Monday, September 29, 2008

Hong Kong Express Airways

Hong Kong Express Airways Limited is an airline based in Hong Kong. It operates scheduled services to five cities within the People's Republic of China, as well as international services. Its main base is Hong Kong International Airport.

Besides its fixed wing services, the HeliExpress division of Hong Kong Express Airways HeliHongKong and East Asia Airlines based in Hong Kong and Macau respectively before the fixed wing services began) operates a fleet of five helicopters on services between Hong Kong, Macau, and Shenzhen, Guangdong. It also operates local passenger charters and aerial works.


The airline was established in 1996 by Helicopters Hong Kong, as Heli Hong Kong. It was owned by Macau casino entrepreneur Stanley Ho. The current name was adopted in 2004. Their first , leased from Icelandair, with the registration of B-KXE , had its first flight in Seattle on 13 December, 2006.

Hong Kong Express phased out its four Embraer 170 aircraft leased from GE Commercial Aviation Services, which had been introduced in September 2005, and switched its focus to larger aircraft, with the acquiring of Boeing 737-800 aircraft.

The first aircraft was delivered in July 2005, and the second aircraft was delivered on 30 September, 2005. The third Embraer 170 was delivered on 8 December, 2005. The fourth Embraer 170 was delivered on 28 May, 2006. All of the four aircraft are being leased from GE Commercial Aviation Services. But it plans to add two aircraft annually over the next few years to fly to other Asian destinations, according to the company's website.

Two more Boeing 737-800s had already begun service in years 2006 and 2007. B-KXH was also delivered to Hong Kong Express on 13th Oct 2007 and entered service in November 2007, to the new Southeast Asia destinations such as Yangon, Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur.

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