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Old October 14th, 2012, 08:42 PM   #4121
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That TG A380 -- as well as the CZ A380 -- looks really shiny. And right next to each other too.
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XF has 2 flightd per week on VVO-HKG route, while S7 is going to increase the number of flights up to 3 weekly on the same route (now they also have 2).
And HKG is very popular destination in Russan Far East as for business so as for tourism.
Maybe that could be a target market for the Philippines because we have a tourism campaign right now that is looking forward to bringing in 10 million tourists by 2016.
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Old October 15th, 2012, 05:18 PM   #4123
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Old October 17th, 2012, 05:43 AM   #4124
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Old October 17th, 2012, 07:24 PM   #4125
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Airport charges scheme proposed by Airport Authority to be gazetted
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
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The Scheme of Airport Charges proposed by the Airport Authority will be gazetted on October 19 and come into force on January 1 next year.

A spokesman for the Transport and Housing Bureau said today (October 16), "The Scheme aims to extend the existing New Destination Incentive Arrangement for two years to December 31, 2014, to encourage airlines to continue to launch new routes. The opportunity is also taken to increase the parking charges for the Business Aviation Designated Apron Area."

"The extended Arrangement will encourage the airlines to introduce new routes which further enhance the connectivity of Hong Kong. This will in turn benefit our civil aviation and tourism industries and will strengthen our position as an international hub in the region. As regards the parking charges for the Business Aviation Designated Apron Area, the adjustment is based on the 'user pays' principle, taking into account the capital cost of providing the parking stand, the maintenance cost and the estimated chargeable hours."

The Board of Airline Representatives in Hong Kong (which represents most of the airlines operating in Hong Kong) and the Hong Kong Business Aviation Centre (which is the operator of the business aviation facility at the airport) have been consulted. The Board of Airline Representatives in Hong Kong supported the extension of the New Destination Incentive Arrangement while the Hong Kong Business Aviation Centre did not raise objections to the increase in parking charges for business aviation.

The existing Arrangement will expire on December 31, 2012. Under the extended Arrangement, the Authority will continue to offer airlines a 75 per cent rebate on landing charges for flights between Hong Kong and a new destination for the first six months after the route is launched, and a 25 per cent rebate for the next six months.

The parking charges for the Business Aviation Designated Apron Area have not been adjusted since the airport opened in 1998 and are very low compared to other parking areas at HKIA. The parking charges will be increased in phases based on the user pays principle.
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Old October 19th, 2012, 07:57 PM   #4126
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Suspected theft of airport laptops raises data fears
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Friday, October 19, 2012

The Immigration Department has formed a special task force to probe the suspected theft of three laptop computers containing the personal data of 3,000 visitors.

The Airport Division received the loss report on Wednesday.

The laptops were taken from the immigration control duty room which airport staff and tourists can easily access.

They were attached to a scanning system used to record the identity details of suspicious tourists entering Hong Kong.

A department spokesman said the incident is an isolated one and the current handling procedures will be reviewed to ensure the protection of personal data.

The special task force will be headed by the deputy director of immigration, Jennifer Chung Lam Wai.

It has been told to submit a report to Director of Immigration Eric Chan Kwok-ki within three months complete with recommendations on how to prevent further incidents.

The three laptops were part of a standalone operation and were not connected to other computer systems run by the department.

The spokesman stressed the data is encrypted and password-protected.

The department will find an alternative way to follow up on individual visitors who are affected.

The spokesman said the department has strengthened security measures pertaining to the system.

The settings of the server have been updated to prevent uploading of any information to other computers in the Immigration Department.

Frontline staff members have been reminded to strictly follow guidelines on security and to ensure the proper handling and protection of personal data.

Secretary for Security Lai Tung- kwok expressed concern, saying he has instructed the department to cooperate with the police investigation.

When asked whether the incident is serious, Legislative Council panel on security chairman Ip Kwok-him said the loss of the laptops has been reported to police and he hopes they can find out the truth as soon as possible.

Though the department said there is little possibility the data will be exposed, Ip believes computer experts may easily obtain the information.
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Old October 22nd, 2012, 03:28 PM   #4127
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Air Traffic Continues to Increase in September
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(HONG KONG, 21 October 2012) – Traffic at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) sustained healthy growth in September with passenger trips amounting to 4.4 million and cargo volume totalling 347,000 tonnes, representing increases of 1.3% and 6.8% respectively compared to the same period last year. Air traffic movements for the month rose 4.1% to 28,850.

The growth in passenger traffic in September, while slower than previous months, was driven mainly by Hong Kong resident travel, which saw an 11% rise over the same month last year. Passenger traffic to and from the Chinese Mainland and Taiwan performed particularly well.

The growth in cargo throughput last month was a strong rebound from the decline in cargo throughput since April 2011. The increase was primarily due to a 7% year-on-year growth in exports. The strong rebound in cargo throughput is also consistent with the strong rebound in trade in September. During the month, cargo throughput to and from North America and South East Asia outperformed other key regions.

Stanley Hui Hon-chung, Chief Executive Officer of Airport Authority Hong Kong, said, "All three air traffic categories maintained growth momentum during the month. It is particularly pleasing to see year-on-year increases in cargo throughput over the last two consecutive months. We remain optimistic about cargo demand and we are confident that HKIA's long-term performance remains promising, and the airport is well positioned to continue contributing to the economy and prosperity of Hong Kong.

"It is also worth noting that airport operations were smooth and efficient during the busy National Day Golden Week. Cross-boundary coaches and limousines carried nearly 8,500 passengers from HKIA to the Chinese Mainland on 7 October, setting a new daily record. About 10,000 travellers took the SkyPier ferries between HKIA and the Pearl River Delta / Macao on 1 October."

The winter flight schedule would come into effect at the end of October. According to the winter schedule, the average daily scheduled flights in HKIA would reach around 1,000.

In the first three quarters of 2012 HKIA has recorded 42.2 million passenger trips, 2.9 million tonnes of cargo and 261,110 flight movements, representing year-on-year increases of 5.1%, 0.9% and 5.3% respectively.

On a rolling 12-month basis, the airport's passenger throughput rose 5.3% to 56 million and aircraft movements went up 5.2% to 346,840. Cargo volume declined 1.1% to 4 million tonnes.
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Old October 23rd, 2012, 12:52 PM   #4128
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Hactl announces tonnage throughput for Q3 2012
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(17 October 2012, Hong Kong)

A strong September 2012 result for Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl) – the major air cargo handler at the world’s largest air cargo hub – has seen the company pull ahead by the best year-on-year growth since January 2011.

Exports in the month were up 2.0% at 123,343 tonnes – the best increase since the post Chinese New Year bounce of March 2012. Imports were up 9.3% at 58,264 tonnes – the best growth since January 2012. Transhipments meanwhile were up 13.6% on 2011 at 56,154 tonnes, continuing the strong trend of the past year. The month’s total of 237,761 tonnes was the highest monthly throughput since March, and additionally marked the best year-on-year growth (6.3%) since February.

The third quarter of 2012 saw Hactl handle a total of 697,791 tonnes – the strongest quarter of 2012 so far, and the second highest result since the final three months of 2010’s bumper year.

Results for 2012 to date were also positive: the cumulative January-September total of 2,023,293 tonnes was 0.7% up on the same period of 2011 – marking the best year-on-year cumulative growth recorded in any month since January 2011.

Says Lilian Chan, Executive Director of Hactl: “2012 continues to look positive, and to show better results than we originally anticipated. The figures for the second and third quarters are very encouraging, and the totals for the year so far would be even stronger had it not been for a disappointing start to 2012.

“Exports from China are proving more resilient than many predicted, imports are looking better again, and transhipments continue to play an increasingly important part in our overall throughput, endorsing Hong Kong’s growing role as Asia’s cargo hub.

“Barring unforeseeable events, 2012 should end better than expected. The slow but steady recovery in our figures also gives us reason to believe that 2013 trends should continue positively, and that we are back to sustained – if modest - overall industry growth again.”

She concludes: “With the progressive switch of our largest customer to self-handling throughout 2013, it is good to see organic growth among our other carriers, which we believe should continue next year. With initiatives such as the development of our Hacis road feeder operations, and the recent launch of our development and professional services business HACTL Development Holdings Limited (HDHL), we are well prepared for the important task of creating new revenue sources in 2013.”
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Old October 26th, 2012, 06:12 PM   #4131
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Hactl announces tonnage throughput for Q3 2012
Press Release
(17 October 2012, Hong Kong)

A strong September 2012 result for Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl) – the major air cargo handler at the world’s largest air cargo hub – has seen the company pull ahead by the best year-on-year growth since January 2011.

Exports in the month were up 2.0% at 123,343 tonnes – the best increase since the post Chinese New Year bounce of March 2012. Imports were up 9.3% at 58,264 tonnes – the best growth since January 2012. Transhipments meanwhile were up 13.6% on 2011 at 56,154 tonnes, continuing the strong trend of the past year. The month’s total of 237,761 tonnes was the highest monthly throughput since March, and additionally marked the best year-on-year growth (6.3%) since February.

The third quarter of 2012 saw Hactl handle a total of 697,791 tonnes – the strongest quarter of 2012 so far, and the second highest result since the final three months of 2010’s bumper year.

Results for 2012 to date were also positive: the cumulative January-September total of 2,023,293 tonnes was 0.7% up on the same period of 2011 – marking the best year-on-year cumulative growth recorded in any month since January 2011.

Says Lilian Chan, Executive Director of Hactl: “2012 continues to look positive, and to show better results than we originally anticipated. The figures for the second and third quarters are very encouraging, and the totals for the year so far would be even stronger had it not been for a disappointing start to 2012.

“Exports from China are proving more resilient than many predicted, imports are looking better again, and transhipments continue to play an increasingly important part in our overall throughput, endorsing Hong Kong’s growing role as Asia’s cargo hub.

“Barring unforeseeable events, 2012 should end better than expected. The slow but steady recovery in our figures also gives us reason to believe that 2013 trends should continue positively, and that we are back to sustained – if modest - overall industry growth again.”

She concludes: “With the progressive switch of our largest customer to self-handling throughout 2013, it is good to see organic growth among our other carriers, which we believe should continue next year. With initiatives such as the development of our Hacis road feeder operations, and the recent launch of our development and professional services business HACTL Development Holdings Limited (HDHL), we are well prepared for the important task of creating new revenue sources in 2013.”
Who was the largest customer?
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Thursday, December 08, 2005

Cathay Pacific Airways, the biggest client of Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Ltd, plans to set up a rival cargo terminal capacity at Hong Kong International Airport to deal with the airline's rapid growth in cargo volume, a source said.
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Airport drama as conveyor-belt suitcases burn
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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Two suitcases on a conveyor belt at Hong Kong International Airport were damaged in a blaze that was quickly dealt with by staff using extinguishers.

An Airport Authority spokesman said one suitcase burst into flames and this led to the other catching fire.

Airport operations were not affected.

A preliminary investigation revealed that one of the cases was carrying an inflammable liquid. The incident is not being treated as suspicious, police said.

A Cathay Pacific spokeswoman confirmed the two suitcases belonged to passengers who had checked in for a flight.

The case that burst into flames has been passed on to the police and fire services for investigation.

Meanwhile, 650 students at St Stephen's Girls' Primary School, Mid- Levels, were evacuated after a utility room blaze, which was put out in 13 minutes by firefighters.

Initial investigations indicate that water was being boiled inside the room.

There were no injuries.
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Looks like a new African carrier will be flying out of Abu Dhabi as a codeshare (supposedly, the flight comes in from Mahe): Air Seychelles will start operating between AUH and HKG, using its newest A330. Etihad Airways will be codesharing on this route. Details:

HM086/EY4122 AUH 2120 – 0840+1 HKG 332 247
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Looks like a new African carrier will be flying out of Abu Dhabi as a codeshare (supposedly, the flight comes in from Mahe): Air Seychelles will start operating between AUH and HKG, using its newest A330. Etihad Airways will be codesharing on this route. Details:

HM086/EY4122 AUH 2120 – 0840+1 HKG 332 247
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That's very exciting! One more tropical paradise option for us and those who are sick of Fiji and the Maldives already
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That's very exciting! One more tropical paradise option for us and those who are sick of Fiji and the Maldives already
Ehhh that means you get to fly to destinations further than the Philippines, which has its own set of paradise, and you get flights to the Maldives, Fiji, and Guam... What's next: New Caledonia? It seems like if I come from Manila and want to go to those places, then we need to stop over in Hong Kong just to get to those tropical destinations... Reminds me to really ramp up airport construction back home to make it all happen and go further than settling for what we have.
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As reported in the Air New Zealand thread, their HKG-LHR service will be cut next March. 70 London-based jobs will go as a result.

The capacity will be redeployed on North America routes, and NZ will continue to fly to London via Los Angeles.

Meanwhile, they will also codeshare with CX for more mainland China destinations.


A HKG-bound service awaits boarding in LHR.


Until a few years ago, NZ flew a 747 from HKG to LHR.
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Speech by FS at signing ceremony of MoU on Aviation Services Research Centre
Saturday, November 10, 2012
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Following is the speech by the Financial Secretary, Mr John C Tsang, at the signing ceremony of Memorandum of Understanding on Aviation Services Research Centre at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University this morning (November 10):

Dr Wu (Vice President, Boeing Research and Technology, China, Dr Wu Dongyang), Professor Tong (President, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Professor Timothy Tong), Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen,

Good morning.

I am really pleased to join you all for the signing ceremony. This Memorandum of Understanding between Polytechnic University (PolyU) and Boeing Company is the first of its kind for our city.

We are delighted that PolyU is teaming up with the world's largest aerospace company to promote hi-tech innovation.

This MoU on establishing an Aviation Services Research Centre is a groundbreaking initiative that will support our city's development and progress on several fronts.

First of all, as an international aviation hub, this initiative will help Hong Kong play a key role in our nation's aeronautics development. Aeronautics is one of the seven "rising" industries identified in the Central Government's National 12th Five-year Plan.

It will also give Hong Kong greater scope to take advantage of the Central Government's focus on aeronautics development and help establish Hong Kong as an aviation education and research centre.

This MoU is also very timely. There is already strong demand for aviation expertise to support the industry's development, not just in Hong Kong and Mainland China, but also throughout Asia. As our region continues to expand and become more closely connected with global markets, this demand for aviation talent will grow.

We are also fortunate in Hong Kong to have one of the best, busiest and biggest airports in the world. Much of its success depends on its people to operate, maintain and manage the day-to-day running of the facility efficiently, and above all, safely.

Looking to the future, we have ambitious plans to increase the capacity of Hong Kong International Airport to meet anticipated demand for passenger and cargo services. This will create opportunities for skilled personnel in all departments and especially in the maintenance, repair and overhaul of aircraft and equipment.

Ladies and gentlemen, it is an honour for me to join you all for this special occasion. With a strong commitment from Hong Kong, applied research enterprise of Polytechnic University and the Boeing Company's world-renowned leadership and expertise, I am confident that this collaboration will help propel our aviation industry to even greater heights.

Thank you very much.
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LCQ7: The SkyPier
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
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Following is a question by the Hon Chan Han-pan and a written reply by the Secretary for Transport and Housing, Professor Anthony Cheung Bing-leung, in the Legislative Council today (November 14):

Question:

In recent years, some members of the public have proposed that the Government should vigorously develop Lantau Island so as to strengthen Hong Kong's connection and integration with the Pearl River Delta (PRD) region. On the other hand, some people have repeatedly urged the Government for years to open up the SkyPier at the Hong Kong International Airport for providing cross-boundary ferry services to non-transit passengers. Although the Government had told this Council's Panel on Economic Development in 2007 that it would consider the proposal, it later indicated that a review on whether there was such a need should be conducted after the commissioning of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge (HZMB). In this connection, will the Government inform this Council:

(a) whether it knows the current annual maximum passenger handling capacity and the actual patronage of the SkyPier;

(b) whether it knows the annual increase in patronage of the SkyPier since the completion of the construction of SkyPier's permanent pier; whether it has assessed if the increase in patronage is satisfactory and the reasons for that; whether the Government will conduct an in-depth study on the growth in the patronage of the pier;

(c) whether the authorities will consider afresh opening up the SkyPier for cross-boundary services so as to strengthen Hong Kong's connection with the PRD region; if they will, whether they will consider providing cross-boundary ferry services other than those to and from Zhuhai and Macao, so as to avoid affecting the utilisation of HZMB upon its completion; and

(d) whether the authorities will consider expeditiously conducting a comprehensive review on the development plan of Lantau Island, so as to ensure that the development of Hong Kong's south-western areas will tie in with the rapid development of the PRD region?

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President,

Located at the Restricted Area of the Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA), the SkyPier provides convenient and speedy ferry services for air-to-sea/sea-to-air transit passengers travelling between Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta (PRD)/Macao. Transit passengers via SkyPier with a valid air ticket or counterfoil of the boarding pass, a valid ferry ticket and a valid travel document can, without going through immigration procedures at the airport, board departing flight to other destinations or take a ferry at the SkyPier to the PRD or Macao. The Airport Authority (AA) must operate the SkyPier in accordance with the Deed of Security signed with the Administration in order to meet the security requirements for transit passengers and baggage.

(a) Based on AA's information, the four berths at the SkyPier can currently cope with a maximum of about 4 million transit passengers every year. In 2011, the transit passenger throughput of SkyPier was about 2.39 million.

(b) The SkyPier commissioned in January 2010. In 2011, the transit passenger throughput was 2.39 million, representing an increase of 6.7% over 2010 which was about 2.24 million. In the first nine months of 2012, the passenger throughput was 1.98 million, representing an increase of 10% over the same period last year.

There has been a steady growth in the transit passenger throughput of SkyPier. Its growth rates in recent years exceeded those of the overall passenger throughput of the HKIA (see the table below), mainly due to the persistent increase in the number of visitors from the Mainland and Southeast Asia in recent years.

Transit passenger Passenger
throughput of SkyPier throughput of HKIA
(million passengers) (million passengers)
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2010 2.24 50.92
2011 2.39 (+6.7%) 53.90 (+5.9%)
2012 1.98 (+10%) 42.25 (+5.1%)
(as at
September)

(c) The land transport link between Hong Kong and the PRD region, particularly cities in the eastern part, has been well developed. Regarding sea transport, the two cross-boundary ferry terminals (CBFTs) currently managed by the Government (i.e. Hong Kong-Macau Ferry Terminal and China Ferry Terminal) provide cross-boundary ferry services to and from 11 PRD ports and Macao. The daily maximum handling capacities of the above two CBFTs add up to about 290,000. In 2011, the total peak daily patronage of the two terminals was only 130,000. It is expected that the two terminals will have sufficient capacity to meet the projected increase in patronage before the commissioning of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge (HZMB) in 2016. As such, we consider it not necessary to plan the third government-managed CBFT at this stage.

We also do not see the need to expand the function of the SkyPier. As indicated by the statistics for the first three quarters of 2012, the average daily patronage of cross-boundary ferries was about 69,000, of which the services other than those between Hong Kong and Zhuhai/Macao only accounted for about 12.3%, i.e. around 8,500 passengers per day. Compared with the two CBFTs located in the city centre, the SkyPier is relatively far away from the urban area, making it not convenient for most residents in Hong Kong. As for inbound tourists, most of them will go sightseeing and shopping on the Hong Kong and Kowloon side apart from visiting scenic spots in Lantau. Therefore, the Government considers that the proposed provision of a CBFT at the SkyPier has limited effect on boosting visitor number from the Mainland and Macao, and that the patronage may not be sufficient to support the efficacy of the operation of the pier.

Furthermore, the main purpose of providing SkyPier service at HKIA is to provide speedy ferry services for air transit passengers travelling to and from the PRD and Macao. The existing SkyPier is located within the Airport Restricted Area where customs, immigration and quarantine facilities are not provided. If the SkyPier is to open for use by non-transit passengers, it would require expansion to fit in the necessary facilities and increase the handling capacity of the pier. As the relevant works would incur substantial capital investment and manpower requirement, it is not cost-effective based on the current situation.

In view of the above, together with a further cross-boundary option to be provided by the HZMB in 2016 for travelling between Hong Kong and Macao as well as Hong Kong and cities on the western part of the Pearl River, we do not have plan to consider the opening the SkyPier for general immigration purposes.

(d) To fully capture the opportunities arising from the rapid development of the PRD region, the Government will enhance our transport link with the region to promote the overall development of Hong Kong.

Published by the Administration in 2007, the Revised Concept Plan for Lantau sets out the overall planning framework for a balanced and coordinated development of the island. According to the framework, North Lantau will focus on the development of major economic infrastructure and tourism uses to optimise the utilisation of the transport infrastructure. The rest of Lantau will be designated for nature conservation and environmentally sustainable recreational uses.

The Planning Department and the Civil Engineering and Development Department launched the Tung Chung New Town Extension Study in January 2012 to identify the development potential and opportunities of Tung Chung. With a view to formulating a suitable proposal for Tung Chung New Town extension, the major infrastructure projects in the adjacent areas of Tung Chung, the need for environmental protection and nature conservation in the surrounding as well as the comments from and vision of the public for Tung Chung development will be taken into consideration. The first stage of public engagement for the Study ended in August this year and about 2,300 public views have been received. The Administration is analysing the views for the preparation of an initial development proposal. The second stage of public engagement is expected to commence next year.
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