Much the same as before the iPhone 5s launch last month, Apple is taking reservations for the new iPad Air beginning October 30 in Hong Kong and China. According to listings on both Apple China and Apple Hong Kong, reservations will begin at 8am local time, for in-store pickup on launch day, November 1.
So far, there's no word on any other iPad Air launch countries offering a similar facility. Indeed we've doubled checked the U.S. and the UK and neither are showing the same. It's possible that pre-orders are being used once again to try and deter 'scalpers,' but eager buyers will still need to brave the lines just like everyone else. It's just a shame we can't all do it this way.