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Old January 23rd, 2005, 07:01 PM   #721
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Business Daily Update
January 21, 2005
CR Airways Eyeing Mainland Routes

CR Airways, the first Hong Kong-based budget regional carrier, announced yesterday it would launch its maiden flight to Nanning tomorrow, in its first drive to gain a slice in the fast growing mainland market. "We see a highly optimistic prospect in flights to mainland's second tier cities with China's accession to the World Trade Organization and the (central government's) 'Go West' development plan," Robert Ip, chairman of CR Airways, said yesterday.

It is the first time for a Hong Kong based airline to operate low cost flights between the territory and the capital city of South China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. Ip said the carrier has chosen Nanning as its first mainland destination because it is the venue for the annual ASEAN Expo. He anticipated the airline can break even when the average passenger loading rate reaches 60 per cent.

The carrier will fly between Hong Kong and Nanning three times a week, with a round-trip ticket to be sold at HK$ 2,000-HK$ 2,600 (US $ 256.4-333.4). It plans to launch flights to Jinan in Shandong Province next month or in March, and the Wenzhou route in Zhejiang Province in April, said Ip.

CR Airways, solely owned by Robert Ip, operates two Bombardier CRJ-200 aircraft, each with 50 seats. The company, which has invested over US $ 30 million in expanding the flight business, plans to buy four more this year. It is seeking approval from Hong Kong's Air Transport Licensing Authority (ATLA) to fly to 10 more cities on the mainland, including Guilin, Haikou, Changsha, Tianjin, Sanya, Wuhan, Huangzhou, Kunming, Nanjing and Chongqing. The carrier was formerly established as an operator of short-haul helicopter services between Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta region in 2001.
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January 23, 2005
Tung silent on releasing crash report
Simon Parry

The chief executive's office last week said Tung Chee-hwa had still not decided whether to make public a review board report on the China Airlines crash at Chek Lap Kok in August 1999.

The report, resulting from what is thought to be the most expensive and lengthy crash investigation in Hong Kong history, was received by Mr Tung's office on December 15. Mr Tung convened the Board of Review after the original Civil Aviation Department report into the crash was challenged.

Mr Tung's office refused for a second week to explain why the report should not be made public - a decision he has discretion to take. The board's public hearing into the 1999 crash, in which an MD-11 airliner flipped over and burst into flames upon landing, leaving three dead and more than 200 injured, ended in November 2003.
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Old January 24th, 2005, 01:01 AM   #723
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HAECO says to invest HK$320 mln to boost capacity

HONG KONG, Jan 24 (Reuters) - Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Co. (HAECO) (0044.HK) said on Monday it had signed an agreement with Hong Kong's airport operator to build a second hanger at Hong Kong International Airport for HK$320 million (US$41 million) to boost its capacity.

The company, which overhauls and maintains commercial aircraft, plans to recruit and train more than 450 new staff over the next three to five years, it said in a statement.

The new facility will be able to accommodate two wide-bodied aircraft and is scheduled to start operation in the first quarter of 2007, it added.

"Given the growth in air movements, there is additional demand for maintenance service," said David Pang, Chief Executive Officer of Airport Authority Hong Kong.

Hong Kong International Airport handled 37.1 million passengers last year.

Shares of HAECO, which is 27 percent owned by Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. (0293.HK) and 32 percent by Swire Pacific Ltd. (0019.HK), eased 1.23 percent to close at HK$40 on Monday.
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Cathay Pacific adds fourth weekly flight to Perth

Cathay Pacific Airways today announced the addition of a fourth weekly flight to Perth, Australia, as part of the airline’s plan to add more flights and destinations through the year as its fleet expands.

The new service, to start 2 April 2005, will bring to 52 the number of direct flights the airline operates to six cities in Australia each week. This addition to Cathay Pacific’s global network will create even more timely connections over Hong Kong between Australia to points in Europe, Asia and North America.

The Saturday evening departure from Hong Kong will be the airline’s first weekend service to Perth and offer greater choice and convenience. The return flight’s Sunday evening arrival in Hong Kong allows travellers to make the most of the approaching working week.

The service will be operated with a two-class Airbus 330-300. In September last year, Cathay Pacific added a third daily service to Sydney – more than any other airline. Cathay Pacific will acquire nine aircraft in 2005 and six more will arrive by 2007.

Cathay Pacific Airways Director Sales and Marketing James Barrington said: “Australia is a key market and the addition of a fourth weekly service to Perth will provide greater travel convenience to our passengers and underline Hong Kong’s strengthen as a global hub and gateway to the Chinese Mainland.”
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Airport Authority assured of safety net
Annette Chiu
26 January 2005
South China Morning Post

The government says it may compensate the Hong Kong Airport Authority if it is forced to uphold public interest in the event of a conflict over airport charges, according to a consultation document prepared for the Legislative Council meeting on the authority's privatisation.

"Ultimately, the government can give directions to the [Airport Authority] in the public interest," the document said.

"But considering the need to also safeguard shareholders' interest, we have also proposed that the government may need to pay compensation to the new company under circumstances such as when it is directed to act contrary to prudent commercial principles, thereby suffering financial loss through no fault of its own."

The document was prepared for the meeting to be held on Monday in answer to questions legislators raised at a panel meeting on November 22.

The government said it was mindful of the need to put in place appropriate mechanisms to ensure a balance between shareholder interest and that of the wider public.

Airport charges have always been the major concern of the authority's privatisation as airlines are worried Chek Lap Kok will raise fees to give its shares a better valuation on the stock market.

A mechanism has been proposed in which the Director-General of Civil Aviation will be made the final arbiter for every tariff adjustment.

Under the mechanism, the Airport Authority should arrange for consultations whenever it wants to initiate a change in tariff, with airline representatives being encouraged to submit a written response within four weeks.

If an agreement cannot be reached, either the authority or the airlines may seek a review from an arbitration panel before it is passed to the Director-General of Civil Aviation for review.

"The details of such a mechanism are still being discussed. No decision has been made," the government said in the document.
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HK to court Indian air rights
Officials seen pushing for broad expansion of fifth freedoms amid reticence from airlines due to reciprocal nature of deals
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26 January 2005
South China Morning Post

Hong Kong negotiators are expected to push for a substantial expansion of the air-service agreement between India and the SAR when the two sides convene tomorrow, despite only modest requests for more flights from Hong Kong's biggest airlines.

The two-day talks in Hong Kong will be held in the shadow of this month's provisional United States-India deal, which lifted almost all limits on the number of airlines and flights between the two markets and beyond.

With India signalling that substantially greater access to its tourism and hi-tech trade sectors is on the cards, the talks are seen as an opportunity for the government to fulfil its ambition of making Chek Lap Kok Asia's premier hub.

The Hong Kong-India markets for years have been constrained by India's protective regulatory regime. But with the mainland setting the standard for the liberalisation of emerging markets in a series of new air-service deals recently, analysts say there is renewed incentive for Hong Kong and India to hammer out a substantive increase in aviation services.

"I am optimistic about the potential for what could come out of this round of talks," JP Morgan regional transport analyst Peter Negline said. "But even if there is a 100 per cent increase in frequencies, it will still be considered a capacity-constrained market."

Provisional numbers from the Airport Authority indicate almost 233,000 passengers flew between India and Hong Kong last year, up a comparative 50 per cent on the Sars-depleted numbers of 2003.

The value of trade by air, a sector virtually untouched by Sars, grew 19 per cent to $35.34 billion in the first 11 months of last year.

However, the India-Hong Kong passenger market represented less than 1 per cent of the airport's 37.3 million passengers last year. So analysts believe the biggest gains for its hub status will come from a substantial rise in fifth-freedom flights.

More fifth freedoms would attract a greater portion of the traffic between bigger markets such as the United States and India to move through Chek Lap Kok, but it would also increase competition for Hong Kong airlines on those routes.

With a new round of US-Hong Kong talks scheduled for late April, Cathay Pacific Airways has counselled caution on expanding fifth freedoms - the right to pick up passengers and cargo bound for third destinations - and put forward what insiders call a "modest" agenda for tomorrow's talks.

The carrier is believed to have asked the government to negotiate for at least daily flights to New Delhi and Mumbai, markets it officially serves four times a week. It is not thought to have requested more destinations or beyond rights as any awards would be reciprocal.

Hong Kong Dragon Airlines, which does not fly to India, is believed to be after flights to Bangalore, the base of the country's hi-tech industries.

Neither airline would comment yesterday.

However, while the government consults with the airlines before all bilateral aviation talks, it has repeatedly said it has a liberalisation timetable to pursue, one that will not be solely dictated by the airlines' agenda.

Hong Kong's desire to partially privatise the Airport Authority has increased the pressure on the government to liberalise air services. As did last year's Sino-US agreement, which in three years will lift almost all restrictions on fifth-freedom flights for US cargo carriers serving the mainland.

"The India-US deal was the 67th open-skies agreement. It is much easier now to name the countries that don't have open skies," said an executive with a seat at the table during last week's US-India talks.

"Almost all major Asian markets now have such an agreement; the exceptions are Hong Kong and Japan. If you're a US carrier and you want to link the Pearl River delta with India, and Hong Kong continues to restrict your ability to do that, you will soon be able to schedule your flights through the mainland."
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Hong Kong Gov't OKs Airline Levy Extension
Wednesday January 26, 4:44 am ET

20 Airlines Extend Levies but Lower Fuel Surcharges for Passengers Flying in or Out of Hong Kong

HONG KONG (AP) -- The government said Wednesday it has approved applications by 20 airlines to extend levies charged to passengers flying in or out of Hong Kong, but at lower rates due to falling oil prices.

The airlines, including Hong Kong's Dragonair and three major Chinese carriers, will cut the fees to 42 Hong Kong dollars (US$5.4; euro4.1) from HK$72 (US$9.2; euro7.1), a reduction of 42 percent for each section of a journey.

The Civil Aviation Department said it has yet to approve applications from 14 other airlines to extend their surcharges at a lower rate.

The airlines' current surcharges were to expire Jan. 31, and the new fees will take effect from Feb. 1 to March 31.

Last week, Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd., Hong Kong's biggest carrier, already won approval to reduce surcharges to US$5.3 (euro4.1) from US$9.2 (euro7.1) on short-haul flights and to US$15 (euro11.6) from US$27 (euro20.8) on long-haul flights.

Fuel prices remain volatile but have fallen since hitting a peak of US$56 (euro43.1) per barrel last October.

Hong Kong airlines are required to secure the approval of the Civil Aviation Department to levy fuel surcharges on passenger flights.
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GE to service engines for Air Hong Kong
Jan. 24, 2005
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AHK Air Hong Kong selected General Electric Engine Services to provide engine maintenance and overhaul services for it fleet of freighters.

Air Hong Kong is an all-cargo carrier formed in 2002 as a joint venture of Cathay Pacific and DHL Express. The 14-year contract, which is estimated at $100 million, covers GE CF6-80C2 engines powering the airline's Airbus A300-600 aircraft. Air Hong Kong currently has four aircraft in operation, and four more will be delivered in 2005 and 2006.

The airline operates routes to Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand from its hub in Hong Kong.

GE Engine Services is part of GE Transportation, which is headquartered in Evendale.
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Lake House still growing long after Chek Lap Kok feeding frenzy - Rail still key but projects include Sha Tin track display screen
24 January 2005
South China Morning Post

There will never again be a period quite like it in Hong Kong.

As construction of the Hong Kong International Airport reached fever-pitch in the mid-1990s, it was estimated that some 75 per cent of the world's dredging fleet plied Hong Kong's waters. Islands were flattened, bridges strung between them and new expressways and rail lines laid down.

Chek Lap Kok's construction even affected the social milieu, as a rough and ready crowd of overseas construction workers made its own unique impact on Yung Shue Wan and other communities across the then colony.

The dredgers and quantity surveyors have long since moved on, and Lamma's bars have lost their grittier roughneck edge of that period. But at least one small fish survives, illustrating that there is indeed life after the great Chek Lap Kok feeding frenzy.

On the 21st floor of Two Exchange Square, the Lake House Group is expanding its corner offices. It is a long way from the cobbled steps and meat mongers on Pottinger Street, where Charles Brown opened the transport and construction consultancy's first, "smaller and less salubrious" offices.

Mr Brown established Lake House, which advises multinational suppliers on local and regional project tenders, "by accident" in the early 1990s, after he helped broker a Malaysian railcar refurbishment contract.

"That [first deal] gave me enough desire to go hire people," and led to a much bigger coup - in 1994 Lake House, then known as Asia Rails, represented AEG in its successful bid for the Airport Express' rolling stock tender.

"Chek Lap Kok was easily the largest infrastructure project in the world at the time," Mr Brown recalls, and Lake House's modest piece of it thanks to the Airport Express tender was just a "little mosquito" on the back of the great beast.

But it set up the consultancy in a unique market niche, helping large global transport companies secure project contracts as the MTR Corp and Kowloon-Canton Railway Corp continued to expand their own Hong Kong networks.

In the mid-1990s, the global rail industry looked rather different than it does today. "The rail industry was a pretty local industry," says Lake House director Paul Deayton, a former investment banker who joined the group in 2003. It was populated by national champions with their own networks of in-country suppliers and limited international experience, he said. For a Hong Kong middleman such as Lake House, the result was a large number of potential clients eager for infrastructure contracts here but unsure of how to secure them. "Senior executives [from overseas rail companies] wanted a second pair of eyes and a very local view," says Mr Brown.

Today, the rail industry, like so many others, has consolidated into just a handful of players.

For would-be intermediaries such as Lake House, which Mr Brown says is now "riding on the back of our contacts database", it has made the business a lot more difficult for others to break into.

He adds that Lake House has never run up against another consultancy in quite the same line of project advisory work: "If you come across one please call us because we'd like to buy it."

By the same token, however, with fewer potential clients around, Lake House has been forced to pursue business in other arenas, including post-award contract management and dispute resolution services. This was one of the reasons it shed its more definitive Asia Rails moniker.

"Rail is still core but there's a lot more to what we do," Mr Brown says. Lake House has also successfully helped clients secure contracts to supply signalling, power supply and telecommunications equipment. Breakout clients included Mitsubishi Electric for its provision of the massive display screen - longer than a Boeing 747 - at the Hong Kong Jockey Club's Sha Tin Racecourse in 2003.

Lake House also represented Kaba Gilgen of Switzerland in its successful bid to supply the MTRC with $680 million worth of platform doors, which must be installed during a tight window in the early hours when trains are not running.

It is the first time such a system has been retrofitted along an operating line, but not the first time Lake House has opened doors for a company in Hong Kong.
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HK-India air talks end without agreement
29 January 2005
South China Morning Post

The two-day bilateral talks between Hong Kong and India on a new air services agreement ended yesterday without a conclusion. No new date was set. Hong Kong offered to welcome any Indian airline to Hong Kong - including Jet Airways and Air Sahara - but no consensus could be reached, said a source. It is believed the talks broke down over Indian reluctance to give Hong Kong carriers more flights to New Delhi and Mumbai and requests for extra destinations.
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January 26, 2005
Government Press Release
No cover-up on air saftey issues: Stephen Ip

The Civil Aviation Department immediately publishes information on any aircraft occurrence that may be of safety concern to the public.

Secretary for Economic Development & Labour Stephen Ip told legislators today the department has reviewed the public announcement mechanism in light of recent public concerns over aircraft incidents.

The aircraft captain must immediately report to the chief inspector of accidents of any serious incident which results in death or serious injury of any person, damage or structural failure of any aircraft which adversely affects its structural strength, performance or flight characteristics, and missing or complete inaccessibility of the aircraft. The information will then go public. Mr Ip said there were two cases between 2002 and 2004, and immediate public announcements were made on both occasions.

For general incidents, airlines must report occurrences which involve their aircraft, including occurrences related to the airframe systems, aircraft engine and avionics equipment, to the department within 96 hours.

Aircraft occurrences up 22%

The department received 257 occurrence reports last year, up 22% on 2003, and 67% on 2002. Of them, 174 were related to airframe systems (up 58% and 115%), 68 to engines (down 4% and up 62%) and 15 to avionics equipment (down 25% and 52%). As is the usual international practice, public announcements on these occurrences are not required.

Mr Ip said the crack measuring 1.5m long and 4.4cm wide found on Hong Kong airport's north runway on November 25 was caused by a combination of normal wear-and-tear and repeated aircraft braking. There is no evidence to suggest the crack was caused by differential settlement of the airport's reclaimed land.

Mr Ip said after the crack was found, the runway was closed for emergency repair, and re-opened within three hours. During the period, all flights were diverted to the south runway in an orderly manner and there was no impact on safety. He said the authority follows the department's requirements and the relevant standards and guidelines promulgated by the International Civil Aviation Organisation.
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HK's Dragonair to cut fuel surcharge by over 40%

HONG KONG, Jan 28 (Reuters) - Hong Kong's number-two carrier, Dragonair, said it would cut its passenger fuel surcharge by more than 40 percent after oil prices eased from record levels.

The airline's move mirrored that of Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. (0293.HK), Hong Kong's dominant carrier.

Dragonair, 25 percent jointly held by Cathay Pacific and Swire Pacific (0019.HK), said in a statement on Thursday that it will reduce its passenger fuel surcharge from HK$72 to HK$42. The change will come into effect on Feb 1 for a two-month period.

U.S. crude oil futures ended below $49 a barrel on Thursday, down from a record $55.67 in October.

"Although oil prices have eased from their record levels, they remain high. Dragonair continues to face heavy cost pressures as a result," said Dragonair, also 43 percent-owned by Beijing's China National Aviation Corp (1110.HK).
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