Air Hong Kong

:"Not to be confused with Hong Kong Airways, Hong Kong Airlines.

airline=Air Hong Kong Limited
callsign=AIR HONG KONG
parent=Cathay Pacific Airways Limited
headquarters=Hong Kong
key_people=Richard Cater (COO), Andrew Maddox (DFO)
hubs=Hong Kong International Airport

AHK Air Hong Kong Limited (香港華民航空), abbreviated AHK, is the only all-cargo airline based in Hong Kong. It operates regional overnight express and freight services. Its main base is Hong Kong International Airportcite news | title= Directory: World Airlines | work= Flight International | page= 58 | date= 2007-03-27] .


The airline was established in 1986 and started operations in February 1988 with Boeing 707 aircraft. Scheduled services were added in 1989. Two Boeing 747-100F and two Boeing 747-200F aircraft were used until 2004. 75% of the company's share was acquired by Cathay Pacific in June 1994, followed by the remaining 25% in February 2002. In October 2002, Cathay Pacific entered into a business partnership with DHL to develop the express-freight network in Asia and at that time, and in March 2003, 30% of the company's shares were acquired by DHL. AHK was the launch customer for the Airbus A300-600GF general freighter which is a new variant of the Airbus A300F4-600R. The eighth, and the last aircraft was delivered on the 28 June 2006, with the registration code B-LDH. This new variant has a cargo-loading system capable of handling virtually every type of container and pallet, and a side door at the rear of the lower deck capable of handling large items of general freight, and is being delivered from second-half of 2004. AHK selected the CF6-80C2 engines from General Electric, and signed on to GE's Maintenance Cost Per Hour (MCPH) programme.

In November 2007, Air Hong Kong was awarded for Operational Excellence [ [ Air Hong Kong "Award for Operational Excellence"] ] by the airplane manufacturer Airbus for achieving an overall best performance on airplane utilization, operational reliability, and average delay time.

The airline is owned by Cathay Pacific (60%) and DHL International GmbH (40%) and has 96 employees (at March 2007).


Air Hong Kong operates cargo flights to the following destinations: [ [ Air Hong Kong "AHK Winter 08 Schedule"] ]

**Hong Kong (Hong Kong International Airport) Main hub
**Shanghai (Shanghai Pudong International Airport)
**Beijing (Beijing Capital International Airport)
**Taipei (Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport)
**Nagoya (Chubu Centrair International Airport)
**Osaka (Kansai International Airport)
**Tokyo (Narita International Airport)
*South Korea
**Seoul (Incheon International Airport)
**Penang (Penang International Airport)
**Singapore (Singapore Changi Airport)
**Manila (Ninoy Aquino International Airport)


The Air Hong Kong fleet consists of the following aircraft (at March 2007) :

*8 Airbus A300-600F
** Their aircraft registration numbers: B-LDA, B-LDB, B-LDC, B-LDD, B-LDE, B-LDF, B-LDG, B-LDH Fact|date=April 2007

External links

* [ Air Hong Kong]
* [ Air Hong Kong Fleet Detail]


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