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Air Hong Kong awarded for operational excellence

All-freight carrier Air Hong Kong has just been honoured by aircraft manufacturer Airbus for the smooth running of its fleet of eight Airbus A300-600F freighters.

The airline, 60% owned by Cathay Pacific in a joint venture with DHL, received the A300/A310 Freighter Operators category award at the Airbus plant in Toulouse. AHK Manager Engineering Paul White picked up the award from Charles Champion, Executive Vice President - Airbus Customer Services.

The award recognises the top operator having achieved the overall best score for the period July 2006 to June 2007 taking into account overall performance on: average aircraft utilisation in flight hours; average aircraft utilisation in flight cycles, operational reliability and average delay time. Other airlines competing for the award were European Air Transport (operators for DHL Europe), Fed-Ex, UPS, MNG Cargo Airlines and Tradewinds Airlines.

AHK Chief Operating Officer Richard Cater says the award would not have been possible without the support offered on a daily basis by CX from departments such as Engineering, Cargo and Flight Operations. "It is a great reflection of the relationship between the two companies," says Richard.

Air Hong Kong operates services to Bangkok/Penang, Osaka, Tokyo, Nagoya, Taipei, Seoul, Singapore and Shanghai on behalf of DHL. AHK will add a ninth A300-600F aircraft before the end of 2007.