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Old December 6th, 2005, 02:08 AM   #1301
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Air Hong Kong to seek go-ahead to expand China services
Cathay Pacific's all-cargo unit says it expects progress at next round of air service agreement talks

6 December 2005
South China Morning Post

Air Hong Kong will ask the government to secure the carrier rights to fly to China in the next round of bilateral negotiations which are expected just after Lunar New Year, a senior executive said yesterday.

The all-cargo carrier, 60 per cent owned by Cathay Pacific Airways, bases its regional fleet of aircraft from DHL Express's central Asia hub at the airport and only flies to Shanghai using rights won by Cathay in the last round of negotiations.

"Our aim is to gain designation for Air Hong Kong to operate directly into the mainland and expand our service network to new locations in China," said Ross Allen, senior vice-president - aviation (Asia Pacific) for DHL Express. "We are expecting some progress on that front during the next round of [air service agreement] talks."

Cathay will also be hoping the government can wrest elusive passenger rights to Shanghai from the next round of talks, after the authorities last year lifted the "one carrier, one route" restriction.

Theoretically, it could begin services as early as the winter schedule next year.

No formal date has been set for the next round of talks and Air Hong Kong has yet to submit an official wish list to the government, according to an official from the Economic Development and Labour Bureau.

"[Air Hong Kong] talks to us all the time on all matters relating to their operations," said Wilson Fung Wing-yip, a senior negotiator for the bureau.

"We would not act until they have submitted firm plans to us. Up to this moment, no such plans have been received."

Mr Fung said he had regular contact with his counterparts on the mainland who were "preparing for the next round".

Air Hong Kong, which would also need to apply to the Air Transport Licencing Authority for route rights, currently owns six of the eight mid-size Airbus freighters it operates from Chek Lap Kok.

The wholly owned fleet will expand to eight by the middle of next year. But the carrier declined to take up options on the ninth and tenth aircraft from the original deal.

Mr Allen said DHL, which posted group-wide sales of {euro}3.4 billion ($30.8 billion) in the Asia-Pacific region last year, planned to launch new services to north Asia next year, with Japan, Korea and China all a possibility.

Regarding DHL's China plans, he said: "Our plan is to operate to as many mainland cities as is commercially viable. We have multiple locations we will be looking at serving over the next three to five years, so it wouldn't be restricted to the Big Three [cities]."

In October, DHL express agreed to reserve space on a five-times weekly service to Los Angeles operated by Malaysian all-cargo carrier Transmile.

DHL reserves about 30 per cent of the outbound space on the 80-tonne capacity freighter owned by Transmile, which also has a service through Shanghai to the US.
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Old December 6th, 2005, 05:44 AM   #1302
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Hong Kong Express Announces Hong Kong - Ningbo Twice Daily
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3 December 2005

Hong Kong Express Airways has announced that it will begin flying this month to the eastern Chinese city of Ningbo to meet rising travel demand. The airline will operate two daily flights between Hong Kong and Ningbo starting Dec. 13 using Embraer 170 aircraft, which can carry 70 to 80 passengers.
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Old December 6th, 2005, 03:57 PM   #1303
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Tuesday December 6, 7:55 PM
Virgin to double daily London flights to Hong Kong

HONG KONG (AFP) - Virgin Atlantic will double its daily service between London and Hong Kong next year, billionaire airline boss Richard Branson said as part of an aggressive expansion in China.

"Our flights are leaving Hong Kong packed and we just don't have enough seats so we will go double daily flights from autumn of next year," Branson said Tuesday.

"I think the way Hong Kong is developing those flights will be very busy as well," Branson added.

Virgin, which has been flying to Hong Kong for 11 years, flies daily flights from London's Heathrow airport.

The airline recently became the first airline to fly a daily service to Shanghai.

Virgin is also about to launch services to Dubai, Jamaica, Barbados and increase frequencies to Cape Town.
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Old December 7th, 2005, 04:45 AM   #1304
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06 December 2005
Dragonair Named Asia Pacific Cargo Airline of the Year
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(HONG KONG) Dragonair has been named Cargo Airline of the Year in the Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation's Awards for Excellence 2005 for "having the greatest impact on the development of the air cargo industry in the region".

"This is a great honour for Dragonair Cargo and all the staff who work so hard to make it such a success," Dragonair's General Manager for Cargo, Albert Yau, said after receiving the award at a Gala Dinner in Kuala Lumpur attended by many of the biggest names in the aviation industry.

"Dragonair identified an opportunity for dedicated cargo services from the Mainland via Hong Kong five years ago, and since then we have gone from strength to strength. We now operate six freighters to 10 destinations on three continents. And we're only just getting started."

The Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA) Awards for Excellence select the "outperformers" of the industry for their strategic leadership, innovation and influence in Asia Pacific's aviation industry.

CAPA – a leader in strategic consulting services, aviation conferences, airline news and aviation publications based in Sydney, Australia – said Dragonair had won the award because in five years it "has quickly and methodically expanded the operation to encompass six dedicated freighters and the unit now accounts for over 40% of total revenue".

It noted that the "growth has been built on the phenomenal rise in China's trade with its partners worldwide and prudent network and capacity decisions. Significantly, the carrier this year launched dedicated freight services to the US (New York)..."
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Old December 7th, 2005, 06:03 PM   #1305
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Customs battles party-drug influx ahead of holiday season
7 December 2005
South China Morning Post

Customs officers yesterday said there seemed to be an influx of party drugs ahead of Christmas after officers seized ketamine worth $6.6 million at the airport's cargo terminal and later arrested four suspects.

Senior Superintendent Ben Leung Lun-cheung, head of the Customs Drug Investigation Bureau, said officers would enhance inspections at border checkpoints and step up intelligence exchanges with mainland and overseas law enforcement agencies.

On Saturday customs officers seized 12.4kg of ketamine at the cargo terminal in an air parcel posted from Singapore that had gone via the Philippines.

Investigators staged a delivery and arrested four Hong Kong men at three addresses in Tsuen Wan, Kwai Chung and Kwun Tong on Monday.

The consignment was destined for Guangdong.

"The street price of ketamine has shot up from $198 a gram earlier this year to $267 a gram and its purity has also dropped from about 80 per cent to 30 per cent. This is a reflection of the shortage of the drug," he said.

"As the Christmas and New Year holidays are approaching, drug traffickers may be trying to smuggle the drug into and through Hong Kong to the mainland to meet the demand."

So far this year customs officers have seized 204kg of ketamine in 20 incidents at various checkpoints - mainly at the airport, as opposed to the 4.3kg found in the whole of last year.

Most of the drugs were destined for the mainland. Officers said there was an emerging trend of smuggling ketamine into Hong Kong and the mainland from Southeast Asian countries this year.

To avoid detection, drug traffickers would use different tactics and routes to smuggle the drug, said Mr Leung.

His department would continue to liaise closely with the mainland and overseas law enforcement agencies to exchange intelligence.

Officers said several couriers had been arrested at Chek Lap Kok airport this year.

Ken Wong Man-chiu, head of customs' Air Cargo Group, said additional officers had been deployed at the airport's cargo terminal to step up inspections along with the use of X-ray and other scanning devices.
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Dragonair Names Airbridge International Cargo Agent in Canada
5 December 2005
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Airbridge International Inc. has been appointed cargo sales and service agent for Dragonair in Toronto and Montreal.

Airbridge International is responsible for promoting Dragonair's cargo sales activities and representing the carrier's commercial interests in the two regions.

Operating across Asia for the past 20 years, Dragonair's network now stretches far into the heart of mainland China. From a single wet-leased B747-200 in 2000, its freighter fleet now comprises five B747 freighters and one Airbus-300B freighter, with plans to double the all-cargo fleet to 10 by the end of 2008, which would give Dragonair one of the fastest growing air cargo operations in Asia.

From North America, Dragonair now operates three times a week with B747 freighters from New York (JFK) to Hong Kong, with departures on Monday, Thursday and Saturday. Regular overnight trucking service is guaranteed from Canada for connections at JFK. Dragonair said plans are already in place for further service from North America in the near future.

The all-cargo fleet network also covers Taipei, Kansai, Pundong, Xiamen and Nanjing in Asia, Amsterdam and Frankfurt in Continental Europe, and Manchester in the United Kingdom.

From its hub at Hong Kong International Airport, Dragonair also operates a passenger fleet, which comprises A330, A321 and A320 aircraft. The airline's passenger network covers 31 destinations across the Asia-Pacific region, including 22 in mainland China.

Airline general sales and service agent Airbridge International has offices in Toronto (Pearson International and mid-town) and Montreal as well as at other locations in Canada.
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Old December 8th, 2005, 04:24 AM   #1307
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Cathay Pacific planning terminal to rival HACTL

Cathay Pacific Airways, the biggest client of Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Ltd, plans to set up a rival cargo terminal capacity at Hong Kong International Airport to deal with the airline's rapid growth in cargo volume, a source said.

Alman Loong
Hong Kong Standard
Thursday, December 08, 2005

Cathay Pacific Airways, the biggest client of Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Ltd, plans to set up a rival cargo terminal capacity at Hong Kong International Airport to deal with the airline's rapid growth in cargo volume, a source said.

The move could halve HACTL's business at the airport, the source said.

Senior management at Cathay and HACTL, which controls about 70 percent of air-freight movement at the airport, are "still considering a better solution so they can minimize the impact on HACTL" - including whether HACTL will manage the new terminal, another source said. Spokesmen from Cathay and HACTL were unavailable to comment.

Cathay Pacific's controlling shareholder, Swire Group, directly owns 20 percent of HACTL and holds 10 percent through Cathay. Jardine Pacific owns 25 percent.
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Old December 8th, 2005, 04:25 AM   #1308
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HK main air cargo terminal Nov volume up 7.5 pct

HONG KONG, Dec 8 (Reuters) - Hong Kong's main air cargo terminal said it handled 7.5 percent more cargo in November than the same month last year as export volumes hit a monthly record.

Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Ltd. (HACTL), 25 percent owned by Jardine Matheson Holdings and 20 percent by Swire Pacific Ltd. , handled 226,314 tonnes of cargo in November, it said in a statement on Wednesday.

For the first 11 months of the year, it moved a total of 2.2 million tonnes, up 7.2 percent from the same period last year.

Export volume rose 6.4 percent to a record 135,774 tonnes in November and import volume grew 6.3 percent to 57,979 tonnes.

Growth in the transhipment sector remained strong, rising 15.3 percent in November from the same month last year to 32,561 tonnes.
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Old December 8th, 2005, 07:06 AM   #1309
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港客曼谷住「鬼酒店」
靈異古怪嚇親人 向天鷹航空索償

08/12/2005

泰國天鷹航空今年八月一班由泰國曼谷飛往香港的航班,因為機件故障要延誤起飛,部分乘客滯留曼谷期間聲稱被安排入住一間「鬼酒店」,並遇到怪異事件,包括電視無法關上、有人不停敲房門等,其中三十名乘客自掏腰包另購機票返港,昨日為此聯袂入稟小額錢債審裁處,向航空公司追討損失。

提出申索的三十名男女乘客,昨日派出八名代表,向今年初才投入香港航空服務市場的泰國天鷹航空有限公司追討購買機票、長途電話費等損失,雙方最終達成庭外和解,申索人共獲賠款六萬多元。

事件起因是泰國天鷹航空一班原定今年八月二十八日由曼谷飛往香港的航班,因機件故障要臨時取消,部分乘客獲安排入住曼谷市郊一間酒店,乘客翌日下午接獲通知,飛機要到八月三十日凌晨才起飛。

「有想睇埋套片」
其中三名申索人莫志偉、曹小姐及胡國華昨在庭外大吐苦水,形容被安排入住的酒店非常不堪,曾任警員的莫志偉更大談恐怖經歷,他聲言當日憑經驗已感到酒店有靈界物體,但為免舟車勞頓,遂與愛妻入住「鬼酒店」,豈料當晚便有古怪事情發生,如他看電視片時曾經用遙控器欲關機,怎料用盡方法都未能關機,直到電視片播放完畢才能把電視關上,他直言「有想睇埋套片先」。

莫志偉續稱,事後從其他同被安排住在「鬼酒店」的乘客口中,得悉他們也遇上怪事連連,包括房門外有男人不停敲門,亦有女士聽到房門外徹夜發出連串泰語,開門卻不見影蹤。曹小姐補充,之前已曾聽聞該酒店傳出拖鞋凌空「周圍飛」的怪異事件,故當晚她寧願自費入住其他酒店。

曹小姐續稱,當初「貪新鮮」乘坐泰國天鷹的航班,怎料遇上不愉快經歷,而返港後得悉不少同行乘客另有餘波,包括一對年老夫婦因身無分文滯留曼谷要求助中國領事館,她為取回公道而組織乘客多番投訴索償但不果,最終決定入稟小額錢債審裁處。

泰國天鷹航空有限公司代表總經理蘇澤流昨在庭外指,今次飛機引擎故障是突發事件,公司所有飛機均經過完善檢驗,當日航班逾三百名乘客,事發後已獲提供入住三星級酒店。蘇又指大部分乘客均獲妥善安排及賠償。 案件編號:SCTC 67597-03
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Hactl to surpass last year's record for handling international freight
Company moved 2.21 million tonnes in first 11 months, up 7.2pc on a year ago

8 December 2005
South China Morning Post

Hongkong Air Cargo Terminals Ltd (Hactl) will set a new mark for handling international freight volumes today, raising the bar on an annual world record it has held for the past eight years.

Hactl moved 2.21 million tonnes of cargo in the first 11 months, up 7.2 per cent year on year, putting it on pace to surpass last year's record of 2.26 million tonnes.

"We are set to break last year's tonnage record [today]," said Lilian Chan, general manager marketing. "The sustained volume growth reflects the strength of Hong Kong as the air cargo hub in the region."

The news will come as a relief to the government in a year when Hong Kong's declining fortunes in the maritime trade sector have become glaringly apparent.

But while Hactl and the airport in general are doing brisk trade this year, there are signs of weakness developing in the air cargo industry at home and abroad.

The expansion of global air cargo volumes, which are seen as a three-month leading indicator of economic trends, slowed to 2.6 per cent over the first 10 months, according to the International Air Transport Association (Iata).

With jet fuel prices hovering near record highs, volume growth fell well short of the capacity expansion of 6.5 per cent put on by Iata's 265 member airlines, shrinking their collective pricing power.

According to Airports Council International, which compiles data for 1,600 airports worldwide, air cargo volumes grew a comparative 2.4 per cent in the first 10 months; international freight fared only marginally better at 3.2 per cent.

Both accounts fall well short of forecasts published by experienced industry bodies such as Iata, which called for 6 per cent growth this year, and US-based aircraft manufacturer Boeing, which expects an average 6.2 per cent to 2024.

The impact of the high price of oil slowed consumer demand for high-value products which typically move by air, such as fashion apparel and mobile phones.

Locally, the airport's trade imbalance widened in the first 11 months, with export volumes outstripping imports 2.05 to one this year, against 1.84 to one last year.

This may not directly affect the commercial fortunes of Hactl in the short term but it makes it more difficult for the airlines to turn a profit, which could dampen the terminal's prospects longer term. More worrying for Hactl will be the emergence of terminals in Guangdong, which look increasingly capable of luring away trade and customers as the airline networks that support their facilities grow.

DHL Express, which has more than US$200 million invested in a dedicated express hub at the airport, last month opened a gateway at Guangzhou's Baiyun airport.

"There are opportunities to move some of our traffic from the Pearl River Delta through that facility," Ross Allen, senior vice-president, aviation (Asia Pacific), said. "So even though most of the traffic moves through Hong Kong, as the frequencies build up at [Baiyun], we will obviously be looking at air services in a direct sense."
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HACTL seeks $2b refinancing loan

Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Ltd, the larger of two terminal operators at the city's airport, is seeking a HK$2 billion loan to refinance existing debt, as it hopes to capture the current favorable interest rate environment, people familiar with the situation said.

Wong Ka-chun
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Friday, December 09, 2005



Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Ltd, the larger of two terminal operators at the city's airport, is seeking a HK$2 billion loan to refinance existing debt, as it hopes to capture the current favorable interest rate environment, people familiar with the situation said.

HACTL is asking several banks to help arrange the five-year loan, which will be mainly used to replace a HK$4.2 billion six-year term loan facility signed in 2000. About HK$1.2 billion of that loan remains outstanding, according to Bloomberg.

The previous loan was mainly used for the construction of its SuperTerminal One facility at Hong Kong International Airport in Chek Lap Kok. One of the world's largest air cargo terminals, it cost more than US$1 billion and has the capacity to handle more than 3.5 million tonnes of air cargo each year.

Many large Hong Kong corporates, including Sun Hung Kai Properties and Kerry Properties, are seeking loans as local interest rates, although rising, are still lower than a few years ago, analysts said. HACTL may pay an all-inclusive interest cost of less than 30 basis points over the Hong Kong interbank offered rate. Bankers expect the loan will be completed as a club deal.

Only three or four banks are likely to join the deal, due to low pricing offered by the borrower, said a banker who received the proposal request from HACTL. Standard Chartered Bank and Bank of China (Hong Kong) are among banks bidding for the loan's mandate, sources said. "Hong Kong's booming imports and exports, as well as HACTL's strong shareholders, enable it to secure relatively cheaper funding costs," one banker said.

In the first nine months of 2005, the value of Hong Kong's exports of goods rose by 12 percent from a year ago to HK$1,648 billion, according to the Census and Statistics Bureau.

HACTL handled 1.98 million tonnes of cargo for the first 10 months, up 7.1 percent from a year ago. Growth was supported by exports, which gained 8.3 percent for the period to 1.12 million tonnes, while transshipment jumped 29.6 percent to 314,334 tonnes.

The company, founded in 1971, is 25 percent owned by Jardine Pacific, 20 percent by Swire Group, 10 percent by Cathay Pacific Airways, 12.5 percent each by Wharf (Holdings) and Hutchison Whampoa and 10 percent each by China National Aviation Corporation and CITIC Pacific.

HACTL may face more competition as Cathay Pacific, Hong Kong's de facto flag carrier, is planning to build its own cargo terminal at the airport, sources said earlier.
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United launches service with SkyPier ferry service and pier-side check-in
8 December 2005
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United Airlines has said that it will be the first US airline to offer customers travel between the Pearl River Delta cities and Hong Kong International Airport with the SkyPier ferry service and pier-side check-in. According to Mark Russel, the airline's managing director - Pacific South, the service will allow passengers to connect to or from the US as well as onto United flights between Hong Kong and Japan, Vietnam and Singapore. The SkyPier's high-speed ferry reportedly serves five ports in the Pearl River Delta: Dongguan-Humen, Macau, Shenzhen-Fuyong (next to Shenzhen Baoan International Airport), Shenzhen-Shekou and Zhongshan and ferries run every 30 to 90 minutes between the airport and Pearl River Delta locations, depending on the port.
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Cargo outlook behind Cathay plans to set up rival terminal
10 December 2005
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Cathay Pacific Airways is considering setting up a cargo terminal at Hong Kong International Airport, a company executive said.

"Hong Kong is going to need more cargo capacity going forward, and as the city's leading carrier, we need to consider the options,'' Tony Tyler, Cathay's chief operating officer, said Friday. He declined to elaborate on the airline's plans.

Cathay has a fleet of 13 dedicated Boeing 747 freighters. In October, the airline shipped 103,962 tonnes of cargo, up 15 percent from the same month last year, on an increase in transshipment cargo to Shanghai.

The airline's cargo has been handled by Hongkong Air Cargo Terminals Ltd, which controls 70 percent of the airport's air cargo movement. HACTL, which is 10 percent owned by Cathay and 20 percent owned by the airline's parent company, Swire Group, handled 226,314 tonnes of cargo last month, up 7.5 percent from November last year.

Separately, Tyler said Cathay is also considering new North American destinations for the airline's passenger and cargo network after it announced an order last week of 16 Boeing long- haul aircraft and options for 20 more.

Nothing has been confirmed yet, said Tyler.

Cathay has five North American cities on its passenger network and seven on its cargo operations.
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Old December 11th, 2005, 11:17 AM   #1317
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HKIA breaks another cargo record three months in a row

(Hong Kong, 11 December 2005) - For three consecutive months, cargo passing through Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) broke another record to achieve 319,000 tonnes in November, up 7.9% over the same month last year.

Growth of passenger flow and aircraft movements remained healthy in November, increasing by 6.2% to 3.36 million and 12.9% to 22,815 respectively over the same period last year.

The Airport Authority Hong Kong (AA)'s Commercial Director Hans Bakker said: "Stimulated by the Christmas season, cargo throughput in November is expected to be the peak month of the year. To enhance HKIA's position as the world's largest international cargo airport, we plan to build 10 more cargo stands by 2007."

Over a rolling 12-month period, all three traffic figures grew more than 10%. Passenger and cargo throughputs reached 40.5 million and 3.37 million tonnes respectively. The aircraft movements for the past 12 months amounted to 260,690. The impressive figures of air traffic once again confirmed the super hub status of HKIA.
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Old December 12th, 2005, 06:03 AM   #1318
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港聯空中快線﹕本地直升機服務下月停辦
12月 9日 星期五 05:05 更新

【明報專訊】本港唯一提供散客直升機觀光服務的「空中快線」宣布,由於租金高漲,經營成本上升,決定明年1月起停辦本地直升機服務,改為專注發展跨境業務。但為回饋市民,除於本月中起推出每位減費150元的優惠外,同時打算讓200名弱勢社群人士免費乘直升機暢遊維港上空。

200名弱勢社群可免費遊維港

空中快線所屬的港聯直升機(香港)有限公司營業及市務部主管張應財表示,現時日間散客每位收800元,夜間收1088元,為回饋市民,計劃於本月 15日起提供每人150元的減價優惠,而包機則減500元。同時,打算撥出200個名額,讓弱勢社群人士,如小朋友、傷殘人士等,可免費乘坐6分鐘直升機,於日間欣賞維港美景。有興趣的社團,可致電2108 9913或2108 9979查詢。

空中快線發言人坦言,自2002年推出本地直升機服務,包括觀光、包機、航拍、高空攝影及吊掛工程等後,多年來均虧蝕,加上西九龍直升機場及啟德飛機庫因租約與政府談不攏,因此決定稍後遷出,而提供本地直升機服務的兩架AS350-B3小松鼠型號直升機,亦考慮出售。日後公司將致力發展跨境業務,希望可開拓珠三角市場。他透露,已與江門市政府簽訂備忘錄,待兩地談妥邊檢等問題便可開辦服務。

本港現有兩家商用直升機公司,但只有何鴻燊旗下的港聯航空提供散客觀光服務,另一間由米高嘉道理擁有的直升機服務(香港)有限公司,但只提供包機服務。
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Wednesday December 14, 9:08 AM
HK PRESS: Oasis HK Airlines May Seek Listing In 2006

HONG KONG (Dow Jones)--Oasis Hong Kong Airlines Ltd. said it may list shares next year to raise HK$10 billion for its acquisition of aircraft, the Ming Pao Daily reports.

The budget airline recently received approval from Hong Kong's Air Transport Licensing Authority to operate scheduled passenger flights from Hong Kong to six cities in Europe and the U.S.

The new carrier earlier said it 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.

The airline will operate a small fleet of Boeing 747-400 or Airbus A340-300 aircraft, starting with three planes and expanding to five within two years.

Investors in the company include Raymond Lee, a property developer who lives in Boston, and Allan Wong, chairman of local electronics firm VTech Holdings Ltd. (0303.HK).

Newspaper Web site:http://www.mingpao.com
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明報專訊】計劃於明年中首航的甘泉航空主席李卓民透露,為拓展業務,正積極研究多項融資方案,包括極有可能籌備明年上市,估計集資金額將過百億元,資金主要用作購置飛機,預計未來5年,公司將購買最少25架長途客機。

雖然甘泉航空尚未營業,但仍有機會在港交所上市。港交所(0388)近年修改上市規則,新上市公司市值若超過40億元,可豁免有三年盈利紀錄的要求。

機隊包括波音787

主攻長途廉價航班的甘泉航空主席李卓民透露,明年中將首航來往香港及倫敦的航線,並計劃未來5年內,開辦50至60個直航航點。他指出,由於香港至美國東岸航線需要較新型的長途客機,故計劃購買至少25架長途客機,可能購置的型號包括波音的787系列,該客機最快可於08年付運,每架造價約值10億元。

至於其餘航點,甘泉亦會租賃客機營運,目前甘泉已承租5架747客機,李卓民指每架客機便需要聘用72名機組人員,故明年1月後,公司會開始招聘近400員工,當中包括30至40名市場推廣,管理人員等。

明年1月後開始聘400員工

各項計劃都涉及龐大資金,故李卓民表示正研究多項融資方案,當中包括於本港上市,相信一旦落實,集資規模將過百億元。

用二線機場升降減成本

面對國際油價高企,李卓民認為油價對全球航空都是一個重大挑戰,但他認為危中必有機,只要控制成本得宜,降低票價,便可令原本無法負擔長途票價的消費者,乘搭飛機,為航空業製造大量的需求。

他指傳統航空公司的一站式服務,可為客戶提供方便,但附帶的,卻是較高的經營成本,例如要與其他航空公司的系統連結,產生大量的行政工作及高昂的成本,加上為遷就轉機班次的時間,亦降低航機的使用率及升降次數。而甘泉的經營方式是採取點對點直航服務,既可免除上述提及的成本外,亦能為搭客提供直接的航線服務。另外,盡量採用二線機場作為升降點,都有助降低經營成本。

李指,由於成本較低,以往一些因為客量較少而未有航空公司經營的航點,該公司亦能提供服務,且獲得利潤。所以該公司將會積極擴充航點。

指傳統航空搞廉航未見成功

對於該公司的經營模式會否被傳統航空公司借鏡,而進入同一市場競爭,李卓民認為傳統公司要經營廉價航空,未見有成功例子,除了是要減省成本要面對員工的壓力外,亦可能因而令公司原有的高價客源減少,倒招來損失。他又認為甘泉與傳統航空公司,所針對的客源不同,相信不會有直接競爭。

有分析員便認為,甘泉以本港為基地經營廉價航空公司,將面對本港機場經營成本較高所影響,加上客源不同,相信甘泉的出現,對國泰(0293)的影響不大。

(明報記者盧嘉偉報道)

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