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Old January 31st, 2005, 05:44 AM   #201
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International Destinations to and from Guangzhou:

Adis Ababa, Amsterdam, Bangkok, Detroit, Frankfurt*, Fukouka, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Khaborsk, Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur, Kuching, Helsinki*, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Macau, Melbourne, Munich, Nagoya*, Osaka, Paris, Phnom Penh, San Fransisco*, Seoul, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo
*Inaugrated destination by an airline for this year-2005
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Old January 31st, 2005, 08:10 PM   #202
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Chinese Airlines Achieve Normal Flight Ratio of 83.18% Q4 in 2004
China Industry Daily News
2005-1-31

Chinese airlines achieved a normal flight ratio of 83.18 percent in the fourth quarter of last year, with luggage and goods error rates standing at 0.0423 percent and 0.0045 percent respectively, the General Administration of Civil Aviation of China announced on January 28.

During the fourth quarter, Chinese airlines operated a total of 309,486 flights, including 257,430 normal flights and and 52,056 that were classified as non-normal flights.

China's Sichuan Airlines topped others with a normal flight ratio of 87.23 percent. However, China's three largest airlines, China Southern Airlines, China Eastern Airlines and Air China, scored the lowest in normal flight ratios among China's nine airlines.

Meanwhile, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines and Air China topped all Chinese airlines in the number of complaints received, receiving 26, 27 and 19 complaints respectively. Shenzhen Airlines and Sichuan Airlines were complaint-free.

Shenzhen Airlines, Shanghai Airlines and Orient Airlines topped all Chinese airlines in luggage error ratio rates, with rates of 0.0729 percent, 0.069 percent and 0.0645 percent respectively. On the other hand, Hainan Airlines, China Southern Airlines and Xiamen Airlines had the lowest luggage error rates of 0.0052 percent, 0.0069 percent and 0.0399 percent respectively.
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Old February 1st, 2005, 04:42 AM   #203
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really great airpots and to me Guangzhou is the best by far, really awesome airport.

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Old February 1st, 2005, 05:18 AM   #204
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Traveling abroad popular for Spring Festival
31 January 2005
By Qian Chunxian

BEIJING, Jan. 31 (Xinhua) -- With only one week before China's lunar new year, it is a tradition to clean the house, prepare for food and purchase gifts. However, Zou Peiyuan, a law firm employee, bought airplane tickets for his family trip.

"It is the first time that our whole family spent the New Year' s eve on board," Zou said, "when we arrive in Australia, it will be the beginning of the Rooster year. Of course, it is summer time. "

Air hostess Li Yan of Air China will welcome the first sunlight of the new year on board for the third time. "We will prepare special meal and interactive program for passengers on that day. Cabin crew and passengers will have a very good time," she said.

She added when she spent her first new year working a flight five years ago, the seats were less than 40 percent filled. Most of passengers were business people who could not return home before the spring festival because of a heavy work load. They were all anxiously looking at their watches, she said.

According to Chinese tradition, the whole family will stay at home and having a reunion dinner on the new year's eve.

But in the past two years, the plane has become increasingly crowded, mainly with tourists.

Statistics from Beijing travel agencies indicated that the number of outbound tourists will reach 28,000 this year, hitting the record high. Shanghai, Guangzhou and other big cities all have similar numbers.

"It used to be a quiet period in the airport years ago, nowadays, however, it becomes even busier than ordinary days," said Xu Zhanxiang, who worked in Beijing Capital Airport for nearly 20 years. The outbound and domestic tourists shared the market by half.

The outbound visitors will fly to traditional destinations such as Australia, Japan as well as new destinations such as Mauritius, Kenya, Italy and France.

Up to 300 flights nationwide will be added from February 6 to 10 on average daily, in order to meet the demand of passengers. The total passenger volume is expected to reach 12.6 million during the spring festival, up 12.5 percent compared with the previous year.
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Old February 3rd, 2005, 03:34 PM   #206
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China's airlines coordinate pricing to improve profits

BEIJING, Feb 2 (AFP) - China's major airlines are coordinating ticket pricing on key routes to improve profits, one of the airlines said Wednesday.

"Air China, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines and Hainan Airlines are our code-sharing partners, but we also cooperate on pricing, especially on trunk routes such as between Shanghai and Beijing," a Hainan Airlines official said.

"That has been going on for quite some time now and has helped us avoid a price war," said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Hainan is China's fourth largest carrier and is partly owned by US financier George Soros.

It was not clear whether the country's smaller carriers, such as Shanghai Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines and Shandong Airlines, were also involved.

China Eastern declined comment while Air China and China Southern could not be reached.

The Financial Times reported Wednesday that the government has been gradually easing controls on airline ticket pricing, leading to price-cutting by the major players in the past.

Chen Feng, chairman of Hainan Airlines' parent HNA Group, told the paper the government, which has pushed consolidation in the industry in recent years, was "encouraging" the cooperation on prices.

He said the agreements helped airline profits recover last year after being hit in 2003 by the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome outbreak.

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

Industry analysts quoted by the newspaper said they were skeptical about the extent of the collaboration since China's carriers are competing for market share.
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AirAsia to launch low-cost carrier venture in China by year-end: official

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 2 (AFP) - Malaysia's AirAsia, Asia's biggest and pioneering budget carrier on Wednesday said it plans to launch a low-cost venture in China by the end of 2005.

"We have already began talks with a few potential partners. It is progressing well. We definately hope to begin operation by the end of 2005," a top company official told AFP on condition of anonymity.

The official said the Chinese business venture would be similar to the Thai AirAsia model.

Thai AirAsia is a joint venture between AirAsia, with 49 percent, and Thai telecommunications giant Shin Corp., owned by the family of Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, which holds 51 percent.

The official said the planned China carrier would be based in southern China where most of the Malaysian business interests are located.

"We will mount flights to China from Thailand and Malaysia," he added.

Last December, AirAsia announced it would buy 40 Airbus aircraft and exercise the option to buy another 40 A320 jets, adding that it would launch flights to China by March to maintain its position as Asia's leading budget airline.

The new aircraft would be introduced gradually into AirAsia's fleet, including its Indonesian and Thai subsidiaries, with the first due for delivery in January 2006.

AirAsia chief executive Tony Fernandes said previously that Chinese authorities had given AirAsia preliminary approval to fly to China and it expected to start flights by March.

The airline is in the midst of securing approvals to fly to key Chinese cities such as Xiamen, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Chongqing and Hainan from Bangkok through its subsidiary Thai AirAsia.

Fernandes said the first destination in mainland China would likely be Xiamen. AirAsia already flies to Macau, the former Portuguese colony.

Analysts said AirAsia's entry into China would boost its revenue given strong trade ties and the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

Malaysia was China's seventh-largest export market last year, while the mainland was Malaysia's fourth biggest.

Launched as a budget carrier in December 2001 with just two aircraft, AirAsia has defied the sceptics to become a significant player.

AirAsia currently has 26 Boeing 737 aircraft which will be phased out as the Airbus aircraft arrive.

AirAsia is targeting markets within three hours flight time of its hub, which gives it access to a 500 million population in SouthEast Asia, with operations in Malaysia, Thailand and prospectively in Indonesia.

It is also looking to India and the Philippines.
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Old February 3rd, 2005, 06:01 PM   #208
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Air Mauritius offers to provide services during Chinese New Year
02 February 2005

Text of report by Mauritius newspaper L'Express web site on 2 February

Mauritius is one of China's most favoured destinations, says yesterdays edition of the China daily.

Besides traditional destinations such as Australia and Japan, the Chinese now favour Mauritius, Kenya, Italy and France, said the article.

Forecasts by Beijing travel agents predict that some 28,000 Chinese will spend New Year's day abroad. This is a record number. Other megapolis, such as Shanghai and Guangzhou, also expect a record number of departures for the New Year celebrations.

In order to deal with the growing number of travellers, some extra 300 internal flights have been planned between 6 and 10 February when the number of passengers will rise to 12.6m.

During his recent visit to China, Prime Minister Paul Berenger said that it is possible for this country to authorize Air Mauritius to serve Shanghai, Beijing and Canton from Hongkong. It is now up to Air Mauritius to decide on destination it would like to serve.
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Vinci sells interest in Beijing airport

PARIS, Feb 4 (Reuters) - French construction giant Vinci has sold its 3.4 percent stake in Beijing airport operator BCIA through a sale on the Hong Kong stock market, it said on Friday.

The sale, which brought Vinci some 41 million euros after tax, will have no impact on its results, and came as part of an investment strategy that involves relinquishing minority stakes in airport firms in which it has no operational role, it said in a statement.
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The sky's the limit for aviation in China
Hainan Airlines has eight 7E7s on order

By MURE DICKIE
02 February 2005
Financial Times

When the southern Chinese island province of Hainan decided to set up an airline in 1993, it could muster only Rmb10m (USDollars 1.2m) in initial investment - not enough, as one history of the company relates, "to buy even half an aircraft wing".

Hainan Airlines has come a long way since then. Last week, the carrier, now the core of China's fourth largest airline group, placed an order for eight new Boeing 7E7s with a list price of USDollars 960m.

That deal - part of a package of orders for 60 7E7s from Chinese airlines - offers only a hint of the ambitions harboured by Shanghai-listed Hainan Airlines and its parent HNA.

Chen Feng, HNA's ebullient chairman, says that in the next five to seven years the group wants to expand its fleet from 104 aircraft to about 200 - acquiring up to 20 new aircraft a year.

"We have two goals," Mr Chen says. "The first is to establish a high-quality aviation brand for the Chinese people and the second is to create a world-class company for China."

Such ambitions rest in part on the belief that China's newly consolidated aviation market is poised for a sustained period of expansion of more than 20 per cent a year, as the country's economic development sends annual income per head above USDollars 1,000.

Hainan Airlines has become the only regional airline that can significantly challenge the dominance of the country's three big airline groups, Air China, China Southern and China Eastern.

It has done so in part by being early to tap domestic stock markets to increase its capital base and by attracting investment from the likes of George Soros, the billionaire financier, who holds a 14.8 per cent stake in the listed company.

HNA is now preparing a big restructuring that will merge Hainan Airlines with other carriers acquired during a wave of government- sponsored consolidation in the sector. And Mr Chen is hoping to attract new investors through a private placement, while also considering a possible overseas listing for HNA's airline operations.

He is also optimistic that HNA can avoid the kind of loss-making pricing that has undermined Chinese airlines in the past.

HNA still faces considerable challenges, however. The group is still much smaller than the three big airlines. Even by Mr Chen's count, HNA has only 12 per cent of the market compared with Air China's 23 per cent, China Southern's 21 and China Eastern's 19 - an imbalance that could make it relatively vulnerable if price pacts break down.

Some observers are critical of a lack of clarity about the operations of the group, which also operates hotels and airports. Hainan Airlines was recently rapped by regulators for failing to disclose a transfer of Rmb440m to a trading company in Shaanxi Province.

Such complaints suggest that HNA might be wise to make disclosure a more prominent part of its much vaunted corporate culture.

After all, Mr Chen puts great store by the cultivation of moral values among HNA staff.

All group employees are required to read a 253-page tome on "Chinese traditional culture", edited by Mr Chen.

And Mr Chen, a high-profile member of China's ruling and atheist Communist party, is eclectic in his approach to corporate governance. Along with the words of the sages, HNA also looks to US corporate trend-setter General Electric for inspiration.

"HNA's corporate culture is a harmonious combination of east and west," he says. "It has the essence of traditional Chinese culture and also has the western 'Six Sigma' management method."
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Air China Considers Lease of Super-Jumbo A380

BEIJING, Feb 4 Asia Pulse - Airbus China claimed yesterday that national flag carrier Air China could become another operator of the super-jumbo A380 of the European aviation giant, which recently won a big deal from China Southern Airlines.

Airbus China President Laurence Barron told China Daily yesterday that Air China is negotiating the lease of two of the double-decker jets with the International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC).

"We expect a deal to be hammered out between the two sides, so that at least two airliners can use the A380 to serve the 2008 Beijing Olympics," Barron said.

ILFC has ordered five A380 passenger planes and five A380 freighters from Airbus.

According to the executive, Airbus and Air China enjoy close and sound business ties, as the Chinese flag carrier placed orders for 20 A330-200s in January and six A319s last year.

"These are all near-term transactions. We are also talking about other long-term deals with Air China, including the possible purchase of the A380 double-decker."

But the possibility of Air China directly purchasing the A380 remains unclear.

"It is still early to talk about the possibility. Our priority now is to wait and see whether the negotiations between ILFC and Air China can bear fruit," Barron stressed.

Air China remained tightlipped on the issue yesterday. "So far, I have not received any notice about the possible deal on the A380, no matter whether it is about leasing or purchasing," said Wang Yongsheng, Air China's press officer.

Another official from Air China's marketing department said on condition of anonymity that the carrier still remains hesitant about purchasing the A380.

Barron admitted that the possibility of China Eastern Airlines purchasing the A380 may also take quite some time.

"It may take some time for China Eastern to make a decision. But we believe airlines such as China Eastern will be interested in the giant plane, as their international business develops further in the future," Barron said.

For the time being, carriers like China Eastern still find it reasonable to operate their international long-haul routes using the Airbus A340.

But as the market further expands, they will come to the conclusion that larger and more efficient transport planes are essential to fly more passengers and to cope with more intense competition, Barron explained.

The Airbus regional manager also believes that the freighter version of the A380 will be successful in China since the country is in desperate need of more cargo capacity.

But since the A380 freighter will not be available for delivery until 2008, most of the attention is now on the passenger version.

"Anyway, it (the A380 freighter) will be an ideal cargo transporter and it is quite feasible for it to be operated on China routes," Barron said.

Airbus last month unveiled the A380, the world's biggest civil aircraft, in Toulouse. Shortly afterwards, the European aircraft manufacturer announced it received orders for five super-jumbo A380 planes from China Southern Airlines.

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Boeing forecasts weekly flights between China, Europe to quadruple in 20 yrs
7 February 2005

BEIJING (AFX) - Weekly flights between China and Europe will more than quadruple over the next 20 years on robust demand for inter-continental air traffic, Boeing Co vice-president Randy Baseler, said.

There were 26 Europe to China city pairings, with 406 weekly flights, in 2003, a figure that will grow to 114 and 1,674 respectively by 2023, Baseler said in a statement.

'In my mind, the potential for new city pairs and frequency of flights between China and the world is virtually unlimited,' he said.

China has 12 cities with a population of five mln or more, as compared to just five metro areas each for Europe and North America, Baseler said.

Boeing last month signed a preliminary deal with six Chinese airlines for 60 787 jets, also known as the 7E7, with a listing price of 7.2 bln usd.

The jets, to be delivered from 2008, will seat between 200 to 300 passengers and consume 20 pct less fuel than existing planes of comparable size.

Chinese carriers that placed initial orders for 787s include flag carrier Air China, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines , Hainan Airlines, Shanghai Airlines and Xiamen Airlines.

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China's Shenzhen Airlines to Purchase Its First Airbus 320

BEIJING, Feb 8 Asia Pulse - Shenzhen Airlines, based in Shenzhen City in south China's Guangdong Province, has signed an agreement with Airbus on the purchase of an Airbus 320, the first to be recruited into its fleet.

An official with the Shenzhen Airlines said the newly-purchased aircraft has more than 150 seats, which will be reduced to about 130 after it is delivered at the end of April this year.

Cutting the number of seats will enlarge the space between seats that will make passengers feel comfortable, the official said.

Launched in 1992 and becoming operational in 1993, Shenzhen airline company now has eight Boeing 737s. The airlines flies more than 30 domestic air routes linking Shenzhen with Beijing, Shanghai, Wuhan, Nanjing, Harbin, Chengdu and Haikou, among others.

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Low-Cost Air Travel in China May Be About to Take Off
By Mei Fong
8 February 2005
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IT TAKES three days for Tang Ronghua to journey by bus from the bustling coastal city of Wenzhou, where she works at a shoe factory, to the green farmlands of her hometown, Nanchong. She describes a nightmarish trek: the constant search for "toilets" by roadside bushes, the sweaty aroma of hundreds of bodies packed in close proximity, the fares that take a 40% bite out of her monthly salary, which amounts to about $120.

But this year, for the first time, the 23-year-old migrant worker took to the skies for the Chinese New Year holiday, which starts tomorrow. She paid the equivalent of $94 for a comfortable, 2 1/2-hour flight on Sichuan Airlines that took her close to home. Cleaving through the clouds was "just like science fiction," Ms. Tang recalls after arriving in Nanchong. She wonders how close she was to the moon.

Air travel in China, long a luxury enjoyed mainly by well-to-do or business travelers, is set to become more affordable for average Chinese over the next few years, industry analysts say. Recent plane-buying sprees by China's state-owned airlines have increased capacity, and competition is growing from low-cost, no-frills private airlines. At the same time, rising incomes are making it possible for more Chinese to fly.

Few expect JetBlue-style discounting to come to China's heavily regulated airline industry anytime soon. Still, foreign carriers are taking note of the popularization of air travel: Companies such as UAL Corp.'s United Airlines, Northwest Airlines Corp. and Japan's All Nippon Airways are increasing international routes from China and launching promotions for Chinese tourists. A China-U.S. aviation agreement last year will more than double the number of U.S. airlines allowed to serve China and quadruple weekly flights between the countries during the next few years.

The less expensive fares are a boon for inhabitants of the country ranked fourth in the world by area, where epic journeys by rail and road still are the norm and less than 10% of the population travels by air. Ms. Tang and thousands of other migrant workers are taking their first plane ride ever this holiday season. Many are taking advantage of deep discounts from regional airlines targeting travelers celebrating the start of the Year of the Rooster.

Private airlines also are poised to begin offering cheaper fares soon. Last year, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) began allowing private companies to operate domestic flights; some may start flying early this year. Okay Airways, of Beijing, which has studied the business models of European budget carriers such as easyJet, says it will start services in March. United Eagle Airlines, based in the southwestern city of Chengdu, plans to offer cheap flights in western China; it has signed jet-lease contracts and is awaiting aircraft delivery.

China's new plane purchases by new and incumbent airlines are expected to boost seat capacity 15% during the next two years, industry analysts say. Last month, China's state-owned airlines collectively bought 60 Boeing 787s, the largest order for Boeing Co.'s new medium-haul jet.

The record for service and profitability in China's aviation industry has been "horrid," says Kevin O'Connor, head of transport research at CLSA Asia-Pacific Markets, Hong Kong. "But that's changing quickly." Indeed, China's aviation industry last year notched $1.04 billion in profit, equivalent to the sector's cumulative profit for the previous 10 years, according to CAAC. China's planes now fly at about 70% of capacity, compared with only 50% five years back. Aircraft usage averages about 10 hours a day, up from eight hours or less five years ago, Mr. O'Connor says.

Adding to the flying frenzy is the start of direct flights between Taiwan and China, the first nonstop commercial air traffic between the two sides in more than five decades. The services are set to run only for three weeks during the Chinese New Year holiday, but industry officials hope they could open a door to more-regular flights, at least during peak periods. China and Taiwan have had little official contact since splitting amid civil war in 1949, but business and cultural ties are flourishing.

Eager to impress, normally staid airlines on both sides of the Taiwan Strait have jazzed up in-flight meals and stitched up new flight-attendant outfits. Air China, China's international flag carrier, even is offering some unusual in-flight entertainment: saxophone-playing stewards.

Hector Yeh, the Taiwanese owner of a dumpling company, noticed the difference. On a flight from Taipei to Shanghai on Shanghai Airlines, Mr. Yeh dined on pot-stewed pork and Taiwanese-style noodles while waited on by attentive female flight attendants dressed in elaborate gold-and-red cheongsams, traditional, form-fitting Chinese dresses.

"They all took initiative," he says. "They were polite, and gentle. . . It was great. Normally it's nothing like that."

China's airlines don't have as much flexibility to adjust fares as their counterparts in other parts of the world. The government to some extent still regulates how much domestic airlines can raise or cut ticket prices. In addition, a shortage of pilots and the high cost of jet fuel make it difficult for airlines to make significant cost cuts, says Michael Chan, transportation analyst at BOC International, the Bank of China's investment arm.

"There's lots of growth and volume," Mr. Chan says. But "the biggest problem is whether all these airlines can manage costs and make money."

Airfares already have fallen since CAAC eased strictures on fare-pricing in 2003. Now China's state-owned airlines can discount fares as much as 40% without applying for official approval.

With competition heating up, airlines are looking for new ways to increase market share. The Chinese New Year holiday is a good time to do so. An estimated 430 million people will be on the move during this period, more than the combined population of the European Union countries. Some smaller airlines are tapping a previously scorned market: poorly paid migrant workers, many who traditionally could afford only one hometown visit a year, by train or bus.

Sichuan Airlines is offering a 65% discount to factory, construction and other migrant workers on some routes during the holiday. It has cut airfares from Beijing to Chengdu, capital of Sichuan province where many migrants originate, to a level comparable to train fares, about $70. Shenzhen Airlines is offering migrant workers discounts of 60% to 72% on 20 routes, while Xiamen Airlines is selling tickets from vans parked at train stations, hoping to attract would-be rail travelers.

With wages rising, some of China's 100 million migrant workers are getting affluent enough to be desirable customers, says Xiamen Airlines spokesman Huang Shaohui.

One such customer is Luo Yuan, a 20-year-old factory worker who paid the equivalent of $175 -- five times what she would have paid for rail fare -- for a roundtrip air ticket from Beijing to her hometown in Chongqing city in southwestern China.

Dressed in a new coat trimmed with fur, she nibbles on cookies and sips a Coke while waiting for her evening flight at Beijing's Capital Airport last weekend. She had arrived at the airport 10 hours earlier, unsure of what to expect for her first plane trip. She puts on a show of bravado as she prepares to board her three-hour flight. "If you're afraid, you shouldn't fly," she says.

Cui Rong in Beijing, Jason Dean in Taipei and James T. Areddy in Beijing contributed to this article.
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HNA Group Wants to Launch Price Union
8 February 2005

HAINAN, February 08, SinoCast -- It is said that HNA Group (Hainan Airlines Group), one of the listed airlines companies in China, is trying for launching a price union with other main airline companies in China, but the information hasn't obtained confirmation from the main airline companies.

Rumors said that Air China, China Southern, China Eastern and HNA Group are setting the prices of the air tickets for some main lines so as to increase their profits, but the information hasn't obtained confirmation from Air China, China Southern and China Eastern.

Price wars put great pressures on airline companies, and the price union adopted by the aviation industry in 2003 generated some profits for the airlines, said Chen Feng, chairman of the HNA group.

Insiders said that the price union was unpractical under the market economy. In order to win passengers, airlines will not sell their tickets at fixed prices.
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UPS opens three centers in China, plans 20 more

NEW YORK, Feb 9 (Reuters) - United Parcel Service Inc. on Wednesday said it has opened three new warehouse and distribution centers in China and plans to open facilities in 20 more cities to further expand its network in China.

The newest facilities, in the manufacturing centers of Shanghai, Suzhou and Futian, increase to more than 40 the number of logistics and distribution centers operated in China by UPS Supply Chain Solutions, or logistics, business.

UPS said it plans to open 10 more facilities in China this year and another 10 in 2006.

UPS, while experiencing an unexpected drop in its core U.S. package business, has had robust growth in its international and logistics businesses as global trade surges.

UPS is also boosting its express delivery operations in China as it proceeds with the takeover of that business from its Chinese partner, Sinotrans.

By the end of 2005, UPS will have direct control over its international express operations in 23 business locations across China covering more than 200 cities, which account for more than 80 percent of China's gross domestic product.

"The aggressive expansion of our logistics infrastructure allows our customers greater and quicker access to more of China than ever before," said Bob Stoffel, senior vice president, UPS Supply Chain Group in a statement.

The company said its logistics facilities in China are designed primarily to distribute textile and apparel, high tech, automotive and consumer goods for both export and import.

UPS shares closed Tuesday at $74.08.
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Liberalisation to increase China demand for long-range aircraft
Annette Chiu in Seattle
17 February 2005
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Increasing liberalisation of China's aviation sector will boost the country's demand for long-range 200 to 300-seater aircraft as more second-tier cities open up to international services, according to Boeing.

The United States aircraft maker estimates that by 2023, China will need 560 long-range twin-engined jetliners, which is what the company is marketing to airlines with its 777 and 787 series.

Randy Baseler, a vice-president of marketing at Boeing Commercial Airplanes, said more than 50 Chinese cities would be operating direct air services to the US by 2023, up from 15 in 2003, while weekly frequency would jump to 784 flights from 172.

"China will become a big economy like the US in 15 to 20 years. There's no reason not to believe the traffic demand is growing with the emerging middle class in the country," Mr Baseler said before the launch ceremony of Boeing's 777-200LR in Seattle on Tuesday. "Chinese people are doing business with the rest of the world and point-to-point traffic is growing."

China made its largest commitment to Boeing's long-range mid-size aircraft last month when the China Aviation Supplies Import and Export Group, the official agent for aircraft purchase, ordered 60 787s which seat up to 259 passengers on long-haul flights.

The aircraft will be distributed among Air China, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines and three regional carriers - Hainan Airlines, Shanghai Airlines and Xiamen Airlines, which are making use of a more liberalised aviation regime to tap into the international market.

"China will be a large market for 777 and 787 aircraft," Mr Baseler said.

While marketing of the 787 Dreamliner has been at full pace, Tuesday was reserved for the new version of Boeing's 777 model - the 777-200LR. It is the world's longest-range twin-engined commercial aircraft and can carry 301 passengers up to 9,420 nautical miles with fuel cost per seat 23 per cent lower than the Airbus A340-500.

Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) and Taipei-based Eva Air were the launch customers for the new aircraft, which cost US$125 million.

PIA director Sughra Junejo, which will take the first delivery in January next year, said the new aircraft would be used on routes between Karachi and Chicago, New York and Houston. She said it would reduce the flight time between Karachi and Houston by six hours to 141/2 hours.

A spokesman for Eva Air said it would take its first 777-200LR in 2008 but had yet to decide on its route deployment.

Although Boeing and Airbus have a similar projection on traffic demand and aircraft sales in the next 20 years, they have different views on demand for the largest aircraft in the market.

Boeing says the market will need 535 aircraft with more than 400 seats while Airbus puts the number at 1,250. Both expect sales of commercial aircraft will reach US$2 trillion in the next 20 years, while passenger and cargo demand will grow about 5 and 6 per cent respectively.

Mr Baseler said Boeing might develop an advanced model of the 747, to carry up to 450 passengers - a product viewed as a direct competitor to Airbus' 542-seat A380 launched at the end of last year.

He said a decision would be made in the middle of the year.
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Business Daily Update
February 17, 2005
Emirates to Launch Dubai - Beijing Direct Flights

Emirates Airline of the United Arab Emirates plans to open direct flights between Dubai and Beijing in early 2006 to meet the demand for 2008 Beijing Olympics, said Emirates Greater China & Northeast Asia manager Liu Rongzhu. The first non-stop route between to the Chinese mainland connected Dubai with Shanghai beginning last April. "I believe more foreign international airlines will tap China's aviation market, along with China's increasing opening to overseas tourism and businesses," said Liu. "Emirates will develop more aviation services with China in the future." Emirates has been serving China with passenger flights to Hong Kong since 1991.
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Baiyun airport accelerates Phase II construction
17 February 2005
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Guangzhou's huge new airport in southern China will be engaged in major construction work starting next month, Xinhua reported.

The second phase construction project for Baiyun International Airport, which began operations in August, is expected to be completed by 2009 and come into operation the year after.

Once the project is completed, the airport would be able to handle 80 million passengers a year, up from 27 million now, according to an industry symposium held in Guangzhou, capital of the southern province of Guangdong.

By the end of the decade, the airport is also expected to be capable of processing 2.5 million tons of cargo, up from one million now, it said.

Baiyun International Airport, built at a cost of 19 billion yuan (US$2.3 billion), has so far opened 83 domestic and 28 international routes, and it plans to add another 15 international flights this year.
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