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Old January 6th, 2007, 09:17 AM   #1861
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That makes sense. I was at O'Hare last weekend and there were so many CRJ-200's taxiing around they were like ants. MD80's, ERJs, CRJs, DC9's, A320's and 737's seem to be the name of the game at US airports.
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Old January 6th, 2007, 03:38 PM   #1862
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and Cathay Pacific the flag carrier of hong kong is also an all wide-body airline...
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Old January 6th, 2007, 10:33 PM   #1863
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So it is basically another form of the HKID card, but primarily for UK residents. BTW, is Hong Kong the only country (or region or SAR, I prefer country) where residents get smart ID cards?
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Old January 6th, 2007, 10:47 PM   #1864
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So it is basically another form of the HKID card, but primarily for UK residents. BTW, is Hong Kong the only country (or region or SAR, I prefer country) where residents get smart ID cards?
I think it is for frequent CX London-HK flyer who doesn't have to be a UK residents or HKID holders.
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Old January 10th, 2007, 05:14 AM   #1865
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HK Air Cargo Terminals 2006 Throughput Rises 5.3%
9 January 2007

HONG KONG (Dow Jones)--Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Ltd. said late Tuesday its throughput in 2006 rose 5.3% to a record of 2.56 million metric tons, helped by increased exports.

Hactl, which handles about 80% of air cargo passing through Hong Kong International Airport, said export volume last year jumped 4.7% to 1.44 million tons, while import volume increased 3.3% to 696,178 tons. There was an 11.3% rise in transshipment volume to 425,543 tons.

In December alone, Hactl handled 231,757 tons of cargo, up 4.2% on year, also driven by a growth in export volume.

Exports rose 4.5% to 128,688 tons while imports increased 1.9% to 64,953 tons. Transshipments in December rose 7.3% to 38,116 tons.

"We will be introducing more value-adding initiatives for the air cargo community in 2007, ensuring that we provide the handling efficiency and capacity to meet the future needs of continued air cargo growth in the region," Lilian Chan, Hactl's general manager of marketing and customer service, said in a statement, without elaborating.

Hactl is jointly owned by Swire Group, Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd., Jardine Pacific Ltd., Wharf (Holdings) Ltd., Hutchison International Port Holdings Ltd., China National Aviation Corp., and CITIC Pacific Ltd.
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Old January 10th, 2007, 05:28 AM   #1866
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Carrier eyes services to major cities
8 January 2007
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Hong Kong Airlines, formerly called CR Airways, is mulling the launch of passenger flights to Beijing and Shanghai after Cathay Pacific Airways (0293) started a service to Shanghai last month.

Chairman Ren Weidong said the airline has applied for rights to fly to 15 to 20 mainland and Southeast Asian destinations, and could be flying to Dalian, Qingdao and Shijiazhuang this year if it obtains licenses from Hong Kong's Air Transport Licensing Authority.

``We are preparing to apply for Beijing and Shanghai routes. We hope to fly to more destinations - not only to secondary cities but also major cities in the mainland to gain more profit,'' he said.

Ren said the carrier recorded a very limited profit as it owned only two aircraft. He declined to give details on when the services may be launched.

``Demand for both business and luxury travel in major cities is still strong. We are not afraid of fierce competition from existing carriers in the Beijing and Shanghai markets.''

Besides Cathay and Dragonair, mainland carriers Air China (0753), China Eastern Airlines (0670) and China Southern Airlines (1055) already service those routes. Asked what the advantage of Hong Kong Airlines was when compared with Dragonair, Ren said: ``Dragonair has a good brand name. But passengers want to choose their own flavor; some like Mercedes- Benz while others like BMW.''

Hong Kong Airlines has chartered eight to 10 160-seat Boeing 737-800 aircraft, which will be delivered this year. Ren said his airline's attractions would include the use of new aircraft and better inflight service. Dragonair is currently using Airbus A330 aircraft to service its secondary routes.

Hainan Airlines, the fourth-largest carrier in the mainland, picked up a 45 percent stake in Hong Kong Airlines last year from CR Airways chairman Yip Kwong. Ren said the carrier plans to expand the fleet to between 30 and 50 aircraft in the next five years.

He estimated that an extra 700 jobs would be created next year if all its expansion plans are fulfilled. It currently has 300 staff in Hong Kong.

Ren, a former general manager of Hainan Airlines, said the carrier currently has a 70 percent load factor.

``Hong Kong has 44 million passengers per annum, and we hope to gain several percent of this market,'' Ren said.
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Old January 10th, 2007, 11:53 AM   #1867
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Gov't Press Releases:
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Old January 11th, 2007, 04:25 AM   #1868
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Are there any pictures of the new SkyPlaza?
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Old January 13th, 2007, 05:30 AM   #1869
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11 January 2007
PASSENGER NUMBERS, CARGO SET RECORDS IN 2006
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(HONG KONG) Dragonair flew a record number of passengers and carried a record amount of freight in 2006.

A total of 5,568,508 travellers flew with the airline last year, 8.3% higher than the 5,139,956 in 2005, and it carried 395,384 tonnes of cargo, a 2.6% year-on-year increase compared with the previous year.

"Despite the high oil price and increased competition, 2006 was Dragonair's best year ever in terms of passenger numbers and cargo shipments," said CEO Kenny Tang. "More than 425,000 customers flew with us than in the previous year, mainly due to increased economic activity between Hong Kong and the China Mainland.

"As well as healthy growth in the Hong Kong and Mainland markets, we also saw increasing demand out of the US and Australia towards the end of the year, helped by the global sales and marketing network of our partner airline, Cathay Pacific. That should continue going forward.

"Elsewhere, our cargo operation performed satisfactorily, and again was underpinned by the strength of the Mainland market."

Meanwhile, the number of passengers in December saw a month-on-month decrease of 5.6%, partly due to Bangkok being dropped from the network in late September last year. Although there was also pressure on group sales during the month as a result of competition, the resumption of flights to Phuket is expected to see passenger numbers pick up in future.

Looking ahead, Mr. Tang said: "We are confident about the market in the year ahead, although the operating environment will remain tough. We expect healthy growth to continue in 2007 as more synergies come through from being part of one of Asia's strongest airline groups. Among the highlights for us this year will be our joining of the oneworld alliance."
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Old January 14th, 2007, 03:08 PM   #1870
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HKIA Press Release:
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Old January 16th, 2007, 03:15 PM   #1871
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Airport urged to speed expansion
Hong Kong Standard
Tuesday, January 16, 2007

The Hong Kong Airport Authority has been urged by the economic summit on China's 11th Five-Year Plan and the Development of Hong Kong to work as quickly as possible to introduce an additional cargo terminal and to conduct a study on the need for a third runway at Hong Kong International Airport.

"HKIA has to continue to expand its cargo and passenger handling capacities, [by means] such as construction of an additional cargo terminal and examination of the need for an additional runway," a report from the summit said.

HKIA, the world's busiest airport for cargo, has started the pre- qualification process for building a new air cargo terminal. It is to publish a list of potential candidates for construction after the February 2 close of submissions and after considering applicants' financial capabilities.

Cathay Pacific Airways (0293), which plans to set up its own cargo terminal in 2009, said it had registered for the invitation document for pre- qualification proposals, despite Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals, one of the existing air cargo terminal operators, saying that in the light of slowing growth in air cargo throughput, the airport did not need a third terminal.

"We are delighted that our Chief Executive, Donald Tsang, discussed this issue with Premier Wen Jiabao on his recent visit to Beijing," Cathay Pacific chief executive Philip Chen said in a statement Monday. "This has brought the issue to the highest possible level and we look forward to a solution to the problem in due course."

The Economic Development and Labour Department and the Airport Authority are expected in the first half of this year to begin the study into the need for a third runway.

Meanwhile, it has been suggested that the Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department work closely with the Civil Aviation Authority of China and the Macau Civil Aviation Authority to map out long-term agreements including optimal use of regional airspace.
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Old January 19th, 2007, 04:24 AM   #1872
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HK allows Cathay, others to cut fuel surcharges

HONG KONG, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Hong Kong on Thursday approved the requests of six airlines, including dominant local carrier Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. , to cut fuel surcharges by 6.2 percent in February to reflect lower oil prices.

Cathay Pacific, Air China Ltd. , China Eastern Airlines , China Southern Airlines , Dragonair and Xiamen Airlines will all cut their fuel surcharges to HK$106 (US$13.59) per ticket from HK$113 per ticket, Hong Kong's Civil Aviation Department said on Thursday.

Cathay Pacific will charge HK$438 per ticket on long-haul flights, down from HK$481. All changes are effective on Feb. 1.

Fuel accounts for a large share of airline operating costs, and high prices can severely cut into earnings, although a recent pullback in oil prices favours air carriers.

Cathay shares were off less than 0.5 percent on Thursday, while Air China shares dropped nearly 4 percent. China Eastern shares fell 0.8 percent and China Southern shares closed down nearly 6 percent.

Hong Kong's benchmark Hang Seng Index <.HSI> was up more than one percent, led by local property developers.
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Old January 19th, 2007, 09:17 AM   #1873
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China's limited airspace caps Hong Kong's growth: reports

HONG KONG, Jan 18, 2007 (AFP) - Hong Kong's flag carrier Cathay Pacific said China's tight control over airspace is causing air traffic jams and fuel waste and is capping Hong Kong's growth, reports said Thursday.

Hong Kong-China's bound flights are restricted to a single cross border route with no alternative paths available in the event of bad weather.

And congestion at airports like Shanghai or Beijing often affect air traffic in Hong Kong and strand passengers here, the Financial Times reported.

Cathay Pacific said the growing congestion at the city's international airport is a serious issue whose resolution is "primarily a question of determination and (is) not a technical problem."

"The current situation is choking growth rates -- immediate action is required," Cathay chief executive Philip Chen was quoted as saying.

The report said inflexible management of China's airspace has hit Cathay's subsidiary Dragonair which serves more China routes than any other overseas airline.

The carrier reported that 20-25 percent of its flights are delayed by more than 30 minutes during peak summer travel season.

The report also said an "invisible wall" between Hong Kong and China, which aircraft are required to fly over by Chinese authorities, has forced flights to make long and expensive detours over the South China Sea before landing in Hong Kong or after taking off.

Cathay estimated this has cost airlines 100,000 tonnes in unnecessary fuel burn every year.

It has been suggested that a third runaway should be built to ease congestion as well as to fend off competition from nearby southern Chinese cities of Guangzhou and Shenzhen.

However, Chen said a new runway will not alleviate the insufficient time slots at the local airport if the problem of limited airspace is not cleared up first, according to the South China Morning Post.

He said the problem would be resolved through better coordination with the other four airports in the manufacturing Pearl River Delta region in southern China, enabling aircraft departures from both runways.
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Old January 20th, 2007, 12:21 PM   #1874
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Old January 21st, 2007, 06:06 PM   #1875
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19 January 2007
NEW SERVICE LINKS BUSAN TO HONG KONG
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(HONG KONG) Dragonair today launched flights to Busan in South Korea, operating a thrice-weekly service to the city. It is Dragonair's first scheduled service to South Korea and the second destination it has launched since becoming a wholly owned subsidiary of Cathay Pacific in September last year.

"We're very excited about this new service to Busan, as it offers non-stop links to this fast-developing city from Hong Kong for the first time," CEO Kenny Tang said. "It also gives people in the southeast of Korea access to the international hub of Hong Kong."

Dragonair's partner airline, Cathay Pacific, is codesharing on the service and is also marketing through its international network.

Last month, Mr. Tang paid a two-day visit to the city to meet with officials and promote the new service.

"We have already set up an office in Busan and have begun recruiting Korean cabin crew in Seoul," he noted. "All the effort we have been putting into the launch demonstrates the importance of the South Korea market to us."

"Busan is the second-largest city in South Korea, and is developing as a hub for both business and leisure travellers," Mr Tang noted. "Dragonair's air services will also help to facilitate trade and cultural exchanges between our home town and this important region of Korea."
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Old January 22nd, 2007, 05:14 PM   #1876
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Old January 24th, 2007, 05:46 AM   #1877
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Hong Kong Airlines (formerly CR Airways) is not parking their planes at gates but rather sending passengers to and from their aircraft on bus. That should save some airport charges.
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Old January 24th, 2007, 03:13 PM   #1878
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No wonder I have never seen a CR's planes in the airport.

Is there any update on the new terminal planned in the centre of airport island??
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Old January 25th, 2007, 05:13 AM   #1879
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I see some construction work but I don't think that's for the terminal. The focus is on T2 on the other side of the Airport Express station.
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Old January 25th, 2007, 11:48 AM   #1880
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