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Hong Kong Airlines operates an all-Airbus fleet comprising of A320s, A330s, and A350s. The airline will soon be taking delivery of more than 20 A350s to carry out its ambitious long-haul network expansion. (Photo: AirlineGeeks

Hong Kong’s Aviation Industry Encountering Ongoing Turbulence

Hong Kong’s aviation industry has paid the price for the recent social unrest in the region.  Hong Kong Airport recorded 71.5 million passengers last year, a 4.2 percent decrease compared to the prior year. Meanwhile, total cargo declined 6.1 percent year-over-year. The passenger volume of the airport is facing its first drop in years. Vivian Cheung, Director of Airport Operation admitted the airport “went through a challenging year” and thanked the staff’s dedication in “difficult circumstances." The vibrant airport has…

Hong Kong Airlines Meets Government Deadline, Tries to Begin Turnaround

The government of Hong Kong on Monday presented struggling carrier Hong Kong Airlines with an ultimatum: Find the money to pay its employees by Dec. 7 or risk having its operating license suspended or even revoked. The next day, the airline's chief executive officer released a statement vowing to take…

Government Issues an Ultimatum to Hong Kong Airlines

Hong Kong’s Air Transport Licensing Authority (ATLA) has informed Hong Kong Airlines to find increased funding by December 7, otherwise, the carrier's operating license may be revoked. Earlier, the cash-strapped airline failed to pay staff salaries on time, ATLA met with the airline’s management members on November 29 due to…

Hong Kong Airlines’ Operating Certificate in Jeopardy as Airline Fails…

The continuing political protests in Hong Kong have been cited by Hong Kong Airlines (HKA) as the main reason a significant number of their staff will not be paid on time this month. The South China Morning Post on Thursday reported excerpts of an internal HKA memo which stated: “Hong…

Mixed Signals From Airlines on Hong Kong Market Demand

There were mixed signals this week that international tourism to Hong Kong may be seeing demand levels return to normality after almost six months of continuous political unrest. This comes after the number of travelers to the city dropped by as much as 40 percent in the peak month of…

Hong Kong Aviation Industry Still Facing Severe Turbulence as August…

The Hong Kong aviation industry is still reeling from protests that have gripped the city-state all summer. The former British colony is seeing the most critical crisis in decades as according to Hong Kong's Financial Secretary Paul Chan, the number of visitors fell 40 percent from last year. The world's…

Hong Kong Airlines Threatens to Sue Those Who Question Financial…

According to the South China Morning Post, Hong Kong Airlines on Jan. 5 issued a statement in which it threatened legal action against any organization that publicly questions its financial health in the wake of a turbulent few months for the carrier and an especially troubling start to 2019. The…

Hong Kong Airlines Suffers From Wave of Resignations

Hong Kong Airlines has continued its ongoing tumultuous wave of resignations, ranging from the Chief Financial Officer and six directors who have left the airline since July. In response to the recent incidents, the airline reiterated that “Hong Kong Airlines is operated by an independent Hong Kong-based management. The recent…

Hainan Airlines Puts its First Airbus A350-900 Into Service

Hainan Airlines Flight HU7607 took off from Beijing Capital International Airport and landed at Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport on Oct. 13, 2018, at 11:00 am Beijing time. This marked the successful maiden flight of Hainan Airlines’ first Airbus A350-900 aircraft. Over 300 travelers onboard the short flight to Shanghai had…

The Battle for Hong Kong: Cathay Pacific vs. Hong Kong…

In 1946, Cathay Pacific Airways was founded by a small group of Australian and British pilots and investors looking to bring air service to the territory then leased to the United Kingdom. After one of the men purchased an American-made Douglas DC-3, the airline was ready for take off. Cathay…