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Old December 14th, 2012, 03:20 PM   #4161
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Air pollution must be a common occurence around that area. I wonder if the airport gets shut down or flights delayed if visibility is really bad?
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Old December 14th, 2012, 04:24 PM   #4162
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Air pollution must be a common occurence around that area. I wonder if the airport gets shut down or flights delayed if visibility is really bad?
I've never heard of pollution-induced airport closures. There is plenty of automation nowadays to guide planes to land safely.

The skies have not been so grey at all so far this winter.
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Old December 15th, 2012, 09:44 AM   #4163
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Old December 15th, 2012, 09:53 AM   #4164
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Union: AA to Outsource Jobs to Hong Kong
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Sunday, Sep 16, 2012

Workers at the American Airlines maintenance base at Fort Worth's Alliance Airport say they are angry after learning that many of their jobs will be outsourced -- to Hong Kong.

"This is the result of corporate greed," said Larry Pike, president of the local Transport Workers Union.

Pike, who has been briefed on the airline's plans, said work on Boeing 777 jets, which is now done at Alliance, will go to a Hong Kong company called Haeco.

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American also noted that most of its competitors already perform heavy maintenance outside of the country.

Pike questioned whether work outsourced overseas will be done as well.

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American revealed Monday it would close its Alliance base by the end of the year.

Pike said about 400 American employees at Alliance worked on the Boeing 777s and about 700 worked on the Boeing 767s.

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Pike predicted that the 767 work will also be outsourced to Hong Kong within a few years. But American Airlines tells NBC 5 Timco of Greensboro will be handling the maintenance on the airlines 757s, the work on those jets will not be outsourced to Hong Kong.

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American is the last major U.S. carrier to do all of its own major overhaul work. Some other airlines also do maintenance work in other countries, including El Salvador.

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Old December 15th, 2012, 06:48 PM   #4165
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How gross that American Airlines (and others) would opt to send empty planes halfway across the world for maintenance --- way to go "green" guys. Gotta figure they are paying pretty crap wages in China to make it worthwhile.

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Old December 15th, 2012, 07:10 PM   #4166
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How gross that American Airlines (and others) would opt to send empty planes halfway across the world for maintenance --- way to go "green" guys. Gotta figure they are paying pretty crap wages in China to make it worthwhile.

Disgusting.
Think it's more about the overpaid American worker that is driving this. I doubt AA is flying its long-haul planes half way around the world for this. They fly regular passenger services to other cities in East Asia, which are a short distance from Hong Kong if they need to be around for maintenance work.
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Old December 15th, 2012, 08:46 PM   #4167
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AA operates B777s from Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, and New York to a handful of Asian cities, like Beijing, Tokyo, Seoul, Shanghai, and Delhi. It'd make sense if a plane for maintenance comes in from PVG or PEK as the ferry flight is shorter, unlike ICN, NRT, or DEL, which can take up to five hours. I haven't seen AA operate B767s on any of its Asian flights (at least according to the published schedules), but I think it might change if AA operates HNL-NRT or HNL-HND.
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Old December 16th, 2012, 06:21 AM   #4168
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AA operates B777s from Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, and New York to a handful of Asian cities, like Beijing, Tokyo, Seoul, Shanghai, and Delhi. It'd make sense if a plane for maintenance comes in from PVG or PEK as the ferry flight is shorter, unlike ICN, NRT, or DEL, which can take up to five hours. I haven't seen AA operate B767s on any of its Asian flights (at least according to the published schedules), but I think it might change if AA operates HNL-NRT or HNL-HND.
The aircraft usually operate a revenue service & ferried to the maintenance centre... For example QF A380s operate SYD-SIN-LHR or MEL-SIN-LHR & then ferry the aircraft to FRA... The return sector is either cancelled or operated by the A380 which has under gone maintenance...
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Interesting. MNL also hosts to a large maintenance facility for the A380s as well, thanks to Lufthansa Technik.
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Old December 16th, 2012, 05:49 PM   #4170
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Interesting. MNL also hosts to a large maintenance facility for the A380s as well, thanks to Lufthansa Technik.
I believe with the A380 reconfiguration work being carried out in MNL Qantas have also transferred regular maintenance to the facility too...
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Old December 16th, 2012, 07:35 PM   #4171
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So remember Air Seychelles planning a flight to HKG? Well, it indeed will start service via Abu Dhabi from The Seychelles from 24 March 2013. Schedule:

HM086 SEZ1540 – 2010AUH2140 – 0940+1HKG 332 247
HM087 HKG1855 – 2325AUH0200+1 – 0635+1SEZ 332 135

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Old December 17th, 2012, 04:09 AM   #4172
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So remember Air Seychelles planning a flight to HKG? Well, it indeed will start service via Abu Dhabi from The Seychelles from 24 March 2013. Schedule:

HM086 SEZ1540 – 2010AUH2140 – 0940+1HKG 332 247
HM087 HKG1855 – 2325AUH0200+1 – 0635+1SEZ 332 135

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Thanks. Here is the press release from November : http://www.airseychelles.com/en/news/index.php?aid=91

Air Seychelles to fly to Hong Kong
Thursday 1 November 2012

Air Seychelles announced today that it would introduce services to Hong Kong in February 2013, subject to regulatory approvals, following the delivery of its second Airbus A330-200 aircraft in January 2013.

The airline will operate three return services per week from the Seychelles to Hong Kong via Abu Dhabi.

Cramer Ball, Air Seychelles’ Chief Executive Officer, said: “The Seychelles needs a national carrier which can support the growing number of travellers into the archipelago, not just from our historical markets in Europe, but also the powerful emerging ones.

“Hong Kong’s economy is among the fastest growing in the world, supporting a booming middle class with a high disposable income per capita by global standards.

“These factors have brought a remarkable increase in the number of travellers coming out of the region in recent years. In fact, since 2010, the number of travellers coming to the Seychelles from Hong Kong has more than doubled.

“We see Hong Kong as a significant driver for future tourism growth in the Seychelles, so we are positioning Air Seychelles to seize the opportunity and support this vital market.”

The Seychelles is a visa-free destination, meaning all visitors can receive visas on arrival. Seychellois citizens are also not required to have visas for travel to Hong Kong.

Further, Hong Kong is a potential gateway to expand the airline’s reach within the region, with convenient connections to more than 30 destinations across mainland China, Japan and Australasia.

Guests travelling between the Seychelles and Hong Kong will remain on the same aircraft and keep the same seat for both legs of the journey, allowing a seamless journey over Abu Dhabi.

By operating the flights over Abu Dhabi, Air Seychelles can also codeshare with Etihad Airways to support further traffic to and from China. This dual approach will enable the airline to capture a significant market share.

The airline has also confirmed an increase in services to Abu Dhabi, from four to seven return services per week, a key part of a larger business plan approved by the airline’s Board of Directors.

Mr Ball said: “Through our partnership with Etihad Airways, we have been able to serve a much larger network and make improvements to the business that we could not have achieved independently. We are on track to break even this year, ensuring that Air Seychelles will continue to grow and thrive for many years to come.”

For further information and bookings, call +852 37973488 or +852 37973489.
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Old December 18th, 2012, 01:21 AM   #4173
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I've never heard of pollution-induced airport closures. There is plenty of automation nowadays to guide planes to land safely.

The skies have not been so grey at all so far this winter.
Of course, why didn't i think of that.
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Old December 31st, 2012, 11:24 AM   #4174
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Old January 2nd, 2013, 02:54 AM   #4175
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Daily flight movements hit new record
Monday, December 24, 2012
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A total of 1,081 flight movements were handled at the Hong Kong International Airport on December 22, setting a new daily record, a spokesman for the Civil Aviation Department (CAD) said today (December 24).

The 1,081 flight movements broke the previous single-day record of 1,057 flight movements set on January 20 this year and exceeded the daily average of 957 movements recorded in 2012 by around 13 per cent. Moreover, 579 flight movements also operated through the Hong Kong Flight Information Region on December 22, making up a total of 1,660 flights handled by the CAD within the 24-hour period. The strong growth was registered in air traffic operating both at the Hong Kong International Airport and through the Hong Kong Flight Information Region. It also strengthened our position as the regional aviation hub.

In the past 12 months, a total of 351,336 aircraft movements were handled at the Hong Kong International Airport and 202,179 aircraft movements operated through the Hong Kong Flight Information Region. They represented respective increases of 5.3 per cent and 10.5 per cent compared with the same period last year.

The increase in flight movements was also attributed to the demand during the Christmas holidays. Most of the extra flights operated by airlines were to destinations in Northeast Asia and Southeast Asia. Taipei was the most popular destination, followed by Seoul and Manila.

"The CAD is encouraged by this new movement record and its smooth air traffic operation. As usual, the CAD's Air Traffic Management Division has deployed additional staff to cater for the seasonal demand. We are always committed to ensuring safe and efficient air traffic service to the travelling public," the spokesman said.
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亞航取消檳城來往香港航線
2013年01月04日(五)
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AirAsia is ending HK-Penang service from 4 March. Passengers may transfer in KL for Penang instead. Currently, AirAsia operates 6 international routes out of Penang, and the HK route is being axed as part of a route reorganization.

【本報訊】亞洲最大廉價航空亞洲航空宣布三月四日起取消檳城來往香港航線,該公司向受影響旅客致歉,已預訂三月四日或以後航班的消費者,可免費改簽至三月四日或以前的航班,該航空亦提供以吉隆坡作為中轉站的方案,旅客可免費更改路線,選擇經吉隆坡往香港或檳城,又提出信用卡客戶全數退款方案,稍後會以電郵通知受影響旅客。

亞洲航空目前擁有六條檳城直飛的國際航線,包括檳城往新加坡、曼谷、雅加達、泗水、棉蘭及香港。該公司昨晚公布稱,由於整體業務調整及重組檳城作為樞紐營運航線,決定三月四日起取消檳城至香港航線,將會採取相應措施以盡可能減低乘客所受到的影響。已訂票的旅客可致電該公司客戶服務熱線 3112 3222查詢。
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