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Old October 9th, 2013, 05:41 AM   #4401
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Jetstar hops in on HK hub with 'local' content
9 October 2013
The Age

Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce has brushed aside opposition to Qantas setting up a budget airline in Hong Kong, describing the new offshoot as more local than the city's established airlines.

Cathay Pacific has mounted an aggressive lobbying campaign against Jetstar Hong Kong, claiming it will be managed and controlled by a foreign airline.

But Mr Joyce said the new airline would be "more Hong Kong" than the city's other airlines such as Cathay and Chinese-backed Hong Kong Airlines, with directors, management and a greater percentage of its shareholding drawn from the local community.

"How much more Hong Kong do you need to be when you are more Hong Kong than the other airlines?" he said as Jetstar took delivery of its first 787 Dreamliner from US aircraft maker Boeing in Seattle.

Jetstar Hong Kong is a joint venture of Qantas, Shanghai-based China Eastern and listed Hong Hong conglomerate Shun Tak.

Shun Tak bought a 33 per cent stake in June for $US66 million, bolstering the likelihood of Jetstar Hong Kong winning regulator approval. Its managing director, Pansy Ho, also became Jetstar Hong Kong's chairwoman.

"Pansy is of the belief that we have a strong case [for regulatory approval], and Pansy is leading the charge on that," Mr Joyce said. "It will be great for the whole market."

Ms Ho is the daughter of Macau gambling tycoon Stanley Ho.

The original plan was for Jetstar Hong Kong to begin flying by the middle of this year using three A320 planes, but regulatory approval has proved harder than envisaged.

"We are ready when the regulator is ready to go. It is being managed very aggressively by Pansy and Ed [Lau, the Jetstar Hong Kong CEO]," group CEO Jayne Hrdlicka said.

She emphasised that the entry of a budget airline would grow the aviation market in Hong Kong, as it had in Japan, and insisted existing airlines had nothing to fear.

Mr Joyce also emphasised that the airline had flexibility if it took longer to gain approval because it could move aircraft around Jetstar's operations in Asia and Australia.

He described as a "red herring" suggestions that Jetstar Hong Kong would face large hurdles in gaining access to routes governed by bilateral air rights agreements.

Qantas has also announced a $12 million tourism marketing deal with Victoria, which takes the tie-ups it has signed with five states and territories to $72 million over three years. The tourism marketing deals have been split 50-50 between Qantas and the states in terms of financial contributions.

The reporter travelled to Seattle courtesy of Jetstar and Qantas.
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Old October 10th, 2013, 05:03 AM   #4404
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聯合航空客機撞爛尾

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Synopsis : A United 747's tail was damaged yesterday as it was being repaired by HAECO. The tail punctured a 1m x 1m hole in the maintenance building. No passengers were on board during the incident.

赤鱲角機場發生聯合航空客機撞穿牆「爛尾」意外!一架聯合航空波音747客機,昨晨在赤鱲角機場,由香港飛機工程有限公司(HAECO)人員拖往飛機庫維修期間,機尾突撞及飛機庫,分別擊毀一條橫柱,及在外牆撞穿一個大洞,機尾垂直方向舵及兩邊的水平定翼均被撞爛,事件中幸無人受傷,亦無影響機場運作。HAECO則表示正調查意外原因。有工程師表示,今次意外較罕見,不排除涉及人為疏忽。

事發於大嶼山南環路八十號HAECO的機庫。昨晨八時許,HAECO工程人員將該架聯合航空客機,由機場拖返機庫準備維修時,機尾部分突撞向飛機庫外牆。離地約十米高的牆身,隨即出現一個約一米乘一米的大洞。撞擊力猛烈,機庫室內的外牆更有牆磚被撞脫落。而外牆約二十米高的一條鋁質橫柱,其中一部分約兩米長的鋁條,亦被撞至脫落,在半空中搖搖欲墜。至於撞牆的機尾部分,垂直方向舵和左右兩邊的水平定翼皆有損毀。其後,HAECO派員用吊臂車清理甩落的鋁條和維修外牆。

疑屬人為疏忽

HAECO發言人回應稱,事發時飛機上沒有乘客,無人受傷,意外原因仍在調查中。機管局則表示,局方已收到意外報告,調查工作會交由HAECO跟進,事件沒有影響機場運作。

香港工程學會飛機工程分部工程師梁汝強表示,本港飛機撞到外物的意外時有發生,每年約有二至三宗,但飛機撞及機庫外牆實屬罕見。他指出,在拖機過程中,現場最少有五至六名工程師及地面人員,除拖車司機外,拖車內還需有一名工程師用耳機與飛機駕駛艙內的工程人員溝通,指引司機的駕駛方向。此外,機身的左右兩邊位置,甚至尾部,亦須有地面工作人員,留意機身會否觸及外物。據梁了解,HAECO事發時派出的人手足夠,他估計可能涉及人為疏忽,工作人員太遲發現飛機要撞到機庫外牆,且「機身太重,停都停唔到」,因而引致意外。聯合航空回應稱,正與HAECO了解事件詳情。肇事飛機並未獲安排進行任何飛行服務,因此聯合航空之服務並不受影響。
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Old October 10th, 2013, 11:18 AM   #4405
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Old October 12th, 2013, 06:36 PM   #4406
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Qantas boss defends plans for HK airline
9 October 2013
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Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce has brushed aside opposition to it setting up a budget airline in Hong Kong, describing the new offshoot as more local than the city's established airlines.

Cathay Pacific has mounted an aggressive lobbying campaign against Jetstar Hong Kong, claiming it will be managed and controlled by a foreign airline.

But Mr Joyce said the new airline would be "more Hong Kong" than the city's other airlines such as Cathay and Chinese-backed Hong Kong Airlines. He said its directors, management and a greater percentage of its shareholding would be drawn from the local community.

"How more Hong Kong do you need to be when you are more Hong Kong than the other airlines?" he said during an interview as Jetstar took delivery of its first 787 Dreamliner from Boeing in Seattle.

Jetstar Hong Kong is a joint venture between Qantas, Shanghai-based China Eastern and listed Hong Hong conglomerate Shun Tak.

Shun Tak bought a 33 per cent stake in June for $US66 million, increasing the likelihood of Jetstar Hong Kong gaining regulator approval.

Its managing director Pansy Ho also became Jetstar Hong Kong's chairwoman.

"Pansy is of the belief that we have a strong case [for regulatory approval], and Pansy is leading the charge on that," Mr Joyce said. "It will be great for the whole market."

Ms Ho is the daughter of Macau gambling tycoon Stanley Ho.

Jetstar is hopeful of gaining approval from Hong Kong's aviation regulators by the end of the year, but the budget airline's group CEO, Jayne Hrdlicka, conceded it was in the "hands of the regulator".

The original plan was for Jetstar Hong Kong to begin flying by the middle of this year using three A320 planes but the approval proved harder than envisaged.

"We are ready when the regulator is ready to go," Ms Hrdlicka said. "It is being managed very aggressively by Pansy and Ed [Lau, Jetstar Hong Kong CEO]."

She said the entry of a budget airline would expand the aviation market in Hong Kong, as it had in Japan, and existing airlines had nothing to fear.

Mr Joyce said the airline had flexibility if it took longer to gain approval because it could move aircraft around Jetstar's operations in Asia and Australia.

He described as a "red herring" suggestions that Jetstar Hong Kong would face big hurdles in gaining access to routes governed by bilateral air rights agreements.

Qantas has also announced a $12 million tourism marketing deal with Victoria, which takes the tie-ups it has signed with five states and territories to $72 million over three years.

The reporter travelled to Seattle courtesy of Jetstar and Qantas.
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Old October 15th, 2013, 05:17 PM   #4407
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Dennis Kwok says budget airlines must be part of the growth in our aviation industry, as travellers will benefit from greater competition

11 October 2013
South China Morning Post

Affordable air travel is made possible by low-cost carriers. Yet, they have so far failed to establish themselves in Hong Kong. While low-cost carriers account for 65 per cent of all travel in the Philippines and 61 per cent in Thailand, that figure is less than 10 per cent in mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong.

Jetstar Hong Kong has applied to the Air Transport Licensing Authority to operate out of Hong Kong. This is a potential game changer that could allow more Hongkongers to fly, and to further open up the civil aviation industry to more competition.

Hong Kong's largest conventional airline, Cathay Pacific, and its subsidiary, Dragonair, have voiced their opposition to Jetstar's application, claiming it would contravene Article 134 of the Basic Law which states that the government will only issue licences to airlines which are incorporated, and have their principal place of business, in Hong Kong.

The article's original intent was to protect Hong Kong's civil aviation from becoming dominated by Chinese airlines after the handover.

Whether Jetstar Hong Kong has its principal place of business here is a question of fact determined by its place of incorporation - Hong Kong - and whether its board and management principally operates out of Hong Kong. Other factors include whether it intends to hire employees and maintain a fleet out of Hong Kong International Airport.

Any argument pointing to foreign ownership and shareholders structure is misconceived and restricts the development of the industry here. Shun Tak Holdings, a Hong Kong public company, China Eastern Airlines, which is listed on the Hong Kong stock exchange, and Qantas Group, based in Australia, each own one-third of Jetstar Hong Kong.

Beyond the legal considerations, Hong Kong's economic interests are also at stake. Critics claim Chek Lap Kok is congested, with limited landing and departure slots available for new airlines. Low-cost carriers, which operate on a point-to-point model (rather than the conventional hub-and-spoke model requiring the co-ordination of connecting flights) are better placed to schedule flights in off-peak time slots.

Point-to-point travel facilitates tourists spending time and money in Hong Kong. Low-cost carriers will also foster competition that will provide travellers with more options at different prices.

Hong Kong is within a five-hour flight of half of the world's population, an enormous geographical competitive advantage. Most of Asia's key airports can be reached in four hours.

As disposable incomes rise and demand for travel booms, this zone will increasingly include hundreds of secondary airports viable for direct flights from Hong Kong. China's middle class is no longer confined to Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen.

Airline industry stakeholders, including Cathay, support the construction of a third runway at Chek Lap Kok, which means they also see ample room for growth and development. This must include allowing other players like low-cost carriers to enter the market. Tilting the rules in favour of existing players only makes us uncompetitive in the long run.

Dennis Kwok is a member of the Legislative Council for the legal functional constituency and a member of the Civic Party
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Old October 24th, 2013, 08:16 PM   #4409
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American Airlines Responds to Customer Demand with New Service from Dallas/Fort Worth to Hong Kong and Shanghai
Proposed New Service Expands American's Presence in Growing Asian Market, Marks the First Service Between Texas and Key Global Business Centers

FORT WORTH, Texas, Oct. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- American Airlines today announced it plans to launch its first-ever nonstop service from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) to Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) and Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG) next year – reinforcing American's commitment to further strengthen its global presence and meet customer demand for travel to key international markets, especially in the Asia-Pacific region.

"Today's news underscores our commitment to strengthen American's global network in the most important markets around the world," said Tom Horton, Chairman and CEO of American Airlines. "This is just another example of how we're taking a fresh look at everything we do to provide what our customers value most -- from new planes, products and services, to new destinations around the world. Simply put, we're building an even stronger foundation to succeed in our pending merger with US Airways."

The new daily service between DFW and Hong Kong will be operated with a Boeing 777-300ER, marking the first time American will deploy its flagship aircraft to Asia. The new service between DFW and Shanghai will be operated with a 777-200 aircraft. Pending regulatory approval, customers can travel on these new routes beginning summer 2014.

Both routes will be operated as part of American's joint business agreement with fellow oneworld® alliance member Japan Airlines. The service to Hong Kong will add a new destination to American's international network, and the service to Shanghai complements American's existing service from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD). Through oneworld member airlines and their affiliates, American's customers will have access to more than 145 destinations within Asia. Also, through American's extensive network out of Dallas/Fort Worth, customers traveling from Shanghai and Hong Kong will now have access to nearly 200 destinations throughout North, Central and South America.

"We've been working hard on building our international relationships, and our work continues to pay off for North Texas," said Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price. "Today's news is great for the Metroplex and a landmark development for the state of Texas, whose residents will have direct access to Hong Kong and Shanghai for the first time in our history. The Asian market is ripe for Texas business and tourists alike."

"DFW Airport, Mayor Price and I have been advocating for more direct access to the Asian market because it's critical for businesses here and across the state," said Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings. "These new routes will represent more than $360 million in annual economic impact for our region and launch Dallas and Fort Worth into a new dimension of international business and cultural engagement."

"American's new flights to Hong Kong and Shanghai will begin an exciting era for DFW and are among the most significant air service development announcements in DFW Airport's history," said Robert Hsueh, Chair, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport Board of Directors. "These direct routes connect DFW to major destinations in Asia and will play a key role in further strengthening ties between our region and Asia."

In addition to welcoming the 777-300ER to Asia with the launch of service to Hong Kong, American will take delivery of and deploy additional 777-300ER aircraft to key international markets in 2014, including routes from American's hub in Miami for the first time. American will begin operating the 777-300ER on one of its two daily flights from Miami to London Heathrow (LHR) in January, and one of its four daily flights from Miami to Sao Paulo (GRU) in November 2014. American will also operate an additional 777-300ER between New York JFK and London Heathrow in March. By the end of 2014, American will have 16 of the 20 777-300ER aircraft it has on order deployed throughout its network.

With the introduction of an additional 777-300ER between JFK and London Heathrow, customers will have the opportunity to travel in fully lie-flat First Class or Business Class seats on all 12 frequencies American operates together with British Airways between the two airports, providing more fully lie-flat seats than any other airline partnership in the market.

Together, American and British Airways provide customers in the competitive New York to London travel market more service than any other airline partnership, with 17 daily nonstop flights from New York-area airports to London-area airports. In addition to the combined 12 daily trips between JFK and London Heathrow, British Airways also offers direct access from Newark to London Heathrow and the only service by any carrier between JFK and London City (LCY), giving business travelers more convenient access to the financial district in the heart of London.

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American Airlines focuses on providing an exceptional travel experience across the globe, serving more than 260 airports in more than 50 countries and territories. American's fleet of nearly 900 aircraft fly more than 3,500 daily flights worldwide from hubs in Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami and New York. American flies to nearly 100 international locations including important markets such as London, Madrid, Sao Paulo and Tokyo. With more than 500 new planes scheduled to join the fleet, including continued deliveries of the Boeing 737 family of aircraft and new additions such as the Boeing 777-300ER and the Airbus A320 family of aircraft, American is building toward the youngest and most modern fleet among major U.S. carriers. American's website, aa.com®, provides customers with easy access to check and book fares, and personalized news, information and travel offers. American's AAdvantage® program, voted Airline Program of the Year at the 2013 Freddie Awards, lets members earn miles for travel and everyday purchases and redeem miles for flights to almost 950 destinations worldwide, as well as flight upgrades, vacation packages, car rentals, hotel stays and other retail products. The airline also offers nearly 40 Admirals Club® locations worldwide providing comfort, convenience, and an environment with a full range of services making it easy for customers to stay productive without interruption. American is a founding member of the oneworld® alliance, which brings together some of the best and biggest airlines in the world, including global brands like British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Iberia Airlines, Japan Airlines, LAN and Qantas. Together, its members serve more than 840 destinations served by some 9,000 daily flights to nearly 160 countries and territories. Connect with American on Twitter @AmericanAir or Facebook.com/AmericanAirlines. American Airlines, Inc. and American Eagle Airlines, Inc. are subsidiaries of AMR Corporation. AMR Corporation common stock trades under the symbol "AAMRQ" on the OTCQB marketplace, operated by OTC Markets Group.
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AA at HKG? Finally! Good to see my favorite airline going to Hong Kong and Shanghai from Texas.
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Looks like we'll have a decent connection to Latin America finally!
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The Great Circle distance between DFW and HKG is 7,058 nautical miles. Given that the range of the 777-300ER is 7,980 nautical miles (still air range), there's going to be quite a lot of pax/cargo restrictions on the westbound flight....
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She has finally arrive! What time of day does HKG have the most A380s on the ground. Too bad Airbus and customers never did go through with the A380F. Would have been cool to see commercial service and cargo service of the A380 in HKG.
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good to see more A380's to hong kong

although not sure how successful this one will be with CX having more corporate contracts and better products


I think HKG wins on the diversity of A380 aircraft here
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Flight crew aim high in age fight
29 October 2013
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Flight attendants are calling for their retirement age to be raised to 65.

The Hong Kong Flight Attendants Alliance, which is pushing the proposal, said many airlines presently require cabin crew to retire between the ages of 45 and 55.

Spokeswoman Ng Man-yee said they are then forced to continue to work part-time or shift to other service industries.

``Many developed countries have anti-age discrimination laws, but Hong Kong does not have one,'' said Julian Yau Chi-hung, vice chairman of Cathay Pacific Airways Flight Attendants Union.

``The government is responsible to pass a law to ensure equal employment for people.''

Ng said flight attendants in British Airways employed in Hong Kong, under a deal last year that followed a five-year appeal with Britain's Employment Tribunal, can now retire at 65.

Meanwhile, the retirement age at Cathay Pacific remains at 55 while at Dragonair, chief and senior cabin crew are offered five-year contracts when they reach 45.

Lower-ranked flight attendants who reach 45 will only be offered part-time positions, said Michael Wong Kai- wo, chairman of Hong Kong Dragon Airlines Flight Attendants Association.

A Cathay spokeswoman said different staff groups may have different retirement ages in accordance with their respective work environment and the nature of their jobs.

But legislator Lee Cheuk-yan backed the alliance.

He quoted a government document that said 62 percent of Hong Kong people between 55 and 59 worked last year, compared to 78 percent of Japanese, 70 percent of Singaporeans, and 69 percent of South Koreans.

Fewer than 38 percent of Hong Kong people of 60 to 64 worked, compared to 70 percent of their Japanese counterparts.

Lee said the government document has noted a labor shortage, but the problem is the labor market does not like to hire people over 50.

A law to forbid age discrimination must be implemented, he stressed.
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When is the third runway expected to start construction?

Is the new terminal U/C?
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Is the new terminal U/C?
3rd under is still under consultation.

The mid-field terminal is now under construction.
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Old November 2nd, 2013, 07:24 AM   #4420
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3rd under is still under consultation.

The mid-field terminal is now under construction.
What is the estimated time of completion for both projects?
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