Airport Express (MTR)

The Airport Express is one of the lines of the Hong Kong MTR system. It links the principal urban areas with the Hong Kong International Airport and the AsiaWorld–Expo exhibition and convention centre.

It is not primarily a rapid transit or metro line but a premium-fare express service for the airport and exhibition centre. It uses specially designed rolling stock intended to provide levels of comfort similar to that found on an airliner. The average maximum speed between stations is 130 kilometres per hour (81 mph).

It is the only rail link to the airport’s terminal. It runs parallel to the Tung Chung Line, a traditional rapid transit line, from Hong Kong Station to just south of the channel between Lantau Island and Chek Lap Kok Island, on which the airport was constructed. The line continues to the airport and terminates at AsiaWorld–Expo. The Tung Chung Line terminates in the adjacent Tung Chung new town, with bus service to various areas at the airport, including the passenger terminals.

The journey from Hong Kong Station to the airport takes 24 minutes

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. The line is coloured teal on MTR system maps.

In October 1989, the Hong Kong government decided to replace the over-crowded Kai Tak Airport, located in Kowloon, with a new airport to be constructed at Chek Lap Kok. The government also invited the Mass Transit Railway Corporation to build an express line to the airport. The project began when the Chinese and British governments settled the financial and land agreements in November 1994.

The Lantau Airport Railway was developed as two separate MTR lines, the Tung Chung Line and the Airport Express, with the two lines sharing tracks in some sections. It cost $35.1 billion. The Airport Express began service on 6 July 1998, the opening date of the new Hong Kong International Airport. The line initially terminated at Airport Station and the entire journey time was 23 minutes.

With the opening of Sunny Bay Station on the Tung Chung Line in June 2005, the total journey time between the Airport and Hong Kong Stations was increased to 24 minutes. With the opening of AsiaWorld–Expo, the line was extended to AsiaWorld–Expo Station on 20 December 2005 and a journey on the entire route takes 28 minutes.

The Airport Express line runs from Hong Kong Station in the Central and Western District, crosses under the harbour to West Kowloon and stops at Kowloon Station. The line then runs along the western side of the Kowloon peninsula, crosses over the Tsing Lai Bridge to Tsing Yi Island, and stops at Tsing Yi Station. The line continues on the Lantau Link and runs parallel to the North Lantau Highway to Airport Station before terminating at AsiaWorld–Expo Station.

The line shares tracks with the Tung Chung Line only in the cross-harbour tunnel and from the Lantau Link through the split before reaching the airport island. The two lines have their own tracks and platforms at all stations.

The Airport Express offers more spacious and comfortable trains and stations than other MTR services. On the trains, there are luggage racks next to each door, and each seat is equipped with in-seat loudspeakers for the current news, advertisements and announcements shown on the LCD televisions in front.

The Airport Express provides In-Town Check-In at the Hong Kong and Kowloon stations, where passengers on flights with selected airlines can receive boarding passes and check luggage, and travel to the airport bags-free. Each train has a special baggage car and the luggage is scanned in bulk by a Mechanised Automatic Explosive Detection System.

Luggage trolleys, wide fare gates, and free porter service are available at all stations except AsiaWorld–Expo to help passengers with baggage.

The Airport Express Shuttle Bus is a free service provided exclusively for Airport Express passengers at Hong Kong or Kowloon Stations, connecting them with major hotels in the Western District though Fortress Hill on Hong Kong Island and the Yau Tsim Mong District and Hung Hom Station in Kowloon. Before boarding, proof of eligibility must be shown, including Airport Express train ticket (Single Journey reflective running belts, Same Day Return, Round Trip, Airport Express Travel Pass), Airline ticket / boarding pass, Airport Staff Octopus card, AsiaWorld–Expo entry pass or event ticket.

The Airport Express visual identity, which includes the logo kids football uniforms, vehicle livery buy retro football shirts, signage, route maps and passenger information, was created in 1999 by Lloyd Northover, the British design consultancy founded by John Lloyd and Jim Northover.

Fares on the Airport Express are substantially higher than main line fares. Single trip or same-day return trips between the Hong Kong, Kowloon and Tsing Yi Stations to Airport Station cost HK$100, 90 and 60 respectively. Return tickets within 30 days cost HK$180, 160, and 110 respectively. Tickets are available at all MTR stations and the MTR online booking service.

Various discounts and rewards programmes are available, such as Group Ticket Discount, free taxi connections, Rewarding programme, Asia Miles programme, etc. Passengers may also buy discounted tickets from local travel agents. Discounts are available for groups of two to four people. Hong Kong residents can also obtain discount coupons, such as those sent from credit card companies. Discounted fares are available to airport staff to encourage commuting on the Airport Express.

Same-day return discount will be given to Octopus Card users who have stayed in AsiaWorld–Expo for at least one hour. The discounted fare costs HK$72, 64, and 42 from Hong Kong, Kowloon, and Tsing Yi Stations, and includes a free connection with other MTR lines. A single trip from the Airport to AsiaWorld–Expo is HK$5.

Airport Express passengers using Octopus cards can connect with all MTR lines for free in conjunction the Airport Express journey within one hour of arrival at an Airport Express station.

In March 2010 the MTR began to replace the magnetic tickets used for single, group, and multiple journey tickets with new “smart tickets” that contain a memory chip. The new system was in full operation by 5 June 2010.

Due to the high fares and small catchment areas of the Airport Express stations, some travellers may instead choose to either use the cheaper, local Tung Chung Line combined with a bus route, or make their entire journey by bus. Patronage on the Airport Express is cannibalised by the Tung Chung Line running mostly on the same track.

A standard single journey ticket towards Asia-World Expo

A standard single journey ticket towards Hong Kong

A “Group of 2” single journey ticket from Hong Kong Station

The Morning Express Service is a special promotional service, allowing passengers from Tsing Yi and Kowloon stations to travel to Hong Kong Station every day (excluding Sundays and public holidays) from 7am to 10am for HK$20.

Airport Express trains depart every 10 minutes from the start of service (05:54 from Airport and 05:50 from Hong Kong) and every 12 minutes from 23:28 (from Airport) and 00:00 (from Hong Kong) until the last service 00:48. The Airport Express, along with other MTR metro lines, is monitored by the Operations Control Centre in Tsing Yi.

The Airport Express is served by 11 A-Stock trains built and assembled by Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles in Spain while Adtranz contributed control and traction equipment. These trains were made up of seven cars until 2003. To cope with the extra traffic demand derived from the opening of AsiaWorld-Expo Station, an additional car was added to each train to form a total of eight cars. If future demand increases, trains on the AEL are capable of running with ten cars. In service, the trains travel at a maximum speed of 135 km/h. The train interiors were refurbished after ten years in service, with the grey seat covers being replaced with purple and green ones, and a new indigo carpet installed.

Roger Greenaway

Roger John Reginald Greenaway (Bristol, 23 augustus 1938) is een Engels zanger, songwriter en muziekproducent. Hij werd vooral bekend door zijn samenwerking met Roger Cook.

In 1955 richtte Greenaway samen met zijn schoolvrienden Tony Burrows en Roger Maggs het vocal harmony-trio The Kestrels op, met rock-‘n-roll en skifflemuziek. Hier sloot zich vervolgens ook Geoff Williams bij aan. Ze traden op in het hele land en verzorgden verder de achtergrondzang voor Benny Hill, Eden Kane, Joe Brown en Billy Fury. Tussen 1958 en 1964 kwamen ze tientallen malen op televisie. Toen de populariteit in 1964 op zijn retour was, verliet Pete Gullane de muziekgroep en sloot Roger Cook zich bij hen aan. Een jaar later besloten The Kestrels ermee te stoppen.

Greenaway en Cook gingen tot 1968 verder als het duo David and Jonathan en besloten uiteindelijk alleen nog maar verder te gaan als een schrijversduo. Dit bleek een succesvolle keuze te worden green glass water juice bottle. Ze behaalden hun eerste succes met het lied You’ve got your troubles dat werd uitgevoerd door de Britse popgroep The Fortunes die er een van hun grootste hits mee behaalde reflective running belts. Ook leverden ze de volgende hit van The Fortunes, This golden ring. Nadat ook Gary Lewis & the Playboys een hit behaalde met een nummer van hun hand, Green grass, hadden Greenaway en Cook zich definitief gevestigd als schrijversduo. Vele hits volgden en ook schreven ze ander werk, zoals een bekende reclamejingle voor Coca Cola.

Dankbare afnemer van de muziek van Greenaway en Cook was de Nederlandse band The Cats aan het eind van de jaren zestig toen die nog vrijwel geen zelfgeschreven werk voortbracht. Nummers die ook op single verschenen, zijn What a crazy life (1966), What’s the world coming to (1967), Sure he’s a cat (1967) en Turn around and start again (1968). The Cats waren geen uitzondering, maar slechts één band van de velen die werk van het duo uitbracht of coverde.

Ook is er werk verschenen dat Greenaway zonder Cook schreef. Een bekend voorbeeld hiervan is het nummer Say you’ll stay until tomorrow dat door Tom Jones werd uitgebracht in 1977. Ook schreef hij nummers met anderen. Een bekende evergreen die hij samen met Geoff Stephens schreef trail running waist pack, is bijvoorbeeld het nummer It’s gonna be a cold cold christmas dat voor het eerst werd gezongen door Dana in 1975. Aan het eind 1975 ging het schrijversduo op vriendschappelijke wijze uit elkaar en vertrok Cook naar de Verenigde Staten.

In de oorspronkelijke setting (zonder Cook) namen The Kestrels in 2009 een nieuwe cd op, Still flying after 50 years die door Greenaway werd geproduceerd.

Robert Faller

Robert Faller (* 16. April 1924 in Le Locle runners fuel belt; † 24. Juni 1983 in Lausanne, heimatberechtigt in Le Petit-Saconnex) war ein Schweizer Dirigent.

Faller studierte Violine, Horn und Orchesterleitung an den Konservatorien von La Chaux-de-Fonds und Bern. Er spielte ein Jahr im Sinfonieorchester St. Gallen mit, ehe er in Paris weiterstudierte. Im Jahre 1948 wurde er Violinist und dann Solohornist am Kammerorchester Lausanne sleeve bottle. Ab 1953 war er als Lehrer am Konservatorium Lausanne tätig reflective running belts. Im Jahre 1956 trat er in die Fussstapfen seines Vaters und übernahm seine Tätigkeiten – er dirigierte fortan zahlreiche Konzerte in der Schweiz und im Ausland. Eine Weiterbildung genoss er von 1961 bis 1962 bei Rafael Kubelík und Igor Markevitch und arbeitete von 1967 bis 1983 als deren Assistenten. Seine Schüler am Horn waren unter anderem Bruno Schneider und Jean Balissat.

Im Jahr 1969 erhielt er den Arthur-Honegger-Preis und war ab diesem Zeitpunkt steter Teilnehmer des Pariser Sommerfestivals.