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Old June 6th, 2012, 04:44 PM   #201
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Hong Kong Airlines is Selected as Official Carrier for HKPC&SAPD
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[Hong Kong.19 June 2012] Hong Kong Airlines and the Hong Kong Paralympic Committee and Sports Association for the Physically Disabled (hereinafter referred as HKPC&SAPD) jointly announced today that HKPC&SAPD has selected Hong Kong Airlines as its official carrier. The press conference was officiated by Mr. Yang Jiang Hong, President of Hong Kong Airlines and Mrs. Jenny Fung, Chairman of HKPC&SAPD. Various Hong Kong Paralympians were also present to witness the launch of the important partnership, a strong representation of Hong Kong Airlines’ commitment to the development and support of the territory’s disabled athletes.

Mr. Yang Jiang Hong, President of Hong Kong Airlines, said, “Hong Kong Airlines takes great pride in being a Hong Kong-based airline. Since our establishment in 2006, we have made it our mission and our passion to serve the local community and to facilitate the development of the local aviation industry. It is a true honour and privilege to be selected as the official carrier for HKPC&SAPD as it is testament to our excellent service quality and modern, innovative fleet. We appreciate this recognition, which will also serve as strong motivation for us to strive to make a positive and lasting impact on the community as part of our corporate social responsibility. On behalf of the entire crew at Hong Kong Airlines, I would like to take this opportunity to wish the Hong Kong Paralympic team the very best as they go for gold in the coming London 2012 Paralympic Games in August.”

Mrs. Jenny Fung, Chairman of HKPC&SAPD, said, “The sponsorship programme initiated by Hong Kong Airlines is an excellent example of corporate social responsibility. By sponsoring tickets, the Company will significantly alleviate the costs associated with funding athletes for overseas training programmes and competitions. More importantly, it opens up more opportunities for more athletes to participate in overseas competitions to gain important race and competition experience and enhance the standard. On behalf of HKPC&SAPD and the athletes, I would like to convey our appreciation once again for Hong Kong Airlines’ support. I am sure the athletes will cherish this chance to give it their all and to accomplish their goals.”

Optimum All-business Class In-flight Services Accommodate Paralympians’ needs

Hong Kong Airlines will fly the Hong Kong Paralympic team to London for the London 2012 Paralympic Games on the latest A330-200 aircraft. As the world’s first all-business class A330-200 aircraft, it features wide and comfortable seating and an environment that fully accommodates the special needs of disabled athletes, ensuring that they arrive energetic, refreshed and ready to compete . Mr. So Wa Wai, Champion of the men’s 200m recently flew to London on Hong Kong Airlines’ all-business class aircraft for a competition. “The jet lag and energy drain experienced after a long-haul flight can adversely affect performance during competition,” he shared. “That’s why a comfortable in-flight environment and the ability to rest and relax are crucial for a good race result.”

‘Fly & Care’ Unites Everyone’s Efforts to Fulfil the Dreams of Disabled Athletes
Committed to supporting the long-term development for local disabled athletes over the long term, Hong Kong Airlines today also announced the launch of “Fly & Care”, a charitable initiative to help HKPC&SAPD and the athletes. From 1st August 2012 to 30th April 2013, the crew of all Hong Kong Airlines flights will collect donations from passengers. All proceeds will go to HKPC&SAPD to fund athletes for training programmes and competitions, promotions of sports for the disabled as well as preparations for the 2016 Paralympic Games. Hong Kong Airlines would like to call for the support of all passengers, both local and abroad, to participate in this fund-raising programme to help our disabled athletes fulfil their sporting dreams.

A Year of Free Flights for Champion Athletes
To build on its outstanding record of claiming five gold medals, three silver medals and three bronze medals in the last 2008 Bejing Paralympic Games, the Hong Kong Paralympic team will spare no effort to do their best at the 2012 London Paralympic Games. In recognition of their exceptional performance and achievements, Hong Kong Airlines will sponsor a year of free flights for Hong Kong Paralympians who take home gold at 2012 London Paralympic Games.
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Old June 27th, 2012, 11:55 AM   #203
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Stanley Ho's sister-in-law sues airline for HK$ 9.8 million
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Macau gaming tycoon Stanley Ho's sister-in-law filed a lawsuit in Hong Kong's high court against an airline she and Ho invested in, for a debt of HK$9.8 million, according to South China Morning Post report.


The report quoted a writ filed with the High Court that, Chan Ung Iok, sister of Ho's third wife, Ina Chan Un Chan, claims that Hong Kong Express Airways, an airline Ho partly owns, failed to repay the debt since last year despite her repeated requests.


The court document says the sum was part of a HK$120 million loan by Ho as a shareholder to the airline in July 2006. She says Ho had executed a deed to assign HK$9.8 million of that amount to her, and that the airline was informed.


According to the writ, Chan was a director of the airline from 1998 to 2006 and was a shareholder from 2001 to 2006. The writs document does not specify why Ho had assigned the HK$9.8 million loan to Chan.


An airline spokeswoman was quoted by the paper as saying that the debt Chan referred to was a matter between several former shareholders. She said the sum was not substantial, adding there was room to resolve the legal dispute quickly.
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Old June 27th, 2012, 12:30 PM   #204
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港航故障152客逼焗桑拿
2012年06月27日(三)


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A HK-Chengdu flight (HX452) experienced technical difficulties that caused the air-conditioning system to malfunction. The flight, with 152 passengers, had to return to Hong Kong and was subsequently delayed 14 hours. Passengers noted the air-conditioning system was not working during boarding already.

1.5 hours into the flight, the captain decided to turn around the plane to return to Hong Kong. Passengers were dissatisfied that the flight had progressed over half way to Chengdu already considering the scheduled flight time to Chengdu was 2h10.

2.5 hours after arrival in Hong Kong, the airline arranged for hotel transfers and gave HKD 400 cash compensation to each passenger.

The airline spokesperson noted the cause of the malfunction is under investigation, and emphasized the decision to turn back was for safety reasons.


【本報訊】香港航空又故障,機艙變桑拿室。前晚一班由香港飛往四川成都的客機,在起飛不久疑機件故障,導致機艙無冷氣供應,一百五十二名乘客被迫「焗桑拿」,最後客機需折返,延誤十四小時後,昨晨再起飛,乘客鼓譟,批評香港航空「離晒譜」。

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發生故障客機編號HX452,前晚九時半由香港飛往四川成都,全機爆滿,航程預計兩小時十分鐘。據姓張乘客表示,起飛前已發覺機艙無冷氣,曾向機組人員投訴,客機起飛後,乘客發覺機艙仍無冷氣,且愈來愈熱,十分翳焗。

個半小時後,機長突然宣布因機件故障,客機需折返香港,張批評班航機已飛了逾一半行程,質疑為何不直接飛往成都,累乘客頻頻撲撲。

航機於昨晨零時三十分安全降落赤鱲角機場,大批乘客滯留機場,一度鼓譟。兩個半小時後航空公司答允安排的士接載乘客到酒店住宿,並每人派發四百元現金作補償。至昨晨十一時三十分,航空公司安排另一航機接載乘客繼續行程。

航空公司發言人表示,該航班載有一百五十二名乘客,由於機件故障需要折返,但故障原因仍在調查。對於有乘客質疑為何航機要折返香港,而不選擇繼續飛往成都,發言人強調是基於安全考慮。
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Old July 4th, 2012, 04:50 PM   #205
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Old July 30th, 2012, 05:03 PM   #208
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Airline staff walk out over delays
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Monday, July 30, 2012

Hong Kong Airlines is struggling to deal with a backlog of stranded passengers and maintain normal flight schedules after ground staff walked out at the weekend.

One of the ground staff said the problem began when Typhoon Vicente delayed or caused arrivals and departures to be canceled on Tuesday.

She said around 80 ground staff are usually on duty but since the pressure to deal with stranded passengers has been building up, workers have been dwindling until only about 50 showed up on Saturday morning.

"That was still enough, but the situation started to worsen and all of them were gone in the afternoon," she said, adding absolutely no one was on duty from around 2pm to 7pm.

Ground staff only returned to work after being urged by senior management, she added.

On Saturday, 18 flights were delayed for more than an hour and 12 were canceled, stranding hundreds of passengers.

Yesterday, 28 flights were delayed for more than an hour and two flights were canceled. Some passengers said they had waited more than 20 hours.

More than 100 passengers were seen waiting for their flights at the check-in counter yesterday morning. The number dropped to about 50 in the afternoon.

The ground staff said some of them had worked for up to 50 hours straight and were very exhausted.

She said some passengers got "crazy" and kept knocking on the door of the office. There was at least one arrest - a 31-year-old woman who poured a soft drink over a male ground staff on Saturday.

The ground staff said the walkout was not an industrial action and that workers were just forced to leave because of exhaustion.

An airline spokeswoman also rejected claims that they walked out in protest, saying the workers went on sick leave.
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Hong Kong Airlines and Hong Kong Express Statement on Recent Flight Operations and Staff Issues
Date: 2012-07-29
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Hong Kong Airlines and Hong Express today announced that flight operation has basically resumed normal. Among the 60 flights in operation today, only flight HX336 from Hong Kong to Beijing has experienced delay for over an hour while flight UO437 from Hong Kong to Changsha has been cancelled due to commercial reason, yet prior notification was made to affected passengers in the week before. Subject to peak season effect of the summer holidays and recent adverse weather condition, the average flight on-time rate in July is 68% while that for June was 73%. The Company regrets any inconvenience caused and expresses its sincere gratitude to passengers for their understanding.

In response to recent rumor regarding staff going on strike, the Company clarified that it did not receive any notification from staff member on such action. Mr. Sun Jian Feng, Vice President of Hong Kong Airlines said, “The Company has tried every effort to work on flight rotation and crew schedule to improve the flight delay situation and backlog of customers affected by recent adverse weather condition. Additional resources will also be put to increase manpower.

“Recently, our staff might experience additional workload due to the severe typhoon in Hong Kong and the thunderstorm in the China region. Under such circumstances, we understand that sick leaves taken by some of the staff members are in fact reasonable, as shown by today’s ground staff sick leave rate of 8%, while that in June was 6%. We have also arranged day off for staff, to ensure they are getting enough rest during this period. Thorough communication is always maintained between the management team and all staff member. The Company always takes comments from staff very seriously and is considering appropriate measures to address their suggestions,” added Mr Sun.
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The Civil Aviation Department has stepped in and added some extra conditions to Hong Kong Airlines Air Operator's Certificate. They can't add any new type of aircraft until the airline gets their act together.

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Airbus orders at risk as regulator curbs HK Airlines expansion

Aug 3 (Reuters) - Hong Kong's aviation regulator has halted the expansion of Hong Kong Airlines following complaints about its service standards, raising fresh doubts about the carrier's orders for Airbus planes worth billions of dollars.

In an unprecedented move by the Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department, the authority has frozen the fleet of unlisted Hong Kong Airlines, controlled by China's HNA Group, to its current size of 20, at least for now.

The Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department (CAD) said on Friday it had added a condition to the Air Operator's Certificate (AOC) issued to Hong Kong Airlines (HKA) that listed all the current aircraft the airline has in operation.

This meant that Hong Kong Airlines will not be able to operate any aircraft that is not listed on the certificate unless the department later rectified the conditions, it said in an emailed statement.

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Old August 4th, 2012, 10:44 PM   #211
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Hong Kong Airlines Cancels London Gatwick Service from Sep 2012

Update at 0520GMT 04AUG12

As per 04AUG12 GDS inventory display, Hong Kong Airlines is cancelling Hong Kong – London Gatwick daily service starting 03SEP12. Reservation for this flight is closed for travel on/after 03SEP12, although its website shows “sold out”.

This route is currently operated by all-Business Class Airbus A330-200 aircraft, which was launched on 07MAR12. Schedule:

HX875 HKG2335 – 0555+1LGW 330 D
HX876 LGW2115 – 1700+1HKG 330 D





Airline Route on 24JUN12 reported that the carrier is eyeing cancellation for this route, as the airline closed reservation for all discounted fare types for travel on/after 01SEP12 back then, which signaled the airline is preparing to reduce the service. Hong Kong’s Ming Pao on the same day also reported that the airline is likely to be closed by the end of this year, while some message boards claims after the Olympics. Both were denied by the airline. However in July 2012, the airline closed reservations for all discounted fares on all daily flight, leaving full-fares in Club Premier and Club Classic available, which further signaled possible cancellation.

On 02SEP12, HKG LGW is still showing available, however inbound flight is cancelled
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Old August 5th, 2012, 12:04 AM   #212
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Looks like it just couldn't compete. And quite frankly, I'm not surprised. For one, HKG-LHR competition is just a market that is so hard to enter given the number of flights CX has going to the city, not to mention, BAs presence on the route as well.

Plus, parent company Hainan hasn't really been promoting traffic feeding through this route.
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When I travel on business, I'm not going to book a premium fare with only one flight a day. The SME's and upper class leisure travellers that would otherwise fill the seats are probably spoofed by the European crisis anyway.
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Date: 2012-08-09
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HONG KONG AIRLINES LONDON ROUTE

Hong Kong Airlines has reviewed its European strategy as a result of the continuing weak economic outlook in Europe, combined with the strength of the regional business within Asia. As a consequence, it has confirmed today that it will be suspending its all-business class flights to London with effect from 10 September.

“We believe that a regional model focused on Asia Pacific is most appropriate for Hong Kong Airlines at this stage of our growth,” said Yang Jian Hong, President of Hong Kong Airlines. “Our key focus will be building our regional network and strengthening our business across China, South East Asia, Japan and Korea. As part of this decision, we will suspend our long-haul flights to London from 10 September, 2012 until further notice.”

“Our plan is to re-deploy the three specially equipped, all-business class A330-200s which currently service the London route to charter flights following the suspension,” Mr. Yang added.

Hong Kong Airlines will provide every assistance to its customers and the travel trade to arrange either re-booking or a full refund.

More detail will be announced by Hong Kong Airlines in the coming days.
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London flight axed as budget airline net dips
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Hong Kong Airlines will stop flying to London - its only long-haul route - and renew focus on Asia-Pacific destinations to stay afloat.

The territory's sole surviving budget carrier, partly owned by Hainan Airlines, said the route that offers business-class seats only will be halted from next month as it has lost money since its inception seven months back.

Hong Kong Airlines offers return tickets on the London route at as low as HK$13,000, about a third of what Cathay Pacific Airways (0293) charges to fly to the British capital in business class.

President Yang Jian Hong said high oil prices have hurt profitability, especially on the long-haul flight, and he does not see the economic environment in Europe improving anytime soon.

He blamed the London route for dragging the carrier's first-half profit down 50 percent from a year back.

Previously, another SAR-based budget carrier, Oasis Hong Kong, which started operations in 2006, collapsed in less than two years after offering flights to London and Vancouver.

Other budget carriers in the region, including Air Asia, JetStar and Tiger Airways, are all focused on Asia-Pacific.

Hong Kong Airlines added Taipei, Kaohsiung, Nanjing and Suzhou, taking the total number of destinations to 31 this year.

"We now have the fleet to continue building a business focused on Asia-Pacific, especially in Greater China, given the profitability of our regional routes," Yang said.

The airline carried 1.96 million Asia- Pacific passengers in the first seven months of the year, up 33 percent from a year back.

"More than half of our flights are mainland flights, and these will further increase later on," he added.

Meanwhile, Hong Kong Airlines' freight subsidiary, Hong Kong Express, will delay delivery of six Boeing 777 freighters to after 2015, from an earlier target of 2013 to 2014, in an effort to save costs as the local trade volume slumps.

Also, the carrier does not expect to list on the local bourse this year after delaying a US$200 million (HK$1.56 billion) to US$300 million flotation plan at the beginning of the year, Yang said.

He said instead it may consider a merger with Hainan Airlines - the mainland's fourth-largest airline - before any initial public offering.
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I never knew HK airlines was a budget carrier I always thought in was a full service airline....
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i dont think they're a budget carrier but a low fares carrier like virgin australia, calling them budget is too degrading, there was a clear distinction said on wiki
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Is "budget business class airline" a term?

Their London flights should be best categorized under this term.

But, as the cancelation shows their isn't really a market for this kind of airline right now.
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港航爆胎 癱瘓機場

2012年08月18日(六)

Synopsis : On Friday, a Hong Kong Airlines flight from Shanghai bursted its tires upon landing during the typhoon 3 signal. The A330, with 248 passengers and 12 crew on board, forced the closure of the north runway for 2 hours starting from 11:30am. Passengers had to leave the aircraft on the runway and took the bus to the terminal. There were no injuries.







颱風「啟德」過門不入,惟香港赤鱲角機場卻發生「大塞機」事故。昨晨香港航空一班由上海來港客機,冒着三號風球高懸降落機場北跑道時,懷疑發生爆胎事故,機上二百六十人「嚇破膽」,跑道封閉近兩小時,大批抵港航機無法降落,被迫在本港上空盤旋,由於只有南跑道維持升降,令機場「大塞機」,數以千計旅客受影響。根據機管局數字,受打風及有關事故影響,共二百八十九班航機需延誤或取消。

港航「爆胎機」航班編號HX 235,屬A330空中巴士,昨晨九時十七分由浦東來港,載有二百四十八名乘客及十二名機組人員。至十一時半,航機於三號風球及微雨下飛抵北跑道降落一刻,其中一個後轆突爆裂,機師即停機及通知機場控制塔人員,飛機向前滑行至北跑道與滑行道之間停下,無人受傷。消防到場戒備,機上所有人按照正常程序落機,乘搭機場穿梭巴士往客運大樓。
盤旋逾句鐘等降落

由於飛機停滯不前,為免釀成空難,當局立即封閉北跑道,並於機場顯示屏列出相關消息。經維修技工初步搶修後,由拖車將飛機拖返停機坪,擾攘近兩小時後,跑道至昨午一時二十三分始重開,期間,所有航班只能使用南跑道升降。香港航空發言人稱,全部乘客及機組人員均安全離開機艙,事件原因尚在調查中,其他航班可能因此受影響而稍為延誤,公司對事件造成不便深表歉意。

受事故影響,不少航班升降受阻,飛機因要「排隊」降落,有飛機更於上空盤旋逾一小時,半空嚴重「塞機」。機管局稱直至昨午五時為止,受颱風及事故影響而延誤離港的航機有一百二十三班,抵港則有一百四十五班,另有十班離港及十一班抵港航機取消。
十號風球亂足一周

香港工程師學會航空分部發言人詹永年指,一般飛機輪胎不設內膽,以氮氣充氣及由橡膠纖維與鋼絲組成,一旦有組件探測到輪胎過熱,便會放胎氣。他估計事故因煞掣系統內防止鎖轆的裝置感應器失靈,未能控制輪胎轉速,導致「鎖死」輪胎,跣着滑行,使表面磨平及放胎氣。

上月底強颱風韋森特襲港,天文台一度發出十號颶風訊號,香港航空的航班被吹至「亂晒龍」,風暴後近一周始回復正常,有港人於北京呆等逾五十小時,有地勤因連踩數十小時疏客而集體請病假罷工。今年六月,港航五班航機又因天氣問題延誤,令乘客鼓譟,更傳出港航拖欠工程公司、機管局及地勤公司逾億元維修費及泊位費等費用的醜聞。
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Photo taken on Aug. 17, 2012 shows a plane carrying 7 Chinese activists taxis at the airport in Naha, Okinawa, Japan, Aug. 17, 2012. The plane carrying seven of the 14 Chinese activists arrested by Japan police for landing on one of the Diaoyu islands Wednesday took off from Naha airport on Friday afternoon to fly back to Hong Kong. Another seven have also boarded a plane of Japan Coast Guard to fly to Ishigaki Island where their vessel was detained and will return later Friday on the boat they came from, according to local media reports. (Xinhua/Feng Wuyong)



Photo taken on Aug. 17, 2012 shows a plane carrying 7 Chinese activists at the airport in Naha, Okinawa, Japan. The plane carrying seven of the 14 Chinese activists arrested by Japan police for landing on one of the Diaoyu islands Wednesday took off from Naha airport on Friday afternoon to fly back to Hong Kong. Another seven have also boarded a plane of Japan Coast Guard to fly to Ishigaki Island where their vessel was detained and will return later Friday on the boat they came from, according to local media reports. (Xinhua/Feng Wuyong)

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