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Hall of Fame 2006 - Stanley Hui

Stanley Hui

Mr. Stanley Hui Hon-Chung joined Dragonair as Chief Executive Officer in February 1997, and has overseen its growth and development into an international, award-winning airline with a growing presence in the all-cargo arena. In the period since he became CEO the airline has tripled its fleet size.

Under Mr. Hui, Dragonair was among the first airlines in the 1990s to recognise the potential from China’s rapidly growing trade with the rest of the world, and foresaw the need for more efficient air transportation services. He expanded the cargo operation of the airline soon after joining Dragonair in 1997, which laid the foundation for the future growth of the airline’s cargo business.

In the late 1990s, the airline also made the important strategic decision to enter the long-haul all-cargo arena, and purchased three B747-300 combi aircraft for conversion into full freighters. In 2000, Dragonair launched its all-cargo operation through a wet-lease with Atlas Air, operating services to the Middle East and Europe. The following year, the wet-leased aircraft was replaced by specially converted B747 freighters. On the back of continued growth in China’s manufacturing sector, the airline’s freighter fleet and network has continued to expand, and cargo has grown from being practically non-existent in 1997 to accounting for about 40% of Dragonair’s business today.

A fleet of six freighters, including a B747-400 and an A300B4 freighter that have been wet-leased, currently serves a total of 10 all-cargo destinations. Using Hong Kong as the hub, the Dragonair network of passenger and cargo services links key manufacturing areas in the China Mainland with the country’s important trading partners around the world. The airline’s network of freighter services currently spans half the globe and comprises many markets where Dragonair previously had no presence.

When Boeing announced its freighter conversion programme for B747-400s in 2003, Dragonair was one of the first airlines to leverage the opportunity. The airline announced its decision to acquire five converted B747-400 freighters from Singapore Airlines in early 2004, with these now in the process of being converted. Dragonair will take delivery of these five aircraft between 2006 and 2008, increasing Dragonair’s total operating cargo fleet to 11 – all in the space of just eight years.

Mr. Hui has extensive experience of the airline industry. He was Chief Operating Officer of all-cargo carrier Air Hong Kong from 1994-1997.

He also worked for Cathay Pacific Airways, which he joined as a Management Trainee in early 1975. Among the positions he held with the airline was Manager, International Affairs, a post in which he oversaw traffic rights matters. He also represented the airline in government negotiations with various countries on Air Service Agreements for Hong Kong in preparation for the return of Hong Kong’s sovereignty to China in 1997.

Since the mid-1980s, a large part of Mr Hui’s work has been closely associated with the development of air services between Hong Kong and the China Mainland. This focus has grown in his capacity as the CEO of Dragonair, which specialises in services to the China Mainland market.

Mr Hui was appointed the Swire Group's Chief Representative in Beijing from 1992-1994.

Mr. Hui holds a BSc from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Given his experience and expertise he also holds various posts in Hong Kong and China Mainland institutions and organisations.

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