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Name: AIR HONG KONG
7JetSet7 Code: AHK
Status: Operational
Region: CHINA
City: KOWLOON
Country: CHINA
Employees 89
Web: airhongkong.com.hk
Email: ahk.hq@airhongkong.com.hk
Telephone: +852 2761 8407
Fax: +852 2761 8586
Sita: HKGHQLD
Background
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Click below for data links:
AHK-2004-08-A300
AHK-2004-09-1ST A300-600F
AHK-2004-10-A300F4-605R
AHK-2011-05-HONG KONG EXHIBITION
AHK-FLIGHT CREW
AHK-LOGO
AHK-ROUTE MAP

FORMED IN 1986 AND STARTED OPERATIONS IN 1988. SCHEDULED AND CHARTER, REGIONAL & INTERNATIONAL, CARGO, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.

ADDRESS:
4th Floor SOUTH TOWER
CATHAY PACIFIC CITY
8 SCENIC ROAD
HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
LANTAU, HONG KONG (SAR), CHINA

Hong Kong on July 1st, 1997 became a semi-autonomous territory within Mainland-China. It covers an area of 1,071 sq km, its population is 6.5 million, and its official languages are Chinese and English.

China is a country in East Asia, the world's 3rd largest country by area (after Russia and Canada) and the largest by population. It is bordered on the north by the Republic of Mongolia and Russia, on the NE by Russia and North Korea, on the east by the Yellow Sea and the East China Sea, on the south by the South China Sea, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar (formerly Burma), India, Bhutan, and Nepal, on the west by Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Tajikistan, and on the northwest by Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan. China includes more than >3,400 offshore islands. The total area of China is 9,571,300 sq km/3,695,500 sq mi, not including Hong Kong, Macau, and land under the control of the Republic of China on Taiwan. The capital of China is Beijing; the country's most populous urban center is Shanghai.

April 1988: AIR HONG KONG (AHK) BEGAN CHARTER CARGO OPERATIONS.

JUNE 1989: STARTED SCHEDULED CHARTER CARGO SERVICES.

MARCH 1993: CATHAY PACIFIC (CAT) OWNS 75% OF AIR HONG KONG (AHK).

747-132SF, LINE NUMBER L/N 82, 22 YEARS, "D" MAINTENANCE CHECK AT (SASCO), SINGAPORE.

JANUARY 1995: AIR HONG KONG (AHK) 1994 = +34.3% (FTK) (FREIGHT TRAFFIC).

(AHK) WILL DISPOSE OF ONE OF ITS 747 AIRPLANES IN 1995 & FOCUS ON ROUTES TO JAPAN, & EUROPE.

APRIL 1996: 226 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 46 FLIGHT CREW (FC) & 1 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).

+3 747-2L5BF'S (22105; 22106; 22107), (CRX) LEASED.

JULY 1996: 747-132SF (19897) RETURNED TO LESSOR (GUI). REPLACED BY 747-200BC (SF) (RD582), CATHAY PACIFIC (CAT) LEASED.

DECEMBER 1996: "C" MAINTENANCE CHECK & LINE MAINTENANCE BY (HAECO).

3 747-200'S, EX-VARIG (VAR), TO BE CONVERTED TO SUPER FREIGHTER BY BOEING WICHITA.

JANUARY 1998: WILLIAM LI, MANAGER ENGINEERING REPLACES JOEY LO, WHO WENT TO (HAECO) AS PRODUCTION PLANNING & CONTROL MANAGER (BASE MAINTENANCE).

APRIL 1998: 183 EMPLOYEES.

APRIL 1999: 184 EMPLOYEES. SITA: HKGHQLD.

AUGUST 1999: HONG KONG'S ECONOMY POSTED A SURPRISE EXPANSION OF +.5% (GDP), WHICH ON SEASONAL, ADJUSTED BASIS, REPRESENTS A +3% GROWTH, AFTER PREDICTIONS OF A FURTHER -1 TO -2% DROP. A FRESH SIGNAL THAT ASIA IS RECOVERING AND MORE CONSUMER SPENDING IS TAKING PLACE.

OCTOBER 1999: 1ST 9 MONTHS = 559 MILLION (FTK) FREIGHT TRAFFIC (-8.3%).

APRIL 2000: 184 EMPLOYEES.

SCHEDULED FREIGHTER SERVICE, TO DUBAI, BRUSSELS, MANCHESTER, AND OSAKA.

JULY 2000: 1999 = 803.09 MILLION (FTK) FREIGHT TRAFFIC (-3.7%); 179 EMPLOYEES.

APRIL 2001: 178 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 83 FLIGHT CREW (FC), & 2 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).

JULY 2001: PAUL LEMON ENGINEERING MANAGER, REPLACES JUN AU, WHO RETURNED TO CATHAY PACIFIC (CAT) AS LINE MAINTENANCE MANAGER.

OCTOBER 2001: 1ST 9 MONTHS = 530.28 MILLION FTK (-19.2%).

JANUARY 2002: 2001 = 787.75 MILLION (FTK) (-13.6%).

FEBRUARY 2002: PARENT, CATHAY PACIFIC (CAT) ACQUIRES REMAINING 25% STAKE IN AIR HONG KONG (AHK), FROM STABILO LTD, FOR $25 MILLION.

APRIL 2002: 173 EMPLOYEES. SITA: HKGHQLD.

MAIN BASE: HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL (HKG).

OWNERS: CATHAY PACIFIC (CAT) (75%); SHUN TAK HOLDINGS (20%); STANLEY HO (5%).

MAY 2002: ALONG WITH DRAGONAIR (DRG) & CATHAY PACIFIC (CAT), SIGNS 4-YEAR CONTRACT WITH (ARINC), FOR DATA LINK SERVICES.

July 2002: 1st 6 months = 366.98 Million (FTK) (+6.6%).

August 2002: Possible 8 orders (2003-12) A300-600F's.

September 2002: A300B4-203F (157, N371PC), express.net (TCN) wet-leased.

October 2002: Parent company, Cathay Pacific (CAT) sells 30% stake in its freight subsidiary, Air Hong Kong (AHK) to (DHL). This will help (DHL) gain a presence in Asia, a market dominated by United Parcel Services (UPS) and FedEx (FED). (DHL) will develop and operate the Express Cargo Terminal, at Hong Kong International Airport, which will serve as (DHL)'s state-of-the-art, Central Asia Hub. These ventures will create a total of 700 new jobs in Hong Kong before 2004.

1st 9 months = 383.7 Million (FTK) (-27.6%).

Air Hong Kong (AHK) will acquire 5 A300-600F freighters by 2004, and reach a fleet of 8 airplanes by 2010. This involves an initial investment of $300 Million committed to the venture before 2004, and +$100 Million by 2010.

Captain Graeme Ogilvie Director Flight Operations, and James Tong General Manager Commercial.

December 2002: To Bangalore, Bangkok, Colombo, Delhi, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Jakarta, Karachi, Kuala Lumpur, Madras, Manila, Mumbai, Penang, Singapore, and Surabaya, on behalf of parent Cathay (CAT), and (DHL).

January 2002: Launch customer with $300 Million, 6/4 orders (2004-07) A3OO-600GF's converted "General" freighters, which will have a larger aft belly door (including a loading system and side door capable of handling large items of general freight in addition to small packages).

March 2003: DHL buys another 10% of (AHK) from Cathay Pacific (CAT) for total 40%.

2002 = 404.43 Million (FTK) freight traffic (-48.9%).

April 2003: 173 employees (including 80 Flight Crew (FC), & 3 Maintenance Technicians (MT)).

(http://www.airhongkong.com.hk). (ahk.hq@airhongkong.com.hk).

July 2003: Contract to Rockwell Collins to provide avionics systems for Air Hong Kong (AHK)'s new 6/4 A300-608GF's.

A300C4-605R (758), ex-CityBird (CBD), Islandsflug (ISF) wet-leased.

October 2003: Hong Kong - Singapore (A300F, (ISF) wet-leased).

April 2004: 101 employees. SITA: HKGSPLD.

A300B4-203F's (203, N473AS), express.net (TCN) wet-leased.

September 2004: A300F4-605R (855, B-LDA), delivery.

October 2004: A300F4-605R (856, B-LDB), delivery.

November 2004: A300F4-605R (857, B-LDC), delivery.

December 2004: 38 employees.

A300F4-605R (858, B-LDD), delivery. +2 orders (2006-05) A300F4-605R's.

March 2005: A300F4-608R (860) delivery.

May 2006: A300F4-605R (870, B-LDG), delivery.

June 2006: Air Hong Kong (AHK) received its 8th and final A300F4-605R production freighter on June 22. (871, B-LDH) was handed over in Toulouse and then flew back to Hong Kong via Dubai, arriving June 23 - see photo. Subject to traffic rights being granted to and from Nagoya (NGO), the new airplane will be deployed on the (HKG)/(NGO)/(HKG) route from August.

A300F4-605R (871, B-LDH), delivery.

April 2009: On the heels of a -HK$8.56 billion/-$1.1 billion 2008 loss that represented its 1st full-year deficit in a decade, Cathay Pacific Airways (CAT) said that it will confront a "toxic combination" of challenges with measures including a -8% capacity cut beginning next month and unpaid leave for employees. "We anticipate an extremely challenging year in 2009 and a toxic combination of low fares, a big drop in premium travel, weak cargo loads, poor yields and a negative currency impact is making it more important than ever to preserve cash," (CEO) Tony Tyler said. "We have no option but to take measures that will help us weather the current storm and maintain the long-term sustainability of the business." He said a "marked deterioration" in 1st-quarter business included a -22.4% year-over-year decline in revenue.

The -8% cut in passenger capacity will include a reduction of flights to 11 destinations, additional flights to Denpasar, Sapporo and Bahrain/Riyadh and a -13% cut at Dragonair (DRG), which will suspend service to Fukuoka, Dalian, Shenyang, Guilin and Xi'an.

Cargo capacity will be lowered -11%, with weekly freighter flights falling to 84 from last year's peak of 124. (CAT) will park 2 more 747-400BCFs, bringing the total to five, and lease an additional 747-400BCF to (AHK). It also is negotiating the sale of 777-200s.

The leave scheme will involve all 17,000 (CAT) employees, each of whom will be asked to take 1 to 4 weeks of unpaid time off from May 1 to April 30, 2010. Duration will depend on seniority, with newer employees required to take less leave. Some 65.6% of (CAT) staff will take just 1 week, while 15.9% will take 2, 11.5% will take 3 and 7% will take all 4, losing -15.4% of their salary over a 6-month period. Senior executive staff will be foregoing bonuses, (CAT) said. "The pain will be shared from the top down. That means that no matter what level an employee is, everyone more senior is taking more pain. Support from all staff is essential," Tyler said.

747-2L5F (22107), to Southern Air (SOF) and WFU at Mojave.

May 2009: Hong Kong International airport (HKG) is lowering usage fees and allowing interest-free deferred bill payments. Landing and parking charges will be lowered by -10% for the remainder of 2009, while half of the rental payments due for lounges, office space, ticket counters and storage can be deferred interest free for up to 1 year. (HKG) traffic fell -7% during the 1st quarter, with cargo traffic declining -23%.

August 2009: Parent, Cathay Pacific Airways (CAT) returned to profit in the 1st half of 2009 thanks to fuel hedge gains and cost/capacity cuts, posting a +HK$812 million/+$104.8 million surplus compared to a -HK$760 million loss in the year-ago semester.

6-month revenue plunged -27.1% year-over-year to HK$30.92 billion, but expenses fell -32.2% to HK$28.88 billion as (CAT) reduced capacity, negotiated concessions from employees and benefited from a HK$2.1 billion unrealized mark-to-market fuel hedge gain. Operating result swung to a +HK$2.04 billion profit from a -HK$698 million loss in the 1st half of 2008. "There are cautious signs that the fall in demand has bottomed but there is, as yet, no indication when a sustained pickup will begin. The recent strengthening of fuel prices is a concern," Chairman Christopher Pratt said. "(CAT) has taken appropriate measures to get through the current slump and will take further measures as necessary should the cost and demand picture not improve."

It added 2 777-300ERs and the last of 6 747-400ERFs during the semester and retired the last of its 747F Classic freighters. Its 6 747-400BCFs also have been removed from service. It said it "continues to work with airplane manufacturers with a view to deferring some of the deliveries of airplanes on firm order and has deferred other capital expenditure." As of June 30, (CAT) operated 123 airplanes and had 37 on firm order. Dragonair (DRG) had 31 planes with 2 on order, and the group's (AHK) subsidiary flew 8 A300-600Fs.

September 2011: 747-444BCF (24976, B-HUR), Cathay Pacific Airways (CAT) wet-leased, has been re-painted into basic (DHL) colors.

December 2011: Air Hong Kong (AHK) is a dedicated freighter airline created as a partnership between Cathay Pacific Airways (CAT) and (DHL) Express to develop the express freight network in Asia. While (DHL) Express parcels make up most of the regional overnight express services cargo, general freight is also carried as international cargo jet airplane services.

Employees = 89 (including 53 Flight Crew (FC)).

(IATA) Code: LD - 288. (ICAO) Code: AHK - (Callsign - AIR HONG KONG).

Parent organization/shareholders: Cathay Pacific (CAT) (60%); & DHL International Aviation (40%).

Main Base: Hong Kong International Airport (HKG).

International, Freight Destinations: Bangkok; Osaka-Kansai; Penang; Seoul-Incheon; Singapore; Taipei; & Tokyo-Narita.

January 2013: Air Hong Kong ((IATA) Code: LD, based at Hong Kong Chep Lap Kok International (HKG)) (AHK) has wet-leased A300-600F (770, EI-OZJ) from Irish cargo operator Air Contractors ((IATA) Code: AG, based at Dublin International (DUB)) (HCA). The (HCA) A300-600F is currently mainly used on a daily service linking Hong Kong with Ho Chi Minh City, Tan Son Nhat International airport (SGN) on behalf of logistics provider (DHL). Air Hong Kong (AHK) already operates 8 A300-600F and 3 747-400F freighters for (DHL) while Air Contractors (HCA) operates on behalf of both (DHL) and FedEx (FED) in Europe.

March 2015: A300B4F-600 (770, B-LDN), ex-(EI-OZJ), sub-leased from Air Contractors (HCA).

Fleet:
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Click below for photos:
AHK-A300
AHK-A300B4-605R

May 2017:

0 747-2L5F (CF6-50E2) (435-22105, /81 B-HMD; 443-22106, /81 B-HME; 469-22107, /81 B-HMF) EX-(VAR), (CAT) LSD. CURRENTLY OPERATES FOR (CAT) CARGO DIV. 22107; TO (SOF) & WFU AT MOJAVE 2009-04. FREIGHTER.

1 747-444BCF (RB211-524H) (827-24976, /90 B-HUR), RE-PAINTED IN DHL COLORS 2011-09. (CAT) WET-LSD. FREIGHTER.

1 747-444BCF (RB211-524H) (861-25152, /91 B-HUS), EX-(ZS-SAW) 2011-06. FREIGHTER

1 747-467BCF (RB211-524H2) (834-24925, /91 B-HOU), EX-(VR-HOU) 2011-06. FREIGHTER.

0 A300B4-203F (CF6-50C2) (157, /81 N371PC), (TCN) WET-LSD 2002-09. RTND, WET-LST (DRG). ALL WHITE COLORS. FREIGHTER.

0 A300B4-203F (CF6-50C2) (203, N473AS; 219, N474AS), (TCN) WET-LSD 2004-04. 219 RTND 2004. FREIGHTER.

1 A300B4-600 (770, B-LDN), EX-(EI-OZJ), AIR CONTRACTORS (HCA) SUB-LSD 2015-03. FREIGHTER.

0 A300C4-605R (CF6-80C2A5) (758, /95 TF-ELG), EX-(CBD), (ISF) WET-LSD 2003-07. RTND. FREIGHTER.

8 +2 OPTIONS A300-605RF (CF6-80C2A5) (855, /04 B-LDA; 856, /04 B-LDB; 857, /04 B-LDC; 858, /04 B-LDD; 859, /05 B-LDE; 860, /05 B-LDF; 870, /06 B-LDG; 871, /06 B-LDH - - SEE PHOTO - "AHK-A300F4-605R"). FREIGHTER.

0 A300-622RF (PW4158) (683, /93 EI-OZK), EX-(N2683) 2013-02. RTND AIR CONTRACTORS (HCA) 2014-06. FREIGHTER.

1 A300-622RF (PW4158) (770, /96 EI-OZJ), AIR CONTRACTORS (HCA) WET-LSD 2013-01 FOR (DHL) OPS TO VIET NAM. FREIGHTER.

Management:
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JOHN SLOSAR, CHAIRMAN.

PRAN N PARASHAR, PRESIDENT.

RICHARD CATER, CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER (COO).

JAPHET WAI, CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER (CFO).

CAPTAIN GRAEME OGILVIE, DIRECTOR FLIGHT OPERATIONS (HKGOZLD)(graeme_ogilvie@cathaypacific.com).

CAPTAIN IAN RODWELL, CHIEF FLIGHT TRAINING.

CAPTAIN SIMON CORNISH, FLIGHT SAFETY OFFICER (HKGOWLD) (simon_cornish@cathaypacific.com)

STEVE TAYLOR, CHIEF FLIGHT ENGINEER.

PAUL LEMON, MANAGER ENGINEERING (HKGEELD) (ahkeng@airhongkong.com.hk) (2001-07).

CAPTAIN TONY CLUZ, MANAGER OPERATIONS STANDARDS & QUALITY.

RAYMOND LO, MANAGER SALES & SERVICE DELIVERY (HONG KONG).

 
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