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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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April 28, 2017Hong 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, 2016Dragonair was officially rebranded as Cathay Dragon during a ceremony on 22Nov2016 [status change]
September 17, 2016Sino Jet Management was established in 2011 & is a Business Jet management company [added]
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Air Hong Kong  updated in 2017

1988 - date

Active

^ 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)   

1985 - 1987

Status?

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

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Cathay Dragon   

2016 - date

Active

^ 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   

1948 - date

Active

^ Comments : Cathay Pacific Airways was founded by Roy C Farrell & Sydney H de Kantzow & started operations in Jan1946 as Roy Farrell Export-Import Co. Began operations on 01Jul1948 and registered as Cathay Pacific on 18Oct1948

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

Cathay Pacific Cargo (Cathay Cargo)   

1999* - date

Active

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CR Airways   

2003 - 2006

Renamed

^ 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)   

1985 - 2016

Renamed

^ 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

Dragonair Cargo   

2000 - date

Active

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Fortune Air   

(2016)

Began?

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Ganglong Air   

(1985)

Renamed

^ 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)   

1997* - 2008

Renamed

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

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

HK Express   

2013 - date

Active

^ 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   

(2005)

Began?

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Hong Kong Air Cargo  added in 2017

2017 >

Planned

^ 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   

1970 - 1976

Inactive

^ 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   

2006 - date

Active

^ 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   

1947* - 1959

Renamed

^ Comments : Hong Kong Airways was purchased by Cathay Pacific on 01Jul1959

^ Genealogy : Hong Kong Airways >>Cathay Pacific

Hong Kong Express   

2005 - 2013

Renamed

^ 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 in 2017

(2014)

Began?

^ 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   

1963* - 1963*

Status?

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Metrojet   

1997* - date

Active

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

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Notombi International   

1978* - 1979*

Status?

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Oasis Hong Kong Airlines   

2006 - 2008

Inactive

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

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Oriental Pearl Airlines   

(1985*)

Began?

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Oriental Pearl Airlines   

1972* - 1973

Inactive

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Pan Asia Air Cargo   

1975 - 1975

Inactive

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Roy Farrell Export-Import Co   

1946 - 1948

Renamed

^ Comments : Cathay Pacific Airways was founded by Roy C Farrell & Sydney H de Kantzow & started operations in Jan1946 as Roy Farrell Export-Import Co. Began operations on 01Jul1948 and registered as Cathay Pacific on 18Oct1948

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

Sino Jet Management   

2011* - date

Active

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

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Sky Shuttle Helicopters   

2008 - date

Active

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

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

Transcorp Airways   

1986 - 1989

Inactive

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Transmeridian Hong Kong   

1975* - 1979*

Inactive

^ 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   

(2016)

Began?

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