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Old April 26th, 2005, 03:29 AM   #921
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Kai Tak's aviation center bid grounded
Doug Crets, Hong Kong Standard
April 26, 2005

The director of an independent advocacy group says the Planning Department is turning its back on efforts to allow storied Kai Tak airport to be a center for general aviation in addition to its planned role as a cruise ship terminal.

Francis Chin, a retired doctor and director of the Save Kai Tak campaign, which is working with the Planning Department and other groups to decide what is to be done with the old airfield, says the government threw an obstacle in its path that could ruin Hong Kong's future in general aviation.

He says the Planning Department and the Civil Aviation Department (CAD) have put excessive constraints on his group's plans for a runway by insisting on international-standard restrictions on the length and height of the runway.

As an alternative, Chin is proposing a shorter runway and changes to the setup of the airfield, which he hopes to give to the Planning Department before they go forward with the next stage of the decision-making process.

In a letter addressed to Anthony TK Kwan, Assistant Director of the Planning Department and Kelvin Chan, chairman of the subcommittee for Southeast Kowloon Development, Chin explains that during a March 19 meeting, "the Planning Department put forward some obstacle limitation requirement presented by [the] Civil Aviation Department on a code 2(b) runway according to Annex 14 of International Civil Aviation Organization [ICAO] standard[s]."

According to Chin, the Planning Department objected to a code 2 runway - primarily used for light aircraft - on the grounds the ICAO standards did not allow such runways to operate that close to passengers or cruise liners.

ICAO is the governing body for civil aviation standards around the world. However, consultants at the Federation Aeronatique International, the world air sports federation, including its Secretary General, have told Chin that ICAO standards are "guidelines" that can be catered to individual countries and runways, keeping the specific limitations of that location into consideration.

They do not expressly forbid such a runway, Chin said.

If the ICAO was that strictly followed, "Kai Tak would have been closed down 46 years ago, because of its reputation as having the most dangerous approach in the world," he said.

Common practice before the old airfield was closed was for pilots to take the "Kai Tak Attack," which took Boeing 747 jumbo jets and other large jet aircraft within a few hundred meters of apartment buildings as they banked sharply over Kowloon City into Kai Tak. Passengers thrilled to looking into the windows of Hong Kong apartment dwellers as they descended into the city.

The Planning Department is aiming to make Kai Tak exclusively a cruise terminal for international ships, said Chin. They are using the idea that airplanes would come too close to people and buildings as a way of keeping out Save Kai Tak's plan to further general aviation in Hong Kong.

But Kai Tak is currently the only venue that could support a sustained general aviation training ground for local pilots who currently have to spend years overseas to learn how to fly commercial jets, Chin told The Standard.

In his letter, Chin claims to have solved the problem by shortening his proposed 1,060-meter original stretch to 799 meters. Besides, by elevating the runway 21 meters, he writes: "There is no foreseeable obstacle limitation."

The ICAO has four standards of runways, established as code 1, 2, 3 and 4. Code 4 runways are for large commercial aircraft. Code 1, said Chin, could support the kind of aircraft used in training young pilots for flight school.

Each runway has minimum standards for distance, height and regulations on where airplanes can fly on their approach to the runway. Smaller planes suitable for Kai Tak could also be used in the Pearl River Delta.

According to Chin's website devoted to aviation, "The Chek Lap Kok Airport is not as good as you think. It is genetically designed only for general passenger and cargo transportation and is disabled for general aviation activities."

"There is no public consultation in this consultation,'' said Chin. He said the process reminded him a little of the West Kowloon Cultural District consultation and the government's insistence on a single developer.

"The board already has it in their mind what they want. [At the March 19 meeting] they told me to sit down and to not waste anyone else's time,'' said Chin.

The Planning Department's public consultation does provide room for a runway. Requests for further comment from the department on the issue were not answered.

The public consultation process is expected to conclude in 2008, after the views of all of the 30 groups considered by the Civil Engineering and Development Department have been reviewed.
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Old April 27th, 2005, 03:56 AM   #922
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26 April 2005
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Cathay Pacific to launch freighter services to Dallas, Atlanta

Cathay Pacific Airways today announced it will launch a new freighter service to Dallas and Atlanta to help meet the growing demand in the United States for exports shipped through Hong Kong, the world’s busiest international air cargo hub.

Both cities are new Cathay Pacific online destinations. A Boeing 747-400 freighter will operate three times a week from 19 November 2005, departing Hong Kong every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, stopping first in Dallas and continuing to Atlanta.

With this new service Cathay Pacific will operate 21 scheduled freighters a week to six US cities and offer cargo services to 52 destinations around the world. The other four US cargo ports in the airline’s network are Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco.

Both Dallas and Atlanta have developed as regional logistics centres. Direct Cathay Pacific flights will offer a quicker, more convenient product and bypass the need for goods to be trucked inland from existing gateways on the East and West coasts. Both ports will also offer easier access to markets in Latin America.

Cathay Pacific Director and General Manager Cargo, Ron Mathison said: “Cathay Pacific’s new freighter flights to Dallas and Atlanta will improve our service to shippers – delivering access to new markets and cutting delivery times – and demonstrates our commitment to further strengthen Hong Kong as the world’s busiest international cargo hub. Expanding our US network is a significant step for the airline and Hong Kong.”
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Old April 27th, 2005, 01:34 PM   #923
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Aviators step up fight for Kai Tak
Doug Crets
27 April 2005
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Pressure intensified on the government to keep an aviation facility at the old Kai Tak airport in its redevelopment plans.

The Save Kai Tak Now director who drew attention to Planning Department regulations against his runway proposal has asked fellow aviators to rally against property development.

In a mass e-mail sent to "friends," Francis Chin, a retired doctor at the head of a push for the installation of a code one runway at Kai Tak, has rallied aviators to "join forces" against future property development on the airfield.

By joining together, the aviators would secure the future of civil aviation training for Hong Kong by limiting the imposition of tall buildings around the territory's only feasible bit of land for a civil aviation runway, center and heliport, said Chin.

"You will find that there is practically no other place in Hong Kong that could afford the required International Civil Aviation Organization airspace and height requirement for an airfield ... without causing fierce objection from our community," he wrote.

"The site of an aviation development center should be at the promontory at the tip of the Kai Tak runway ... without being affected by tall buildings and housing development," he wrote in the Tuesday e-mail that was apparently sent to government departments, aviators, consultants and journalists.

According to Chin, the Planning Department objected to a code 2 runway _ primarily used for light aircraft _ on the grounds the ICAO standards did not allow such runways to operate that close to passengers or cruise liners.

ICAO is the governing body for civil aviation standards around the world.

The runway is at the center of controversy over what is widely known as the Planning Department's insistence that a cruise terminal should be built on the abandoned airfield.

Chin's new plan calls for a code 1 runway of only 799 meters, well within ICAO guidelines for such an area.

A code one runway is the smallest version of runway, and it is typically used for single engine light aircraft.

Chin's new proposal is also designed so that any cruise terminal would be well out of the way of any flight operations, he has said.

Chin has also stressed that there would be no night time flying, or any approach, visual or instrumental, that would take the planes over populated areas. Calls to the Civil Aviation Department were not returned.

The plan is also supported by the Federation Aeronautique Internationale, an international sports aviation governing body.

A spokesperson for the Planning Department said the department was aware of Chin's code one proposal.

"We will take the proposal, we will examine it and we will give him a reply," she said. "We are still going on with the public consultation."

The second stage of the consultation is due to start mid-year, she said.

Tuesday's e-mail said that that the existing Hong Kong Aviation Center location at Sung Wong Toi Road will eventually "be surrounded by tall concrete buildings, barring even helicopter operations."

Regarding Chin's charges that the ICAO regulations were thrown up as an obstacle to the efforts of the Save Kai Tak Now organization to preserve civil aviation space at Kai Tak, the spokesperson said that public meetings on the matter made every issue, including the ICAO issue and the future purpose of the old airfield, very clear. "The Kai Tak [abandoned runway], for long- term development, is the most suitable place to build a cruise terminal. Since the airport moved away, there is a big piece of land there, so we have to plan again how to use this piece of land," she said.

The government said in early April that Kai Tak had been chosen as a site for a new cruise terminal, with construction to begin by 2008. Kai Tak was chosen out of more than 30 others considered by the Civil Engineering and Development Department, Secretary for Economic Development and Labour Stephen Ip told legislators on April 6.

Chin said that the time was right for public awareness about the issues and how the department is quickly moving to develop the airfield. "It is quite unwise for us aviators to sit and wait or to go at our own preferred idiosyncratic direction and pace without taking heed of the issues," he said.

"The government Kai Tak Planning Review has made this opportunity possible now."
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Old April 27th, 2005, 01:36 PM   #924
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Agreement for capital increase subscription signed in major strategic alliance
Airport Authority Press Release

(HONG KONG, 15 April 2005) - Shareholders of Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport Co Ltd (HXIA) and Airport Authority Hong Kong (AA) today signed in Hangzhou the Agreement for a Capital Increase Subscription of Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport Co Ltd (the Agreement).

Under the Agreement, HXIA will become a joint venture through capital increase and invite AA to become a strategic investor for the management of Hangzhou Airport. Zhejiang parties will hold 65% equity interest by contributing its net appraised assets confirmed by State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission, while AA will hold 35% equity interest by making an investment of RMB1.99 billion (HK$1.9 billion).

The Agreement was concluded after HXIA and AA reached a consensus on jointly operating and managing Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport (Hangzhou Airport) by setting up a Chinese-foreign joint venture company via capital increase subscription.

HXIA will be changed from a state-owned limited company to a limited liability joint venture company. The two parties will jointly operate and manage Hangzhou Airport, and strive to enhance operation efficiency, improve service quality and management standards of Hangzhou Airport to bring it to par with top, world-class standards.

The Agreement was signed by Mr Chen Haimei, Chairman of HXIA, and Dr David Pang, Chief Executive Officer of AA. Mainland officials and representatives from Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) witnessed the signing. Standing Committee member of Zhejiang Provincial Committee and Executive Vice-Governor of Zhejiang Province, Mr Zhang Mengjin, HKSAR Secretary for Economic Development & Labour, Mr Stephen Ip, and Chairman of AA, Dr Victor Fung also attended the ceremony.

At the signing ceremony, Mr Zhang Mengjin, Standing Committee member of Zhejiang Provincial Committee and Executive Vice-Governor of Zhejiang Province, said: "Successful launch of the joint venture project is an important step for Zhejiang towards the implementation of CEPA. The project is a major step for civilian airports on the Mainland to engage in joint ventures, and is a reform for diversifying asset ownership of state-owned enterprises of Zhejiang Province."

Chairman of State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission Mr Chen Zhengxing said: "The joint venture between Hangzhou Airport and AA serves to further promote the reform in the diversification of asset ownership of state-owned enterprises in Zhejiang. This project will enhance the corporate governance, management and operation of Hangzhou Airport, aligning its development with the international aviation business. It is also strategically significant in fully realizing the economic potential and enhancing competitiveness of state-owned enterprises of Zhejiang Province."

AA Chairman Dr Victor Fung said: "The project is a major milestone for both airports. Zhejiang Province has the largest number of private enterprises on the Mainland. Hangzhou and Hong Kong are the major economic engines for their respective regions. This strategic alliance will allow the two airports to further develop and enhance business cooperation of the two regions."

HXIA Chairman Mr Chen Haimei said: "After rapidly growing at 29% per annum for several years, Hangzhou Airport is facing the challenge to quickly improve its operation efficiency to support sustainable growth. It will grow faster and better with the joint venture. Hangzhou Airport will focus on the implementation of the joint venture project and carry out the construction of Phase 2 facilities and the Hangzhou International Airport Logistics Centre. The joint venture is a strategic cooperation encompassing areas including capital, management, skills and human resources. This is a win-win agreement for both parties."

AA Chief Executive Officer Dr David Pang said: "We will continue to extend our Mainland market to fully realize HKIA's role as the country’s gateway and hub airport. The concept of building air bridges between HKIA and Mainland airports comes to fruition through this first strategic alliance. Through direct investment and participation in their management, we will establish an airport system with our Mainland counterparts. This will enhance the economic development of the member airports and their respective economic regions."

Today's signing of the agreement follows a letter of intent signed between the two airports on 17 January 2005.
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19 April 2005 Corporate Press Release
Codeshare Services with Air China to Cover Hangzhou and Wuhan

(HONG KONG) Building on previous agreements, Dragonair will operate codeshare services with Air China to two additional points in Mainland China, Hangzhou and Wuhan, from May 15. The announcement brings the number of routes on which the two airlines codeshare to seven.

"Our codeshare relationship with Air China continues to deepen, bringing the twin benefits of greater choice and increased accessibility to our customers," said Chief Executive Officer Stanley Hui.

Dragonair operates three flights a day to Hangzhou and the number available to eligible passengers will rise to four with the addition of Air China's services. Air China does not fly between Hong Kong and Wuhan, but the agreement will see it market Dragonair's twice-weekly service to the city to its customer base.

"Air China has an extensive distribution network in the Mainland, making it easier for our passengers to buy tickets on the codeshare services," Mr. Hui noted.

Dragonair currently has codeshare agreements with Air China on flights from Hong Kong to Beijing, Chengdu, Chongqing, Dalian, and Tianjin. It also has a codeshare agreement with China Southern Airlines covering the Hong Kong-Guangzhou route.
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19 April 2005
Dragonair Sees Cargo Volumes Climb 57% in March
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(HONG KONG) Cargo volumes surged in March as factories in the Mainland ramped up production following the Lunar New Year holidays, while the Easter holidays provided a boost to passenger numbers.

"As expected, cargo saw a rebound in March following the Lunar New Year holiday period in February," said Dragonair CEO Stanley Hui. "The amount of freight we carried jumped 57.3% month-on-month to 34,012 tonnes.

"The momentum is expected to carry forward into April."

Double-digit growth was also recorded on a year-on-year basis, with the airline carrying 23.7% more cargo than in March 2004.

"This was due to a number of factors, including increased freight capacity in our fleet and the addition of new destinations to our all-cargo network in the last 12 months," Mr. Hui explained.

For the first quarter as a whole, the amount of cargo carried jumped 22% compared with the same period last year.

"It has been a very good quarter for both cargo and passengers, with both posting double-digit-gains."

Passenger numbers rose 16.4% in the quarter. They also posted a rise in March, up 7.4% on February and 16% on March last year.

"More than 400,000 passengers flew with Dragonair in March," Mr Hui noted. "Business traffic to both Beijing and Shanghai was strong during the month. Elsewhere in our network we saw a rise in leisure travel, especially to Bangkok, as people made the most of the Easter holidays."
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Hangzhou Airport future growth to benefit from robust YRD economy

(HONG KONG, 16 April 2005) -- The net profit of Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport (HXIA) is expected to increase at a compound average growth rate in excess of 20 per cent in the next five years, with robust economic growth in its home market at Yangtze River Delta.

The airport, which started operation in December 2000, was quick to attain positive cash flow in the second year of its operation and became profitable in 2004, the fourth year after the airport opened.

The high percentage of fixed costs in the airport business sees new airports reporting operating losses in the early years. The profit level will increase at an accelerated rate with passenger and cargo traffic reaching a critical mass.

In 2005, it is estimated that the net profit of HXIA, inclusive of Airport Construction Fee, will amount to RMB233 million, equivalent to a price earning multiple of about 24 times.

In 2004, the earning of HXIA amounted to RMB175 million, including an audited net profit of RMB85 million and a RMB90 million refund of the Airport Construction Fee from the government. The inclusion of Airport Construction Fee as part of an airport’s revenue is consistent with the accounting practice adopted by other mainland airports including Beijing, Guangzhou and Hainan Meilan.

“Airport Authority Hong Kong (AA) is satisfied with the financial performance of HXIA, its future earning potentials and considered the valuation reasonable. Besides financial return for Hong Kong International Airport, the investment in Hangzhou Airport by AA will enhance the passenger and cargo flow of both airports and generate significant economic benefit for both Hong Kong and Hangzhou.” said Mr Raymond Lai, AA’s Finance Director.

The HXIA was valued at approximately RMB3.7 Billion. On Friday (15 April) AA signed an agreement to invest approximately RMB1.9 Billion through a capital increase subscription for a 35 per cent stake in a new joint venture company to be formed with HXIA.

The 35 per cent investment in HXIA by AA followed the standard procedure for such transactions in China. The State Owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of the Zhejiang Provincial Government requested an independent professional appraiser to perform a valuation on HXIA, which is used as the basis of determining the cost of investment by AA. The comprehensive valuation included a review of all assets of HXIA, including the airport site, as well as its future earning potentials.

Independent of this, AA also retained PriceWaterhouse & Coopers to perform due diligence on the financials and valuation of HXIA.
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Hong Kong Ponders U.S. Air Deal Expansion
27 April 2005

HONG KONG (AP) - Hong Kong said Wednesday it will consider expanding its air travel alliance with the United States, but made no mention of a U.S. proposal that would allow an unlimited number of American carriers to use the territory as a hub.

Washington is pushing Hong Kong to agree to an "open skies" deal, allowing U.S. airlines to use the city as a base in Asia. Airlines should also have the freedom to set ticket prices. But some in the local industry question the need to open Hong Kong further to foreign carriers.

Hong Kong and U.S. officials held talks Monday and Tuesday on their air travel agreement in Washington.

The two sides agreed to "continue to explore opportunities to further liberalize the arrangements for the long-term development of ... bilateral air services," Deputy Secretary for Economic Development Wilson Fung said in a statement.

Currently, there are about 200 cargo and passenger flights between Hong Kong and the U.S. each week.

The two sides agreed to meet again later this year to continue negotiations, the Hong Kong government statement said.
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(HONG KONG, 16 April 2005) -- The net profit of Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport (HXIA) is expected to increase at a compound average growth rate in excess of 20 per cent in the next five years, with robust economic growth in its home market at Yangtze River Delta.

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Record Flight Movements Spurred by Easter Travel
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(Hong Kong, 17 April 2005) - A new record of 786 flight movements at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) for a single day was set on March 25, the first day of the Easter holiday. Based on the outlook for summer, air traffic movement is expected to grow healthily reflecting positive view of the market from airlines.

The number of passengers traveling through Hong Kong International Airport last month was 18 per cent higher than the same period last year.

The strong growth was mainly driven by leisure travel by local residents during the Easter holiday, which fell in March this year instead of April for other years, said Mrs. Heidi Kwan, Chief Communication Officer at Airport Authority Hong Kong.

Over the four-day Easter period, an average of 124,000 passengers used the Airport each day, up 10 per cent when compared with the corresponding period in 2004, she added.

Air cargo has continued to demonstrate robust growth in the year 2004/05. Compared to 2003/04, air cargo tonnage has grown 15%. This growth was driven by continuous demand from the US, Europe and Mainland China.
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Being the best means striving to get better
The Airport Authority thrives on creative customer service and high standards

30 April 2005
South China Morning Post

IT'S QUITE A feat to maintain record-breaking growth while also delivering exceptional service standards. But that's exactly what Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) has achieved.

Since operations started at Chek Lap Kok in 1998, HKIA has been voted Airport of the Year for five consecutive years from 2001, based on industry analysis done by research adviser Skytrax.

In addition to that, the airport set records last year with double-digit growth for passenger throughput, cargo volumes and aircraft movements.

A recent airport customer satisfaction survey, jointly conducted by Airports Council International and the International Air Transport Association, ranked HKIA first in overall satisfaction among total passengers, business travellers and tourists, topping Dubai, Kuala Lumpur, Seoul and Singapore.

Much of the credit for this success goes to the Airport Authority Hong Kong (AA), which is responsible for maximising the value of HKIA and ensuring it operates profitably.

"HKIA has shown consistent commitment to improvement and to maintaining its position as a world-class international airport and one of the most popular for travellers, retailers and advertisers," said Hans Bakker, the AA's commercial director. "Our record-setting growth and high rankings in recent industry surveys demonstrate that the HKIA has increasingly become the airport of choice."

To deliver results, the AA relies on a structure of business and service units, which reinforce staff accountability and a sense of ownership, and encourage innovation. This, in conjunction with performance-based remuneration, has created a culture built on efficiency and prudent commercial principles.

"Our goals are plain and clearly communicated. Every member of staff understands the business plan and the financial targets. It's not rocket science - we simply make sure everyone knows exactly what they must do," said Mr Bakker.

Each element of staff performance is monitored closely against specific targets and feedback is sought from various sources, including customer data.

However, much of HKIA's total workforce is employed by retailers and caterers rather than by the AA. Co-operation with third parties is essential for achieving the highest possible standards.

"Managing the retail division is like being a conductor - each partner has its own function and characteristics, but the overall sound is very sweet," said Mr Bakker.

The airport community has jointly agreed on a range of performance pledges. These include ensuring high standards of service from contractors, franchisees and concessionaires, and the AA's retail and advertising arm plays a key role in monitoring overall standards and providing feedback to operators. With 19 staff to oversee 160 outlets and 40 eateries, every employee in this division requires an eye for detail and the drive to achieve results. The role involves the initial selection of quality retailers and caterers, running a mystery shopper programme, and doing market research interviews with regular travellers. Different criteria are used to rate the outlets, but may include staff appearance, waiting time for customers, and pricing policy.

All standards are high and based on quantifiable objectives. For example, HKIA "cleanliness" is not evaluated with a quick visual inspection, but by measuring in an electrical balance the number of grams of accumulated dust.

Another key feature is the AA's commitment to encouraging staff innovation. To foster creativity, all retail and advertising staff have the chance to travel to other major airports to pick up ideas and adapt them for use in Hong Kong.

The strategy paid off handsomely during the planning for SkyPlaza, HKIA's next large-scale development, which is likely to be one of the world's most innovative transport centres. The underlying concept is to provide a central hub through which all travellers moving into, through or from Hong Kong will pass.

Located on the eastern side of the Terminal One building, SkyPlaza will house a second passenger terminal with customs, immigration and quarantine facilities. There will be a coach station for cross-border routes, as well as for buses to Disneyland, and about 377,000 sq ft of retail, catering and entertainment outlets. The leisure facilities will include a theatre and spas for use by SAR residents and transit passengers.

"A lot of airports see customers as living cargo and don't consider the needs of different market segments," he said. "Our aim is to develop a critical mass, with air, land and sea transit customers under one roof. With such a large group in one space, we can tailor services to meet many different needs."

After all, the AA is in the service industry. "If we don't please our customers, we don't make money," he said.
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Hong Kong HACTL voted Best Air Cargo Terminal - Asia
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(Hong Kong - 28th April 2005) Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl) has been named "Best Air Cargo Terminal - Asia" at the 2005 Asian Freight & Supply Chain Awards (AFSCAs). This is the second international award Hactl received in a week. The Company received the 8th International Transport Award two days ago.

Organised by the trade newspaper Cargonews Asia, the AFSCAs is one of the highlight events of the Asian freight and logistics industry. The Awards recognises outstanding performance of companies in the industry for demonstrating leadership, consistency in service quality, innovation, customer service as well as reliability. Readers of the newspaper voted for their choice of the best service provider in 27 categories. This is the second time Hactl was bestowed with the "Best Air Cargo Terminal - Asia" title in the AFSCAs.

More than 400 professionals from the logistics industry around the world attended the award presentation gala dinner of AFSCAs, which was held last night at the InterContinental Hotel, Hong Kong.

Hactl's Managing Director Mr. Anthony Wong said at the gala dinner, "We are delighted to be chosen "Best Air Cargo Terminal - Asia" by shippers and other members of the logistics industry. The award stands not only as a recognition of Hactl's service quality, but also as a tribute to the entire Hong Kong airport cargo community, and their on-going effort to uphold Hong Kong's position as the premier air cargo hub. Winning another industry award is an impetus for us to work even harder to surpass our customers' expectation for efficient and reliable cargo handling services. I would like to thank all the voters, our customers as well as business partners for their unfailing support."

HACTL receives the International Transport Award for second year running

(26th April 2005, Hong Kong) Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl) is pleased to announce that it won the 8th International Transport Award. This is the second consecutive year that the Company has won this award.

The International Transport Award is an annual award given out to companies in the goods and passenger transport industry worldwide for service excellence. The Award is organised by the Trade Leaders' Club, a European-based association of 7,000 companies from 110 countries, largely from the manufacturing and services sectors. All members of the Trade Leaders' Club are invited to nominate companies with outstanding service standards for the Award.

Mr. Anthony Wong, Hactl's Managing Director said, "We are honoured to receive the International Transport Award for the second consecutive year. It is especially gratifying to be voted for by a group of global companies that represents a wide range of business activities, highlighting our service quality is recognised worldwide. Looking ahead, we will continue to provide the most efficient and reliable cargo handling services, and facilitate world trade via Hong Kong International Airport."
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First day of aviation talks ends without deal - Hong Kong, US negotiators sparring warily for opportunities
Russell Barling
27 April 2005
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Government negotiators walked away from an "exploratory" first day of talks yesterday without agreement on a new bilateral aviation deal with the United States, but the discussions were described as "cordial" despite a highly charged build-up to the latest round.

According to sources close to the talks, the atmosphere in Washington was that of two prizefighters sparring with each other, looking for openings and opportunities, in this case technical advances on the present two-year-old agreement.

"They are still talking expansion but not about open skies in the way it was defined in the run-up to the talks," a source from Washington said.

Before the start of the talks, US negotiators, government officials and airlines lobbied hard for the immediate removal of all restrictions on US carriers flying to Hong Kong in terms of the number of airlines, frequencies, beyond rights and code-sharing opportunities.

Executives from Cathay Pacific Airways, among others, cautioned the government to reject that approach in favour of maintaining Hong Kong's policy of a slower-paced "progressive liberalisation".

The US is Hong Kong's biggest single passenger and cargo market. Last year, almost 1.86 million business and leisure travellers flew between Hong Kong and the US, up 13 per cent on 2002, the last year unaffected by the impact of the Sars outbreak.

More than 429,300 tonnes of airfreight was transported on the sector during the period, an increase of 17 per cent year on year. The value of those goods reached $182.1 billion, up a comparative 18.1 per cent.

With the vast US domestic market termed "untouchable" for foreign airlines by US Transport Secretary Norman Mineta, who was in Hong Kong last week, in a speech to the American Chamber of Commerce, local executives wonder what the US side can offer of equal value in return for the open skies that US airlines seek here.

US officials, for their part, say access to the American market is being used as a decoy by Hong Kong executives to divert the focus of the talks away from open skies.

"Don't get caught up in the cabotage argument [the right for foreign airlines to fly US domestic routes]. It is a red herring," US Assistant Secretary of Transportation for Aviation and International Affairs Karan Bhatia told journalists following Mr Mineta's speech last week.

"No foreign airline wants to get caught up in the incredibly competitive US domestic market. Cabotage ... is simply not a credible argument."

Mr Mineta said that the opening of US routes was not even on the table during recent aviation talks with the European Union.

The two-day talks are scheduled to conclude this morning.
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Kenya Airways' new colours by Dickson Ching from HKADB :

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Has there been any news about Air China's talks with Cathay? (I forgot if it would be a merger, takeover...)
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I highly doubt that would happen.
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