France invites local port investors

Hong Kong and mainland companies are welcome to invest in French port activities as continuing reforms open the door wider for foreign interests, said French minister of state for transport Thierry Mariani.

Saturday, 16 April, 2011, 12:00am

Corrections & clarifications

Due to an editing error, the last sentence of the story 'Cathay to post record profit, say analysts' on page B9 in yesterday's newspaper should have read: 'Nine passenger Airbus and Boeing planes and six Boeing 747-8 freighters will join the Cathay Pacific fleet in 2011' and not 2010 as said.

8 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Mainland tycoons reach for the sky

Recently fitted with internet access, plush adjustable tables and chairs, refined wood finishing and ideal for business meetings - but with a price tag that tops US$30 million - the latest Embraer Legacy 650 luxury business aircraft is being targeted at well-heeled mainland business and leisure travellers.

8 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Ambitious COMAC takes on aviation giants

Competition in the commercial aircraft market is expected to tighten, as new entrants strive to enter an industry so far dominated by the big two, Boeing and Airbus.

1 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

CAAC to spend 1.5tr yuan to expand airports and fleets

Beijing plans a massive expansion of its aviation sector by 2015 after the Civil Aviation Administration of China said more than 1.5 trillion yuan (HK$1.77 trillion) would be spent on airports and aircraft to meet a forecast surge in passengers and airfreight.

25 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Jet maker expects corporate prospects to soar on mainland

Business jet manufacturer Gulfstream Aerospace, which has a strong presence on the mainland, expects the market to grow sharply in the coming years. Gulfstream's vice-president of communications, Jeff Miller, shares his views on the mainland's business aviation market.

22 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Flying service heading for the jet age with two new acquisitions

The Government Flying Service will buy two jets to replace the fixed-wing propeller aircraft used for search- and-rescue missions.

'The new planes are faster with longer endurance, allowing them to conduct more rounds of search-and- rescue,' said GFS controller Michael Chan Chi-pui.

21 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Firefighters change tactics after loss of water-bombing helicopters

The grounding of three government helicopters after an engine failure has severely curbed firefighters' ability to combat blazes, as seasonally low humidity and strong winds push the risk to extreme levels.

29 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

3 GFS helicopters grounded after emergency landing

The Government Flying Service has grounded all three of its Super Puma Mk II helicopters after engine failure forced one to make an emergency landing in the Shing Mun Reservoir yesterday.

The helicopter was taking water from the reservoir to douse a nearby hill fire in Tai Mo Shan when the incident happened at 10.30am.

28 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Air China buys 20 Airbus planes

Air China Limited yesterday announced it has bought 10 A330 aircraft and 10 A350s from Airbus. The total initial price mentioned was US$4.49 billion but negotiations are going on for a discount. The money is to be paid by cash in instalments.

19 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Business jet manufacturers see huge growth in mainland market

When the first Boeing Business Jet is registered in Hong Kong by the end of this month it will signal a significant milestone in the development of the executive jet market in Hong Kong and the mainland.

19 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Bombardier expects sales of small jets to triple

A massive increase in airport capacity, with 90 new airports due to open in the next 10 years, will help triple the size of the mainland's market for small jets, according to leading manufacturer Bombardier.

18 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Sky's the limit for rich village as it plans heli-sightseeing tours

The village famous for being the richest on the mainland is planning to buy up to 20 aircraft in five years to boost local tourism following the official easing of low-altitude airspace rules for non-military flights.

18 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Ex-premier Li steals the show in Zhuhai

Former premier Li Peng stole the show yesterday at the opening ceremony of the air show held every two years in Zhuhai - simply by showing up.

The ceremony was watched by a large number of high-ranking officials.

17 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Taking to the skies on eagle's wings

The Boeing 777 is the world's largest wide-body twin-jet. Under each of its long wings, the plane boasts the largest turbofans ever used on a plane. It has six wheels under each of its two main landing gears under the centre of the fuselage.

17 Nov 2010 - 12:00am