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Old May 30th, 2005, 06:47 PM   #1001
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Old May 31st, 2005, 06:05 AM   #1002
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Air India to Commence Hong Kong - Seoul Route
AIR INDIA TO COMMENCE OPERATIONS TO SEOUL

Air India Press Release

Effective 7th July 2005, Air India will be commencing operations to Seoul on the routing Mumbai/Delhi/Hongkong/Seoul and vice versa. These flights will be operated with A310 aircraft on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.
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Old May 31st, 2005, 06:11 PM   #1003
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Hong Kong leads race for Zhuhai hub
By ALEXANDRA HARNEY and JUSTINE LAU
30 May 2005
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Hong Kong's airport has edged ahead in its talks with an ailing rival hub in the southern Chinese city of Zhuhai, but its bid still faces competition from another airport in the region.

The former British colony's airport, which is preparing for privatisation in 2006, is understood to have reached a preliminary agreement with Zhuhai about a deal to manage the under-used hub.

However, officials in Guangdong province, which includes Zhuhai, are believed to be weighing up whether to allow the airport to partner with Hong Kong or the new international hub in Guangzhou, according to a person familiar with the situation.

The negotiations are part of an intensifying battle for dominance of air travel in the Pearl River delta, the southern Chinese region that produces a third of the country's exports.

Hong Kong has long been the leader in passenger and cargo traffic in the region. It has been seeking stakes in Zhuhai and Shenzhen, located just across the border, as well as in other areas, to assuage investor fears about excessive competition ahead of its privatisation. There are five airports in the Pearl River delta.

Guangzhou, which opened in August 2004, said in November that it was also negotiating with Shenzhen and Zhuhai about investment and other types of co-operation.

The plan now under discussion would see Hong Kong set up a joint venture with Zhuhai to manage the hub, which has been running well below capacity since it opened in May 1995. A Zhuhai airport official yesterday declined to comment, noting that the negotiations were being handled by the government.

A Hong Kong airport spokesman said: "We are in continuing talks with Zhuhai airport. In our talks with the mainland airports, we will pursue all possible modes of co-operation which will help enhance traffic flows and further consolidate our business strategy of extending our home market into the mainland."

Hong Kong recently agreed to take a 35 per cent stake in a hub in Hangzhou, near Shanghai.

In another sign of deepening corporate ties between Hong Kong and mainland China, MTR, Hong Kong's commuter subway operator, this week signed a memorandum of understanding to invest in two subway projects in the southern city of Shenzhen that are estimated to cost Rmb10bn (Dollars 1.2bn).

The projects are the company's second tranche of investment in the city and highlight MTR's ambition to expand beyond the saturated home market.

MTR announced its first move outside Hong Kong last year when it agreed to invest in a Rmb6bn subway extension project in Shenzhen.
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Old May 31st, 2005, 06:15 PM   #1004
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Lufthansa to boost China flights to 41 weekly - Xinhua
31 May 2005

BEIJING (AFX) - Deutsche Lufthansa AG will boost its service between Germany and China, including Hong Kong, to 41 weekly flights from this summer, Xinhua News Agency reported, citing company sources.

The report did not say how many flights Lufthansa currently operates.

Without providing a start date, the report said from this summer Lufthansa will fly daily from Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Hong Kong to Frankfurt as well as from Shanghai to Munich.

Flights from Beijing and Hong Kong to Munich will rise to three per week, Xinhua said, without giving current flight frequencies.

Citing Gregor Wende, chief representative of Lufthansa China, Xinhua said Guangzhou has become the fourth most popular Chinese destination for Lufthansa after Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong.

Lufthansa said earlier this year that it would operate 149 flights to and from the Asia-Pacific region from summer 2005, an increase of 3.5 pct compared to its summer schedule of 2004.
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Old June 1st, 2005, 03:59 PM   #1006
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Direct flights to Mexico on the cards next year
Dennis Eng
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Direct passenger flights between Hong Kong and Mexico City could take off this time next year, although business travellers are expected to continue flying via the US.

According to Mexico's consul-general in Hong Kong, Mario Leal, Cathay Pacific Airways said code-sharing between Hong Kong and Mexican carriers could start by next year, with direct flights available in a year's time.

Passengers flying from Hong Kong to Mexico have to transit in the US, usually in Los Angeles.

An air services agreement hammered out between Hong Kong and Mexico during talks about six weeks ago will pave the way for their respective carriers to fly directly and bypass the US.

The Hong Kong government said the agreement was still being finalised and that it would be up to the airlines how the flights were structured. "We are aiming to have the air services agreement signed with the Hong Kong government by August or September. Then, we will work with Cathay Pacific on direct flights," Mr Leal said.

Cathay welcomed the prospect of serving a new market but reserved further comment until an agreement was signed.

Direct passenger flights are expected to provide a much-needed boost to tourist numbers as only about 7,500 mainland visitors made it to Mexico each year, the consul-general said.

The number of Hong Kong holidaymakers is slightly better, at about 10,000 a year.

Mexico started granting visa-free entry to Hong Kong passport holders last September.

The country's tourism push is marked by next week's International Tourism Expo, in which Mexico is taking part for the first time. Depending on the response, the operations of Mexico's sole promotion agency in the region might be expanded.
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Old June 1st, 2005, 07:40 PM   #1007
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Aircraft Maintenance Facility at Chek Lap Kok

HAECO's base maintenance hangar at Hong Kong International Airport, Chek Lap Kok, is amongst the most technologically advanced in Asia. Representing a total investment of HK$1.4 billion, the 44,000 square metres facility is located at the western end of the airport between two runways. This single, three-bay hangar gives a column-free working area of 20,500 square metres, allowing it to accommodate three B747-400 aircraft fully docked and additional two aircraft nose-in and fully enclosed by a unique mobile tail enclosure providing full empennage access staging. It is supported by a full range of component overhaul and repair workshops, test laboratories, bonded storage for airline spares, as well as office and administration buildings. It also has a dedicated paint bay which meets international environmental specifications.

To ensure customers' on-time departure and maintenance requirements, line maintenance facility is located at the very center of the Airport Terminal, providing right resources at the right time.

Component & Avionics Overhaul Facility at Tseung Kwan O

The Company's Component and Avionics Overhaul (CAO) facility is situated at Tseung Kwan O Industrial Estate which is 50 km east of Hong Kong International Airport. It is a purpose-built building of 7,000 sqm of usable workshop space which houses component overhaul and avionics workshops and Calibration & Metrology Centre.
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Very interesting. Notice how CX seems much more enthusiastic this time around (a few months back the Greek consul-general suggested Cathay fly to Athens but received a relatively cold response).
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Old June 2nd, 2005, 03:14 AM   #1009
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Helicopter landing incident
Tuesday, May 31, 2005
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A private helicopter made a precautionary landing at Sai Kung yesterday (May 30), a spokesman for the Civil Aviation Department (CAD) said. No one was injured and no property was damaged.

At noon yesterday, a privately owned EC120B helicopter experienced a directional control problem while flying over the High Island Reservoir near Sai Kung, and the pilot made a precautionary landing on the grass near the Chong Hing Water Sports Centre.

The pilot was the only person on board and he was unhurt in the incident. Subsequent ground inspection revealed minor damage on the right-hand skid of the helicopter. The CAD has required the operator to submit a detailed report on the occurrence.
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Old June 2nd, 2005, 07:55 AM   #1010
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The world's busiest airport for international cargo is home to the world's largest air cargo terminal - SuperTerminal 1. Costing US$1 billion to create, SuperTerminal 1 has the potential capacity to handle 3.5 million tonnes of air cargo each year, with built-in flexibility to handle more.



Automation
SuperTerminal 1's highly automated cargo handling systems offer unparalleled efficiency and reliability for the thousands of tonnes of cargo that pass through the facility each day.

Container Storage System (CSS)
Our multi-floor CSS has direct and covered interface with the airside, allowing units and pallets to be transferred from the tarmac straight into the system.

- Fully automated with more than 3,500 storage positions
- 12 computer-controlled stacker cranes for moving cargo efficiently within the system
- Linkage with workstations in the terminal by 72 overhead bridges located on 2/F, 3/F and 4/F

Box Storage System (BSS)
Our BSS provides computer-controlled storage positions for cargo awaiting import, export and transhipment in one location.
- 2 parallel BSS providing some 10,000 storage positions
- Each system has 6 aisles and 2 stacker cranes in each aisle, providing fail-safe back-up
- Direct linkage with the Customs Examination Hall means efficient retrieval for customs personnel. The
- BSS is a customs-bonded area with maximum security

Bulk Cargo Distribution System (BCDS)
Our BCDS is a computer controlled 'sushi-bar' style conveyor loop system allowing your cargo to be moved between floors and over 300 workstations within the Main Terminal Building in a fast, efficient manner. The BCDS provides direct linkage to:
- Customs Examination Hall
- Workstations
- Import and Export Truck docks

Workstations
More than 300 computer-controlled general workstations are located on 3/F and 4/F of SuperTerminal 1 for build-up and breakdown of import and export cargo containers.
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Old June 3rd, 2005, 06:11 PM   #1011
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AA congratulates Cathay Pacific on top airlines honour

(HONG KONG, 2 June 2005) - Airport Authority Hong Kong (AA) today congratulates Cathay Pacific Airways for being voted World’s Best Airlines in the Skytrax survey 2005.

AA's Chief Executive Officer, Dr David J Pang, said: "We are so pleased that Cathay Pacific, our home carrier, has won top recognition among international travellers, as did Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) which has been named World's Best Airport in the same survey. This is an acknowledgment of the outstanding service quality that Hong Kong has to offer. The combination of the World's Best Airline and the World’s Best Airport has indeed been a source of pride for the people of Hong Kong."

He added that the Airport Authority, together with all business partners at HKIA, will continue to strive for excellent services and continuous improvement to maintain Hong Kong position's as an international aviation hub.

Skytrax is an independent aviation research institution in the United Kingdom. Skytrax's 2005 World Airport Awards Survey was conducted globally from June 2004 to March 2005, attracting more than 5.5 million respondents of over 90 nationalities. HKIA has been voted earlier as the world’s best among 150 airports worldwide for the fifth consecutive year.
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Old June 4th, 2005, 06:19 AM   #1012
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Dragonair Celebrates Anniversary With Gala Reception

(HONG KONG) Dragonair celebrated two decades of air services at a 20th Anniversary Gala Cocktail Reception tonight, with guests including Acting Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Henry Tang, and Vice Minister of CAAC Gao Hongfeng.

In remarks to the 600 invited guests at the event, Guest of Honour Mr. Tang praised Dragonair for its contribution to Hong Kong's aviation industry over the last 20 years.

Meanwhile, Dragonair Chairman Kong Dong said: "We have become a flag-bearer in Asia and around the world for the quality and professionalism that is a hallmark of our home Hong Kong.

"We have helped open the China Mainland to the outside world - and continue to do so with our expanding passenger and cargo services from the Mainland. In the process we have strengthened Hong Kong as the pre-eminent gateway to the world's most dynamic economy for people, goods and services from around the world."

Turning to how the airline had developed in the last two decades, he said: "From a start-up airline with only one narrow-bodied passenger aircraft and no scheduled routes in 1985, we have grown into an airline with both passenger and all-cargo services operating a fleet of 35 aircraft, and are recognised as one of the top 20 airlines worldwide in terms of inflight service."

Guests at the reception, held in the Ballroom of the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, were introduced to the story behind the livery on the airline's 20th Anniversary Aircraft, which depicts the links Dragonair has forged between Hong Kong and the China Mainland, and a performance highlighting the youthful energy of the airline.

"We've achieved a lot over the last two decades," said Chief Executive Officer Stanley Hui, who also noted that "a key element that has helped us to get to where we are today are our people".

"Dragonair has come a long way in the last 20 years - and we expect the next 20 to be no less exciting."
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HKIA receives top honour

(HONG KONG, 5 June 2005) - Aviation industry executives from around the world applauded Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) for winning the "Best Airport Worldwide" title in the 2004 AETRA survey at the awards presentation ceremony held in Kuala Lumpur.

The Chief Executive Officer of Airport Authority Hong Kong (AA), Dr David J Pang, received the top prize from Malaysia's Minister of Transport, Mr Chan Kong Choy. "The award bestowed on HKIA by our valued customers is attributed to the 55,000 staff at the airport who work to offer an enjoyable airport experience with passion. I am proud of being a member of this dedicated workforce and will continue to strive for the best performance with them," he said.

HKIA ranked first in overall passenger satisfaction among both business and leisure travellers in the 2004 AETRA survey, carried out at 48 participating airports measuring passengers' experiences on the day of travel. It is a world-leading airport benchmarking programme jointly conducted by the worldwide airline and airport organisations - the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and Airports Council International (ACI).


Malaysia's Minister of Transport, Mr Chan Kong Choy (right), presented the "Best Airport Worldwide" plaque to AA's CEO, Dr David J Pang.
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Cathay adds RI-China flights
The Jakarta Post
06 June 2005

Citing the market potential, Asia's top carrier, Cathay Pacific, will serve more flights connecting cities in Indonesia and China starting July 4, company executives say.

"The new routes we plan to serve are flights from Jakarta, Surabaya and Denpasar to China's industrial town of Shanghai," Cathay's Southeast Asia regional manager Patrick Yeung said late on Friday during a press briefing in Surabaya.

The new flights, which will all connect through Hong Kong, will add to the existing Surabaya-Hong Kong route the carrier has served since 1995. The press briefing on Friday was held to mark the 10th anniversary of the Surabaya-Hong Kong route.

Yeung said the company was upbeat the move would be welcomed by tourists and business travelers in both nations.

"The flows of cargo should also get a good response," Yeung said, sounding an optimistic note.

After 10 years, the company says it has flown some 491,000 Indonesians from Surabaya to Hong Kong, in addition to the shipment of about 26,000 ton of cargo.

Richard Reed, Cathay Pacific's country manager in Indonesia, also painted an upbeat outlook despite the continued high price of jet fuel.

"(High fuel prices) will eventually push carriers to increase their retail ticket fares, although I do not think this will significantly reduce passengers," said Reed.

He pointed to the Surabaya-Hong Kong service as an example. "It's been 10 years now, and we're still looking good."
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(HONG KONG, 5 June 2005) - Aviation industry executives from around the world applauded Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) for winning the "Best Airport Worldwide" title in the 2004 AETRA survey at the awards presentation ceremony held in Kuala Lumpur.
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HK's HACTL says May air cargo volume up 5.2 pct yr-on-yr

HONG KONG, June 7 (Reuters) - Hong Kong's main air cargo terminal said on Tuesday that it handled 5.2 percent more cargo in May against a year ago due to continued strong growth in the transhipment sector.

Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Ltd. (HATCL), 25 percent owned by Jardine Matheson Holdings and 20 percent by Swire Pacific Ltd. , handled 192,905 tonnes of cargo in May, it said in a statement.

For the first five months, it moved a total of 930,422 tonnes, up 4.9 percent from the same period last year.

Growth momentum in the transhipment sector continued in May, up 36.5 percent from the previous year to 30,982 tonnes.

Export volume rose 7.8 percent in the same month to 106,325 tonnes but import volume fell 10.3 percent to 55,598 tonnes.
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The use of western corridor may harm Hong Kong airport
3 June 2005

After the use of western passage in March 2006, residents in the western part of New Territories such as Tuen Mun and Yeun Long will prefer Shenzhen Airport which is closer to them rather than Hong Kong International Airport at Chek Lap Kok. This may enhance competition between airports of Hong Kong and Shenzhen. Executive Councilor Leung Chen-ying pointed out that the six new highways be used in March 2006 will connect districts of New Territories like Tuen Mun and Yeun Long with Shenzhen. Therefore it will be faster for residents of these area to reach Shenzhen Airport than Hong Kong International Airport.

Besides the much lower prices for air tickets, Shenzhen Airport provides more airline routes than that of Hong Kong. For example, there are 25 and 32 commercial aircrafts flying to Chongqing and Xian respectively everyday from Shenzhen Airport, while the numbers of Hong Kong is just only 12 and 9 respectively.

On the other hand, as services and safety records are crucial while considering airports, Hong Kong airport still has its priorities in these aspects.

Hong Kong Dragonair admitted the existence of influences to be brought about by the use of western corridor. However, the number of people choosing to reach the mainland by bus first, and then by air to other cities of China is still not large. Dragonair will continue to evaluate the situation.

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Timing key to listing of Airport Authority
Chester Yung
7 June 2005
Hong Kong Standard

Despite opposition from academics and lawmakers, the listing of the Airport Authority will go ahead _ but probably not this year, Secretary for Economic Development and Labour Stephen Ip said.

"The privatization of airports is a global trend,'' Ip said Monday, adding such a move would ease the territory's budget deficit.

A public consultation on the privatization, initiated in November last year, ended last month. Ip said the government had received about 60 submissions, but that public opinion is varied.

"Hong Kong International Airport is suitable for listing, but the timing is the key,'' Ip said, adding there is no rush to do it by this year.

Although airport-user charges have always been set by the government, Ip said a mechanism would be put in place to control charges, such as landing and aircraft parking fees, when the authority is privatized.

Although the listing plan has been welcomed by the Airport Authority, which says the IPO will reinforce airport operations under "market discipline,'' some academics and lawmakers oppose it.

Michael Fung, a professor in the Aviation Policy and Research Centre at Chinese University, said last month privatization will put pressure on the authority to raise charges to improve its slim profitability _ about 1 percent on net assets.

This would have a negative impact on tourism and logistics development in the SAR, he said.

Fung's colleague, Japhet Law, said the original privatization proposal may have been motivated by a need to balance the budget in financially difficult times.

However, the Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement with the mainland and the introduction of individual travel schemes for mainlanders have greatly improved the territory's economic outlook, Law said.

Therefore, he said, it is no longer necessary to privatize the Airport Authority now or in the foreseeable future.

They were backed by Article 45 Concern Group lawmaker Ronny Tong, who said earlier that if the government acts unwisely with the privatization, it might jeopardize the SAR's status as one of Asia's leading air transport and logistics hubs and cause great losses to the economy.

Independent legislator Albert Chan has also argued that the recent lawsuit that postponed the listing of the HK$32 billion Link Real Estate Investment Trust demonstrated that government officials have little knowledge of privatizations and are unable to work out which method best meets the public interest.

Ip said different approaches have been used in the listings of the Link REIT and the Airport Authority, as the latter involved discussions with Legco before a final decision was made.
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