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Old August 11th, 2015, 06:27 AM   #781
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Chinese airlines score poorly
12 August 2015
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Major global carriers rank 86th or worse out of 103 for on-time performance

Chinese carriers were among the least punctual airlines in the world last month, and analysts attributed the poor performances to rapidly growing air traffic and bad weather.

A report from Civil Aviation Data Analysis, a Chinese organization that tracks on-time performances of 103 major global carriers, said that in July, China's three major carriers were rated 86th or worse.

Of the three, Guangzhou-based China Southern Airlines Co was the best at 86th with an on-time rating of 70.45 percent. Beijing-based Air China Ltd was 93rd with 66.41 percent. Shanghai-based China Eastern Airlines Corp Ltd was 94th, with only 64.46 percent of its flights on schedule.

No Chinese carriers appear on the top 10 list for most punctual airlines in the Asia-Pacific region. According to the report, Asia's top three airlines for punctuality are Thailand's Nok Air, Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways.

Of all Chinese airlines, TransAsia Airways, Cathay Pacific Airways and EVA Air were the most punctual. Taipei-based TransAsia was 65th, while Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific was 74th and EVA, also based in Taipei, was 78th. Beijing-based Okay Airways had the highest punctuality rate among all Chinese-mainland carriers, at 80th.

The report is consistent with findings from the Civil Aviation Administration of China, which said in July that only 68.37 percent of China's flights landed on time last year due to factors that included air traffic control and weather.

More than 80 percent of flights in the Chinese mainland were punctual before 2009, but the percentage has fallen every year since 2010, hitting a record low in 2014, according to the CAAC report. Among the delayed flights, about 36.09 percent are 30 minutes late or less, while 2.88 percent face delays of more than four hours.
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Injury risk increases without seat belts
13 August 2015
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Chinese air travelers frequently ignore warnings to buckle their seat belts, even during takeoff and landing, and when turbulence is anticipated, aviation safety experts said.

"Without seat belts, it is very dangerous. Most passengers who get hurt during turbulence do so because they are not wearing a seat belt, whether in China or globally," said Zou Maogong, an expert from Civil Aviation Resource Net of China, China's largest civil aviation portal.

It is more likely for an aircraft to meet turbulence during takeoff and landing, and seat belts are needed, Zou said.

Even if the aircraft has landed, it is still taxiing on the runway at a high speed and seat belts remain necessary.

His remarks came after a Hainan Airlines flight from Chengdu to Beijing met turbulence while landing on Tuesday, and flight attendants and 28 passengers were injured. The injured were sent to a nearby hospital for evaluation, the airline said.

Pilots repeatedly warned passengers of the possible turbulence and illuminated the seat-belt sign, said Zhao Shijun, director of Hainan Airlines' Beijing base.
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China Eastern to buy 15 Airbus jets for $3.6 bln
14 August 2015
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Reuters - China Eastern , the country's No.2 airline by market value, plans to acquire 15 Airbus jets for about $3.6 billion to meet booming demand for air travel.

Airbus is scheduled to deliver seven A330s in 2017 and a further eight in 2018, China Eastern Airlines Corp said in a statement to the Shanghai stock exchange.

"The company is purchasing 15 Airbus A330 planes to help to replace older planes that will retire over the next few years. It will also help to meet rising passenger demand for mid and long routes," China Eastern said.

China will be the world's largest air passenger market by 2034, according to the International Air Transport Association, attracting interest from foreign airlines.
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Australia Clears Path for Qantas-China Eastern Tie-Up
21 August 2015
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SYDNEY—Australia's antitrust regulator dropped its opposition to a proposed alliance between Qantas Airways Ltd. and China Eastern Airlines Corp. aimed at cutting transit times and smoothing customer access to their respective networks.

After proposing earlier this year to block the alliance, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission said Friday it changed its view after both airlines committed to adding additional frequencies and destinations between Australia and China.

The two players also were blocked in June by Hong Kong authorities from setting up a low-cost carrier in the Chinese territory, dealing a blow to the Asian expansion plans of Qantas's no-frills carrier Jetstar.

Qantas and China Eastern forged the alliance deal in November. However, the deal appeared in peril when the ACCC subsequently found the pair account for more than 80% of seats flown between Sydney and Shanghai, potentially allowing them to limit flying capacity and increase fares on the route. In a draft decision in March, the ACCC said it wanted to block the deal, but invited further submissions before making its final call.

Both airlines welcomed the regulator's change of heart in a joint statement Friday.

Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said the airline put a strong case to the ACCC that outlined the benefits of the partnership for travelers as well as Australian tourism and trade.

"China is Australia's most valuable inbound tourism market—projected to contribute up to A$9 billion [US$6.6 billion] annually to the Australian economy by 2020," Mr. Joyce said.

"Greater connectivity and improved customer benefits will also help boost trade relations between the two countries as a result of the Australia-China Free Trade Agreement signed last year."

The ACCC has imposed conditions requiring Qantas and China Eastern to grow their capacity on routes between Australia and China Eastern's hub in Shanghai by 21% over five years.
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Boeing raises China 20-year aircraft demand, says outlook rosy
25 August 2015
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BEIJING (Reuters) - Boeing Co <BA.N> on Tuesday raised its forecast for China's aircraft demand over the next 20 years, saying it was optimistic about the long-term outlook for the world's second largest aviation market despite a slowing economy and weak stock market.

The U.S. plane maker expects China will need 6,330 aircraft over the next 20 years, a 5 percent rise from last year's two-decade estimate.. It valued the aircraft demand at $950 billion.

"Despite the current volatility in China's financial market, we see strong growth in the country's aviation sector over the long term," Randy Tinseth, vice president of marketing at Boeing Commercial Airplanes, told reporters in Beijing.

Boeing estimates that China's commercial airplane fleet will nearly triple over the next 20 years, from 2,570 aircraft in 2014 to 7,210 aircraft in 2034.

By that time, Tinseth said, China will be the world's largest domestic air travel market. "We've really seen no slowing in the trajectory of traffic here in China," he added.
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Domestic airlines could face financial turbulence
27 August 2015
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Major Chinese airlines face a turbulent time with a weaker yuan trimming profits.

Even though the air traffic market is still strong, industry experts are predicting a bumpy ride ahead for the country's big three carriers.

"The three largest carriers in China could lose between 2 billion ($312 million) and 4 billion yuan each in net profit this year after the rate of the yuan (to the US dollar) dropped this year," Geoffrey Cheng, head of transportation and industrial research at BOCOM International, which is part of the Bank of Communications Co, said. "But this year's decline in fuel prices will help counteract the carriers' exchange loses."

The decision by the People's Bank of China, or central bank, to depreciate the yuan by around 2 percent against the US dollar earlier this month is likely to affect outbound tourism and reduce air traffic demand.

But Fang Xiahong, an analyst from Central China Securities, a research and investing information company, is slightly more upbeat about the move.

"Outbound demand will reduce slightly, but a cheaper yuan will attract more foreign passengers visiting China," she said. "On the other side of the coin, the depreciation will increase financial costs for carriers because most purchases are in dollars."

China Southern Airlines Co Ltd, which has the largest fleet in the country and also more debt than its main rivals, will be hit by the yuan depreciation.

"The most significant impact is that airlines usually have high dollar-denominated debt. Obviously, that will increase because of the cheaper yuan," Fang said.

But Chinese airlines have a strong domestic network, which will prove vital in the months ahead. Another crucial factor involves regional currencies. China's neighbors have been quick to devalue their currencies to stay competitive.

"As regional currencies depreciate more than the yuan, Chinese tourists will be tempted to continue to travel," Cheng, at BOCOM International, said.

Still, many Chinese airlines are unsure about the exact effect the fall in the yuan will have on their long-term revenue streams.

"Hopefully, the depreciation is a temporary fluctuation and will show up in the year-end financial report," Zhang Wu'an, a spokesman for Spring Airways, China's first publicly listed carrier, said.

In the first half of this year, net profits from China's carriers soared compared with the same period last year. That was partly due to the fall in fuel prices.
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Air China reports leap in H1 profit on lower fuel costs
28 August 2015
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Air China, the country's flag carrier, said its net profit surged more than 720 percent year-on-year in the first half of 2015, supported by lower fuel prices.

The company made net profits of 4.19 billion yuan ($655 million) in the first half, up strongly from 510.37 million yuan in the same period last year, it said in a statement filed to the Hong Kong stock exchange late Thursday.

"The global aviation industry was generally healthy with sustained growth in demand and relatively low fuel prices," Air China said, adding a recovery in the world economy and a "steady" Chinese economy supported the company.

China's growth is actually slowing. The economy expanded 7.0 percent in each of the first two quarters of this year, lower than the 7.4 percent growth last year, which was its weakest since 1990.

The airline said its operations benefited from lower oil prices, which contributed to a near 30 percent reduction in fuel costs for the first half.

Air China carried 43.67 million passengers in the first half, up 8.79 percent from the same period last year, it said.
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Nairobi link a big step for China Southern
2015-08-28
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China Southern Airlines' recent launch of a direct air service to Nairobi marked its first route to Africa from its main hub, Guangzhou. It is seen as a catalyst to boost the growth of trade and tourism between China and Kenya.

Air transportation plays a vital role in a nation's growth by accelerating the convergence of goods and people, and contributes directly with spillover effects through creation of direct and indirect jobs in the industry and related sectors such as tourism and other services. How will China Southern's direct air service benefit China and Africa, and the airline as well?

First, the direct services will further strengthen bilateral relations between China and Kenya and Africa on a whole. The more frequent services will facilitate bilateral trade, which is valued in excess of $220 billion. It will also engage the countries in the global economy by increasing access to each other's markets and allowing globalization of production. Kenya is regarded as the regional hub for trade and finance and a gateway to central Africa. The country is expected to benefit from China's Belt and Road Initiative, playing a pivotal role in facilitating Chinese businesses to penetrate and expand in the region.

Next, aviation is indispensable for tourism, which is a major engine of economic growth, particularly in developing economies. China and Africa are expected to be the fastest-growing air transport markets over the next three decades. China is forecast to overtake the United States as the world's largest passenger market by 2030, and Africa is expected to grow by 4.7 percent annually, seeing an extra 177 million passengers a year for a total market of 294 million passengers. Some 32,000 Chinese visited Kenya and 3 million visited Africa in 2014, while Kenya could see more than 100,000 Chinese arrivals in 2016.
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China's low-cost airlines explore more international routes
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CHANGCHUN, Oct. 10 (Xinhua) -- China's Spring Airlines, the country's largest low-cost carrier will launch its first direct flight between Changchun City, capital of northeast China's Jilin Province, and Bangkok, as the airline explores more international routes.

The flight, starting from Nov. 3, will fly between Changchun and Bangkok via east China's Yangzhou City on every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, the airline announced on Saturday.

The airline has launched several routes to Thailand, with tickets starting from 100 yuan (15.76 U.S. dollars).

Domestic low-cost carriers are all eyeing on the international market, according to Hu Tingbao, deputy manager of the marketing department of Spring Airlines.

"Facing the competition of high-speed trains and expressways, low-cost airlines are an unavoidable new trend," said Hu, "Ticket prices 20 to 30 percent lower than regular flights will be our biggest advantage."
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China's first manned electric aircraft, a two-seater plane powered by rechargeable lithium batteries, has been granted a license for production.


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Air China to buy six Boeing aeroplanes
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BEIJING, Jan 7 (Reuters) - Air China Ltd will purchase six wide-body long-range aircraft from Boeing, the Chinese state-owned carrier said on Thursday.

The 777-300ER planes -- which have a range close to 14,000 kilometres and can carry almost 400 passengers -- together have a catalogue price of $2.05 billion, although the actual amount paid will be lower, Air China said in a filing with the Shanghai bourse.
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No sign of letup in nonstop flights between China, US
4 January 2016
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The skies between China and the United States are getting busier.

In 2015, 75 weekly nonstop flights were added between the two countries, a more than 30 percent increase from 2014, and more are coming next year.

Six of the eight airlines that provide direct US-China services opened new routes in 2015, adding to their fast-growing schedules. Some even expanded service to China's second-tier cities.

During the past peak season, there were 320 weekly flights from China to the US, and vice versa, according to numbers provided to China Daily by the airlines.

The four largest Chinese airlines - Air China, China Eastern, China Southern and Hainan Airlines - expanded in the US market significantly in 2015.

Leading the "Big Four" with 55 weekly flights from Beijing to seven US cities, Air China started the new Beijing to Newark route in October and increased the frequencies of the Beijing-Los Angeles route to 21 flights a week.

Hainan Airlines opened three new routes - Shanghai to Boston, Shanghai to Seattle, and Beijing to San Jose - and became the first airline to fly nonstop from China to the heart of Silicon Valley in California.

China Southern started a direct route in June between San Francisco and its hub, Guangzhou, after seeing strong demand for such flights via Wuhan, a second-tier city, since that route started in December 2014.

China Eastern is the first airline to serve Nanjing, another second-tier Chinese city, with a new route from Chengdu to Los Angeles via Nanjing.

Delta Airlines, moving beyond its hubs in Seattle and Detroit, since July has operated daily flights from Los Angeles to Shanghai, one of the most popular routes. American Airlines added the Dallas-to-Beijing flights and began to upgrade the planes flying between the two countries to new 787s.

Thirteen American airports currently have nonstop flights to seven Chinese cities. San Francisco is connected to six cities in China, Los Angeles to five, New York to four, and the rest to one or more among Beijing, Hong Kong and Shanghai.

"The West Coast now has new routes to cities like Guangzhou, Chengdu, Wuhan, and Nanjing," said Luo Linquan, Chinese consul general in San Francisco. "The great weather in California makes it a well-liked travel destination all year long. Tourists flew into San Francisco to see the great schools, the Silicon Valley. They go to Los Angeles for the Hollywood and Disneyland."

"One of the fruitful results of President Xi Jinping's state visit is the establishment of US-China Tourism Year. We will expand state-province collaborations to promote tourism," said Luo. "Tourism between China and the US will grow as the relationship between the two countries deepens. There're a lot of potential."

He hopes to see more Chinese translators in the airports, Chinese menus in restaurants, and Chinese signs at tourist sites.

United Airlines announced its plan to operate a San Francisco to Xi'an route in 2016. China Eastern will add the Shanghai-Chicago path, and Hainan Airlines will serve nonstop from Changsha to Los Angeles, making it the first airline to connect Changsha with North America.
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