 after the plane was diverted following a bomb alert to Stansted airport near London, October 14, 2004. Police confirmed on Thursday that the bomb threat, which forced the plane to divert to Stansted on route from Hong Kong to Heathrow, was a hoax. REUTERS/Toby Melville


Virgin plane Flight VR201 from Hong Kong sits on the tarmac at London's Stansted airport after being diverted on route to Heathrow following a bomb threat, October 14, 2004. The plane, with 233 people on board, landed safely on Thursday an airport spokeswoman said. REUTERS/Toby Melville
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