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Old December 29th, 2005, 06:46 PM   #1361
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DHL to Launch Cargo Flights Between China's Qingdao And HK

QINGDAO, Dec 30 Asia Pulse - German logistics giant DHL has announced that it will launch cargo flights between Qingdao, east China's Shandong Province, and Hong Kong via Hangzhou, in eastern Zhejiang Province, in February next year.

Several months ago, another express giant UPS from the United States launched direct cargo flights between Qingdao and South Korea's Inchon.

Express commodities leaving the Qingdao Liuting International Airport reached 40,000 items monthly as against the former figure of 25,000 items. The volume imported via the airport amounted to approximately 8,000 items from the former 5,000 items, according to customs figures.

Most express commodities handled by the airport are samples, precise spare parts and high-tech products.
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TNT明年自辦香港航線
2005-12-30



【大公報訊】荷蘭TNT快遞(香港)副總經理甯漢崇接受傳媒訪問時表示,TNT計劃於二○○六年第三季度推出由TNT貨機親自執行的香港來往歐洲航線服務,公司已經開始與特區政府商討有關細節,預料該航線初期每周有兩班,採用載貨量一百噸的波音747-400ERF型貨機。

據悉,TNT為了推出該項新服務已向美國的飛機租賃公司Guggenheim Aviation Partners租用兩架波音全貨機,租期為十年,首架飛機將用作開闢上海來往TNT歐洲轉運中心-比利時列日的航線服務。甯漢崇說,上海到歐洲的航線開始時每周將有四班往返班機,到二○○七年初增加至九班。

正爭取機場著陸權

至於TNT即將接收的第二架同款貨機極有可能投入香港至列日航線服務。他表示,TNT正在爭取在香港國際機場的著落權,並相信成功機會很大,新服務的初始階段將需要每周兩次停靠香港,午夜後香港機場將會有許多空機位可供停機,而公司在香港的航權亦沒有問題。

對於貨源方面,他強調,香港有足夠的貨運量,公司每年單從香港運出的貨物量就達到約2萬噸,還沒有包括運入香港或從歐洲到亞洲各地經香港中轉貨物。他又表示,TNT利用自己的貨機執行香港航線,減少利用其他航空公司的艙位,可直接提升企業形象和給予顧客更大信心,此舉肯定受市場歡迎。

顧客首選香港樞紐

甯漢崇稱,香港國際機場依然是「中國地區最可靠的機場」,其他鄰近機場,如廣州白雲機場,還不足以對其構成威脅,因為這些機場的設施還沒有達到最高的水平。「我們的客戶儘管在中國大陸設了生產基地,卻仍然願意經香港出貨,因為香港在飛機航線和航班上,特別是到歐洲和美國市場都比較穩定。」他如是說。他相信,香港國際機場的競爭對手還需要五年以上時間才能構成明顯威脅。

TNT的飛機隊伍雖然已有五十多架廣體貨機,短期內又會再接收三架波音757F貨機,但該公司一直未曾採用自己的貨機開辦亞洲航線,這些貨機目前只負責執行歐洲區內航線。TNT在香港主要與國泰航空,法航─荷航,港龍航空和德國漢莎航空等合作夥伴簽訂預訂艙位協議,為該公司提供貨運服務。
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Old December 31st, 2005, 09:57 AM   #1364
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機場設e-道自助辦過關手續
2005-12-31





機場管制站入境大堂昨日下午起設立六條「e-道」,讓十一歲或以上持有智能身份證的香港永久性居民以自助方式辦理過關手續。在試用期間,該六條「e-道」每日的開放時間為上午十時至下午六時。入境處會檢討運作情況,以便日後延長e-道開放時間及增加更多e-道。
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Old December 31st, 2005, 07:14 PM   #1365
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Old January 2nd, 2006, 05:43 AM   #1366
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December 27, 2005
Government Press Release
SkyCity aims to attract locals, visitors

There's a city within a city sprouting up at Hong Kong International Airport: Hong Kong's SkyCity. Linked to the award-winning airport, on a 1-million-square-metre landscaped peninsula, SkyCity will be a beacon for passengers and local residents.







Airport Authority Commercial Director Hans Bakker says SkyPlaza, depicted in an artist's impression and a scale model, will be unique in the world, providing 'memorable experiences' for those who stop by.

Airport Authority Commercial Director Hans Bakker says there are about 50,000 people working in and around the airport. "What is the city without a centre, and without a shopping mall and without a supermarket, and all the basic necessities you need?" he asks.

Half a million potential customers - daily

Consider the numbers: In 2006, the estimated daily 'catchment' population at SkyCity is expected to top 500,000. Of these, about 85,000 are air passengers, 36,000 are meeters/greeters and well-wishers, 5,800 are passengers of the SkyPier cross-boundary ferry terminal, and 1,400 are visitors to the the newly-opened AsiaWorld-Expo exhibition centre. Add in 326,000 local residents, 60,800 airport workers and 1,800 or so on-site hotel guests.

A recent AC Nielsen survey showed most airline passengers and meeters/greeters and well-wishers spent more than two hours at the airport. SkyCity will target all of these potential customers as it aims to nurture relationships and links between the airport, a new office and retail complex known as SkyPlaza, the SkyPier, AsiaWorld-Expo and nearby tourist attractions - including a nine-hole golf course.

With the new SkyPier and other expanded facilities, the airport is being transformed into the region's intermodal transport hub. By air, sea and land, SkyCity will have all the connections for time-conscious business and leisure visitors, from the Mainland and around the world.

Intermodal transport hub delivers travellers

To accommodate this role, a new MTR station has been added to the Airport Express line next to AsiaWorld-Expo. The SkyPlaza will also feature a comfortable and convenient cross-boundary bus terminal with connections to the city and tourist destinations.

"We are now handling our Mainland Chinese guests in the open air, in the heat and the rain. And now what we will provide is a ground-based transportation centre, with air-conditioned waiting lounges, and also the 'airport' gimmick so you can see on the monitor which bus will leave from which gate at what time," Mr Bakker said.

SkyPlaza will also have a second airline terminal, with 56 check-in counters that will be extended to 112. A people-mover system will connect it with the existing terminal, for a convenient one-minute journey. Estimated time to the nearby town of Tung Chung: five minutes. Hong Kong Disneyland is about 15 minutes away, downtown Hong Kong, 23 minutes, AsiaWorld Exp, two minutes, the SkyPier, future hotel and golf course, three minutes. Even the heart of the Pearl River Delta is only 30 minutes to an hour away.

Of course, anyone waiting for a bus, a flight or a ferry will be able to take advantage of the retail shops and entertainment.

"This is completely different from any other terminal elsewhere in the world," Mr Bakker enthused, adding the goal was to give everyone - "passengers, well-wishers, meeters and greeters, exhibition visitors, visitors to Disney, people who want to make use of the ferries" - a "memorable experience".

4D cinema takes virtual reality to the max

When SkyPlaza opens in mid-2006, it will sprawl across 35,000 square metres, divided into three sectors: retail stores, catering outlets and entertainment centres. The centre's tagline? "Adventure Unlimited". It will include eight themed 'zones', including:

* Gourmet Garden;
* Hong Kong Bazaar;
* Souvenir Planet;
* Cultural Lane;
* In-Zone Avenue;
* Fashion Boulevard;
* Kids Kingdom; and
* Hip Home HQ.

One of its entertainment highlights is a "4D" cinema, the largest cinema in Asia and the first of its kind in the world.

The 4D Extreme Screen stands more than four storeys high with advanced technologies that bring strikingly real 3D images to the audience while allowing them to experience other sensory thrills timed to the onscreen action. Audience members might feel as though they are wading through drifting snow, splashing in water or breathing in pleasant scents.

Exhibition centre boasts indoor arena

Phase 1 of SkyCity includes the just-opened AsiaWorld-Expo, an international exhibition centre. It boasts a 13,500-seat arena and has already attracted celebrated entertainers, including rock giants Oasis, who will take to the stage in February.

Thirty major international exhibitions and events are scheduled so far for 2006, and they are estimated to bring about $4 billion in economic benefits to Hong Kong. These events are virtually all firsts to the city and the majority of them are recurring events for subsequent years.

SkyCity's many inter-related elements continue to come onstream. Still on the cards are two office towers with a total floor space of 30,000 square metres to be developed in two phases. They are slated to house the Airport Authority headquarters, a World Trade Centre, and offices of airlines and other airport-related businesses, as well as corporations needing close access to the Pearl River Delta and the airport.
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Old January 2nd, 2006, 01:02 PM   #1368
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Skyplaza Looks awesome...........................
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Old January 3rd, 2006, 07:59 AM   #1369
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機 管 局 被 轟 蔑 視 立 法 程 序
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機場管理局配合亞洲博覽館落成,將三條新路的交通標誌附屬法例急刊憲,並罕有即時推出生效,做法被指事前沒給立法會時間審議附例。多名議員炮轟當局「先斬後奏」極不尊重議會,甚至以行政方便來破壞法制精神,視立法議員如無物,稍後會就事件要求運輸局解釋。

耗資逾二十三億元,花數年時間興建的亞洲國際博覽館,為本港最大展覽場館,上月二十一日由特首曾蔭權主持開幕禮,當局疑配合博覽館啟用,在開幕前六日才將附近三條新路,包括航展道、航天城路及航天城東路開放通車,同日更將道路的交通標誌附屬法例刊憲及即時生效,事件被議員炮轟當局立例手法不尊重立法會。

運輸署發言人稱,由於上址三條新路赤角機場附近範圍,相關道路管理是由機管局負責,故拒絕評論事件。

據悉,任何道路交通標誌附屬法例在具法律效力前,慣常事先呈立法會審議,又或以「負面審議」方式提交立法會﹔如在法定的四十九日內議員無提出決議修訂,有關法例便自動生效。執法人員便可依例處理控告違例駕駛者或行人。

政府資料顯示,機管局上月十六日,才將上述三條新路的交通標誌及附屬法例刊憲,公告為233號《2005年道路交通 ( 交通管制 ) ( 指定禁區及限制區 ) ( 修訂 ) 公告》。刊憲當日法例即時生效,事前根本沒提交立法會省覽。

機管局發言人稱,有關法例刊憲前,曾諮詢律政署獲得指引在刊憲當日生效。她解釋,礙於博覽館工程提早三個月竣工,鑑於開幕時間急逼,所以才作出如此決定。機管局否認有法不依及不尊重立法會,並承諾倘議員如提出修訂,機管局會即時跟進。

斥責機管局「博大霧」的立法會交通事務委員會副主席鄭家富稱,這種「急就章」立法方式不能接受﹕「我記得最近咁樣急住立法附屬法例,係孔雀石綠期。

政府刊憲即時生效一些法例,目的是要作出防範,呢個緊急情況全世界理解,但機管局今次無理由要急成咁。」他又稱,難明當局為何不依循慣例辦事,他會去函運輸局要求解釋原因。

立法會交通事務委員會成員陳偉業亦批評,機管局蓄意破壞法制,不能接受博覽館因工程提早竣工,急將法例推出解釋﹕「機管局講法,即係以行政方便來破壞法制精神,這樣根本屬不尋常做法,完全當立法會無到。」

立法會議員涂謹申則表示,愈來愈多政府部門不尊重立法會,在沒充足理由下便刊憲把法例即日推出,事前不給時間議員考慮審議。

涂謹申又說﹕「刊憲而即日生效的法例,都屬危急條例,試問博覽館籌備至建成都有幾年,真係無時間依足傳統立法程序處理﹖」

「在法例角度,機管局做法雖無違法,但在傳統立法精神來講,絕對唔值得鼓勵。」涂謹申強調,會親到該三條新路視察,了解道路是否存在問題,以及深究機管局急要將法例生效原因。
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When Sky Plaza finishes I think the majority of those residents will be from Tung Chung
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Skyplaza Looks awesome...........................
Only the interior design.
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When Sky Plaza finishes I think the majority of those residents will be from Tung Chung
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Oasis Hong Kong Air plans to make maiden flight to London in March - report
2 September 2005

HONG KONG (XFN-ASIA) - Oasis Hong Kong Airlines, a long-haul budget carrier, plans to make its maiden flight to London in March to compete with Cathay Pacific Airways, The Standard reported.

The paper quoted airline chairman Raymon Lee as saying that it plans to also launch flights to Cologne/Bonn in Germany two months after the London service has started.

But the Air Transport Licensing Authority has yet to approve the flights. The carrier, 60 pct-owned by Lee and his wife Priscilla, has applied to the government for a license. Other carriers, however, have objected.

Oasis's other founders include Allan Wong, chief executive of the Hong Kong-based consumer electronics maker VTech Holdings, who owns 15 pct.

Managing director Stephen Miller, one of the founders of Hong Kong Dragon Airlines, also holds a small stake in the carrier.
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^ That's a very dated article. Soon Qantas will have daily flights from London to Hong Kong (up from their current three per week) so there will be 63 direct flights per week (9 per day) in each direction plus however many are added by Oasis:

63 direct flights per week from London to Hong Kong:
- Cathay Pacific = 28
- British Airways = 21
- Virgin Atlantic = 7
- Qantas = 7
- Oasis = ??
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Whoops ... posted the wrong article about Oasis. Here's what was supposed to go there - Oasis Plans 2007 IPO :

甘泉航空明年集資百億拓業務
2006-1-4

【大公報訊】正在籌備開辦航線的香港甘泉航空,主席李卓民接受外電訪問時透露,公司計劃在二○○七年公開招股集資約100億港元,作購買飛機等拓展業務之用。

該公司最近雖已獲得空運牌照局批准開辦香港來往倫敦、米蘭、科隆、柏林、美國奧克蘭和芝加哥六條航線,但至今仍未獲民航處發出營運許可證(AOC),令業務計劃一直未能順利推行。李卓民預料,甘泉航空可望在未來數月獲得有關許可證。

甘泉航空計劃租賃五架波音747-400型客機,並希望在五年內引入二十五架飛機,開闢十二至十五條航線。在倫敦航線上,甘泉要與國泰航空、英航和維珍等正面競爭,李卓民強調,公司將以平價機票作招徠,來回票價最低可至1000港元,而平均票價則較競爭對手平40%至50%,相信可爭取到一定的市場份額。

機票價格如此便宜,甘泉航空唯有盡量降低營運成本。他說︰「公司會簡化行政架構,將大部分工序外判。」又說,公司與其他只集中在客運業務的廉價機票航空公司不同,甘泉還會借助開展貨運業務爭取更高的回報。
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^ Can you translate please? I am looking forward to Oasis Airlines' debut. Does it mention when services are forecast to start?
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Quick Translation - Main Points
1. 2007 IPO would raise about HK$10 billion
2. Oasis has licenses for routes to London, Milan, Cologne, Berlin, Oakland, Chicago
3. But hasn't received AOC from the Hong Kong aviation authorities
4. Plan for 5 Boeing 747-400 passenger planes
5. Hope to expand fleet to 25 planes in 5 years
6. Ticket price sto London can be as low as HK$1000 to compete with Cathay, Virgin, and BA

There wasn't any further information on expected launch dates.
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INTERVIEW-Hong Kong startup budget airline eyes long-haul
By Vinicy Chan

HONG KONG, Jan 3 (Reuters) - A Hong Kong startup airline aims to depart from the standard budget carrier model by operating exclusively on long-haul routes.

Oasis Hong Kong Airlines, launched by a husband-and-wife team of property investors, plans to make its maiden flight from Hong Kong to London's Gatwick Airport in June as Hong Kong's first low-fare carrier of any type.

"The low-cost long-haul model has numerous advantages," said part-time pastor Raymond Lee, who founded Oasis with his wife Priscilla. Oasis recently won approval from the city's Air Transport Licensing Authority to operate scheduled flights to London, Milan, Cologne, Berlin, Oakland and Chicago.

The carrier hopes to win an air operator's certificate (AOC) from the Civil Aviation Department in the next few months.

It expects to raise about HK$10 billion in an initial public offering in mid-2007 to fund expansion, Lee said.

The airline plans initially to lease five Boeing 747-400 jets and has a five-year plan to expand its fleet to 25 aircraft, serving between 12 and 15 destinations. It will take on other planned startups as well as established players such as Hong Kong's largest airline, Cathay Pacific Airways

On its London route, Oasis will compete with Cathay, British Airways and Virgin Atlantic, all of which will offer more frequent flights than Oasis.

Lee said full-service carriers have bloated cost structures, while his expenses can be kept low by flying long distances and maximising flying hours of big aircraft with low per-passenger costs.

"We'll keep a very lean and mean organisation, and we'll outsource everything we can," Lee told Reuters in an interview.

Oasis plans to broaden its potential revenue stream by carrying freight, which is not a priority for short-haul low-cost airlines such as Ryanair and easyJet

Oasis will not be alone. Qantas' Jetstar arm and Viva Macau, controlled by businessman Raymond Ho, the younger brother of Macau's Chief Executive Edmund Ho, both hope to launch low-cost long-haul flights.

HK-LONDON RETURN FROM $128

The Lees, who own 60 percent of the firm, and others, are investing HK$800 million (US$102.56 million) in Oasis. Allan Wong, chief executive of Hong Kong consumer electronics maker Vtech Holdings holds a 15 percent stake.

Oasis aims to price round-trip tickets starting as low as HK$1,000 (US$128), although customers looking for such a bargain would have to book months in advance, said Oasis Chief Executive Officer Stephan Miller, a founder and former chief executive of the city's second largest airline, Dragonair.

Oasis expects its fares to average 40 to 50 percent below those of full service counterparts. It aims to attract a new market of passengers flying long-haul for the first time.

"Fares starting from HK$1,000 will be highly stimulative," said Lee, who also plans to offer budget business class service.

A recent survey by brokerage CLSA found many potential passengers would upgrade to a lower-frills business class seat at the right price.

"Based on our survey there is a niche for Oasis. Whether this niche is big enough for both Cathay and Oasis, only time will tell," CLSA analyst Kevin O'Connor wrote.

Existing carriers are expected to fight back.

"The incumbent airlines undoubtedly will lower many of their fares to the same level Oasis does, and the customers will most likely make the rational choice to fly with the known commodities, with their established safety histories and frequent flier programs," said Richard Pinkham, a Singapore-based consultant with the Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation.

He also noted a global shortage of pilots, meaning Oasis could face high salaries, missing out on a source of cost savings historically enjoyed by budget airlines. It also faces the same high jet fuel prices and costly Hong Kong airport fees as its rivals, he said. (US$=HK$7.8)
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