AHK Air Hong Kong Ltd on
Friday announced it has confirmed options to buy two more Airbus 300-600
General Freighter aircraft, adding to the six already ordered by the
airline. Four of these are already in operation.
The additional aircraft,
scheduled for delivery in May and June 2006, will enable the all-cargo
carrier to expand its regional overnight parcels service, strengthening
Hong Kong as an express cargo hub. Both aircraft will be powered by
General Electric CF6-80C2 engines.
Air Hong Kong's A300-600F
aircraft are unique in that they feature a loading system and a side
door capable of handling large items of general freight in addition to
small packages. The airline holds options to order two more.
Air Hong Kong currently operates overnight services for DHL to Tokyo, Osaka, Taipei, Singapore, Bangkok and Penang.
AHK Chief Operating
Officer David Saechiu said: "Our aggressive fleet expansion to eight
aircraft within two years will provide the necessary capacity we need to
develop our regional express cargo network, strengthen Hong Kong's
position as the region's leading air cargo hub and enhance the quality
of service that we already provide to DHL. We are well positioned to
Air Hong Kong is 60% owned by Cathay Pacific and 40% by DHL.