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Old June 14th, 2009, 07:16 PM   #21
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Hong Kong Airlines Starts Double Daily to Beijing
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Hong Kong, 15 May 2009 – Hong Kong Airlines has started a second daily flight into Beijing in response to popular demand.

“We would like to thank our customers travelling with Hong Kong Airlines on this Beijing route. Without their continuous support, we would not be able to increase our daily flight into the city. This is extremely encouraging news for us especially in this challenging economic climate,” says Mr Yang Jian Hong, President of Hong Kong Airlines and Hong Kong Express.

The new service coincides with a two-for-one promotion that the airline is offering for flights into Beijing. The offer is good through 31 May 2009.

Hong Kong Airlines’ second daily flight from Hong Kong to Beijing is operated by their new Boeing 737/800 aircraft with eight (8) business class seats 156 economy seats. The Beijing flights depart Hong Kong daily at 12.40pm and 7.45pm.
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香港航空前四個月虧損減少75% 明年可望盈利
27 May 2009
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香港航空有限公司(Hong Kong Airlines Limited,簡稱“香港航空”)行政總裁楊建紅近日出席中國飛機服務公司飛機維修機庫開幕典禮時表示,受惠于削減運力措施,今年首4個月虧損額按年減少75%,明年有望錄得盈利,現正考慮開通主要國際航線,以擴充業務。

他表示,香港航空已削減四成運力,目前只有8架飛機仍在營運,因此即使在目前金融危機的影響下,仍能有效控制成本。

他透露,該公司今年首4個月虧損額已減少75%,業績明顯改善,不過要在今年內轉虧為盈仍有困難,明年則稍有希望。

楊建紅稱,目前經濟正逐步復甦,該公司在未來半年的發展將進入另一階段,並透露有意開通主要國際航線作逆市擴展,包括歐洲航線,但強調有關計劃仍在研究中。

另外,他證實香港航空暫未有新機被延遲交付,將按計劃在明年陸續接收3架A330和2架A320。
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Old June 22nd, 2009, 06:11 PM   #23
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Airlines drop threat to punish staff who fail to learn company mantra
22 June 2009
South China Morning Post

Pilots and flight attendants with Hong Kong Airlines and Hong Kong Express Airways say a threat to punish them if they fail to memorise and recite a lengthy company creed appears to have been quietly dropped.

None of the airlines' employees have been subjected to threatened spot checks to see if they have learned the 10-line creed, or apophthegm, and a memo last week made no mention of anticipated punishments for those who fail to recite it.

Instead, the latest memo simply reiterated how the apophthegm reflected the airlines' values and informed staff that executives were reciting it to each other at their weekly management meetings.

Last month all employees at the sister airlines were ordered to learn the 68-word apophthegm, which includes lines such as "Perseverance is the rule to sturdy progress", "Diligence leads research to accession of knowledge", "Careful recipe is the best medicine to health" and "Kindliness to youth endows the superior with virtue".

In an accompanying memo, employees were told that management would conduct "random spot checks" and that an unspecified punishment would be meted out to those who failed to recite it.

The instruction, which saw flight attendants swatting up on the creed on their way to work, was criticised within the two airlines, with pilots and flight attendants claiming it was insulting, a waste of time and "like being back in primary school".

The outcry appears to have had an impact, according to a pilot at one of the airlines who said: "The management appear to have decided it wasn't such a good idea after all and seem a little embarrassed by all the ridicule it has attracted. There have been no spot checks so far, and one meeting where it was thought that flight attendants were going to be tested to see if they had learned to recite it was cancelled."

In last week's memo, no mention was made of spot checks or punishments and employees were simply told the aim of the apophthegm was to encourage them "to be familiar with the corporate culture and to apply it in their daily lives".

Wary employees were still memorising the dictum last week, however, as the original memo sent out on May 20 indicated that they had a month to learn it before the spot checks would begin in earnest.

Shirley Kwok, product manager for Hong Kong Express, declined to respond to questions about the apophthegm. "Regrettably, we cannot offer comment on the circulation of internal documents," she said.
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HK Airlines sacks nine pilots objecting to salary cuts
12 April 2009
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Hong Kong Airlines has fired nine pilots who refused to sign new contracts that cut the basic salaries of cockpit crew to as little as HK$17,500 a month.

The pilots - four first officers and five captains - were terminated after being given a deadline of March 31 to agree to the contracts, which the pilots say halve basic pay in some cases and diminish other entitlements.

A spokesman for Hong Kong Airlines, which had 52 pilots before the sackings, confirmed the dismissals but denied those were connected to new contracts. He declined to say why the pilots, who were mostly expatriates from Australasia and South America, had been sacked.

The move comes amid severe cost-cutting at the start-up airline, which operates Boeing 737 aircraft on regional flights in competition with airlines including Dragonair. Earlier this year, it asked all cockpit crew to take a week's unpaid leave.

A copy of the new contract seen by the Sunday Morning Post cuts basic salaries to HK$17,500 a month for first officers with less than 1,500 hours of jet flying time, HK$20,000 a month for more than 1,500 hours of flying and HK$22,500 for more than 3,000 hours of flying. Captains with less than 3,000 hours of flying time will get HK$30,000 a month, while those with more than 3,000 hours will receive HK$40,000.

In addition to their basic pay, each pilot receives a monthly market-based adjustment lump sum of HK$10,000 and the prospect of a further productivity-based payment ranging from HK$225 to HK$1,000.

According to one of the sacked pilots, basic pay for captains was previously HK$75,000 or HK$65,000, depending on flying time, and HK$45,000 or HK$40,000 for first officers, although previous fixed market-based adjustment levels were lower.

"We declined to sign the new contract and wrote to management saying we wished to stay on our present contracts," the pilot said. "There was no response. Everybody who did not sign the new contract was simply terminated."

As well as slashing basic salaries, the pilot said, the new contract allowed the company to change annual leave entitlements as it deemed fit and make promotions discretionary rather than based on service.

Letters were sent out to the nine pilots on April 2 telling them they were being terminated and wishing them "all the best for the future" without giving any reason, according to another of the dismissed pilots.

Eight of them have approached the Labour Department and are negotiating payoffs according to their notice periods. The ninth pilot is understood to have settled his case with management separately.

In the confusion that followed the sackings, the pilots at first believed they were expected to continue flying as they served out their notice periods, something the Hong Kong Aircrew Officers Association warned would be "a serious safety concern".

When they objected, they then believed they had to do ground duty and - in a bizarre incident last Tuesday - reported for office duty at the airport, only to find no one there able to assign them work. They say they have since been told they will not have to work out their notice periods.

"It has been a very traumatic time for some months," one pilot said. "Pilots have been asked to take no-pay leave and have been seconded to mainland airlines {hellip} Most of us are just relieved it's over and the only surprise is that so many of our colleagues have agreed to stay on at such reduced terms." The carrier declined to give further details of the dismissals or to be interviewed by the Post.
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HK Express air-cargo bid flies into headwind
3 July 2009
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Plans by Hong Kong Express Airways to launch a cargo service in September are being blocked by one of its shareholders.

Andrew Tse (below), who owns 14.7 per cent of the small city airline that is controlled by the mainland's HNA Group, filed an objection with the Air Transport Licensing Authority after Hong Kong Express applied for a cargo licence.

"Until the airline hands in a comprehensive feasibility study on the cargo service, I will continue to put in an injunction whenever it reapplies for a licence," said Mr Tse, who asked that any licence hearing involving the carrier be made public.

The airline withdrew the application but had since submitted another one, an Alta spokesman confirmed.

Mr Tse, a nephew of Stanley Ho Hung-sun, who owns about 40 per cent of Hong Kong Express, said management promised the board in a meeting in April it would present a detailed business plan for the cargo service.

The airline, which offers passenger services to mainland and Asian cities, planned to operate three weekly cargo flights from Hong Kong to Luxembourg via Abu Dhabi from September 18, president Yang Jianhong said. He said the air-cargo business was showing "green shoots" and the firm wanted to get in early to seize on low aircraft leasing fees.

"We would like to reap the rewards of any upswing in the cargo market by entering the market at a low point," Mr Yang said.

Hong Kong Express has been granted a three-month licence by the Civil Aviation Department to lease a Boeing 747-400 freighter from Taiwan's China Airlines. But before it becomes permanent, the airline has to be given a cargo licence by the Air Transport Licensing Authority.

Mr Yang said the airline had a strong case for launching a cargo business as he expected the sector to start recovering in the fourth quarter.
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Joint Media Trip to Taichung with Taiwan Visitors Association
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06 Jul 2009

Hong Kong, 08 June 2009 – Hong Kong Airlines and Hong Kong Express recently completed a joint media familiarization trip to Taichung with the Taiwan Visitors Association, comprising journalists from leading Hong Kong newspapers and magazines.

“We are indeed privileged to be invited by the Taiwan Visitors Association to co-host this media trip and we would also like to take this opportunity to thank our media partners for making time to be with us on this important occasion.”, says, Mr Joseph Cheung, Director, Commercial of Hong Kong Express Airways Limited.

On June 3, with the support from the Taichung Country Government and Taiwan Industrial Development & Investment Promotion Committee of Taichung City, Hong Kong Airlines and Hong Kong Express held a product seminar at the Hotel One which was attended by over 80 representatives from the Hong Kong travel trade, media and various Taichung corporations.

The event was followed by a dinner at the Taichung Splendor Hotel. Honorable guests included Dr Jason Hu,, Mayor of Taichung and Mr Huang Chung Sheng, Magistrate of the Taichung Country Government.

Taichung, Taiwan’s third largest city, offers many enchanting tourist attractions and delightful cuisine as Hong Kong journalists discovered during the trip. The places visited included The Sun Hot Spring & Resort, The Flying Cow Ranch and The Roll In Farm to name but a few.

Hong Kong Express flies from Hong Kong to Taichung on a charter basis with Mandarin Airlines.
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香港航空虧損額 上月大減七成半
23 May 2009
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金融海嘯衝擊下,全球航空業正處嚴峻經營環境,其中香港航空及香港快運航空公司兩家姊姊公司,更一度被傳陷入重大財政困難。絕少露面的公司總裁楊建紅昨日透露,經過實施一系列的成本控制措施,上月公司的虧損額已較去年同期大幅收窄七成五,今年下半年更將正式拓展歐洲航綫。

下半年更拓展歐洲航綫

香港航空及香港快運航空公司總裁楊建紅表示,由於準確預測金融海嘯的危機,實施一系列的成本控制措施,包括由小型客機改為引進大型客機、減少運力三至四成等,成功令到成本下降,收益回升。目前兩家公司業務已進入良性發展,上月公司錄得虧損已較○七年同期大幅下調七成半,有信心明年可轉虧為盈。

他透露,今年下半年將是兩家公司的新發展階段,已落實開拓歐洲航綫,至於增開的航點屬於歐洲哪一個國家,暫時未能透露。他又澄清,公司未有因金融海嘯影響,而延遲新機的付運日期,「(新機)本來都是明年才會付運的,約有三至五架,A三三○有三架,A三二○就有兩至三架。」 記者 陳意婷
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A bit odd to see this since I don't think they fly to North America yet :

Hong Kong Airlines To Offer Phone, Internet On A330s
25 June 2009
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Hong Kong Airlines Airbus A330s will be equipped with OnAir’s mobile telephone and Internet systems.

Under an agreement unveiled yesterday, the carrier will offer these services from November 2010, when it takes delivery of the first of 10 A330s equipped with the inflight passenger communications services.

OnAir’s system eventually will be offered on four A330-200s and six A330-300s on services to China, North America and Southeast Asia. OnAir’s inflight system is compatible with both GSM and GPRS technologies.

“The Mobile OnAir and Internet OnAir services together provide air travelers with a complete solution: a full range of service whether they are using mobile phones, smartphones or their laptops — and with global coverage,” said OnAir CEO Benoit Debains.
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A bit odd to see this since I don't think they fly to North America yet :

Hong Kong Airlines To Offer Phone, Internet On A330s
25 June 2009
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Hong Kong Airlines Airbus A330s will be equipped with OnAir’s mobile telephone and Internet systems.

Under an agreement unveiled yesterday, the carrier will offer these services from November 2010, when it takes delivery of the first of 10 A330s equipped with the inflight passenger communications services.

OnAir’s system eventually will be offered on four A330-200s and six A330-300s on services to China, North America and Southeast Asia. OnAir’s inflight system is compatible with both GSM and GPRS technologies.

“The Mobile OnAir and Internet OnAir services together provide air travelers with a complete solution: a full range of service whether they are using mobile phones, smartphones or their laptops — and with global coverage,” said OnAir CEO Benoit Debains.
Maybe that's just a review of where Hong Kong Airlines can fly to under current franchise, but not necessary means it is offering the service.

Can you imagine flying to the NA from HK on a A330-200s or 300s?
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Maybe that's just a review of where Hong Kong Airlines can fly to under current franchise, but not necessary means it is offering the service.

Can you imagine flying to the NA from HK on a A330-200s or 300s?
I don't think they are even planning to fly so far actually. They seem to be having some problems with their regional network, and especially given they are heavily dependent on China, it doesn't look good.
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I don't think they are even planning to fly so far actually. They seem to be having some problems with their regional network, and especially given they are heavily dependent on China, it doesn't look good.
Considering the East and SE Asia market is far more competitive than the China market, I can see why HK Airlines focuses its mainland route.

Dragon Air was once like that, too.
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If an airline wants to be really successful in Hong Kong, it needs to take HKG and enhance the hub that it is. To do that, Hong Kong Airlines need to focus on transfer passengers; US-India, US-Southeast Asia, Europe-Australia, Southeast Asia-Northeast Asia, and not just feed into mainland China or serve just HKG O&D traffic which Dragonair focused on, and what HK Airlines/HK Express is doing right now.

Let's face it, for most of China that flies regularly, HKG is a little too south unless they're going to Southeast Asia and Australia.

Essentially, just do what CX is doing right.
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Hong Kong's strong business traffic and leisure travel markets are actually significant enough to sustain the existing network, although transit passengers (eg. mainland and Taiwan) are a growing segment. A strong international hub needs a strong local market with the propensity to travel in order to succeed. Relying on transfer passengers as a major source of income runs a significant business risk.
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Hong Kong's strong business traffic and leisure travel markets are actually significant enough to sustain the existing network, although transit passengers (eg. mainland and Taiwan) are a growing segment. A strong international hub needs a strong local market with the propensity to travel in order to succeed. Relying on transfer passengers as a major source of income runs a significant business risk.
I'll agree that currently Hong Kong's business traffic and leisure markets are significant enough to sustain the existing network but what happens when Hong Kong Airlines receives all its planes? Both Cathay Pacific and an enlarged Hong Kong Airlines will find it hard to just sustain on Hong Kong's business and leisure travel markets, aka O&D traffic, so they'll have to rely more on transit passengers, and I don't just mean mainland and Taiwan.

Personally, I think that Cathay Pacific, and in future Hong Kong Airlines, if they put their back into it, can target the India-US traffic and Kangaroo route for example. Come on, if Singapore Airlines can successfully lure Indians to "backtrack" south to SIN to fly to the US, it means SQ is doing something right.

However, I will disagree with you that a strong international hub needs a strong market. Emirates, Qatar Airways, Etihad and SQ in their respective hubs have proved that wrong.
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I'll agree that currently Hong Kong's business traffic and leisure markets are significant enough to sustain the existing network but what happens when Hong Kong Airlines receives all its planes? Both Cathay Pacific and an enlarged Hong Kong Airlines will find it hard to just sustain on Hong Kong's business and leisure travel markets, aka O&D traffic, so they'll have to rely more on transit passengers, and I don't just mean mainland and Taiwan.

Personally, I think that Cathay Pacific, and in future Hong Kong Airlines, if they put their back into it, can target the India-US traffic and Kangaroo route for example. Come on, if Singapore Airlines can successfully lure Indians to "backtrack" south to SIN to fly to the US, it means SQ is doing something right.

However, I will disagree with you that a strong international hub needs a strong market. Emirates, Qatar Airways, Etihad and SQ in their respective hubs have proved that wrong.
You forgot to analyze the fact that a significant Indian community residing in Singapore plays a huge part in how people from India transfer flights. Perhaps they can visit family and friends there before they head onwards to the US, but I doubt the Singapore transit option is popular considering other key transit points such as Dubai and of course, London. There are a lot of ethnic Indians living in the UK.

Hong Kong Airlines is marketing itself as a low-cost carrier, and is a favoured airline for travel agencies that buy cheap block tickets. Given the huge propensity to travel among Hong Kongers, the lack of transit traffic is not a significant concern for them since that is not their key market segment to begin with. Given their network setup, they are a point-to-point carrier, rather than an American-style point-to-hub-to-point airline.
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