Hong Kong Express Airways

Flights of infancy

Hong Kong Express is flying into rough skies over a city where only 5 per cent of seat capacity is offered by budget airlines. Photo: Dickson Lee

The failure of AirAsia Japan last month highlights just how hard it can be for a budget airline to escape the influence of a parent that is a full-service carrier - in this case, its joint-venture partner, All Nippon Airways.

Monday, 29 July, 2013, 6:12am

Hong Kong airlines dive into budget travel market

At least four aircraft operated by Hong Kong Express will be reconfigured to enable it to enter the low-cost carrier arena. Photo: SCMP

Hong Kong Express Airways is to join Jetstar Hong Kong in a foray into the low-cost carrier market. The move by both is expected to help Hong Kong reclaim ground lost to other Asian airports, which already have robust low-cost carrier markets.

25 Jun 2013 - 4:45am

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

Grounded and loving it

Andrew Tse, director of Hatton Offices, got into the serviced-office business as an afterthought. For 25 years he worked for several of tycoon Stanley Ho Hung-sun's companies, where he fulfilled his love of aviation by running Heli Express and Hong Kong Express.

Then he bought a floor in an office building in the heart of Central, in Wellington Street.

2 Apr 2012 - 12:00am


Court agrees to take Jordan's copyright lawsuit

2 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Lawsuits filed in US against HNA firms

HNA, the maritime, aviation and property group, and several of its shipping offshoots are facing a fresh round of legal disputes in the US from rival companies over its vessels.

11 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

HK Express becomes budget airline

Hong Kong Express Airways is to transform itself into a no-frills airline, in a move that could threaten Cathay Pacific's lucrative regional routes.

The city's first low-cost carrier since Oasis Hong Kong Airlines went bust in 2008 is another sign that budget airlines are increasingly being seen as a threat to mainline carriers.

17 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Asia Jet's charter service ready for mainland takeoff

Asia Jet, which has the largest business aircraft charter fleet in Hong Kong, will launch a similar venture with Shanghai's China Eastern Airlines in the next two months.

7 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

S African Airways turns to MICE traffic for boost

South African Airways will target Asia's leisure and meetings and conventions market to offset a downturn in passenger volumes caused by the winding down of mainland-backed construction projects in Africa.

23 May 2011 - 12:00am

Feedback on airline licences under review

The government is studying different views on proposed changes to the way licences are issued to local airlines for new services and routes following a consultation this year.

4 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Big deal

Hong Kong Express and Hong Kong Airlines are offering a series of early-bird specials to mainland cities from as little as HK$790 round trip, excluding taxes. Seats are on sale until April 26 and are valid for departures from May 10 to June 30. Destinations include Beijing, Shanghai (right), Hangzhou, Kunming, Changsha, Xiamen, Haikou, Sanya, Nanning, Harbin and Guiyang.

22 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

Charter flights to mainland offer hope

Hongkongers stranded by the political chaos in Thailand could return home via charter flights to the mainland as well as on direct flights arranged by the city's airlines, the government said yesterday.

30 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

HK Airlines to halt mainland routes

Hong Kong Airlines will suspend three mainland routes as early as Sunday to stem losses amid weakening travel demand, according to a source.

The carrier would halt flights to Xian, Chengdu and Chongqing when the winter schedule began because bookings for those routes were lukewarm, sources said, adding the Xian route would return next summer.

23 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

Travellers' checks

Seoul searching

17 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

Pilots fired as two small HK airlines merge

For some small operators, a merger is perhaps the best survival tactic in the cutthroat aviation industry.

Hong Kong's two small money-losing airlines, which have a common shareholder, are synchronising routes and integrating management and sales operations to seek elusive profitability, according to company sources.

2 Feb 2008 - 12:00am