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Old September 1st, 2005, 05:51 PM   #1141
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01 September 2005
DRAGONAIR EXTENDS CO-OPERATION WITH AIR CHINA
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(HONG KONG) Extending an already wide-ranging relationship with Air China, Dragonair has announced the signing of an agreement that will see the Mainland carrier wet-lease two of its aircraft.

Dragonair Chief Executive Officer Stanley Hui signed the agreement, which covers the wet-lease of one A330 and one A320 for a period of two years, with Cai Jianjiang, Executive Director and Vice President of Air China, in Beijing last week.

Speaking after the signing ceremony, Mr. Hui said: "We're very pleased to be enhancing our co-operation with Air China in this way. We already codeshare with Air China on seven routes, and this new agreement expands further links between our two airlines."

"We believe such co-operation benefits not only our airlines, but also travellers in and to the Mainland as well."

The wet-lease agreement provides for each aircraft to be staffed by two cockpit crew and one senior purser from Dragonair. The aircraft will be operated on flights from Beijing to several cities, including Shanghai, Hangzhou, Shenzhen and Guangzhou.

Dragonair first entered into a codeshare agreement with Air China in February 2004, covering four cities. Subsequent agreements saw the number of destinations covered rise to the present seven.
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Old September 2nd, 2005, 03:38 AM   #1142
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Oasis plans London flights to compete with Cathay
2 September 2005
Hong Kong Standard

Oasis Hong Kong Airlines, a long-haul budget carrier, plans to make its maiden flight to London in March to compete with Cathay Pacific Airways.

Oasis, which originally aimed to start operation by year's end, will also launch flights to Germany's Cologne/ Bonn Airport two months after the London service has started, chairman Raymond Lee said.

It will initially lease five Boeing 747-400 aircraft.

The budget airline plans to price the round-trip tickets at under 299 euros (HK$2,836) each, Lee said. Cathay Pacific, which flies to five European cities but not Cologne/Bonn, charges about HK$4,000 to HK$5,000 for round-trip tickets to London.

Oasis, about 60 percent owned by Lee and his wife Priscilla, may become the first long-haul budget carrier when it launches the London flight.

Cologne/Bonn Airport chief executive Michael Garvens said Thursday the airport plans to woo Chinese airlines including budget carrier Okay Airways for long-haul service from Shanghai.

However Oasis needs to clear a regulatory hurdle in Hong Kong before it can launch the London flight.

The Air Transport Licensing Authority in June received two objections against issuing a license to Oasis for flights to destinations, including Bonn/ Cologne, before the airline obtained a certificate to operate in Hong Kong.

The authority hasn't scheduled a hearing on the objections and Oasis still hasn't been granted an air operator's certificate. "We're confident to get the approval since our operations can raise passenger flow,'' Lee said.

Apart from London and Cologne, Oasis has also applied to fly to Milan and Berlin in Europe, as well as Oakland and Chicago in the United States.

Oasis' other founders include Allan Wong, chief executive of the Hong Kong-based consumer electronics manufacturer VTech Holdings, who owns a 15 percent stake.

Manging director Stephen Miller, who founded Hong Kong Dragon Airlines, also holds a small stake in the low- cost carrier.
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Old September 3rd, 2005, 05:49 AM   #1143
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Hong Kong aviation authority taking liberal approach to airport investment
2 September 2005

According to the General Administration of Civil Aviation (CAAC), although the Hong Kong Airport Authority (HKAA) is forming a new airport leasing company to handle the operation and management of Zhuhai Airport, Zhuhai Airport is still a state-owned airport that is controlled and owned by the Chinese government.

It is revealed that the HKAA is setting up a leasing company with Zhuhai Airport to jointly operate and manage the airport. However, details of this new leasing company are not disclosed.

The HKAA has set a strategy of investing and cooperating with airports within two hours of air traveling distance from Hong Kong. It has five targeted airports - Shenzhen Airport, Zhuhai Airport are two priorities. The HKAA is also negotiating to take an equity stake or form alliance with airports in Ningbo, Shenyang, Dalian, Chengdu, Chongqing, Wuhan and Kunming. The CAAC is said to be taking a more liberal approach to Hong Kong's investment in mainland Chinese airports. All it hopes is for the HKAA to bring in new technology, enhance operation and management level, and enhance the profitability of mainland airports.

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HKIA voted the Most Friendly Airport for Cargo
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(HONG KONG, 31 August 2005) - Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) was named the "Most Friendly Airport for Cargo" by the Federation of Asia Pacific Aircargo Associations (FAPAA), for excelling in "user-friendliness and cargo ground handling systems".

Airport Authority Hong Kong (AA) and the two major cargo terminal operators at HKIA, namely Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl) and Asia Airfreight Terminal Limited (AAT), today received the awards from Hong Kong Association of Freight Forwarding and Logistics Ltd (HAFFA), a member of FAPAA.

FAPAA has a membership of sixteen air cargo associations in the Asia Pacific region and has been established with the dedication in enhancing the growth and development of regional air cargo services since 1985.

The Awards of Excellence was organized by FAPAA for the first time with the purpose of encouraging continuous improvement in industry standards. A survey was conducted among the sixteen member associations and airports were appraised according to their commitments in providing and enhancing cost effectiveness, delivery efficiency and value-added services for the benefits of their air cargo customers.

AA's Chief Executive Officer, Dr David J Pang, welcomed this latest recognition from the industry, "The award to HKIA acknowledged the concerted efforts of our business partners - cargo terminal operators, airlines, ramp handlers and the freight forwarding industry - in service innovations and enhancements. Their commitments and co-operation in providing reliable customer service have firmly established HKIA's international air cargo hub status. The Authority, as a supply chain integrator, will ensure the continuous provision of first-class air cargo services at HKIA."

Mr Anthony Wong, Hactl's Managing Director said, "We are honoured to receive the Awards of Excellence from FAPAA. Being the major cargo handler at Hong Kong International Airport, Hactl's mandate does not just limit us to providing operational expertise and handling capacity to support the industry. We are also committed to facilitating the long-term growth of the industry by driving efficiency gain along the logistics chain for our freight forwarding partners, airline customers as well as the shipping community. This award underlines the fact that our efforts are being recognised by the freight forwarding community in the region. "

Chief Executive Officer of AAT, Mr Daniel Soh said, "Our focus has always been on our customers and we are very glad indeed to receive this honour from FAPAA. Our ongoing efforts in improving handling efficiency and simplifying procedures provide a smooth and hassle-free experience for our terminal users. AAT will continue to strive for an even higher level of service in the support of Hong Kong as the premier air cargo hub in the region."

The past year had seen numerous service initiatives at HKIA by the Authority and the two major cargo terminal operators which brought about a record of 3.1 million tones of cargo throughput at HKIA in 2004. In the first seven months of 2005, a total of 1.9 million tonnes of air cargo were handled, a 10% growth in comparison with last year.

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Old September 5th, 2005, 05:55 PM   #1145
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First Charter Flight From Hong Kong Arrives in Taichung

TAIPEI, Sept 5 Asia Pulse - The first charter flight operated by Hong Kong-based Express airline between Hong Kong and Taichung, central Taiwan, arrived at the Chingchuankang Airport Saturday evening.

On board were Hsieh Tien-tsi, president of the Express airline, , seven senior executives of the Express and 28 Hong Kong journalists and travel agents.

They were greeted at the airport by Huang Chung-shen, magistrate of the Taichung county, and local business leaders.

Hsieh said he was glad to be allowed to operate charter flights between Hong Kong and Taichung, and hopefully the service will be developed into scheduled flights.

Huang said the arrival of the flight bears witness to the fulfillment of President Chen Shui-bian's campaign promise to upgrade the Chingchuankang Airport to an international airport and it will sure promote the prosperity of central Taiwan.

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Old September 6th, 2005, 08:09 AM   #1146
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Construction of SkyPlaza goes full steam ahead
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(Hong Kong, 3 September 2005) - The construction and development of SkyPlaza, the extended passenger facility of the Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA), has reached another milestone following the topping-out of its main building.

Connected to the existing terminal building with a People Mover system, SkyPlaza will become a fusion point for multi-modal transportation centre linking Hong Kong with the Mainland.

Airport Authority (AA)'s Commercial Director Mr Hans Bakker said, "The topping-out marked a milestone in the development of SkyPlaza project, which will become the world's centre of attention and a focal point of activities that will help reinforce HKIA's role as an international aviation hub.

"Targeted for completion in mid 2006, SkyPlaza will serve to facilitate the interflow of sea, land and air passenger traffic generated by the opening of Disneyland and the AsiaWorld-Expo exhibition centre."

Chun Wo's Group Managing Director, Mr Clement Kwok stated, "SkyPlaza project finished its milestone work within the timeframe of the plan. This shows good cooperation and team spirits between business partners including the contractor, consultants and Airport Authority."

With a gross floor area of 140,000 square metres, SkyPlaza will house various passenger facilities as well as a variety of entertainment, retail and catering amenities aiming at creating an entirely new airport experience for passengers, meeters and greeters, and the airport community.

The project has received enthusiastic response from top retail and catering brands from all over the world, including a number of international jewellery and leather brands and a well known French infant products manufacturer who will come to Hong Kong for the first time at SkyPlaza.

Also officiating at the topping-out ceremony on 29 August were AA's Airport Management Director, Mr Howard Eng, representatives from the project contractors, including Group Chairman of Chun Wo, Dr Pang Kam Chun and Mr Yoji Okumura of Fujita Corporation.

SkyPlaza is one of the largest building projects in Hong Kong. Construction works commenced in December last year, and has proceeded with full steam ahead within a matter of nine months.
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Hong Kong : British Airways Fined HK$5,000 For Violating Labor Rights
6 September 2005

HONG KONG (AP)--British Airways PLC (BAB) has been fined HK$5,000 (US$641) after pleading guilty of violating the labor rights of the head of its Hong Kong cabin crew union, officials said Tuesday.

In the first successful prosecution of its kind in Hong Kong, the airline pleaded guilty Monday to a charge of preventing or deterring union leader Carol Ng from exercising her labor rights under Hong Kong laws, judiciary spokesman Mackenzie Mak said.

The airline allegedly "informally monitored" Ng and issued written and verbal warnings to her last August in an attempt to deter her from taking part in union activities, according to a Labor Department summons.

British Airways said it accepted the court ruling and felt "comfortable that this low fine reflects the seriousness of the case."

The company added, "It was never our intention to make Ms. Ng feel that she had suffered any detriment because of her associated activities. We are sorry that Ms. Ng felt that she was treated unfairly in this matter."
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HK Express Hangzhou flight pricing similar to others
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7 September 2005

Hong Kong Express will open a new route to Hangzhou with three flights a day in October. It has just open a new route to Guangzhou in September. The number of airlines companies that provide air passenger flight service to Hangzhou will increase to four airlines including Air China, China Eastern Airlines, Dragon Air and Hong Kong Express.

Hangzhou ranked the third among all mainland cities in terms of the number of flight going between Hong Kong, following Shanghai and Beijing. According to the survey of Xiaoshan International Airport, the air passenger throughput going to Hong Kong from Hangzhou amounted to 120,000 person-time during the first 7 months in 2005, up 28.7% when compared with the same period last year. The number of flight that goes to Hong Kong from Hangzhou will be increased to 9 flights a day. It is expected that after the opening of Disneyland, the occupancy rate of flights will be increased from 70% to 80%.

According to Xiaoshan International Airport in Zhejiang, the 76-seat aircraft used by Hong Kong Express will be Brazilian-made E170 aircrafts. It is expected that the ticket price will be similar to those offered by other airlines companies.
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HK's HACTL says August air cargo volume up 10.7 pct

HONG KONG, Sept 8 (Reuters) - Hong Kong's main air cargo terminal said on Thursday that it handled 10.7 percent more cargo in August than the same month last year as strong growth in the transhipment sector continued.

Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Ltd. (HACTL), 25 percent owned by Jardine Matheson Holdings and 20 percent by Swire Pacific Ltd. , handled 204,016 tonnes of cargo in August, it said in a statement.

For the first eight months of the year, it moved a total of 1.54 million tonnes, up 7.1 percent from the same period last year.

Export volume rose 9.2 percent in August to 115,119 tonnes while import volume increased 3.3 percent to 54,615 tonnes.

Growth in the transhipment sector remained strong in August, climbing 31.4 percent from the same month last year to 34,282 tonnes. (US$1=HK$7.8)
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Hong Kong Express Launches Flights To Guangzhou

HONG KONG, Sept 9 Asia Pulse - Hong Kong Express (HKE), the fourth Hong Kong-based passenger carrier, starts services at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) Thursday with four daily scheduled flights to Guangzhou, the Air Authority of Hong Kong said.

With the launch of HKE, there are now nine flights a day serving the Hong Kong-Guangzhou route.

"We are delighted to see more Hong Kong-based carriers operating services at HKIA, enriching customers' choice and offering additional convenience to travelers," Airport Authority Chief Executive Officer David Pang said.

The Hong Kong-Guangzhou route is one of the fast growing passenger routes at HKIA, with 22 per cent year-on-year growth in passenger traffic last year.

HKE is the sixth new airline to operate from HKIA this year. The carrier provides four daily round trip flights between Hong Kong and Guangzhou using Embraer 170 aircraft.
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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.
Outsourcing helps Haeco engineer 25pc profit rise
Russell Barling
10 August 2005
South China Morning Post

Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Co (Haeco) rewarded shareholders' faith yesterday with a 25 per cent increase in interim earnings to $289 million, from which a 50 cents a share dividend was distributed.

Profit growth was driven partly by Haeco's decision to embrace an industry-wide trend which is seeing more airlines farm out their aircraft maintenance needs to third-party providers.

The Haeco board returned 28.7 per cent of interim net profit, or $83 million, in the form of a 50 cents per share dividend, which is sure to please shareholders who saw their company's shares hit a 19-year high on Wednesday last week of $53.50. They closed down 10 cents yesterday, at $53.20.

"Every year we find a way to improve ourselves, internally. Our rates may be higher than others but our turnaround times and the quality of our work more than compensates for that," chief executive Chan Ping-kit said yesterday. "When we get new customers we keep them."

Group sales, which include contributions from subsidiaries such as Xiamen-based Taeco and Hong Kong Aero Engine Services, and other jointly controlled entities, rose 12 per cent to $4.84 billion, 69 per cent of which was generated in Hong Kong.

Haeco and its sister firms are benefitting from an airline industry shift to outsourcing non-core activities, everything from routine cleaning between flights to annual maintenance checks and inventory management of spare parts.

Haeco's "line maintenance", or routine aircraft cleaning, rate at Chek Lap Kok grew 12 per cent in the first half to 239 aircraft a day. Its product portfolio has grown in the past few years, offering a more comprehensive suite of services and widening its revenue base.

"Originally, airlines tried to keep everything in-house. But today they recognise [maintenance, repair and overall] activities are a cost base, it's a burden to them," Mr Chan said.

"We have also changed over the past three to four years. We are no longer looking purely for ordinary labour activities. We are starting to diversify into inventory management, technical management and engineering design, or higher-value services."

In December, Haeco agreed to manage the inventory for Asiana Airlines' A330 fleet.

It has a second hangar coming online at the airport in 2007. In the interim the company intends to serve demands by increasing overtime for its workforce which group-wide reached 7,800 last year.
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September 11, 2005
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2nd consecutive month of record air growth recorded

Another record month was seen in aircraft movements in August with cargo and passenger flights surging 20.2% and 10.3%, the Airport Authority says - the second consecutive month of record growth. Movements also grew 11.5% on the same month last year, to 22,915.

Strong export demand to Europe and North America continued to be the major driving force in air cargo tonnage, with the month's throughput reaching 281,000 tonnes, up 10.4% on last year.

Passenger traffic rose 7.2% to 3.759 million, mainly driven by increased visitor traffic from Taiwan, Southeast Asia and Australasia. There was also growing demand for transfer services on routes between Southeast Asia and North America, Australasia and Europe, as well as Southeast Asia and Europe.

For the past year the airport's passenger throughput totalled 39.841 million, cargo reached 3.299 million tonnes and aircraft movements hit 252,815.
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Shenzhen Airlines commences operations at HKIA
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(HONG KONG, 10 September 2005) - Shenzhen Airlines launched services at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) today with its first flight from Nanning touching down at the airport at 9:25am.

Chief Executive Officer of Airport Authority Hong Kong (AA), Dr David J Pang said that he is delighted to have Shenzhen Airlines joining HKIA, which is also the seventh Mainland carrier operating at the airport. "It marks a major breakthrough for AA in attracting a neighbour airline to start its operation at HKIA. The new service will also boost our status as the preferred gateway of China."

Shenzhen Airlines' Vice General Manager, Mr Liu Hang, said, "The Hong Kong/Nanning service is a major international route for Shenzhen Airlines. We are confident that as an aviation hub Hong Kong will provide us with a strong customer base to grow business."

AA's Commercial Director, Mr Hans Bakker welcomed Shenzhen Airlines at its inaugural ceremony, "This new service enhances the choice offerings for the Mainland market. We are glad to serve as an operational base for the carrier to further develop its network and business."

Shenzhen Airlines operates three flights weekly between Hong Kong and Nanning on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, arriving and departing Hong Kong at 9:25am and 10:25am respectively. The carrier is also the seventh new airline to take off from HKIA this year.
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Wednesday September 14, 6:50 PM
HK Regulator Allows 10 Airlines To Raise Fuel Surcharges

HONG KONG (Dow Jones)--Hong Kong's Civil Aviation Department said it has allowed 10 airlines to raise their fuel surcharges on passenger flights by up to 50% starting October.

The fuel surcharges will help airlines cope with soaring oil prices, which have boosted their operating expenses.

The 10 airlines got approval to extend and increase passenger fuel surcharges from Oct. 1 to Nov. 30, the Civil Aviation department said on its Web site Wednesday. Six other applications are being reviewed.

Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. (0293.HK), Hong Kong's dominant carrier, will raise its surcharge by 5.8% for short-haul flights to HK$91, and by 6.3% for long-haul flights to HK$353.

Passengers currently flying with Cathay pay HK$86 for each short-haul route, and HK$332 for long-haul flights.

Cathay's smaller rival Dragonair, which mainly operates routes within the Asia region, will raise its passenger fuel surcharge by 5.8% to HK$91.

Air China Ltd. (0753.HK), China Eastern Airlines Ltd. (0670.HK) and China Southern Airlines Ltd. (1055.HK) will also raise fuel surcharges by 5.8% to HK$91 per flight.

Royal Nepal Airlines got approval to raise its fuel surcharge by 50% to HK$120 per passenger per flight, the biggest increment among all airlines.

The other four airlines that obtained approval to raise fuel surcharges are Air France, Kenya Airways (KAL.NR), Korean Air (003490.SE) and Xiamen Airlines.
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Air cargo in chaos as computer shuts down at Chek Lap Kok
Martin Wong
14 September 2005
South China Morning Post

Cargo handling at Chek Lap Kok airport was thrown into chaos yesterday when the computer system shut down at the container terminal for more than five hours.

Hundreds of drivers complained of long delays as they were forced to queue for more than eight hours outside the terminal for loading and delivery. The normal waiting time is two to three hours.

Hongkong Air Cargo Terminals (Hactl) said a computer network broke down at about 1pm and automatic cargo processing, involving both imports and exports, was also disrupted.

Cargo handling could only be processed manually.

"The computer problems were finally fixed at 6.15pm," company spokeswoman Cindy Cheung said.

Cargo delivery gradually returned to normal but some truck drivers still had to wait until late last night. At the height of the chaos, more than 70 container trucks were waiting outside the terminal to pick up deliveries.

Goods originally scheduled to be loaded onto 70 flights were left behind, the spokeswoman said.

Hactl said the goods affected would be transported on other flights. It said it was still calculating the volume of goods affected and was investigating the cause of the computer breakdown.

It is not the first time that computer problems have halted the terminal's cargo handling operations. When the terminal opened, cargo operations were disrupted for almost a month. The company explained that computer problems had contributed to the problem when it was pressured by deadlines to relocate from Kai Tak to Chek Lap Kok for its opening on July 6, 1998.

Last month the terminal announced that its monthly air cargo handling tonnage throughput was 204,016 tonnes, a year-on-year increase of 10.7 per cent.
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Rush for 'speed tours' out of HK
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18 September 2005
South China Morning Post

More than a thousand people fought off sleep to catch early morning flights out of Hong Kong yesterday in order to take full advantage of the long Mid-Autumn Festival weekend.

The travellers camped at Chek Lap Kok airport as they waited to board planes that left for Japan and Korea between 1am and 5am.

Tour operators said the "speed tours" - which ranged from $4,000 to $4,800 - were no cheaper than tours leaving the city at normal hours.

However, all available seats on the flights were snapped up as soon as they were made available. Evergloss Tours said it sold 1,000 late-night flight tour tickets - a 15 per cent increase compared with last year - because time is money for most Hong Kong tourists.

"We knew the demand for late-night flights would be big during the Mid-Autumn Festival weekend. Hong Kong people value their time," said the executive director of Evergloss Tours, Steve Huen Kwok-chuen.

"We booked out two JAL flights in advance before we even organised the tours. More than 700 clients booked these extra night flights to Nagoya and Osaka."

Mr Huen said that by leaving in the early hours tourists could enjoy a full day in Japan after they arrived.

The flight to Osaka left Hong Kong at 1.25am while the flight to Nagoya left at 3am.

"By the time they land and get into the city it will be 7am or 8am. They still have a full day ahead of them. If they want to take it easy they can relax and have a soak in the hot springs at the hotel," he said.

"As for Korea, we booked 80 of our clients on the extra seats allocated on the Cathay Pacific flight to Seoul. We have another 200 clients booked on the regular seats." The flight left Hong Kong at 4.50am yesterday. Hong Thai Travel Services said 90 people had booked tours with late-night flights to Japan through them.

"The tours we had on offer are fully booked. People want to take full advantage of the three days. Airlines want to take advantage of the long weekend by opening late-night flights and allocating spots to local tour operators," said general manager Susanna Lai Mei-sze.

"All sorts of people go on these speed tours. They see it as a chance to recharge. In the past it was quite expensive to travel so people went on vacation once a year. Nowadays people leave the country a minimum of twice a year."

Tour operators such as Wing On Travel and Morning Star Travel Service said they also booked a number of people onto late flight tours but were unable to provide exact figures.
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22 September 2005
DRAGONAIR LOYALTY CLUB ACHIEVES MILESTONE ON FIFTH ANNIVERSARY
Corporate Press Release

(HONG KONG) Dragonair's loyalty club, The Elite, which marks its fifth anniversary this year, has welcomed its 100,000th Member, a businessman from Shanghai.

"It is five years since The Elite was launched with the aim of rewarding and recognising Dragonair's most frequent travellers, so welcoming our 100,000th Member is a true milestone," said Singmay Chou, General Manager, Marketing.

"The fact that our newest Member is from Shanghai also reflects the development and progress that The Elite and Dragonair have made in the last few years in building our brand and promoting our services."

"As a result, we have sizeable Member communities in Hong Kong, the China Mainland and Taiwan. Membership is particularly high in cities such as Beijing, Shanghai, Taipei and Kaohsiung besides Hong Kong."

Members of The Elite, which has four membership tiers, have access to a range of exclusive benefits and travel-related offers. The membership tier is based on the level of travel during one 12-month period.

"The Elite is a programme designed for the top flight of Dragonair travellers, and has expanded in line with the airline's growth in recent years," said Ms Chou. "We remain committed to offering the best benefits and privileges to Members as it continues to grow."

Benefits include access to Dragonair lounges, advance seat reservation, extra baggage allowances, priority baggage handling and invitations to special Member events, such as auction previews and golf tournaments. In addition, Members receive news and offer updates through an electronic newsletter and a quarterly magazine. Dragonair's website, www.dragonair.com, features a dedicated Member Area.
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