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Old November 29th, 2005, 04:53 AM   #1281
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Quick question:

Why does a Taiwanese airline call itself China Airlines (and why are Taiwanese aircraft registrated under Chinese registration)?
That is a long story 50 years in the making, and this is evidence of the whole "Taiwan issue." If you're interested, you can read up the whole story of this Taiwan issue and you would understand. Careful not to become biased, and hope you're interested!

But that's a digression. Great pics of great aircraft at a great airport!
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Old November 29th, 2005, 04:45 PM   #1282
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Taiwan's China Airlines signs deals to buy 20 pct of Hong Kong's CASL
28 November 2005

TAIPEI (AFX) - China Airlines (2610.TW), Taiwan's leading airline, said it has signed deals to acquire 20 pct of Hong Kong-based China Aircraft Services Ltd (CASL).

It said it will acquire a 13.33 pct stake in CASL from China National Aviation Corp (CNAC) and a 6.67 pct stake from Hutchison Whampoa.

'We signed the contracts last night... time to complete the transaction is not immediately available,' said an official from China Airlines.

Following the deal, CNAC will hold a 40 pct stake in CASL, while China Airlines, Hutchison Whampoa and United Airlines will each hold 20 pct.

The official declined to disclose financial terms of the deal.

China Airlines said in a statement that, beginning January 2006, it will switch its aircraft maintenance work at Hong Kong airport from HAECO to CASL, which is one of the three largest ground handling and aircraft maintenance providers at the Hong Kong International Airport.

With the new investment, China Airlines will not only be charged less for aircraft maintenance and ground service at Hong Kong Airport, but also stands to benefit as CASL moves further into the fast-growing Mainland China market, China Airlines said.
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Old November 29th, 2005, 04:47 PM   #1283
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29 November 2005
Dragonair - October Sees New Daily Passenger Number Record
Corporate Press Release

(HONG KONG) A new daily passenger number record was set on October 23, with 19,537 travellers flying with Dragonair. This broke the old record of 19,242 set in the same month last year.

Passenger numbers for the whole month were 5.1% higher than in October last year, standing at 474,673 compared with 451,644.

"As our previous daily passenger record shows, October is a traditionally busy month for travel," said CEO Stanley Hui. "The numbers also represented a quite strong rebound from September."

The number of passengers flying in October was 14% higher than in September.

"Factors pushing traffic higher included more outbound travel from Mainland cities to Hong Kong and beyond during the 'Golden Week' holidays," noted Mr. Hui.

"Overall, lower group travel in the month was more than offset by strong growth throughout our network in individual travellers. October is always a busy time for events in Mainland cities, such as fairs and exhibitions."

Cargo recorded month-on-month growth of 2.8% to 34,704 tonnes. Year-on-year growth was basically unchanged, at -0.1%.

"Shipments to the US continued to perform well ahead of the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, when there is a lot of shopping activity, while shipments to Japan were below expectations," Mr. Hui said.

"We also saw a rise in shipments of electronic goods from the Mainland, and the Yangtze River Delta area in particular, to the major markets of Europe and the US as retailers ramp up supplies for the busy Christmas sales period."

More statistics : http://www.dragonair.com/icms/servle...=2626&lang=eng
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Decision on Oasis Hong Kong Airlines Limited's application for licences to operate scheduled services
Wednesday, November 30, 2005

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

The Air Transport Licensing Authority (ATLA) today (November 30) decided to grant the licences in relation to three applications made by Oasis Hong Kong Airlines Limited to operate scheduled air services on the following routes: -

a) Hong Kong/ London Gatwick and vice versa ;
b) Hong Kong/ Cologne Bonn Airport/ Berlin Sch?nefeld Airport/ Milan Malpensa and vice versa; and
c) Hong Kong/ Oakland/ Chicago and vice versa.
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Old November 30th, 2005, 09:27 PM   #1285
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Wednesday November 30, 8:12 PM
HK Grants Oasis Airlines Rights To US, Europe Flights

HONG KONG (Dow Jones)--Hong Kong's Air Transport Licensing Authority Wednesday approved the application of Oasis Hong Kong Airlines Ltd. to operate scheduled passenger flights from Hong Kong to six cities in Europe and the U.S.

The government agency's approval comes after the city's largest airline, Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. (0293.HK), opposed the budget airline's bid to operate flights from the city.

Cathay Pacific's contention to Oasis' application was based on its understanding that applicants for a license to operate air services must hold an Air Operator's Certificate, which Oasis hasn't received from the city's civil aviation authorities, ATLA said.

"Cathay's opposition is based on the sole ground that an AOC is a precondition to an application before this authority," said ATLA Chairman Ronny Wong. "On our construction of the regulations as reinforced by the past practice of this authority, we reject this contention."

In a statement, Cathay's spokeswoman Carolyn Leung said the airline "respects the ruling of ATLA, which fairly recognizes that (the airline was) seeking clarity with regard to previously understood practice."

"ATLA has expressly recognized in their ruling that we had not objected to Oasis being granted a license. Cathay Pacific remains firmly pro-competition," Leung added.

ATLA has granted Oasis rights to fly between Hong Kong and the cities of London, Cologne, Berlin, Milan, Oakland, and Chicago using Boeing 747-400 aircraft.

In February, Oasis was quoted by local media as saying it has plans to launch services to European cities by the end of 2005, with Berlin, Vienna, Cologne and Milan cited as possible locations. Service to the North American market could come in 2006.

However, the airline hasn't publicly announced when it plans to begin such services.

Oasis Hong Kong Airlines couldn't be reached for comment. Investors in the airline include Allan Wong, chairman of local electronics firm VTech Holdings Ltd. (0303.HK).
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Old November 30th, 2005, 09:30 PM   #1286
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Old December 1st, 2005, 07:27 AM   #1287
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Hong Kong OKs Airline Surcharge Extension
Wednesday November 30, 7:05 am ET

HONG KONG (AP) -- Hong Kong's civil aviation officials have approved the requests of 53 airlines to extend their fuel surcharges for two additional months as a result of high oil prices.

The extension will allow most airlines flying into and out of Hong Kong to continue collecting fuel surcharges from their passengers until the end of January 2006, the Civil Aviation Department said.

Most airlines, including Hong Kong's top carrier Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. and Hong Kong Dragon Airlines Ltd., the city's second largest, have also been allowed to increase the surcharge, the department said.

From December, most airlines will charge 93 Hong Kong dollars (US$12; euro10) per passenger on short-haul flights, up 2.1 percent from the current level. For long-haul flights, the levy will be increased to HK$383 (US$49; euro42), up 8.4 percent.

Charges, however, may vary among different airlines.

Hong Kong airlines are required to secure the approval of the Civil Aviation Department to levy fuel surcharges on passenger flights. Since mid-2004, the department has continuously renewed the requests of many airlines to collect the levies due to soaring fuel prices.

Cathay Pacific has said that jet fuel now accounts for more than a third of the company's operating costs, thus hurting its profitability.
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UPS hopes to land daily cargo flights
Alman Loong
28 November 2005
Hong Kong Standard

United Parcel Service, the US delivery giant, is urging the Hong Kong government to speed up its open skies policy and hopes to capture the Japanese and Taiwanese cargo markets by launching daily flights in the near future.

"The Hong Kong government has opened up more of the skies in the past few years and initiated a lot of air service deals," general manager (Hong Kong and Macau) KKLeung said.

Talks on an air services deal between Hong Kong and the United States, expected to open next year early, will focus on an increase in the number of fifth freedom rights for passenger and cargo flights operated by US airlines. Fifth freedoms allow airlines to pick up and drop off passengers and freight for onward carriage to other destinations.

Leung said huge amount of manufacturing goods such as toys, watches and garments from Shenzhen and Dongguan are consolidated and then transported to Taiwan and Japan.

If an agreement is reached during this round of air services deals, Leung hopes to launch daily flights to Taiwan and Japan.

UPS faces fierce competition from the many players in the cargo market in Hong Kong and Taiwan.

In addition to Cathay Pacific and Dragonair, Chinese Airlines aims to handle HK$ 2.3 billion of cargo this year, 23 percent up on the same period last year, and is aiming for HK$2.6 billion in 2006. Booming exports from both Hong Kong and the mainland helped UPS post double-digit growth in cargo volumes in the first quarter. The firm plans to add extra daily services between Hong Kong and United States.

The Atlanta-based courier and logistics company signed a memorandum of understanding with Shanghai Airport Group to form a hub at Pudong International Airport set for completion in 2007.

The courier plans to add one flight from Guangzhou to the United States weekly and increase movements from Shanghai to the United States from 58 to 72 per week by 2007.

Express companies have been eyeing Hong Kong's fast growing export market in recent years. UPS aims to expand its existing Hong Kong logistics center and hire 100 extra staff in the coming year.

DHL International plans to double its express cargo terminal capacity at Chek Lap Kok with a new US$100 million (HK$780 million) center to deal with high-value manufactured goods from Guangdong factories.
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阿聯酋航空招聘無上限
02/12/2005
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【本報訊】專營中東線的阿聯酋航空,將於明天在港舉行招聘會,提供大量機艙服務員空缺,名額不設上限,該公司計畫未來一年會增聘逾一千人。此外,阿聯酋航空最近亦斥資七百五十七億港元,添置四十二架波音777型客機,冀進一步開拓航空市場。

阿聯酋香港、中國及東北亞區域總經理劉榮柱表示,招聘組員希望在港聘請能操多種語言,如中、英文程度達高水平的員工,以應付公司擴展需要。他又指出,公司在未來一年,會再增聘逾一千名機艙服務員,受聘者需前往杜拜接受訓練,月薪連津貼約為一萬二千五百元。

另外,英國航空公司日前宣布在○八年三月前會削減三分之一的經理級職位,暫時未知駐港機構會否受影響。
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Oasis licences are a good outcome for flawed process
2 December 2005
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You would have to be a lawyer to understand the rationale behind the Air Transport Licensing Authority's (Atla) decision on Wednesday to reject Cathay Pacific Airways' objections and issue Hong Kong Oasis Airlines licences to six international destinations.

Below Deck is a firm supporter of increasing competition among airlines in Hong Kong so, on an empirical level, the decision makes sense and is good for local consumers.

But the rationale deployed by Atla, an "independent" body whose secretariat is run from the offices of the Economic Development and Labour Bureau, should be seen for what it is - an attempt to cover the government's posterior in a thin veil of quasi-judicial mumbo jumbo.

The contentious issue at the heart of the dispute was whether Oasis had the right to apply for Atla route licences before it had obtained an air operator's certificate (AOC) from the Civil Aviation Department.

The short answer is, yes. The experts tell Below Deck there is no law requiring an airline to hold an AOC before applying for route licences. The problem is that convention dictates that the AOC comes first.

When Oasis subverted that process the government opened itself to accusations of favouritism which is why Cathay, Hong Kong Eagle Aviation and CR Airways objected to the Oasis application.

Now, before my friends down at Swire House write a letter to my editor, it should be noted that Cathay filed a "representation", not an "objection". Nevertheless, Atla says it does not distinguish between the two.

While Cathay has been at pains to state it did not "object" to the Oasis application, its management had the opportunity to withdraw its complaint and pursue a clarification of the licensing process with Atla, without putting Oasis in between. But Cathay's management chose not to.

That move may appear to have been designed to delay Oasis's award but Below Deck also suspects Cathay was keen to hold the bureau to account for changing the procedure without consultation or any perceived need for transparency.

In his finding, Judge Ronny Wong Fook-hum (pictured) cited two precedents for a Hong Kong-based airline applying for routes without first obtaining an AOC. The first case, an application by Caledonian Far East Airways in 1985, was abandoned - a poor precedent.

The second case was last year's application for routes by Hong Kong Express Airlines.

Judge Wong found that Hong Kong Express did not possess the "relevant" AOC at the time of its application; its AOC was for helicopters, not the fixed-wing aircraft it intended to fly.

However, the reason for the AOC requirement is to assure the prospective airline is a financially sound organisation with the requisite controls and experienced personnel in place for its flight operations, training, maintenance, ground-handling and so on.

As such, Hong Kong Express had already shown its technical competence. Oasis is sure to do the same but, technically, that has yet to be officially recognised.

Two years ago, Judge William Stone, Judge Wong's predecessor, appeared to set the AOC-first precedent, well, in stone, in a dispute between Cathay and Dragonair over the former's rights to mainland routes.

In his submission, Justice Stone called the AOC a "necessary precursor" for Atla licences. But Justice Wong bizarrely dismissed that comment as "strictly obiter" (a casual or incidental remark) and unrelated to the question of whether an AOC must be attained before an Atla licence.

Surely, nothing a qualified justice of the peace says in an official finding can be considered a casual remark? The object is to apply the law and set precedent.

In the long run, Justice Wong's decision will serve the public by giving us a greater choice of airlines to fly with.

But it does not mask the fact that the government made a fundamental error in not telling the industry that it had decided to make it easier for new carriers to start flying.

Moreover, Atla's convoluted efforts to obfuscate the fact that it made a mistake are bound to fuel suspicions about its lack of independence.
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Race-car display may breach ad law
27 November 2005
South China Morning Post

Tobacco-control officers are checking whether Chek Lap Kok airport has breached tobacco-advertising laws by allowing a Marlboro-themed sculpture to be displayed at the entrance to the terminal mall.

A stylised sculpture of a red Formula One race car has been put in a prominent position between two elevators leading from the outgoing security checkpoint and the SkyMart mall.

It was placed there by retailer Free Duty at the behest of tobacco giant Philip Morris.

Richard Fielding, a researcher in community medicine, including tobacco research, at the University of Hong Kong's faculty of medicine, noticed the sculpture earlier this month.

Cartons of Marlboro cigarettes are perched on a rack in the driver's seat. A large flat-panel television screen, where the car's spoilers would be, shows clips of car races. A sales counter is located directly under the elevators but out of sight of passengers descending to the mall.

A Health Department spokeswoman said: "The case has already been brought to the Tobacco Control Office's attention, which is examining the case."

Hong Kong started introducing cigarette-advertising bans in 1982, but exemptions apply to licensed hawkers and stores with just one or two employees. Point-of-sale advertising is still legal.

When contacted a week ago, the Airport Authority said it was not aware of the sculpture's existence. It later said it was no longer on display, but a visit by a Post reporter on Friday showed it was still at the entrance to the SkyMart.

Some Marlboro cartons had been replaced with products from rival brands.

An authority spokeswoman variously described it as a "display rack" and a piece of "furniture", and said it was on part of Free Duty's premises.

She said the authority did not permit cigarette advertising as a principle.

Repeated requests to photograph the sculpture have been denied.

Philip Morris denied it was a mock-up of a race car. A spokeswoman said it was in full compliance with regulations and would be on display for a short time.

Anthony Hedley, director for HKU's tobacco control research and policy unit, said it was an ingenious attempt by Philip Morris to exploit and test the vague provisions in the legislation against cigarette advertising.

The airport has in the past raised the ire of the anti-smoking lobby, most notably by claiming it is a smoke-free zone while providing enclosed smoking rooms and allowing some bars and restaurants to have smoking areas.
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Oasis Hong Kong set for June takeoff
2 December 2005
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Oasis Hong Kong Airlines is set to become the fifth airline in Hong Kong after securing route licenses for six destinations.

Despite objections from Cathay Pacific Airways claiming that Oasis had no right to apply for routes in the absence of an Air Operator's Certificate (AOC), the Hong Kong Air Transport Licensing Authority (ATLA) granted Oasis six route licenses. The destinations (all from Hong Kong) are: London Gatwick (UK), Cologne (Germany), Berlin (Germany), Milan Malpensa (Italy) and two cities in the US - Oakland (California) and Chicago (Illinois).

Oasis has yet to obtain its AOC but expects to take its first aircraft, a leased Boeing 747-400, in April and start services two months later. The first route is expected to be between Hong Kong and London Gatwick.

The airline will have a fleet of five 747-400s within two years and will add a new destination approximately every two months.

Oasis will offer budget, non-stop long-haul services and passengers will have a choice of upgraded meals, entertainment and seat assignments at extra cost.
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Flying squad: the firefighters of Chek Lap Kok
26 November 2005
South China Morning Post

They are probably the only people allowed to set fires on the airport's runway area and for the first time they have shown outsiders how they do it.

The firemen of the Airport Fire Contingent showed off their firefighting skills to the South China Morning Post.

They performed a series of drills - which included setting fire to a mock plane next to the runway. The exclusive visit was the first time the media has been granted access to these drills since the airport at Chek Lap Kok opened.

The exercise could be conducted only after the runway was closed so it kicked off about 1am.

With a safety officer on the ground ready to press the fire button at any time, a Post reporter had to make a mad dash from the command post - where assistant divisional officer Tong Ting-wai was giving a rundown of the drill - to the fire engine that would depart as soon as the fire was lit.

"Now, sit tight," said a smiling Ming, the driver of Rescue 31, as the left wing of the aircraft was engulfed by a kerosene-fuelled fire.

Ming put his foot down and the fire engine raced ahead. Quickly he swung the truck in front of the burning plane.

The hose operator standing on the turret was ready to discharge any combination of the four firefighting agents onboard - gas, powder, water and foam. Once the truck was within range, water rained down from the turret, putting out the blaze in seconds.

The highlight of the five-part exercise was a large fuselage fire that took two fire engines to tackle. The other elements included fire on the wheels as well as engine fires on the tail and under the wing.

The firemen are responsible for aircraft incidents both inside the airport and in the surrounding sea. The unit has 282 uniformed members attached to the two fire stations and two vessels berthed at the airport.

Fourteen fire engines - each costing up to $10 million - are only some of the tools the contingent have. There are also two $48 million catamarans that can pick up more than 1,200 survivors between them.

To keep firefighters ready there is a $12 million mock plane at the airport's main fire station. Costing almost another $10 million to install, a computer controlled trainer can simulate different scenarios and train firefighters to tackle fire on a variety of common aircraft models such as the Boeing 747 and the McDonnell Douglas MD-11.

Rescuers get a chance to perfect drills for fires inside aircraft, with real smoke and fire. The floor can also be tilted to simulate a crashed aircraft. The simulator is the only one of its kind in Asia.

And unlike other fire stations in Hong Kong, there are no beds for firemen to catch a nap while on call. The best they can get in terms of rest during their 24-hour shifts is a comfortable sofa in the waiting room just a corridor away from the fire engine parking bay.
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DHL Expands Operations in Greater China
New Hong Kong-U.S. Direct Service Boosts Trade Links
Latest Investments Strengthen DHL's Leadership Position in Region

5 December 2005

HONG KONG - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Dec. 5, 2005 - DHL, the world's leading express and logistics company, today announced a new direct ten-times-weekly service between Hong Kong and the U.S. The flight represents the latest in a series of enhancements by DHL to further strengthen its service to the fast-growing Greater China region. The service will be operated by air cargo carrier Transmile.

The new service lifts the total number of commercial uplift and dedicated freighters operating the HKG-USA route to more than 100 flights per week. It also offers DHL customers in Hong Kong and South China added flexibility with more flights between Hong Kong and the U.S., together with DHL's latest cut-off time and market-leading inbound transit time.

"The new flight is part of our strategy to strengthen our service to the U.S., which is one of the key export markets for Asia. It is our foremost priority to provide best-in-class transit time to our customers, and we will continue to enhance our infrastructure and capacity as required to meet these needs," said Ross Allen, senior vice president - Aviation, DHL Express Asia Pacific.

The service represents DHL's continued investments to enhance its handling and payload capacity in the region in anticipation of the growth of intra-Asia cargo, in particular shipments moving in and out of China. It connects Hong Kong to DHL's hub in Wilmington, Ohio, and its gateway in Los Angeles.

"Our ongoing investment is in anticipation of the continued strong growth that DHL is experiencing in China and the Asia-Pacific region. We will continuously upgrade our capability and capacity to meet this growth, and further enhance our service offerings to customers in the region," said Jerry Hsu, president of Greater China and Korea, DHL Express Asia Pacific.

As an extension of its strategy to further intensify its operations in Greater China, DHL added a new direct overnight express service between Tokyo (Narita) and Shanghai (Pudong) in November 2005, as well as announced an upgrade of its Pudong Gateway in Shanghai.

Just last week, DHL announced the establishment of its new Guangzhou Gateway at the new Baiyun Airport - the first international express company to deploy operations at the new airport. This closely follows the expansion of the DHL Central Asia SuperHub (CAS) in Hong Kong, which is being expanded six years ahead of schedule to meet the anticipated growth in intra-Asia as well as inter-regional trade. The CAS presently handles about 22 million shipments a year. Following the $110 million expansion, scheduled for completion at year's end 2007, the facility will have a capacity of 40 million shipments a year.

These initiatives will further strengthen DHL's market leadership in China and enhance its capability and capacity both in the air and on the ground to continuously provide best-in-class service offerings for customers in the Pearl River and Yangtze River Delta regions.
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Hong Kong inks aviation maintenance MOU with Canada
Monday, December 5, 2005
Government Press Release

The Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department (CAD) and the Civil Aviation Directorate of Transport Canada (TCCA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) known as the "Technical Arrangement on Aviation Maintenance", on mutual recognition of approvals of maintenance organisations in Hong Kong and Canada today (December 5) in Hong Kong.

Before they are allowed to maintain components of aircraft registered in a country, maintenance organisations are required to obtain approval from the aviation authority of that country and be subjected to the authority's regulations, audits and standards. The MOU allows the civil aviation authorities of Hong Kong and Canada to recognise each other's approvals of maintenance organisations to maintain aircraft components. This means that Hong Kong-based maintenance organisations can maintain aircraft components for Canada-registered aircraft without seeking additional approval from the Civil Aviation Directorate of Transport Canada (TCCA). Likewise, maintenance organisations based in Canada can maintain aircraft components for Hong Kong-registered aircraft.

The Acting Assistant Director-General of Civil Aviation, Mr Tsang Yuk-poon, said, "Partnership between civil aviation authorities through mutual recognition will reduce duplication of approval and audit work by the authorities thus maximising the utilisation of resources of both the regulators and the industry. In the end, such mutual recognition will improve the quality of aircraft maintenance through the use of common airworthiness standards."

Hong Kong made similar mutual recognition arrangements on aircraft maintenance with the Mainland and Macau and with Singapore in 2002 and 2004 respectively. The extension of the mutual recognition arrangement to other countries is well supported by the aviation industry.
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