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Old January 8th, 2006, 11:52 PM   #1381
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Old January 9th, 2006, 11:34 AM   #1382
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In my opinion, Oasis will be very important to HK for intensifying its position of Asia Avaiation Hub, but I wonder if it is possible for them to be breakeven.

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Old January 9th, 2006, 05:41 PM   #1383
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Oasis is a niche airline. They're not going to be a major player at HKIA. I imagine them to be another Hong Kong Express or CR Airways. The long-haul low-cost market is untested. Oasis knows about this. That's why they prefer flying to cities that are not normally served by direct flights.
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Old January 9th, 2006, 05:43 PM   #1384
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Old January 9th, 2006, 10:32 PM   #1385
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I agree with you, I think Oasis is trying to avoid direct competitions from Cathay Pacific. As we can see, they just plan to launch new services to cities which are not served with dircet flight, such as Colonge, Milan, Berlin and Oakland. It can be clearly seen that the participation of Oasis would be beneficial to HKIA by the fact that they can broaden the international network for HKIA. Generally speaking, as a real aviation hub, HKIA should contain a variety of airlines.
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Old January 10th, 2006, 03:51 AM   #1386
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Old January 10th, 2006, 04:02 AM   #1387
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Delay for heliport after more data sought on noise
Residents' concern at increased din has officials seeking more information despite study and consultation

09 January 2006
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The proposed Sheung Wan heliport expansion has suffered a setback after public concern about noise levels.

The Environmental Protection Department has asked the Civil Aviation Department for more information on the plan for a helipad atop the Hong Kong-Macau Ferry pier near the Shun Tak Centre.

This follows a month-long consultation on the environmental impact assessment, which ended in November.

But an EPD spokeswoman declined to disclose details of the views expressed, saying the project was being evaluated.

The department is still waiting for a response from civil aviation officials, who submitted the assessment, carried out by Maunsell Environmental Management Consultants, in August. The spokeswoman said it would take 30 days to evaluate the information once it became available.

But the Economic Development and Labour Bureau, which is behind the proposed development, said the latest demand by the EPD would not significantly delay the project, due to be completed by the end of next year.

The bureau plans to build a 1,764-square-metre helipad next to the existing 885-square-metre helipad, which caters for helicopters travelling between Hong Kong and Macau, to meet predicted demand for cross-border trips up to 2015.

Earlier, local district councillors had voiced strong reservations about the assessment, saying the estimate of the likely noise level was too low.

Central and Western District Council passed a motion urging the EPD to reject the assessment. The council also wants night trips banned after the heliport expansion, which will result in more day trips.

The assessment found that the average noise level between 7pm and 11pm would be about 65 decibels and the maximum noise level between 8am and 7pm 85 decibels.

The consultant said in the assessment report that the estimated noise levels complied with the current legislation and the residual impacts were "considered to be acceptable".

District councillor Kam Nai-wai said he was not opposed to the expansion. "But the government should strike a balance between economic development and residents' living conditions," he said.

Sam Hui, an assistant secretary for the bureau, said it understood residents' concern about potential noise from the new helipad. "Many residents have a perception that the heliport expansion will increase noise levels by several times," he said.

"But the two helipads will not be used at the same time. We find the noise levels will be increased by only 1 to 2 decibels."

Mr Hui said that once an environmental permit was granted for the expansion, tendering for the helipad's construction and operation would start.

The existing helipad on the rooftop of Shun Tak centre is managed by Hong Kong Express, which also operates cross-border flights.

The maximum daily number of movements at the two proposed helipads will be 206, compared with 108 for the existing facility.
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Old January 10th, 2006, 04:15 AM   #1388
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Trojan horse at walls of local aviation regime
06 January 2006
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Hainan Airlines' attempt to take a controlling stake in CR Airways has entered a holding pattern as the mainland carrier's executives field ownership queries from Hong Kong authorities, who in turn are consulting their lawyers.

What emerges from those discussions will go beyond merely deciding whether a newly capitalised CR Airways meets the "principal place of business" and incorporation requirements of a Hong Kong-designated airline.

It could also have serious implications for our incumbent carriers and how Hong Kong's aviation regime continues to be viewed by our bilateral partners.

Depending on which version of the media reports you believe, Hainan Air, China's No4 airline group by revenue last year, has proposed to take 60 per cent or 70 per cent of CR Airways, a small local carrier that, until recently, appeared content to make a humble living from regional charter flights.

At face value, a successful Hainan Air bid would appear to put CR Airways outside the criteria allowing it to remain a Hong Kong-designated airline. Those criteria hold that an airline must be incorporated in Hong Kong; its principal place of business must be in Hong Kong; and it must be managed and controlled from Hong Kong.

Presumably, the CR management is trying to convince officials at the Economic Development and Labour Bureau that a company majority controlled by a China state-owned enterprise can meet those criteria.

That will take some doing because beyond its impact on CR Airways' future potential to make a buck, a decision in its favour could shift international perception about the integrity of Hong Kong's aviation regime.

In the late 1980s, when it became clear Hong Kong would be handed back to China, local negotiators began the long, hard work of negotiating new bilateral aviation pacts to free Hong Kong from previous British deals while still recognising its unique status as a special administrative region of China.

According to people with knowledge of the process, one of the trickiest issues was convincing our bilateral partners that Hong Kong would not be used as a "flag of convenience" by foreign firms setting up shop in the region to exploit local air service agreements.

Apparently, those assurances were very specific and very carefully drawn, the result of arduous negotiations.

Among the hardest to convince were the Japanese and the Americans. It would be easy to see how those countries and others would take a dim view of any suggestions that a Hainan Air-controlled CR Airways was anything but a mainland entity masquerading as a Hong Kong enterprise.

"What Hainan Air is trying to do is drive a Trojan horse through [Hong Kong's] air service regime," one executive told Below Deck this week.

Our bilateral partners would have several counter-steps at their disposals should any deal not meet their approval.

They could challenge Hong Kong to prove that CR Airways is locally controlled and operated and that Hainan Air is nothing more than a "sleeping" investment partner.

Given the stake purportedly on the table, that would be a tough case to make.

They could also take the unlikely step of granting CR Airways access to their markets for a steep price, making Hong Kong and its carriers pay heavily in future bilateral negotiations for a new, "maverick" entrant.

Or - and this undoubtedly has airline lobbyists working overtime - countries that remain sceptical could just withdraw the rights awarded to incumbent carriers on the basis that they had lost confidence in the autonomy of the Hong Kong regime.

Presumably, Hainan Air did the due diligence before making the proposal and following that up last month with an audacious US$3 billion aircraft order, including intercontinental jets.

New CR Airways chairman Chen Feng (pictured) last week said he remained confident the new entity would be entitled to Hong Kong designation and all the rights that go along with it.

Experts suggest Mr Chen's confidence may lie in the fact that Hong Kong's air services "arrangement" with Beijing differs from the usual bilateral deals it signs with foreign partners, one country, two systems and all that.

They say it may leave scope for Hainan Air to set up in Hong Kong and fly to the mainland but not international destinations, putting Dragonair and Hong Kong Express under intense pressure.

However this plays out, allowing the new CR Airways to retain its Hong Kong designation would require a lot of explaining - to sceptics both here and abroad.
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Old January 10th, 2006, 11:57 PM   #1389
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Operating hours of e-channels at Airport control point to be extended
Monday, January 9, 2006
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Operating hours of the six e-channels at the arrival hall of Airport control point will be extended from today (January 9). The channels will be open to the public from 6am to midnight daily. Hong Kong permanent residents (aged 11 or above) holding smart identity cards may use the e-channels to perform self-service clearance.
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Old January 11th, 2006, 12:08 AM   #1390
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Old January 11th, 2006, 03:26 AM   #1391
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HK's HACTL says 2005 cargo up 7.5 pct to record

HONG KONG, Jan 10 (Reuters) - Hong Kong's main air cargo terminal said it handled 7.5 percent more cargo in 2005 than in the previous year, achieving a new yearly tonnage record.

Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Ltd. (HACTL), which is 25 percent owned by Jardine Matheson Holdings and 20 percent by Swire Pacific Ltd. , handled a record 2.43 million tonnes of cargo in 2005, it said in a statement on Tuesday.

It gave no reason for the increase.

For the month of December, HACTL moved a total of 222,449 tonnes, up 10.9 percent from the same period a year ago. Total tonnage was up 8.3 percent year-on-year to 676,998 tonnes for the fourth quarter.

Export volume rose 8.2 percent to 1.38 million tonnes in 2005 and was up 8.7 percent in December to 123,179 tonnes.

Import volume declined slightly by 2.7 percent in 2005 to 674,204 tonnes but was up 5.1 percent to 63,754 tonnes in December.

Growth in the trans-shipment sector remained strong, rising 28.6 percent year-on-year in 2005 to 382,423 tonnes, and gaining 33.3 percent in December to 35,516 tonnes. (US$1=HK$7.8)
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Old January 12th, 2006, 12:31 PM   #1394
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Old January 12th, 2006, 12:38 PM   #1395
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The only thing is, the airport is too big but at least you got people movers on the bottom!

Chek Lap Kok is big contrast compared to the old Kai Tak Airport.
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Old January 14th, 2006, 04:32 AM   #1396
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Third Carrier
Hong Kong Express emphasizes business services with Embraer 170s

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9 January 2006
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When Hong Kong Express took delivery of its first Embraer 170 early last year, it was pioneering air services across several fronts.

The carrier was quick to recognize that business travel would be enhanced by the 2004 Closer Economic Partnership Agreement that liberalized air services between China and Hong Kong. Although Hong Kong is part of China, the former British colony continues to run its own economic affairs, including its air service agreements. Hong Kong has become one of Asia's most competitive markets, with three carriers--Cathay Pacific, Dragonair and Hong Kong Express--serving the mainland.

Hong Kong Express (HKE) has its roots in HeliExpress, which operates Sikorsky 76C+ helicopters to cities in the Pearl River Delta, including Macau, the former Portuguese colony, and Shenzhen, an industrial trade center.

Last September, HKE began Asia's first regional routes with the Embraer 170 when it opened links between Hong Kong and Guangzhou, southern China's biggest industrial city. Guangzhou is home to China Southern Airlines, the country's largest carrier and leader of that city's effort to establish itself as the region's leading hub, a title it would have to take away from the better known Hong Kong. Cathay carries Hong Kong's banner in a far wider international network than China Southern.

HKE flies well below the radar of either of those carriers as it makes three-times-daily business connections between the two cities. The question for Chief Executive Andrew Tse is how quickly to add capacity.

Tse is on target for a business plan that sees five mainland destinations opening by next spring using four Embraer 170s. By last month, he had opened his second and third routes--to Hangzhou and Ningbo--and taken delivery of his third leased 170. By April, HKE expects delivery of its fourth 170 through a lease contract with GE Commercial Aviation Service, and is set to serve Nanjing and Chingqing.

The question now is whether to step up incrementally in aircraft size by acquiring the 100-seat Embraer 190 or to make a bigger jump and choose from the Airbus A320 or Boeing 737 families. Talks have begun with all three.
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2005 a record-breaking year for HKIA

(Hong Kong, 15 January 2006) - Annual traffic figures soared to new heights at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) in the year 2005, breaking the records of 2004 in all categories.

Fuelled by the double-digit growth of transfer/transit passengers and visitors, the annual passenger throughput reached 40.74 million, up 9.7% over 2004.

About 3.4 million tonnes of cargo were handled in 2005, an increase of 9.9% over 2004. Export and transshipment of air cargo grew 10% and 24% respectively, indicating a continuous and robust demand for intra-regional trade as well as trade between this region and the USA and Europe.

Aircraft movements of 2005 exceeded 263,400, an 11% rise over 2004. Growth of cargo flights outpaced passenger flights with an increment of 20% and 10% over 2004 respectively, showing the increasing importance of cargo growth.

Airport Authority Hong Kong (AA) Commercial Director Mr Hans Bakker said, "2005 was a remarkable year for HKIA. Impressive figures aside, we made a number of breakthroughs in our business. Besides the launch of the world's first cross-boundary check-in service in the fast growing Pearl River Delta, a total of 10 new carriers joined our extensive air network to provide scheduled services at HKIA. The opening of AsiaWorld-Expo - the largest exhibition and event complex - in December 2005 is a further illustration that HKIA is more than an airport.

"To maintain our hub position and to facilitate the continuous growth of air traffic, the much anticipated SkyPlaza, which houses the second passenger terminal, will be opened later this year. This will be followed by a series of renovation and enhancement projects in the next few years to provide airport users with a unique and memorable airport experience."

On a monthly basis, air traffic figures of December 2005 were also encouraging. Passenger throughput during the month was 3.58 million, a healthy growth of 7% over the same month of the previous year. Growing strongly by 10.6% and 12.8% over last year, cargo throughput and aircraft movements in the same month reached 309,000 tonnes and 23,500 respectively.
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CR Airways eyes wet-lease to boost New Year flights
14 January 2006
South China Morning Post

CR Airways has applied to boost the number of passengers it flies to mainland destinations to capitalise on the travel boom over the Lunar New Year period.

It has applied to the Civil Aviation Department to boost its capacity to Tianjin and Jinan by wet-leasing a B737-800 from Hainan Airlines, deepening the carriers' relationship ahead of an anticipated merger.

"We are trying to look for a way to expand the fleet before the Lunar New Year but we haven't had much luck," chief executive Kenneth Tong said, adding the application was submitted a month ago.

A spokesman for the department confirmed a decision was pending.

"If all the information we need is submitted, the process normally takes 60 days," he said.

If approved for the wet-lease, which requires Hainan Air to provide the aircraft and crew, CR Airways would more than triple its capacity on the routes. It currently operates 50-seat CRJ-200 aircraft.

Hainan Air and CR Airways for the past few months have been fine-tuning a proposal to make Hainan Air group chairman Chen Feng the Hong Kong carrier's controlling shareholder. He became its top executive last month.

Opponents of the move insist any airline controlled by Mr Chen, a mainland citizen, does not fit the criteria for a Hong Kong-designated airline, exempting it from using local traffic rights. The government is seeking further information from CR Airways and legal advice before making its decision.

Viva Macau chief executive Andrew Pyne said whatever decision was rendered would have an impact in Macau, as Hong Kong and the former colony both have been awarded bilateral negotiating rights from foreign nations without being countries in their own right.

"What happens in Hong Kong impacts on how this special status continues to be viewed internationally," Mr Pyne said.

"We are watching that closely and we have confidence that the authorities will act to protect the integrity of Hong Kong's air service arrangement. There is a lot at stake."

A spokesman for the government said a locally designated airline must meet three criteria - it must be incorporated in Hong Kong, its principal place of business must be in Hong Kong, and it must be managed and controlled from Hong Kong.

It was conceivable that an airline controlled by mainland interests could be awarded Hong Kong designation provided it met those three criteria, he said.

"The ownership is not the primary consideration," Mr Pyne said.
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Tung quits Dragonair to go back to OOCL
17 January 2006
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Andy Tung Lieh-cheung will step down as the chief operating officer of Hong Kong Dragon Airlines (Dragonair) to return to his family's container shipping business where he worked for five years in the 1990s.

Mr Tung, the oldest son of former chief executive Tung Chee-hwa, will leave the airline at the end of next month and take up a business development and marketing role at Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL).

Dragonair chief executive Stanley Hui Hon-chung confirmed Mr Tung's departure in an internal memorandum to staff yesterday.

"Andy will leave the company at the end of February after 4½ years with us. I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank him for his contribution during his time at Dragonair," Mr Hui said. "Andy helped with the smooth running of the airline and was of considerable help to me."

Mr Tung leaves the airline as it struggles to retain historic levels of profitability despite soaring fuel costs and mounting domestic competition on its core mainland service.

Newcomers Hong Kong Express and CR Airways have been boosting services to secondary mainland cities served by Dragonair and it faces the spectre of its powerful associate Cathay Pacific Airways being approved to fly passenger services to Shanghai at the end of the year.

However, with the shipping industry well into one of its cyclical downturns, Mr Tung will not be short on challenges at his family firm.

OOCL and its partners in the Grand Alliance have been paddling rapidly to fill the void in their services between Asia and Europe left by Maersk-Sealand's acquisition of P&O Nedlloyd last year.

They are on the verge of announcing schedules for their Far East-Europe services just as spot freight rates on even the stronger westbound leg have fallen sharply.
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HK allows Cathay, others to extend fuel surcharges

HONG KONG, Jan 13 (Reuters) - Hong Kong will allow 12 airlines, including the city's dominant carrier Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. ., to extend passenger fuel surcharges in February to help offset high oil prices.

The Civil Aviation Department said on its Web site ( www.cad.gov.hk/english/fuel_surcharge.htm ) on Friday that it had so far approved applications from 12 airlines requesting the extension of the surcharges for the months of February and March.

The surcharge will remain unchanged from that of December and January.

Cathay will next month maintain a surcharge of HK$93 (US$11.92) per ticket on short-haul flights and HK$383 on long-haul flights, the same as for the previous two months. Air France will keep its surcharge at HK$275, while Royal Nepal Airlines' will be at HK$120.

Air China Ltd. , China Eastern Corp. Ltd. , and China Southern Airlines Co. Ltd. , along with Hong Kong-based unlisted carriers Dragonair, Philippine Airlines , Shangdong Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines, Sichuan Airlines and Xiamen Airlines, will keep their surcharges at HK$93 per flight from Feb. 1.

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

Shares in Cathay Pacific, which have risen 8.4 percent over the past three months, fell 0.35 percent to HK$14.15 in late Friday morning. China Southern fell 1.08 percent to HK$2.30, China Eastern lost 0.78 percent to HK$1.28, while Air China rose 0.95 percent to HK$2.65. (US$1=HK$7.8)
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