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Old October 14th, 2004, 11:16 PM   #401
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TTG Travel Awards : Hong Kong Airport Authority wins Best Airport Award 2004

The award was announced in Bangkok and is based from the votes of 28,000 readers of TTG Asia and TTG China travel trade magazines.
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Friday October 15, 9:43 AM
HK Dragonair Sep Passengers Fall; Cargo Hits New High

HONG KONG (Dow Jones)--Hong Kong Dragon Airlines said Friday the number of passengers it carried in September fell slightly from August's record high, but cargo shipments rose to a new high.

The city's second largest airline carried 415,343 passengers in September, down 6.6% from 444,498 in August.

"September is a traditionally slower month for travel, following the busy holiday month of August," said Chief Executive Stanley Hui.

Dragonair's cargo operations continued to grow, reaching a new high for the third consecutive month, the airline said.

The company shipped 33,829 metric tons of cargo in September, up 10.5% from the previous record of 30,613 metric tons in August.

"The shipment of goods out of eastern China to Europe and Taiwan, increased flights to Europe and in the region, and high demand throughout most of our network pushed us to our third monthly freight record in a row," Hui said.

High oil prices continue to worry the airline, the executive said.

"It continues to be of great concern to us, given that our hedging program and the surcharges in place can only do so much to reduce the overall impact on the bottom line, and oil looks set to test new highs," Hui said.

Dragonair operates a fleet of 10 A330-300s, six A321s and 10 A320s, as well as four Boeing 747-200/-300 freighters and one wet-leased A300B4 freighter.

The company's major shareholders are China National Aviation Co. (1110.HK), which holds a 43.29% stake, CITIC Pacific Ltd. (0267.HK), with 29.35%, Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. (0293.HK), with 17.79%, and Swire Pacific Ltd. (0019.HK), which holds 7.71%.
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14-10-2004:
Cathay Pacific the best in North Asia



Cathay Pacififc Airways has again been voted Best North Asian Airline and Best Airline Business Class by TTG Asia and TTG China readers in this year's TTG Asia Travel Awards.

"We are honoured that industry partners in the region have acknowledged the quality of our product and service and our continued efforts to seek improvement," said Cathay Pacific director of sales and marketing James Barrington in a statement on Oct 14.

Cathay Pacific offers scheduled passenger and cargo services to 90 destinations in 30 countries.
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Orient Thai, CR Airways To Start Joint-Venture Airline
William Dennis
6 October 2004
Aviation Daily - Volume 358, Number 2

Thai private carrier Orient Thai Airlines and CR Airways plan to set up a joint-venture airline that will be based in Hong Kong and fly mainly to China.

Orient Thai CEO and owner Udom Tantiprasongchai reports that the company will be set up soon and start operations as early as the second quarter next year. The aircraft type will be decided after the company is established. CR Airways will hold a 60% stake, while Orient Thai, which will be responsible for the day-to-day operations, will hold the remaining 40%. -WD
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Old October 17th, 2004, 02:58 AM   #406
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New Airbus jet spins off runway; Embarrassing debut for Air Hong Kong freighter may have been down to an idling engine
Simon Parry
17 October 2004
South China Morning Post

A training captain and the pilot he was supervising have been grounded after a newly delivered Air Hong Kong freighter aircraft spun off the runway during takeoff from Bangkok.

The Airbus A300-600F, delivered in September to a VIP reception at Chek Lap Kok, is the first of six aircraft carrying the new Air Hong Kong and DHL livery and the first Airbus freighter of its kind to go into service worldwide.

In the incident on October 2, the jet ended up on the grass on the side of the runway. It was towed back to the terminal and taken out of service for 24 hours for checks.

A newly hired pilot at the controls and the training pilot supervising him have been removed from flying duties, normal practice in such circumstances, while an investigation is conducted by Air Hong Kong.

Industry insiders said the plane may have ended up on the grass because its left engine had been warmed up while the right was left idle before takeoff, resulting in far more thrust from one engine than the other when the pilot applied maximum power.

The embarrassing incident comes less than a month after executives from Cathay Pacific and DHL, who hold 60 per cent and 40 per cent stakes in Air Hong Kong respectively, posed for pictures beside the Airbus after it was delivered from France on September 9.

Bearing a striking mustard and white livery, the aircraft went into service on September 12, operating a freighter service between Hong Kong, Penang and Bangkok. Its arrival is the first step towards a major fleet expansion which will see five more A300-600F jets delivered by the middle of next year.

A spokeswoman for Air Hong Kong said: "The aircraft veered off ... the runway shortly after commencing take-off procedures. It was then towed to the airport hangar area for inspection.

"The Department of Aviation in Thailand carried out a routine investigation and subsequently released the aircraft for commercial services. Air Hong Kong also reported the incident to the Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department and will keep the department informed of the result of its own internal investigation."

After the plane was found to be undamaged, a different crew flew it to Penang the following night to catch up with its triangular Hong Kong-Penang-Bangkok flying schedule.

The spokeswoman confirmed the flight was a training flight but denied the pilot was inexperienced. "He is experienced on many other big jets, including the Boeing 747, 777 and 737, but he was relatively new to the A300, which is why it was designated a training flight. The pilot was being supervised by a training captain."

She declined to comment on the possible causes for the incident.

One London-based pilot said: "It may have been that the pilot used one engine to manoeuvre the plane into position before being given the order to expedite takeoff.

"In general, aircraft engines wind up quite slowly from idle but once you get to 50 per cent power they wind up pretty quickly.

"For that reason, pilots are normally advised not to use the engine on one side and leave the other one idle during ground manoeuvres. In this case it may have been that the right-hand engine had been left idle when the pilot put the plane to maximum thrust."

He added that grounding of the two pilots was standard practice. "It's not a punishment," he said. "There are good reasons for keeping people on the ground, firstly because investigators want to see if they need retraining in any way.

"Secondly, they will have what happened preying on their minds so they may not be in a fit state to fly. And thirdly, it also means they are available for investigators if they are needed."

Air Hong Kong has conducted an Asia-wide recruitment campaign for pilots to work on its rapidly expanding fleet.
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Size matters, says new Virgin arrival

Steve Creedy Aviation writer
16 October 2004
The Australian

VIRGIN Atlantic will launch a $1 million advertising campaign next month to introduce its Upper Class suite to business travellers as it moves to take on Qantas, British Airways and Cathay Pacific on the Hong Kong-Sydney route.

The campaign will seek to establish Atlantic's credentials as a premium carrier and clear up any confusion in travellers' minds between the international operator and its low-cost sister airline, Virgin Blue. It will centre on the award-winning Upper Class suite, touted by Virgin as "first class at business class prices".

The seat, introduced to travel trade representatives at a Sydney function this week, converts to a fully flat bed with a mattress and is currently the biggest of its type.

The suite also boasts an ottoman seat that allows passengers to entertain, conduct business meetings or dine with guests.

"It is vastly superior to the business class offerings of our competitors on the Sydney to Hong Kong route," said Virgin Atlantic sales and marketing manager Australia and New Zealand Gia Acitelli.

"Size does matter to business travellers and, simply put, ours is bigger than theirs."

Virgin Atlantic will start a daily service to Sydney on December 8 using 306-seat Airbus A340-600 aircraft with 45 Upper Class seats, 28 premium economy seats and 233 economy seats. It will pit its Upper Class suite against a somewhat dated BA business class, a significantly improved Qantas product and a well-regarded Cathay offering.

Features offered by Virgin include an in-flight entertainment system offering 50 movies and 300 hours of video, an in-flight bar and in-seat massages and beauty treatments.

Virgin also chauffeurs its business class customers to and from the airport.

Ms Acitelli said the airline would offer fares in line with those of Qantas and BA into London, and in line with those of Cathay into Hong Kong. She said the airline would target business travellers in all three cities on the route and viewed the BA-Qantas alliance as its biggest competitor.

Meanwhile, Emirates will double its capacity to Perth from October next year when it introduces two daily flights to Dubai using A340-500 aircraft.

Also yesterday, Jetstar announced it would start flying to Cairns from Melbourne and Sydney in January, increasing Qantas Group capacity into the town by 350 seats per week.
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Hong Kong airport Sept passenger traffic up 15 pct yr-on-yr, cargo up 19.2 pct

Hong Kong International Airport received 3.04 mln passengers in Sept, up 15 pct year-on-year, while cargo throughput reached 280,000 tons, an increase of 19.2 pct.

A total 19,995 aircraft movements were recorded in Sept, up 18 pct on year, comprising 16,770 passenger flights and 3,065 cargo flights, the Airport Authority said in a statement.
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Blackout simulated at HK airport; A section of the passenger terminal is plunged into darkness

Peter Michael
20 October 2004
South China Morning Post

Hong Kong International Airport was once again plunged into darkness yesterday, but this time authorities were prepared for the power cut which shut down an entire section of the passenger terminal at 1.30am.

Within 90 seconds, power had been restored and the potential impact to passengers declared "minimal".

The simulated incident follows a series of glitches in recent months which left parts of Chek Lap Kok airport without lighting, baggage handling systems and air conditioning.

The Airport Authority staged the simulated breakdown yesterday to coincide with the announcement of a planned multi-million dollar power system upgrade in the next 12 months. But senior officials have refused to rule out further disruptions.

"It would be imprudent to make promises for 100 per cent availability with zero interruption," said the authority's technical services and procurement head Wong Yiu-fai.

In the most alarming incident, which took place on June 10, a power cut delayed two flights, trapped at least three people in lifts, plunged more than half the passenger terminal into darkness and left shopkeepers and passengers without air conditioning for almost two hours.

Most of the changes announced yesterday are the result of a comprehensive review into the airport's power distribution system and emergency generator as part of a broader investigation by a taskforce.

Some of the new measures include an additional emergency generator, expected to cost about $20 million; improvements to the power supply control system; reconfiguring the air conditioning system; and some rewiring of the power distribution system.

The four-member taskforce, headed by Peter Wong King-keung, was set up by the Airport Authority board to review 17 systems including power and water supply, people and luggage movement, and building management.

Dr Wong said yesterday the remaining in-depth studies and reviews were progressing swiftly and smoothly.
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19 October 2004
Cathay Pacific Granted Further Rights for Mainland Services

Cathay Pacific Airways was today informed by the HKSAR Government that it has been granted rights to operate additional passenger services to Beijing as well as new cargo services to Shanghai and passenger services to Xiamen.

The airline has been allocated rights to operate four additional weekly services to Beijing during the Winter 2004 season and a further seven weekly flights from Summer 2005.

The airline will also be allocated rights upon designation to operate three weekly passenger services to Xiamen and 12 weekly freighter services to Shanghai, both with effect from Winter 2004.

With these allocations Cathay Pacific intends to increase its three-times-weekly service to Beijing to a daily service from December 2004, operate a three-times-weekly passenger service to Xiamen and launch twelve weekly freighter services to Shanghai in 2005, subject to operational requirements.

Cathay Pacific Director and Chief Operating Officer Philip Chen said: “Cathay Pacific is committed and ready to serve key cities in the Mainland in order to strengthen Hong Kong’s position as a global aviation hub and the primary gateway to the Chinese Mainland.

“Being able to operate a daily service to Beijing is welcome, yet still a small entry into this market. There also remains a need to secure an early start of Cathay Pacific passenger services to Shanghai, currently the third-busiest passenger route out of Hong Kong after Taipei and Bangkok. This would be the most effective way to increase the volume of passenger traffic to and through Hong Kong.”

Cathay Pacific has been licensed to operate 21 weekly services to each of Beijing and Shanghai, and three weekly services to Xiamen.
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Wednesday October 20, 8:59 PM
HK's Cathay to take 9.9 pct stake in Air China
By Tony Munroe

HONG KONG, Oct 20 (Reuters) - Hong Kong's Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. will buy a 9.9 percent stake in Air China when China's flag carrier launches an initial public offering, the airlines said on Wednesday.

The deal, which took observers by surprise, gives a boost to Cathay's long-frustrated China ambitions and could make Air China's planned IPO more attractive, one analyst said.

Beijing-based Air China, which is the mainland's third-largest carrier, has applied to the Hong Kong stock exchange for its IPO, the companies said in a statement.

It hopes to list its shares by late this year or early 2005 in an offer that could raise more than US$500 million and may also include a secondary listing in London, a source familiar with the deal said earlier on Wednesday.

"In my view, it's going to be a hard sell in this market. But with Cathay as a strategic investor, it may help," said Michael Chan, aviation analyst at BOC International.

Hong Kong-based Cathay is the territory's dominant carrier, but its access to fast-growing mainland China has been limited to just three passenger flights a week to Beijing.

This week it said it won rights to add additional passenger services to Beijing, as well as new cargo services to Shanghai and passenger service to Xiamen.

The agreement between Cathay and state-owned Air China calls for further cooperation between the two, including potential alignment of their networks.

"Strategically, it is immensely important for (Cathay)," industry consultant David Dodwell said.

Industry watchers had long expected Cathay to broaden its cooperation with China Eastern Airlines , which is based in Shanghai, a market Cathay covets.

Air China is expected to sell 27 to 28 percent of its enlarged share capital at eight to 10 times its forecast 2004 net profit, sources have said previously. It earned 93 million yuan (US$11.2 million) in 2003.

Cathay Pacific, which is 46 percent owned by property-focused conglomerate Swire Pacific Ltd. , will take 9.9 percent of the expanded share capital of Air China.

"We believe that there are many areas of our operations where we can cooperate together and leverage our respective strengths," Kong Dong, vice chairman of Air China, said in the statement.

Air China's IPO is being underwritten by Merrill Lynch and China International Capital Corp.

"We look forward to becoming Air China's strategic partner and to a mutually beneficial relationship between our two companies," David Turnbull, Cathay's chief executive, said in the statement.

As of June 30, Air China operated a fleet of 136 aircraft serving 69 domestic and 34 international destinations.

The tie-up would further complicate the ownership structures of the respective carriers.

Under the structure of its IPO, Air China will hold 69 percent of Hong Kong-listed China National Aviation Co. Ltd. (CNAC), CNAC said earlier this month. CNAC owns 43 percent of number-two Hong Kong carrier Dragonair, while Cathay owns a 19 percent stake in Dragonair and Swire holds 7.7 percent.
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Subsidies ruled out for budget carriers
Danny Chung, Hong Kong Standard

Hong Kong has ruled out an open-sky policy, subsidies and other administrative measures to support low-cost carrier (LCC) start-ups, a government official said.

Permanent Secretary for Economic Development and Labour Sandra Lee said the progressive liberalisation of air services since 1998 "best serves Hong Kong's interests" and the growth of its airport.

"The pace of liberalisation must be in step with changes in our operating environment," Lee said.

She said Hong Kong's policy is to negotiate an "equitable exchange of air rights", adding: "An open-sky [policy] does not necessarily mean an equitable exchange."

Lee said the government would also maintain a level playing field and as such there would be "no justification" to support LCCs that have sprung up rapidly in Southeast Asia and elsewhere.

"One very important principle - the government does not subsidise," she said, when asked if Hong Kong could make it easier for LCCs to launch here.

Although the government could use Hong Kong International Airport, which is a public asset, to help LCCs, it would not do so since this would be a "form of subsidy".

Asked about lack of choice for consumers due to the absence of budget airline services, Lee said it is up to the airlines to decide whether to offer the service. "There will always be market niches."

Despite ruling out government help for LCCs, she expects some to become established in Hong Kong and ultimately survive the intense competition seen in the United States and Europe.

Lee said it is "anybody's guess" whether the proposed bridge linking Zhuhai and Macau to Hong Kong will boost business for LCCs such as AirAsia, a Malaysia-based budget airline that runs flights from Macau to regional cities such as Bangkok.

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Orient Thai May Start $100 Mln Airline in Hong Kong



Oct. 23 (Bloomberg) -- Orient Thai Airlines Co., which operates Thailand's largest discount carrier, may spend as much as $100 million to start a low-cost service based in Hong Kong to tap rising air traffic between the city and China.

Orient Thai, which operates Bangkok-based carrier 1-2-Go, may set up the new airline on its own if negotiations with its Hong Kong-based partner CR Airways Ltd. fail, Chief Executive Udom Tantiprasongchai said.

Orient Thai wants a Hong Kong-based venture to tap business from the 70 million travelers who are expected to go by land, sea and air to China from the city next year. By offering cheap fares, Orient Thai is aiming to compete for business with trains, buses or regular airlines like Hong Kong Dragon Airlines Ltd. and China Southern Airlines Corp.

"China is the target," Udom said in an interview in Bangkok. "In the very near future, there won't be any restrictions" for carriers to fly between Hong Kong and China.

China, the world's most populous nation and the fastest- growing major economy, also has the biggest untapped tourism market. About 20 million Chinese traveled abroad in 2003, their visits restricted to only two dozen countries.

"About 80 percent of the market hasn't been tapped," said Peter Harbison, managing director of the Center for Asia Pacific Aviation in Sydney. "The only thing that is stopping the growth is government rules."

Starting in September, restrictions were relaxed to make it easier for Chinese citizens to visit the 29 countries of Europe, including the U.K.

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Closely held Orient Thai, which flies 14 aircraft, plans to buy as many as 10 new planes to expand its business in Thailand and abroad. The Bangkok-based company also plans to sell shares in an initial public offering next year.

Discount carriers have mushroomed in Southeast Asia, a region with a combined population of 500 million people. Up to nine discount carriers will fly in the region by the end of 2005.

Thailand, with a population of about 64 million people, has three discount airlines in addition to the national carrier Thai Airways International Pcl.

Orient Thai's 1-2-Go competes with Nok Air Co. and the Thai unit of AirAsia Bhd. Competition is also coming from Singapore Airlines Ltd.'s low-fare carrier Tiger Airways and Valuair Ltd., which both fly to Bangkok from Singapore.

That's forced airlines to look for business in North Asia, a region that encompasses South Korea, China, Japan, Taiwan and Hong Kong.

"We can use Hong Kong as a springboard to expand in other parts of Asia," Udom said.

Fuel Costs

Orient Thai, which also has a daily service to Hong Kong from Bangkok and the beach resorts of Phuket and Krabi, plans to fly to other Asian nations from Bangkok.

Rising oil prices may affect the company's plans. The price of jet fuel has surged 66 percent this year to a record $63.95 a barrel on Oct. 14. They were trading at $63.70 a barrel yesterday, according to Platts pricing service.

Orient Thai spends half of its operating costs on buying fuel, Udom said. Fuel costs typically account from between 15 percent to 25 percent for regular scheduled carriers such as Thai Airways. AirAsia's jet fuel make up about 43 percent of costs, according to the airline.

Hong Kong Visitors

As many as 10 million Chinese citizens may visit Hong Kong this year, half of the 20.5 million visitors expected by the city's tourism board. That will be 38 percent more than in 2003, when travel was crimped by Asia's SARS outbreak.

Hong Kong and China last month signed an agreement to increase passenger and cargo flights. China allows Hong Kong- based carriers to fly to more than 20 Chinese cities including Shanghai and Beijing, provided the destinations are not already served by more than two airlines based in Hong Kong, Udom said

Cathay Pacific, Asia's sixth-largest airline by sales, won rights on Oct. 19 to increase the frequency of its Beijing flights and started flying to Xiamen in southeastern China.

Orient Thai's competitor Nok Air Co., the budget carrier unit of Thai Airways International Pcl, plans to fly to China from cities in Thailand, Chief Executive Patee Sarasin said earlier this week.

CR Airways is a three-year-old air charter company based in Hong Kong. It flies a single 50-seat CRJ-200 regional aircraft made by Canada's Bombardier Inc. to Asian destinations including the casino resort of Laoag in the Philippines.

CR Airways, founded by businessman Robert Yip, also charters helicopters and private jets. Yip could not be reached to comment.

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Orient Thai ends talks with HK carrier

[Boonsong kositchotethana , Bangkok Post : 22 October 2004]

Orient Thai Airlines has called off talks to acquire a substantial stake in CR Airways after finding the terms proposed by the Hong Kong-based carrier too tough to swallow.

Udom Tantiprasongchai, the chief executive and owner of Orient Thai, said he found the proposed equity holding percentage and valuation of CR Airways' assets unacceptable.

CR Airways, founded in 2001 to provide scheduled and chartered air services in the region, proposed that Orient Thai take a 40% share in the company with Hong Kong investors controlling 60%, while the Thai carrier suggested it hold 49% and the Hong Kong side 51%.

Orient Thai, better known in Thailand for its budget subsidiary One-Two-Go, also believed that the deal's negotiators had "excessively" valued CR Airways' assets, on which the pricing was based.

"As far as we are concerned, the negotiations are over," Mr Udom said. "We are not in hurry to acquire stakes in other airlines as there are many Asian carriers that have approached us for equity partnership."

He declined to give the names of the other airlines.

CR Airways has reportedly turned to a Singaporean entity to become a stakeholder in the airline, which specialises in flying from Hong Kong to small "exotic" cities in Southeast Asia and China, using Bombardier Aerospace CRJ-200 aircraft.

Its operation is still limited to two destinations: Laoag (northwestern Luzon, Philippines) and Siem Riep in Cambodia.

CR Airways also has a plan to open four destinations in mainland China _ Nanning, Jihan, Wenzhou and Meixian _ but has yet to fix the launch time, understood to be subject to conclusion of a joint-venture deal with another airline.

Meanwhile, Orient Thai has taken a more cautious approach in expanding its One-Two-Go's operations in the light of fierce competition by other low-cost carriers and slower-than-expected growth in domestic air traffic demand.

One-Two-Go will not add new destinations as quickly as planned earlier. In the pipeline had been services to Surat Thani, Ubon Ratchathani, Khon Kaen and Narathiwat.

A service to Krabi is scheduled to begin on Dec 5 while flights to Udon Ratchathani were "temporarily suspended" in July due to insufficient traffic demand.

However, the airline intends to increase frequencies from Bangkok to Chiang Mai to five flights daily from three at present, on weekends and holidays, starting next month to meet peak travel demand.

Similarly, flights from Bangkok to Hat Yai will be stepped up to three a day from two on weekends and holidays. It services to its two other destinations _ Chiang Rai and Phuket _ remain unchanged at one daily.

Orient Thai recently started daily flights between Bangkok and Guangzhou, China, adding to its three other routes _ Bangkok-Hong Kong, Bangkok-Seoul and Phuket-Seoul.

Orient Thai's current fleet consists of eight 747-200 jumbo jets and three Boeing 757s used for both international and domestic flights.
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October 18, 2004 Monday
Hong Kong airport Sept passenger traffic up 15 pct yr-on-yr, cargo up 19.2 pct

Hong Kong International Airport received 3.04 mln passengers in Sept, up 15 pct year-on-year, while cargo throughput reached 280,000 tons, an increase of 19.2 pct.

A total 19,995 aircraft movements were recorded in Sept, up 18 pct on year, comprising 16,770 passenger flights and 3,065 cargo flights, the Airport Authority said in a statement.

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