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Old January 17th, 2005, 05:26 AM   #181
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波音7E7获中国大订单 三大航空集团拟购买50架


  国内三大航空集团拟从波音公司购买50架7E7飞机,协议预计下月签署
  被波音公司寄予厚望的“梦想飞机”7E7终于在中国市场上打了一个漂亮的翻身仗。记者昨日获悉,国内三大航空集团拟从波音公司购买50架7E7。如果双方最后达成协议,这将是继全日空航空之后,波音公司在其全新机型7E7上获得的最大订单。

  昨日,东航高层向记者透露,东航、国航以及南航,正在计划购买总计50架的波音7E7,其中,东航购买的数量大概在15架左右。而之前也曾有媒体报道,南航计划购买20架波音7E7。

  他透露,目前三大航空集团跟波音公司还在谈判当中。2月份,由民航总局和三大航空集团高层组成的代表团将赴美国波音总部考察,如果一切顺利,双方有望在那时签署协议。

  对于此次三大航空集团为何选择波音7E7,这位高层并未作过多解释,他只是说这是一款新机型,在技术上有一些创新。

  波音7E7是波音公司近十年来推出的唯一一款全新客机,也是波音公司寄望击败对手空客的“杀手锏”。但尽管波音公司一直不遗余力地在全球推广这款“梦想飞机”,效果并不如人意。

  自2003年12月波音公司董事会批准,向全球各航空公司提供波音7E7销售建议书,至今已经一年多,由客户宣布的波音7E7订单和承诺共计只有126架,其中56架达成确认合同。而此前7E7飞机的销售人员一直宣称,到2004年年底,他们会获得200架的订单。

  然而,如果此次来自中国的订单敲定,对于波音公司的7E7销售将是一个极大的鼓舞。而波音与空客在中国市场上的争夺局面,也将产生微妙的变化。

  根据空客对市场的预测,全球市场对中型飞机的需求将达到3000架。处于发展初级阶段的中国市场充满了巨大的潜力,对中型飞机的需求将占到其中的20%。面对此次波音在中型飞机上的先行一步,空客方面目前拒绝发表任何评价。

  基于对未来民航市场的判断是“小机型、多班次”,波音公司着力开发300座左右的波音7E7飞机,该系列飞机包括可载客200到300人的三种机型,航程为3500到8500海里(6500至16000公里)。

  波音公司称,波音7E7的油耗将比现有的同级别飞机低20%,能为航空公司多提供45%的货运能力,其飞行速度更可达到0.85马赫,可与当今最快的宽体飞机相媲美。(索佩敏)


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Old January 17th, 2005, 09:14 AM   #182
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(Hong Kong, 10 December 2004) - Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK) has been appointed by its Beijing counterpart to conduct a study on the flow management of its baggage sorting system. A report will be submitted to the Beijing Capital International Airport before the end of this year.

To cope with additional demand on baggage handling capacity from more flights and passengers, Beijing Airport has plans to enhance efficiency of its baggage sorting system.

This is the second consultancy study that AAHK has undertaken for Beijing. Last year, AAHK was enlisted to conduct a study on security systems.

The scope of this baggage sorting system consultancy includes a study into the operation procedures and efficiency of the baggage system at Beijing Airport's Terminal 2. Also included is an assessment of the ultimate and actual capacity of the baggage system, as well as the management systems.

AAHK's Chief Executive Officer, Dr David J Pang, said with rapid economic and transport integration of Hong Kong and the Mainland, the sharing of experience will help provide enhanced service to all mainland travellers. The better mutual understanding also provides a solid foundation for further cooperation.

AAHK's Airport Management Director, Mr Howard Eng, said as aviation hubs, both Beijing Airport and Hong Kong International Airport face the same challenge - the challenge to raise efficiency and at the same time enhance service quality. The exchange of experience and knowledge can further enhance the competitiveness of both airports.



Hong Kong and Shanghai airports cooperate to boost hub status



(HONG KONG, 13 December 2004) - The Airport Authority Hong Kong (AA) will share with the Shanghai Airport Authority (SAA) its expertise and experience in airport management.

The two major aviation hubs today signed an agreement for AA to provide consultancy services to its Shanghai counterpart, in areas including terminal flow management, retail business operation and air cargo development.

The consultancy services agreement follows an earlier consultancy service on baggage handling system for another mainland aviation hub, Beijing Capital International Airport.

For Shanghai, AA has conducted studies and will make recommendations on the city airport's terminal capacity and operational management; retail business strategies, and air cargo and logistics development.

A study has been carried out to identify the capacity constraints and areas for operation improvements at the existing terminal of Shanghai airport. Recommendations to enhance the flow of arriving and departing passengers and customer service will be provided for Shanghai to maximize the handling capacity of its current terminal until a second facility comes into place in 2008.

Retail business strategies, encompassing tenant and merchandise mix, marketing plan, and service standards, will be proposed to the SAA after a research is conducted on market demands.

AA has also completed a review of the West Cargo Logistics Park Development project, a master landuse plan for the air cargo and logistics expansion at Shanghai airport. The review will be followed by suggestions on aviation and customs policies, landuse demand and planning, as well as infrastructure enhancement.

AA's Chief Executive Officer Dr David J Pang said, "The consultancy services crystallize the Letter of Intent we signed with the Shanghai Airport Authority in October last year to strengthen exchanges and promote closer co-operation between the two airports.

"Shanghai Pudong International Airport and Hong Kong International Airport both play a pivotal role in promoting international air travel in the Yangtze River and Pearl River Delta respectively. Communication and co-operation will doubtlessly contribute to reinforcing competitiveness of the two airports, in turn contribute to the country's economic development."

SAA Chairman, Mr Wu Nianzu, said, "We are pleased to have the opportunity to share with AA the experience in managing an international airport. The collaboration of the two airports will add impetus to the expansion of the market place and consolidate the status in the international aviation industry, a vision that is common to both airports."

AA's Commercial Director, Mr Hans Bakker, commended the personnel of both airport authorities for their dedication and efforts. "A platform has been established for the sharing of airport management knowledge and experience among aviation professionals from the two cities. This will mark the beginning of long-term and on-going co-operation.

The consultancy services will complete in five months. Other forms of exchanges between the two airports, including visits, training and conferences will be organized to further cement ties between the two airports.

exchange of experience?? It looks like HK is giving one-way "exchange" of experience to China. Why does HK need experience from China anyway? What experience? HK airport is lot more efficient with great management skill than any airport in china.
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China Southern leases 9 Boeing B737-800 aircraft

HONG KONG, Jan 17 (Reuters) - China Southern Airlines Co. Ltd. said on Monday it has agreed to lease nine Boeing B737-800 aircraft from GE Capital Aviation Services for seven years.

China Southern said the aircraft will be delivered from April 2004 to February 2006, but it did not say how much it will pay to lease the planes.

The Chinese carrier said the deal will enable the company to expand its flight network and enhance its competitiveness and operating capability.

Shares of China Southern have risen 4 percent over the past three months to close at HK$2.725 on Friday.
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Beijing Capital Airport 2004 Passengers Up 43% On Year
17 January 2005

HONG KONG (Dow Jones)--Beijing Capital International Airport Co. (0694.HK) said Monday passenger traffic at the Chinese capital's airport rose 43% on year in 2004.

Around 34.9 million passengers used the airport during the year, of which 76% traveled on domestic routes, 20% on international routes, and 4% on Hong Kong and Macau routes.

The number of passengers traveling on domestic routes rose 41%, while passengers on both international routes and Hong Kong and Macau routes increased 51%.

The airline didn't give a reason for the increase, but the figures reflected a recovery from sharp falls in passenger numbers in 2003 due to the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome outbreak.

Aircraft takeoffs and landings at the airport rose 29% on year in 2004, it said. Of those, 78% were domestic flights, 18% were international and 4% were flights to Hong Kong and Macau.

The number of domestic flights rose 27% on year, international flights were up 38%, and Hong Kong and Macau flights increased 41%.

In 2004, the airport handled 668,690 metric tons of cargo and mail, up 1% from a year earlier.

-By Ruby Chan, Dow Jones Newswires; 852-2802-7002; [email protected]
-Edited by Sharon Buan [ 17-01-05 0506GMT ]
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Airbus confirms in talks to sell A380s to China

TOULOUSE, France, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Airbus, confirming for the first time in public that it is negotiating to sell its new A380 superjumbo planes to China, said on Tuesday it hoped to finalise the talks by late March.

"I am very confident about a Chinese order by Easter," Airbus chief Noel Forgeard told reporters at a media launch for the A380, the world's largest civil jet.

Forgeard did not name the airline involved.

Easter falls on March 27 this year.

Airbus has previously said it is in talks with an Asian airline and industry sources said the potential buyer was Chinese.

Forgeard also said the first test flight of the huge A380 would be in early April. Airbus is keeping the precise date under wraps.
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Wednesday January 19, 4:07 PM
Low-cost carriers a rising force in China's airline market

AP - Low-cost airlines will likely see business soar in the next decade in China - Asia's biggest domestic air travel market - finance company MasterCard International said in a report released Wednesday.

About 70 percent of China's 780 domestic routes are suitable for low-cost carriers, but the country's aviation industry has yet to capitalize on its potential, said the report, one of a series the company has released on Asian business trends.

China has a large airspace, a massive domestic market and easy connections with the rest of Asia, the report said.

"The real driver of change in the low-cost carrier industry is China," Yuwa Hedrick-Wong, MasterCard's economic adviser for the Asia Pacific region, said at a news conference on the report.

"When China starts to take the lead, the region will follow," Hedrick-Wong said.

The report estimated that low-cost carriers will account for 25 percent of the growth in air travel by 2013.

But it also pointed out numerous problems, chiefly a lack of basic transport infrastructure that is hindering investment in airlines, as well as an overly regulated market.

China has been on an airport-building binge and recently began accepting applications for new, privately owned budget airlines _ but low-cost air travel remains in its infancy.

"We are likely to see movement within China's low-cost carrier industry within the next 10 years," Hedrick-Wong said.
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Shanghai Airlines says earnings more than doubled

SHANGHAI, Jan 20 (Reuters) - Shanghai Airlines , China's fifth-largest carrier by fleet size, said its 2004 profit more than doubled from 2003, when the travel industry was hit by Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, or SARS.

While not giving specific figures, the airline said in an unaudited results announcement on Thursday that profit would be more that twice as much as 2003's 91.9 million yuan ($11.10 million).

Earnings per share -- also unaudited -- would rise 50 percent year on year from 0.13 yuan per share in 2003, the airline said in a filing to the Shanghai Securities News.

In the third quarter of 2004, Shanghai Airlines' net earnings dropped 37 percent year on year, due to soaring oil prices. ($1=8.276 Yuan)
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Old January 20th, 2005, 06:53 AM   #188
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Air Canada to Introduce Non-Stop Service to Beijing From Toronto

MONTREAL, Jan. 20 /CNW-AsiaNet/ - Air Canada today announced that effective June 2, 2005 it will introduce non-stop service between Toronto and Beijing, further building its main Toronto hub with more non-stop flights to Asia and creating the first-ever direct link between eastern Canada and mainland China. Air Canada will operate four non-stop flights per week from Toronto to the Chinese capital, complementing its daily non-stop flights to Beijing and Shanghai from Vancouver, and twice daily Hong Kong flights including new non-stop service from Toronto.

In addition, in response to increased demand on its Vancouver-Shanghai route, Air Canada will replace its 189-seat Boeing 767-300ER service with larger 282-seat A340-300 aircraft during the peak demand season beginning June 1, 2005. With these new services, Air Canada is boosting seating capacity between Canada and China by 16 per cent and providing freight forwarders with 45 per cent more cargo tonnage from one year ago.

"China is the fastest growing aviation market in the world, and Air Canada's global network is well positioned to meet the needs of international travellers and freight forwarders. With the introduction of the first non-stop service to Beijing from our main Toronto hub, Air Canada is bringing the Americas that much closer to mainland China," said Duncan Dee, senior vice president of Air Canada, who was in Beijing on the occasion of Canada's trade mission to China this week. "Growing our non-stop services to China from both eastern and western North America provides customers more flexibility and choice. Combined with our major expansion of services throughout Latin America, also via our Toronto hub, Air Canada offers international travellers between Asia and South America the added convenience of avoiding U.S. transit visa requirements."

With an elapsed time of 13 hours 20 minutes westbound and 13 hours eastbound, Air Canadas new Toronto-Beijing service will save travellers more than three and a half hours in each direction compared to the Vancouver routing. Air Canada will operate the new route using 282-seat A340-300 aircraft. With a 10:00 departure from Toronto on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday arriving in Beijing at 11:20 the next day, flight AC031 is timed to offer convenient morning connections from points throughout Air Canadas extensive global network, particularly in eastern Canada, the United States and Latin America. The eastbound flight, AC032, leaves Beijing at 13:20 on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, and arrives in Toronto at 14:20 the same day, providing maximum connecting options throughout the Americas.

With the addition of Toronto-Beijing non-stop service, Air Canada will offer customers up to 13 non-stop flights per day in each direction between Canada and eight destinations in Asia. From its main hub in Toronto, the carrier operates non-stop flights to Hong Kong, Tokyo, Seoul and Delhi, the only non-stop link between North America and India. From its Pacific Asian gateway in Vancouver, Air Canada serves Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya and Seoul with daily non-stop flights.

Air Canada has been ranked as the worlds safest airline, and in a 2002 survey of the worlds most frequent air travellers by travel information publisher OAG, Air Canada was voted best airline in North America for the second time in three years, and Air Canadas frequent flyer program, Aeroplan, was voted best in the world two years consecutively in 2002 and 2003.

Montreal-based Air Canada provides scheduled and charter air transportation for passengers and cargo to more than 150 destinations on five continents. Canada's flag carrier is the 13th largest commercial airline in the world and serves more than 27 million customers annually. Air Canada is a founding member of Star Alliance providing the world's most comprehensive air transportation network.
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New airlines to take off for holidays
January 24, 2005

The mainland's fledgling private airline industry may take off in the first half, using busy holiday travel seasons to get their services off to a good start, state media said.

The first group of private airlines may begin operations during the week-long May Day public holiday, China Business Weekly reported Sunday, citing unnamed industry observers.

New rules by civil aviation authorities that took effect last week have set a low bar for entrants into the industry, allowing anyone with three planes to run an airline.

The rules, as reported earlier by China News Service, also permit foreigners to have up to 25 percent ownership in the companies.

At least three private-sector airline operators have received approval and plan to offer no-frills services, China Business Weekly said.

They include United Eagle Airlines in southwestern Chengdu, Air Spring in Shanghai and Okay Airways near Beijing, according to the paper.

It quoted United Eagle spokesman Hu Wenbin as saying the company's first three planes, all leased, could be in place before the end of the month.

Also suggesting an early start for the company, it placed an order of 350,000 metric tons of aviation fuel with China Aviation Oil last month, according to the paper.

United Eagle is likely to focus on offering cheap flights to the western frontier region, it said.

The main business for Shanghai-based Air Spring will be chartered flights and regional services within the mainland, according to the report.

Okay Airways will operate out of Binhai International Airport, about 200 kilometers from the capital, and will probably seek to carve out a niche for itself in the cargo business, the paper reported.

It cited unconfirmed reports that a fourth company, Huaxia Airlines, has also obtained approval to operate. The company is headquartered in southwestern Chongqing municipality.

No-frill carriers are spreading rapidly across Asia, with names such as Singapore's Tiger Airways, Malaysia's AirAsia and Thailand's Nok Air challenging established airlines.

Concerns have emerged in China that the industry will be crowded with large numbers of more or less qualified entrants, China Business Weekly reported.

The opening offered by the new rules could mean that eventually "every man and woman with deep pockets or financial backing from abroad" will want to set up an airline, it said.

The liberalization of a sector that a generation ago was still considered quasi-military is part of the mainland's struggle to meet demand for airline services, which is growing faster than the economy as a whole.

According to preliminary statistics from the civil aviation authorities, passenger volume topped 100 million last year, a rise of 38 percent from 2003.

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CHANGE THE NAMES..united eagle sounds so american...air spring sounds so chinese..and the okay airways sounds not ok...
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China Aviation Indus To Focus On Competition - Analyst
24 January 2005
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China's tightly controlled aviation industry's reform process will focus on improving greater competition among airlines in 2005, Peter Harbison, managing director of Sydney-based Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation, or CAPA, said Monday.

'Changes in China's agenda include giving airlines freedom to choose routes and frequencies, set fares, and negotiate airport charges,' he said.

Last year, rapid liberalization and resurgent traffic growth dominated China's aviation industry, which bounced back after the SARS outbreak in 2003.

Chinese airlines' passenger growth rose 37% year-on-year to 120 million in 2004. Total profit by the country's airlines and airports last year was CNY8.7 billion - equivalent to the Chinese aviation industry's accumulated profit over the past 10 years.

The Chinese aviation authority expects the industry to grow 15% this year.

Budget airlines will also enter the mainland China market this year, Harbison said in a report issued at an aviation conference.

Starting with Qantas Airways Ltd.'s (QAN.AU) Singapore-based affiliate Jetstar Asia services to Shanghai, more budget airlines, including Singapore Airlines Ltd.'s (S55.SG) Tiger Airways, Thailand's Nok Air and Malaysia's AirAsia Bhd. (5099.KU), are expected to follow suit.

'While this will intensify pressure on yields, particularly to Southeast Asia, the pressures for new entry will also provoke liberalized access to new gateways,' Harbison said in the report.

Another challenge will be finding enough skilled personnel to accommodate demand, CAPA analyst Ian Thomas said.

China trains 900 pilots a year, less than half of the 2,000 pilots required to fly Chinese airlines' domestic and international routes.

As a result, Chinese airlines will increasingly need to send their pilots overseas for training in countries like the U.S. and Australia, Thomas said.

He also said the airlines would need to hire foreign crew to accommodate the airlines' growth. He said this will add to Chinese airlines' annual costs.

-By Abdul Hadhi, Dow Jones Newswires; 65/6415-4153; [email protected]
-Edited by Sharon Vong
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Shenzhen Airlines dumps Boeing for Airbus over price: report

BEIJING, Jan 24 (AFP) - China's Shenzhen Airlines placed a one billion dollar order for 20 Airbus aircraft after its negotiations with Boeing fell through over pricing, state media reported Monday.

Shenzhen Airlines' purchase was part of a China National Aero-Equipment Import-Export Group contract signed with Airbus on December 6 in Beijing for 23 A320-series planes, the China Daily said.

All Chinese airlines make purchases through the state company.

Shanghai-based newspaper the Oriental Morning Post said Shenzhen Airlines, which has in the past only bought planes from Boeing, abandoned negotiations with the US company when they could not agree over pricing.

The report did not say when the negotiations took place.

A Shenzhen Airlines spokesman declined to confirm the report while an Airbus spokesman in Beijing said he was not aware of the order. Boeing was not available for comment.

China's commercial airline market is expected to be one of the world's largest in the coming years. Airbus has said it aims to raise its share of the Chinese fleet from some 25 percent presently to 50 percent soon.
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British Airways Plans To Start Shanghai Flights
25 January 2005
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LONDON (Dow Jones)--British Airways Tuesday said that it plans to start flights this summer from London Heathrow to Shanghai in China, subject to approval by the Chinese authorities.

Robert Boyle, the airline's director of commercial planning, said: "We have flown to both Hong Kong and Beijing for many years and are keen to start services to Shanghai. The city is the powerhouse of the Chinese economy and, as the economy continues to grow, we believe there will be a great demand for our flights.

"Shanghai Pudong airport is due to open a second runway and we are talking to the Chinese authorities about securing take-off and landing slots in Shanghai for our flights. We hope to fly five times a week with a Boeing 777 aircraft."

British Airways said that its Shanghai plans have been boosted by the news that the British and Chinese governments have agreed to changes in travel visa rules which will make it easier for Chinese citizens to visit the U.K.

The airline flies currently from London Heathrow to Beijing four times each week with a Boeing 777 aircraft. This will increase to six times per week from June 2005.

British Airways flies also 17 times a week from London Heathrow to Hong Kong with a Boeing 747 aircraft, which will increase to 21 flights a week from June 2005.
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Air China to buy 20 A330-200 aircraft from Airbus

HONG KONG, Jan 27 (Reuters) - Air China Ltd. , the country's biggest airline, said on Thursday it has agreed to buy 20 A330-200 aircraft from Airbus.

Air China said the catalog price for the planes was about US$2.86 billion, but said the total consideration for the deal was lower.

The airline said the aircraft will be delivered between mid-2006 and the end of 2008. The deal, which has been approved by its parent China National Aviation Holding Co., will be funded through cash from the company's operations and commercial bank loans.

The new planes "will principally serve routes to international destinations in Europe, Australia, North America and certain key domestic destinations such as Lhasa," Air China said in a statement.

Airbus -- controlled by European aerospace giant EADS -- and rival Boeing Co. are trying to tap into China's growth.

Both aircraft makers are trying to sell the country their latest and most expensive planes -- the Boeing 7E7 wide-body jet and the Airbus superjumbo A380.

Airbus CEO Noel Forgeard was quoted earlier this month as saying that China would probably buy the A380 soon, adding that he expected Air China to use the 555-seat double-decker jets for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Airbus is aiming to boost its share of China's commercial aviation market to 50 percent from a current 25 percent.

Boeing has predicted that China will become the world's second-largest commercial aviation market, behind the United States, within 20 years.

The company says China will need 2,300 planes over the next two decades as increasingly well-off Chinese take to the air.

Shares of Air China have dropped 10 percent to HK$2.675 since the stock debuted in Hong Kong on Dec. 15.

(US$1=HK$7.8)
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ANA to boost Japan-China flights in FY 2005

(Kyodo) _ All Nippon Airways announced Thursday a group business plan for the coming fiscal year, featuring an increase in flights to and from China.

For the year starting in April, ANA intends to boost the number of its round-trip flights by 28 to operate 140 flights per week between Japan and China, it said.

ANA said it aims to respond to business-related demand by operating new flights linking Hangzhou with Narita airport near Tokyo and Chubu Centrair International Airport near Nagoya.

ANA will also consider flying larger aircraft between Tokyo's Haneda airport and Seoul's Kimpo airport, a route that an increasing number of travelers take.
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Air Europa plans flights to China starting May 22

MADRID, Jan 27 (AFP) - Air Europa, Spains's third largest airline, said Thursday it would begin flights to China on May 22, two per week from Madrid to Shanghai and two a week from Madrid to Beijing.

The announcement by Air Europa came during the Spanish International Tourism Fair that opened here Wednesday.

The new service was made possible thanks to an accord reached in late November between Spain and China to increase the number of weekly direct flights between the two countries to 21.

Air Europa, established in 1986, operates 32 aircraft.
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Chinese Airlines Order 60 Boeing Jetliners


This computer-generated image provided bythe Boeing Co. Friday, Jan. 28, 2005 shows the tail logos of the six Chinese airlines who have agreed to order 60 of Boeing Co.'s 7E7 jetliners. The $7.2 billion agreement is the largest firm order to date for the much-hyped plane, which Boeing renamed Friday as the 787 Dreamliner. From left, the tail logos of Air China, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Hainan Airlines, Shanghai Airlines and Xiamen Airlines are shown. (AP Photo/Courtesy Boeing Co.)

AP - Chinese airlines signed an agreement with The Boeing Co. on Friday to order 60 of its new fuel-efficient 7E7 jetliners in a deal the company hopes will boost orders for the plane worldwide.

The $7.2 billion agreement is the largest firm order to date for the much-hyped plane, which Boeing renamed the 787 Dreamliner on Friday.

The plane, which will be able to fly nonstop to China from a host of U.S. cities, will be delivered in time for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Boeing and Chinese officials said.

At a signing ceremony at the Commerce Department, U.S. and Chinese officials called the agreement an important milestone in trade relations between the two countries.

China has been criticized in recent months for a swelling trade gap with the United States. The U.S. trade deficit with China through November was more than $147 billion, the largest trade deficit the United States has with any nation.

The announcement also gives Chicago-based Boeing a boost in its competition with European rival Airbus SAS for business in China, the world's fastest-growing airplane market.

The intensity of that rivalry was illustrated Friday as China Southern Airlines _ one of the six airlines involved in the Boeing deal _ also signed an order in Paris for five Airbus A380 "superjumbos." The deal for the 555-seat A380 is worth $1.4 billion at list prices.

Boeing has emphasized the flexibility and fuel efficiency of the 787 Dreamliner, which seats 217 to 289 passengers with a range of up to 8,500 nautical miles. Boeing says the jet will be 20 percent more fuel-efficient than comparable planes now on the market.

Li Hai, president of China Aviation Supply Co., a government agency that oversees China's airlines, said in Washington that China respects both jet makers.

"We believe both Airbus and Boeing manufacture an excellent aircraft. The fact we are here today ... fully shows the confidence of Chinese airlines in Boeing's product," he said.

Alan Mulally, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, called the Chinese order "a real validation" of the 787's potential market, and said the order's progress would be "watched very carefully" by airlines around the world.

Aerospace industry analyst Richard Aboulafia said the Chinese order is welcome relief for Boeing, which had watched as Airbus received a host of significant orders in recent months.

"There was a real concern that (Boeing) would be increasingly marginalized, because of its aging product portfolio, and obviously the 7E7 is reinvigorating their market standing," said Aboulafia, of the Fairfax, Va.-based Teal Group.

The new plane "had a very strong appeal to the Chinese," Aboulafia said. "Right now there are very few direct flights to Beijing or Shanghai from the U.S. Most of them stop somewhere."

Other Chinese airlines ordering the planes are China Eastern, Air China, Hainan, Xiamen and Shanghai airlines.

The 787 Dreamliner is scheduled to go into service in 2008. It competes with the A350 that Airbus plans to put into service by 2010.

Friday's pact brings to 116 the number of firm orders for the 787, Mulally said, adding that Boeing has tentative orders for another 70 planes.

Boeing has said the 787 will be priced at about $120 million each, although airlines usually negotiate discounts for large orders. The plane will be assembled in Everett, Wash., about 30 miles north of Seattle.

Mulally said the new order should produce a "modest" boost in jobs in the Puget Sound region. The more significant value is winning the confidence of China, which he said conducts among the most thorough evaluations of airplanes in the world.

While politics plays a role in any action involving the two countries, "the most important thing (for an airline) is to pick an airplane that works for you and makes you successful," Mulally said.

The largest order by a single airline for the 787 was placed last spring, when All Nippon Airways of Japan ordered 50.
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Airbus, Boeing throw down the gauntlet for China

SHANGHAI : China's purchases of more than 11 billion dollars' worth of Airbus and Boeing jets last week highlights the increasing importance of the Chinese aviation market as the two rivals battle for supremacy of the skies.

On Thursday flag carrier Air China agreed to a long-rumored deal to buy 20 A330-200 aircraft from Airbus worth 2.86 billion dollars, prompting French Transport Minister Gilles de Robien to call it a "political victory."

Celebrations at Airbus were shortlived however as US-based Boeing trumped its European foe with its own multi-billion dollar deal to sell its new fuel-efficient 787 Dreamliner to six Chinese airlines.

Boeing, which formally renamed the jet the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, signed Friday a preliminary agreement in Washington with Chinese officials for 60 aircraft worth 7.2 billion dollars based on catalog prices.

Air China, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Hainan Airlines, Shanghai Airlines and Xiamen Airlines will have at least one of the new 200-plus seaters by the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the company said.

"The 787's advantages in efficiency, economics, environmental performance and passenger comfort are perfectly matched for China's growing, world-class aviation system," said Alan Mulally, president and chief executive of Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

Not to be outdone, Airbus too signed another breakthrough deal Friday, this time for its new giant A380 to be delivered to China Southern Airlines, one of the country's top three carriers.

At list price, the order for five of the 555-seater superjumbos, the first sold in China, tops 1.4 billion dollars in a deal Airbus parent European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS) has been waiting to sign for months.

Analysts said the see-saw announcements underscore the high-flying stakes between Chicago-based Boeing and its larger rival as they maneuver for orders in China, where annual economic growth of more than nine percent has ramped up demand for air travel.

"The competition between the two manufacturers is very intense," said Li Lei, an airlines analyst at Huaxia Securities.

With both manufacturers locked in a global dogfight for sales of their new jets, China, which is expected to build up a fleet of 2,800 craft over the next 20 years and become the world's second-largest commercial aviation market after the United States, is a key battleground.

"In the longer term, China is going to be a very big market. There's going to be demand for a lot of different types of aircraft," said Peter Negline, an analyst from JP Morgan.

Boeing currently has more than a 60 percent market share in China but has lost ground over the past decade to Airbus, which aims to raise the share of its jets in the Chinese fleet from around 25 percent to 50 percent in the near future.

"Currently, Airbus is developing more quickly in China than Airbus," Li said. "But I think that the domination of Boeing will not change in the short run."

Last year Airbus soared toward its goal, outpacing its US rival here with orders for 58 aircraft, but Boeing's newest agreement bodes well for the company as it seeks to overcome disappointing sales of the 787.

"The 787 is an aircraft that will arguably fit very well into the operating fleets of a number of the airlines in China," said Negline.

That would be good news for Boeing which last year fell well short of its goal of getting 200 firm orders worldwide for the Dreamliner by the end of 2004. It managed only 56, with a further 126 declarations of intent.

Airbus in the meantime, including deliveries to China Southern, has a total 154 global orders for its A380.

But to continue winning orders in China both manufacturers will also have to navigate the fickle winds of Sino-European and Sino-American politics, analysts said.

"In China, the purchases of planes is not decided only by the airline companies, it depends on the willingness of the government," Li said.

Chris Sendor, an aviation analyst at DBS Securities in Singapore, added: "I am sure China is going to spread the wealth as far as who they are going to buy from."

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China Eastern used to fly Madrid-Shanghai route..it was cancelled because it's unprofitable..
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China Eastern says to buy 15 Boeing B7E7

HONG KONG, Jan 31 (Reuters) - China Eastern Airlines Corp. Ltd. said on Monday it will buy 15 Boeing B7E7 aircraft from Boeing Co. but terms have yet to be discussed.

The airline said the planes were part of an agreement that China's import agency signed with Boeing last week. The deal for 60 new wide-body aircraft is worth US$7.2 billion.

No financial details were available.

China Eastern's shares, which have risen 8 percent over the past three months, edged up 0.62 percent to HK$1.62 in mid morning trade on Monday.
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