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18 December 2006

Passengers leaving mainland China to depart on international flights from Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) can now check-in for their flights on six of Asia’s main carriers at the Pearl River Delta port of Shekou in Guangdong Province.

SITA’s innovative Upstream service is being pioneered by Cathay Pacific, China Airlines, Dragon Air, EVA Air, Japan Airlines and Mandarin Airlines and leverages SITA’s CUTE check-in system at HKIA to simplify travel for some of the 41 million passengers who use Asia’s award-winning “super hub” each year.

Chapman Fong, General Manager of Skylink Passenger Services Company Limited said, “SITA's state-of-the-art check-in technology gave us the ability to provide an upstream check-in solution for passengers in Pearl River Delta transiting through Hong Kong International Airport, making their travel experience really hassle-free. This type of customer-focused innovation, which greatly simplifies the passenger journey, is helping us to maintain our position as Asia's leading aviation hub.”

SITA’s one-stop solution allows passengers to check-in for their international flights before they board the ferry for Hong Kong, checking through their baggage to their final destination and clearing all official security and border controls. Ferry passengers who avail of this service arrive at SkyPier, the port arrivals area located on the airport grounds, and are then transferred directly to the departure areas.

This convenient form of international travel from mainland China is a significant step forward in HKIA’s integration with the mainland China market and has the added benefit of making more competitive fares available to passengers. International fares for flights departing from Hong Kong can be up to half the price of those from the mainland.

Russ Lewis, SITA Regional Vice President, Airport and Desktop Services, said, “We are pleased to be selected by Skylink to provide this innovative solution. The new Upstream service enables passengers traveling from the PRD to enjoy a truly hassle-free journey and reaffirms SITA’s status as the leading air transport industry provider in Asia.”

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For further information contact:

Joanna Masson / Lorna Thompson
SITA Press Office
Octopus Communications
Tel: +44 (0) 8453 700 655
Email: sita@octopuscomms.net

Notes to Editors:

About SITA

SITA is the world's leading service provider of integrated IT business solutions and communication services for the air transport industry. SITA manages complex communication solutions for its air transport, government and GDS customers over the world's most extensive communication network, complemented by consultancy in the design, deployment and integration of communication services. Its broad range of airline and airport IT applications and services includes airport operations and integrated baggage services, common use and desktop services, flight operations and air-to-ground communications and end-to-end airline distribution and fares services.

SITA has two main subsidiaries: OnAir, which is leading the race to bring in-flight mobile telephony to the market, and CHAMP Cargosystems, the world's only IT company solely dedicated to air cargo. SITA also operates two joint ventures providing services to the air transport community: Aviareto for aircraft asset management and CertiPath for secure electronic identity management. In addition, SITA sponsors .aero, the Internet top level domain reserved exclusively for aviation.

SITA covers 220 countries and territories and the head office is in Geneva, Switzerland. SITA had aggregated revenues of US$ 1.554 billion in 2005 (€ 1.295 billion).

Further information can be found at www.sita.aero

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