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Hong Kong is an administrative region of China, consisting of a mainland portion located on the country's south-eastern coast and more than 200 islands. Hong Kong is bordered on the north by Guangdong Province and on the east, west, and south by the South China Sea. Hong Kong was a British dependency from the 1840s until July 1, 1997, when it passed to Chinese sovereignty as the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
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July 11, 2017

Meridian Pacific Aviation is a private & business charter carrier out of Hong Kong Chek Lap Kok International (HKG) [added]

April 28, 2017

Hong Kong Air Cargo (Hong Kong Chek Lap Kok) has acquired its Air Operator's Certificate (AOC) from the Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department (CAD) [added]

November 24, 2016

Dragonair was officially rebranded as Cathay Dragon during a ceremony on 22Nov2016 [status change]

Airline Status Operating Dates
Air Carriers   

Unconfirmed

(****)

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Air Hong Kong  updated

Active

1988 - date

^ Comments : Air Hong Kong was formed in Nov1986 & commenced cargo operations on 04Feb1988. Scheduled services began in 1989. Launch customer for the A.300-600F

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Caledonian Far East Airways (CFEA)   

Unsure

1985 - 1987

^ Comments : Caledonian Far East Airways (CFEA) was the Far East subsidiary of British Caledonian

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Cathay Dragon   

Active

2016 - date

^ Comments : Ganglong Air was renamed before starting. Dragonair was established in Hong Kong on 24May1985. Obtained its AOC on 24Jul1985 & started operations on 28Jul1985. Dragonair was officially rebranded as Cathay Dragon during a ceremony on 22Nov2016

^ Genealogy : Ganglong Air >Dragonair >Cathay Dragon

Cathay Pacific  updated

Active

1948 - date

^ Comments : Cathay Pacific was founded by American Roy Farrell and Australian Syndney de Kantzow in Jan1946 as Roy Farrell Export-Import Co. beginning operations in the same month in Shanghai. Farrell and de Kantzow re-registered their business in Hong Kong on 24Sep1946 as Cathay Pacific. Absorbed Hong Kong Airways (founded in 1947) on 01Jul1959. Launch customer for B777-300 in 1998. International and regional passenger and cargo airline

^ Genealogy : Roy Farrell Export-Import Co.>Cathay Pacific

Cathay Pacific Cargo (Cathay Cargo)   

Active

1999* - date

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CR Airways   

Renamed

2003 - 2006

^ Comments : Hong Kong Airlines was founded on 28Mar2001 & started operations as CR Airways on 05Jul2003. Rebranded as Hong Kong Airlines on 22Sep2006 with a launch ceremony on 28Nov2006

^ Genealogy : CR Airways >Hong Kong Airlines

Dragonair (Hong Hong Dragon Airlines)   

Renamed

1985 - 2016

^ Comments : Ganglong Air was renamed before starting. Dragonair was established in Hong Kong on 24May1985. Obtained its AOC on 24Jul1985 & started operations on 28Jul1985. Dragonair was officially rebranded as Cathay Dragon during a ceremony on 22Nov2016. International and regional passenger and cargo airline

^ Genealogy : Ganglong Air >Dragonair >Cathay Dragon

Dragonair Cargo   

Active

2000 - date

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Fortune Air   

Not started

(2016)

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Ganglong Air   

Renamed

(1985)

^ Comments : Ganglong Air was renamed before starting. Dragonair was established in Hong Kong on 24May1985. Obtained its AOC on 24Jul1985 & started operations on 28Jul1985. Dragonair was officially rebranded as Cathay Dragon during a ceremony on 22Nov2016

^ Genealogy : Ganglong Air >Dragonair >Cathay Dragon

HeliHK (Helicopters Hong Kong)   

Renamed

1997* - 2008

^ Comments : Helicopters Hong Kong Limited (‘HeliHK’) established in 1997 as Sky Shuttle Helicopters

^ Genealogy : HeliHK (Helicopters Hong Kong) >Sky Shuttle Helicopters

HK Express   

Active

2013 - date

^ Comments : HK Express was incorporated on 10Mar2004 & started charter operations on 03Sep2005 as Hong Kong Express. HK Express' first flights as an LCC commenced on 27Oct2013

^ Genealogy : Hong Kong Express >HK Express

HKE Airways   

Not started

(2005)

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Hong Kong Air Cargo  added

Planned

2017 >

^ Comments : Hong Kong Air Cargo (Hong Kong Chek Lap Kok) has acquired its Air Operator's Certificate (AOC) from the Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department (CAD)

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Hong Kong Air International   

Inactive

1970 - 1976

^ Comments : Hong Kong Air International was scheduled helicopter services between Kai Tak International Airport & the Hong Kong Island Heliport at Harcourt Road. Started operations on 15Dec1970

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Hong Kong Airlines   

Active

2006 - date

^ Comments : Hong Kong Airlines was founded on 28Mar2001 & started operations as CR Airways on 05Jul2003. Rebranded as Hong Kong Airlines on 22Sep2006 with a launch ceremony on 28Nov2006

^ Genealogy : CR Airways >Hong Kong Airlines

Hong Kong Airways  updated

Renamed

1947* - 1959

^ Comments : [Cathay Pacific was founded by American Roy Farrell and Australian Syndney de Kantzow in Jan1946 as Roy Farrell Export-Import Co. beginning operations in the same month in Shanghai. Farrell and de Kantzow re-registered their business in Hong Kong on 24Sep1946 as Cathay Pacific. Absorbed Hong Kong Airways (founded in 1947) on 01Jul1959. Launch customer for B777-300 in 1998. International and regional passenger and cargo airline]

^ Genealogy : Hong Kong Airways >>Cathay Pacific

Hong Kong Express   

Renamed

2005 - 2013

^ Comments : HK Express was incorporated on 10Mar2004 & started charter operations on 03Sep2005 as Hong Kong Express. HK Express' first flights as a LCC commenced on 27Oct2013

^ Genealogy : Hong Kong Express >HK Express

Jetstar Hong Kong  updated

Not started

(2014)

^ Comments : Australian airline entered joint venture with China Eastern Airlines to extend Jetstar brand into burgeoning Asian travel market. Did not start operations

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Macau Airtransport   

Unsure

1963* - 1963*

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Meridian Pacific Aviation  added

Active

2014* - date

^ Comments : Meridian Pacific Aviation is a private & business charter carrier out of Hong Kong Chek Lap Kok International (HKG). It was incorporated on 12Jun2014

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Metrojet   

Active

1997* - date

^ Comments : Metrojet was formed in 1995 & received an Air Operator's Certificate (FAA Part 121 equivalent) in Jun1997

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Notombi International   

Unsure

1978* - 1979*

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Oasis Hong Kong Airlines   

Inactive

2006 - 2008

^ Comments : Oasis Hong Kong Airlines began operations on 26Oct2006 & ceased on 09Apr2008

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Oriental Pearl Airlines   

Not started

(1985*)

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Oriental Pearl Airlines   

Inactive

1972* - 1973

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Pan Asia Air Cargo   

Inactive

1975 - 1975

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Roy Farrell Export-Import Co  updated

Renamed

1946 - 1948

^ Comments : [Cathay Pacific was founded by American Roy Farrell and Australian Syndney de Kantzow in Jan1946 as Roy Farrell Export-Import Co. beginning operations in the same month in Shanghai. Farrell and de Kantzow re-registered their business in Hong Kong on 24Sep1946 as Cathay Pacific. Absorbed Hong Kong Airways (founded in 1947) on 01Jul1959. Launch customer for B777-300 in 1998. International and regional passenger and cargo airline]

^ Genealogy : Roy Farrell Export-Import Co.>Cathay Pacific

Sino Jet Management   

Active

2011* - date

^ Comments : Sino Jet Management was established in 2011 & is a Business Jet management company

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Sky Shuttle Helicopters   

Active

2008 - date

^ Comments : Helicopters Hong Kong Limited (‘HeliHK’) established in 1997 as Sky Shuttle Helicopters

^ Genealogy : HeliHK (Helicopters Hong Kong) >Sky Shuttle Helicopters

Transcorp Airways   

Inactive

1986 - 1989

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Transmeridian Hong Kong   

Inactive

1975* - 1979*

^ Comments : Transmeridian Hong Kong operated using a leased a CL.44 from it's parent UK company, Transmeridian for cargo flights from the Far East

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Waterfront Air   

Not started

(2016)

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