Crash jet 'was early warning aircraft'

Plane lost in disaster that killed 40 was Chinese version of Russian craft: report

The military transport plane that crashed in Anhui province on Saturday was one of China's few early warning aircraft, mainland-backed newspapers said yesterday.

Tuesday, 6 June, 2006, 12:00am

New helicopter safety measures planned following crash report

Updated at 6.39pm: The Civil Aviation Department said on Thursday it had introduced new safety measures in the wake of a new government report on a helicopter accident, which killed two men in 2003.

The department said it had implemented most recommendations contained in the report. These included introducing:

4 May 2006 - 12:00am

Degradation of parks remorseless

The Wilson Trail south of Tai Po Road used to be a small dirt track leading to Sha Tin Pass. Now it is a concrete highway, with trucks speeding up and down. Work on the catchwater has gone on for several years, meticulously concreting everything in sight.

30 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

trial run

What is it? Lufthansa's business-class seat, which extends to become the 2.02-metre PrivateBed, the longest in its class.

Where can you find it? On Lufthansa's Airbus A340 and Boeing 747 aircraft flying from Hong Kong to Munich or Frankfurt. The PrivateBed is the main attraction of the carrier's new fleet-wide business-class cabin.

2 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

China Southern eyes US$400m plane loan

China Southern Airlines, the mainland's No1 domestic carrier, plans to finance the purchase of 13 new aircraft through a US$400 million syndicated loan.

The latest additions to China Southern's fleet would bring the number of new aircraft this year to 50, a record year in the carrier's drive to expand its fleet substantially by 2010, it said.

21 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Corrections & clarifications

Andrew Pyne, the chief executive of Viva Macau, had a quote about buying the newest generation of composite aircraft from Boeing or Airbus attributed to him in yesterday's article on B4. Mr Pyne made no such comments. The error was made in the editing process.

2 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Tomorrow's taxi?

Well-known in Hong Kong's racing circles, Charles Ming Ka-fook believes he has found a winner much faster than any of his runners on the track.

The racehorse-owning tycoon and a friend, who declined to be named, have paid $27.1 million for a stake in a British company that is designing Jetpod, an 'air taxi' which Mr Ming believes will revolutionise urban travel.

28 Feb 2006 - 12:00am

Business Digest

gft doubles capacity and seeks acquisition targets

Toymaker GFT Holdings is doubling production capacity and hunting for acquisitions after posting its first profit in five years.

Capacity would be doubled next month with the completion of the new phase of the firm's factory in Huizhou, Guangdong, chairman John Leung Wai-ho said.

14 Oct 2005 - 12:00am

China Southern seals deal for 10 Airbus jets

Airbus officials capitalised on the presence of British Prime Minister Tony Blair yesterday to promote the sale of 10 A330s to China Southern Airlines in a deal estimated at US$1.8 billion at list prices.

7 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Air Hawk swoop on basketball crown

Team Air Hawk are the 2005 Nike Youth Basketball League champions after they came back from a first-leg loss to defeat Team Turbulence in the title decider on Saturday.

Facing an uphill task after the 80-73 defeat last Thursday, Air Hawk rose to the challenge and raced into a lead they never relinquished.

9 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

Private helicopter crashes, injuring pilot and two passengers

Three people were injured yesterday when a private helicopter crashed in a Sai Kung field just a minute after taking off.

The accident happened in Pak A Village, High Island, when the Top Jet Aviation Robinson R44 - thought to be the only one in Hong Kong and worth about $3 millon - was starting its journey back to the Kai Tak heliport after a tour of Hong Kong.

12 Jun 2005 - 12:00am

Hitches delay roll-out of giant Airbus jet

The first commercial flight of Airbus Industrie's giant A380 will be delayed as the manufacturer scrambles to reduce the aircraft's weight and get it operating within Europe's stringent noise bylaws.

31 May 2005 - 12:00am

Airbus expects mainland aircraft orders to surge

Airbus Industrie says deliveries to mainland customers next year will account for 20 per cent of its output, signalling the growing importance of the country's airlines to aircraft suppliers.

'That represents about 90 aircraft a year,' Airbus vice-president of market forecasts and research Laurent Rouaud said.

9 Mar 2005 - 12:00am

Pop the question up in the air

CitySeen has a tip for guys searching for a perfect time and place to pop the question to their girlfriend - in a hot air balloon on Valentine's Day with the Hong Kong skyline in the background. She'll have nowhere to run.

26 Jan 2005 - 12:00am

'Super jumbo' turns up heat in aviation sector

The massive doors of a specially modified aircraft hangar in southern France swung open yesterday to reveal a meticulously sculpted amalgam of 370 tonnes of metal and composite materials which, if Airbus is right, is destined to change the shape of modern aviation.

19 Jan 2005 - 12:00am