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Hong Kong Express, HK Express or Hong Kong Express Airways, is a low-cost airline which provides flights to many destinations in Asia.
The airlines flies to destinations such as Siem Reap, Dunhuang, Hailar, Huangshan, Kunming, Lanzhou, Ningbo, Wuxi, Hong Kong, Fukuoka, Osaka, Tokyo, Nagoya, Hiroshima, Busan, Jeju and Seoul. Hong Kong Express is Hong Kong's first and only low-cost carrier.
As the list of destinations increases, HK Express’ fleet is set to grow even further with plans for over 30 Airbus A320’s by 2018. Hong Kong Express currently operates a fleet of modern Airbus A320 aircraft.
Hong Kong Express offers a wide selection of hot and cold meals, drinks and alcoholic beverages which are available for purchase from onboard menu. Hong Kong Express From savoury Hong Kong and Asian delights to a wide range of other tasty treats.
Since launching in 2013, Hong Kong Express has flown six million people and it flies to 25 destinations and operates with 16 aircraft. Hong Kong Express launched its new direct service to Cam Ranh International Airport in the central province of Khanh Hoa. The flights, on Airbus A320 aircraft, will be operated on Wednesday and Sunday. The low-cost airline has already flown to Da Nang. Khanh Hoa is most famous for its resort town of Nha Trang and and the beautiful Nha Trang Ba
15th September 2017
A320neo Engine Woes, Slot Shortage Hamper HK Express
Lack of slots at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) and reliability problems involving the Airbus A320neo’s Pratt & Whitney PW1100G engines have hindered progress at Hong Kong’s fastest growing low-cost carrier, HKExpress.
HK Express is North Asia’s first operator of the Airbus A320neo, and the first to fly it in a high-density, 188-seat configuration. The four-year-old airline currently operates three A320neos, first delivered in December 2016, as well as 12 A320s and six A321s. However, it has deferred recently scheduled deliveries of the A320neo due to the PW1100G’s well publicized reliability woes.
Although Pratt & Whitney addressed industrial shortcomings involving a shortage of hybrid metallic fan blades for the PW1000G family with plans to open two new assembly facilities this year, separate durability deficiencies, particularly in the A320neos’ PW1100Gs, have included premature wear of combustor liners and leaking oil seals.
“We were supposed to received another two A320neos before the summer, but have declined to accept them for a limited period, until these issues have been addressed,” said HK Express CEO Andrew Cowen. He added that the deferment of the A320neos meant the airline would run short of aircraft during the busy summer period. “We should [have had] eight by end of 2017, but this obviously have slipped.”
“It is a difficult decision but we must not leave our passengers and staff [doubting] the reliability of the aircraft,“ Cowen added.
He also highlighted a wish to add more destinations to Japan, China and Southeast Asia, but limited slots in HKIA forced him to prioritize certain destinations over popular ones. “We would love to fly to at least 20 more destinations but we simply can’t get slots and slot timings.”
HKIA now operates at more than 90 percent of its capacity, and authorities have only begun to reclaim land for a third runway and associated infrastructure. Plans call for an expanded HKIA to increase hourly movements from 68 to 102.
Cowen hopes that the U-FLY Alliance will allow the airline to tap into the Chinese market, and he said that the interline booking system between HK Express and China’s Lucky Air should go live within the month, after linking the Chinese booking system with the Western Navitaire system.
“If we can’t get the slots we will use the A320neo to cycle out the older A320, which might not have the same specification as the other aircraft, and form the backbone of the airline with along the A321ceo,” he concluded.
12th September 2017
HK Express first LLC to have representative in IATA JSAG
HK Express’ Stephen Milstrey becomes first LCC representative appointed to the IATA Joint Slot Advisory Group (JSAG), following re-election into IATA SPWG.Hong Kong’s only low-cost carrier (LCC) HK Express airline’s General Manager for Network Planning and Scheduling, Stephen Milstrey, has been appointed to the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) Joint Slot Advisory Group (JSAG). This appointment follows his re-election as an IATA Slot Policy Working Group (SPWG) committee member for a further two-year term.
HK Express is the first LCC with a representative appointed to the JSAG. Stephen commenced his role within both IATA’s JSAG and SPWG from the September 5th, 2017.
Both appointments, made by IATA Director General and CEO Alexandre de Juniac, signal the aviation industry’s recognition of HK Express and Stephen.
“It’s a great honour for us to be one of the seven airlines – and the first and only LCC – with a representative appointment in the JSAG,” said Andrew Cowen, director & CEO of HK Express. “We are excited to offer our continuing support to SPWG and contribute Stephen’s extensive experience in planning and scheduling slots for HK Express, with the goal of optimising airport slot capacity which will enable more people to enjoy the benefits of travel worldwide.”
JSAG is a joint forum convening a maximum of seven airlines’ representatives and seven slot coordinators who are committed to coordinating slot allocations worldwide. The JSAG aims to improve the Worldwide Slot Guidelines (WSG),develops international coordinator community practices for endorsement, reviews regulatory developments related to worldwide schedule coordination and slot allocation, and provides guidance to IATA management on the development of services and systems to support the slot allocation and schedule coordination process.
7th September 2017
HK Express (UO, Hong Kong Chek Lap Kok) is considering adding widebody equipment to its fleet as a means of maximizing the use of slots at Asia's increasingly congested metropolitan airports. In an interview with Reuters, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Andrew Cowen said that in addition to solving the problem of serving slot-constrained airfields, the addition of widebody aircraft would also enable HK Express to extend its network reach. Though Cowen did not specify any timeframes insofar as widebody selection was concerned, he did name prospective models as the A330neo and A350 from Airbus (AIB, Toulouse Blagnac) as well as the B787 from Boeing (BOE, Chicago O'Hare). A unit of HNA Group, HK Express operates a fleet of twelve A320ceo, three A320neo, and six A321ceo narrowbody aircraft on flights covering twenty-eight destinations in China, South Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, Japan, the Northern Mariana Islands, Cambdoia, South Korea, and Taiwan.
7th August 2017
HK Express To Launch Nagoya – Guam Route
Hong Kong Express (HK Express) has announced a new service between Nagoya’s Chubu Centrair International Airport and Guam International Airport, commencing on October 29.
The airline will become what is said to be the only low-cost carrier to operate direct services between the Japanese city and the Micronesian island.
Guam has for long been a popular destination among Japanese travellers with over 320,000 arrivals visiting the island during the first half of this year.
Andrew Cowen, CEO, HK Express, revealed, “The new route between Nagoya and Guam will provide affordable and convenient options for HK Express guests originating in Japan to visit the enchanting island.”
Hong Kong Express announced it was pulling out of Guam market. HK Express only began flying between Hong Kong and Guam in December.
13th March 2017
Hong Kong Express continues its excellent performance in 2017 with strong passenger growth, good On-Time performance and robust ancillary revenue in February compared to the same month last year. Passenger growth rates rose again in February on a year-on-year basis with a total of 263,102 guests flown, marking a 10.94% increase compared to the same month last year. Over the past 12 months, HK Express flew 2,985,886 guests across its network, which marks a 23.49% increase compared to the previous 12 months ending February 2016.
17th January 2017
Hong Kong Express launches direct flights between Hong Kong and Saipan Hong Kong Express is excited to announce a new route to the sunny Northern Marianas Island.
In addition, Hong Kong Express is adding new services in November to Nha Trang in Vietnam and Chiang Rai, in far North Thailand this month. Expansion follows in December and January with flights to Taiwan, Saipan and Guam. The airline currently serves 25 destinations. New routes such a service to Hualien, Taiwan, starts 6 December followed by Guam, 15 December 2016 and Saipan, 17 January 2017. On 23 January 2008, the airline was the third Hong Kong carrier permitted, by the Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department, to operate flights to and from Beijing and Shanghai. To facilitate the expansion, it announced a further six Boeing 737-800 would be added to its fleet before the end of the year.
HK Express is Hong Kong’s first and only low-cost carrier. Focusing on low fares and on-time reliability, HK Express has brought true competition to the Hong Kong market and surrounding region. With it’s first flight on October 27th 2013, HK Express has added many new destinations to its route portfolio. At present, HK Express flies to destinations around Asia including top cities in Japan, Korea, Thailand, Taiwan, China, Cambodia and Vietnam. From October 2016, we have also started flying to Guam and Saipan. HK Express currently operates a fleet of modern Airbus A320 and A321 aircraft. As the list of destinations increases, HK Express’ fleet is set to grow even further with plans for over 30 Airbus A320’s by 2018.
Hong Kong Express or HK Express is a Hong Kongese low-cost airline which provides scheduled air service to many destinations in Asia. HK Express is one of the four founding members of the U-Fly Alliance. HK Express flies to many destinations including Siem Reap, Kunming, Lanzhou, Ningbo, Wuxi, Guam, Hong Kong, Fukuoka, Hiroshima, Ishigaki, Kagoshima, Nagoya, Da Nang, Nha Trang, Phuket, Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai, Bangkok, Taichung, Hualien, Seoul, Busan and others.
Hong Kong Express’ fleet consists of Airbus A320-200, Airbus A320neo and Airbus A321-200. In March 2017, HK Express is celebrating a lucky seven milestone! Hong Kong’s low-fare airline flew its seven millionth guest on flight UO3751 from Chiang Rai to Hong Kong last Friday, 3 March 2017. K Express is Hong Kong’s first and only low-cost carrier (LCC). Focusing on low fares and on-time reliability, HK Express has brought true competition to the Hong Kong market and surrounding region.
With it’s first flight on October 27th 2013, HK Express has added many new destinations to its route portfolio. At present, HK Express flies to destinations around Asia including top cities in Japan, Korea, Thailand, Taiwan, China, Cambodia and Vietnam. From October 2016, we have also started flying to Guam and Saipan. HK Express currently operates a fleet of modern Airbus A320 and A321 aircraft. As the list of destinations increases, HK Express’ fleet is set to grow even further with plans for over 30 Airbus A320’s by 2018.
U-Fly Alliance is the world’s first low-fare airline alliance. It consists of Eastar Jet, HK Express, Lucky Air, Urumqi Air and West Air. The U-FLY Alliance is an alliance of Low Cost Carriers (LCCs) that is all about U, our Guest. Offering U an expanded network for low-fare travel across Asia, whether for leisure, business, or visiting friends and relatives. Flying solo, as families, or in groups – large and small. Providing U with much greater choice for low-fare travel by combining the networks of independent LCC’s. In April 2017, Eastar Jet had opened five new air routes using connecting flights of other low cost carriers affiliated with the U-Fly Alliance.Eastar joined the alliance, the world's first alliance of low-cost carriers, last July and launched in December an air route to Thailand's Chiang Mai from Incheon using the HK Express flight connecting Hong Kong and Chiang Mai.
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