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Old October 23rd, 2004, 10:20 PM   #421
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Orient Thai Starts Krabi - Hong Kong Service

Per changes to the winter schedule, OX will now fly between Krabi and Hong Kong in addition to regular scheduled services to Bangkok and Phuket in Thailand.
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Aviation Fuel Facility Management Association of HKIA receives special honour from IATA

(Hong Kong, 19 October 2004) The Aviation Fuel Facility Management Association of Hong Kong International Airport has been given a special award from International Air Transport Association (IATA) earlier for its good management of the aviation fuel facility at the airport. IATA said the Management Association is a model for other airports in managing aviation fuel supply.

The Management Association is represented by members from airlines, fuel suppliers, aviation fuel facility operator and chaired by Airport Authority (AA) and is instrumental in ensuring that aviation fuel is provided at competitive prices.


Mr Amin Ebrahim, Assistant General Manager - Aviation Logistics - of AA (on the right) receiving the trophy on behalf of the Management Association.
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Old October 24th, 2004, 07:55 AM   #424
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Old October 24th, 2004, 05:14 PM   #425
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Cathay's Air China deal signals market opening
By Keith Bradsher The New York Times

Thursday, October 21, 2004

HONG KONG Cathay Pacific Airways reached a preliminary agreement Wednesday to buy 9.9 percent of Air China, the first step in what airline industry analysts predict will be the opening of the Chinese aviation market to international competition and will allow Chinese carriers to move into global markets.
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The alliance, outlined in a memorandum of understanding, would tie together two of Asia's most successful airlines, which have profited handsomely from China's extraordinary economic growth over the past quarter of a century. The planned deal is to be completed when Air China conducts its initial public offering here late this year or early next year.
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But the short-term impact on air travelers in and through Hong Kong and mainland China is less clear. Cathay Pacific and Air China said in a joint statement that they planned to coordinate their marketing and sales activities for services between cities that both carriers serve, a step that could reduce competition and make reduced fares less likely.
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Kapil Kaul, a senior vice president for the Center for Asia Pacific Aviation in New Delhi, a consulting firm based in Sydney, said the deal would clear the way for similar transactions involving China's two other major carriers, China Eastern Airlines and China Southern Airlines.
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Investments in either carrier are more likely to come from other Asian carriers than from European or American carriers, as Chinese authorities in Beijing are likely to consider such deals from a geopolitical perspective more than purely in financial terms, Kaul said.
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Swire Group of Britain controls Cathay Pacific, but the airline has its hub in Hong Kong. While the carrier used to promote itself here as a British airline, especially before Britain returned Hong Kong to China in 1997, these days it is increasingly portraying itself as a Hong Kong company.
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Kong Dong, the vice chairman of Air China, said that his company had concluded its pact with Cathay because "we believe that there are many areas of our operations where we can cooperate together and leverage our respective strengths for the future prosperity of both companies."
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Air China has already applied for permission to issue H shares on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. The two companies gave no hint Wednesday regarding how much these shares would be valued.
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Air China dominates air travel in and out of Beijing and the rest of northeastern China, while China Eastern is strong in Shanghai and east-central China and China Southern dominates Guangzhou and the rest of southeastern China.
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Cathay Pacific and China National Aviation Corp., the state-owned parent of the Chinese carriers, each own large stakes already in a third company, Dragonair.
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Dragonair is one of the most active carriers on routes from Hong Kong to mainland cities.
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Air China and Cathay Pacific did not address in their statement how their planned alliance would affect Dragonair or the level of competition in Hong Kong, which has the biggest airport in Asia in terms of international passenger departures and arrivals.
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Peter Harbison, the managing director of the Center for Asia Pacific Aviation, said Tuesday that Beijing appeared close to giving its permission for four Chinese budget airlines to begin operations.
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The arrival of such low-cost airlines could force Air China and Cathay Pacific to cut their costs, and is part of a general move by Beijing to begin liberalizing air traffic in and out of China.
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If the budget carriers begin international flights, they could even put pressure on U.S. carriers like United and Northwest that are now trying to expand their service to China.
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Sandra Lee, Hong Kong's permanent secretary for economic development, announced a new air services agreement last month between Hong Kong and mainland China that somewhat expanded Cathay's access to mainland markets.
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But the agreement did not expand the access of airlines based outside of Hong Kong or the mainland, a decision strongly criticized by Fedex Express, which would like to operate more cargo flights through Hong Kong.

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Old October 24th, 2004, 05:17 PM   #426
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Hong Kong at hub of air access fight

By Keith Bradsher The New York Times
Friday, October 22, 2004

HONG KONG Cathay Pacific Airways' pact to buy a stake in Air China has highlighted a struggle across east Asia, and especially in Hong Kong and mainland China, over how vigorously airlines should be allowed to compete with each other on international routes.
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At stake is the world's fastest-growing regional aviation market, with China at its core. The fight over market access has drawn not only airlines but investment bankers seeking deals and consultants, lawyers and lobbyists seeking contracts.
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At the heart of the debate lies Hong Kong, home to Asia's biggest airport for international passenger traffic and the world's biggest hub for international air cargo shipments. Many of the arguments here echo those at hubs dominated by a single carrier in the United States.
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Cathay Pacific is the biggest carrier here, and has opposed allowing other carriers, especially American and Australian carriers, greater rights to fly through Hong Kong and pick up passengers to carry to other Asian destinations. At the same time, however, Cathay and the Hong Kong government have been pressing Beijing to allow more flights between Hong Kong and mainland Chinese cities.
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The most immediate question now is whether Cathay's planned 9.9 percent stake in state-owned Air China will help soften objections from Beijing to allowing more Cathay flights to the mainland. Beijing has strictly limited the number of these flights while trying to prepare its domestic carriers for international competition, although it raised the ceiling somewhat last month and has allowed more nonstop flights lately from the United States.
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Antony Tyler, who oversees Cathay's route negotiations as its director of corporate development, said at a forum on Thursday that Wednesday's Air China deal made sense even leaving aside access to the Chinese market.
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"This is an investment, and getting additional traffic rights into China is
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a totally separate issue," he said.
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But Tyler also voiced earlier in the forum Cathay's continued desire to offer flights from Hong Kong to Shanghai. DragonAir, a carrier in which the Chinese government is the biggest stakeholder, though Cathay also owns a sixth of the shares, conducts a thriving business on the route.
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Hong Kong has moved steadily to allow more flights from other countries, sometimes over Cathay's objections, but not fast enough to suit FedEx Express, which is now in talks to open an Asian hub 130 kilometers, or 80 miles, up the Pearl River in Guangzhou instead. It has been strongly critical of Cathay.
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"When you look at Hong Kong, Hong Kong is a market of monopolies and duopolies," said David Cunningham, the president of Asian and Pacific operations for FedEx. "My concern for Hong Kong is that, living here and loving it, the world has moved beyond that."
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Cathay Pacific carries a third of the passengers passing through Hong Kong; holds a minority stake in DragonAir, which has another tenth of the market; and is now moving to invest in Air China, with another several percentage points of the traffic here.
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Limits on competition have tended to mean high prices but also superb service. Cathay's numerous and fast-moving flight attendants manage to serve every economy-class passenger a hot meal even during 80-minute flights aboard packed jumbo jets to Taipei.
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Tyler acknowledged that air fares here are somewhat higher than in other markets, but attributed this to historical factors, notably differences in exchange rates. He insisted that Hong Kong was a competitive market, adding that DragonAir and Cathay compete not only with each other but with at least one other carrier on every route.
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Last year's lethal outbreak here of severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS, underlined the value to Hong Kong of having a locally based carrier, because other airlines were quick to suspend service here while Cathay kept flying, Tyler said.
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"We kept Hong Kong connected to the world," he said.
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In a gibe at the United States, which has sought greater access for its carriers here over the years, Sandra Lee, Hong Kong's permanent secretary for economic development, pointed out that Hong Kong's policies did not include giving soft loans to airlines or allowing airlines to take refuge from creditors in Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings.
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As in Europe, decades of nationalistic policies in Asia aimed at protecting flag carriers from foreign competition are gradually being dismantled.
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Limits on the numbers of international flights between any two cities are being raised and, in some cases, eliminated entirely.
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Together with the arrival of budget carriers like Air Asia of Malaysia and Virgin Blue of Australia that make use of the expanded air service rights, the new freedom to compete is forcing established airlines to control costs and, in some cases, reduce fares.

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Cathay Pacific adds more flights from Delhi, Mumbai

NEW DELHI: Cathay Pacific Airways today announced the addition of three flights each from Delhi and Mumbai schedule during the open skies period from November to March.

The Hong Kong-based carrier currently operates four flights a week from the country's busiest metros.

With the addition of three new flights from both sectors, the airline will now have daily flights from Mumbai and Delhi, offering greater choice and flexibility to its customers.

The first additional flight from Delhi to Hong Kong starts on November 1 and the Mumbai-Hong Kong flight, which is via Bangkok, will commence on November 16.

Cathay Pacific's country manager for India, Nepal and Bangladesh Mr Rupert Bray said all flights have been performing well since the year began.

"We have been working very hard to increase the frequency and schedules to a number of destinations on our network with the aim of making travel more convenient for our passengers. This new service of additional flights will give customers greater choice and further enhance Hong Kong as a global aviation hub".

Cathay Pacific offers scheduled passenger and cargo services to 80 destinations in 30 countries and territories. It flies to Asia, North America, Australia, Europe and Africa.

The aircraft deployed on the Delhi route is Airbus A330-300 and on the Mumbai routes is the Boeing 777-300. Cathay Pacific Airways also has a freighter network of 22 destinations with four flights to Mumbai and four flights to New Delhi per week. - UNI

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Old October 25th, 2004, 05:58 PM   #429
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CAD to host major civil aviation conference in November
Monday, October 25, 2004
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The Civil Aviation Department will host the 41st Conference of Directors General of Civil Aviation, Asia and Pacific Regions, from November 1 to 5, 2004. The theme of the conference is "Partnership in Achieving a Safe, Secure and Efficient Air Transport System through Effective Safety Oversight."

The Director-General of Civil Aviation, Mr Norman Lo, said the hosting of the conference would enhance Hong Kong's position as an international civil aviation hub, project the image of Hong Kong as Asia's world city and provide an opportunity for counterparts in the region to witness Hong Kong's development.

"Hong Kong was the host of the conference in 1962 and it is a pleasure to be the host again this year," Mr Lo said.

More than 170 delegates from 38 states/territories in the region, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, France, Australia, Japan, Singapore, Thailand and the Macao Special Administrative Region, will participate in this year's conference to be held at the Conrad Hong Kong. The Secretary-General of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), Dr Taieb Cherif; Regional Director of ICAO, Mr Lalit Shah; and Vice Minister of the General Administration of Civil Aviation of China, Mr Wang Changshun, will also attend.

Items on the agenda include the theme of the conference, air navigation planning and implementation, Communications Navigation Surveillance/Air Traffic Management (CNS/ATM) implementation, aviation safety, aviation security, air transport and technical co-operation.

During the five-day conference, apart from the presentation of discussion papers and information papers by the states/territories in the region, a study tour for delegates will also be included. Participants will be invited to take a day trip to see some of Asia's world city. Briefings on past and future developments of particular interest will be given during the tour. Visits to some civil aviation organisations will also be arranged to increase understanding of the aviation industry in Hong Kong.

For the purpose of enhancing communication and cooperation among aeronautical authorities of member states, the ICAO saw the advantage of organising a high-level conference aimed at participation by Directors General of Civil Aviation on a regional basis. The first conference for the Asia-Pacific Region was held in 1960. The conference has since become more or less an annual event.

Although organised under the auspices of ICAO, the conference is held around cities in the region with the aeronautical authority of the state/region concerned as the host.

Hong Kong is a supporter of the conference and has actively participated in the event in its capacity of Hong Kong, China.
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Peace breaks out in the Chinese skies: Cathay Pacific's deal with Air China will clear it for take-off on the mainland

By DANIEL BOGLER
25 October 2004
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It is a well established tradition that Hong Kong companies help out Beijing by buying into the initial public offerings of Chinese state companies.

Li Ka-shing's Hutchison, for example, has purchased shares in China Life and China Shipping over the past year and may take a stake in China Netcom. But while Mr Li is just storing up political credit, Cathay Pacific is surely hoping for a pay-off from its deal to buy 9.9 per cent of Air China, which is floating soon.

At the very least, this coup brings Hong Kong's de facto flag carrier back into the game. Cathay had been frozen out of the rapidly growing mainland aviation market for 12 years. It was allowed to resume a limited service to Beijing only last year and won rights to fly cargo to Shanghai only last week. Meanwhile, Dragonair and China Eastern, two regional carriers, have shared the lucrative Shanghai passenger route. Both were supposed to become cosy partners of Cathay - it actually owns 18 per cent of Dragonair and was long thought to want to buy into China Eastern. But they turned into increasingly fierce competitors.

The alliance with Air China turns this situation on its head. Cathay is again aligned with one of the mainland's three big carriers, and one politically more powerful than the similar-sized China Eastern and the larger China Southern.

More important, the deal has repaired Cathay's relations with state-owned China National Aviation Co, which has long fought the territory's carrier for dominance of the greater Hong Kong airspace. CNAC is now part of Air China following a restructuring earlier this month, as well as being the controlling shareholder of Dragonair.

In the long term, one could envisage a three-way merger in which Cathay covers the world, Air China the mainland and Dragonair becomes a regional feeder airline serving their longer-haul flights. Even without that, the three carriers will dominate Hong Kong's Chek Lap Kok airport, still the biggest in Asia.

For Cathay, this must easily be worth whatever investment in terms of cash, training and management time it will take to overhaul ailing Air China. As passengers, meanwhile, we must hope that low-cost airlines like Air Asia will keep this new alliance at least somewhat honest.
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Cathay Pacific to launch new India flights

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Hong Kong's Cathay Pacific Airways has announced that it will be extending its service to India by introducing three new flights from both Delhi and Mumbai from November 2004 to March 2005.

The airline said that the new services are part of its effort to increase frequency across its international network and to make travel more convenient for its passengers. The new flights will mean that Cathay Pacific will be flying daily between Hong Kong and Delhi starting on 1 November 2004 and between Hong Kong and Mumbai via Bangkok from 16 November 2004.

A spokesperson for Cathay Pacific said that its flights to India, Nepal and Bangladesh had been performing well since the start of 2004.
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Airport Authority earnings take off
Foster Wong, Hong Kong Standard
28 October 2004

The Airport Authority will post strong earnings growth this year on the back of rising passenger and cargo traffic despite surging fuel prices crimping airline profits, chief executive David Pang said.

"The high oil price will not help the aviation industry and it is a problem for us in the short term," Pang said. "But from what we've seen in our first-half results, we are confident that we should have a good run this year and be much better than last year."

Passenger traffic jumped 12.4 per cent year on year to 19 million in the six months ending September 30, while cargo tonnage grew 4.8 per cent to 1.5 million. The airport handled a record 280,000 tonnes of air cargo last month.

Pang added that the authority, which made a net profit after tax of HK$386 million for the year ending March 31, posted a healthy growth on its return investment and expects the ratio to reach the industry average of 5 to 6 per cent in the next one to two years.

"This airport will continue to grow. As long as we have people, they have to go somewhere; as long as we have goods, those goods have to be exchanged and shipped," Pang said.

He added that the airport could go public as early as 2006 if lawmakers pass the Hong Kong International Airport Bill, which sets the ground rules for the gradual privatisation of the authority, during the current fiscal year.

"It is still difficult to predict the exact timing on our listing schedule as it all depends on the government."

Separately, the authority signed a HK$6 billion syndicated-loan facility with 22 banks on Wednesday, some of which will be used to pay back part of the HK$6 billion the authority owes the SAR government. The loan facility consists of a HK$3 billion three-year revolving credit at an all-in cost of 17 basis points above the Hong Kong Interbank Offered Rate (Hibor) and a HK$3 billion five-year revolving credit facility with amortisation at 22 basis points over Hibor.

The loan was well received by the market and drew a total commitment of more than HK$14 billion, Pang said.
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Thursday October 28, 6:52 PM
Hong Kong airlines seek to extend fuel surcharge hike amid rising oil prices

Hong Kong's two airlines said Thursday they are seeking to extend their fuel surcharges on passengers amid rising oil prices.

Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. and Hong Kong Dragon Airlines Ltd. asked the Hong Kong government for permission to extend their surcharges beyond their current expiration date of Nov. 30, their spokesmen said.

They declined to say whether they have applied to raise the levies as well, but the South China Morning Post newspaper reported on Thursday that they did.

This would mark the second time Cathay and Dragonair have applied to the Hong Kong government to increase and prolong fuel surcharges since first charging levies in June.

Civil Aviation Department spokeswoman Stella Tse said the department is currently handling requests from three airlines, asking to both raise their fuel surcharges and keep them for a longer period. She declined to identify the airlines or provide further details.

Foreign airlines that use Hong Kong's airport can also apply for fuel surcharges in the territory.

Cathay currently imposes a surcharge of US$7 (euro 5.50) per passenger for flights within Asia and US$19 (euro 15.00) for flights to other destinations, while Dragonair charges US$6.90 (euro 5.50) for all flights.

Oil prices declined in Asian electronic trading Thursday afternoon, but on Monday crude hit an all-time high of US$55.67 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.
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Lufthansa upbeat
Danny Chung, Hong Kong Standard
29 October 2004

Lufthansa German Airlines, Europe's third largest carrier, has brushed off concerns that Cathay Pacific Airways' proposed stake purchase in Air China may affect its relationship with the Chinese carrier.

"In my opinion it won't affect our co-operation," Lufthansa executive vice-president of marketing and sales Thierry Antinori said, adding that the airline was working on its codeshare routes between China and Europe while Cathay was looking to increase flights to China from Hong Kong.

Lufthansa signed a codeshare agreement with Air China three years ago for several international and domestic routes. Cathay last week said it would take a 9.9 per cent stake in Air China's proposed initial public offering, a move that may help it expand in the mainland.

"It's two different segments of the market,'' Antinori said. Lufthansa's policy "is not to invest in airlines".

Lufthansa reported a 49 per cent jump in passenger numbers year on year to and from Hong Kong for the first nine months.

When all Chinese routes are included, passenger numbers rose an impressive 59 per cent.

"The growth in Hong Kong and China outstripped that of the airline's global network," Lufthansa said in a statement.

Revenue passenger kilometres for the Hong Kong route, which measures passenger numbers multiplied by distance flown, rose 49 per cent as the carrier increased capacity by 42 per cent in the same period.

Lufthansa operates seven flights a week between Hong Kong and Frankfurt and three flights a week between Hong Kong and Munich.

The airline said for the whole of China available seat kilometres rose 53 per cent during the first nine months and revenue passenger kilometres rose 55 per cent.

The increase in passenger numbers meant the seat load factor for China routes as a whole rose 2.5 percentage points to 81.9 per cent.
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Old October 29th, 2004, 07:03 AM   #440
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To celebrate the 41st Conference of Directors General of Civil Aviation, Asia and Pacific Regions, a special stamp booklet was published.

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