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Old April 22nd, 2004, 10:24 PM   #61
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yeah both designed by foster ...
I went to the stansted one ... maybe CLK was evolve from that ...
but i thought foster did a better job with
the CLK ... its more complete and spacier ...
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Old April 22nd, 2004, 10:26 PM   #62
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Its funny foster designed
a hsbc and an airport for both cities ...
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Old April 22nd, 2004, 11:36 PM   #63
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Foster is quite active in Hong Kong. He won the West Kowloon Cultural District competition, which includes a giant canopy for the area.

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Old April 23rd, 2004, 12:07 AM   #64
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InitialD18 - freaky

hksyline - Is that the area near the large tunnels under the harbour and is currently a wasteland???

Oddly, the best part of Stansted is the train station - insanely large platforms, but nobody there - very eerie and freaky :P

I just thought I better post this pic - looks more akin to the check in areas of the above CLK. By the way - the interiors of the satellites look a bit cramped, is there a seating area nearby, or do you get called up to the gate (ie not waiting outside the ate from a large waiting area near the main terminal part????)



What does the CLK station look like? And how fast are the trains - are they bullet train/pendolino tilting or just normal track speed?
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Yes, the West Kowloon Cultural district currently sits empty and is fenced off for the time being. The Airport Express station isn't anything special. It's just a platform attached to the terminal building. Trains run at about 130 km/h.
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Old April 23rd, 2004, 01:05 PM   #66
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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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Old April 23rd, 2004, 01:09 PM   #67
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HKIA named Best Airport Worldwide in Special Recognition by IATA

(HONG KONG, 22 April 2004) - The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has named Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) the Best Airport Worldwide, bestowing it with a Special Recognition Award for leading levels of service reflected in surveys carried out before and after the SARS crisis. The award comes on the heels of the SkyTrax poll of 4.85 million air passengers released last week which named HKIA World’s Best Airport, for the fourth year in a row.

HKIA scored the highest point of 4.26 on a scale of 5 of overall passenger satisfaction in the IATA survey. It also scored the highest, with 4.23 with business travellers and 4.29 with leisure travellers.
Airport Authority Hong Kong Chief Executive Officer, Dr David J Pang said: "The IATA honour is a recognition of the concerted efforts, dedication and exceedingly high standard of performance demonstrated by the entire airport community.
"These are the qualities that make Hong Kong tick, and what we as citizens take pride in. As we strive ahead, we shall continue to excel and maintain HKIA's position as the preferred airport that never fails to satisfy the ever-growing needs of air travellers."

The survey was conducted on all aspects of passengers' entire on-the-day experience covering 31 service ratings for 2003. It took a planned and administrative sample of all traffic at the airport, by questionnaire administered at the gate to departing passengers, providing for results that were unbiased, representative and reliable.

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Old April 25th, 2004, 08:14 PM   #69
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Macau-Bangkok for $200
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Hong Kong people will soon be able to fly to Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur for around HK$200 one way - but only if they are prepared to set off from Macau.

Malaysian budget airline AirAsia will start flying from Macau to Bangkok on June 15 and to Kuala Lumpur by the end of June, group chief executive Tony Fernandes announced yesterday.

"We believe this will open up a whole new way of travel, not just to Macau, but to Hong Kong and southern China,'' Fernandes said.

The new cut-price service follows news that Singaporean start-up budget airline Valuair will begin selling tickets on Saturday for a Hong Kong-Singapore service beginning May 7.

Macau will be the first destination beyond Southeast Asia for AirAsia, which started international flights only last December.

"Macau saw the potential of AirAsia,'' Fernandes said. "It's earlier than we had planned. They chased us.''

Fernandes said AirAsia had also talked to Hong Kong, but added: "I haven't seen a lot of interest from Hong Kong airport.''

Macau International Airport offered AirAsia volume discounts and will also give the airline a break for not using air bridges from the terminal gates, but Fernandes declined to give details.

AirAsia is negotiating a tie-up with ferry operator Turbojet to allow passengers to bypass Macau immigration and customs. Once AirAsia is established in Macau, Fernandes hopes to persuade Macau airport to fulfil its plan to build its own ferry pier.

Both AirAsia and Valuair promise to beat Cathay Pacific Airways on fares, but will make rather different sales pitches.

AirAsia plans to emulate Richard Branson's Virgin carriers and no-frills Southwest Airlines of the United States. Valuair is taking a middle path with some frills like JetBlue in the United States.

AirAsia is betting Hong Kongers will be willing to take a little more time and spend a bit more cash on a ferry to Macau instead of a train to Chek Lap Kok if they can save on the air fare. The airline will offer an introductory price of 999 baht (HK$197) each way for the Bangkok-Macau flights and 99 ringgit (HK$203) for Kuala Lumpur-Macau.

Fernandes, a former Virgin and Warner executive, said he was confident the new routes will be immediately profitable. AirAsia will only have to fill about half the seats on its flights to break even.

It made a profit of 20 million ringgit in 2003. Fernandes said the company plans to hold an IPO to list in Kuala Lumpur in September. A source familiar with the company's forecasts put estimated profits this year at 70 million ringgit.

Fernandes said he expects to add flights from Macau to the Thai island of Phuket as well as Malaysia's Kota Kinabalu, Kuching, Penang, Langkawi and Miri.

"In due course, we can do a million passengers a year out of Macau,'' he said.

AirAsia has adopted the strategy of offering services to airports a bit removed, or over a border, from its target markets to take advantage of lower airport charges.

AirAsia will initially operate a once-daily service out of Macau, at midday for Bangkok and late night or early morning for Kuala Lumpur. Much like traditional airlines, AirAsia will offer a range of fares on each flight but maximum will be US$120 (HK$936) each way. Cathay offers discounted tickets from Hong Kong to Bangkok priced from HK$1,850 roundtrip and to Kuala Lumpur from HK$2,250 on its website.

Passengers on AirAsia, which flies Boeing 737-300 jets that average 10 years in age, can carry 15 kg of baggage free. AirAsia offers no free food or drinks on its flights.

Valuair, founded by a former Singapore Airlines executive, will offer hot meals and free coffee and tea.

Valuair, which first takes to the air on May 5 with Singapore-Bangkok flights, will use new Airbus A320 jets. Tickets will cost S$300 (HK$1,382) for a round trip during May.

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Flying high on a rebounding economy ( 28/04/2004 )


Dragonair’s launch of service to Tokyo reflects the high number of business travellers using Hong Kong as a hub

Hong Kong's aviation industry is soaring to new heights, buoyed by economic optimism and the SAR's increasing status as the region's aviation hub.

A number of international carriers are expanding or upgrading their services in and out of Hong Kong in response to growing passenger demand, especially from business travellers. Cathay Pacific Airways, Hong Kong's national airline, continues to build its fleet with plans for further expansion.

In addition, Hong Kong International Airport has been voted Airport of the Year for the fourth consecutive year, in two recent global surveys

Initiatives announced in recent months include Dragonair's inauguration of services to Tokyo's Narita Airport. The airline will operate seven flights a week: twice on Fridays and daily except Saturday. In March, Dragonair posted double-digit growth in both passenger numbers and cargo volume, with business travel a standout.

Economic optimism spins off

"The resumption of growth in the Hong Kong economy, and the widespread sense of optimism since the start of the year, has been good for the aviation industry here," said Stanley Hui, Dragonair CEO. "More people are travelling for work and pleasure, as reflected in the high number of passengers travelling with us.

"Our network has played a significant role in strengthening Hong Kong as an international aviation hub for almost 20 years, and it is a tradition we intend to keep alive by exploring new markets and opportunities for growth."

Malaysia Airlines is doubling its nonstop services between Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur from seven to 14 times weekly, and expanding its service to Kota Kinabalu. Regional manager for China and Hong Kong Yap Kiang Thiam said the airline was strengthening its position in Hong Kong, which it has always considered be an important regional hub.
He commended the Hong Kong airport authority on recent initiative to retain its competitive edge, such as fast-tracking inbound passengers to the Pearl River Delta.

Aeroflot Russian Airlines is launching a new programme of quality standards aboard six direct flights from Hong Kong per week, with good connections to Europe and the Middle East. The carrier is offering enhanced service and an improved menu to business and first-class passengers.

Cathay posts strong first quarter

Growing demand for business-class seating is also being recognised by Cathay Pacific, which moved more than a million passengers across its global network in March, a growth of 4.2 per cent. General manager of sales Ian Shiu said the March figures capped a strong first quarter during which Cathay saw steady growth in business traffic, in particular on long-haul routes.

Cathay Pacific has placed 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. It aims to hire more operating crew and ground staff over the next three years, and has recently expanded services, including the addition of a new daily non-stop service to New York, starting on July 1.

Cathay Pacific Airways' deputy chairman and CEO 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."

In other aviation news, Korean Air is in negotiations to secure additional passenger and freighter capacity between Hong Kong and South Korea. ``We are eager to increase the number of flights to Hong Kong,'' Simon Yang, the airline's regional vice president for Hong Kong and Southeast Asia, told The Standard. The airline has reached the maximum number of flights permitted under the existing air services pact.

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INTERVIEW: Virgin Atlantic Arrival In Sydney Delayed


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SYDNEY (Dow Jones)--Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd.'s long-awaited arrival in Sydney is being held up by red tape in Hong Kong, which should please its rivals British Airways Ltd. (BAB), Qantas Airways Ltd. (QAN.AU) and Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. (0293.HK).

Virgin Atlantic's plans to start flying between London and Sydney via Hong Kong by midyear have been dashed due to "technical issues" relating to a deal between U.K. and Hong Kong officials, said Mackenzie Grant, Virgin Atlantic's head of Asian operations.

"We still have not had the last element of approval from the Hong Kong government," he said in an interview.

"Even though the deal was agreed last November, they haven't released it to us as yet, because they're waiting on some clarification from the European Union on the designation clause," Grant added.

The European Union is in the process of approving new legislation - the designation clause, which states any rights given to a U.K. carrier by a non-EU government also have to be given to any airline in the EU.

"It's quite a complex issue, but obviously one that's giving concern to some governments and not to others, but the overriding position we take is that if the agreement is pro-competition and pro-consumer, then it cannot be anything but good for aviation and for the consumer," Grant said.

Virgin Atlantic, which is known for its offbeat services including onboard massages and flamboyant founder Richard Branson, plans to operate a daily service between London and Sydney using 12 Airbus A340-600 aircraft when it receives the green light. The planes have been configured to seat 311 passengers.

Grant is confident that the deal will be approved, but concedes the delay in Hong Kong is frustrating after waiting for so long to start services.

"That's the only last remaining obstacle, and we're just waiting patiently for them to make a decision," he said.

"These things are always frustrating, but we've been dealing with this for the last 20 years - we celebrate our 20th birthday in June - and every time we have tried to expand, we've met road blocks and we just try to patiently work away at them, until the road blocks come down and we can operate," Grant said.

"It is particularly frustrating because Richard has always wanted to operate to Australia and he's very keen to see it happen, and so is everyone at Virgin," he added.

The Hong Kong government hasn't given any indication of when it's likely to hand down its final ruling, Grant said.

"No, they haven't. But we do expect it to be in the next few weeks or certainly two or three months," he noted.

"We remain confident, because we cannot believe that in this day and age that governments don't recognize the need for competition and I think this is a very pro-competition agreement," Grant said.

Virgin Hopes To Fly To Sydney Before Christmas

Virgin Atlantic hopes to arrive on Australian shores by the end of the year, most likely in the fourth quarter.

"We are still planning to operate down to Australia by the end of the year, but it will be later in the year, probably not until the very end part of this year," Grant said.

Virgin Atlantic will likely expand the London to Sydney route, more often referred to as the "Kangaroo Route", he added, but said it was difficult give an indication of the scale.

"It's very difficult to say, because it's quite a complex market, as Qantas points out there are over 20 other airlines flying to the U.K. from Australia and we will be added to that number," Grant said.

"But, we do think that both Qantas and BA have an inordinate share of that market, and we would like to get a share of that too," he said.

Qantas has a code-sharing agreement with 18% shareholder British Airways, which is before Australia's competition regulator. The agreement allows the pair to operate joint services on certain routes including the Kangaroo Route.

Grant declined to say how much a Virgin Atlantic ticket between Australia and the U.K. would retail for: "All I can say, we will be competitive, we haven't decided yet and we will not make that decision until we get approval, it would be premature to do that."

In the meantime, the U.K.-based carrier is focused on housekeeping, with plans to bolster its administration and airport staff in Sydney to around 30 from three. No final decision will be made until the Hong Kong government signs off on the bilateral deal, which also allows Hong Kong's biggest airline Cathay Pacific to fly on the lucrative London-New York route.

"We're putting things in place, so that when we get the go ahead we'll be ready to move fast," Grant said.

Virgin Atlantic counts Branson as its biggest shareholder with a 51% stake, while Singapore Airlines Ltd. (S55.SG) holds a 49% shareholding.

Branson also founded Australian budget carrier Virgin Blue in August 2000.

He currently holds a 25% stake in the airline, which has already grabbed one third of the domestic market, after selling down to Australian transport group Patrick Corp. (PRK.AU) and through an initial public offering on the Australian Stock Exchange.
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CLK Airport looks great! I'm hoping to try to visit this fine airport this December if I fly Cathay Pacific from the Philippines back to the US. If I do, I'm sure I'm going to love the experience.
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KEY POINTS

In accordance with international practices, air services between the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) and foreign countries are governed by bilateral air services agreements (ASAs) which are international treaties and provide the framework for scheduled air services between two bilateral partners.

The main objectives of the HKSAR's policy on air services are to maintain the status of Hong Kong as a centre of international and regional aviation and to ensure the provision of air links to a wide range of destinations to meet the needs of the travelling public and shippers.

To achieve these objectives, the HKSAR adopts an approach of progressive liberalisation of air services under the bilateral regime. Under this approach, the HKSAR Government continues to negotiate air services agreements and arrangements with new aviation partners and to review the arrangements with existing partners from time to time in the light of market development.

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Air Services Agreements

Under the Basic Law of the HKSAR, acting under specific authorisations from the Central People's Government, the Government of the HKSAR may negotiate and conclude new air services agreements providing routes for airlines incorporated and having their principal place of business in Hong Kong and providing rights for overflights and technical stops. Such agreements cover scheduled air services to, from or through Hong Kong, which do not operate to, from or through the Mainland of China.

Arrangements for air services between the HKSAR and other parts of the People's Republic of China are to be made by the Central People's Government in consultation with the Government of the HKSAR in accordance with the Basic Law.

So far, the HKSAR has signed ASAs with 50 aviation partners, namely, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, Brunei, Cambodia, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Qatar, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the United States and Vietnam.

We are committed to progressive liberalisation of Hong Kong's air services market under the bilateral regime with a view to expanding our air links and promoting competition. In particular, we will proactively implement our liberal policy for air cargo services to further develop Hong Kong into an international and regional air cargo hub.

Scheduled services

A Hong Kong airline seeking to operate scheduled services must obtain a licence for the route from the Air Transport Licensing Authority (ATLA), secure designation by the Government of the HKSAR under the relevant ASA and be allocated traffic rights.

The ATLA is an independent statutory body, comprising non-Government members and chaired by a Court of First Instance Judge. Its purpose is to ensure that the most effective service is provided to the public while avoiding uneconomical overlapping.

Once licensed, a Hong Kong airline is eligible for designation by the Government of the HKSAR under the relevant ASA. In general only one Hong Kong airline will be designated on a given route, and the airline first licensed by the ATLA for a route would normally be the one to be designated for that route. However, our policy also provides for flexibility to designate more than one Hong Kong airline on any route in circumstances such as -

o where it is judged that more competition is needed in the public interest and the traffic is sufficient to sustain substantial operations by more than one Hong Kong airline in addition to the operations of foreign airlines; or

o where one airline has been designated for a route but chooses not to or has ceased to serve that route or does not operate services on it satisfactorily; or

o where the services provided by the airline which applies for designation are different from those provided by the existing designated airline on that route.

Non-scheduled air services

Airlines seeking to operate non-scheduled services to and from Hong Kong have to apply for a permit from the Director-General of Civil Aviation.
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Thursday May 6, 7:06 PM

Hong Kong's Dragonair buys five Boeing aircraft, will convert to freighters



Hong Kong airline Dragonair said Thursday it has bought five Boeing 747-400 aircraft from Singapore Airlines and will convert them into freighters.

Dragonair Chief Executive Officer Stanley Hui said in a statement the purchase will allow the carrier to expand its cargo services to North America. It currently operates freighter routes from Hong Kong to Taiwan, China, Europe and the Middle East.

He said two of the five planes will go into freighter service in 2006, two more will join in 2007 while the remaining plane will be ready in 2008.

The additions will bring Dragonair's freighter fleet size to nine.

Dragonair spokeswoman Bonita Chan declined to say how much the airline paid for the planes.



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Purchase Of Five Special Freighters To Open Up New Destinations, Strengthen Hong Kong's Cargo Hub Position

(HONG KONG) Dragonair will more than double the size of its all-cargo fleet by the end of 2008, after announcing the purchase of five Boeing 747-400 special freighters. Two of the five aircraft will enter service in 2006, followed by two more in 2007 and one in 2008.

"Today's announcement is a major milestone in the growth of Dragonair's cargo operations, and a significant investment in the future growth of Hong Kong as a cargo gateway to and from the Mainland," said Chief Executive Officer Stanley Hui. "It will also ensure that Dragonair remains a major player in the air freight market in China and, increasingly, around the world."

"The purchase of the special freighters means that by the end of 2008 we will be operating nine all-cargo aircraft. Underpinning this growth is the continuing development of the China Mainland economy and continuing demand for air cargo services there."

Mr Hui added: "This cargo fleet expansion plan will allow us to look at new destinations, and for the first time puts us in a position to enter the major freight markets across the Pacific."

The five B747-400 special freighters have been purchased from Singapore Airlines. Conversion work will be carried out in collaboration with Boeing, and the aircraft will be among the world's first B747-400 passenger airliners to be converted to freighters.

Dragonair's cargo division currently operates three Boeing 747-300 freighters, with one Boeing 747-200 freighter due to enter service in mid-July.

The airline also recently announced plans to expand its passenger fleet, adding six new aircraft by the end of 2006 to take the passenger fleet to 33 aircraft.
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Thursday May 6, 8:41 PM

April volume at main HK air cargo handler up 18.7%

HONG KONG, May 6 (Reuters) - Hong Kong's main air cargo handler said on Thursday its freight volume rose 18.7 percent in April from a year ago, because of bustling trade and low comparative figures.

Tonnage throughput at the world's busiest international air cargo terminal was 186,516 tonnes in April, Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Ltd (HACTL) said in statement.

"Tonnage growth for April is encouraging, reflecting the vigour in the trading sector," said Simon Large, HACTL's marketing director.

"The favourable comparison of tonnage figures on a year-on-year basis is also attributable to relatively weaker figure in April last year when cutbacks in passenger flights during SARS outbreak had driven down cargo carrying capacity and tonnage performance," he added.

Export volume jumped 24.9 percent year-on-year to 105,147 tonnes, said HACTL, which is 25 percent owned by Jardine Matheson Holdings and 20 percent by Swire Pacific Ltd .
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