Waterfront Air

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Waterfront Air
海翔航空
Waterfront Air Logo June 2013.jpg
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 20 October 2008
Destinations 4 proposed
Headquarters Shenzhen and Hong Kong
Key people Michael Agopsowicz (Founder)
Peter de Kantzow (Co-founder)[1]
Bert Kwok (Chairman)
Website www.waterfrontair.com

Waterfront Air (Chinese: 海翔航空; Jyutping: hoi2 coeng4 hong4 hung1) is an airline started in 2008 with the aim of reintroducing seaplane services from Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour. From the 1920s to the mid-1960s, scheduled seaplane existed in Hong Kong from Victoria Harbour.

History[edit]

Waterfront Air was co-founded by Peter de Kantzow, who is the son of Sydney de Kantzow, the Australian co-founder of Cathay Pacific Airways.[1]

Six years after the company began, Waterfront Air HK ceased operations on 23 December 2014 without any established routes, according to Hong Kong's Companies Registry record.

However, HaiXiang Air 海翔公務航空有限公司 will operate seaplane services in China under the English name Waterfront Air. HaiXiang Air received their AOC preliminary approval in China on August 10, 2015 from the CAAC South Central branch.[2]

Proposed Routes[edit]

HaiXiang Air operating as Waterfront Air has planned routes between Hong Kong and Macau and Shenzhen, with estimated flight time of 20 minutes. There are additional plans to extend the services to Guangzhou and other parts of Shenzhen in the near future.[3][4]

Waterfront Air's proposed destinations:[3][4]

Fleet[edit]

Waterfront Air plans to lease de Havilland DHC-6 Twin Otters, but no aircraft appeared to have been ordered or delivered.[3][4]

Facilities[edit]

The airline had planned to use the old Kai Tak Airport adjacent to the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal in Victoria Harbour for operations in Hong Kong.[1]

Progress[edit]

In February 2010, the airline reached an agreement with Shenzhen Airport Group to make Shenzhen the company's main base.[5] On 6 January 2010, Waterfront Air signed a memorandum of understanding with the Shenzhen Airport Ferry Terminal Services Company Limited to operate seaplane services from Shenzhen Airport Ferry Pier to various destinations in the Greater Pearl River Delta.[6]

On 1 April 2013, Waterfront Air concluded an agreement with the Shenzhen Dapeng Peninsula government to operate seaplane services from Nan'Ao.[7]

In July, 2015, Viking Air announced the certification of the Twin Otter in China.

On August 10, 2015, HaiXiang Air received their AOC preliminary approval in China from the CAAC South Central branch.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Whitford, David; Elkind, Peter (30 May 2013). "A new way to get to Macau: Seaplane". Fortune. Retrieved 29 October 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Waterfront Air Achieves CAAC Preliminary Approval". Waterfront Air. Retrieved 13 August 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c "The Concept". Waterfront Air. Retrieved 2009-09-11. 
  4. ^ a b c Govindasamy, Siva. "AA09:". 
  5. ^ "Start-up to operate floatplanes linking Hong Kong, Macau and Shenzhen". Flight Daily News. Reed Business Information. 24 February 2010. Retrieved 26 March 2010. 
  6. ^ "Shenzhen MOU". Waterfront Air. Retrieved 26 March 2010. [non-primary source needed]
  7. ^ "Waterfront Air comes to Nan'Ao". Waterfront Air. Retrieved 31 May 2013. [non-primary source needed]

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