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Old September 23rd, 2005, 03:00 PM   #1161
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Old September 24th, 2005, 03:15 AM   #1162
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Four Chinese airlines raise Hong Kong-bound fuel surcharge - report
23 September 2005
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BEIJING (XFN-ASIA) - China Eastern Airlines Corp Ltd (SHA 600115; HK 0670; NYSE CEA), China Southern Airlines Co Ltd (SHA 600029; HK 1055; ADR ZNH), Air China Ltd (HK 0753) and Xiamen Airlines Co Ltd will increase their fuel surcharges for Hong Kong-bound flights from Oct 1, the Beijing News reported.

The Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department approved the four carriers' application to increase their surcharges by 5.8 pct to 91 hkd between Oct 1 and Nov 30, the newspaper said.
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Old September 24th, 2005, 03:17 AM   #1163
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Red tape ties start-up in red ink
Oasis' battle to get off the ground while carrying costs of a full fledged carrier makes a case for regulatory reform

23 September 2005
South China Morning Post

Somewhere in the Arizona desert there are at least five Boeing 747-400 aircraft owned by United Airlines. All are perfectly functional, less than 10 years old and idle purely because their owner has been undergoing Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings for almost three years and has mothballed aircraft that used to ply unprofitable routes.

They are also the apple in the eye of local businessman Raymond Lee, who dreams of sprucing them up and putting them back to work for his own Hong Kong-based airline.

The only question is whether Mr Lee, who has built an impressive property portfolio in the US, is willing to pay the price to get the planes out of mothballs and back into the air.

Mr Lee certainly has the money to lease and even ultimately buy the aircraft, should he so choose. That is not the point.

The question he has been asking himself is whether a sensible businessman should have an appetite for risk large enough to face Hong Kong's daunting application process.

The future of Mr Lee's airline, Oasis, is mired in the preliminary stages of what is shaping up to be a lengthy bureaucratic process to get established in Hong Kong.

Tradition has held, with one exception 20 years ago, that a prospective airline must first attain an air operator's certificate (AOC) before it can apply for route licences to serve specific destinations.

The AOC first process is not law, the government will tell you, but it has several precedents.

Two months ago, those precedents appeared to have been abandoned with Oasis' application, which was ostensibly allowed, if not encouraged, to apply for an AOC and route licensing at the same time.

Its rival start-ups found out, objected, and now the whole mess is waiting for a quasi-judicial hearing. Worryingly, for Mr Lee, the process could take years.

Meanwhile, the cash meter is running for Oasis. It has put a deposit on two of the five aforementioned aircraft, which the company figures will cost it more than US$1 million per unit per month, so long as they remain grounded.

Ostensibly, the hearing will be about why the regulatory procedure was changed in Oasis' case when other applicants this year were not offered the new-found fast-track.

The distinction is important because applying in parallel significantly lowers the potential entry level costs. A parallel track allows the prospective airlines' financiers to keep more of their money in their pockets until the regulatory hurdles are cleared for take-off.

The traditional model - AOC first - forces the applicant to absorb the running cost of an airline before they know whether it will even be allowed to fly.

For example, to get an AOC, an applicant must prove it has access to quality aircraft, which at the very least will have to be secured in advance with non-refundable deposits. They must also establish that they have the requisite skilled personnel to operate an airline, which means hiring crew and ground staff.

This is all very sensible stuff. But when it precedes an application for route licences, which can be contested by the incumbent airlines or companies, it opens the door for abuse.

If Oasis or any start-up is a threat to your business, it makes sound business sense to object to the route licences just to see if you can bleed its fiscal resources dry.

There is limited cost for the objector. And there is the chance that, even if the applicant has deep enough pockets to survive the hearing, the objection may be upheld, leaving the applicant with an airline but no place to fly.

For a city that prides itself on the entrepreneurial spirit of its citizens, it is hugely ironic that the established process will ground most high-flyers before they get started.

The government, however, may have already acknowledged that short-coming. "It is entirely possible the government didn't favour Oasis. It may have seen the problems with the old process," a senior aviation expert told Below Deck this week. "But it needs to come out and say that because the perception is otherwise."

There is growing debate about whether the pace of liberalisation for Hong Kong's aviation regime is best serving the public's need for choice, particularly in low-cost airfares.

But enhancing competition and consumer choice is not just about how quickly you allow more foreign airlines to fly here; it is also about how you facilitate the growth of the home carriers, all of them. It has become increasingly obvious the present system needs to be adjusted to lower the barriers to entry.
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Old September 25th, 2005, 11:26 AM   #1164
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Old September 25th, 2005, 09:37 PM   #1165
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hkskyline,

Do you think Oasis will eventually overcome all problems they are facing?
Do you think Mr.Lee will eventually abandon applying due to daunting application process?

I think the appearance of Oasis is beneficial for HK on a long term basis in that it can not only enrich customers' choice, but also offer additional convenience.
More HK-based carrier operating service at HK airport can reinforce HK as a international aviation hub without doubt.
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Old September 26th, 2005, 05:47 PM   #1166
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Oasis needs to clear a lot of regulatory issues before it can start flying. The long-haul low-cost model has not been tested, and I doubt passengers will put up with a no-frills model for a transcontinental or transpacific flight. That is why Oasis is aiming to fly to cities that are not being served by conventional airlines.
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Old September 29th, 2005, 05:04 PM   #1167
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Old October 1st, 2005, 05:14 AM   #1168
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September 27, 2005
Gain for Dragonair cargo

Dragonair said it carried 31,856 metric tons of freight in August, up 4.1 percent year-on-year and ahead of the 0.8 percent gain in passenger traffic.

The Hong Kong carrier said cargo volume fell 2.7 percent from July, due mainly to textile trade disputes between China and the European Union and United States. That dispute has since been resolved and the airline foresees a surge of traffic as delayed peak-season shipments get underway.
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Old October 1st, 2005, 05:17 AM   #1169
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September 27, 2005
August traffic flat as squeeze hits Dragonair
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A traditional peak season revenue boost failed to materialise last month for Hong Kong Dragon Airlines (Dragonair), as leisure traffic fell flat and disputes over Chinese textiles exports limited revenue contributions from cargo.

Dragonair saw 448,000 passengers pay for seats across its regional network last month, up marginally from August last year, even though the carrier had 8.2 per cent more seating on offer. Cargo volumes rose a more modest 4.1 per cent month on month despite an 18 per cent rise in carrying capacity.

"Airlines in this part of the world have to have a good August to have a good second half and they need a good second half to post a good overall result," said a transport analyst for a western investment bank.

"Dragonair had a dismal first half and are now on track for a similar result in the second half."

After seeing higher fuel prices drive its interim earnings down 45 per cent to $ 170 million - based on the unlisted firm's contribution to Swire Pacific's interim profit - Dragonair shelved plans to launch services next month to Sydney. Competition on the route has been fierce since Virgin Atlantic entered the market several months ago.

It also abandoned its service to Phuket - where it had a monopoly on direct flights from Hong Kong - in the wake of the tsunami.

Chief executive Stanley Hui Hon-chung said yesterday that traffic to Southeast Asia had yet to recover from the disaster and that the weather had also disrupted schedules last month.

"The bad weather put off summer travellers and led to many flight cancellations," Mr Hui said in a statement. "Typhoons affected flights to Taiwan and cities on China's coast throughout the month while floods in the south also had an impact."
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Old October 1st, 2005, 12:39 PM   #1170
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New video showcases world’s best airport experience
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(HONG KONG, 30 September 2005) - Starting October 1, passengers flying to Hong Kong will appreciate what the world's best airport has to offer when they watch a brand new in-flight video in their personal televisions on Cathay Pacific's flights.

The 60-second video, which forms part of the Hong Kong International Airport's "World's Best under One Roof" campaign, will be aired on the arrival flights of Cathay Pacific as well as the infotainment screens at the Passenger Terminal Building until March 2006. It is jointly presented by the Airport Authority Hong Kong (AA) and Cathay Pacific Airways, voted as the World's Best Airport and the World's Best Airline respectively in the 2005 Skytrax survey.

Featuring Hong Kong's celebrities, Leon Lai, Michelle Reis, Twins and Kenny Kwan, the video will take passengers through a pleasant and memorable journey at HKIA, a place where travellers always come first. Courtesy and helpfulness of airport staff, the airport's comfortable and pleasant ambience, its high efficiency and ease of access to and from the airport are among what HKIA travellers like the most.

A selection of the major awards won by HKIA and its business partners over the years will also be on display at the Customer Service Counter on the departure level from early October.

AA's Chief Executive Officer, Dr David J Pang, said, "We are most grateful to millions of travellers around the world who have voted our airport the world's best. Working at the World's Best Airport, our 55,000 people are committed to creating a memorable airport experience for each and every passenger flying into or out of Hong Kong day and night, all year round."

Cathay Pacific's Chief Executive Philip Chen said: "Hong Kong being home to both Cathay Pacific, Airline of the Year 2005, and the World's Best Airport is a unique achievement and tremendous opportunity to strengthen the city's hub and gateway position. We will continue to work in close partnership with the airport to promote our services to travellers the world over."

Early this month, AA has joined hands with airline partners to organise an on-line lucky draw, with both airlines giving away a total of six economy class round-trip tickets from Hong Kong to anywhere they fly.

Entries can be submitted via [email protected] on or before 15 October 2005. Details of the lucky draw can be found on the HKIA website at www.hongkongairport.com
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Old October 1st, 2005, 12:49 PM   #1171
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Old October 1st, 2005, 04:58 PM   #1172
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hkskyline,

For how long have Siem Reap Airlines been flying to HK? I reckon it's a former Bangkok Airways plane...

I hope SAS is gonna start flying the CPH-HKG route again.
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Old October 3rd, 2005, 03:34 AM   #1173
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32 HK-Taipei flights to be canceled or delayed due to typhoon

HONG KONG, Oct. 1 (Xinhua) -- A total of 32 flights between Hong Kong and Taipei are expected to be canceled or delayed on Sunday because of typhoon Longwang.

Taiwan's Eva Air announced on Saturday that it has decided to cancel on Sunday 10 Taipei-Hong Kong flights because of the coming of the typhoon.

The Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific and another Taiwan airlines will also cancel or delay their 22 Hong Kong-Taipei flights on Sunday for the same reason.

According to reports reaching here from Taipei, the typhoon, which is about 400 kilometer away from Taipei, is expected to land on eastern coast of Taiwan on Sunday.

Heavy rainstorms are expected to fall in most parts of Taiwan since late Saturday night.
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Old October 3rd, 2005, 11:16 PM   #1174
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For how long have Siem Reap Airlines been flying to HK? I reckon it's a former Bangkok Airways plane...

I hope SAS is gonna start flying the CPH-HKG route again.
me too
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Old October 4th, 2005, 02:36 PM   #1175
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DHL plans US$100m expansion
DHL International plans to double its express cargo terminal capacity at Chek Lap Kok with a new US$100 million (HK$780 million) building to deal with the relentless stream of high-value manufactured goods from factories in Guangdong.

Alman Loong
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Tuesday, October 04, 2005

DHL International plans to double its express cargo terminal capacity at Chek Lap Kok with a new US$100 million (HK$780 million) building to deal with the relentless stream of high-value manufactured goods from factories in Guangdong.
DHL, owned by Deutsche Post World Net, plans to build another terminal close to its existing express cargo terminal which was awarded by Airport Authority's franchise in 2002. The original plan was to expand to three terminals over an 11- or 12-year period.

"We're full," said Kelvin Leung, DHL's regional vice president. "We had envisioned a three-phase expansion of the hub, but the second two phases will be rolled into one now."

The existing terminal's peak handling capacity is about 20,000 shipments per hour, with plans to raise that to 45,000 by 2018 once all three phases are completed.

The existing terminal handled about 440 tonnes per day in 2004, with an ultimate capacity of 900 tonnes per day expected by 2014.

The new terminal will be of similar size to the existing 18,200-square-meter terminal, with building costs not expected to exceed US$100 million investment, Leung said.

A ground-breaking ceremony will be held Thursday.

Hong Kong's express and logistics volumes are the fastest-growing segment of the freight industry.

The Airport Authority earlier increased its air cargo forecast for the next five years by 13 percent when the heavy flow of high-value manufactured goods from factories in Guangdong indicated that earlier projections were too conservative. "China will become DHL's biggest and most important market in Asia in the next two to three years. We have seen increased demand for sophisticated logistics service from US and European-based clients with production capacities in China," Jerry Hsu, DHL's regional director for Greater China and Korea, said earlier.

Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Ltd, another air cargo terminal operator that controls about 80 percent of air freight movement at Chek Lap Kok, said it welcomed DHL's expansion. "We are not competing with DHL as we do not operate express cargo," HACTL's spokeswoman Cindy Cheung said.

FedEx Corp and United Parcel Service - two of the other top global air express companies - announced in July that they would establish Asia Pacific transport hubs in Guangzhou and Shanghai.

FedEx is expected to invest US$150 million, while UPS is pouring US$500 million into establishing international air hubs in Asia.
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Here is more information about Siem Reap's services :

http://hkadb.no-ip.org/hkadb/forum/v...1fb0611801c12c
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16 people fined for smoking on jetliners
Patsy Moy
04 October 2005
South China Morning Post

Sixteen passengers have been convicted for ignoring the smoking ban on commercial aircraft, according to a Legislative Council document released yesterday.

The offenders were fined between $500 and $3,000 by the court between 2002 and the first quarter of this year. All the cases involved Cathay Pacific. The maximum penalty for smoking on an aircraft is $5,000.

In the Health, Welfare and Food Bureau paper submitted to the Bills Committee yesterday, Cathay Pacific and Dragonair said their staff did not experience difficulties in enforcing the ban except when passengers smoked in the toilet.

"Evidence such as cigarette stubs were already flushed down the toilet," the document read.

Deputy Secretary for Health, Welfare and Food Ingrid Yeung Ho Poi-yan told yesterday's committee meeting the government planned to help cigarette and news stands find new advertisers when the ban on tobacco advertising comes into effect as part of the anti-smoking law, should the bill pass.

Mrs Yeung said some of the 723 stands earned $100 to $6,000 a month from tobacco advertising, but she added that the government had no plan to offer any compensation for the loss of income.

However, legislators were split over the government's plan to ban tobacco advertisements at the stands.

Legislator Albert Chan Wai-yip accused the government of ignoring the livelihood of the stand owners. "Most stands already face very fierce competition from the convenience store chains. Many owners are elderly or disabled people," he said.
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hkskyline, that's so much for all these news updates. It may seem like no one's responding to them but they are very, very awesome reads.
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DHL plans US$100m expansion
DHL International plans to double its express cargo terminal capacity at Chek Lap Kok with a new US$100 million (HK$780 million) building to deal with the relentless stream of high-value manufactured goods from factories in Guangdong.

Alman Loong
Hong Kong Standard
Tuesday, October 04, 2005

DHL International plans to double its express cargo terminal capacity at Chek Lap Kok with a new US$100 million (HK$780 million) building to deal with the relentless stream of high-value manufactured goods from factories in Guangdong.
DHL, owned by Deutsche Post World Net, plans to build another terminal close to its existing express cargo terminal which was awarded by Airport Authority's franchise in 2002. The original plan was to expand to three terminals over an 11- or 12-year period.

"We're full," said Kelvin Leung, DHL's regional vice president. "We had envisioned a three-phase expansion of the hub, but the second two phases will be rolled into one now."

The existing terminal's peak handling capacity is about 20,000 shipments per hour, with plans to raise that to 45,000 by 2018 once all three phases are completed.

The existing terminal handled about 440 tonnes per day in 2004, with an ultimate capacity of 900 tonnes per day expected by 2014.

The new terminal will be of similar size to the existing 18,200-square-meter terminal, with building costs not expected to exceed US$100 million investment, Leung said.

A ground-breaking ceremony will be held Thursday.

Hong Kong's express and logistics volumes are the fastest-growing segment of the freight industry.

The Airport Authority earlier increased its air cargo forecast for the next five years by 13 percent when the heavy flow of high-value manufactured goods from factories in Guangdong indicated that earlier projections were too conservative. "China will become DHL's biggest and most important market in Asia in the next two to three years. We have seen increased demand for sophisticated logistics service from US and European-based clients with production capacities in China," Jerry Hsu, DHL's regional director for Greater China and Korea, said earlier.

Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Ltd, another air cargo terminal operator that controls about 80 percent of air freight movement at Chek Lap Kok, said it welcomed DHL's expansion. "We are not competing with DHL as we do not operate express cargo," HACTL's spokeswoman Cindy Cheung said.

FedEx Corp and United Parcel Service - two of the other top global air express companies - announced in July that they would establish Asia Pacific transport hubs in Guangzhou and Shanghai.

FedEx is expected to invest US$150 million, while UPS is pouring US$500 million into establishing international air hubs in Asia.
wow, so many new projects in HKIA.
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No smooth ride for proposed new heliport
Council rumblings over impact assessment report; likely noise levels may be higher than estimated

6 October 2005
South China Morning Post

District councillors yesterday urged the Environmental Protection Department to reject an environment impact assessment on the proposed Sheung Wan heliport expansion, saying the estimate of the likely noise level was too low.

The Democratic Party councillors are also worried about the effect on 10,000 nearby residents after nightly landings on the proposed pad - on the roof of the Hong Kong-Macau Ferry pier near the Shun Tak Centre - are more than doubled.

The Civil Aviation Department submitted the assessment report, completed by Maunsell Environmental Management Consultants in August, to the councillors this week. Approval from the Environmental Protection Department is needed before the project can go ahead in the middle of next year.

The government plans to build a 1,764-square-metre helipad adjacent to the current 885-square-metre helipad, which caters for helicopters travelling between Hong Kong and Macau.

It says the new helipad will be able to meet the demand for helicopter trips between Hong Kong and Macau to 2015.

The assessment found that the average noise level between 7pm and 11pm would be about 65 decibels and the maximum noise level between 8am and 7pm would be 85 decibels.

The consultant said in the report that the estimated noise levels comply with the current legislation.

But Central and Western District councillor Kam Nai-wai said the estimated average noise level at night could lead to a wrong conclusion about the impact on local residents.

"What we should look at is the maximum noise level, which is the sound heard when a helicopter flies above the residents," he said.

Mr Kam said an accurate estimate was necessary to assess the new helipad's impact on residents.

The report estimates that there will be 34 night flights on the two helipads - more than double the current 16 - between 7pm and 11pm.

Mr Kam said local residents would not be able to bear 34 flights above them between 7pm and 11pm - equivalent to a helicopter trip every seven to eight minutes - while they were trying to rest.

The councillors also suggested the helicopters be replaced with machines having lower noise levels and restrict night flights.

The Civil Aviation Department told the district council it would closely monitor the noise level of the new helipad. The maximum number of trips is 206 a day for the two proposed helipads, compared with 108 for the existing one.
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