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Old March 23rd, 2004, 03:31 PM   #41
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Air Sahara may rope in Cathay Pacific for Colombo sorties

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BANGALORE: Though it is not yet official, Air Sahara is said to have tied up with Cathay Pacific from Colombo,Sri Lanka for onward movement of traffic from India to the Far East and the US, said market sources. Air Sahara’s CEO, UK Bose, refused to divulge the new partner airline’s name, saying it can be announced only after some fine-tuning. Jet Airways is also said to be in the market for an alliance, but its partner is not confirmed.

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Korean Air seeks more HK flights
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Korean Air is hoping to secure additional passenger and freighter capacity between Hong Kong and South Korea in the next round of air talks between the jurisdictions.

Simon Yang, the airline's recently appointed regional vice president for Hong Kong and Southeast Asia, said: ``We are eager to increase the number of flights to Hong Kong.'' The airline had reached the maximum number of flights permitted under the existing air services pact.

The only way Korean Air can increase the number of services is by operating special charter flights during Easter and the summer peaks. Yang said between three and five extra flights a week would be operated during the summer. Most of these would be flown at midnight.

Yang said the airline is also keen to expand the number of flights to China following last week's pact between the mainland and South Korean government negotiators.

He said the Seoul administration has still to allocate the additional frequencies among Korean Air and Asiana, but the airline is hopeful of ending the imbalance between the two and winning the lion's share of flights.

Asiana and Korean Air each operate 16 routes between the two countries, but while Asiana has 87 weekly frequencies, Korean Air has just 67, Yang said.

The Shanghai-Incheon route is especially coveted by Korean Air, although there is no indication when it will receive approval to fly.

Yang said route allocations is a "sensitive issue''.

He added that Asiana flies 18 times a week between Shanghai and Incheon. He believed that while it was "most important'' for Korean Air to be given access to Shanghai, the carrier expected to be granted most if not all the 11 additional frequencies that were agreed last week. The air services pact also raised the number of fifth freedom rights available to both sides.

Chinese airlines have seen the number of flights they can operate beyond South Korea to the US increase from four to seven a week. South Korean carriers can also operate three extra flights through Beijing to Europe.

Yang said this marked the continuing "step-by-step'' liberalisation of air services between China and South Korea. He said "both countries gain''.

Korean Air has recently announced plans to spend more than US$9 billion (HK$70.2 billion) over the next 10 years on new planes, inflight services and equipment.

As part of this investment the airline has placed firm orders for five 555-seat, double-deck, ultra long-range A380 super jumbo jets that will be delivered from 2007.

Korean Air has options for three more aircraft.

Yang said the airline is also studying the possibility of converting some of its older Boeing 747-400 passenger planes into freighters to take advantage of the continuing boom in world trade.

Korean Air is acknowledged as the world's third largest cargo airline, although Yang believed it moved up to second place last year. This is expected to be confirmed in May when the 2003 airline tonnage figures are released.

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Dragonair's new jet is Tokyo-bound
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Hong Kong Dragon Airlines (Dragonair) is putting its latest twin-engined 284-seat Airbus A330-300 into service this week after modification work that included the installation of a cabin surveillance system.

The Rolls-Royce powered aircraft arrived in Hong Kong last Saturday after a 12-hour non-stop delivery flight direct from the Airbus assembly plant in Toulouse, France.

The new plane, the tenth A330 in Dragonair's fleet, will be be used on mainland and regional routes. Chief executive Stanley Hui said it will operate on the Tokyo route to be inaugurated April 2.

Dragonair is expected to launch services to Manila later this year, although it has yet to confirm these flights. Services to Sydney and Seoul could begin in 2005. However Dragonair needs to be made a designated carrier on the routes after winning licences in April 2003.

Hui said Dragonair had no immediate plans to expand its services to Malaysia following the recent air services pact. The agreement ended all restrictions on the number of flights, destinations and types of aircraft flown between Hong Kong and all cities in Malaysia.

Hui said two smaller two A320s will be delivered in July with a third next year. These are part of an order for five A320s Dragonair placed with Airbus four years ago.

The extra planes, together with the new leased aircraft will boost Dragonair's passenger fleet to 33 aircraft by 2006, Hui said.

Dragonair also plans to expand its freighter network this year with flights to Frankfurt and Stansted, north-east of London, starting in July. Hui would not comment on whether Dragonair was interested in acquiring some of the nine Boeing 747-400 passenger planes that Singapore Airlines is hoping to sell or lease.

He said: "We will look at what's available in the market and who has aircraft available.''

Asked if Dragonair would use conversion specialists other than Taikoo (Xiamen) Aircraft Engineering (Taeco), in which Swire Pacific and Cathay Pacific have stakes, Hui said the airline would consider all options.

"We look at different possibilities. I can't say whether it would be Taeco or elsewhere. It is driven by aircraft availability and conversion slots. I wouldn't say we were close to any possibilities,'' he said.

Dragonair's fourth freighter, a Boeing 747-200, is currently being upgraded at the Taeco facility in Xiamen and Hui said it would enter service in July. "We are actively expanding our freighter fleet,'' Hui added, with plans for nine or 10 planes by 2008.


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HK signs air services agreement with Kuwait

The Secretary for Economic Development and Labour, Mr Stephen Ip, today (April 7) signed an Air Services Agreement on behalf of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) with the Government of the State of Kuwait in Kuwait.

Representing the Government of the State of Kuwait at the signing ceremony was the Minister of Telecommunications, Minister of Planning and State Minister for Administrative Development, Mr Al-Sabah.

"The Air Services Agreement signed today provides a legal framework for the establishment of air links between Hong Kong and Kuwait. It marks a new chapter in the development of aviation relations between the two economies," Mr Ip said at the signing ceremony.

"To further develop Hong Kong's position as the preferred transportation and logistics hub, we will continue to negotiate and conclude more air services agreements with new aviation partners," Mr Ip added.

During his stay in Kuwait, Mr Ip met with Prime Minister Al-Sabah to convey the Chief Executive of the HKSAR, Mr Tung Chee Hwa's best wishes to the Government and people of the State of Kuwait. Both Prime Minister Al-Sabah and Mr Ip looked forward to closer ties between Kuwait and Hong Kong in areas like trade, air services and tourism. Mr Ip also met with the Ministry of Tourism, General Directorate of Investment and the Public Authority of Ports of Kuwait to discuss promotion of tourism in Hong Kong and Kuwait and investment opportunities in infrastructure projects and port operations in both places.

The Air Services Agreement with Kuwait is Hong Kong's 51st Air Services Agreement with foreign aviation partners.

Hong Kong has also signed Air Services Agreements with Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, Brunei, Cambodia, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, the Republic of Korea, Oman, Qatar, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the USA and Vietnam.

Speech by SEDL at HKSAR/Kuwait Air Services Agreement signing ceremony

Following is the speech by the Secretary for Economic Development and Labour, Mr Stephen Ip, at the signing ceremony of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR)/Kuwait Air Services Agreement in Kuwait today (April 7) (English only):

Minister Al-Sabah, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen,

I am glad to be here in Kuwait to sign the Air Services Agreement between the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China and the Government of the State of Kuwait. I would like to thank Minister Al-Sabah for your warm welcome and hospitality. I would also like to thank Mr Al-Zawawi, the Consul General of the State of Kuwait in Hong Kong, for his thoughtful arrangements.

The Air Services Agreement between Hong Kong and Kuwait is an important step forward in our bilateral relationship. It provides a legal framework for the establishment of air links between Hong Kong and Kuwait. It opens a new chapter in the development of aviation relations between the two economies.

The Hong Kong SAR Government has been implementing a policy of progressive liberalisation of our air services to enhance Hong Kong's position as an international and regional aviation centre. Hong Kong has an extensive air services network. Each week some 70 international airlines operate about 4,100 flights between Hong Kong and 130 destinations worldwide. I look forward to welcoming airlines of Kuwait to the Hong Kong International Airport in the near future.

At the moment there are no direct air services between Hong Kong and Kuwait. However, I believe the market will mature for such services before long. Kuwait, being the gateway to the Middle East, is a perfect choice for the entrepreneurial Hong Kong businessmen to explore the many business opportunities in the region while Hong Kong, the gateway to China and the most popular tourist destination in the region would be equally attractive to the people of Kuwait. We welcome you to visit us and we will continue to work closely together towards strengthening the economic ties between Hong Kong and Kuwait.

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HKIA wins the Airport of the Year title for the fourth consecutive year



(HONG KONG, 13 April 2004) - Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) is again voted as the world's best airport, according to the survey results of a global study announced today.

The Airport of the Year Survey was conducted over a 10-month period (June 2003 to March 2004), attracting a total of 4.85 million eligible survey nominations as compared to 1.69 million valid votes collected last year. Conducted at a global level, the survey represents a worldwide study with participation of over 86 different nationalities of travellers.

This is the fourth consecutive year that HKIA has won this prestigious award from Skytrax, an independent aviation research institution in the United Kingdom.

Commenting on the survey results, Chief Executive of SkyTrax Edward Plaisted said: "It reflects a considerable achievement for Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) to take the Airport of the Year title in 2004 - this now being the 4th consecutive year for HKIA."

Details of the survey findings can be found at the website of Skytrax (http://www.airlinequality.com/index.htm).

After HKIA, airports named as the top five in the world were Singapore Changi Airport, Amsterdam Schiphol, Seoul Incheon Airport and Kuala Lumpur KLIA Airport.

AA Chief Executive Officer Dr David J Pang said it was extremely encouraging for HKIA to have repeatedly won the award in spite of the very challenging operating environment.

"We are delighted to be awarded such an honour. This is an achievement that everyone in Hong Kong should take pride in. Over the past year, we have improved our efficiency and customer services, and enhanced HKIA's shopping and dining facilities for our passengers. We are glad to know that these efforts have paid off."

"We could not have achieved this without the concerted hard work of our business partners and the unfailing support of various government departments, particularly those serving passengers in the frontline."

"It is gratifying that our efficiency and customer service quality have been recognised worldwide. Winning the heart of the passengers is perhaps the most important aspect of modern day aviation business. "

"Looking ahead, we are committed to providing an enjoyable and memorable airport experience for our customers. I very much hope that everybody working at HKIA would put in extra efforts in exceeding ever growing expectations of passengers," said Dr Pang.
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HKSAR reaches liberal deal with Australia on air services

Delegations representing the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) and Australia reached a landmark agreement today (April 15) which substantially liberalises the bilateral air services between Hong Kong and Australia.

"Australia is an important aviation partner for Hong Kong. The liberal arrangement we have just concluded provides enormous opportunities for airlines of the two sides to expand their services on a route that is extremely popular to both the people of Hong Kong and Australia," said Mr Wilson Fung, Deputy Secretary for Economic Development and Labour who led the negotiation on the Hong Kong side.

The new arrangement provides for a completely open regime for air services between Hong Kong and all regional points in Australia (e.g. Adelaide and Cairns). It also provides for a 100% increase over two years in the capacity for services between Hong Kong and the four Australian gateway cities (i.e. Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth). "The much expanded capacity will enable an additional Hong Kong carrier to launch services to Australia. This will enhance competition on this popular route and the travelling public will certainly benefit from the deal," said Mr Fung.

Mr Fung was pleased to announce that the HKSAR Government had taken the opportunity to designate Dragonair as the third Hong Kong airline to operate services between Hong Kong and Australia.

The new arrangement also includes a comprehensive code-share facility for airlines to co-operate with their aviation partners which will enhance their marketing capability and will offer better connected services to the travelling public.

Mr Fung added that the new arrangement would facilitate Australian carriers to establish their hub in Hong Kong for their traffic to and from Europe. "This is an important step for Hong Kong to compete with other regional hubs to attract more traffic to hub through Hong Kong on the Kangaroo Route. This will further strengthen Hong Kong's position as an aviation hub in the region," he said.

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Doesnt emirates fly to hong kong??
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Double digit increase for passenger and cargo flow in March

(HONG KONG, 18 April 2004) - The growth of cargo throughput at Hong Kong International Airport remained strong last month, with a total of 270,000 tonnes being handled. This was 13.9% higher than March 2003.

Passenger traffic for March also sees double-digit increase when compared with a year ago. A total of 2.83 million passengers travelled through the airport, up 12.5% compared with the same period last year, when SARS began to impact on air traffic from the latter half of the month.

A total of 19,120 aircraft movements were recorded, up 5.6%. There were 16,245 passenger and 2,600 cargo flights.

Over a rolling 12-month period from April 2003 to March 2004, passenger throughput fell by 19.2% to 27.6 million. Cargo throughput rose by 7.5% over the same period to 2.74 million tonnes. Total aircraft movements dropped by 10.1% to 190,600.
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Yes, Emirates does fly regularly to Hong Kong from Dubai via Bangkok (about twice a day).





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14 April 2004

Cathay Pacific orders eight new regional aircraft

Cathay Pacific Airways today announced it has placed firm orders for eight more wide-body regional aircraft as part of its plan to grow the airline and further enhance Hong Kong as a leading international aviation hub. The order will expand the airline's operating fleet to 94 aircraft.

Orders have been placed for two Boeing 777-300 aircraft and six Airbus 330-300 aircraft, all of which will be deployed on the airline's short- and medium-haul regional services. Three of the Airbus aircraft will be leased through the International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC).

The aircraft will be delivered from 2005 to 2007. The Boeing aircraft will be in a two-class configuration and will be powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 800 engines. The Airbus aircraft will use Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engines. Five of the Airbus aircraft will be in a two-class configuration, while the A330-300 due for delivery in August 2006 will have a three-class cabin.

In conjunction with the arrival of the new aircraft and Cathay Pacific's continued growth, the airline also aims to hire more operating crew and ground staff over the next three years. In line with its recent expansion of services, including the addition of a new daily non-stop service to New York from 1 July, the airline is currently in the process of recruiting 600 flight attendants and 70 ground staff to be based at Hong Kong International Airport.

Cathay Pacific Airways Deputy Chairman & Chief Executive David Turnbull said: "The acquisition of eight more aircraft reflects our plan to grow the airline and demonstrates our continued commitment to Hong Kong. The aircraft will enable the airline to increase services and strengthen our network and at the same time help to further develop Hong Kong as a leading global aviation hub. Our expansion will also help us to provide more job openings for local people."

Mr Turnbull added that Cathay Pacific has plans to expand its long-haul fleet and will make an announcement to this effect in due course. The airline currently operates a fleet of 86 wide-body aircraft.

Cathay Pacific Airways fleet profile

Aircraft operated by CX: 86
10 Boeing 777-300
5 Boeing 777-200
19 Boeing 747-400
5 Boeing 747-400 freighters
6 Boeing 747-200 freighters
15 Airbus A340-300
23 Airbus A330-300
3 Airbus A340-600

Average age of passenger aircraft in service: 7.0 years

Number of aircraft due for delivery: 8
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HK urgently needs air traffic controllers: aviation chief

Hong Kong's newly appointed civil aviation chief says the city could face a shortfall of air traffic controllers within the next decade if air travel in the region continues to boom and retirements reduce the current crop of experienced staff.

This will have serious implications for the efficiency and safety of air transport in the Pearl River Delta area, director-general of Civil Aviation Norman Lo Shung-man said yesterday as he held his first news conference in his present role.

Mr Lo, a 27-year veteran of the department, was selected last month to replace the retiring Albert Lam Kwong-yu as its head. He was previously Mr Lam's deputy.

Mr Lo said he anticipated a marked increase in demand for air services over the next several years with accelerated liberalisation and the launch of low-cost airlines.

At the same time, "slightly more than 50 experienced air traffic control staff will be out of the system" due to retirements among 140 controllers, he said.

"Their knowledge and experience will be difficult to replace. So we need to emphasise training for replacements," Mr Lo said.

He said there was a need to train about 60 new controllers over the next six to eight years.

"But that's a very demanding schedule because we can only train seven to eight new personnel each year ... and we have to anticipate about a 10 per cent failure rate" for new recruits, Mr Lo said.

The department was also considering proposals to radically upgrade its air traffic management system for the first time since 1992, when the system in use in Hong Kong was designed.

Mr Lo said it would take the department three years to have a definite proposal in place.

He said a new system should last for 15 to 20 years.

One key issue of a new system will be its compatibility with air traffic management systems on the mainland.
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no, it takes only 23 minutes from Central to the airport by the Airport Express(railway)!

and the station in Central is called Hong Kong station, which is the base of IFC!
and there are more than 20 bus routes running between HKIA and rest of the city.
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Whats the capacity of Chelp Lap Kok?? And that block of land to the west - is that a site for another satellite????

Chep Lap Kok was designed wasn't it by Foster??? Cause I swear it has a lot in common with London Stansted!

Look at the following pic - the shape of the roof and supports and layout are different.....but look at the roof tiles, the sides: the curving supports running up the sides - they are identical - weird non????:
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The terminal building was designed by Foster. The empty swath of land west of the main terminal is reserved for a future satellite. The current capacity is 45 million and when the entire development is complete the capacity jumps to 87 million.
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