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Occupy Central organisers set out next steps

Occupy Central organisers set out next steps

Thursday, 23 May, 2013, 4:18am

Hong Kong Airlines gets lift from raising game

The Civil Aviation Department is allowing Hong Kong Airlines to add two Airbus 330s to its fleet. Photo: David Wong

The city's aviation watchdog has allowed Hong Kong Airlines to expand its fleet to 22 aircraft from 20 after an improvement to its on-time performance.

30 Jan 2013 - 4:40am

The Tamar Project - where did it all go wrong for government HQ?

Clive Palmer: Titanic ambitions

Every now and then we dip into the Hong Kong Yearbook for inspiration. Generally we are not disappointed. Take this item from the 2011 yearbook under the heading Tamar Development Project, otherwise known as the central government offices.

23 Nov 2012 - 1:40am 4 comments

Hong Kong Airlines plans to add three aircraft to its fleet in next two years

Cutting the cost of maintenance is a key aim. Photo: David Wong

Hong Kong Airlines hopes to add at least three new aircraft to its fleet in the next two years in a bid to increase its competitiveness amid growing rivalry from budget carriers.

The airline also planned to replace all its Boeing aircraft with Airbus to standardise its fleet so as to reduce maintenance costs, said executive vice-president Jeff Sun Jianfeng.

14 Nov 2012 - 3:18am

Hong Kong-made plane grounded by government's snub

Civil Aviation Department cited busy traffic at Hong Kong International Airport as a reason for refusal to inspect the aircraft. Photo: Nora Tam

An aircraft handmade by Hong Kong students will be ready to take to the skies in a year, but the government's refusal to inspect it and to issue a permit means it may be grounded indefinitely.

5 Nov 2012 - 5:50am

Key evidence in Libyan's case erased in HK

Key evidence revealing Hong Kong's role in the rendition of Libyan dissident Sami al-Saadi to Muammar Gaddafi's torture chambers has been destroyed by city aviation officials, hampering the investigation of British lawyers.

1 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Regulator, not lack of runways, is holding Chek Lap Kok back

Last weekend, in his response to my recent column on aviation safety, the Civil Aviation Department's assistant director general for air traffic management, Wong Ping-fai, said Hong Kong did not lack air traffic controllers.

19 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Collision course

On September 18, two Hong Kong-bound flights carrying more than 600 passengers narrowly missed each other while trying to land at the city's airport.

The Civil Aviation Department stressed that there had been no risk of a collision and dismissed claims that the near miss was caused by fatigued air traffic controllers. An investigation is under way.

8 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Putting the cart before the horse

As the Airport Authority's campaign for a third runway at Hong Kong International Airport moves into high gear, it feels increasingly like the cart is being put before the horse. Promotional videos and materials are being churned out and the government's three-month consultation is under way, with its focus on increasing capacity.

21 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Dirty fuel cause of Cathay Pacific engine failure

Contaminated fuel caused the accident last year in which a Cathay Pacific jet's engines failed forcing the aircraft to make an emergency landing in Hong Kong, investigators confirmed yesterday.

21 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

More delays in flights to mainland

The proportion of flights from Hong Kong to mainland destinations that were delayed rose from 3.6 per cent to 6.7 per cent in the space of 12 months, Civil Aviation Department figures show. In June, 395 of the 5,932 mainland-bound flights were delayed, compared with 203 out of 5,680 in July last year.

28 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Independent bureau can speed up accident probes

Hong Kong urgently needs an independent bureau to investigate under one roof sea, air and road accidents. It is, for example, unacceptable that it could take a year before the release of the final report into the incident in which a Macau-bound helicopter was forced to ditch in Victoria Harbour.

15 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

New flight path to Hong Kong to save time, cut emissions

About eight million passengers flying to Hong Kong each year will save up to 14 minutes on their journey time thanks to the rerouting of a northern flight path this month.

3 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

HK airport gets high marks for safety in international audit

An international audit of aviation safety ranked Hong Kong's airport fifth in the world and second in Asia. Chek Lap Kok got top marks for its resolution of safety concerns and the city's aviation laws.

31 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Pilot's inexperience and winds blamed for crash

Weather and the lack of experience of a pilot in tailwind conditions may be the causes of the May 1 crash of a helicopter into a parked tour bus in Kowloon City, according to a preliminary report released yesterday.

5 Jun 2009 - 12:00am