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Old November 13th, 2005, 10:10 AM   #1241
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Government Flying Service to hold open day at airport headquarters
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The Government Flying Service (GFS) will hold an open day, for the first time, at its headquarters at the Hong Kong International Airport next Sunday (November 20) to introduce the wide range of services provided to the public.

The open day will be held from 10am to 5.30pm at 18 South Perimeter Road, Hong Kong International Airport, Lantau.

The GFS works closely with other government departments to provide the community with a wide spectrum of flying services, including maritime and land search and rescue, casualty and medical evacuation, hill fire fighting and support for various law enforcement agencies. It has a mixed fleet of aeroplanes and helicopters providing round-the-clock services to the public.

Open day activities will include: a display of GFS aircraft (including AS332 L2 Super Puma Helicopter, EC 155 B1 Helicopter and Jetstream J-41 Aircraft) and aviation equipment, display of Fire Services Department's equipment, an exhibition booth run by the Civil Aviation Department, a game stall run by the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department, a display of the Lands Department's aerial photography equipment, a display of the Civil Aid Service's mountain rescue equipment and a game stall run by the Hong Kong Air Cadet Corps.

There will also be a children's-sized flying suit for photograph taking. Don't miss the opportunity to let the children dress up as a pilot.

Three sessions of demonstrations and performances will be held at 12pm, 2pm and 4pm. They include a flight demonstration by the GFS, performances by the Police Dog Unit, performances by the Civil Aid Service Motorcycle Team, performances by the Hong Kong Auxiliary Police Force Band and the Hong Kong Air Cadet Corps Ceremonial Squadron.

People are welcome to join in the open day. Admission is free. They can take the Mass Transit Railway (MTR) to Tung Chung Station and then take Bus No. S52 at the Tung Chung MTR Bus Terminus. No parking spaces will be available.

As the GFS is situated within the Tenant Restricted Area of Hong Kong International Airport, all people aged 15 and above entering the GFS Headquarters are required to produce valid proof of identity under the Aviation Security Ordinance. Children under the age of 15, who are unable to produce valid proof of identity, must be accompanied by an adult.

For further information, please contact 2305 8212 or visit the GFS homepage at http://www.gfs.gov.hk/.
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Old November 13th, 2005, 06:38 PM   #1242
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DHL Expands Hong Kong Superhub
10 November 2005
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DHL announced an additional $110 million investment to expand its Central Asia air express hub at the Hong Kong International Airport.

The center of DHL's regional network, the Central Asia SuperHub is being built six years ahead of schedule to meet soaring demand, the company said.

The flagship facility, serving the Pearl River Delta manufacturing center, "is strategically positioned for us to meet the growth in intra-Asia, as well as inter-regional trade," said Scott Price, chief executive, DHL Express - Asia Pacific.

The expansion was originally scheduled for completion in 2013.

DHL said more than 70 percent of all its China traffic is routed through Hong Kong. In 2004, the hub handled more than 22 million shipments -- more than 60 percent for intra-Asia destinations. The hub is expected to handle more than 30 million shipments in 2005.

One of six DHL hubs in the region, Hong Kong will be the largest when the expansion is completed by the end of 2007.

The expansion will double the size of the existing facility from 18,200 square meters to 35,000 square meters. The useable shipment processing area will also be more than doubled, to 52,000 square meters. Automation and tracking will enable the center to process 35,000 parcels per hour, up from the current 20,000 parcels per hour. It will also be able to sort 40,000 document shipments an hour, up from the current 15,000.

The hub began operations in August 2004.
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Old November 13th, 2005, 11:41 PM   #1243
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OMG, World's Best Cargo Terminal of the Year, Airport of the Year, Airline of the Year...
Dragonair also got "Best Airline -China" title from some organization
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Old November 14th, 2005, 08:56 AM   #1244
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Dragonair also got "Best Airline -China" title from some organization

Well... an even MORE OMG. HK is just like Aviation Leader in terms of service and operation.
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Old November 17th, 2005, 03:10 AM   #1246
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Hong Kong airport Oct cargo throughput 317,000 tons, up 6.9 pct year-on-year
14 November 2005

HONG KONG (AFX) - Cargo throughput in October at Hong Kong International Airport rose 6.9 pct year-on-year to 317,000 tons, while passenger traffic rose 6.5 pct year-on-year to 3.57 mln, the Airport Authority of Hong Kong (HKIA) said.

The Airport Authority said it recorded 23,680 aircraft movements in October, up 12.2 pct year-on-year and the airport also set a new single-day record of 151 freight movements on Oct 21 as a result of the robust cargo throughput.

Airport Authority commercial director Hans Bakker said the impressive performances in cargo throughtput reflect a continuing trend at HKIA, which is a result of Asia's buoyant economy, as well as continuously strong demand for exports from mainland China.
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Old November 19th, 2005, 02:33 AM   #1247
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HK allows Cathay, other airlines to up fuel surcharges

HONG KONG, Nov 18 (Reuters) - Hong Kong will allow eight airlines to raise passenger fuel surcharges in December to help offset high oil prices, including the city's dominant carrier Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. , which will be making its fifth increase this year.

The Civil Aviation Department said on its Web site (www.cad.gov.hk/english/fuel_surcharge.htm) that it had approved applications from eight airlines requesting increases in passenger fuel surcharges for the months of December and January.

The increases range from 2.2 percent to 8.5 percent, compared with the surcharge for the two months ending in November.

Cathay will raise its surcharge on short-haul flights by 2.2 percent to HK$93 ($11.9) per ticket and on long-haul flights by 8.5 percent to HK$383.

Cathay currently charges its customers an additional HK$91 on short-haul flights and $353 per ticket on long-haul flights.

"It will be our eighth (fuel charge) increase since June 2004, and will be the fifth this year," said a Cathay spokewoman.

Air China Ltd. , China Eastern Corp. Ltd. , China Southern Airlines Co. Ltd. , Hong Kong-based unlisted Dragonair, Shangdong Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines, and Xiamen Airlines, will be allowed to raise their surcharges by 2.2 percent to HK$93 per flight from Dec. 1.

Fuel accounts for a large share of airlines' costs and record high prices this year have severely crimped earnings. Investors also worry that higher ticket prices could eventually curb travel demand.

Shares in Cathay Pacific rose 1.54 percent to HK$13.15 by late Friday morning, outperforming Hong Kong's benchmark Hang Seng Index , which rose about 0.6 percent. Cathay shares had slipped 1.5 percent in the past month through Thursday's close.

Shares of China Southern, which have risen 4.6 percent over the past month, gained a further 1.11 percent to HK$2.275.

Shares of China Eastern, which have risen 6 percent over the past month, were unchanged at HK$1.22, and Air China's shares, which have risen 4.1 percent over the past month, were flat at HK$2.575. (US$1=HK$7.8)
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Old November 20th, 2005, 02:30 PM   #1248
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Is there any potential for Dragonair to merge with Cathay Pacific? Or at least for Dragonair to join Oneworld? Is there any such speculation in the local media??
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Is there any potential for Dragonair to merge with Cathay Pacific? Or at least for Dragonair to join Oneworld? Is there any such speculation in the local media??
There was such a plan a decade ago, but now that Dragonair is primarily Chinese-owned and Cathay is still under the British hong, it's unlikely the two will come together. Cathay is more interested in expanding into China on its own, and holds 18% of its shares, while Swire holds another 8%.
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Filipino man detained after alleged bomb threat on plane from Hong Kong
18 November 2005

MANILA, Philippines (AP) - A Filipino seaman was detained after allegedly threatening to trigger a bomb on a flight from Hong Kong to Manila on Friday, a Manila airport official said.

Flight attendants aboard the Cathay Pacific Boeing 747 reported hearing Glenn Masahon, 28, as saying he was "going to press something that will explode," said Angel Atutubo, assistant airport manager for security.

The crew said the man refused to give up a bag he was holding, and they had to chase him to grab it from him, but found no bomb inside, Atutubo said.

Police immediately arrested Masahon after the plane landed around noon (0400 GMT) Friday, but found only used clothes and other belongings in the bag.

Atutubo said the man appeared to be mentally unstable, but still will be charged with making bomb threats and creating alarm and scandal.

"It's no joke when you say there is a bomb on a plane," Atutubo said.

He said the plane was allowed to fly back to Hong Kong after it was checked by police using bomb-sniffing dogs.
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18 November 2005
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Cathay Pacific Hosts Airline Summit; Hong Kong's Acting Chief Executive Emphasises Importance Of Aviation





Cathay Pacific Airways, the airline of Hong Kong, today proudly hosted and chaired the 49th Assembly of Presidents of the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines at which Acting Chief Executive of the Hong Kong SAR Government Mr Rafael Hui emphasised the importance of aviation to Hong Kong’s development.

"The Hong Kong SAR Government is committed to strengthening our status as an aviation hub," Mr Hui said in his opening ceremony speech to the Assembly in Hong Kong. “Leading airlines are among the most recognised global brand names and, in some instances, the pride of the economies concerned."

He said: "Hong Kong is fortunate enough to be located at the heart of this region and right at the gateway of China. Our unique geographical position has enabled Hong Kong to develop into a major aviation hub."

And added: "We spare no efforts in improving our inter-modal connections with the Mainland, in particular the thriving Pearl River Delta area, so as to enlarge our passenger and cargo catchment area."

He said Hong Kong is a true believer in free economy and open markets.

"The same philosophy pervades throughout our aviation sector. Airlines are able to plan and develop their businesses in a liberalised, transparent and predictable environment. And our market allows airlines to compete solely on their own strengths. The Government provides absolutely no subsidy but some support to our local airlines in whatever form or shape," Mr Hui said.

Cathay Pacific Chairman David Turnbull, in welcoming remarks to the Assembly, said the aviation industry has dealt with a number of crises in recent years, but ultimately come through them in better shape.

"Aviation is a tough business," Mr Turnbull said. "On the whole Asian airlines are generally doing much better than the rest of the world. We have faced all sorts of crises in the past. Most of the airlines are strong enough and prepared should there be another."
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17 November 2005
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Cathay Pacific to launch Dallas and Atlanta freighter service

Cathay Pacific Airways today celebrated the launch of Hong Kong's first direct freighter service to Dallas and Atlanta, providing faster delivery from Hong Kong and the Chinese Mainland to growing markets in the south and southeastern United States.

The three-times-weekly service will commence on 19 November, stopping first in Dallas and continuing onto Atlanta. The new route means that Cathay Pacific will be able to reach any part of the continental US within a day's trucking from its gateway cities. The two new destinations will also bring new opportunities to connect with transhipments from South and Central America.

Cathay Pacific Director and General Manager Cargo, Ron Mathison said during the launch ceremony: "The United States is one of our strongest export markets. Our new Dallas and Atlanta service will extend our coverage of the country, further consolidating Hong Kong's position as the world's busiest international cargo airport and global freight gateway for Chinese exporters."

The new service will take the total number of destinations on Cathay Pacific's freighter network to 26. The airline's freighters already serve Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, New York and Vancouver in Canada. With the new service, Cathay Pacific will operate 21 cargo flights a week to North America. Cathay Pacific is currently the world sixth largest air cargo carrier by volume.

The new route is part of Cathay Pacific's ongoing expansion plan. The airline earlier this year launched 12 weekly freighter services to Shanghai. It took delivery of a new Boeing 747-400F freighter in February and then in mid-December will take delivery of the world first converted 747-400 passenger-to-freighter aircraft, the Boeing 747-400BCF, or Boeing Converted Freighter. Cathay Pacific is the launch customer of this new aircraft type and will take delivery of six aircraft in the next 2 years with options for an additional six freighters.
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Qatar Airways Announces Hong Kong As New Route
15 November 2005
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World Travel Market, LONDON – Qatar Airways has announced plans to launch scheduled flights to Hong Kong at the beginning of the Summer 2006 season.

The daily flights will operate non-stop from the airline’s hub of Doha, capital of State of Qatar, from March 26 next year.

Hong Kong is one of the world’s most glamorous destinations offering breathtaking views and exciting attractions such as the recently-opened Disneyland. Tourism authorities have designated 2006 as Discover Hong Kong Year, adding more impetus to Qatar Airways’ decision to launch flights to the region.

Hong Kong will become Qatar Airways’ 12th Far East destination that already covers Osaka, Shanghai, Beijing, Seoul, Manila, Cebu, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Yangon and Jakarta.

In the year that Qatar celebrates being host country of the 15th Asian Games in Doha in December 2006, Qatar Airways is targeting Asia as a growth area for new routes and increased capacity on existing services. Qatar Airways is also the official airline of the Games.

Announcing the new Hong Kong route during a press conference at World Travel Market in London, Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said the special administrative region of China was a buoyant market that appealed strongly to both leisure and business travellers.

“Hong Kong is a key financial, business and leisure centre which is a must for any airline to serve – and Qatar Airways is no exception,” he said, addressing a press conference in the British capital.

“We are delighted to put Hong Kong on our global map from March next year and pleased to announce that it will be our first Asian service to feature our brand new inflight service.

“Passengers will experience the best levels of inflight comfort and service seen anywhere in the aviation industry. This new service ethos that has already been introduced on the London Heathrow – Doha route will be gradually rolled out on other routes over the next few months.”

Once home to fishermen and farmers, today’s Hong Kong is a city bustling with nightlife, and is a commercial, financial, and vibrant metropolis that merges Chinese and Western influences.

The former British colony became a special administrative region of China in 1997 when Britain’s 99-year lease of the New Territories, north of Hong Kong island, expired.

Added Al Baker: “Hong Kong is spending a lot of money and resource during 2006 and we are only too pleased to be able to launch our flights to this wonderful destination during Discover Hong Kong Year. Hong Kong fits nicely into our growth strategy to serve key capital and secondary cities around the world.”

Qatar Airways currently flies to 67 destinations across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Indian subcontinent and the Far East. With its codeshare partners, the airline serves more than 80 destinations worldwide. Qatar Airways today launched flights to the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, while services to the Spanish capital Madrid start on December 2, followed two weeks later on December 15 with flights starting to the German capital, Berlin.

The Hong Kong route will be operated with the modern Airbus A330-200 in a two–class configuration of Business and Economy. Business Class features up to 24 seats reclining 160 degrees in a 2-2-2 configuration, while Economy has 259 seats.

The Airbus A330-200 features Qatar Airways’ award-winning Audio Video On Demand system, allowing passengers in all three classes to choose from a list of more than 40 international movies, as well as short programmes to view on their individual TV screens.

Passengers can also listen to an extensive list of 250 CDs and 16 audio channels. In addition, there is a choice of 12 video games to play through the interactive TV screens.

Qatar Airways operates a fleet of 42 all-Airbus aircraft which will almost triple in size to 110 jets by 2015. The airline recently signed a letter of intent to acquire up to 60 of the new generation Airbus A350s. And it plans to acquire 20 Boeing 777s with a total value for both orders set to be worth US$15.2 billion.

Qatar Airways is one of a select-few airlines in the world ranked Five Star by Skytrax, the independent aviation industry monitoring agency. Skytrax also named Qatar Airways’ cabin crew as Best in the Middle East for the third year running recently and fifth best in the world following a survey of more than 12 million passengers worldwide.

During the 2004/2005 financial year, Qatar Airways carried 4.6 million passengers, up 35% on the previous 12-month period. Passenger numbers are projected to rise sharply in the 2005/2006 financial period to more than 6 million.
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There was such a plan a decade ago, but now that Dragonair is primarily Chinese-owned and Cathay is still under the British hong, it's unlikely the two will come together. Cathay is more interested in expanding into China on its own, and holds 18% of its shares, while Swire holds another 8%.
But Swire's stake is only 44% so the majority of Cathay is Chinese owned.
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Cathay's senior management team is still very heavily British-influenced :
http://www.cathaypacific.com/hk/abou...128670,00.html

The largest shareholder is Swire Pacific, with 47% ownership while Chinese-backed CITIC Pacific owns 26%. The rest should be in the public hands since CX is floated on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. There was talk about merging with Air China a few months ago but the British and the Chinese couldn't figure out a way to streamline the share ownership. British-backed Swire didn't want to lose its controlling stake in Cathay and there was no way Air China was going to leave Chinese hands.

That being said, despite these differences, Cathay and Dragonair do have a codeshare agreement. Both airlines are trying to fend off other upstart carriers, such as CR Airways and Hong Kong Express, rather than fight each other to the death.
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^ Cathay don't need to merge with Dragonair or Air China. However Oneworld needs a Chinese hub. Cathay can offer a hub to E/SE Asia but not to China as their operations are so restricted there. Bringing Dragonair on board would be an obvious solution. Another would be to bring either China Eastern or Air China into Oneworld. I would of course like to see both - with Hong Kong and either Shanghai or Beijing as major Oneworld hubs. If they can land such a deal then Oneworld will be unbeatable.
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Decision on Hong Kong Express Airways application for licence to operate scheduled services
Saturday, November 19, 2005

The following press release is issued on behalf of the Air Transport Licensing Authority:

The Air Transport Licensing Authority (ATLA) today (November 19) conducted a public inquiry in relation to three applications made by Hong Kong Express Airways Limited (HKEA) to operate scheduled air services on the following routes:

a) Hong Kong/ Dalian/ Guilin/ Jinan/ Kunming/ Nanning/ Qingdao/ Shenyang/ Shijiazhuang/ Tianjin/ Xian/ Yantai/ Lijiang/ Huangshan(Tunxi)/ Zhangjiajie/ Jinjiang/ Wuxi and vice versa;

b) Hong Kong/ Tai Chung (Ching Chuan Kang)/ Okinawa and vice versa; and

c) Hong Kong/ Siem Reap/ Koh Samui and vice versa.

The ATLA decided to grant the licences. A copy of the ATLA's decision (in English only) is attached.
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French tourist admits she tried to open airliner door to smoke while drunk
21 November 2005

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) A French woman who is terrified of flying admitted in an Australian court Monday that she drunkenly tried to open an airplane door mid-flight to smoke a cigarette.

Sadrine Sellies, 34, was placed on a good behaviour bond after pleading guilty in Brisbane Magistrates Court to endangering the safety of an aircraft.

Sellies was travelling on a Cathay Pacific flight from Hong Kong to the east coast city of Brisbane on Saturday when the incident occurred at the start of a three-week Australian vacation with her husband, the court heard.

She walked toward one of the aircraft's emergency exits with an unlit cigarette and a lighter in her hand and began tampering with the door, prosecutors said. But a flight attendant intervened and took Sellies back to her seat.

Sellies was arrested and charged by police on arrival at Brisbane airport.

Defence lawyer Helen Shilton told the court Sellies was terrified of flying and had taken sleeping tablets with alcohol before takeoff.

Shilton said Sellies has no memory of what happened on the flight and that she has a history of sleepwalking.

But Magistrate Gordon Dean sternly warned the woman: ``You must understand, if you are on a plane you must behave yourself.''

Sellies, who did not speak in court and was aided by a translator, was placed on a 1,000 Australian dollar ($734 US) bond _ meaning she will have to pay that amount if she commits another offence in the next 12 months.
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New cross-border check-in service launched
17 November 2005
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Travellers bound for Chek Lap Kok airport offload their luggage at Shekou port, where a convenient new cross-border check-in service was launched yesterday.

Passengers travelling via Shekou to the airport can now obtain their boarding passes and check in their luggage at the port. The baggage is transferred directly to their flights in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong Airport Authority chief executive David Pang Ding-jung said the cross-border service would attract more transit travellers. Of the five ferry routes provided by the SkyPier at Hong Kong International Airport, the Shekou service accounts for 29 per cent of the traffic. The check-in service will eventually extend to the other four ports - Macau, Fuyong, Humen and Zhongshan.
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Old November 22nd, 2005, 04:39 PM   #1260
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Thanks for the update, hkskyline!

LH's football nosed 744 is not very appealing in my opinion, but Vietnam Airlines has a great livery! I flew with them on BKK-Saigon with a great service experience! I think they're a promising upcomer, with their flights to FRA etc.
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