daily menu » rate the banner | guess the city | one on oneforums map | privacy policy | DMCA | news magazine | posting guidelines

Go Back   SkyscraperCity > Infrastructure and Mobility Forums > Airports and Aviation

Airports and Aviation » Airports | Photos and Videos



Global Announcement

As a general reminder, please respect others and respect copyrights. Go here to familiarize yourself with our posting policy.


Closed Thread

 
Thread Tools
Old July 15th, 2009, 08:03 PM   #381
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,926
Likes (Received): 18189

China Airlines sees '09 break even

TAIPEI, July 15 (Reuters) - Loss-making China Airlines of Taiwan said on Wednesday it expects to break even this year following consecutive quarterly losses, helped by an improvement in its cargo figures and closer cross-strait ties.

The airline will also set up a branch in China, the first by a Taiwanese airline, as ties warm between the two political rivals and ahead of the introduction of regular direct cross-strait flights in August this year.

"Our cargo figures were extremely weak last year, and if there's a rebound there we should be able to break even," China Airlines spokesman Bruce Chen told Reuters on the sidelines of a company event.

"Direct flights are also helping, and we'll have a branch in Beijing very soon."

All flights between Taiwan and China previously had to stop at a third city, usually Hong Kong, but the two sides have grown closer economically under the year-old administration of Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou.

China Airlines recorded a loss of T$2.96 billion ($90 million) in the first quarter of this year, hit by a plunge in international travel amid the global economic slowdown.

Chen also said he hoped jet fuel prices could remain at current levels after a difficult 2008, when airlines around the world were hit by surging oil prices, forcing them to suffer massive losses or impose hefty fuel surcharges.

Chen's comments stand in stark contrast to larger Asian rivals such as Singapore Airlines and Cathay Pacific , who are suffering from declining load factors and falling profits, and have been wary of predicting any turnaround.

It also comes amid a rally in Taiwan's stock market, where investors in the island's many technology firms have been betting that closer ties with its giant neighbour will be good for business.

However, investors have been less bullish on Taiwan's airline industry so far. Shares of China Airlines are up 15 percent this year and its smaller rival EVA Airways advanced about 18 percent during the same period, compared to a 46 percent gain in the benchmark TAIEX share index <.TWII>.

The International Air Transport Association said in late June the world's airlines lost more than $3 billion in the first quarter of this year.
__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea  

Sponsored Links
Old July 17th, 2009, 04:47 PM   #382
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,926
Likes (Received): 18189

Taiwan-based China Airlines to Open Branches in Mainland

SHENZHEN, July 16, SinoCast -- China Airlines, the largest airline company in Taiwan, said today that it is seeking to file for approval from Chinese authorities to set up branches in the mainland.

Its first subsidiary is likely to settle down in Beijing. If it happened, it would be the first Taiwanese airline company to branch out into the potentially huge civil aviation market in the mainland.

Spokesperson for China Airlines says that they will file the application anytime soon as Taiwan and the mainland governments have signed agreements on allowing companies across the Taiwan Strait to make mutual investment.

Beijing will be the first stop. And then they will extend their reach to other major mainland companies such as Shanghai and Hangzhou.

The expansion plan of China Airlines comes at a time when some mainland airline companies like Shenzhen Airlines, China Southern Airlines and Hainan Airlines are also seeking to build up their presence on the island.
__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea  
Old July 17th, 2009, 06:23 PM   #383
ddes
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 7,469
Likes (Received): 930

So are these international or domestic flights?
ddes no está en línea  
Old July 17th, 2009, 06:37 PM   #384
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,926
Likes (Received): 18189

Quote:
Originally Posted by ddes View Post
So are these international or domestic flights?
Not sure how they classify this, since it's a mix of both, but in substance these are international flights, as passports are required to enter either side.

I recall from my visit to Beijing airport, I could use the Chinese nationals immigration counter, even though I still have to carry my papers and I am technically not a mainland citizen (Hong Kong maintains separate passport and visa regimes).
__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea  
Old July 22nd, 2009, 05:36 AM   #385
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,926
Likes (Received): 18189

Two Chinese Airlines Apply to Set Up Branches in Taiwan
21 July 2009
(c) 2009 China Economic News Service

Taipei, July 21, 2009 (CENS)--Following China Southern Airlines, Xiamen Airlines and Hainan Airlines have recently turned in applications to Taiwan’s Investment Commission to set up branches here.

The Investment Commission has so far received three applications from Chinese airlines, with Air China reportedly to follow suit soon.

It may take as long as a month for reviewing such applications, which will then be passed by the Investment Commission to the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) for approval.

Zhuang Xiaohui, vice president of Xiamen Airlines, indicated that the authorities in Taiwan and China have decided to further open mutual markets for regular Cross-strait flights beginning the end of next month.

To meet the expected rising demand, Xiamen Airlines has decided to set up a branch in Taiwan with eight more local staffers. Zhuang disclosed that if everything goes smoothly, the company may purchase a permanent office here.

Likewise, Hainan Airlines will also explore the market here after next month and will raise the number of Cross-strait routes to six with 10 regular weekly flights.
__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea  
Old July 23rd, 2009, 09:06 PM   #386
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,926
Likes (Received): 18189

Songshan Airport to upgrade to handle large planes in two years
22 July 2009
The China Post

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Songshan Airport plans to upgrade its facilities to handle larger airplanes in two years' time, the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) has announced.

The MOTC will spend NT$125 million to replace the 8 jetways used by Terminal 1. The jetways' current shortcomings such as the lack of height, improper routes and their narrowness have caused difficulties for the taking-off and landing of large planes, Lee Long-wen, director general of the ministry's Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) said. The upgrade is scheduled to be completed by June 2011.

In addition to replacing jetways, the ministry also planned to remodel Terminal 1, currently used for domestic flights and departing international flights, to an exclusive international flight terminal. Terminal 2, currently for incoming international flights, will be used exclusively for domestic flights. The upgrade of the two terminals, also slated to finish by June 2011, will cost NT$682.9 million.

According to the plan by the CAA, the upgraded Terminal 1 will be able to hold two A330 Airbuses, each with a capacity around 250 people, at the same time.

The recently established direct air links with mainland China have brought renewed hope to the aging airport. The airport also is expecting new passengers from links with Japan's Heneda Airport and Shanghai's Hongqiao Airport to be established in October next year.
__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea  
Old July 24th, 2009, 04:42 PM   #387
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,926
Likes (Received): 18189

Flights to Manchuria to be shortened by 24 minutes
24 July 2009
The China Post

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Flights from Taiwan to Manchuria will be shortened by 24 minutes starting next Wednesday.

Lee Lung-wen, director-general of the Civil Aeronautics Administration, said yesterday the time-saving is possible because a new northern air route is being opened.

As a result, passengers on flights to Dalian (Lu-ta), Harbin, and Shenyang will save 24 minutes, Lee said.
__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea  
Old July 27th, 2009, 07:32 PM   #388
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,926
Likes (Received): 18189

China and Mandarin Airlines: six new destinations in Mainland China
27 July 2009
China Economic Review

Taiwanese carrier China Airlines and its subsidiary Mandarin Airlines will launch direct scheduled flights from Taiwan to six new destinations in Mainland China.

The airlines are launching services to Xiamen, Ningbo, Zhengzhou, Shenyang, Changsha and Xian. With the addition of these cities, China Airlines and Mandarin Airlines will operate flights to 13 cities in Mainland China.

Trading Markets reports China Airlines will operate services to these cities from Taorenminbi, Taichung and Kaohsiung using Airbus A330-300, Boeing 747-400 and 737-800 and Embraer E190 aircraft.

Mandarin Airlines started operations on 16 October 1991 with direct flights from Taipei to Sydney, Australia. The next step was the opening of a direct air route to Vancouver, Canada on 7 December 1991. Thus, Mandarin Airlines became Taiwan's first airline to fly direct to Australia and Canada.

China Airlines took over in October 1992, turning the airline into effectively a subsidary. Mandarin Airlines' role was changed to be a primary domestic and short-range intra-regional airline.
__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea  
Old July 30th, 2009, 06:06 PM   #389
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,926
Likes (Received): 18189

Taipei-Xi'an flights to be inaugurated in August
The China Post Staff
26 July 2009

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- China Airlines, Taiwan's largest air carrier, will launch the inaugural direct flight from Taipei to Xi'an by the end of August, making Xi'an the seventh mainland Chinese city beginning direct two-way flights across the Taiwan Strait, next to Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Chengdu, and Changsha, according to the China News Service (CNS).

The CAL will operate two round-trip flights per week, the CNA reported.

On Dec. 27, 2008, the CNS reported, the Xi'an-Taipei chartered flight was inaugurated, with one flight per week. This made Xiangyang International Airport in Xi'an become the first airport in northwestern China to realize direct flights to Taiwan. It takes 190 minutes to complete the flight from Xi'an to Taipei.

But the one-a-week flight can hardly meet the growing market demand fueled by the increasing exchange of travel between people in Taiwan and Shanxi Province.

In June this year, the CNS continued, deputy governor Ching Chun-hai of the Shanxi Province led a delegation to visit Taiwan. When meeting with top CAL executives, Ching urged the CAL to launch direct flights to Xi'an, eventually leading to the upcoming Taipei-Xi'an flights by CAL.

Xi'an boasts quite a few internationally-famous tourist attractions such as the Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor, Huaqing Pool, and Dharma Gate Temple, among others. In addition, a peony flower festival has been held annually in Luoyang, which has become a new attraction for tourists from Taiwan.
__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea  
Old August 6th, 2009, 12:52 PM   #390
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,926
Likes (Received): 18189

China Airlines Chmn:Cross-strait Flights Rev Doubling In '10
4 August 2009
Dow Jones & Company, Inc.

China Airlines Ltd. (2610.TW), Taiwan's largest airline by revenue, expects the revenue contribution from lucrative cross-strait flights to more than double next year as it benefits from higher frequency and more cargo volume, Chairman Philip Wei said Tuesday.

China Airlines plans to double from Aug. 31 the number of destinations for China flights to 12 as cross-strait flights increase, Wei told Dow Jones Newswires in his first interview since returning as chairman to China Airlines in July 2008.

"The more the Chinese government opens travel to Taiwan, the more demand there will be. From our point of view, the more flights, the better," the 67-year old Wei said.

Revenue from cross-strait passenger flights will rise to 11%-12% of total revenue by 2010 from 6%-7% currently and 9% by the end of 2009, and cargo revenue will account for 6% of total revenue from 4.5% at end-2009 and around 2% now, he said.

Taiwan and China agreed late April to expand air transport links across the Taiwan Strait, and to increase the total number of daily passenger flights to 270 per week from 108 currently while upgrading them to scheduled. Cross-strait flights now are only chartered.

Taiwan and China also agreed to increase cargo charter flights to 28 a week, or 112 a month, from the current 60 a month and also upgrade them to scheduled flights. Airlines will be able to carry cargo in the belly of passenger planes, which will further boost revenue.

China Airlines and its unit Mandarin Airlines Ltd. will operate a total of 55 daily direct flights each week from Aug. 31, up from a 22 flights now.

Carriers have enjoyed high load factors and yields on cross-strait flights because of limited supply. China Airlines' passenger load factor on cross-strait flights is 87%, much higher than its overall load factor of 73% in the first half of the year.

"We can maintain this load factor even after flights increase (from August 31)," Wei said.

Wei was chairman from November 2005 but stepped down in October 2007 after one of the company's planes burst into flames upon landing in Japan in August of that year.

China Airlines urgently needs a revenue boost as volatile oil prices ate into its profits last year and the financial crisis decimated global travel and trade in 2009. Wei said the company's operations will improve in the second half of 2009 although he couldn't estimate if the company will end the year in profit.

China Airlines, which will disclose its first-half results by the end of this month, posted a net profit of NT$3 billion in the June-ended quarter of this year as it recouped some mark-to-market hedging losses from 2008, but the airline still had an operational loss, said Wei.

The carrier plans to stop fuel hedging once its outstanding contracts expire next year, due to the volatility and unpredictability of global oil prices, said Wei.

Out of last year's net loss of NT$32.35 billion, NT$22.59 billion were mark-to-market hedging losses as crude oil prices plummeted in late 2008.

China Airlines posted a net loss of NT$2.96 billion in the first quarter of 2009. China Airlines last posted a quarterly net profit in the third quarter of 2007.

"The second quarter likely was the bottom, but the recovery from the third quarter will be slow," Wei said.

Operations are rebounding and China Airlines already returned one of its freighters it mothballed earlier this year, he said.

Cargo revenue in July rose 22% from June and passenger revenue increased 24% on-month, he said.

"We now focus on improving our cargo yield by raising prices," he said.

Despite warming cross-strait relations, China Airlines doesn't have any plans to take stakes in Chinese carriers, said Wei.

"The financial situation of the industry is dire, and affordable funds are limited, so we have no plans to take stakes in Chinese airlines," he said.

To improve its finances, China Airlines plans to raise around NT$25 billion by selling bonds and stocks this year. The company aims to raise more cash next year, said Wei, but declined to elaborate on the method or the amount.
__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea  
Old August 7th, 2009, 06:24 AM   #391
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,926
Likes (Received): 18189

Two new cross-strait air routes launched
5 August 2009
China Economic Review

Two new routes for direct flights across the Taiwan Strait have been launched, bringing the number of such air lanes to three.

Air China Flight No. 185 departs from Beijing at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday and arrives at Taiwan's Taoyuan airport at 11:35 a.m. via a northern route which is 10 minutes quicker than the first one, which was opened last year.

Meanwhile, a China Southern Air flight departs from Guangzhou at 11:42 a.m. and arrived in Taoyuan at 1:31 p.m. on the first southern route for direct cross-strait flights. The two new routes will facilitate the launch of regularly scheduled flights across the Taiwan Strait in the future.

The first direct air route across the Taiwan Strait was opened Dec. 15, 2008 when direct air and shipping links were launched in accordance with an agreement signed in Taipei.

Some 5,800 flights have been recorded on the first northern direct cross-strait route since it was opened last year, according to China's top air traffic control agency.

Taiwan News reported the supplementary agreement also stipulated that regularly scheduled passenger and cargo flights across the Taiwan Strait will be launched as soon as possible.
__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea  
Old August 12th, 2009, 06:53 PM   #392
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,926
Likes (Received): 18189

TAKEOFF: The flight service will be available from 27 cities in China, including six newly added airports in Jinan, Guiyang, Nanchang, Harbin, Hefei and Haikou
By Shelley Shan
11 August 2009
Taipei Times

The Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) announced yesterday that cross-strait regular flights would be officially launched on Aug. 31.

The regular flight service was first mentioned in the agreement signed after the third round of cross-strait talks in April.

Both Taiwan and China agreed to raise the weekly number of flights from 108 to 270. The flights will be offered daily and jointly provided by airlines from both sides.

Meanwhile, the cross-strait flight service will be available from 27 cities in China, including six newly added airports in Jinan, Guiyang, Nanchang, Harbin, Hefei and Haikou.

The CAA also said that nine Chinese airlines have applied to operate the cross-strait flights, including three newcomers; Sichuan Airlines, Shandong Air and Shenzhen Airlines. Flights operated by Chinese airlines will land in either in Taipei or Taoyuan.

Flights from Taiwanese airlines have chosen to land in Shanghai, Beijing, Chengdu, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Tianjin, and Ningbo and several other airports where there is demand for a cross-strait flight service.

The announcement came after both sides completed months of negotiations on the appropriate date to launch the flights. While China had already set Aug. 31 as the date for the commencement of regular flights, Taiwan wanted the services to start sooner.

Until last month, CAA director Lee Lung-wen had said that the service could start some time before Aug. 31.

The proposal, however, was rejected by the Chinese aviation authority.

Lee had said that China wanted to regulate the cross-strait regular flights using a special aviation law, which explained why it took so long to implement.

Starting last month, some domestic airlines began taking reservations for cross-strait regular flights.

Lee has also asked domestic airlines to lower ticket prices for cross-strait flights, including flights to Shanghai.
__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea  
Old August 17th, 2009, 12:26 PM   #393
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,926
Likes (Received): 18189

Taiwan Govt: Scheduled Cross-Strait Flights To Start Aug 31
10 August 2009

TAIPEI (Dow Jones)--Taiwan and China will begin operating cross-strait scheduled flights Aug. 31, Taiwan's Civil Aeronautics Administration said in a statement Monday.

Taiwan would have been ready to start scheduled flights in mid-August, but China said it needs more time to complete the approval procedures, Taiwan's aviation regulator said in the statement.

Only chartered flights are allowed at present.

Taiwan and China agreed in late April to expand air-transport links across the Taiwan Strait, and to increase the total number of daily flights to 270 a week from the current 108. They also agreed to add six destinations in China to the current 21.

Of the 135 flights that will originate in Taiwan, 113 will be scheduled flights, and the remaining 22 will be chartered flights, Taiwan's aviation regulator said in June.
__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea  
Old August 18th, 2009, 08:24 PM   #394
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,926
Likes (Received): 18189

China Southern Airlines president optimistic about cross-strait market
17 August 2009
China Economic Review

China Southern Airrlines President Tan Wan Geng said China Southern Airlines is optimistic about its Taiwan business because of growing demand for cross-strait flights, and the carrier hopes the number of such flights will increase in the future.

He said, "Only 400,000 Chinese tourists visited Taiwan since charter flights were allowed last year."

China Southern, China's largest airline by fleet size, has now opened a Taipei branch, where it is allowed to sell tickets for cross-strait flights. The airline previously had a representative office in Taipei, and so couldn't sell tickets directly to customers in Taiwan.

Taiwan's civil aviation regulator said Monday that scheduled cross-strait flights will start August 31. At present, only chartered flights between Taiwan and China are allowed. After the change, the number of flights, both scheduled and chartered, will increase to 270 a week from 108.

Online Wall Street Journal reported that President Tan said air traffic has been improving very slowly recently, especially on the company's domestic routes, and he expects demand in the second half to be better than in the first.
__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea  
Old August 24th, 2009, 03:37 PM   #395
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,926
Likes (Received): 18189

Flagship Taiwan airline could profit on China flights

TAIPEI, Aug 20 (Reuters) - Taiwan's flagship carrier China Airlines said on Thursday it could return to profitability by the end of the year, beating forecasts, helped by strong demand for its recently added direct flights to China.

The airline with a fleet of 46 passenger planes and 20 cargo aircraft lost money through July and cannot be sure of a profit by the end but its Taiwan-China flights, 10 percent of business, have made money as the global economy shows signs of a rebound, company Chairman Philip Wei told Reuters in an interview.

"Flights between Taiwan and mainland China can help our overall performance," Wei said. "The worst of the global downturn has already passed, though the recovery speed is still pretty slow for both passengers and cargo."

China Airlines has seen a pickup this month as it looks forward to the Aug. 31 launch of 55 scheduled direct flights between Taiwan and China. It currently operates 22 flights on a charter basis.

"Things have improved in August but whether we make money this year overall is hard to predict," Wei said.

China claims sovereignty over self-ruled Taiwan and has threatened to take it by force, if necessary, but trade and transit ties have improved quickly since Beijing-friendly Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou took office in May 2008.

The first regular direct cross-Strait flights began about a year ago. China and Taiwan agreed in April to allow a total of 270 flights per week, up from the current 108, for all eligible aircraft from Aug. 31. [ID:nSP424409]

Wei's outlook comes as airlines around the world have been cutting capacity and jobs to deal with a slump in business and holiday travel, fuelled by the global economic downturn and aggravated by the outbreak of H1N1 flu.

The International Air Transport Association forecast in June that global airlines could lose $9 billion this year, nearly double its previous estimate.

Analysts expected China Airlines to post a T$3.181 billion ($90 million) net loss for all of 2009, about 10 percent of its loss in 2008, according to Reuters Estimates. Analysts forecast a T$762 million profit for 2010, Thomson-Reuters data show.

China Airlines shares were down 1.3 percent on Thursday, underperforming the broad market <.TWII>, which ended 0.82 percent lower during the session.
__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea  
Old August 28th, 2009, 09:19 PM   #396
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,926
Likes (Received): 18189

China approves regular flights to Taiwan despite row

BEIJING, Aug 28 (Reuters) - China has authorised 16 airlines to operate regular direct flights to Taiwan, a sign that the Dalai Lama's upcoming visit to the island is unlikely to spoil warming ties.

Direct flights between mainland China and self-ruled Taiwan, which Beijing regards as a breakaway province, have become increasingly frequent since the first one in 2005. But they were still technically considered charter flights.

The Civil Aviation Administration of China on Friday said that starting on Monday, 270 direct flights will take place along 32 regular flight routes.

In April this year, China and Taiwan signed agreements to begin regular flights and boost cooperation in finance and criminal investigation.

Beijing on Thursday decried a planned visit by the Dalai Lama, the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader it brands a separatist, to Taiwan next week, but it directed its ire at Taiwan's opposition Democratic Progressive Party in a sign that it wanted to avoid harming ties with the ruling Nationalist or Kuomintang (KMT) party.
__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea  
Old August 28th, 2009, 10:19 PM   #397
caelus
Registered User
 
caelus's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Posts: 323
Likes (Received): 5

I know exactly what the chinese officials are doing, they want to increase the economic tie with Taiwan, once Taiwan's economy becomes too dependent on China, it would be difficult for the Taiwanese to say no to China, just like what Australia has become.
caelus no está en línea  
Old September 2nd, 2009, 04:14 AM   #398
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,926
Likes (Received): 18189

Taiwan, China air links boosted despite Dalai Lama visit
30 August 2009
Agence France Presse

Air links between Taiwan and China will get a dramatic boost Monday, more than doubling in number, unaffected by a controversial visit to the island by the Dalai Lama, a senior aviation official here said.

The number of weekly flights will rise from 108 to 270 and, in a significant symbolic move, they will be categorised as scheduled departures, rather than chartered flights, signalling a more permanent arrangement.

The new upgraded air ties, which have been in the pipeline for months, are scheduled to begin just hours after Tibet's exiled spiritual leader, reviled in Beijing as a dangerous separatist, embarks on a controversial trip to Taiwan.

"As far as I know, the regular flights will not be influenced (by the Dalai Lama's visit)," Charles Lin, deputy chief of Taiwan's Civil Aeronautics Administration, told AFP. He declined to provide details.

The Dalai Lama was due to arrive here late Sunday for a five-day visit at the invitation of local government chiefs from the opposition Democratic Progressive Party, which favours independence from China.

According to schedules, beginning Monday five Taiwanese airlines are set to operate 135 flights a week between four local cities and 19 Chinese destinations.

At the same time, a total of nine Chinese carriers will operate 135 trips to the island.

China and Taiwan agreed in talks last year -- part of a series of exchanges that has reversed six decades of hostility -- to begin direct chartered flights.

The upgraded arrangement taking effect this week is the result of a follow-up agreement reached in April.

Passenger volumes have varied, and at the moment flights between the two sides are 81 percent full on average, the Liberty Times newspaper reported Sunday.

Flights to Beijing and Shanghai are up to 90 percent full, while planes to second-tier cities such as Ningbo in east China sometimes take off with half the seats empty, according to the paper.

Beijing considers Taiwan a part of its territory awaiting reunification, by force if necessary, despite its having been governed separately since the two sides split in 1949 after a civil war.

But ties have improved dramatically since Beijing-friendly President Ma Ying-jeou took office last year on a platform of boosting economic ties with the mainland and allowing in more Chinese tourists.
__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea  
Old September 2nd, 2009, 01:05 PM   #399
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,926
Likes (Received): 18189

Regular cross-strait flights commence on low-key note
By Shelley Shan
1 September 2009
Taipei Times

Regular cross-strait flights were officially launched yesterday, with several services experiencing low occupancy rates.

"The occupancy rates on flights to Chinese airports that have just begun to offer cross-strait flight services are low," said Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) director-general Lee Lung-wen.

Lee said that five domestic airlines had lowered ticket prices as per the CAA's request. The number of regular tickets bought online dropped by between 3 percent and 20 percent compared with charter flights.

However, Lee said that regular flights to Shanghai could only drop by about 1 percent because the Chinese government has capped the number of cross-strait flights departing and landing in the city.

Yesterday, both China Airlines (CAL,) and EVA Airways (EVA, ) operated 10 and nine cross-strait flights respectively. EVA's flights to Shanghai had an occupancy rate of 98 percent. Flights to Ningbo and Qingdao also had more than 80 percent of seats filled.

CAL's flights to Beijing and Shanghai were also packed. Its new services to Ningbo, Zhengzhou and Xian also had 90 percent seat occupancy.

Flights to Xiamen and Guangzhou dispatched by both airlines had around 60 percent to 70 percent occupancy.

China Southern Airlines dispatched six flights from Guangzhou, Shanghai, Guiyang, Guilin, Shenyang and Zhengzhou.

Airlines in China and Taiwan decided last week not to hold any inauguration ceremonies or festive events to celebrate the launch of regular cros=s-strait flight services because they considered it would be inappropriate in the aftermath of Typhoon Morakot.

In related news, some travel industry representatives yesterday expressed concern that the visit of the Dalai Lama might affect numbers of Chinese tourists.

Roget Hsu (?y), secretary-general of the Travel Agent Association, said that the nation receives an average of 1,000 applications per day for the entry of Chinese tourists, about 50 percent less than the industry had hoped.

"Aside from the disaster caused by Typhoon Morakot, and H1N1, the Dalai Lama's visit might have an impact on the market," Hsu said.
__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea  
Old September 4th, 2009, 06:07 AM   #400
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,926
Likes (Received): 18189

Cross-strait flights get off to weak start
3 September 2009
The China Post

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The regular weekday flights across the Taiwan Street got off to a lackluster start recently amid the growing number of A (H1N1) infection cases and the devastation caused by Typhoon Morakot in southern Taiwan, causing airlines of both sides to reduce their weekly flights or postpone the launch of new flight routes, according to industry sources.

Statistics compiled by the Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAC) showed that the average passenger loading rate of inaugural cross-strait regular weekday flights launched on August 31 reached only 60.6 percent, the lowest ratio of its kind seen since the direct chartered flights between Taiwan and China were kicked off on Dec. 15, 2008.

The tallies indicated that during the first week of the regular direct cross-strait flights, there will be only 253 flights scheduled to be operated across the Taiwan Strait, a cut of 17 from a maximum of 270 weekly flights between both sides allowed in the agreement reached by both sides.

Of airlines across the strait, EVA Airways decided to slash the number of its scheduled regular flights between Taiwan and China by four during the first week, and Trans Asia Airways canceled five scheduled flights. Meanwhile, Chinese airlines also canceled eight scheduled flights.

The average passenger occupation rate of 60.7 percent recorded for the inaugural flights on August 31 was even lower than the lowest corresponding rate of 67 percent registered during the last two weeks of direct chartered flights across the Taiwan Straits in August.

Executives with airlines and travel agencies attributed the lackluster performance to several reasons, including the number of inbound Chinese tourists having declined to only 700 a day, the surge in the A (H1N1) inflection cases, the disasters caused by Typhoon Morakot, poor economic performance and the adverse effects of Tibet's spiritual leader The Dalai Lama visiting Taiwan.

To counter, airlines in Taiwan and China are also forced to cancel their scheduled flights or postpone the launch of new flight routes between both sides.

EVA Airways, for instance, has decided to postpone the inauguration of its flights between Taipei-Wuhan and Taipei-Chongqing routes from Sept. 28 to the end of the year.

EVA Airways has also decided to reduce the number of its weekly flights between Taipei and Ningbo of Zhejiang Province to three from five.

Likewise, Trans Asia Airways will not launch its Taipei-Chengdu flight route until Sept. 21, instead of in the first operating week as originally scheduled.

Meanwhile, China Southern Airlines decided to postpone its Haikou-Taipei flight to the end of October from the original schedule of Sept.2.

On another front, travel agencies said that the ticket prices for cross-strait flights have declined significantly amid the low passenger loading ratio, with prices for Taipei-Guangzhou and Taipei-Xiamen flights falling under NT$5,000.

Executives of travel agencies said that the seat reservation rates for cross-strait regular flights in September, October and November are expected to linger at low levels due to some uncertain factors including the spread of A (H1N1) infection.
__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea  


Closed Thread

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Related topics on SkyscraperCity


All times are GMT +2. The time now is 09:37 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions Inc.
Feedback Buttons provided by Advanced Post Thanks / Like (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2018 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.

vBulletin Optimisation provided by vB Optimise (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2018 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.

SkyscraperCity ☆ In Urbanity We trust ☆ about us | privacy policy | DMCA policy

tech management by Sysprosium