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Old August 12th, 2012, 05:01 PM   #4081
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Cathay Pacific welcomes Environmental Impact Assessment Study Brief for third runway option at HKIA
11 August 2012
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Cathay Pacific Airways welcomes the Director of Environmental Protection’s issuance of a Study Brief for the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) of a third runway at Hong Kong International Airport.

Cathay Pacific Chief Executive John Slosar said: “This is another important step forward in building a critically needed third runway for Hong Kong. As we have shared from the beginning, we believe a constructive community engagement will be able to identify and resolve any issues of concern. We are firm believers that economic development and environmental protection can go hand in hand for the betterment of Hong Kong.”

With air transportation playing a significant role in empowering Hong Kong’s economic success, Cathay Pacific has been a strong proponent of a third runway at HKIA. The airline has also stated that potential environmental issues surrounding the airport expansion must be explored and minimised. For its part, Cathay Pacific is continuing an aggressive fleet modernisation programme which helps reduce CO2 emissions, fuel usage and noise footprints. The airline currently has 99 new aircraft on order for delivery and will phase out less efficient aircraft as the new planes are delivered.

Cathay Pacific welcomes HKIA’s commitment to a comprehensive and thorough EIA process and looks forward to participating.
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Old August 12th, 2012, 06:01 PM   #4082
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You guys seriously need to stop posting the drug seizures here. This is what? The third time? We all get it. There are idiots who don't learn their lessons. This will keep happening until natural selection weeds them out of our society, which is never. End of story.
Don't think you get what I've been posting.

26 July - Typically, screening is focused on inbound passengers. As long as the passenger doesn't bring explosives or other weapons onto the plane, I doubt security around the world would be interested to know a few bags of drugs are heading out. I doubt the metal detectors would've caught those, but somehow this one was caught and did not become Australia's problem.

24 & 27 April - Ingestion of drugs is nothing new but the scale is quite large at 1.25kg and 1.47 kg. It's not a miniscule drug haul by dumb amateurs.
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Old August 18th, 2012, 10:36 AM   #4083
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Old August 20th, 2012, 12:15 PM   #4084
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HKIA Sets Records for Passenger and Air Traffic Movements in July
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HONG KONG, 19 August 2012 – Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) set new monthly records for passenger volume and air traffic movements in July 2012, handling over 5 million passengers – representing growth of 0.5% over July 2011, when the previous record was set – and 29,880 air traffic movements – representing year-on-year growth of 3.4% and breaking the previous record set in March 2012. Cargo volume saw a decline of 1.6% year on year to 335,000 tonnes during the month.

The growth in passenger traffic was due mainly to travel by Hong Kong residents, which saw a 6% rise over the same month last year. Passenger traffic to and from Japan and Taiwan performed particularly well.

Although imports grew by 4% in July, cargo volume declined primarily because of a 4% year-on-year drop in exports together with a 3% decrease in transshipments. Cargo activity with South East Asia outperformed other key regions.

Stanley Hui Hon-chung, Chief Executive Officer of Airport Authority Hong Kong, said, "We are pleased that both passenger and air traffic movements have once again set records, and we believe that the growth trend will continue in the coming months. Meanwhile, we will keep a close eye on the latest situation in the cargo market.

"As we develop the airport to meet its future air traffic demand, the entire airport community is also giving 100% effort to help handle the increasing amount of traffic we are currently facing. The Job Expo we recently held in early August attracted more than 10,000 participants over three days, and our business partners were able to hire qualified candidates to meet their operational needs. The prospects for aviation are promising, and we believe the industry will continue to play a significant role in Hong Kong's employment market and help nurture the youth workforce in the city," Mr Hui added.

For the first seven months of the year, HKIA handled 32.7 million passengers and air traffic movement reached 201,760, representing 5.9% and 5.4% increases respectively compared with the same period last year. Cargo volume amounted to 2.3 million tonnes, a slight drop of 0.2% compared to the same period last year.

On a rolling 12-month basis, the airport has served 55.7 million passengers and handled 344,160 flight movements, representing year-on-year growth of 5.9% and 5.5% respectively. Over the same period, cargo volume declined by 3.1% to 3.9 million tonnes.
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Old August 23rd, 2012, 12:20 PM   #4085
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26 July 2012
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Award winning Air Astana commences Almaty to Hong Kong service in August

With effect from today, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) passport holders can enjoy a 14 day visa free visit to the Republic of Kazakhstan and Kazakh nationals can similarly spend 14 days in Hong Kong on a visa free basis. The visa free agreement between the HKSAR and Kazakhstan governments was signed in May 2012.

Air Astana will launch a twice weekly flights between Almaty and Hong Kong service on 28th August, with the service to be operated by Boeing 757 configured in a 16 business class/150 economy class configuration. The duration of the Almaty to Hong Kong flight is 6 hours 10 minutes, while Hong Kong to Almaty flight is 7 hours 10 minutes. Passengers arriving in Hong Kong will enjoy convenient connections on partner airlines to southern China and south east Asia. For passengers arriving in Almaty, Air Astana offers a rapidly expanding network of international services to Russia, Central Asia and the Caucasus, as well as a host of domestic destinations.

The cost of an economy return ticket from Hong Kong to Almaty starts at US$792, including all airport taxes and other fees, and from US$2606 for business class.

“I’m confident that the combination of visa free travel and the launch of new direct services from Almaty to Hong Kong next month will result in major business and leisure traffic growth between these two exciting destinations“, said Ibrahim Canliel, Air Astana Vice President Marketing and Sales. “Passengers travelling between sophisticated, alpine Almaty and energised Hong Kong will enjoy Skytrax 4-star award winning service.”
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Old August 28th, 2012, 02:52 PM   #4086
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泰航故障玩殘400客
2012年08月28日(二)


Synopsis : A Thai Airways flight (TG 638) from Bangkok to Hong Kong was delayed for some 6 hours yesterday. Originally scheduled to depart at 2pm, passengers were still on the ground past 8pm. The flight carried some 400 passengers, including members of a local football team. The airline did not provide any updates or even water during the delay.


流浪球員重新登機後,顯得非常疲累。

【本報訊】泰國國際航空一班由泰國曼谷飛返香港的航班疑連番機件故障,原定香港時間昨午約二時起飛,但延至晚上八時後仍未啟航,包括香港甲組流浪足球隊二十九名職球員在內約四百名乘客上機又落機,折騰逾六小時,在候機室等候連一支水也沒有。流浪總監李輝立批評航空公司安排混亂,擔心延遲返港會影響外援球員註冊程序,打亂周末新球季首場賽事部署。另有同機乘客指,等候期間,航空公司幾近「零訊息」發放,包括嬰兒在內的搭客有被遺棄感覺。本報至截稿前未能與泰國國際航空方面聯絡,航班昨晚深夜飛抵香港。

流浪外援憂趕不及披甲

港人何先生昨晚在曼谷機場候機室透過電話向本報投訴指,指昨午近十二時抵達曼谷國際機場辦理登機手續,原定約二時起飛的泰國國際航空TG 638航班遲遲未見登機,在閘口苦等近兩小時終可登機,豈料在機上等得更耐,一等兩個半小時,期間機上廣播「一時話飛得,一時話唔飛得」,全機人最後竟要下機重返候機室,至昨晚八時仍未確定啟航時間:「航空公司一直無交代清楚,成班客只有等,仲有三十幾個小朋友同BB,一杯水都無啊。」

乘TG 638返港的還有上周二(二十一日)到泰國季前集訓的流浪足球隊,李輝立稱全隊二十九名職球員十二時抵達機場,遭遇與何先生類同,部分球員全日只喝了一支水或一件三文治,甚至有球員飲下機場的橙汁後腸胃不適,苦上加苦。

李擔心未知何時啟程回港以外,更透露隊中外援球員最遲要在新一季賽事四十八小時前註冊,憂慮若行程延遲太久會影響註冊,周末新球季首場聯賽可能無法上陣。

機場管理局網頁顯示,TG 638原定下午五時四十分返抵本港,但至昨晚九時只顯示航班延遲,但暫未能與泰國國際航空取得聯絡,至於乘客則於晚上近九時重新登機,再度等候起飛。
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Old August 29th, 2012, 03:52 PM   #4087
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Hactl welcomes another new customer - Air Astana
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29 August 2012, Hong Kong

Air Astana, the national airline of the Republic of Kazakhstan, has appointed Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl) as the cargo ground handler for its newly-launched flights to Hong Kong.

The airline launched the first and only non-stop scheduled flight services to Central Asia from Hong Kong on 28 August, serving Hong Kong and Almaty (ALA), initially operating twice weekly on Tuesday and Friday using a B757 aircraft. Hactl will provide Air Astana with physical cargo handling and air cargo documentation services.

Air Astana's Oliver Mathwich, Director Ground Services says: "We are excited about the potential for our new cargo capacity to and from Hong Kong, and are delighted to have access to Hactl's impressive resources and the interline opportunities opened up by its large selection of handled carriers."

Adds Lilian Chan, Executive Director of Hactl: "We extend a warm welcome to Air Astana, which is the latest carrier to join our growing portfolio.

"In an increasingly competitive business environment, this appointment once again endorses Hactl's reputation for service excellence, achieved after many years' hard work."
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HAECO confident on private jets
The Standard
Monday, September 03, 2012

Aircraft maintenance service provider Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Co (0044) is upbeat about the future of the local private jet market, which is expected to mature in the next two to three years.

"Private jets are a trend in airline business worldwide. They are very popular in the United States and Europe, and this trend will also take place in Hong Kong," HAECO chief executive Augustus Tang Kin-wing told The Standard.

Currently, the company is remodeling five private jets built by Airbus and Boeing.

"Customers require higher-end services on their jets. They pinpoint the color and woodgrain and even the chairs. Some want a bathroom or a bed in the cabin," Tang said.

Taikoo (Xiamen) Aircraft Engineering Co, in which HAECO holds a 58.55 percent stake, operates the only Airbus-approved private jet remodeling center in Asia.

HAECO will continue to look for new investment opportunities in the mainland TAECO recorded a 41 percent decline in net profit during the first half.

Tang said the firm's aircraft maintenance business remains stable at this stage, but is likely to be subjected to economic turbulence ahead.

In the first half, HAECO earned a net profit of HK$482 million, up 13.4 percent from the same period last year.
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Anyone able to shed any information why a UA B737 is in HKG...???
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Anyone able to shed any information why a UA B737 is in HKG...???
UA uses the 737 to run its shuttle routes from Hong Kong to Ho Chi Minh City (2.5 hrs), Tokyo (4 hrs), Singapore (4 hrs), and Guam (5 hrs).
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UA uses the 737 to run its shuttle routes from Hong Kong to Ho Chi Minh City (2.5 hrs), Tokyo (4 hrs), Singapore (4 hrs), and Guam (5 hrs).
Cheers... So how many aircraft are based in HKG considering they operate 4 shuttle services...?

With the aircraft based in HKG does remain on the USA registry or HKG registry???

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Cheers... So how many aircraft are based in HKG considering they operate 4 shuttle services...?

With the aircraft based in HKG does remain on the USA registry or HKG registry???

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Not sure how many are actually based out of HKG, but the Ho Chi Minh, Tokyo, and Singapore flights are all daily.

Looking at the sole example on airliners.net, the 737 spotted in Hong Kong had US registration.
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A surprise visit from Santa Claus on board a plane in his childhood inspired Augustus Tang Kin-wing to pursue a career in the aircraft industry that has now spanned three decades.

Tang, 53, currently chief executive of Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Co (0044), has spent 30 years with the Swire Group.

He joined the aircraft maintenance service provider in 2008, following 26 years at Cathay Pacific Airways (0293), where he started as a management trainee in 1982.

"I used to dream of travelling around the world when I was a kid, and I developed a passion for aviation through influence from my father, who worked for HAECO before retirement," said Tang.

He recalled further hearing the siren call during an in-flight Christmas party, when Santa paid a surprise visit to the children high above the old Kai Tak Airport in Kowloon City.

Majority owned by conglomerate Swire Pacific (0019), HAECO is one of the world's leading aeronautical engineering groups, providing a comprehensive range of airframe maintenance, cabin reconfiguration, design engineering, freighter conversion, engine overhaul, and technical training.

Earlier this year, it won an international aviation industry award for its maintenance, repair, overhaul and after- market service.

Prior to joining HAECO, Tang served in various capacities with Cathay Pacific in Hong Kong, Malaysia and Japan, including a two-year stint with Cathay's associate Dragonair. He has been executive director at Swire Pacific since August 2011.

Married with two teenagers, Tang holds an honors degree in business administration from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and completed the Executive Program at Stanford University. But, by no means is he a layman in terms of engineering.

He equipped himself with extensive knowledge when he conducted aircraft evaluation at Cathay Pacific. He also became high-tech savvy by constantly reading training materials HAECO used to nurture its staff engineers.

The company recruits 800 to 1,000 staff per year, providing classroom and on-the-job training on aircraft engineering and maintenance.

However, he laments the younger generation ranking engineering as among its least desirable career choices, as it sometimes requires working in the hot sun or pouring rain when examining machinery outdoors.

Also, parents discourage their children from becoming engineers, due to the time-consuming career development and not overly high salaries.

In the SAR, it takes at least 12 years for a Form Five student to become a licensed engineer following training and assessment, Tang said. He added a graduate with an engineering degree still needs about another four years to obtain the licensed designation.

Brighter futures lie ahead, however, as vacancies for skilled technicians and licensed engineers globally are expected to reach 400,000 by 2015, according to the International Air Transport Association, Tang said.

In an attempt to encourage new blood to join the aviation industry, HAECO has teamed with local colleges to launch activities on campus, providing students with greater access to learn about aircraft engineering and the aviation industry.

"Looking for good partners and getting along with them is essential for business success," Tang said.

As for his own two sons, he allows them to choose their own career path, although they seem keen on aviation.

"They did not miss a second of the live program on China's space mission delegation's visit in August," Tang said.

Having travelled to numerous countries, Tang particularly appreciates Europe for its diverse cultures, especially street markets.

"I do enjoy carrying shopping bags, walking along the market and feeling the exotic culture. The way they arrange fish and vegetables is artistic."

At home, Tang can also be found frequenting local markets on holidays.

He and his family enjoyed a two- week vacation in Italy this summer, and he looks forward to the next time he can breathe fresh air in South America, particularly Brazil.

Tang said he has never thought of emigrating from the SAR even "for a split second."

He said: "I cannot find any other city as efficient and dynamic as Hong Kong. People here will never have to wait four or five days to get a water tap repaired like in Europe.

"And in this city, it also takes you only about 45 minutes' travel time to go from the noisy hustle and bustle to tranquil nature."

However, he said Hong Kong - one of the world's busiest air traffic hubs - should continue to improve its competitiveness, so building a third runway at Chek Lap Kok airport is essential.

"There are more and more flight delays in Hong Kong due to heavy traffic and over-saturation," he said. "Airlines can choose alternative landing cities if the situation continues worsening, which will weaken Hong Kong's role as a leading aviation hub."

The global economic turbulence has weighed on the air travel business, resulting in carriers reporting weak interim earnings.

And an industry slump trickles down to impact the aircraft maintenance business, as airlines tend to idle some of their fleets as demand wanes, Tang noted.

Usually, aircraft jet engines need overhauling every four to five years, at a cost of US$5 million (HK$39 million) to US$8 million per engine, he said.

Amid the global economic slowdown, HAECO is upbeat about the future of the local private jet market, which is expected to mature in the next two to three years.

The number of private jets in Hong Kong is growing robustly, with mainland institutions keen to invest.

"Private jets are a trend in the airline business worldwide. They are very popular in the United States and Europe, and this trend is taking hold in Hong Kong," Tang said.

HAECO is currently remodeling five private jets built by Airbus and Boeing.

"Customers require higher-end services on their jets. They pinpoint the color and woodgrain, and even the chairs," Tang said. "Some even want a bathroom or bed in the cabin."

For the first six months, HAECO posted a net profit of HK$482 million, up 13.4 percent from the previous year.
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Passenger and Air Traffic Movements Set New Monthly Records
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HONG KONG, 16 September 2012 – Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) saw another busy month in August with passenger volume and aircraft movements breaking new monthly records for the second month in a row. Boosted by burgeoning demand during the summer holiday period, HKIA sustained the upward momentum in passenger numbers to reach a new high of 5.2 million and reported year-on-year growth of 3.9%. Flight movements hit a record of 30,470 as well, up 5.2% compared to the same period last year. Cargo volume also grew by 3% to 328,000 tonnes as HKIA approaches the busier months before the end of the year.

The growth in passenger traffic in August was primarily driven by a 7% increase in visitors over the year before. Passenger numbers to and from South East Asia and Japan performed particularly well.

A 3% year-on-year increase in export volumes led the growth in cargo tonnage last month, and cargo throughput to and from Japan and South East Asia outperformed other key regions.

Stanley Hui Hon-chung, Chief Executive Officer of Airport Authority Hong Kong, said, "It is very encouraging to see both passenger traffic and flight movements reach new heights at HKIA. We anticipate a steady growth trend in coming months as travel usually peaks at the end of the year, and in particular, during major festivals or holidays such as the Mid-Autumn Festival and the National Day Golden Week."

Mr Hui added, "Late last month, HKIA welcomed Air Astana, an airline from Kazakhstan, which launched a new twice-weekly passenger service between Hong Kong and Almaty. The addition of Almaty further expands HKIA's extensive network of air services covering more than 170 destinations worldwide."

For the first eight months of the year, HKIA handled 37.9 million passengers and processed 2.6 million tonnes of cargo, representing a growth of 5.6% and 0.2% respectively from a year earlier. Aircraft movements increased 5.4% to 232,245.

On a rolling 12-month basis, flight movements registered a year-on-year increase of 5.3%, amounting to 345,695 movements. Passenger traffic rose 5.7% to 55.9 million, while cargo tonnage decreased 2.2% to 3.9 million.

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Hactl bags “Ground Handler of the Year” Award
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6 September 2012, Hong Kong

Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl) – the major air cargo handler at the world’s largest air cargo hub – has been voted “Ground Handler of the Year” at the Payload Asia Awards 2012. The award was one of 17 announced at a gala dinner and presentation ceremony held in Singapore on 5 September 2012 (Wednesday).

The new award scheme, organised by air cargo industry publication Payload Asia, is intended to spotlight and recognise air cargo supply chain organisations that have made a difference in the industry – with particular emphasis on market adeptness, innovative products and superior strategy.

Enterprises were nominated online by Payload Asia readers, following shortlisting of candidates in each category by an independent panel of expert judges. Having polled the most votes in its category, Hactl was named “Ground Handler of the Year” in recognition of its operational excellence, customer service and product innovations, competitive services and cost structure, and scope of service offerings.

Speaking after the awards, Hactl Managing Director Mark Whitehead said: “We are very honoured to have received the award for “Ground Handler of the Year” in this, the first year of the Payload Asia Awards, and I convey my sincere thanks to all those who voted for Hactl. This award is a welcome recognition of our continuing efforts to provide handling services of the highest possible calibre.

“Through 36 years of hard work, investment and innovation, Hactl has played an integral role in Hong Kong’s rise to become the world’s top cargo hub. Whatever the future challenges for the industry, our community can rest assured that we remain totally committed to maintaining our airport’s standing as the global model for air cargo efficiency.”
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