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Old February 28th, 2006, 02:14 PM   #1481
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First-ever Top-level Summit to Set Direction for HKIA’s Long-term Development
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(Hong Kong, 28 February 2006) - The Airport Authority Hong Kong (AA) today hosted a top-level conference - the HKIA 2025 Summit - to garner views on the development of Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) in the next 20 years.

Attended by decision-makers, business leaders, academics and senior officials from Hong Kong, the Chinese Mainland and other parts of the world, the Summit aimed at examining the long-term demand, supply and competition HKIA would face from now on until 2025. The forces and factors that would help shape the economies and the aviation industries were also explored.

Two mega trends most relevant to HKIA's development in the next two decades were highlighted at the Summit. These included Hong Kong's economic integration with the Chinese Mainland as well as the critical role of the aviation industry in the integration process. In particular, focus has been on Hong Kong's accelerated integration with the Pearl River Delta (PRD).

Painting a visionary picture of Hong Kong in 20 years' time, Mr Stephen Ip, Secretary for Economic Development and Labour of HKSAR Government, said, "Over the next two decades, I see us playing an ever stronger role as China's most cosmopolitan city and as the region's leading international financial and business centre. We will provide a firm platform both for the Mainland enterprises seeking to enter international markets and for overseas enterprises looking to tap the Mainland market."

Mr Gao Hongfeng, Vice-Minister of Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) gave an overview of the Mainland's long-term aviation trend and its development till 2025. Highlighting its implications for Hong Kong and the world, Mr Gao went on to elaborate the respective roles of the three Chinese aviation hubs and HKIA.

Sharing his vision of the macro-development of the pan-PRD area with the audience, Dr Victor Fung, Chairman of AA, said, "HKIA needs to explore the way with the other PRD airports to better facilitate the utilization of resources through integration and cooperation so as to maintain HKIA's long-term competitiveness."

Dr David J Pang, Chief Executive Officer of AA, said, "Integration between pan-PRD and Hong Kong is irreversible and HKIA plays an active role in enabling the integration in this fast growing aviation market.

"HKIA seeks win-win cooperation with other PRD airports to maximize the resources, values and benefits that an integrated PRD airport system can bring to the region."

Topics ranging from the world economy, the airline industry and cargo business in 20 years' time were also addressed at the Summit, which would help AA work out the HKIA Master Plan 2025 and the growth strategy for the development of the airport in the years to come.

Other distinguished speakers and panelists also shared their expert opinions at the Summit. Their views and visions have offered insights into how HKIA can maximize the growth opportunities ahead to better serve Hong Kong and its extended home market in the Chinese Mainland.
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Old February 28th, 2006, 05:50 PM   #1483
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Hong Kong startup budget airline Oasis delays launch again
28 February 2006

HONG KONG (AP) - Startup discount carrier Oasis Hong Kong Airlines Ltd. has postponed its launch for the second time due to a delay in securing leases on two used aircraft, chief executive Stephen Miller said Tuesday.

The long-haul airline now hopes to start flights between Hong Kong and London's Gatwick Airport by August or September this year. It had earlier targeted a June launch after scrapping its initial plan for beginning flights late last year.

"We had to delay the launch of flights as we try to secure orders on aircraft, but we are now in final negotiations," Miller said. "The aircraft market is really, really tight at the moment."

After launching services to London, the airline will start flights to other European destinations such as Milan, Berlin and Cologne, Miller said.

Oasis has also received rights to fly to the U.S. cities of Oakland, California and Chicago.

Meanwhile, another budget airline, Viva Macau, is expected to decide in a few days on the type of aircraft to use when it begins operations in June, a top company executive said Tuesday.

Viva Macau wants to lease two or three planes, either Airbus A310s or Boeing 767s, depending on their price and availability. The budget airline plans to increase its fleet to 12 aircraft in the future.

"The critical part is to run through the choice of aircraft and the availability of the aircraft," said Andrew Pyne, Viva Macau's chief executive.

"We are now at a very, very final stage of evaluation. I'd expect an announcement on the decision to be made within a matter of days rather than weeks."
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FedEx: Committed to Hong Kong market
Luiz Tung, Managing Director of FedEx Hong Kong and Macau

FedEx Express (FedEx) is deeply committed to the Hong Kong market since entering it in 1984.

We have had our Asia Pacific headquarters in Hong Kong since 1992. Today, FedEx has over 1,000 employees in Hong Kong, nine drop-off locations and 14 drop-off boxes, 11 FedEx World Service Centers, eight stations and one Express Distribution Center.

To continue to meet customers' need and expand our business to stay ahead in the market, various service and infrastructural enhancements have been introduced, including:

* Opening the eighth station in Hong Kong to meet the anticipated increasing customer demands in Hong Kong for logistics related services in earlier this year. Occupying an office and operating center area of 41,000 square feet, the new Tsuen Wan station is strategically situated close to FedEx's customers and the airport, reducing the transportation time to and from the airport for delivery of time-sensitive goods. The new station can handle up to 6,400 packages per hour of any size or shape.

* Extending the call-in cut-off time in Hong Kong by more than two hours to 8:30 p.m. for shipments to Europe in June 2005. The enhanced service provides customers more time and flexibility in preparing and making pick-up arrangements for their shipments.

* Completely deploying a new device for our couriers in Hong Kong, called the FedEx PowerPad in November 2005. FedEx PowerPad will replace the current hand-held courier device, the FedEx SuperTracker, and will act as a personal gateway to convey data directly to and from the FedEx internal network. Bluetooth wireless technology and a General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) connectivity network provide immediate information access, even when couriers are away from their delivery vans, revolutionizing the service level to customers by facilitating faster pick-ups. The new device also enables dispatchers to schedule customer pickups faster and more efficiently.

Looking ahead to 2006, FedEx is optimistic about the prospects of Hong Kong's express and logistics market.

Hong Kong's air cargo industry continued to be robust and enjoyed steady growth in the first half of 2005. Its air cargo throughput at the Hong Kong International Airport reached a record high of 1,120,000 tonnes with a 5.6% growth, when compared with the same period of last year.

Hong Kong retains its importance as a gateway for the Mainland's air cargo in the coming few years and export growth from the Pearl River Delt maintains its momentum. With more than 3 million tons of air cargo being handled through Hong Kong annually, the city is a centre for emerging economies and is closest to the world's fastest developing manufacturing base - China.

We are confident that this growth will continue with strong transit traffic and the economic buoyancy.
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AAT Terminal 2 to install world's tallest ETVs

Asia Airfreight Terminal Co Ltd (AAT) (www.aat.com.hk) has appointed Loidge Fordertechnik GmbH to develop the Pallet and Container Handling System (PCHS) for its new Terminal 2. The sophisticated 13-level Pallet Container Handling System not only will consist of 1,938 Unit Loading Devices (ULDs) storage positions, but also include four of the tallest Elevated Transfer Vehicles (ETVs) in the world. Each Elevated Transfer Vehicle is 44 metres high and can transport 6.8 tons at a speed of 60 metres per minute.

When the new Terminal 2 is completed by end 2006, the material handling system, with the support of advanced I. applications, will contribute 910,000 tonnes per annum of additional handling capacity to the Hong Kong International Airport. It will also bring AAT an aggregate annual handling capacity of up to 1.5mn tonnes and a cargo handling efficiency of more than 20 tonnes per square meter of land per annum, which will be one of the highest among the world's air cargo terminals.

"Primarily, our terminal expansion aims at supporting the robust development of the airfreight industry in Hong Kong. This premier hub in Asia is renowned for its highly efficient cargo handling capability. Therefore, our collaboration with Loidge Fordertechnik GmbH to develop the advanced cargo handling system is important for AAT not only to enhance our total handling capacity and service quality, but also to sustain Hong Kong's competitiveness in the international airfreight market," said Nelson Lee, General Manager, Planning and Services of AAT.

Jeff Read, Managing Director of Lodige Asia Ltd, said, "The system installed with the four tallest ETVs in the world, can facilitate the operations of buildup and breakdown workstations on the 1/F to 3/F of the new Terminal 2 and provides AAT a greater flexibility in managing their cargo flows. The sophisticated ETVs have been designed through Lodige's integrated approach of quality-driven manufacturing and installation which set us apart from our competitors. We look forward to being part of AAT's future success as their new terminal comes on line by end 2006."

AAT currently provides 600,000 tonnes per annum of cargo handling capacity. Upon completion of AAT's Terminal 2, the combined terminals will provide an aggregated cargo handling capacity of 1.5mn tonnes per annum and land efficiency of over 20 tonnes per square meter per annum.
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Finnair Steps Up China Frequencies

Chinese destinations are set to receive even better connections with Europe as a result of increased Finnair frequencies. Improved services between Helsinki and Hong Kong, Guangzhou and Shanghai are in response to increased demand. The flights have excellent connections with services between Helsinki and other Finnair destinations in Europe, as well as with services within China and the rest of Asia.

Hong Kong flights will be non-stop as of mid-May, omitting the current landing at Bangkok. The non-stop service continues three times a week until July, when it will be increased to four times a week until the end of October.

The journey time to Hong Kong is reduced by over four hours with non-stop flights. Moreover, passengers can connect smoothly between Hong Kong’s modern and award-winning airport and other destinations in mainland China and south-east Asia. Hong Kong is a favourite tourist destination, with a number of new attractions such as a Disneyland and AsiaWorld-Expo.


Finnair’s popular flights to other Chinese destinations also receive a boost, with Shanghai served seven times a week instead of five as of July and Guangzhou’s three-weekly frequency stepped up to four. Both destinations are favourites for shoppers, as well as being highly significant business centres.
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Old March 4th, 2006, 06:22 AM   #1488
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part of the new hanger is already erected
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HK Haeco 2005 Net HK$618 Million Versus HK$438 Million
7 March 2006

HONG KONG (Dow Jones)--Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Co. (0044.HK), or Haeco, posted Tuesday a 41% rise in its 2005 net profit, helped by growth in air traffic and stronger margins.

Net profit in the full-year ended Dec. 31 totaled HK$618 million, up from HK$438 million a year earlier.

Revenue totaled HK$3.12 billion, compared with HK$2.13 billion.

A final dividend of HK$1.1 a share was proposed, up from HK$0.77 in 2004.

Haeco, which is 27%-owned by Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. (0293.HK) and 32%-owned by Cathay's parent, Swire Pacific Ltd. (0019.HK), provides maintenance services to airports in Hong Kong and China.
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Dragonair counts on China for 10pc gains
8 March 2006
South China Morning Post

Hong Kong Dragon Airlines expects passenger and cargo growth of 10 per cent this year, thanks to robust economic growth on the mainland.

The carrier is expanding its routes and fleet in anticipation of stronger demand, and plans to boost its North American all-cargo service from three flights a week to New York to daily services by 2008.

Dragonair's freighter fleet will be expanded to 11 planes by 2008 with the delivery of five converted Boeing 747-400s by 2008.

Two of the converted freighters are scheduled for delivery this year and two next year. The final aircraft arrives in 2008.

The expansion will allow Hong Kong's No2 airline to launch a cargo service to Los Angeles.

Dragonair is awaiting delivery this year of three Airbus 330 aircraft to take advantage of an expected decision by Beijing allowing Hong Kong carriers to stop over at mainland cities on international routes.

"All in all, China's [air rights policy] will be more and more open to Hong Kong - it's just a matter of time," Dragonair chief executive Stanley Hui Hon-chung said.

Mr Hui said China's strong economic growth would enable the expected 10 per rise in passenger numbers and cargo volumes.

The airline carried more than five million passengers and 385,000 tonnes of cargo last year, an increase of 10 per cent and 12.5 per cent, respectively, over the previous year.

Dragonair plans to increase its mainland destinations to 23 cities, adding Shenyang to its routes at the end of the month.
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Growth Momentum Continues in Air Traffic at HKIA

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(HONG KONG, 12 March 2006) - Boosted by the robust growth of air traffic, cargo throughput at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) recorded a double-digit growth in February.

A total of 225,000 cargo tonnages were handled during the month, representing an increase of 10% compared to the same period last year.

Healthy growth was also recorded in passenger volume and aircraft movements. Passenger throughput reached 3.27 million in February, up 5.5% over last year. Last February was a peak month owing to the extra traffic generated by the Chinese New Year holiday, which partly accounted for the relatively lower passenger growth rate of this February.

Amounting to 20,685, aircraft movements also rose 8.1% on a year-on-year basis.

Commercial Director of the Airport Authority (AA) Mr Hans Bakker said, "The outlook for the first half of 2006 remains positive. We are confident in having continuous growth in all traffic categories.

"To strengthen the international and regional hub position of HKIA, we need to plan ahead to look into the future development of airport business and the aviation industry. Last month we organized HKIA 2025 Summit to garner opinion for the development of the airport in 20 years' time. AA will host the Air Cargo Forum 2006 in late March to explore the key issues and challenges faced by the air cargo industry."

In the rolling 12-month period, passenger and air cargo throughputs reached 41.39 million and 3.4 million tonnes, increasing by 9.5% and 10.3% year-on-year respectively. The aircraft movements grew 11.5%, amounting to 267,900.
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^ Thanks for your continued support of the CLK thread. Since there is a Hong Kong Aviation News thread in the aviation section ( http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=88511 ), I tend to keep news on operating results and traffic numbers in that thread and post updates to CLK facilities in here instead.
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Russian rights to boost HK flights
Overflight deal opens door to more US, Europe services as Russian freight rises

14 March 2006
South China Morning Post

Hong Kong and Russian negotiators have agreed to a big expansion of passenger and cargo services in their latest bilateral talks but no progress was made on Cathay Pacific Airways' troubled bid to launch services to Manchester through Moscow.

Aside from more direct flights, Cathay, Hong Kong Dragon Airlines and Oasis Hong Kong Airlines will benefit from more Russian overflight rights, allowing them to fly to more destinations in Europe and the United States without routing restrictions.

A government official would not disclose the size of the expansion but with carriers on both sides not fully using previous allocations for point-to-point flights, the deal will be judged by greater access to Russian airspace.

"It has expanded many, many times, much more than either side is utilising at present," said an official who attended the talks.

According to one Hong Kong airline executive, local carriers were close to the full allocation of Russian overflight rights and the pending shortfall was "always hanging over our expansion plans".

"The increase in overflights should look after the needs of all of us for the foreseeable future," the executive said.

The shortest routes to Europe are over Russia and the most fuel-efficient routings to the US go via the Russian Far East.

Oasis is understood to have requested 10 overflight rights a week, enough to start flights this summer to London; Dragonair is committed to new cargo services to Los Angeles; and Cathay is expected to expand its portfolio of destinations as its fleet reaches 101 aircraft by its 60th birthday in September.

Demand for Cathay's services remained robust last month with passenger traffic up 9.1 per cent at 1.26 million. However, Cathay will be disappointed by a lack of progress on its Moscow-Manchester bid, which remains stuck in regulatory mire. It has twice delayed launching the route; last month its code-sharing partnership with Aeroflot was found lacking the necessary rights to fly beyond Moscow to Britain's third-largest city.

The airlines gave negotiators very different wish lists for the talks which ended last week. Hong Kong carriers made no cargo requests, while Russian carriers were largely focused on freight.

In return for the overflight rights, Russian airlines were awarded 12 extra cargo flights a week to Hong Kong, including coveted beyond-rights to Japan and India.
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http://www.airports.org/cda/aci/disp...5-54-190_9_2__
I think hk will take the title of the world's busiest cargo airport in 2006 if you look at the trend.
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China to fully open skies to Hong Kong carriers - report
14 March 2006
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HONG KONG (XFN-ASIA) - China will fully open its skies to Hong Kong airlines, and Cathay Pacific's long-held dream of access to Shanghai will come true this year, a press report said.

Yang Yuanyuan, director of the General Administration of Civil Aviation, said China will allow Hong Kong carriers to expand their traffic rights in the mainland from the current 45 cities.

In return, Hong Kong should open up its air routes to Chinese carriers, he told Hong Kong-based Wen Wei Po in an interview.

Yang also said China will allow Hong Kong carriers to load cargo at mainland airports and then fly to destinations in a third country, significantly reducing their costs.

He said air traffic growth in Hong Kong has slowed in recent years as the passengers flying to the mainland via Hong Kong declined due to the growth of direct international fights to China.

Yang added that Hong Kong flag carrier Cathay Pacific, which for years has been applying to fly its passengers flights to China's business hub Shanghai, will be approved to fly that route this year.
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Hong Kong Express Airways Launches Online Reservations
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Hong Kong, March 14th 2006

Hong Kong Express Airways – Hong Kong’s first executive airline, has introduced a new online booking service. Offering round the clock convenience, the new facility allows travellers to reserve their flights to any Hong Kong Express Airways destination by simply logging on to www.hongkongexpress.com.

The latest in a series of enhancements to both the Hong Kong Express website’s functionality and ultimately the airline’s overall customer experience, the new online reservation tool streamlines the booking process by guiding users through a series of quick and simple steps.

Having selected their destination and preferred date of travel, users are advised of availability and fare, which once agreed to then permits choice of flight time as well as meal and seat preference. Once all flight and passenger details are entered, the booking is finalised through a secure credit card payment process, which after final confirmation presents the user with a full printable itinerary of their travel arrangements.

Commenting on this latest development, Hong Kong Express General Manager Sales, Simon Sin said, “The launch of our online reservation system is a tremendous step forward for Hong Kong Express. As a compliment to our existing traditional booking channels and to our online fare and flight search functions, the addition of online booking reflects our commitment to offer travellers an altogether more stress free and comfortable experience - starting from before they even step on our aircraft.

Global business travellers operate 24 hours a day across multiple time zones so meeting the need for immediate, direct and easy access to reservations through an online booking engine is a must for any airline wanting true international reach.” He added.

To celebrate the launch, Hong Kong Express Airways is offering special internet-based fares on all routes including the airline’s Nanjing service, scheduled to commence on 31st March.
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CR Airways secures order for 40 Boeings
16 March 2006
South China Morning Post

Hong Kong carrier CR Airways has made the deadline to secure its order for more than 40 Boeing aircraft in a move that indicates the government will soon approve a new ownership structure for the ambitious young airline.

CR management made its first deposit last week on the aircraft - 30 B737-800s and 10 B787 Dreamliners - valued at US$3.48 billion according to the average list prices posted on Boeing's website.

Industry standard is for airlines to pay 0.001 per cent of the agreed total price of the order, but CR Airways is understood to have negotiated a lower initial deposit.

"The deposit was paid and they negotiated it down to about 35 per cent of the original amount," a source close to the process said yesterday.

"Boeing's training courses for the engineers, etcetera started [yesterday]."

Discounts of at least 30 per cent of the listed price are common for big aircraft deals.

The state-owned HNA Group, owners of Hainan Airlines, and its chairman Chen Feng in November said they would take a majority stake in CR Airways, a move that raised concerns about whether the restructured entity would meet the ownership and business criteria to be a Hong Kong-designated carrier.

But it is understood the proposal was substantially revised this month to make it easier for the government to accept the new partnership as a local carrier.

The revamped proposal is believed to include a role for Hong Kong-listed Yu Ming Investments, which in 2003 bought $140 million in CR Airways convertible bonds redeemable in 2009.

Maintaining its status as a Hong Kong-registered airline would allow CR Airways to continue to take advantage of bilateral aviation deals struck by Hong Kong, including a substantial expansion of Russian overflight rights for the city's carriers.
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