Hong Kong Airlines

Plane will not wait for you to buy cigarettes, says flight attendant to policewoman

Photo: SCMP Pictures

Rumours of a Hong Kong flight attendant rejecting demands from a uniformed military police officer became an instant hit on weibo. The officer wanted to delay take-off so she could go out and buy cigarettes for her boss.

Wednesday, 8 May, 2013, 3:44pm 3 comments

Cheers as passenger attacks air crew

Hong Kong Airlines staff at Wing Chun training.

Violent attacks on cabin crew during flights between Hong Kong and the mainland are becoming so common they often go unreported, it has emerged.

The threat posed by unruly passengers and a mob mentality was highlighted on Thursday, after a physical and verbal attack on a flight attendant was loudly cheered and applauded by others on board.

26 Mar 2013 - 4:50am 13 comments

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

Hong Kong Airlines to end Tokyo service

Hong Kong Airlines' passengers check in at Chek Lap Kok. Photo: Sam Tsang

Hong Kong Airlines announced on Friday it will end its services to Tokyo in January, after it suspended flights to Osaka last October, to “tighten” its focus on regional routes.

4 Jan 2013 - 9:10pm

How did Hong Kong Airlines win a prize for service excellence?

Japan's Emperor Akihito

We wrote last week about our astonishment at Hong Kong Airlines receiving a prize from the magazine Capital CEO for its "service excellence in the aviation industry." As readers who have followed our previous reports on this airline will know, it has had considerable difficulties this year and "excellent service" is not what immediately springs to mind when reflecting on the airline.

27 Nov 2012 - 3:14am

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

Campaign against illegal parking is anything but fine

Paul Ryan runs into trouble

We have been flagging in our campaign against illegal car parking. The police may say the number of tickets they have issued for illegal parking have increased, but the overwhelming anecdotal evidence is that there is very little prospect of getting fined.

6 Sep 2012 - 7:13am 4 comments

First-half profit slump for Hong Kong Airlines

Hong Kong Airlines' president Yang Jianhong (right) says its all-business route to London will end. Photo: May Tse

High fuel prices and a loss-making London-Hong Kong route helped halve first-half net profit at Hong Kong Airlines, the carrier backed by the mainland's HNA Group.

16 Aug 2012 - 3:54am

Carrier plans to dump HK-London cash-guzzler

Hong Kong Airlines is set to terminate its cash-guzzling, all-business-class service between Hong Kong and London from next month.

The daily Hong Kong-Gatwick route operated by three Airbus 330-200s with all-business-class configuration, was seen as a trunk, or major, route for the carrier to tap into the intercontinental market.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:11pm

Carrier to shed Boeing aircraft

Hong Kong Airlines (HKA) will phase out its five Boeing 737-800 aircraft following an order from the Civil Aviation Department banning any further growth until it meets all the safety requirements for operating a bigger fleet.

The department's unprecedented ban imposed on July 17 will stop Hong Kong Airlines from adding aircraft or diversifying into other plane types.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:04pm

Group shuffle may upset HK Air stock offering

Hong Kong Airlines may have to ground its HK$5 billion initial public offering because of a consolidation plan within the HNA Group, which is designed to clear the way for Hainan Airlines' eight billion yuan (HK$9.86 billion) A-share placement.

13 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Groups still seeking clarification on dolphins

Animal welfare groups yesterday pledged to continue their campaign to persuade Hong Kong Airlines to stop carrying live dolphins amid confusion over whether the practice would continue.

A letter to one group last week by the airline's British office in response to protests over the carrying of live dolphins suggested the practice would be halted immediately.

4 Mar 2012 - 12:00am


Court agrees to take Jordan's copyright lawsuit

2 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Airline's all-business Airbus delivered

Hong Kong Airlines is a step closer to launching its all-business-class service to London in March after it took delivery on Saturday of a specially configured Airbus A330-200 aircraft.

25 Jan 2012 - 12:00am