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Old March 11th, 2007, 04:36 PM   #1921
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Looks like Oasis going ahead with Vancouver route...

Oasis Hong Kong Airlines Grows Fleet to Five Aircraft
Strong momentum underway to open up more destinations with popular Vancouver being next


Hong Kong, March 6, 2007

Oasis Hong Kong Airlines has today finalised an agreement with ANA (All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd.) to purchase three additional Boeing 747-400s, as part of its planned fleet expansion in preparation for the launch of the airline’s new Vancouver route in the second half of 2007. This will bring the Oasis fleet to five aircraft.

Steve Miller, Chief Executive Officer of Oasis Hong Kong Airlines, said, “The purchase of three Boeing 747-400s marked another significant milestone in our history, getting closer to our goal of acquiring up to five aircraft a year and eventually expanding our fleet to 25 aircraft by 2010. ANA is an airline known for its excellence, efficiency, reliability and dedication to safety, the very qualities that are at the core of Oasis. These aircraft have been maintained in top quality condition. We look forward to the addition of these aircraft which will allow us to bring our passengers to many exciting destinations around the world in future. The expanded fleet will also greatly enhance our cargo capacity and therefore our airfreight income. Our momentum is strong and we’re on track to achieving our business goals.”

Peter Shannon, Director of Engineering of Oasis Hong Kong Airlines, added, “The three aircraft are amongst the youngest Boeing 747-400s in the world. They were all previously owned and maintained by ANA and are in perfect condition. Deliveries are scheduled to begin from April 2007 and run through to the first quarter of 2008. I am sure passengers will enjoy their flights on these reliable and comfortable aircraft.”

Oasis is also pleased to announce commencement of scheduled air services to Vancouver, subject to government approval on 28 June 2007. Vancouver is a popular destination to Hong Kong people, enjoying high demand year round due to a high population of Hong Kong immigrants. And to prepare for the launch of Oasis’ second destination, the airline is also hiring 200 more cockpit and cabin crew members, soon bringing its crew size to over 400.

Ken Chad, Commercial Director of Oasis Hong Kong Airlines, commented, “We are delighted to have the opportunity to fly to Vancouver. This is a very strong point to point market, one of the strongest out of Hong kong. It’s a market where there is substantially less reliance on feeder traffic. Consequently, it is currently our preferred next destination.”
Oasis is going great. I flew with them in December and have booked again for September. This time I will barely be spending any time in Hong Kong itself. I am using Oasis simply to get me cheaply to the E/SE Asia and I will immediately travel onwards into mainland China and afterwards to Taiwan.
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Old March 11th, 2007, 06:24 PM   #1922
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When is Oasis coming to NY? Waiting, waiting...!!
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Old March 11th, 2007, 06:40 PM   #1923
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^ You will wait a long time methinks. There are a lot of European and North American destinations they will open first.
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Old March 11th, 2007, 07:06 PM   #1924
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they havent revealed any plans for new york yet, vancouver and oakland are their initial destinations which i think they will start once they get more aircraft
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Old March 12th, 2007, 06:48 AM   #1925
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Old March 13th, 2007, 12:24 AM   #1926
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Again, another inspirational HK structure. Great pics!! Can't wait to fly in that cockpit.
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Old March 13th, 2007, 11:26 AM   #1927
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Is it just me or does the ceiling look really boring from the wrong angle?

It looks like those wavy panels only work one way...when the viewer watches from the axis of the panels, the ceiling looks like a cheap 1970s flat roof with some plastic hanging from it!

I do like the orange illuminated glass curtains. It gives a more entertainment-oriented feel.
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Old March 13th, 2007, 01:09 PM   #1928
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Is it just me or does the ceiling look really boring from the wrong angle?

It looks like those wavy panels only work one way...when the viewer watches from the axis of the panels, the ceiling looks like a cheap 1970s flat roof with some plastic hanging from it!

I do like the orange illuminated glass curtains. It gives a more entertainment-oriented feel.
yes it only works one way unfortunately....

but anyway, even though the new terminal isn't exactly a great piece of architecture - it really isnt (the detailing is actually pretty bad)... it does provide a lot more shops and restaurants which the old terminal is lacking. (like only one chinese restaurant for the whole terminal)
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Old March 13th, 2007, 04:12 PM   #1929
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HKIA Named World’s Best Airport

(HONG KONG, 13 March 2007) - Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) has been recognised as the world's best airport among facilities serving 40 million-plus air passengers annually in the Airports Council International's 2006 Airport Service Quality Awards. HKIA ranked second overall in the awards, which surveyed more than 200,000 people at over 90 airports worldwide.

Airport Authority Hong Kong Chief Executive Officer, Stanley Hui, said, "Delivering consistently high service levels day-in and day-out is a challenge for any airport. Maintaining those standards in the face of rapidly expanding passenger volumes is tougher still. Fortunately, HKIA's 60,000 dedicated professionals are passionate about customer service. And our $7 billion expansion programme - which includes the recently opened Terminal 2 and $4.5 billion in facility and capacity enhancement projects - ensures we have the right people and facilities to meet our customers' needs."

The Airport Service Quality (ASQ) Awards are based on quarterly passenger surveys, in which frequent travellers expressed a preference for a hassle-free airport experience. Leisure and infrequent flyers look for friendly, courteous service. Airport ambience, cleanliness, and safe, comfortable waiting areas were also seen as top priorities.

"The ASQ surveys allow us to benchmark our performance over time, and in relation to other airports. Using this data, we create a unique, memorable airport experience and build on our reputation for efficiency, connectivity and accessibility," added Mr Hui.

Airports Council International (ACI) Director General, Robert J Aaronson, said: "The awards that Hong Kong International Airport has won from the ACI Airport Service Quality programme shows that a commitment to customer service really pays off. ACI congratulates HKIA and all its staff for working to provide a great experience for their passengers."

The ASQ surveys cover airport access/navigation and connectivity, airport services/facilities, security and immigration, airport environment, arrival services, value for money and overall satisfaction with the airport and airline services.

ACI is the only global trade representative of airports. Its 573 members operate 1,643 airports in 178 countries and territories and handle 96% of the world's passengers. For additional information, see www.aci.aero.

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Old March 13th, 2007, 04:20 PM   #1930
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(HONG KONG, 13 March 2007) - Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) has been recognised as the world's best airport among facilities serving 40 million-plus air passengers annually in the Airports Council International's 2006 Airport Service Quality Awards. HKIA ranked second overall in the awards, which surveyed more than 200,000 people at over 90 airports worldwide.
The title is misleadling...... Yes, best in AQS, but not overall.
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Old March 14th, 2007, 12:31 AM   #1931
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yes it only works one way unfortunately....

but anyway, even though the new terminal isn't exactly a great piece of architecture - it really isnt (the detailing is actually pretty bad)... it does provide a lot more shops and restaurants which the old terminal is lacking. (like only one chinese restaurant for the whole terminal)

One Chinese restaurant? Isn't there Cafe de Coral (大家樂), Maxim's, and some tea house?!?
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Old March 15th, 2007, 02:06 AM   #1932
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Yeh i disagree with wot he said aswell, ther is more when u go through into the main departures hall bit. Suchas Pop Eye's ,Burger King, Ramen place etc
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Old March 15th, 2007, 09:37 AM   #1933
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Aviation fuel depot rejected
Hong Kong Standard
Wednesday, March 14, 2007

The Airport Authority has failed in its second attempt to lobby the Tuen Mun District Council to back its plan to build the world's biggest aviation fuel depot in the district - right next to a steel mill's high temperature smelter.
Councillors voted unanimously against the plan Tuesday as protesters, including mill workers and members of various political parties, continued to vent their anger, claiming the project, if approved, would pose a tremendous threat to the lives of workers and residents in the area.

Presenting the council with a revamped environmental impact assessment report after the initial report was thrown out by the Court of Final Appeal last July, Chow Bing-sing, the authority's aviation logistics general manager, argued that Hong Kong needs a permanent fuel depot urgently as the temporary one at Sha Chau will not be able to cope with the rapid growth in air passenger and cargo traffic by 2009.

"We can't delay construction of the fuel depot any more," Chow told the council meeting attended by 36 members. He said the city is already facing tough competition from regional airports, which will threaten the development of the territory's economy.

If the Environmental Protection Department gives the green light for the depot, 12 giant fuel tanks would eventually be built in Tuen Mun Area 38 - located between Butterfly Beach and Lung Kwu Tan, and only about 28.5 meters away from Shiu Wing Steel Mill's smelter, which operates around the clock at more tha
n 1,000 degrees Celsius.

The public consultation period for the authority's revamped second environmental impact assessment report is due to end March 24. The first report was dismissed by the top court as it did not take into consideration the scenario of a catastrophic failure, in which aviation fuel would spill out of the tanks, possibly igniting a devastating explosion and sparking an inferno.

Neil Ketchell, a British risk assessment expert hired by the authority, however, told councillors he believed the chances of a 100 percent instantaneous fuel leakage were almost nil.

"This is one of the lowest hazard facilities I've ever assessed," he said.

A disastrous blast at Buncefield fuel depot in the United Kingdom in December 2005 caused the country's biggest peacetime blaze that raged for several days before being put out.

A report from an investigation into the accident has yet to be released.

Ketchell asserted that Hong Kong's permanent depot is safer than that of Buncefield's mixed fuel store where gasoline and diesel were said to be the main causes of the explosion.

He said the safety level for the proposed Tuen Mun depot is within an acceptable range - about 28.5 meters away from the steel mill - still better than the international standard of 15 meters required as the separation distance.

Councillor Chan Wan-sang said he was shocked by Ketchell's comments.

"As an academic, how can you assert the cause of the Buncefield explosion before they have even released an investigation report?" he asked.

Referring to Chow's argument that a permanent fuel depot at Tuen Mun is necessary for economic considerations, Chan said it is something the Airport Authority should have thought about since the old airport at Kai Tak was demolished. "It's your problem, why do people in Tuen Mun have to deal with it for you?" he asked.

At the meeting, Chow tried to prove that fuel is not highly flammable by playing a video clip of someone trying to light fuel with matches, but failing.

"Don't treat Tuen Mun people like children," said councillor Kwu Hon- keung after watching the clip.

Kwu said it was ridiculous for Chow to demonstrate lighting up aviation fuel with matches when everyone knows that fuel is highly flammable under high temperatures.

Another councillor, Yim Tin-sang, accused the authority of dodging the key problem by not addressing the potential dangers faced by the surrounding environment - a steel mill, an eco park and electricity power plants.

Council chairman and lawmaker Lau Wong-fat urged the authority to consider public opinion seriously before proceeding with the project.

The meeting ended with the 36 members passing a unanimous motion rejecting construction of the depot.

Earlier, more than 100 people, including Shiu Wing workers, residents and members of various political parties staged a noisy protest outside the Tuen Mun Government Offices, chanting slogans against the authority's second impact assessment report as well as construction of the depot.

A spokesman for the mill workers, Daniel Ho Ping-ki, presented a giant "report card" listing all the demerits of the second impact assessment report when Director of Environmental Protection Anna Wong Sean-yee arrived to meet the district councillors.

"Please think of the 166 human lives working at the steel mill," Ho told the environmental chief as she left the meeting.
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Old March 15th, 2007, 09:48 AM   #1934
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I think that the fuel depot should probably be safe, by all means? Its rather a psychological threat rather than a real one.

And is there no good alternative location?
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Old March 15th, 2007, 12:56 PM   #1935
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NIMBY movement ... but having fuel stored next to a hot smelter is not exactly the smartest thing to do even if it meets international safety standards.
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Old March 19th, 2007, 06:53 AM   #1936
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HK Airport February Passengers Up 10.8% To 3.63 Mln
18 March 2007

HONG KONG (Dow Jones)--Hong Kong's international airport handled 10.8% more passengers in February than it did the same month last year, boosted by an increase in passenger traffic during the Chinese New Year holiday, the city's airport authority said Sunday.

Airport Authority Hong Kong, which operates the airport, said passenger volume rose to 3.63 million from 3.27 million in February 2005.

Cargo volume rose to 230,000 metric tons, up 2.6% from 224,184 tons.

Total aircraft movements for the month rose 7.9% to 22,290 from 20,663.

In the 12 months ended February, the total number of passengers rose 8.3% from the year-earlier period to 44.82 million, while cargo throughput rose 4.1% to 3.59 million metric tons.

The Chinese New Year fell in mid February this year, while it fell in January in 2005.

The Hong Kong government owns 100% of the airport authority, but has plans to sell part of its interest in the future.
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Dragonair pilots protest over guns on China flights

HONG KONG, March 9, 2007 (AFP) - Dragonair pilots have lodged a formal complaint about the deployment of armed guards on flights within China, the South China Morning Post reported Friday.

The crew have queried the need for guards armed with regular military-issue semi-automatic pistols and knives on Air China planes leased through the Hong Kong airline.

"The carriage of armed personnel not responsible to the commander [of the plane] is the cause of particular unease," the Hong Kong Airline Pilots Association wrote to the city's aviation authority, according to the daily.

"There appears to be no legal indemnity for the commander should one of the security personnel take actions that result in the death of or injury to passengers."

The report said Dragonair -- owned by flag carrier Cathay Pacific -- had applied for permission from the Civil Aviation Department to carry armed personnel.

It said pilots were concerned the guards would be carrying regular arms, unlike the US Air Marshals, whose guns are specially modified so as not to puncture the sides of a plane.

The report said that while the guns are supposed to be carried onto the plane with their chambers empty, the only time a captain checked his guard's weapon he found it fully loaded.

The Post quoted the CAD as saying it had granted permission so that the airline could meet the requirements of the mainland's authorities.

These "require that all domestic flights within mainland China should be deployed with in-flight security officers and that for flights carrying senior government officials, armed bodyguards should also be deployed," it said.
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Lives of workers 'ignored' in fuel depot report
Hong Kong Standard
Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Workers at a Tuen Mun steel mill have accused the Airport Authority of ignoring the lives of thousands of workers and residents near the site where it plans to build the world's biggest aviation- fuel depot.

At a meeting with authority officials Monday, Ho Ping-ki, a representative of Shiu Wing Steel's workers, said the authority's revised environmental impact assessment report on the proposed plant had only taken into account the financial costs involved, and not the grave threat posed to human lives.

"The second report seems to have met the requirement of making a 100 percent oil leakage risk evaluation, but it merely described, and did not consider, the risk evaluation concerning the lives of people living and working in the neighborhood. It [the risk] seems to be lower than what it really is," Ho told The Standard.

The authority's first report was dismissed by the Court of Final Appeal last July as it did not take into consideration the possibility of a catastrophic failure, in which aviation fuel would spill out of the tanks, possibly triggering a devastating explosion and fire.

If the Environmental Protection Department gives the go-ahead for the depot, 12 giant fuel tanks will be built in Tuen Mun Area 38 - located between Butterfly Beach and Lung Kwu Wan, and only about 28.5 meters away from the mill's smelter, which operates round the clock at more than 1,000 degrees Celsius.

Ho said the project would be a threat to the more than 500 workers at the mill and more than 10,000 people working and living at the nearby CLP Power Castle Peak Power Station, Green Island Cement, the River Trade Company, the future EcoPark and a residential area about three kilometers away.

Moreover, the authority's report predicts 189 deaths at the depot in the event of a disaster, and does not follow the Environmental Protection Department's requirement in "seeking to avoid adverse environmental effects to the maximum practicable extent," he said.

"Even one death is not acceptable."

What is more disappointing, Ho said, is the unfair weighting in the risk calculation. The 51.25 percent risk evaluation weighting given to the environment - including risks to water quality and ecology - was unfair compared with the 19.25 percent weighting given to the risk to human life.

"Human lives are as equally important as the environment," Ho said.

The report also ruled out the possibility of building the depot at remote sites in the territory, such as Tsing Yi Island, because of the increased costs needed to build a longer pipeline to the airport, he said.

A spokesman for the Airport Authority claimed the report had considered the risks to the surrounding environment, including the risk to human lives in the neighborhood. He said the depot, as proposed, would be located about 28.5 meters from the steel mill - farther than the recommended distance of 15 meters.

Shiu Wing has already applied to the Town Planning Board to amend the area's zoning plan to bar oil depots, oil refineries and petrochemical plants from the area.

A hearing on the application has been scheduled for April 13.

Tuen Mun district councillors of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, the Democratic Party and the Hong Kong Association for Democracy and People's Livelihood, as well as representatives of the steel mill's workers, are expected to stage a protest Friday outside the Environmental Protection Department in Wan Chai.

Last week, Tuen Mun District Council voted unanimously against the planned depot.

The Advisory Council on the Environment - the EPD's principal advisory body - will meet Friday to discuss the authority's latest environmental report, a day before the public consultation period ends.
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New record for daily flight movements
Friday, April 6, 2007
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A total of 891 flight movements were handled at the Hong Kong International Airport by the Air Traffic Control staff of the Civil Aviation Department yesterday (April 5), setting a new daily record, a spokesman for the department said today (April 6).

"The daily flight movements hit a new record for the second time this year. The Civil Aviation Department is expecting a continuous growth in air traffic which will strengthen Hong Kong's status as an international and regional aviation hub," the spokesman said.

The 891 flight movements recorded yesterday exceeded the daily average of 780 movements by 14.2%, breaking the previous single-day record of 872 flight movements on February 16, 2007. There were also 443 flight movements operated through the Hong Kong Flight Information Region yesterday, exceeding the daily average of 406 movements by 9.1%.

During this Easter holiday period, most of the extra flights operated by airlines were to destinations on the Mainland, and in Northeast Asia and Southeast Asia. Bangkok was the most popular destination, followed by Kunming and Osaka. The increase in flight movements was attributed to the heavy travel demand during the Easter holidays.
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