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Old October 22nd, 2005, 07:11 AM   #1201
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Hong Kong Express CR Airways continue to expand coverage
17 October 2005



Following the launch of scheduled routes going between Hong Kong and Guangzhou, as well as Hong Kong and Hangzhou in early September and early October 2005 respectively, Hong Kong Express is going to advance its launch of Ningbo route in December 2005.

Andrew Tse, CEO at Hong Kong Express expressed that the original planning was to launch Nanjin routes in December this year, while Chongqing and Ningbo routes would be launched next year. However, as the number of passengers going to Ningbo during winter is higher than that to Nanjin, the company has decided to adjust the arrangement.

In order to expand source of clients and enhance competitiveness, Hong Kong Express has made interline agreement with over 10 airlines companies to transfer clients to other airlines companies for routes that are not provided.

On the other hand, CR Airways will also launch a new route between Hong Kong and Kunming starting from 19 October 2005. It plans to provide four flights a week. It is the sixth mainland routes opened by CR Airways this year. Price of return ticket and one-way ticket of this route is HK$3,320 and HK$1,760 respectively.

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Old October 22nd, 2005, 12:13 PM   #1202
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CR Airways launches its sixth route stopping at Kunming
22 October 2005

CR Airways starts launching a new route going between Hong Kong and Kunming. The new route will provide four flights a week. Together with routes going to Nanning, Jinan, Haikou, Sanya and Guilin, CR Airways is already flying to six different destinations in China this year.

The company is actively talking to a number of travel agencies to launch tour packages. It plans to organize traveling tours to attract more passengers from Hong Kong and mainland China. CR Airways now possesses three aircrafts one of which is a 70-seats aircraft newly purchased.

At present, Hong Kong Dragon Airlines (Dragonair), China Eastern Airlines and China Southern Airlines have also launched routes going between Hong Kong and Kunming.

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Old October 22nd, 2005, 12:22 PM   #1203
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Old October 23rd, 2005, 09:49 AM   #1205
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Mandarin Airlines Launches Charter Flights to Hong Kong



TAIPEI, Oct. 20 Asia Pulse - Mandarin Airlines is set to ply the first charter flight from Taichung in central Taiwan to Hong Kong Thursday, with the plane 70 per cent full, a spokesman for the aviation company said Wednesday.

About 70 passengers, mainly members of a tour group organized by a tourist agency based in Taichung, will board the plane, which is slated to depart Chingchuankang Airport in Taichung at 5:00 p.m. and to return from Hong Kong empty later the same day, the spokesman said.

Mandarin Airlines was granted the approval late Tuesday to run two charter flights to Hong Kong by the civil aviation authorities in the territory, with the second flight set for Sunday, which will bring back the tour group to Taichung, he said.

The approval came at the last minute and was a surprise to Mandarin Airlines, which filed an application with Hong Kong a few months ago, leaving very little time for the Taipei-based carrier to lure a larger number of passengers, he noted, pointing out that the company might not apply for flights next month during the low season.

Meanwhile, UNI Airways has yet to receive Hong Kong's permission to operate Taichung-Hong Kong charter flights Oct. 27 and Oct. 30.

Although Chingchuankang Airport is dubbed as an international airport by Taiwan's civil aviation authorities, it can only accommodate short-range charter flights to Hong Kong, South Korea and Japan due to its limited facilities.

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Old October 23rd, 2005, 09:50 AM   #1206
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Customs puts passengers in the clear
21 October 2005
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Customs officials will introduce a new system to cut the time it takes passengers to clear immigration.

The news came yesterday as the government pledged to find new flight paths and ways to clear the clogged skies around Hong Kong.

Officials told Legco's economic services panel that the congestion crisis in the skies was caused by traffic through Chek Lap Kok growing 7.2 per cent a year since it opened in 1998, more than double the expected growth.

Secretary for Economic Development and Labour Stephen Ip Shu-kwan said the issue was complex and authorities were looking at ways to introduce more flight paths into the already crowded skies over the mainland.

Mr Ip said discussions would have to be held with the four other airports within a 100km radius of Hong Kong - Zhuhai, Macau, Shenzhen and Guangzhou - on how to increase space for flights.

"Safety is not a problem, it's about how we use our limited capacity at the airport and in the air to handle more flights," he said.

The Civil Aviation Department was working on more efficient air-traffic control because the congestion was now hurting business, with international courier company FedEx recently relocating to the mainland. The government was also exploring ways of allowing freight and passengers entering Hong Kong by ferry to be cleared before going to the airport.

Customs and Excise head of Control Points Command Ko Chi-lok said a new customs system dividing passengers through "red" - goods to declare - and "green" - no goods to declare - zones would come into effect from November 1. Mr Ko said the system would shorten the time taken by passengers to clear customs, limit smuggling and align with international practice.

Customs officers would monitor all arrivals from a control tower and pick out people acting suspiciously for searches

Mr Ko would not comment yesterday on whether the new measures were introduced to combat a surge in attempts to bring illegal goods into Hong Kong. "We are constantly moving to improve passenger queues. This system is also in line with international practice," he said.
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Old October 23rd, 2005, 04:57 PM   #1207
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That's strange. I have the forum set in English and it works fine (top right corner).

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HK Dragonair Flight Lands Safely With Windshield Crack
23 October 2005

HONG KONG (AP)--A Dragonair flight from northeast China landed safely in Hong Kong after a crack was discovered in the cockpit windshield, the airline said Sunday. No injuries were reported.

Flight KA925 from the Chinese city of Dalian to Hong Kong had been airborne for 90 minutes Saturday when its pilot noticed the crack in one of several layers of glass in the windshield, Hong Kong-based Dragonair said in a statement. It was not clear when the crack occurred.

The pilot of the flight - with 141 passengers and seven crew members aboard - decided it was safe to continue to Hong Kong, and the Airbus 320 landed without incident at the airport, the airline said.

The Apple Daily newspaper quoted a passenger as complaining those on board were not informed of the crack and only realized there was a problem when the plane landed.

The passenger, identified only by his surname, Wu, said flight attendants stopped some passengers from taking pictures of the cracked windshield.

It was the third such incident in three years involving a Dragonair Airbus 320, the Sing Tao Daily newspaper said. But Dragonair spokesman Kenrick Ko said he could not confirm the report.

Civil Aviation Department spokeswoman Stella Tse said the department has asked the airline to submit a report within four days.
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Old October 25th, 2005, 06:24 PM   #1211
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HKIA, where helping hands are everywhere

(Hong Kong, 25 October 2005) - How would you feel if you lost an invaluable ring at a vast airport terminal? And how would you feel if there was someone out there relentlessly searching every corner of the airport and finally presented the ring back to you?

This is one of the many stories involving people serving at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) who walk extra miles to help travellers in need and to make each and every passenger's stay at HKIA a memorable and unique experience.

At an award presentation ceremony of HKIA's fourth Customer Service Excellence Programme today, 80-plus distinguished frontline staff from airlines and ground handling agents, tourism and travel industry, transport operators, retail and catering licensees, government departments, the Airport Authority (AA), airport security and service contractors, received HKIA Best Service Awards.

They pledged to continue delivering quality customer service to maintain Hong Kong's position as a number one destination for both local and global travellers.

"Customer service excellence sets HKIA apart from its counterparts worldwide," said AA's Chief Executive Officer, Dr David J Pang. "I pay tribute to the concerted effort of the 55,000 people at the airport who make up the dedicated team serving 110,000 passengers a day. In particular, I compliment the outstanding 80-plus stars who are fine examples to the rest of the airport community."

Also officiating at the ceremony, Chairman of Hong Kong Tourism Board Mrs Selina Chow said, "Service industry is one of the major pillars supporting our economy. I am most delighted to learn that different service teams at HKIA are committed to exceeding customers' expectations with their above par service. This helps reinforce Hong Kong's image as Asia's World City."

A frequent traveller herself, Asian celebrity Michelle Reis also appeared as a special guest. She said she was most impressed by the helpful service and smiling faces of airport workers every time she passed through HKIA.

Thanks to airport people's peerless customer service excellence, passengers from all over the world have voted HKIA the World's Best Airport five years in a row. And each year, HKIA received many complimentary letters, recognising devoted members of the airport community for their professionalism, hospitality and friendliness.

The following are extracts of some of the passengers' comments and feedback received by AA over the year:
http://www.hongkongairport.com/eng/l...ewsletter2.pdf
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Old October 26th, 2005, 02:54 PM   #1212
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Last-ditch bid to win favour for Wan Chai waterfront heliport
25 October 2005
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Proponents of a commercial heliport on the Wan Chai waterfront have revised their plans in a last-ditch effort to win approval.

The Hong Kong Regional Heliport Working Group now suggests building three pads at the Wan Chai ferry pier site adjacent to Golden Bauhinia Square and floating just one in the harbour, rather than placing all four on the water. They would cater to helicopters serving businesses in the Pearl River Delta.

The move drew a cool response from the government, which said existing plans for new and expanded heliports were enough to meet demand. It has proposed a two-pad heliport at the site for official and commercial flights within the city.

"We plan to expand the cross-border heliport at the Shun Tak Centre and we are thinking of building another one in southeast Kowloon," Permanent Secretary for Economic Development and Labour Sandra Lee Suk-yee told a Legislative Council panel meeting. "We have sufficient heliports to handle the ever-increasing aviation flow between the regions."

But working group member Sir Michael Kadoorie said none of the cross-border heliports could accommodate the single-engine machines that make up 85 per cent of the world's commercial helicopters.

"It would be a shame if the business migrated somewhere else simply because it does not have access to this very important city," he said.

Group member Sandra Mak said the government favoured building two heliports in order to avoid reclamation. "They don't even want to consider pontoons, although our legal expert said pontoons do not amount to reclamation."

The group has estimated that under its new proposal, the heliport could handle 35 per cent more flights than a two-pad port, and noise would not be excessive.

According to the group's statistics, 16,500 helicopter movements were handled in 2003 alone, but a two-pad heliport could handle only 14,000 movements per annum.

"It is simply inadequate, for domestic or regional flights," Mr Kadoorie said.

Deputy secretary for economic development and labour (air services) Wilson Fung Wing-yip addressed the question of whether floating helipads still amounted to reclamation.

"Some construction work of the floating pad, such as installation of the pillars, may induce permanent alteration to the seabed and could be regarded as reclamation. If the floating platform is linked to the pier only by chains, it might not even pass a safety test and won't be approved," he said.

The new proposal met opposition from Wan Chai District Council, which believed it would generate more noise. But lawmakers in general support the idea of a heliport for cross-border services.
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Dragonair Increases Capacity to Beijing, Shanghai in Winter Schedule

(HONG KONG) Dragonair will increase capacity to Beijing and Shanghai in its winter schedule, which begins on October 30, while continuing to give travellers a choice of eight and 15 to 16 flights a day, respectively, to the cities.

"We will operate more of our larger A330s on flights to the cities of Beijing and Shanghai and maintain frequencies at summer schedule levels," said CEO Stanley Hui. At present, some services operate with A320 and A321 aircraft.

"We already operate a high level of daily frequencies to these important Mainland cities, providing travellers with a wide choice of convenient flying options. The use of more A330s will also raise Business Class capacity on the routes."

Passenger services to Hangzhou will also see capacity increase, while five of the other Mainland cities will see frequencies reduced, in line with the lower market demand over the winter season.

Dragonair Cargo, meanwhile, plans to operate five additional flights a week to Taipei in the winter schedule, subject to government approval.

"These services would aim to meet the demand for cargo shipments between Taiwan and the Mainland, which has been growing steadily in recent months," said Mr. Hui.

The winter timetable is valid from October 30 to March 25, 2006.
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Old October 28th, 2005, 01:52 AM   #1215
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Critics are not sold on Chek Lap Kok sell-off
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28 October 2005
South China Morning Post

The government has been sent back to the drawing board after less than a third of respondents in the latest round of consultation supported the proposed privatisation of the Airport Authority.

Sixty-nine industry bodies and independent citizens expressed concerns ranging from a lack of clarity on the reasons for the partial privatisation to how future user charges would be governed.

"There was no clear consensus one way or the other," an official said yesterday. "Opponents were mostly concerned about user charges and how to strike a balance between company and consumer interests. But there is still intent to do an initial public offering."

One privatisation scenario envisioned the government hiving off 25 per cent of the authority to raise $10 billion.

Cathay Pacific chief executive Philip Chen Nan-lok took off his Cathay cap to respond as a private citizen and said he felt privatisation was not suitable.

"The investors who own part of the airport would demand the maximum return on their investment; the airport would be forced to forsake [any] long-term objectives of maximising the benefits to Hong Kong as a whole and undertake expedient measures to boost short-term results," he said. "Any investor's strategy would be purely and necessarily profit oriented."

Airlines and their shareholders in general were not in favour, with Cathay, Dragonair, Citic Pacific and Swire Pacific all stating reservations.

Many others questioned whether it was wise to sell part of an airport that had yet to have an opportunity to provide a return on a $30.7 billion public investment, especially since its earnings momentum was growing.

The authority posted a record year in every air traffic category last year - from aircraft movements to passenger and cargo volumes - on its way to generating a 29 per cent jump in revenues, to $6.5 billion and net earnings of $1.41 billion.

The authority immediately gave $1 billion to the government in the form of a dividend, a contribution the government called "very modest" relative to its investment.

The Liberal Party, which supported the privatisation in principle, also questioned the wisdom of selling off such an immature asset.

"It must be pointed out that the successful example of privatisation, such as the Heathrow airport, was carried out after the airport matured rather than in its early stage of development," the party said in its submission.

While one of the government's aims was to make the authority's pricing schemes more responsive to market forces, many submissions questioned if improvement in that regard was needed.

Although Chek Lap Kok is one of the most expensive airports in the region - the world's de facto governing airline body IATA ranks its user charges the highest outside the mainland or Japan - the quality of its air-side services and global connectivity continues to drive demand.

Just over 39.8 million passengers traversed the airport in the past 12 months and it will set another world record for international cargo volumes this year.
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HKIA, where helping hands are everywhere

(Hong Kong, 25 October 2005) - How would you feel if you lost an invaluable ring at a vast airport terminal? And how would you feel if there was someone out there relentlessly searching every corner of the airport and finally presented the ring back to you?

This is one of the many stories involving people serving at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) who walk extra miles to help travellers in need and to make each and every passenger's stay at HKIA a memorable and unique experience.

At an award presentation ceremony of HKIA's fourth Customer Service Excellence Programme today, 80-plus distinguished frontline staff from airlines and ground handling agents, tourism and travel industry, transport operators, retail and catering licensees, government departments, the Airport Authority (AA), airport security and service contractors, received HKIA Best Service Awards.

They pledged to continue delivering quality customer service to maintain Hong Kong's position as a number one destination for both local and global travellers.

"Customer service excellence sets HKIA apart from its counterparts worldwide," said AA's Chief Executive Officer, Dr David J Pang. "I pay tribute to the concerted effort of the 55,000 people at the airport who make up the dedicated team serving 110,000 passengers a day. In particular, I compliment the outstanding 80-plus stars who are fine examples to the rest of the airport community."

Also officiating at the ceremony, Chairman of Hong Kong Tourism Board Mrs Selina Chow said, "Service industry is one of the major pillars supporting our economy. I am most delighted to learn that different service teams at HKIA are committed to exceeding customers' expectations with their above par service. This helps reinforce Hong Kong's image as Asia's World City."

A frequent traveller herself, Asian celebrity Michelle Reis also appeared as a special guest. She said she was most impressed by the helpful service and smiling faces of airport workers every time she passed through HKIA.

Thanks to airport people's peerless customer service excellence, passengers from all over the world have voted HKIA the World's Best Airport five years in a row. And each year, HKIA received many complimentary letters, recognising devoted members of the airport community for their professionalism, hospitality and friendliness.

The following are extracts of some of the passengers' comments and feedback received by AA over the year:
http://www.hongkongairport.com/eng/l...ewsletter2.pdf
wow, very nice to hear the workers in HKIA really ran the extra miles.
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Two new carriers to launch services at HKIA

(Hong Kong, 28 October 2005) - Within less than a week, two new airlines, Siem Reap Airways and Shandong Airlines, will join Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA)'s extensive air network, offering both leisure and business travellers additional choices of services, destinations and frequencies.

Welcoming the new carriers, Commercial Director of the Airport Authority Hong Kong, Mr Hans Bakker said, "It has been a promising year with 10 new airlines starting operation at HKIA. This further strengthens our air connectivity and HKIA's status as the world's premier aviation hub."

He further added, "Our success owes much to the Government's policy of progressive liberalisation of air services. As the Government continues to initiate and expand air services agreements with our counterparts, we are expecting to have more airlines serving Hong Kong in the future."

Starting today, Siem Reap Airways will provide four weekly scheduled flights connecting Hong Kong and Siem Reap, home to one of the Seven Wonders of the World - Angkor Wat, on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Flights depart Hong Kong and Siem Reap at 5:15pm and 10:00am respectively while return flights from Siem Reap will fly via Phnom Penh.

Built in the first half of the 12th century, Angkor Wat is a World Heritage Site designated by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The temple is beautifully covered with relief carvings of Hindu gods, mythological creatures, and the famous Khmer dancers, Apsara.

Shortly after Siem Reap Airways' inaugural flight, Shandong Airlines will commence two weekly scheduled services connecting Hong Kong and Yantai on 1 November 2005. Flights will arrive and depart Hong Kong at 6:20pm and 7:15pm respectively, on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Located on the southern coast of Bohai Sea and the eastern coast of Bohai Bay, Yantai is the largest fishing seaport in Shandong and a robust economic centre. The new services to be provided by Shandong Airlines will complement China Eastern Airlines' current two weekly flights on the Hong Kong-Yantai route.
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Cambodia's Siem Reap Airways launches flights to Hong Kong

PHNOM PENH, Oct 28 (AFP) - Cambodia's Siem Reap Airways was to launch on Friday a service from Phnom Penh to Hong Kong, returning via Siem Reap, the gateway city to Angkor Wat, an official said.

The airline, a subsidiary of Thai carrier Bangkok Airways, is to make the return trip three times per week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, Keo Sophal, undersecretary of state at the Civil Aviation authority, told AFP.

An airport official said the carrier would use an Airbus 320 for the service.

The service will cater for a rising number of tourists to Cambodia, one of the world's poorest countries which is still struggling to recover from nearly three decades of conflict that ended in 1998.
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UPS Hong Kong double digit growth in business and earning
27 October 2005

UPS Hong Kong has announced its business result for the third quarter in 2005. Consolidated operating revenue and operating profit recorded US$15.5 billion and US$953 million, up 12.3% and 19.1% respectively. Operating revenue and operating profit of supply chain and transportation services increased by 130% to US$1.6 billion, and 37% to US$70 million respectively. Earning per share reached US$0.86, by 22.9% when compared with the same period last year.

As for the international express services, operating revenue in the third quarter recorded US$1.95 billion, up 14.5% when compared with the same period last year, while operating profit within the period recorded US$318 million, up 19.5%. On the other hand, volume of export transportation in Asia-Pacific region increased by 26% within the period, in which China recorded growth of 34% which was higher than in other region. Volume of export transportation in the world recorded an annual growth of 12.5%.

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DHL expands to meet accelerated growth
( 28/10/2005 )
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DHL's Scott Price and Airport Authority chief executive David Pang launch DHL's Central Asia Hub expansion

Global express and logistics company DHL recently announced an additional US$110 million to expand its Central Asia SuperHub (CAS) at the Hong Kong International Airport - six years ahead of schedule - to meet phenomenal growth in the Asia Pacific region.

CAS will be the largest fully automated express hub facility of its kind in the region when it is completed in 2007. CEO of DHL Express Asia Pacific, Scott Price, said DHL was the first in the industry to recognise the merits of locating a hub in Hong Kong which connects Macau and the Guangdong Province to form the Pearl River Delta (PRD).

He said expanding the CAS six years ahead of schedule clearly reflects the important role that Hong Kong plays as a conduit for international and intra-Asia trade.

"The Central Asia Superhub also plays a critical role as a gateway to the Pearl River Delta which accounts for 40 per cent of China's exports," added Mr Price. Over 70 per cent of DHL's China in-and-out-bound shipments are routed through DHL's Hub in Hong Kong

In 2004, the Hub handled over 22 million shipments, over 60 per cent which were intra-Asia shipments. In 2005, the Hub will handle more than 30 million shipments and expects its business to triple over the next decade. Volume is expected to reach 40 million units by 2008 alone.

The new fully automated hub when completed will increase DHL's parcel sorting capacity to 35,000 pieces per hour from 20,000 and its document-handling capacity from 15,000 per hour to 40,000.

Hong Kong Airport Authority's CEO, Dr David Pang, said DHL's expansion will further stimulate air cargo growth, especially those requiring speedy and reliable services. "It also underpins Hong Kong's overall competitiveness and its booming express cargo business, reinforcing Hong Kong's position as the world's largest international cargo airport."

DHL is 100 per cent owned by Deutsche Post World Net. Its international network links more than 220 countries and territories worldwide.
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