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Old December 5th, 2004, 05:32 AM   #581
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Old December 6th, 2004, 08:46 AM   #583
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Airport Authority Hong Kong awards SkyPlaza project







(Hong Kong, 1 December 2004) – Airport Authority Hong Kong (AA) announced today that it has awarded a contract for the construction of SkyPlaza to Chun Wo – Fujita Joint Venture. The contract is the largest single contract awarded by AA since the opening of Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA).

The SkyPlaza development, which represents an investment by the AA of over HK$2billion, is located on the east side of the passenger terminal building. It will serve as an additional facility (Terminal Two) and a fusion point for multi-modal transportation for passengers traveling between the Pearl River Delta and HKIA, as well as providing retail, entertainment, dining and commercial office space.

A new land transport terminal, to be situated in SkyPlaza, will significantly improve services for cross-boundary coach passengers. Customs, Immigration, Quarantine and security screening facilities will provide travelers with full check-in capability in the new building.

A “People Mover System” will connect SkyPlaza to the existing passenger terminal building. A separate contract has been awarded to Ishikawajima-Harima Heavy Industries Co. Ltd. to provide the SkyPlaza People Mover system. A contract for extending the People Mover tunnel to allow for a future direct connection between SkyPlaza and HKIA’s ferry facilities on the airport island has also been awarded to the Chun Wo - Fujita Joint Venture.

When completed in 2006, the integrated SkyPlaza development will provide office space for business partners, as well as retail and entertainment areas for passengers, airport employees and the general public. The AA’s headquarters will also be housed in the complex.

AA’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr David J Pang, said: “The construction of SkyPlaza marks a milestone for the development of HKIA. This fusion point will facilitate the movement of people between the Pearl River Delta and Hong Kong, and help bring economic activities and benefits to the territory.”

AA’s Commercial Director Mr Hans Bakker said SkyPlaza is another exciting development designed to capture the vast growth potential at HKIA. Other major growth projects include the AsiaWorld Expo exhibition centre and the expansion of the Asia Airfreight Terminal.

When works commence, the SkyPlaza site will be one of the largest construction sites in Hong Kong, employing up to 1600 personnel during the construction phase.
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Cathay Pacific launches two additional flights from Dubai
6 December 2004
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Dubai - Cathay Pacific Airways launched today two additional direct flights from Dubai to Hong Kong signifying the airline's commitment to better serve the Middle East market despite rising fuel costs.

In a simple ceremony at the airport, Cathay Pacific welcomed the passengers taking the first of the additional flights.

“The new flights offer our customers a very convenient early evening departure from Dubai. This gives an early morning arrival in to Hong Kong, which meets the needs of the business travellers to get there for the start of the business day. For leisure travellers, the flights give you more time in Hong Kong and so you can make the most of your holiday”, said Philip Herbert, Cathay Pacific Country Manager for UAE and Oman.

Commenting on the other opportunities that the new flights create, Mr. Herbert added that: “As well as being good news for people travelling to Hong Kong, the new flights are excellent for onward connections. Filipino passengers in particular will find the new service attractive as it allows you to get to Manila and Cebu by lunchtime, which is great if you have onward travel within the Philippines”.

Together with the arrival and departure times of Cathay Pacific's existing services between Dubai and Hong Kong, the new flights open up more opportunities to take connecting flights to and from their destinations in North Asia, South East Asia, China, Philippines, Australia, New Zealand, USA and Canada from Hong Kong.

Although the aviation industry is suffering from rising fuel prices, Cathay Pacific has continued its investment in the Middle East. In addition of the two new direct flights to Hong Kong, Cathay Pacific is also adding two more services a week from Dubai to Bahrain, bringing its service between Dubai and Bahrain to four frequencies per week each way, further strengthening its position in the market.

“The UAE is an important market for Cathay Pacific. Thanks to the economic boom that is taking place, more and more people are travelling to and from Dubai and with our increased schedule, award-winning product and Service Straight From The Heart, we give our customers the service they want and need”, concluded Mr. Herbert.

From 1st December, Cathay Pacific flies 13 times a week between Dubai and Hong Kong, with 7 direct flights, 2 services via Bahrain and 4 services via Mumbai and Bangkok.
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Sheung Wan heliport bid
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2 December 2004
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A permanent heliport may be built to meet rising demand for helicopter flights.

The Economic Development and Labour Bureau has proposed that a heliport occupying a site of up to 4,400 square metres be built on the Sheung Wan waterfront.

With four takeoff, landing and parking pads, the site could handle 118 flights a day.

Between 2001 and last year, the number of annual domestic flights increased by 126 per cent.

In a paper presented to the Legislative Council, the government said that along with tourists, the heliport had the potential to attract businesspeople rushing to catch flights from Chek Lap Kok.
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Tuesday December 7, 7:38 AM
Virgin Blue, Virgin Atlantic in Code-Sharing Deal

MELBOURNE, Dec 7 Asia Pulse - Australian budget airline Virgin Blue and international carrier Virgin Atlantic - both owned by Richard Branson - have entered into a code-sharing agreement.

Virgin Atlantic is set to begin flights from Sydney to Hong Kong and London on 8 December.

The code sharing arrangement, which is expected to take effect by April 2005, will mean a single Virgin Atlantic code for passengers flying on both airlines to, from and within Australia on the designated services.

The agreement will initially be for passengers travelling to and from London via Hong Kong to Sydney with a codeshare service operated by Virgin Blue to Brisbane, Coolangatta and Melbourne initially.

Plans are underway to expand the agreement to other ports.
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Wednesday December 8, 4:50 PM
Branson launches Virgin Atlantic flights in Australia

AP - In a flurry of publicity Agimmicks that have become his trademark, British entrepreneur Richard Branson launched the first Virgin Atlantic flights from London to Sydney Wednesday, vowing to break the hold British Airways and Qantas Airways Ltd. have on the long-distance route.

Branson, chairman of Virgin Atlantic, disembarked from the inaugural flight from London, balancing on the aircraft's wing carrying a surfboard and flanked by models in bikinis. He later posed with a cardboard cutout of Geoff Dixon, poking fun at an earlier declaration by the Qantas chief executive officer that Virgin would never fly to Australia.

So far the airline's bookings for the Sydney-London flight with the stopover in Hong Kong were very good, Branson told reporters.

"January and February (bookings) look extremely good," Branson said, but added that the airline wouldn't post a profit for at least three years.

Branson said he wanted to break the "cozy duopoly" Qantas and British Airways have maintained for years in Australia. His company has already filed a complaint with the Australian competition watchdog, accusing the two airlines of colluding to set prices and hurting competition.

"They have 75 percent of the business class market. They are allowed to collude on fares. They are allowed to sit in dark rooms and work out how they can take the passenger for a ride. Imagine Coca Cola and Pepsi working together like that," Branson said.

He said the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission would rule on the London-based Virgin Atlantic's appeal next week.

Branson, who owns 25 percent of Virgin Atlantic, also said he had no plans to sell his 25 percent stake in Australian domestic budget carrier Virgin Blue Holdings Ltd.

Separately, Branson said the U.S. offshoot Virgin USA would start services "sometime" next year, but declined to give further details.


British entrepreneur Richard Branson, center, holds a surfboard as he stands on the wing of his Virgin Atlantic Airways plane with models after touching down on its inaugural flight into Australia at Sydney Airport, Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2004. Atlantic chairman Branson hopes to have up to 300,000 passengers a year flying on the new London-to-Sydney service. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)


British entrepreneur Richard Branson (L) holds a surfboard while Aboriginal dancers perform, after disembarking from his Virgin Atlantic plane in Sydney,
December 8, 2004. Branson is in Sydney to promote Virgin Atlantic's new arrangement for passengers travelling from Hong Kong to Sydney. Virgin
passenegers can now fly from London to Australia, where Branson also part-owns low cost domestic carrier Virgin Blue. REUTERS/David Gray


Virgin Chairman Richard Branson, flanked by Virgin Atlantic Airways flight attendants, holds up a Chinese hat as he poses on a sampan in Hong Kong, Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2004. Branson, who is visiting Hong Kong to launch Virgin Atlantic's new daily service between London and Sydney through Hong Kong, told reporters that his British conglomerate Virgin Group Ltd. is holding talks with a mainland Chinese telecommunications company to set up a joint venture to provide mobile services in China. (AP Photo/Anat Givon)






Richard Branson, chairman of Virgin Atlantic Airways, tours the city by tram in Hong Kong December 7, 2004. Branson is in Hong Kong to promote the daily non-stop scheduled Airbus 340-600 flight services between Hong Kong and Sydney. REUTERS/Kin Cheung


Richard Branson, Chairman of Virgin Atlantic Airways, poses with children in Hong Kong December 7, 2004. Branson is in Hong Kong to promote the daily non-stop scheduled Airbus 340-600 flight services between Hong Kong and Sydney. REUTERS/Kin Cheung
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AA Chairman pledges ‘everything possible’ to maintain HK’s aviation leadership

(Hong Kong, 10 December 2004) – Hong Kong’s competitiveness depends on maintaining its position as Asia’s premier aviation centre, and the Airport Authority Hong Kong (AA) will do everything possible to contribute to the success of Hong Kong, Dr Victor Fung, the Chairman of AA, said today.

Speaking at a luncheon hosted by the Hong Kong Exporters Association, Dr Fung said that the core industries of Hong Kong’s economy all share one critical success factor – the support of strong civil aviation.

At the same time, Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) faces new competition from other airport hubs in the region and from emerging airports on the Chinese mainland.

“The competition has never been so intense,” Dr Fung said. “The new airports and airport terminals on the Chinese mainland are excellent and will continue to show rapid progress. But, until now, Hong Kong’s airport, as well as its shipping and logistics industries, still enjoy a significant edge when it comes to convenience and quality of service.

The chairman reported to the exporters’ association on some of the business initiatives HKIA has undertaken to ensuring its continuing leadership position. These include the Air Cargo Consolidation Centre set up at the Shenzhen Futian Free Trade Zone, the start of operations of the Marine Cargo Terminal and expansion at the Asia Airfreight Terminal and express air cargo services by DHL .

Dr Fung cited a recent study by research consultant GHK that showed that the factors affecting the competitiveness of an airport are frequency of flights, efficiency of customs clearance, connectivity, facilities, operational efficiency, services and cost.

“With extensive air services and a market-driven freight market, the total through costs of air freight using HKIA are comparable with mainland airports, but with a much higher level of service delivery,” he said, adding that HKIA provides a total solution that encompasses the factors of time, reliability, security and cost.

In reply to a question from the audience on airport charges and their role in enhancing the AA’s financial performance, Dr Fung said, “The AA will likely be able to achieve our financial targets without substantial increases in airport charges, thanks to rapid traffic growth projected in the next few years.

“The AA will achieve a reasonable rate of return through robust traffic growth, cost control and an increase in non-aeronautical revenues,” he added.

The Chairman thanks exporters for playing a large part in making 2004 another record-setting year for HKIA. In 2004, total cargo throughput at the airport is expected to exceed three million tonnes, a 14 per cent increase over last year. The share of air cargo as a portion of total external trade has increased from 20 percent to 30 percent in the last decade.
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CAD strives to maintain highest regulatory standards
Thursday, December 9, 2004
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Hong Kong maintained a robust aviation regulatory regime in line with the international standards and the Civil Aviation Department (CAD) attached utmost importance to aviation safety, said Mr Y K Leung, the Deputy Director-General of Civil Aviation Department.

Speaking at a media briefing today (December 9), Mr Leung assured that CAD will immediately notify the public of any occurrences on air safety which may cause public concern.

Hong Kong maintains a reporting system in line with well-established international practice promulgated by the International Civil Aviation Organisation. Under Air Navigation (Hong Kong) Order 1995, Hong Kong Air Operator's Certificate (AOC) holders are required to report to CAD within 96 hours, incidents which fall into the category of Mandatory Occurrence Reporting (MOR).

Mr Leung explained that reportable occurrences under the MOR system include incidents which involve damage to aircraft, injury to person (including crew), failure of multiple aircraft systems or equipments, false fire warning and abnormal functioning of communication system.

The AOC holders hold the responsibility to conduct investigation of the MOR occurrence. CAD keeps tracks of the progress of the investigation of every such occurrence through regular meetings with AOC holders, maintenance organisations and other concerned parties. CAD also monitors AOC holders' actions to correct the fault and prevent recurrence.

"We are fully aware that members of the public attach greatest importance to flight safety. In line with international practice, CAD will continue to make immediate public announcement as and when there are aircraft accident or occurrence which may have safety implications or review systemic problem which may cause public concern," said Mr Leung.

CAD takes every step to ensure a safe, orderly and expeditious flow of air traffic.
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HK Nov air passengers and cargo volume jump

HONG KONG, Dec 12 (Reuters) - Passenger traffic through Hong Kong's international airport jumped 14.6 percent in November from a year earlier and strong growth in exports drove up cargo throughput, the Airport Authority said on Sunday.

The airport handled 3.16 million passengers in November, taking the total number of passengers in the past 12 months to 36.8 million, up 34 percent from the same period a year earlier.

Passenger traffic had fallen sharply during an outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome last year that hit Hong Kong hard.

Demand for air cargo services remains strong, rising 11.3 percent to 298,000 tonnes from a year ago, driven by a 15.4 percent jump in exports.
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SkyPier adds Zhongzhan as new destination

(Hong Kong, 10 December 2004) - The catchment area of Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) has today further extended to Zhongshan with the launch of the SkyPier cross-boundary ferry services between the two places.

The number of Pearl River Delta (PRD) ports served by SkyPier is now increased to five. The first ferry from Zhongshan Port arrived at 11:40am today at HKIA. After checking in for their flights at airline counters at the SkyPier, passengers boarded bonded vehicles for the terminal building for the onward flights to overseas destinations. Bypassing customs and immigration formalities, passengers from the PRD could substantially reduce the traveling time required to catch a flight at Hong Kong's airport.

With rapid development in Zhongshan and its neighbouring areas, demand for overseas travel has been on the increase. The new sea route has provided additional convenience to travelers, and enhanced the external transport network of Zhongshan.

Chief Executive Officer of Airport Authority Hong Kong, Dr David J Pang, said, "We wish to thank the authorities in Guangdong, Zhongshan and Hong Kong for their support in the opening of this new route. The introduction of this additional route is one further step in achieving the targets set out in our strategy of extending our home market. The inclusion of the west side of the PRD into our extended reach will further strengthen HKIA's status as a multi-modal hub of air, sea and land connections within the Region."

The Zhongshan cross-boundary ferry-transfer service is a new addition to ferry services offered at Fuyong and Shekou in Shenzhen, Humen in Dongguan, and Macau. To facilitate the opening of the new route, the Zhongshan Port authorities have dedicated special service counters, IT systems and provided intensive training for its staff.

Initially two ferry journeys will be offered daily. The ferry will depart Zhongshan for HKIA at 10:30am. The return trip departs HKIA at 2:00pm. Journey time is approximately 70 minutes.
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South China Morning Post
December 13, 2004
Forget the hype, budget carriers are not the ticket to lower prices
Murray Bailey

The debut of Jetstar Asia flights between Hong Kong and Singapore this month has intensified the battle that started when another new airline, Valuair, started flying the route last summer.

However, despite the hype about budget airlines, the route's two traditional carriers - Cathay Pacific Airways and Singapore Airlines (SIA) - still offer the cheapest fares. In a sample period, their internet fares - before taxes and charges - were about $ 900 for a round trip, with Jetstar charging $ 1,000 and Valuair $ 1,250.

Taxes and charges have become the new small print, requiring careful attention. In this case, they take all the fares to about $ 1,500. Other critical information - the various conditions attached to these fares - is also in the small print. Essentially, the key information is no changes or refunds - use or you lose.

In the Singapore market, Jetstar's $ 1,040 roundtrip fare is the lowest, with the other three fares at a similar level - $ 1,200 on Cathay, $ 1,300 on Valuair and $ 1,300 on SIA. All exclude taxes and charges totalling about $ 400, and SIA's ticket requires two people to travel for that price.

Given the frills not generally available on budget carriers - frequent-flyer programmes, free food, cushions, blankets and inflight entertainment - then Cathay and SIA would seem to be the better buys.

How long will this situation last and what will happen next?

In theory, Jetstar and Valuair fares could go lower. If they ran their airlines as budget carriers do in Europe and the United States, their present fares could drop as much as 50 per cent. But neither seems to follow the business and operating methods of airlines such as Easyjet and Ryanair.

Indeed, Valuair does not claim to be a budget carrier but describes itself as somewhere between one and a traditional carrier. Unfortunately, that leaves it with a tough marketing task. With its present fares in some cases the highest, its position in the market will soon become untenable. Failure on one route normally would not be fatal for an airline, but Valuair has a handful of them.

Will Jetstar go lower or keep present prices through the summer season, as Cathay and SIA must surely increase theirs? Will Cathay and SIA tire of matching these rates? Will AirAsia enter the market, albeit over Singapore-Macau, and shock all these airlines with truly low fares?

Meanwhile, customers are in for a good time as other airlines (such as China Airlines, Thai, Malaysia and Royal Brunei) will cut prices for travellers willing to accept a one-stop/change-of-plane route. The losers - apart from Cathay and SIA - will be travel agencies in both cities. For the most part, they are cut out of these lower fares - usually available only over the internet. The danger is that this will push customers away from travel agencies on other routes as well.

(Note that prices are samples for travel from January 10 to 17 and may not be available every day on every flight.)
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Xinhua Financial Network News
December 9, 2004 Thursday 9:30 AM GMT
Hong Kong airport in talks to extend reach in China - report

BEIJING (XFN-ASIA) - As part of a plan to extend its reach further into the mainland, Hong Kong International Airport is in negotiations to take equity stakes in smaller hubs around China, the Financial Times reported.

The talks come as Hong Kong's discussions with rival airports in southern China's Pearl River delta have run into difficulties.

Hong Kong had hoped an alliance with Shenzhen and Zhuhai airports could have secured its prominence in the southern Chinese air market and address investor concerns about regional competition following the opening of a new 20 bln yuan airport in Guangzhou this summer, the paper said.

Hong Kong is understood to be talking to airports in second-tier cities, including Chengdu in southwestern Sichuan province, the paper said, citing people familiar with the negotiations. The talks are a sign the territory's hub is looking beyond neighboring areas in its bid to become the airport of choice for the whole of China.

Citing the airports written reply to questions, the paper said "we will continue to seek opportunities for cooperation with airports on the mainland, including the hub airports, with a primary objective to enhance flow of people and goods. We are exploring all forms of co-operation."

Holding stakes in regional airports would help Hong Kong airport tap a much wider market from different parts of China in the run up to its planned privatization in 2006.

The paper added that under Hong Kong laws, Hong Kong airport is banned from investing in airports outside China.

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December 9, 2004
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Public to be updated on air safety

The Civil Aviation Department will immediately notify the public of any air safety occurrences which may cause concern.

This was the message today from Deputy Director-General of Civil Aviation YK Leung, adding that Hong Kong has a robust aviation regulatory regime meeting international standards, and that the department prioritises safety.

Hong Kong maintains a reporting system meeting international practice promulgated by the International Civil Aviation Organisation. Hong Kong Air Operator's Certificate holders are required to report incidents which fall into the 'Mandatory Occurrence Reporting' category within 96 hours.

Mr Leung said reportable occurrences include incidents which involve damage to aircraft, injuries, failure of multiple aircraft systems or equipment, false fire warnings and abnormal functioning of communications.

Certificate holders must also investigate such incidents and the department monitors the inquiries and actions to correct faults and prevent recurrence.
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PRESS RELEASE: United Airlines Launches Historic U.S.-Vietnam Service Via Hong Kong

CHICAGO, Dec. 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- United Airlines today launched
the first scheduled flight of a U.S. airline to Vietnam in almost 30 years, the culmination of years of hard work and close cooperation between the governments of both countries.

A celebration will be held in San Francisco, bringing together government officials, dignitaries and news media from the United States and Vietnam. United will hold additional events upon the flight's arrival in Hong Kong and continuation to Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon.

"Today's launch of direct service to Vietnam marks an historic step in the relationship between the United States and Vietnam," said Glenn Tilton, United's chairman, president and chief executive officer. "The flight illustrates United's unsurpassed leadership in the Asia-Pacific market and comes at a time when Vietnam is experiencing robust economic growth and increased travel demand."

No other airline provides the connectivity United does, with more flights between the Asia-Pacific region and the 50 United States than any other carrier. United's extensive route network, including Ted and United Express, connects our Asia-Pacific locations with more than 200 U.S. domestic and international destinations. Thanks to United's growing code-share relationship with other Star Alliance carriers, United customers have access to virtually all points in the region.

"Decades of economic renovation have transformed Vietnam into a lively market of 80 million hard-working and talented people," said Ambassador Chien Tam Nguyen, the Vietnamese ambassador to the United States. "Being one of the safest tourist destinations and fastest-growing economies in the world, Vietnam is an ideal place to visit and do business. On behalf of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, I welcome direct air service and the closer economic and cultural ties between our two countries that will surely result, thus furthering the understanding, friendship and mutually beneficial cooperation between them."

"Today's direct service marks a new beginning for a relationship that holds tremendous potential," said the U.S. ambassador to Vietnam Michael Marine. "Vietnam is a dynamic emerging market for the United States, and United's service will enable us to enhance trade and tourism to the benefit of both nations."

"Today's historic flight resulting from the aviation agreement we concluded a year ago represents the beginning of a renewed relationship that will bring families closer together and open new doors for businesses both in the United States and Vietnam," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta.

Customers traveling on United between the United States and the Asia-Pacific region can relax and enjoy top-notch service. In 2004, United was voted "Best North American Airline" for the fourth year in a row by travelers participating in the Business Traveller Asia-Pacific magazine's Annual Awards survey. United now serves 12 Asia-Pacific destinations, with more on the way. Nonstop service from San Francisco to Nagoya, Japan, is scheduled to begin in March 2005, and United is seeking the right to provide daily service between Guangzhou, China, and San Francisco in spring 2005.

United will operate combined passenger and cargo service using a Boeing 747-400 aircraft configured with 14 United First Suite(R) seats, 73 United Business(R) seats and 260 United Economy(R) class seats, including 88 Economy Plus(R) seats.

United Flight 869 will depart San Francisco at 12:10 p.m. on Dec. 9 and arrive in Hong Kong at 7:00 p.m. on Dec. 10. The continuing flight will depart Hong Kong at 8:55 p.m. and arrive in Ho Chi Minh City at 10:25 p.m. Beginning Dec. 11, United Flight 862 will depart Ho Chi Minh City at 6:20 a.m. and arrive in Hong Kong at 9:45 a.m. The continuing flight will depart Hong Kong at 12:50 p.m. and arrive in San Francisco at 8:25 a.m. the same day.
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Monday December 13, 5:03 PM
Jetstar Asia's inaugural flight to Hong Kong takes off in Singapore

AP - The first flight of Qantas-backed budget airline Jetstar Asia departed Singapore for Hong Kong on Monday, raising the number of no-frills airlines based in Singapore to three.

The Airbus A320 took off at 3:20 p.m. (0720 GMT) from Changi Airport with a full load of 180 passengers and six crew members on board.

Jetstar Asia Pte. Ltd., which is partly owned by Australia's Qantas Airways Ltd., will fly for the first time to Taiwan on Dec. 16 and Thai beach resort Pattaya on Dec. 20.

Flights to other regional destinations _ Shanghai in China, Manila in the Philippines, and Jakarta and Surabaya in Indonesia _ will be available from January 2005 onwards.

Jetstar's inaugural flight comes two months after Singapore Airlines-owned Tiger Airways took off, and six months after Singapore-based Valuair began operations.
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