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Old August 10th, 2005, 01:04 AM   #1121
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HAECO H1 net profit up 24 pct

HONG KONG, Aug 9 (Reuters) - Six months ended June 30, 2005

(in million HK$ unless stated)

Shr (H.K. cents) 174.0 vs 139.0
Interim Div (H.K. cents) 50.0 vs 32.0
Exceptional items n/a vs n/a
Net 289 vs 232
Turnover 1,481 vs 997

Company name Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Co.
Ltd. (HAECO)
Books close September 12-16
Dividend payable September 26

NOTE - Hong Kong Aircraft is 27.45 percent held by Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd and 32.47 percent by Swire Pacific Ltd . It overhauls and maintains commercial aircraft.

The calculation of share earnings is based on the weighted average of 166.32 million shares in issue during the two years.
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Old August 11th, 2005, 01:02 AM   #1122
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AirAsia's CEO Comments on Hong Kong Flights
Wednesday August 10, 7:31 am ET

SEPANG, Malaysia (AP) -- Budget carrier AirAsia will not fly to Hong Kong because of high landing costs, the company's chief said, and warned that the airport there risks losing out to rival hubs unless it sheds its "arrogant" attitude and welcomes low-cost airlines like his.

Malaysia-based AirAsia Bhd., the region's biggest no-frills airline by fleet size, also remains years away from operating in India, but plans to launch flights to Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam by mid-2006, chief executive Tony Fernandes said in an interview with The Associated Press Tuesday.

Air Asia currently has routes covering Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and Macau, Hong Kong's neighbor. Its joint venture with Thailand's Shin Corp., Thai AirAsia, began flying between Bangkok and Xiamen, China, last year, making it the first foreign low-cost carrier to fly to mainland China.

AirAsia's discussions to gain an entry into Hong Kong ended abruptly last year. Its talks with Hong Kong Airport Authority resumed last month but apparently ended in a deadlock.

Fernandes said AirAsia's chances of flying to Hong Kong are "zero right now."

"I don't think they're serious," he said. "They're not doing anything, they're not trying to understand what we want," he said, adding that Hong Kong's airport demands ground handling service fees that are "many, many more times" what AirAsia pays in Macau.

He declined to provide specific figures.

The Hong Kong Airport Authority, responding to Fernandes' comments, on Wednesday denied that it discriminates against budget airlines, stressing that its airport charges are "transparent and equitable to all."

Seven carriers that operate low-fare flights currently use the Hong Kong airport, the authority said in a statement, adding that it would "continue to work with all potential business partners, be they full service carriers or low-fare airlines."

Fernandes said the airport's refusal to lower costs was "typical of an arrogant, old-fashioned airport," and accused its top management of acting like an "old colonial."

Fernandes said AirAsia is asking for reduced rates because its planes spend relatively little time on the tarmac thanks to quicker turnarounds. The airline is also willing to operate during off-peak hours and use parking bays and check-in counters that are less popular.

Meanwhile, airports in Macau and mainland China, which are a short ferry ride away from Hong Kong, are "hungry for business" and eager to embrace budget carriers, Fernandes said.

"The competition around them is waking up real fast," he said. "You miss the boat and your competitors catch up."

While the airline plans to expand routes in Southeast Asia, it will stay away from India, a massive market that has seen a proliferation of budget carriers despite lack of infrastructure, Fernandes said.

"We're not ready (but) we will be one day," he said. Fernandes confirmed AirAsia will receive its first Airbus A320 planes in December, adding that they would probably be used initially for routes on Malaysia's eastern states on Borneo island.

The airline, which plans to phase out its current fleet of Boeing 737-300s over the next five years, signed a purchase order for 60 Airbus aircraft last March.
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Old August 12th, 2005, 02:04 AM   #1123
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All systems go for electronic tags at Chek Lap Kok
The airport's phased adoption of RFID technology for baggage handling will cut costs and enhance efficiency
Bien Perez
9 August 2005
South China Morning Post

The Airport Authority, backed by an extensive series of tests, has completed the roll-out of Asia's single largest deployment of radio frequency identification (RFID) technology at Hong Kong International Airport.

The $50 million, RFID-enabled airport baggage-handling system - which uses electronic tags to track luggage - started full operations last week, accelerating the replacement of bar code-scanning facilities at the airport.

Use of RFID in baggage handling is designed to beef up airport security and boost customer satisfaction through faster location and luggage collection.

Wong Yiu-fai, head of technical services and procurement at the Airport Authority, said Hong Kong's phased migration to electronic tags for baggage handling satisfied the requirements of airlines and other relevant service providers.

"With the support of our business partners, we have overcome the hurdles in integrating the RFID system with other existing systems involved in the baggage-handling process," Mr Wong said.

RFID technology supplier Symbol Technologies and the systems integration unit of the Marubeni Group were the main contractors for the project, which started in the middle of last year.

The authority's RFID roll-out involves the use of tags, each combining a silicon chip and an antenna, attached to pieces of luggage. The authority also installed wireless reader systems at various nodes in the airport, including baggage carousels, unit-load devices and conveyors, to read the tags.

At the initial deployment phase, the authority used so-called "read only" RFID tags. These tags were attached to pieces of luggage with the traditional bar code label.

When the luggage goes into the baggage handling system, a wireless reader scans the data on each RFID tag. The information is combined with the data in the traditional bar code label, which contains data such as the flight number and destination of the luggage.

The luggage then goes through the sorter for an X-ray check and the so-called "laterals", the automated baggage-carrying infrastructure. Staff at laterals, where another set of wireless readers are positioned, then transfer the luggage into the container.

When the luggage is moved from the laterals, a signal indicates it has gone to the right container. Previously, this process was done manually on the bar code-scanning system.

In the new set-up, baggage reconciliation is centralised to improve efficiency. Administrators also automatically collect data without line of sight or manual scanning, unlike in bar code-tracking systems. "More than 60,000 pieces of luggage have been tagged during the migration period that started in June," Mr Wong said. "We estimate our annual use of tags will reach around 20 million pieces in the next few years."

For a planned second phase of deployment, the authority plans to crank up efficiencies by introducing RFID printers, which can produce "read/write" tags at the check-in counter for baggage sorting.

These tags will be scanned by both the RFID reader and the bar-code reader, which eases the adoption period for other airports still using the bar code system.

Mike Meranda, president of RFID standards promotion body EPCglobal, said the Hong Kong initiative was expected to help spur a number of airports in the Asia-Pacific region to move its RFID pilot projects into full-fledged implementations.

RFID development in Hong Kong is being watched closely by RFID suppliers such as Symbol and other potential users.

Recent retail and manufacturing RFID deployments have been testing thousands of tags used on large box crates, but transport applications such as those at Hong Kong International Airport raise those RFID tag volumes to millions of units.
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Old August 12th, 2005, 02:08 AM   #1124
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Old August 14th, 2005, 05:46 PM   #1125
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Old August 15th, 2005, 03:37 PM   #1126
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Summer wave brings double-digit air traffic growth
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(HONG KONG, 14 August 2005) - Passenger and cargo throughputs, as well as aircraft movements at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) in July all recorded double-digit growth when compared with a year ago.

A new monthly record was achieved with passenger traffic rising by 10.3 per cent to 3,790,000. With more people taking their summer holidays, coupled with increased visitor and transfer traffic especially on Mainland China, Taiwan and Australiasian routes, passenger traffic rose to a new height.

Continuous strong demands from the US and Europe contributed to a healthy growth of 12.4 per cent in air cargo tonnage compared to July last year. A total of 289,000 tonnes were handled at the airport last month.

July also set a new monthly record for aircraft movements, largely as a result of the robust passenger growth. There were 22,655 take-offs and landings, up 11.0 per cent over the same month last year.

Over a rolling 12-month period, passenger throughput reached 39,586,000. Cargo tonnage and aircraft movements for the past 12 month amounted to 3,270,000 and 250,355 respectively.
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Appointments to the Aviation Development Advisory Committee
Friday, August 19, 2005
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The Government announced today (August 19) the setting up of a new Aviation Development Advisory Committee and the appointment of its members.

With the increasing importance of the aviation industry to the Hong Kong economy and expanded activities in this market, the Government has decided to establish a new Aviation Development Advisory Committee to be chaired by the Secretary for Economic Development and Labour to advise the Government on the full spectrum of aviation-related matters. It will work closely with the local aviation and related industries, the Airport Authority, the Trade Development Council and the Government to develop the aviation sector and further consolidate Hong Kong's status as a centre of international and regional aviation.

This new committee will replace the existing Aviation Advisory Board upon the expiry of the current term of the latter at the end of this month.

"We extend our sincere thanks to the members of the Aviation Advisory Board for their valuable contributions in the past years. Their advice and counsel have greatly assisted the Government in formulating policy and measures to facilitate the significant growth of the local aviation industry. We look forward to the continued support of the industry and members of the new Aviation Development Advisory Committee," a Government spokesman said.

The membership of the Aviation Development Advisory Committee is appended below. The appointments are for a period of two years starting from September 1, 2005.

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Secretary for Economic Development and Labour

Vice Chairman

Permanent Secretary for Economic Development and Labour (Economic Development)

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Mrs Elizabeth Bosher

Mr Philip CHEN Nan-lok, SBS, JP

Mr Moses CHENG Mo-chi, GBS, JP

The Honourable Mrs Selina CHOW LIANG Shuk-yee, GBS, JP

Mr Stanley HUI Hon-chung

Mr Kelvin LEUNG Kai-yuen

Mr Willy LIN Sun-mo, SBS, JP

Prof LIU Pak-wai, SBS

Mr Raymond OR Ching-fai, JP

Mr Joseph TUNG Yao-chung, JP

Chief Executive Officer, Airport Authority (ex officio)

Executive Director, Trade Development Council (ex officio)

Director-General of Civil Aviation (ex officio)
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Tuesday August 23, 12:42 PM
HK Dragonair July Passengers Up 10.3% On Holiday Traffic

HONG KONG (Dow Jones)--Hong Kong Dragon Airlines Ltd. said Tuesday its passengers in July increased 10.3% from a year earlier on strong summer holiday traffic.

In July, Dragonair carried 455,468 passengers, up from 412,828 in the same month last year. In June, the airline recorded a 5.2% increase in passenger numbers.

Cargo volumes rose 16% to 32,746 tons in July from 28,195 tons, helped by increased frequencies and new destinations.

"It was a good start to the busy summer holiday season," said Chief Executive Stanley Hui. "Holiday traffic was particularly strong, while the number of individual travelers also increased."

However, the airline reported an "unusually high" number of delays and disruptions to its flights during the month, as many flights to Beijing and eastern China were affected by air traffic control restrictions and bad weather.

Dragonair's Hui warned that rising oil prices continues to undermine the company's positive performance. "(This) is a major concern as it is having a significant impact on our bottom line figures."

Unlisted Dragonair's major shareholders are China National Aviation Co. (1110.HK), which holds a 43.3% stake; CITIC Pacific Ltd. (0267.HK), with 29.4%; Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. (0293.HK), with 17.8%; and Swire Pacific Ltd. (0019.HK), which holds 7.7%.
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22 August 2005
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Asia Airfreight Terminal Limited & Global Logistics System (HK) Co., Ltd. collaborate on cargo data integration

19th August 2005, Hong Kong : Asia Airfreight Terminal Limited (AAT) and Global Logistics System (HK) Co., Ltd. (GLSHK) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for a partnership to enable data integration between GLSHK’s Internet-based multi-carrier air cargo portal Ezycargo, and AAT’s Cargo Management System.

The data integration partnership allows shipment information at Ezycargo to be electronically connected to AAT’s Cargo Management System including pre-declaration data. This will streamline the data entry processes for freight forwarding companies who book cargo space with Ezycargo’s participating carriers and handled by AAT, for example, freight forwarders can view and update pre-declared cargo data at the Ezycargo portal, as well as gain access to information in AAT’s Cargo Management System upon cargo physically accepted by AAT.

"We are pleased to collaborate with Ezycargo on cargo data integration. Combined with proven experience in state-of-the-art e-technology, we are definitely confident in Ezycargo’s strength in mission-critical system implementation, which can further heighten the levels of support to our distinguished customer airlines and freight forwarders by providing time-critical transfer of air cargo information online. Our efficient logistics information exchange system would streamline the overall logistics chain, in turn, consolidate Hong Kong as the star of air cargo hubs in the world. " said Mr. Nelson Lee, General Manager, Planning & Services of Asia Airfreight Terminal.

“We welcome the collaboration between GLSHK and AAT. The partnership will help minimise double data entry and definitely facilitate seamless logistics information exchange throughout the supply chain. I am sure all players in the Hong Kong airfreight industry will find this Ezycargo one-stop-shop service easier and increase the competitiveness of the Hong Kong air cargo community”, said Lawrence Fong, GLSHK’s Commercial Director.
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DHL stays competitive by increasing capacity 35%
26 August 2005
Thai News Service

DHL, one of the world's leading express and logistics companies, said Wednesday that it has upgraded its uplift capacity on the Hong Kong-Shanghai sector by 35 percent in response to the tremendous growth in demand express services in Asia.

According to Jerry Hsu, president for Greater China and Korea at DHL Express, the five times weekly Hong Kong-Shanghai service, previously operated by a Dragonair A300B4, has been replaced by a Cathay Pacific-operated service with an Air Hong Kong Airbus A300-600GF. The Freighter, with a capacity of 47 tonnes, represents an increase in payload capacity of almost 35 percent, from 35 tonnes previously, he said.

He added that DHL last upgraded the payload capacity on this route in June 2004, 12 months after the service was first launched, in response to increasing demand and surging intra-Asia shipment volumes.

"With the enhanced service, we are now able to offer customers greater uplift for their shipments to and from China, connecting through our Central Asia Hub in Hong Kong," the president said. "We have been experiencing phenomenal growth in China over the last few years and it continues to be the driver of growth for DHL in the Asia and Pacific."

He said over the last four months, DHL has been strengthening its dedicated Asia Pacific air net work. He added that in April, two new direct overnight express services were introduced - between Bejing and Hong Kong, and between Shanghai and the United States.

The new services came shortly after it commenced a four-time weekly dedicated overnight service between Nagoya and Hong Kong in March, he said.

"Surging shipment volumes on the Hong Kong-Shanghai trade lane has necessitated a capacity upgrade on the route. This is to ensure that there is adequate uplift availability in place to support the pace of growth of DHL's business in those markets and across the Asia Pacific," said Ross Allen, senior vice president for aviation at DHL Express Asia Pacific.

"This development also ties in with our long-term aim of having in place a linehaul network that is superior to the competition in terms of reliability, market coverage and cost efficiency."

He further said DHL's dedicated air network in the region connects 27 destinations and is served by more than 20 aircraft in dedicated freighter operations. This allows capital cities and other major business centres to be interconnected through DHL's regional hubs and gateways, providing DHL's customers with overnight services across Asia and the Pacific, he added.
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Taiwan gives go-ahead to charter flights from Hong Kong
30 August 2005

Text of report by Elizabeth Hsu, carried in English by Taiwanese Central News Agency website

Taipei, 30 August: Hong Kong Express airline company was given the go-ahead Tuesday [30 August] to operate charter flight services between Hong Kong and Taichung, central Taiwan.

Mainland Affairs Council Minister Joseph Wu made the announcement after inspecting facilities at the Chingchuankang Airport in Taichung with Vice-Minister of Transportation and Communications Chang Chia-juch and Civil Aeronautics Administration Director-General Billy K.C. Chang.

Wu said that in principle, Hong Kong Express can fly the route Wednesday at the earliest if enough passengers sign up for the flight.

Hopefully, more Hong Kong tourists will visit the central area of Taiwan with the new charter flights in place, he explained.

Source: Central News Agency website, Taipei, in English 1025 gmt 30 Aug 05
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HK CNAC 1H Net Profit Rises 1.9% To HK$122.9 Mln
30 August 2005
Dow Jones

During the first half, Dragonair, which accounts for the bulk of CNAC's revenue, recorded a 19% rise in passenger revenue to HK$2.73 billion, due to increased capacity to mainland China and a new passenger route to Tokyo, CNAC said. The airline carried 2.4 million passengers in the first half, up 15.5% from the first half of 2004.

But Dragonair's growth was offset by high fuel prices, which rose 47%. Fuel accounted for 23% of Dragonair's total operating costs in the first half, up 6.7 percentage points from the same period last year.

While CNAC didn't specify the profit contributions from Dragonair, Swire Pacific Ltd. (0019.HK), which holds 7.7% of the airline, said in early August that Dragonair recorded a lower first-half profit 'as a result of the adverse impact of increasing fuel prices.'

Operating revenue for Air Macau Co., CNAC's 51%-owned unit, rose 37% to 1.11 billion patacas (US$138.2 million) from 811.8 million patacas, as its passengers rose 24% to 980,535 in the first half.

The expansion in CNAC's first-half net profit was also supported by initial contributions from its China and Hong Kong airline catering businesses, in which it invested in 2004. The catering sector accounted for 13% of CNAC's net profit for the period, and 9.7% of total revenue.

For the second half of 2005, Kong expects the strong passenger trends in Dragonair and Air Macau to continue, 'encouraged by the opening of the Hong Kong Disneyland...and the burgeoning entertainment and gaming industry in Macau.

'Still, the industry will have to face tough realities of high fuel costs throughout 2005,' he said.
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CR Airways Launches Direct Flights from Hong Kong to Guilin

(Hong Kong, Saturday, August 20 2005) CR Airways Limited (“CRA” or “the Company”) commences its scheduled services from Hong Kong to Guilin today, and the Company will hold an inaugural ceremony in Guilin. Distinguished guests, such as the officials from the Guangxi Province, Guilin Municipal City, Civil Aviation Authority and Airport Authority as well as business partners have been invited to honour the occasion. They all convey their sincere congratulations to the launch of the new service.

Guilin literally means “the forest of the osmanthus tree”. It is an important cultural city with a history of more than 2000 years. The endless miles of limestone mountains with special shapes and profiles, clear rivers and enchanting caves contribute towards Guilin’s beautiful scenery. The landscape resembles a classical Chinese painting brought to life!

There is a saying – “Guilin’s landscape is one of the best in the world”. The unique and spectacular scenery has drawn admirers from all over the world, including tourists, celebrities and head of states, etc. The continued growth in tourism together with the development in economic conditions in Guilin creates more room for air transportation expansion. Because of this uptrend, commencing 20 of August 2005, CRA will establish air links between Hong Kong and Guilin by operating 5 scheduled flights per week on every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. At the same time, CRA will work with the tourist agents to provide competitive packages to facilitate the business and tourist travel between Hong Kong and Guilin.

With unique vision and aspiration, CRA will continue to open up new secondary routes in order to cater to different travel requirements and to facilitate the business and tourism developments between Hong Kong and China.
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