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Old April 6th, 2014, 07:30 PM   #261
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Old June 5th, 2014, 05:57 PM   #262
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'Alarming' number of pilots quit Hong Kong Airlines
4 June 2014
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Hong Kong Airlines has been hit by an "alarming" tide of resignations with about 35 pilots quitting in the past six months, sources say.

Neither the budget airline nor the Civil Aviation Department - which said it had been kept informed about the resignations - would give details.

While the airline said the turnover was "normal", sources told the South China Morning Post that as many as 35 pilots had resigned since December.

David Newbery, a spokesman for the Hong Kong Airline Pilots Association, a body that represents three pilot groups in Hong Kong, said the resignation rate was "pretty alarming".

"[The rate] is certainly not normal and is unsustainable - particularly for an airline which wishes to grow," he said.

"Pilots are a long-lead-time item - they require training, which is time-consuming and expensive. You cannot replace a pilot as easily as you can replace a clerk or even a manager."

The resignations leave the airline with about 250 pilots to fly its 22 aircraft, sources said. Cathay Pacific has more than 2,900 pilots to fly about 140 aircraft.

The departures indicate an attrition rate of about 12 per cent a year compared to about 5 per cent for Cathay in the past few years, according to a pilot close to the Hong Kong Aircrew Officers Association. Cathay does not disclose its figures.

A spokesman for the Express and Airlines Pilots Association, which represents pilots at Hong Kong Airlines, said that there had been a recent "upturn" in resignations.

He attributed it to dissatisfaction with conditions of service, lack of a commuting roster and the beginning of a recovery in European aviation recently that had made more jobs available.

The exodus is the latest setback for the airline, which has rarely been far from the headlines since its launch in 2006. In November, transport minister Professor Anthony Cheung Bing-leung voiced concern about its safety standards after seven "deviations from regulations" on flights in August and September.

An internal document obtained by the Post in April showed that 28 pilots had resigned since December.

Sources claimed management had told pilots to fly more than the 12 to 14 hours stipulated by the department and not to report it or they would face punishment or risk losing their year-end bonus.

The airline denied forcing pilots to violate rules or encouraging them to falsify records.

"The most common reason for pilots leaving HKA is due to their desire to return to their home country," a spokesman said. "Other pilots leave to pursue broader career opportunities, both within the aviation industry and elsewhere."

The department said it had received complaints that some pilots had flown more than the permitted number of hours but had found no evidence to substantiate the complaints.
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Sit-in draws `hijack' tag
23 June 2014
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There were online blasts yesterday for the 70 passengers who held a Hong Kong Airlines flight to ransom, saying they were no better than hijackers.

The passengers had refused to leave the plane after their flight was delayed on Friday night and staged an 18-hour sit- in until they were given an apology and HK$800 each in compensation.

All the passengers eventually left for Shanghai on Saturday night.

Facebook user Ravel Chan said: ``It feels like extortion.''

Another user, Daisy Cheng, added: ``They shouldn't occupy an airplane no matter what. It is equal to hijacking the plane.''

A Sina Weibo user said: ``Are they really willing to suffer that much to get so little in compensation? Is time not money?''

Another said: ``People fighting for few hundred dollars must really have plenty of time.''

The airline said flight HX234 with 276 passengers on board was scheduled to take off from Hong Kong at 9pm on Friday. It was cancelled due to weather conditions and on the instructions of air control in Shanghai.

``As there was no scheduled time for taking off, the company asked passengers to leave the plane and to wait, and distributed breakfast and lunch tickets to those leaving.''

Some refused to leave because they were dissatisfied with the arrangement.

A video taken by a passenger and uploaded to the internet complained they were trapped in the plane for 15 hours with no food and water.

The airline said there was water and the air-conditioning was kept on until all the passengers left the plane.

Flight attendant Candy Tong left messages online expressing her unhappiness with the way the passengers acted. She said drinks were served as soon as she and her colleagues learned of the delay.

It was the second sit-in the airline has experienced in two months; earlier, 31 passengers refused to leave a flight from Bali after an eight-hour delay.
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Old June 24th, 2014, 05:20 PM   #266
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Hong Kong Airlines staff may stage 'No Putonghua' protest after sit-in
24 June 2014
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Some Hong Kong Airlines staff have expressed support for a "No Putonghua" protest on July 1 after more than 70 passengers, mostly mainlanders, staged an 18-hour sit-in on a plane when their flight to Shanghai was cancelled.

Problems with the Hong Kong-Shanghai flight started at about 9pm on Friday after 276 passengers had boarded. Due to problems with mainland air traffic control, the passengers were asked to leave and offered alternative flights.

However, about 70 passengers, said to be mostly mainlanders, refused to disembark and occupied the plane for 18 hours. They finally left after the airline offered an undisclosed amount of compensation.

On Sunday, a message was posted anonymously on a Facebook page targeting staff of Hong Kong Airlines and prompting discussion of the incident.

The message suggested that the airline staff refrain from speaking Putonghua on July 1. The online post had received about 2,530 "likes" as of last night.

An airline flight attendant, who asked not to be identified, said she had heard about the campaign from colleagues.

"I support it. But my concern is if it can really work," she said, adding that she would have to speak to the passengers in English instead.

An airline ground staff member said it was "very likely" he and his colleagues would join.

"I am thinking that I will talk to [mainland passengers] in Cantonese first, and act surprised when they speak Putonghua, just to tease them a bit," he said.

He was upset that the airline had not shown any appreciation of the cabin crew, who had acted professionally during the sit-in.

He said that the crew onboard the "occupied" plane last Friday has served food and handed out blankets to the passengers.

Some crew members even lent the protestors their portable phone "power banks".

"But the passengers took pictures of the crew and posted them on the internet after their phones were charged," the Hong Kong Airlines employee said.

An airline spokesman said he believed that its staff would do all they could to serve passengers in accordance with a professional code of conduct.
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Old June 24th, 2014, 07:19 PM   #267
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Quite immature of the passengers given the delay was due to an issue with mainland air traffic control and not with the airline.

Btw I recently flew from Hangzhou to Hong Kong on HX. No complaints about the service or anything, but it took us around 40 mins to get to immigration from when the plane landed due to the crew's decision to provide everyone with rain ponchos for the 10 metre distance between the plane door and the shuttle bus waiting for us at the bottom.

The plane was scheduled to arrive in HK at 11:00pm but was delayed for 15 mins due to HKIA traffic controls. No biggie there. However, as it was raining when it was time to disembark the plane (it wasn't heavy rain btw) and ride the shuttle bus to the terminal, the crew decided to get everyone disposable rain ponchos, which took around 20 mins to be delivered. The crew never told us what the hold up was for until the ponchos arrived. By the time they handed out ponchos to passengers the rain had basically stopped. As you can imagine it was also a slow process to get people on the bus.

Anyway the point is, was it really necessary to hold up passengers for that long just so we would have plastic covers for the 10m distance from the stairs to the bus, when the rain was just moderate? I'm sure most passengers would not care and would have opted to travel the 10m in the rain and not have to wait, and they did look that way.

The last of the bus from the airport to my apartment was scheduled to depart the airport stop at 12:05am and I just caught it. I literally ran as soon as I got off the shuttle bus and would have missed my bus home if I got to the stop 30 seconds later than I did.
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Hopefully the Captain with the name Tony has not quit. His passenger announcements are quite funny.


You can hear Tony from 0:46.
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Old June 24th, 2014, 09:24 PM   #269
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That's not gonna happen as long as it's a largely mainland owned airlines. Besides, if the crew do this they will be no better than those immature passengers.
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That's not gonna happen as long as it's a largely mainland owned airlines. Besides, if the crew do this they will be no better than those immature passengers.
Strangely, the mainland parent is not known for compensating passengers for its delays.
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Statement From Hong Kong Airlines Regarding Flight HX234 and Reports of Staff Protest
Date: 2014-06-24
Press Release

Hong Kong Airlines would like to clarify facts surrounding the incident on Flight HX234, and reports of a staff protest.

On 20th June 2014, a number of passengers on Flight HX234 refused to disembark the aircraft following a delay prior to take-off at Hong KongInternationalAirport. The delay was the result of a directive from Chinese Air Traffic Control. A number of passengers chose to remain on the plane for 18 hours.

Hong Kong Airlines regrets that this incident occurred and wishes to acknowledge the cabin crew and ground staff members, who acted with the highest level of professionalism and courtesy during the incident. Three teams of cabin crew were on standby to ensure the safety and comfort of the passengers who refused to disembark. Hong Kong Airlines management has extended their thanks and appreciation to all staff involved in the safe resolution of this incident.

All of our cabin crew teams are fluent in spoken Cantonese, Mandarin and English, as required by our internal professional standards. Our staff members will continue to speak in Cantonese, Mandarin and English at work, where required.

Hong Kong Airlines management has not received any official notice from staff regarding a “No Putonghua Protest”. Additionally, we have found no evidence that the protest is being organized by our staff members. Such a protest would be directly contrary to the internal standards and values of Hong Kong Airlines.

Hong Kong Airlines is aware that there may be individuals falsely claiming to be Hong Kong Airlines employees promoting this protest. We retain the right to take legal action against those individuals.

We appreciate having the opportunity to clarify these matters and will continue to provide excellent service of the highest standard to all our valued passengers.
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Hong Kong Airlines Considers First Dual-Currency IPO
7 July 2014
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HONG KONG--Hong Kong Airlines, a small carrier based in the city, is considering plans to launch what would be the first dual-currency initial public offering, with a US$500 million yuan-Hong Kong dollar float sometime this year.

The airline hasn't made a final decision on whether to push forward with either its listing plans or whether the IPO should trade in both the Chinese currency and the Hong Kong dollar, people with direct knowledge of the deal said. Hong Kong Airlines has yet to file a listing application with the stock exchange, but it is looking into a fourth-quarter IPO, the people said.

Hong Kong Airlines is controlled by Chinese conglomerate HNA Group, whose holdings include Hainan Airlines. It flies short-haul regional routes between Hong Kong and other destinations in Asia, including Phuket in Thailand, Osaka in Japan, and Chinese cities like Beijing and Shanghai.

The airline, which has a fleet of around 23 aircraft, is looking to list as it grapples with high fuel prices and competition from bigger rival Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. Funds raised from an IPO would go toward financing its plan to buy more aircraft, the carrier had said. Hong Kong Airlines declined to comment.

While a dual-currency IPO may win some fans for its novelty, a deal such as this may be less alluring than it would have been a few years ago when the yuan was rising, according to industry experts. The yuan has fallen 2.5% against the U.S. dollar so far this year, according to FactSet.

The only company in Hong Kong that trades in the Chinese currency, Hui Xian Real Estate Investment Trust, raised US$1.6 billion in an IPO in April 2011, when the yuan was still on an upward trend. The trust company owned by Hong Kong tycoon Li Ka-shing has seen its shares fall 36% since then, with its stock underperforming Hong Kong's benchmark Hang Seng Index by 1.2%.

Still, if the Hong Kong Airlines listing goes ahead, it will be a coup for the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, which has been encouraging companies to list in both currencies in the past couple of years. The exchange has been eager to have stocks listed in both currencies to cater to the growing demand outside China for investment products denominated in the yuan, also known as the renminbi, though none have taken up this option yet. The stock exchange has said previously that a platform to accommodate yuan-denominated dual-currency IPOs is ready.

WH Group, the Chinese pork producer that made headlines last year with the acquisition of U.S.-based Smithfield Foods Inc, at one point was considering a dual-currency listing earlier this year. It went ahead with an attempt to raise up to US$5.3 billion in a solely Hong Kong-dollar float in April, but pulled that listing when demand fell through. The company, formerly known as Shuanghui International Holdings, is now looking into reviving its listing attempt, again just in Hong Kong dollars, people familiar with the situation previously said. It wasn't immediately clear why WH didn't go the dual-listing route.

Hong Kong Airlines, set up in 2006, has attempted to fly long-haul but pulled out due to weak demand. It cut services to Moscow and suspended its all-business class flights to London in 2012. It is now solely focused on short-haul routes, of which Chinese cities dominate. It flies in total to around 20 Chinese cities.
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That wavy livery strangely looks terrible on Boeing aircraft than Airbus', which is funny because they likely introduced the livery because of the 787.
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HK Airlines to drop A380s in order reshuffle - sources

FARNBOROUGH, England, July 17 (Reuters) - Hong Kong Airlines is preparing to cancel an order for 10 Airbus A380 superjumbos after an associated leasing company struck an expanded deal to buy 70 smaller A320-family aircraft, people familiar with the matter said on Thursday.

Asked about the status of the order at a news conference, Airbus officials said it remained on the company's order book.

Since March, however, the order is no longer attributed in the order book to the airline itself but to an "undisclosed" customer, according to Airbus data.

Hong Kong Airlines was not available for comment.

The order had been in doubt for some time after it was first caught up in a row between the European Union and China over environmental policy and then the airline was reported as saying it might exchange the A380 commitment for other aircraft.

Hong Kong Airlines shares a common investor, HNA Group , with Hong Kong Aviation Capital which finalised an order for 70 jets at the Farnborough Airshow on Thursday after initially preparing the ground for a 60-plane order at the Paris Airshow last year.
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Hong Kong Airlines dual-currency IPO may not take off
South China Morning Post
21 July 2014

Efforts to raise yuan-denominated shares in Hong Kong's initial public offering market have looked a bit like some of the plans for sending humans to Mars - technically feasible with a few notable bumps ahead.

Earlier this month Hong Kong Airlines, a budget carrier partly owned by Hainan Airlines, said it would raise US$500 million in what could be Hong Kong's first dual-currency IPO, by floating yuan and Hong Kong-dollar-denominated shares simultaneously.

The carrier faces an uphill battle in convincing institutional investors of the economic benefits of its offering, following the 2.5 per cent depreciation of the yuan against the US dollar since the start of the year.

The fall made currency speculators pay for their optimistic view of the upward trend, and raised questions about incentives to buy yuan.

Offshore yuan deposits look to be the most promising in terms of supporting Hong Kong's yuan IPO market. In Taiwan, deposits in yuan were first accepted in February and had ballooned to more than 230 billion yuan (HK$287 billion) by May, easily surpassing Singapore with 200 billion yuan in deposits at the end of 2013.

Yet the key argument JP Morgan, sponsor of the air carrier deal, has to make to potential investors has less to do with limited yuan liquidity in the equity market. Rather, it is how to sell a story of solid growth prospects given that transport minister Anthony Cheung Bing-leung voiced concern about the carrier's safety standards in August and September, pointing to at least seven "deviations from regulations".

Adding to concerns over safety issues, Hong Kong Airlines has been hit by an alarming wave of resignations, with about 35 pilots leaving since December.

Even before the tragic loss of Malaysia Airlines MH17 in eastern Ukraine, investors' appetite didn't seem favourable towards listings by airline companies. Shares in AirAsia have fallen about 40 per cent since its listing in July last year.

A yuan listing can easily generate headlines, but confidence in the market remains fairly fragile, proving a drag to any meaningful take-off.
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Hong Kong Express Launches Flights to Busan
9 August 2014
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Hong Kong-based low-cost carrier Hong Kong Express has launched a new route to Busan on Thursday. This brings the number of airlines operating flights between Busan and Hong Kong to four, including Korean Air, Air Busan and Dragonair.The Hong Kong airline flies the route five times a week and will operate one more flight a week from Aug. 20. Until Wednesday, one-way tickets cost only W87,900 (US$1=W1,038) for flights departing from Monday to March 28, 2015. Tickets can be purchased at hkexpress.com. The number of tourists traveling between Busan and Hong Kong grew to 75,000 last year from 38,000 in 2010, up by 20 percent each year over the last four years.
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Plane turns back after windshield found cracked
16 August 2014
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A cracked windshield forced an Indonesia-bound Hong Kong Airlines plane carrying 261 people to return to the city yesterday.

The Airbus A330 had entered Manila airspace when its pilot decided to turn back to Chek Lap Kok airport, the Civil Aviation Department said.

“The pilot discovered a crack in the cockpit’s windshield about 1 1/2 hours after take-off,” the airline said. “For safety reasons, the pilot decided to fly back to Hong Kong airport.”

The carrier did not reveal the size of the crack. “We are still investigating the cause of the incident,” it said.

Flight HX707 left Hong Kong for Bali at 12.45pm with 249 passengers and 12 crew members.

More than an hour into the journey, the pilot made a U-turn after alerting Manila’s aviation authorities, which then notified Hong Kong’s air traffic control at about 2.30pm.

Ten fire engines and an ambulance were placed on standby at the airport’s fire station.

The aircraft landed safely at 4.05pm. No injuries were reported. The passengers flew out on another plane about 1 1/2 hours later, Hong Kong Airlines said.

An airline spokeswoman said the plane was grounded and repair work would be carried out. The Civil Aviation Department said it would follow up.

Hong Kong Airlines has been involved in a series of incidents since its 2006 launch. On August 8 last year, the pilot of a Bangkok-bound plane mistook the runway clearance of another jet as his own. The plane crossed the red stop line and was immediately checked by air traffic controllers.

A month later on September 16, a flight headed for Nanjing was originally instructed to climb to 9,000 feet. It was later told not to do so because of conflicting traffic at that level, but it still ascended to the higher level.

Secretary for Transport and Housing Professor Anthony Cheung Bing-leung in November voiced concern that the carrier faced seven “deviations from regulations” in August and September last year.

A crack in the cockpit windshield similarly forced a Singapore-bound Cathay Pacific flight carrying more than 300 passengers to head back to Hong Kong 15 minutes after take-off in January 2012. In May last year, a Hong Kong-bound Cathay jet with 206 passengers turned back to Bangkok and made an emergency landing after a fire alarm in its cargo hold went off.
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Hong Kong Express criticised after scrapping Kota Kinabalu flights
28 August 2014
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Low-cost airline Hong Kong Express has come under fire over its handling of inquiries about its decision to scrap services to Kota Kinabalu in Malaysia - a year after it started flying there.

The airline announced a week ago that flights 791 and 792, to and from the tourist destination in Borneo, would cease to operate from October 26. It said the decision was announced on the day it was made, and that about 500 passengers holding return tickets would get either a refund or a ticket to a different destination within three days of their original trip - subject to paying any difference in the fare.

However, one would-be passenger, Alexander Czarnobaj, said he had emailed the airline six times and received only a standard pro-forma reply from customer service.

He plans to visit Borneo with his two children in early November and had already booked accommodation and local tours, as well as the HK$2,800 air tickets.

"This trip is now going to cost some HK$5,000 more than my original plan," he said . "I don't think I should be the one who bears the burden of this expense as it's entirely due to incompetence and lack of goodwill by Hong Kong Express."

The airline started the thrice-weekly flights last October, but said "weak market demand" and a "challenging" business environment since April had led it to suspend the route to the capital of Sabah state. It said passengers were told of the available options by email and SMS.

"The decision to withdraw from Kota Kinabalu was not taken lightly and followed an in-depth and ongoing review of the market situation," the airline's spokeswoman said.

The city, gateway to Mount Kinabalu and several national parks, is also served by direct flights from Hong Kong by AirAsia, Dragonair and Malaysia Airlines.

The decision came amid controversy over an Airport Authority incentive scheme offering discounts on landing fees for carriers launching new routes.

The South China Morning Post reported yesterday that almost half of the new routes launched under the New Destination Incentive Arrangement scheme, since its introduction in 2004, were no longer running.

The airline's spokeswoman said it was offered no incentive by the Airport Authority for the Kota Kinabalu service.

The company relaunched as a low-cost carrier last year and flies to destinations on the mainland, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and Thailand.
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