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Old January 31st, 2006, 06:18 AM   #1441
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nice pics..Boeing's new livery is amazing, hope some airlines stay with it. Do you have any pics of new livery UA 744s?
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Old February 2nd, 2006, 06:49 AM   #1442
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天鷹航機兩度故障
200旅客受阻

02/02/2006

【本報訊】泰國天鷹航空公司一班往曼谷航機,昨兩度發生故障無法起飛,二百名赴泰度歲的乘客包括多個旅行團苦候十多小時,由清晨至夜晚仍未能起程,期間飛機一度載乘客駛出跑道,其後折回停機坪,乘客不滿鼓譟,航班於晚上九時許起飛,但部分乘客拒絕登機。故障客機的航空公司發言人表示,會對受影響乘客作出賠償,但拒絕透露詳情。

該航班的乘客表示,全機有數個旅行團,共約二百人,部分人早於凌晨三時許已抵達機場集合,航班原定早上七時半起飛。乘客盧小姐稱,航機至十時許仍未起飛,機艙服務員突然要求乘客下機,聲稱飛機「爆胎」。

至下午五時半,旅客再獲安排登機,機上亦有廣播表示航機「絕對無問題」,但飛機駛至跑道中央卻未有起飛,並不停繞圈,半小時後折返停機坪,機組人員廣播表示,不欲繼續旅程的乘客可帶同行李下機,乘客十分憤怒,有團友報警求助。

乘客中包括關鍵旅行社四個旅行團,共一百四十四人,旅行社發言人稱因航班延誤,決定取消旅行團,並會全數退回團費,又表示會向航空公司索取賠償。
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Old February 2nd, 2006, 07:11 AM   #1443
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Airport shops log record spending
1 February 2006
Hong Kong Standard

The record number of travelers who used Hong Kong International Airport in the past year have also spent a record amount in the airport's shops.

When the current fiscal year ends in March, passengers will have spent almost HK$7.8 billion on goods and services in the shops, compared with HK$1.69 billion the previous year, said Airport Authority commercial director Hans Bakker.

He said the reason for the big jump was the greater number of luxury goods on sale.

The airport handled 40.74 million passengers in calendar 2005, up 9.7 percent from 2004.

In 2004-05, Airport Authority revenues rose 29 percent to HK$65.06 billion. Retail rental income increased by 24 percent and represented 26 percent of total revenue. Charges levied on airlines, the airport's main income source, slipped to 41 percent of total revenue from 43 percent.

Bakker said the Airport Authority had no plans to cut charges to carriers.

Despite complaints about its fee levels, new carriers continue clamoring to use the airport.

The authority has no intention of using the income it derives from retail to subsidize airport charges, said Bakker. ``It's a business. If you went to a hotel and all the rooms were occupied, would you expect them to lower your room rate?''

Hong Kong currently charges HK$43,633, including a landing fee of HK$25,961, for each Boeing 747-400 that uses the airport. Singapore's Changi Airport charges HK$47,825, including a landing fee of HK$16,360.

The Airport Authority also plans to bring in more cargo operators to make Hong Kong more competitive. Bakker said surveys recently conducted within the cargo community indicated that the airport's competitiveness was on a par with Japan, New York and Shanghai.

Cathay Pacific Airways, now the biggest client of Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals, has announced plans to set up a rival cargo facility at the airport.
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Old February 3rd, 2006, 05:50 AM   #1444
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Thai Sky travellers denied full payout after debacle
3 February 2006
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Frightened holidaymakers who were marched on and off a defective airliner twice and endured an aborted takeoff because a wheel needed replacing were denied full compensation when they refused to board the flight to Bangkok.

Thai Sky initially refused to reimburse passengers directly, and limited refunds to the value of their air tickets.

Yesterday, legislator Yeung Yiu-chung helped about 30 passengers crowding the budget airline's Tsim Sha Tsui office negotiate an increase in compensation to $2,500 a head - still far short of the $4,000 most had paid for a five-day flights-and-hotel package.

The two-year-old airline operates two Lockheed TriStar jets, one 28 years old, the other 31 years old, on passenger services, and began servicing Hong Kong in May.

After takeoff was aborted on Wednesday morning, passengers were told at 10am a wheel needed replacing, and they got off the plane. They boarded again at 5pm, but at 6.30pm were told more parts needed replacing. Passenger Kevin Sze demanded the flight crew promise not to fly it on safety grounds. When they insisted they would fly it, he called police.

Meanwhile, tourists returning from Bangkok to Hong Kong refused to board the airline's other jet, citing safety, an internet report claimed.

Some finally agreed to fly, and the flight arrived more than 12 hours late at 6.10am yesterday, the report said.

Thai Sky Airlines declined to comment.
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Old February 3rd, 2006, 05:51 AM   #1445
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Near record low visibility hits airport
3 February 2006
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Visibility levels at the airport have been at near record lows as hazy weather marked the first month of the year.

For January, visibility was below 8km for 449 hours, the second worst figures since the airport opened in 1997 and 237 hours more than the average. The worst month was January last year, when the Observatory recorded 484 hours of poor visibility at the airport.

Observatory scientific officer Cheung Ping said the trapping of pollution particles, especially at Chap Lap Kok, caused the problem.

"There are always winds blowing from the sea to the area and its natural landscape means pollutants will often stay there, affecting visibility," he said.

The Observatory also reported that temperatures last month were warmer than usual. The mean temperature was 16.4 degrees Celsius, 0.6 degrees above normal.

A bigger difference was seen from the mean daily minimum, which was 14.7 degrees, 1.1 degrees higher than normal.

The mean daily maximum, however, was 0.2 degrees lower than normal at 18.4 degrees. The city recorded its lowest temperature of the month, 8 degrees, on January 7.

At 16.3mm, the month's rainfall was 7.1mm less than normal. The mean relative humidity had been 79 per cent, 8 per cent higher than usual.
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Old February 4th, 2006, 02:44 AM   #1446
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Quote:
Originally Posted by mr_storms
nice pics..Boeing's new livery is amazing, hope some airlines stay with it. Do you have any pics of new livery UA 744s?
United 744s in new livery
http://www.airliners.net/open.file/0997852/M/
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Old February 4th, 2006, 04:54 AM   #1447
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one winglet is gone, while the other one is still there.
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Old February 6th, 2006, 11:37 AM   #1448
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It looks cheap. Was hoping they'd match the roof style of the main building. It'd only take one or two of those giant arcing wedges.
I just hope the expansion WOULD NOT replace the original plan to build the "X" shaped Midfield Terminal....
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Old February 7th, 2006, 05:40 AM   #1450
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Dragonair Launches Flights To Shenyang
6 February 2006

HONG KONG (Dow Jones)--Hong Kong Dragon Airlines Ltd. said Tuesday it will launch thrice-weekly flights to the northeastern Chinese city of Shenyang, beginning March 30. Shenyang, which will be the 23rd Chinese city served by Dragonair, became one of the locations covered by the Individual Travel Scheme in November. The scheme allows residents of selected mainland cities easier access to Hong Kong. Dragonair is Hong Kong's second-largest airline; its shareholders include China National Aviation Co. (1110.HK), CITIC Pacific Ltd. (0267.HK), and Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. (0293.HK)
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Old February 8th, 2006, 06:07 PM   #1451
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HK Air Cargo Terminal Jan Vol Up 9.6%
8 February 2006

HONG KONG (Dow Jones)--Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Ltd., or Hactl, said Wednesday its January cargo throughput rose 9.6% from the year-earlier period to 191,488 tons. Hactl, which handles about 80% of air cargo traffic passing through Hong Kong, attributed the rise to strong growth in transshipments, which rose 30% to 31,971 tons. Exports grew at a more moderate pace of 9.7% to 107,959 tons.
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HK Express to drop Guangzhou services
9 February 2006
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Small airline Hong Kong Express will scrap its Guangzhou leg - one of the shortest hops in the aviation business - at the end of the month due to low passenger numbers and heavy competition.

With a shuttle service that can barely compete with the two-hour train trip for convenience, Hong Kong Express said it would end its four daily flights to concentrate on other mainland destinations.

"We will leave Guangzhou until more commercial agreements can be obtained," Hong Kong Express director James Yeung said.

After six months of operation, the load factor - the percentage of seats occupied by paying passengers - fell short of the 30 per cent target, revealing how difficult it is for an individual carrier to gain a foothold in Hong Kong without support from the major carriers.

Hong Kong Express had hoped to connect long-haul passengers with Guangzhou but without interlinking agreements with Cathay Pacific Airways or United Airlines, the load factor fell short of the target.

"We will focus more on the central and eastern part of China," chief executive Andrew Tse said.

Meanwhile, travellers using the airline between Hong Kong and Hangzhou rose 31 per cent last year.

Mr Tse added that the increasing number of direct flights into Guangzhou was edging out Hong Kong as the gateway to China.

The carrier plans to begin services to Nanjing in April, starting with one daily flight and possibly two flights longer term. In addition to its existing destinations of Hangzhou and Ningbo, Nanjing would be the third prong of its mainland business plan.

"Travel agencies usually include Hangzhou, Suzhou, Shanghai and Nanjing in one tour, a popular round trip with Hong Kong people. It's better if we can provide them with more options," Mr Yeung said.

He said the airline would sell tickets through Hangzhou with a return via Nanjing and vice-versa.
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10 February 2006
Dragonair Daily Passenger Record Set at End of Lunar New Year Holidays
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(HONG KONG) A record for the number of passengers carried in one day was set on February 5, at the end of the Lunar New Year holidays.

Some 20,892 passengers travelled with the airline, the first time it has flown more than 20,000 people in a single day. The previous record of 19,537 passengers was set on October 23 last year.

"Clearly this was the busiest Lunar New Year in our history," said Dragonair CEO Stanley Hui. "We operated a high number of additional services over the holiday period to cater to the demand from travellers, both people returning home to their families and those flying for leisure trips. Many will have been returning to their work base or home last weekend.

Dragonair operated eight additional flights on Sunday, and a total of 82 during the Lunar New Year period from January 20 to February 12.

"It has been a great start to the Year of the Dog in terms of passenger numbers, and we hope the traffic momentum can be maintained," said Mr. Hui. "That said, high fuel prices continue to have a major impact on the performance of the airline overall".
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Private jet use takes off in Hong Kong
A growing number of businessmen are opting for the service which allows them easier check-ins and faster clearance through immigration, writes Chris Davis
12 February 2006
South China Morning Post

Flying by private jet for Hong Kong businessmen is beginning to take off after a slow build-up.

While many of Hong Kong's famously budget-minded wealthy residents remain content to fly economy class, a growing number of the local jet set who have long been jetless are relishing the freedom of either chartering or buying their own private aircraft.

Last year the Business Aviation Centre (BAC) at Chek Lap Kok handled nearly 3,000 departures and arrivals, compared with 340 flights handled in 1998 when the centre opened.

Madonna Fung, general manager of the BAC, which caters for private jet travel in and out of Hong Kong, said: "We expect business to continue growing as more executives use private aviation as a time-saving tool and authorities around the region streamline the landing and departure procedures."

Owning or chartering the hottest travel accessory, the PJ or private jet, is the ultimate status symbol, with a price tag of more than US$30 million to buy a top-of-the-range Gulfstream G450 and upwards of US$3,000 per hour to charter an aircraft. Private aviation is out of reach of most; however, the PJ does offer significant advantages - no checking in and it normally takes only a few minutes to clear customs and immigration. Passengers can also arrive for departure just a few minutes before the aircraft is due to take off.

"It is a case of the plane is waiting for you, instead of you waiting for the plane,'' said Ms Fung. "A private jet, even one chartered for a single trip, waits on the tarmac at the user's convenience."

According to Ms Fung, contract-clinching business deals, which can be difficult to co-ordinate when relying on rigid commercial airline schedules, privacy and security are the chief reasons why executives are switching to private air travel. During last year's World Trade Organisation meeting many of the politicians and business leaders attending the function made use of the BAC facility. Ms Fung said those in Hong Kong switching to private aviation tend to be mainly business executives and a few show business celebrities.

The BAC has its own terminal and facilities separate from the public terminal where aircraft pull up just a few metres from the main door.

The centre offers a full range of services for executive aircraft and passengers, including passenger lounge, private rooms and showers, business-centre facilities, ground handling, baggage handling, fuelling, security, customs and flight planning. Designated spaces and hangers are also provided for private aircraft.

The BAC has its own immigration facilities and a detention room to question and detain anyone who violates Hong Kong's customs or immigration laws. To date the only time the door has been opened is for cleaning purposes.

The biggest headache that charter companies face is in getting aviation authorities to relax flight restrictions, says Michael Csapo, the Hong Kong-based operations director for Switzerland's Jet Aviation, one of the world's biggest luxury-charter companies. It can still take weeks to get approval to land in many Asian airports. Singapore and Hong Kong are the exceptions where arrangements can be made in a matter of hours, but this is still too slow.

"Compared to the four hours in turnaround time in the US, Australia and Europe, this is a serious drawback that is hampering the development of Hong Kong and the region's private aviation industry," Mr Csapo said.

While business confidence is one important factor, there is the stigma of corporate excess and the high cost.

He said benefits of using private jets become even more obvious when taking into account complaints common among airline passengers. These include cramped seats, mishandled luggage, long lines through security, immigration and check-in, delays and cancellations, and missed connections.
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Asian Aerospace will move to Hong Kong 13/Feb/2006

Asian Aerospace Will Move To Hong Kong
Reed Exhibitions has confirmed that the new venue for its flagship international aerospace industry event, Asian Aerospace, will be in Hong Kong.

The world’s leading organiser of trade and consumer exhibitions will stage the next presentation of Asian Aerospace from September 3-6, 2007 at the brand new, ultra-modern AsiaWorld-Expo complex, which is adjacent to and integrated with the Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA).
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2月 13日 星期一 18:25 更新

一直在新加坡舉行的亞洲最大航空展覽將於2007年移師香港的香港亞洲國際博覽館,展期將於9月3至6日。

擁有亞洲航空展品牌的英國展覽公司勵展博覽集團(Reed Exhibitions)宣布,將於2007年移師香港展出,他們將於本周三公布詳情。而在新加坡最後一屆的航空展覽將於下周舉行,預計可吸引27000人。

較早時有報道指,勵展博覽集團在去年十月份時,因新加坡政府可能不會為航空展開發新的展覽場地後,決定要把航空展遷到他處舉辦。

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Asian Aerospace Exhibition To Move To Hong Kong In 2007
13 February 2006

SINGAPORE, Feb 13, 2006 (DJCS via Comtex) -- Asian Aerospace, one of the biggest aerospace and defense technology exhibitions in the region, plans to move from Singapore to Hong Kong in 2007, following disagreements with the government over a new site, organizers said.

The aviation event will be held Sept. 3-6 next year at the AsiaWorld-Expo complex, next to Hong Kong International Airport, the show's organizer, Reed Exhibitions, said in a statement.

The final Asian Aerospace exhibition in Singapore takes place next week and is expected to draw 27,000 visitors.

Singapore's Economic Development Board said in October that the show would not be held in Singapore after this year because it was unable to agree with organizers on a new site. The existing site is being redeveloped for an expansion of Changi International Airport.

At Asian Aerospace 2004, 750 exhibitors from 33 countries participated, culminating in deals worth over US$3.5 billion.

Past Asian Aerospace events have drawn big aircraft makers such as Boeing Co. and Airbus, as well as a range of airlines, and have been the occasion to announce big deals.

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Hong Kong to host Asian Aerospace airshow in 2007

SINGAPORE, Feb 13, 2006 (AFP) - One of the world's top airshows will move to Hong Kong in 2007 after it takes off for the last time in Singapore, organiser UK-based Reed Exhibitions said Monday.

Next year's instalment of Asian Aerospace, the largest in the region, will be held from September 3-6 in the southern Chinese enclave's AsiaWorld-Expo complex adjacent to Hong Kong International Airport, it said.

"Reed Exhibitions has confirmed that the new venue for its flagship international aerospace industry event, Asian Aerospace, will be in Hong Kong," the show organiser said in a brief statement.

It said further details will be released at a press conference in Hong Kong on Wednesday.

Asian Aerospace has been held every two years in Singapore but next week's instalment will be the last in the city-state after Reed Exhibitions and the Singapore government could not agree on the terms for developing a new site for the event.

The government's Economic Development Board announced last October the city-state would organise its own global airshow from 2008 at a new 24-hectare (59.3-acre) site.

A new firm -- a joint venture between the country's civil aviation authority and the Defence Science and Technology Agency -- will run the event every two years.

At the 2004 Asian Aerospace show, a record 3.52 billion US dollars worth of deals were signed.

Ed Ng, president of Asian Aerospace 2006, said more than 900 exhibitors from 43 countries are expected at this year's show which will feature the world's top aerospace and defence companies.

A highlight will be the arrival of the double-decker Airbus A380 in the colours of Singapore Airlines, which will be the first airline to operate the world's largest commercial aircraft.
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Hong Kong Express on course for growth despite Guangzhou blow
Alman Loong in Ningbo
13 February 2006
Hong Kong Standard

Small airline Hongkong Express plans to add a daily charter service to Taiwan to strengthen its network and focus more on the central and eastern part of the mainland after the company scraps its Guangzhou route early next month.

The company also expects to lease a fleet of Boeing 737s or Airbus A320s to enable it to service more destinations out of the reach of its 76-seater Embraer 170 turboprops, said commercial director James Yeung.

He said the new destinations will have flight times of more than three to four hours.

The startup airline, owned by the family of casino tycoon Stanley Ho, began flying to Guangzhou last September and to Hangzhou in November.

But the load factor of both routes _ the percentage of seats occupied by paying passengers _ fell to 10 percent.

Yeung said the company had cut down on flight frequencies to save costs. It has to pay HK$70,000 and HK$140,000 per flight on the Guangzhou and Hangzhou routes.

``However, there was no huge improvement so we decided to scrap the Guangzhou flight and March 5 will be the last flight on the Guangzhou route,'' Yeung said in Ningbo.

He said the company initially wanted to capture passengers transferring from international flights and traveling on to Guangzhou.

The company hopes to build up its brand name through marketing and reach commercial agreements with international airlines such as Cathay Pacific and United Airlines to strengthen its ability to compete.

Fierce competition among airlines will drive down fares. Yeung said China Eastern Airlines and Dragonair provide service costs ranging from HK$700 to HK$1,600 return to and from Hong Kong and Hangzhou. It is hard for the company to improve its earning yield.

On its Ningbo route, the company has recorded a 30 percent to 40 percent load factor since starting the service at the end of last year as more business travelers are flying between Hong Kong and Ningbo.

Hongkong Express still plans to add services to Nanjing and Chongqing in April and May, starting with one daily flight and possibly two flights longer term. It also expects to provide charter flights to Taichung, Taiwan, in April.

``We applied for the license a long time ago and obtained a license to launch services last year,'' Yeung said.

He hopes there will be strong demand for travel between Hong Kong and Taiwan.

The company said last year its first four turboprops will cost US$80 million (HK$624 million). It plans to add one or two planes per year over five years _ jets as well as turboprops _ to achieve its goal of serving 12 to 15 mainland cities.

Yeung said it has enough operating funds despite huge spending, which will erode its earning yield.

Hongkong Express received licenses to fly passengers to 12 secondary mainland destinations last May.

Executive director Andrew Tse said it may seek landing rights in Haikou, Sanya, Shantou and Zhengzhou. It also hopes to secure rights to Thailand's Koh Samui.
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