Hong Kong Airlines (HKA) has defended its operational safety following reports that it has received warnings from the Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department over recent safety incidents.
According to media reports, the CAD says that HKA had seven incidents between August and September where its pilots deviated from regulations, but adds that they were only technical infringements and did not pose serious safety threats.
Among the incidents, it is reported that on one occasion the crew of an HKA flight did not adhere to an air traffic control (ATC) directive to climb to avoid another aircraft. In another incident, the crew of a flight waiting for departure at Hong Kong International airport mistook take-off clearance for another aircraft as its own, although ATC was able to intervene before the aircraft took off.
HKA says that in each of the incidents, it reported them to the CAD and subsequently submitted improvement plans, which have been executed.
“We will continue to operate in compliance with aviation safety standards, to provide the public with safe and comfortable flights,” the airline says.
Flightglobal’s Ascend Online Fleets database shows that Hong Kong Airlines operates a fleet of 20 Airbus A320s and A330s.