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Old March 25th, 2005, 05:47 PM   #861
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HK Dragonair 2004 Pretax Profit Rises Tenfold
23 March 2005

HONG KONG (Dow Jones)--Hong Kong's second-largest carrier Dragon Airlines Ltd. posted a tenfold increase in 2004 pretax profit, boosted by strong passenger growth, its parent company said.

It gave no amount or comparative figures.

The airline company's revenue rose 43.8%, China National Aviation Co. (1110.HK) said in a statement issued late Wednesday, again without giving figures.

CNAC owns 43.3% of Dragonair.

"This represented a strong recovery of passenger traffic from the SARS-inflicted 2003," CNAC said.

Dragonair is in the spotlight on expectations Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. (0293.HK), which holds an 18%, stake, will make a successful bid for a merger of the two carriers, possibly as early as this year.

A subsequent buyout of Cathay-Dragonair by Air China Ltd. (0753.HK) has also been mooted.

Dragonair's passenger revenue rose 44% in 2004, while cargo-related revenue rose 34%, CNAC said.

Dragonair's revenue passenger kilometers - the number of passengers multiplied by the number of kilometers they fly - rose 55%.
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March 26, 2005
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1m people depart on Easter holidays





As on March 25, a total of 1.13 million people departed Hong Kong through air, land and sea immigration points - 49.8% via Lo Wu, 19% via Lok Ma Chau and 14.2% via the airport.

So far 697,470 people have arrived since March 23. Among them, 46.8% entered via Lo Wu and 23.8% via Lok Ma Chau. Air passengers accounted for 15.1%.

The Immigration Department estimates that 2.21 million people left via Lo Wu between March 23 and 29 - a daily average of 315,000.

A record 790 flight movements are expected at the airport on Good Friday, 8% up on the general daily rate of 730.

From March 23 to April 5, some 107 additional scheduled and ad-hoc charter flights, a total of 214 movements, will be run by 15 airlines to 10 destinations on the Mainland, 10 in Northeast Asia and eight in Southeast Asia.
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Chaos reigns as 410,000 escape for the holidays
Dennis Chong, Hong Kong Standard
March 26, 2005


There were huge queues at Hong Kong International Airport, with more than 25,000 passengers having departed by noon. AFP

An improving economy brought a buoyant start to the four-day Easter holidays with hundreds of thousands of travelers escaping from the city for a well-deserved break.

Air traffic hit a record 800 flights on Friday, the government said, while at least 410,000 holiday-makers crossed various immigration checkpoints to begin their vacation.

However, the Immigration Department did inject a note of caution to those traveling to the Philippines, telling them to remain alert amid reports of a possible terrorist attack in the country.

The department said travelers can contact Chinese embassies if they need help. Hotlines (2824 6111 or 2829 3010) have also been set up.

The government issued the travel advisory on Thursday following a United States warning that terrorist groups, including Jemaah Islamiyah, Abu Sayyaf and parts of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, may be planning multiple attacks in the Philippines.

The huge numbers of outbound travelers severely tested checkpoint staff and chaotic scenes were evident at the airport, train platforms near the Lo Wu border control and at Lok Ma Chau where hundreds were stranded at a cross border shuttle bus station.

By 7am, hundreds of passengers had gathered in the departure hall of Hong Kong International Airport while tour guides put up temporary information booths for groups heading to Korea, Japan, Taiwan and the mainland.

By noon, more than 25,000 people had departed from the airport, the Civil Aviation Department said, with

15 airlines having applied to run unscheduled flights.

But the holiday mood was spoiled somewhat as baggage clearance took longer than expected.

"I don't know whether we will be able to catch our flight,'' one woman said. "Usually, the order is quite good. I don't know where the queue starts.''

She waited 30 minutes and said organization should have been better.

"The counters did not give us any information. It is quite messy here,'' another man complained.

A spokesperson for the aviation department said it did not receive reports of chaos at ticketing and baggage clearance counters.

Checkpoints at Lo Wu and Lok Ma Chau were packed with hundreds of travelers from as early as 8am. At one point, 800 people queued for a cross-border shuttle bus at Lok Ma Chau.

In Sheung Shui station, platforms were filled with passengers who had been told to wait for the next train as compartments were overflowing.
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Old March 27th, 2005, 09:16 AM   #866
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A tornado did strike HKIA last year. It didn't damage airplanes but it was certainly a scary scene.

South China Morning Post
March 25, 2005
Checkpoint health alert scaled back

Health-screening measures will be scaled down at land and sea immigration checkpoints from April 1, the Department of Health said last night.

Temperature screening will be phased out at these checkpoints but will continue at Chek Lap Kok airport due to recent outbreaks of bird flu and meningococcal infections in some countries. Health posts will remain at each land and sea control point to help travellers.

Hong Kong has been free from Sars since June 2003, and there have been no reports of the virus in neighbouring areas for more than a year.

A department spokesman said the decision was made after careful assessment of the Sars threat.

The department will closely monitor any re-emergence of Sars in neighbouring areas, and the Auxiliary Medical Service will resume body temperature screening when necessary.

The news came just a day after the government announced it would step up precautionary measures against bird flu after reports of an outbreak in Vietnam. The authorities said on Wednesday they had distributed leaflets and would closely monitor passengers who had travelled on flights to and from the Southeast Asian nation.

A special hotline on 2575 1848 has been set up for people who have returned from Vietnam to call if they develop flu-like symptoms.
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Old March 27th, 2005, 09:53 AM   #867
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It was reported on HKADB that China Airlines' Dreamliner arrived in Hong Kong on March 27th again. Here is a photo from jzs :

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March 26, 2005
Easter exodus breaks air travel record
Clifford Lo and Chandra Wong

The Easter exodus kicked off yesterday with a record 790 flights into and out of Chek Lap Kok and more than 700,000 people passing through immigration checkpoints. But for those left behind there were plenty of fun things to do on the first day of the long Easter weekend.

The Immigration Department said 488,794 people left the city and 211,632 people arrived through nine checkpoints by 10pm. About 4.5 million people are expected to pass through Hong Kong's immigration checkpoints during the Easter holidays. By 10pm, 60,542 outbound travellers and 32,396 arrivals were recorded at the airport. Another 349,784 people passed through Lowu.

Yesterday's record 790 flights was 44 more than the previous record on Lunar New Year's Day on February 9, and 60 more than the daily average.

Among those queueing at the airport was one generous businessman who spent over $ 100,000 to take his 30-odd employees on a three-day trip to Taiwan.

"It's time to reward staff members as the company has been making a profit and Hong Kong's economy is improving."
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South China Morning Post
March 26, 2005
Easter exodus breaks air travel record
Clifford Lo and Chandra Wong

The Easter exodus kicked off yesterday with a record 790 flights into and out of Chek Lap Kok and more than 700,000 people passing through immigration checkpoints. But for those left behind there were plenty of fun things to do on the first day of the long Easter weekend.

The Immigration Department said 488,794 people left the city and 211,632 people arrived through nine checkpoints by 10pm. About 4.5 million people are expected to pass through Hong Kong's immigration checkpoints during the Easter holidays. By 10pm, 60,542 outbound travellers and 32,396 arrivals were recorded at the airport. Another 349,784 people passed through Lowu.

Yesterday's record 790 flights was 44 more than the previous record on Lunar New Year's Day on February 9, and 60 more than the daily average.

Among those queueing at the airport was one generous businessman who spent over $ 100,000 to take his 30-odd employees on a three-day trip to Taiwan.

"It's time to reward staff members as the company has been making a profit and Hong Kong's economy is improving."
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23 March 2005
Dragonair Celebrates Unveiling of Redesigned Ticketing Office
Corporate Press Release

(HONG KONG) Top management and senior travel industry representatives were among those attending the official opening of Dragonair's newly designed Ticketing and Reservations Office in Cosco Tower last night.

Hong Kong's skyline and Victoria Harbour provide the spectacular backdrop to the stunningly redesigned office. In addition to the panorama, visitors experience a space bathed in natural light and exuding a contemporary feel that is in keeping with the airline's redesigned cabin interiors.

"The realisation of this project is rooted in our commitment to quality service which, as any service provider understands, is an ongoing process of review and renewal," said Chief Operating Officer Andy Tung.

"From the choice of materials to the colours employed, the ambient music to the moodlighting, all have been thoughtfully selected to create an elegant yet relaxing environment that puts the traveller at the heart of all we do."

The customer service area has been expanded considerably and now covers more than 200 square metres.

Said Mr. Tung: "We want every part of the customer's experience with Dragonair to be of the highest quality, and the starting point for many will be in this office. It then carries through to every contact our customers have with us."





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Dragonair to double cargo fleet in 3 years
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30 March 2005
South China Morning Post

Hong Kong Dragon Airlines, which will launch its first transpacific freighter service this week, says it plans to double the size of its cargo fleet in the next three years.

Albert Yau Chong-yin, general manager for cargo, says the airline will own at least eight freighters of varying Boeing 747 types by 2008, up from the current four.

In addition, the carrier might also wet-lease another Airbus A300B4 to complement the A300B4 freighter it already had servicing mainland cities, he said.

"It's a question of whether we should order more B747-400 freighters, or B747-300 [models]," Mr Yau said. "That decision depends on market conditions."

Dragonair, which is understood to be the target of a takeover bid from minority shareholder Cathay Pacific Airways, began mulling the possibility of a transpacific freighter service to the United States market as early as four years ago.

It will make its long-awaited breakthrough on April 2, when it launches thrice-weekly freighter services to New York's John F Kennedy International Airport.

The carrier will use a B747-400 wet-leased from China Airlines to launch the route, rather than wait for the delivery of five B747-400s which it purchased last year that are being converted into freighters in Singapore and Xiamen. Those planes are due for delivery from the end of next year.

A wet-lease means that the aircraft will be crewed by China Airlines' personnel, rather than by Dragonair pilots.

New York will be the 11th international destination served by the carrier's freighter fleet of and its first outside Asia and Europe.

Dragonair purchased a B747-200 with a capacity of 110 tonnes last year, joining three B747-300s in its stable and the wet-leased A300B4 used on mainland routes.

The carrier also plans to increase freighter services to Ningbo and Qingdao in the mainland.
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Biman to operate Dhaka-Ctg-Hong Kong flight from July
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CHITTAGONG; Mar 29:–Biman Bangladesh Airlines is likely to introduce a new flight on Dhaka-Chittagong-Hong Kong route from next July, reports BSS.

State Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism Mir Mohammad Nasiruddin said this at the concluding ceremony of Chittagong International Trade Fair (CITF) on Sunday.

“We have a plan to introduce and operate both cargo and passenger flights on Dhaka-Chittagong-Hong Kong route from next July,” Mir Nasir said adding the decision has been taken as per the demand of the business community of the port city.

He said the purchase of two wide-bodied aircraft, which is in the process, would make it easier for Biman to operate flights on this route.

Fisheries and Livestock Minister Abdullah Al Noman and State Minister for Environment and Forest Jafrul Islam Chowdhury also addressed the function, chaired by Chittagong Chamber of Commerce and Industry President Saifuzzaman Chowdhury Jabed.

Mir Nasir also informed that three more cargo flights would be operated from the port city to different destinations from next week for carrying exportable agro-products.

He said country could earn 150 thousand US dollar more per month by exporting vegetable by new cargo flights.

The state minister said one flight everyday instead of existing three in a week with concession rate will be available from April 1 on Chittagong-Dhaka-Chittagong route for the convenience of domestic passengers.

At present the port city bound flights from the Middle East are carrying passengers with concession rate which is almost half the normal tariff of Biman.

“These steps have been taken to make the Chittagong Shah Amanat International Airport profitable and free it from financial burden through utilizing its potentials,” Mir Nasir said.

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Cathay Pacific happy with Dragonair shareholder structure - claim
31 March 2005
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Hong Kong carrier Cathay Pacific Airways said on Wednesday (30 March) that it was satisfied with the shareholding structure in its rival Dragonair and had no current plans to change it.

Cathay Pacific owns 18% of Dragonair, which is 43% held by Beijing-controlled CNAC, 28.5% by CITIC Pacific and 7.71% by Swire Pacific Ltd, the parent company of Cathay Pacific.

In response to media and market speculation of a potential takeover of Dragonair by Cathay Pacific, the larger airline's chief operating officer said the company was satisfied with the shareholder structure of Dragonair. He declined to say whether Cathay Pacific wanted to increase its share in Dragonair.

Cathay Pacific is holding talks with Air China and Dragonair about code sharing on routes to secondary cities in China, added the chief operating officer.
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HK stays lost in the clouds as skies open all around us
1 April 2005
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If Hong Kong's future as a business and trading gateway to the mainland can be measured by the openness of its international aviation agreements, we began to fall behind under the Tung administration.

Over the past year, three important sets of bilateral talks took place between our air-services negotiators and their counterparts from the mainland, India and Japan.

These three national markets in Asia are important to Hong Kong's economic potential. Yet, all the talks failed to meet industry expectations and provide real opportunities for expansion.

Given the increasingly liberal air-services deals being struck across the region - India has completed an open-skies deal with the United States, while the mainland has done the same with Thailand and signed a deal with Washington that came closer to an open-skies pact than anyone had previously dared imagine - Hong Kong, once a leader, is now lagging.

But the situation can be rectified this year, as we look forward to renewed negotiations with India and the US on enlarged pacts and as the European Union presses for talks on a possible pan-European deal.

Still, Below Deck will not be holding its breath, given the oft-repeated criticism of the ivory-tower mentality of the Economic Development and Labour Bureau officials.

In the words of one industry observer, Hong Kong will be much better off if the new Tsang administration takes a more pragmatic approach and brings its negotiators "closer to the ground".

"We often talk about Singapore Inc, where public and private-sector interests work together to achieve common goals. Hong Kong needs to adopt that kind of thinking," he said.

Officials, though, reject such criticism. They say their mandate is to negotiate steady progress towards liberalisation for the Hong Kong aviation industry with an emphasis on the wider public interest rather than that of individual private companies.

Bilateral partners are free to reject Hong Kong's proposals if they do not see merit in them, officials say.

No one disputes this, but it is odd that officials at the bureau can appear so insensitive to the needs of our important trading partners that proposals framed in recent talks have failed to provide a reasonable starting point for negotiating truly liberal deals.

In protracted talks with the mainland last year, Hong Kong airlines came away with a mere incremental rise in passenger flights to mainland cities; with Japan, progress was limited to 12 new weekly cargo flights.

The Indian talks in late January ended disastrously. There was no expansion of services at all. Indeed, industry executives say the negotiations may have even harmed relations with the sub-continent as the Indian delegates were said to have been irate at what they considered was a lack of sincerity from their Hong Kong counterparts.

A common thread in all these talks was that Hong Kong offered fifth-freedom rights beyond Chek Lap Kok to the foreign carriers involved, largely in exchange for new flights to cities in those countries for local airlines.

In general terms, beyond rights are equivalent in value to gold, while direct services are silver. This implies a deep generosity on Hong Kong's part - appearing willing to give up more than it would receive.

However, such generosity can easily be interpreted as being insincere if the trading partners do not want more beyond rights than they can handle immediately as seems to have been the case with the Indians.

They wanted to secure limited rights for Jet Airways, the country's biggest private carrier, to fly to Los Angeles from Hong Kong.

Looking beyond India, a prospective local carrier, Oasis Air, says it wants to secure rights to fly to secondary cities in Europe. Whether it can will depend partly on the bureau's success in signing a new expanded agreement with the EU.

But that could also open a Pandora's box of other competitive issues, such as Cathay Pacific Airways' transatlantic plans and the increasing focus of major European carriers on the mainland.

Beijing is likely to use an EU-Hong Kong deal as a template to forge its own liberal agreement with Brussels, possibly to the advantage of Guangzhou, our biggest rival in southern China.

Below Deck thinks it may be worthwhile for Hong Kong to climb down from its ivory tower, take a step back and make a frank commitment to the importance of having Asia's most liberal aviation regime before the damage to our economic potential is made permanent.
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Meeting the challenges of being world's top cargo air carrier




"Air express services continue to be critical to the success of the economy... in Hong Kong..." - Peter Yin, FedEx Regional VP, South Pacific.

Hong Kong is by far the biggest market in his territory's coverage, in terms of operations and revenue, acknowledges Peter Yin, Regional VP of FedEx Express, South Pacific - a region that comprises Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, Brunei, Indo-China, Indonesia, New Zealand, the Philippines and Thailand. The other countries in the sub-region are much smaller, based on the regulatory environment, operations and revenue.

But for a region like the South Pacific, Yin says the challenges lie in providing expanded business coverage over such a large geographical area.

"The challenge lies in how to integrate the smaller, 'minor' localities into the Fedex network of freight, ground and Information Technology. Fedex is a pioneer in all three types of network. Our IT network is the same all over the globe. The Fedex ground network comprising people, facilities like trucks and warehouses for operations, are maintained at a standard in all our locations. Most importantly is the Fedex air network which all relates to the hub-and-spoke system," describes Yin.

"We pioneered the concept of hub-and-spoke which is by far the most efficient and reliable way to hook up markets. Our hub in Subic hooks up any major or small city, including those off the beaten track such as Cebu in the Philippines, Kaohsiung or Ho Chi Minh - to the Fedex worldwide network. At any given day, some 12-15 dedicated Fedex cargo planes, depart from some place in Asia after pick-up of cargo at the end of the business day, and fly to Subic around midnight where they open the doors of the plane to unload, sort the packages and, within three hours, load them back into the planes for their end destinations and next-day delivery."

Fedex provides its services to both major and minor cities. "I think for smaller cities such as Ho Chi Minh to be able to compete effectively, they need to have the same infrastructure as the big cities. When foreign investors want to set up plants in places like Ho Chi Minh, they wouldn't need to worry about how to fly goods in and out of there. This way, smaller cities are not disadvantaged in any way," said Yin.

Yin said he found out how much developing countries appreciate this of Fedex when he went to the WHO headquarters in Geneva a few months ago, to testify on FedEx's importance to minor localities. "We got a pretty strong reception from the WHO," said Yin.

Value of 'overnight'

"'Overnight' is a service far superior than what the term sounds like. It goes back to the hub-and-spoke system which ensures that while parts of the business world are asleep, Fedex is working 24 hours - with sorting taking place in Subic prior to the 3 a.m. departure of the planes for delivery - to get their packages to customers the next day. When we say 'overnight' we provide a money-back guarantee. If it's late, the shipping charge - upon request - is waived automatically," said Yin.

There is no limit to size of packages for 'overnight' service. "At Fedex, we fly our own aircraft so we have total control of the space. And that's what makes us so successful, you can give us something as small as a one-page letter to a shipment of freight cargo of several tonnes, and we can do it for you."

This is all executed with the Fedex fleet of 646 dedicated cargo aircraft. "Only one airline - American - has a larger fleet size but counting passenger planes. That makes us second biggest in the world, if talking about fleet size. If you compare us to say Cathay Pacific, we are about seven times bigger in fleet, counting their passenger aircraft," said Yin.

In Hong Kong, the fastest growing market, Fedex pushed through four initiatives in 04. "In January, we launched self-delivery counters at ten Kodak Express kiosks in collaboration with Kodak, aimed at providing pick-up for customers who just find it more convenient to drop off their packages there."

In April 04, Fedex expanded its gateway operations in the Hong Kong airport. "Air express services continue to be critical to the success of the economy and will enhance Hong Kong's competitiveness in the region," said Yin. "The Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement between Hong Kong and the mainland creates abundant business opportunities for Hong Kong, particularly for high-value, high-end industry. Our expansion at HKIA both reflects Hong Kong's fundamental importance to the region and will help contribute to its role as a regional hub."

FedEx's Gateway Operations now occupy a space of 37,000 sq ft, an increase of more than one-third of the previous total area. The newly expanded facility provides FedEx with the ability to handle substantially greater volume of shipments of all shapes and sizes. The Gateway Operations at FedEx can sort, Customs-clear and distribute shipments through one facility under the airports' 24-hour operation.

In addition to the expansion, on-site facilities at the Gateway Operations have also been upgraded. The extended express shipment-handling system eases the movement of air cargo, and the upgraded cargo radiation detection device will help avoid unnecessary delays due to security issues relating to radioactive substance after entering the US.

FedEx also made a number of significant enhancements to its service offerings to customers in Hong Kong. The combination of the newly expanded facility and the additional 13 frequencies awarded by the US Department of Transportation (DOT) have positioned the company well for anticipated future demand.

FedEx currently offers the greatest number of fully owned cargo flights in and out of Hong Kong. It provides customers in Hong Kong with top connectivity as a result of adding six flights to its European hub at Charles De Gaulle Airport in Paris and seven flights to Subic Bay linking customers to the FedEx AsiaOne network and the rest of the world.

In August 04, Fedex was the first and still the only one to launch noon delivery service for all inbound. "For any express shipment that comes into Hong Kong worldwide -- from Subic, the US, Europe - we'll have the shipments delivered to recipients by noon. By delivering it before lunch, there is time to do something with it whereas if delivered at the end of the day, a whole day is lost. So this noon delivery service is standard to all shipments and customers don't need to request for it and it comes at no extra charge. It is basically an upgrade of our standard Express service which comes with a money-back guarantee, if delivered, say, at 12.01," said Yin.

In October 04, three more flights were added in Hong Kong, raising the number weekly to 35. "Other than Cathay Pacific, we have the highest cargo frequency."

On the question of setting up other hubs, Yin said: "Anytime we set up a hub, that's looking at a long-term commitment. At this point in time, we are looking at some of the options. Naturally, like any good business, we also look at the alternatives for future growth and expansion.

"Our lease at Subic Bay has been extended to 2010. We are looking at different options, Subic being one of them. We are also looking at Clark Air Base (Philippines) where we have signed an option to use the land and extend the option to 2008. And finally, a third option is to take a look at Baiyun Airport - we've signed a framework agreement to explore that option. At this point in time, we have not reached a final conclusion."
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