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Old November 7th, 2016, 11:16 AM   #861
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Paging Chinese airlines' ideal customer: the Western business traveller
Nov. 3, 2016
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SYDNEY/ZHUHAI, China, Nov 4 Riding an overseas tourism boom, China's airlines are sprucing up services on gleaming new jets to fresh destinations with the bold aim of cracking a lucrative passenger market dominated by established rivals - Western business travellers.

At Airshow China this week, the country's largest air expo, flag carrier Air China showed off virtual reality goggles for long-haul business class customers. Fast-growing Hainan Airlines has unveiled menus by Michelin-star chefs, joining bigger players like China Eastern and China Southern in touting new offerings.

China already accounts for a quarter of all business travel spending, according to a Global Business Travel Association report this week, up from 5 percent in 2000. But much of that is domestic: as they expand economy service abroad - and rates of growth ease at home - mainland carriers are preparing to do battle for the highest-margin travellers.

Standing in their way are established Asia business travel heavyweights like Cathay Pacific, Singapore Airlines and Qantas. To succeed, Chinese airlines will need to shrug off historical doubts about safety records, and in some cases lure customers away from prized air miles schemes.

"The work required to create growth is exhausting, that has not left much bandwidth to focus on strategic growth, like improving corporate and premium," said Will Horton, a Hong Kong-based senior analyst for aviation consultancy CAPA. But the push is definitely there. Why leave money behind?"

The logic for pursuing business travel growth is clear. On flights between the South Pacific and Asia, according to data from the International Air Transport Association, premium passengers account for 8 percent of travellers but generate close to a third of revenue.

As the volume of Chinese air travellers grow, weekly non-stop flights between Australia and mainland China alone have grown by 18 percent to 114 over the last 12 months, according to data from CAPA. Each business class seat filled on those routes would give a handsome boost to revenue.

As Chinese carriers move to market their premium services in advertising in places like Australia, they face having to persuade Western customers that their customer service and amenities match standards elsewhere.

Overcoming safety concerns - despite a strong recent record - and loyalty schemes remains the tallest hurdle, frequent fliers say.

"I don't know the Chinese safety record, but anecdotally you feel safer on Cathay," said Mike Young, managing director of Perth-based mining firm Vimy Resources, who regularly travels to mainland China in business class.

But after a spate of crashes in the 1990s, airlines have revamped and invested heavily, spending billions of dollars in recent years on buying new planes, led by China Southern which took delivery of its 700th aircraft in September. The carrier is currently the fourth largest in the world by fleet size, according to China Aviation Daily.

There has not been a fatal crash involving a Chinese airline since a China Eastern domestic flight crashed shortly after take-off in 2004.

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Airline soars on innovation
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China Eastern has transformed from a debt-laden airline to profit-making group

It took one year for China Eastern Air Holding Co to transform from a debt-laden group to a profit-making one.

And during the period from 2009 and 2015, its net assets surged from minus 10 billion yuan ($1.45 billion) to 53.99 billion yuan in the black.

The extraordinary u-turn is credited by its senior executives to consistent reform and development, which they said was a continuing process and remains the key to the Shanghai-based State-owned group's pursuit of loftier achievements.

"We once faced an extremely difficult situation," said Wang Haitao, deputy head of the group's strategic development department.

"At the end of 2008, China Eastern's debt-to-asset ratio reached 105 percent and the debt ratio of our listed arm China Eastern Airlines hit 115 percent."

Apart from the negative effects of rising fuel prices and falling demand, the core of the problem was that internal reform was not fully carried out, Wang said.

He said that after deepening its reform for seven consecutive years, the group posted a net profit of 6.234 billion yuan in 2015, up 103.7 percent from a year earlier. Its return on equity, or return on net worth, also posted a higher ranking among global airlines groups.

The airline released its latest reform plan this year and said it was ready to let reform play a greater role during the next five-year plan.

The planned reforms include establishing the group's own management board by the end of this year, with a guarantee its role won't overlap with that of the listed arm.
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Airlines to take hit from rising oil price
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Chinese airlines are expected to bear the brunt of a rising oil price after OPEC came to an agreement to limit production, and airlines are likely to levy fuel surcharges on domestic and international flights, experts said.

On Wednesday, OPEC reached a consensus on production cuts to ease excess global inventory, sending oil prices jumping.

"The oil price rise will have a certain negative effect on domestic airlines. Airlines have very weak abilities to resist the fluctuations of oil prices, and it will be a challenge to the business growth of airlines," said Li Xiaojin, a professor of aviation economics at the Civil Aviation University of China in Tianjin.

"Airlines should take some steps to hedge against the risks. They can prepare to levy fuel surcharge on passengers and take other measures to reduce oil consumption, as the impact is likely to be long-term," said Li.

Since February 2015, all domestic airlines have stopped levying fuel surcharges, as a result of the cost declines of fuel procurement.

Li said in the near future, oil prices are unlikely to surge further or drop significantly. For passengers, they may consider the total costs of taking flights, and some are likely to choose trains instead on some routes to save money.

Meanwhile, Chinese airlines are suffering the pains of a weakening yuan. In November, the yuan continuously depreciated against the dollar, exceeding market expectations.
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China's Tianjin Airlines announces new route, extends China-Britain service
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LONDON - China's Tianjin Airlines on Tuesday announced launching a new flight route from London to Xi'an, capital of Northwest China's Shaanxi province in May 2017.

The new flight service will be operated on an Airbus A330-200 aircraft with 18 business class and 242 economy class seats. The total flight time to Xi'an is around 10 hours and the aircraft will then continue onto Tianjin.

The airline, which launched its first British route from London Gatwick airport this June, will also increase its twice-weekly service to three flights per week in next summer. The service currently departs every Wednesday and Saturday from Gatwick, arriving in China the following day.

Robert Chen, British general manager for Tianjin Airlines, said: "We're delighted to announce yet more new services for British travelers following the hugely successful launch of our first ever flights from Gatwick to Tianjin and Chongqing in China. We're proud to be helping introduce British travelers to our fascinating country through our high quality service and unbeatable flights."

Guy Stephenson, Gatwick's chief commercial officer, said: "We are delighted that Tianjin has announced a new route from Gatwick to China. Tianjin Airlines now connects Gatwick to three of China's megacities, including the UK's only direct flights to Xi'an, home of the Terracotta Army, and Chongqing, southwest China's commercial capital. Our passengers will value the increased frequency of services to China announced today."

Tianjin Airlines, a subsidiary of HNA Group, currently operates a fleet of nearly 90 aircraft to more than 100 destinations throughout China from its eight hubs.
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Flight opens linking Haikou and Sansha
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Sansha, the southernmost island city of China in the South China Sea, welcomed its first regular civil charter flight on Thursday.

The plane took off from Meilan International Airport in Haikou, capital of Hainan province, at 8:45 am on Thursday and landed at Sansha Yongxing Airport after a one-hour flight.

For years, people had to take a ship to get to Yongxing, but now they have more choices.

There will be one flight per day from Haikou to Yongxing Island, where the city government of Sansha is based. The flight takes off from Haikou every morning, arriving on Yongxing Island at 10:20 am, while the return flight takes off at 1 pm.

The one-way flight ticket is fixed at a price of 1,200 yuan ($173), according to Sansha's official website.

The launch of the civil aviation service was regarded as one of the city's efforts to improve the quality of daily work and life of local residents in Sansha.

Both public servants and their relatives, as well as fishermen and workers on Sansha, can buy tickets from the airport operation company after receiving official permission.

Yongxing Airport now operates as both a military and civil airport after it passed a civil industry inspection earlier this month and was awarded an operation license last week. The airport completed construction to expand the facility in May this year.

Sansha was officially established in 2012 to administer the Xisha, Zhongsha and Nansha island groups and their surrounding waters in the South China Sea.
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Hainan Airlines ranked world's third safest airline
Jan. 11, 2017
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German airline safety data evaluation firm JACDEC, the most authoritative airline safety rating firm in the world, released a comprehensive ranking report surveying more than 60 of the world's safest leading airlines with a summarized safety review for 2016 on January 4, 2017. One of highlights of the data is Hainan Airlines, a mainland China-based airline renowned for its five-star hospitality services, which came in third in the latest Airline Safety Ranking, rising from its fifth place ranking in 2015.

Three of the world's top 10 safest airlines are Chinese carriers, with Cathay Pacific Airways coming in at number one, Hainan Airlines, and EVA Air in sixth place. Hainan Airlines is the sole mainland China-based firm among the top 10 list, climbing two notches from its position the previous year.

This is the fifth consecutive year that Hainan Airlines has been on the top 10 list. The move from fifth to third place represents the best-ever ranking for a mainland China-based airline. Hainan Airlines had logged over five million hours of safe flights as of December 2015. The airline also was honored with the "Five-Star Flight Safety Award" by China's aviation watchdog, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC).

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China Eastern, Air Europe sign codeshare agreement
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20 January 2017

MADRID - China Eastern Airlines signed a code-sharing agreement with Spanish carrier Air Europa on Thursday, under which both airlines hope to increase their presence and connectivity on the Asian and European continent.

The agreement was signed on the sideline of an international fair held here from Jan 18 to Jan 22.

Air Europa is expanding its code on flights operated by the Chinese airline between Madrid and Shanghai, while China Eastern Airlines will deploy its code on the European flights between Madrid and Brussels, Milan, Rome, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Munich and Paris.

There will be four weekly flights between Shanghai and Madrid, using the latest model of the Airbus A330.
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Air China last week adjusted planned Boeing 787-9 debut to Montreal and Havana, previously scheduled from 01JUL17. The 3-class 777-300ER service is now extended until 31AUG17, while the 787 service commences on 01SEP17.

Planned frequency increase for summer season remains unchanged.

Beijing – Montreal
CA879 PEK1315 – 1400YUL 789 x56
CA880 YUL1600 – 1720+1PEK 789 x56

Beijing – Montreal – Havana
CA879 PEK1315 – 1400YUL1620 – 2035HAV 789 5
CA880 HAV1000 – 1330YUL1600 – 1720+1PEK 789 6

Beijing – Montreal service will operate 5 weekly overall from 02OCT17, instead of 6 weekly.

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Nok Air earlier this month launched new routes to Nanning in China, which includes 3 weekly flights each from Chiang Mai and Phuket. Planned schedule for these services until 25MAR17 as follow.

eff 02JAN17 Chiang Mai – Nanning 3 weekly
DD3182 CNX1915 – 2200NNG 738 135
DD3183 NNG2300 – 2345CNX 738 135

eff 03JAN17 Phuket – Nanning 3 weekly
DD3124 HKT0700 – 1100NNG 738 246
DD3125 NNG1255 – 1455HKT 738 246

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China Southern Airlines in March 2017 plans to launch Beijing – Ho Chi Minh City route, becoming the second Chinese carrier operating this route on nonstop basis. First flight for this daily operation from Ho Chi Minh is scheduled on 17MAR17, Beijing on 18MAR17. Boeing 737-800 operates this route.

CZ6041 PEK0150 – 0610SGN 738 D
CZ6042 SGN2355 – 0545+1PEK 738 D

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Airbus bullish on demand for widebody planes
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Feb. 24, 2017

Air China and Sichuan Airlines will be the first batch of mainland customers to take delivery this year of the A350-a new widebody aircraft produced by Airbus Group SE, and the European group said it is bullish about the country's demand for widebody aircraft, fueled by fast-growing long-haul international routes.

Air China ordered 10 A350-900 jets, and Sichuan Airlines will get four A350 aircraft. Airbus said orders from the Asia-Pacific region account for nearly one-third of its total orders.

Last year, Airbus delivered 153 new aircraft to Chinese operators, accounting for 22 percent of its global deliveries of 688 commercial jets. The company has been delivering more than 100 jets to the China market every year for seven consecutive years, it said.

Airbus said global deliveries last year hit a record high and the company said its revenue from commercial aircraft sales rose 7 percent year-on-year.

This year, Airbus said it expects to deliver more than 700 commercial aircraft. Most of the growth in commercial aircraft is coming from Asia, according to the group's 2016 financial results released on Wednesday.

With a growth rate that is higher than the rest of the world, Airbus said it was also putting more innovation and manufacturing effort into Asia. In September, its new completion and delivery center in Tianjin of China will deliver its first A330. By 2019, the center aims to reach a stable production rate of two A330 aircraft a month.

The center, inaugurated last year, is the company's first overseas completion and delivery site for the A330. It has so far recruited more than 160 employees, nearly 60 percent of the total planned workforce.
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Hainan Airlines eyes Belgrade service



Hainan Airlines, China's largest private carrier by both market share and fleet size, will launch over ten international flights this year with Belgrade likely to be included as well. Speaking at the Belgrade Tourism Fair yesterday, the Serbian Prime Minister, Aleksandar Vučić, said, "I expect for a deal to be reached with a private Chinese carrier for the introduction of flights between Beijing and Belgrade. Air Serbia is not in a position to commence direct flights to China. That is why I asked Chinese carriers to do so and we are very close to reaching a deal with a private airline. Following the good news concerning flights from Beijing, there will be more positive developments from China". Last month, Mr Vučić held talks with representatives from HNA Aviation, the parent company of Hainan Airlines, during the World Economic Forum in Davos.

Hainan Airlines' Senior Vice President, Hou Wei, told the "China Daily" that economic growth campaigns like the Belt and Road Initiative, of which Serbia is a part of, and various bilateral free trade agreements have led to a rise in people-to-people exchanges, which is spurring demand for flights to certain destinations. He added that traffic rights for routes connecting major cities are tight, so direct flights to second-tier cities are practical. "Direct flights between first-tier Chinese cities and second-tier foreign cities, as well as second-tier Chinese cities and top-tier foreign cities, are expected to grow rapidly in the future, given the significant demand for international travel in China. We analyse the markets city by city, to study their economic development models, annual fiscal performance, average income and their demographics, like if the majority of their population is turning into middle class consumers given to wanderlust".

Earlier this week, Serbia's outgoing President, Tomislav Nikolić, noted he would bring "good news that will benefit both Serbian and Chinese citizens" following his state visit to the country next month. He added the news would be communicated to the public by the Prime Minister. Furthermore, earlier this week, Serbia's Minister for Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications, Rasim Ljajić, met with China's Ambassador to Serbia to discuss "concrete steps to increase the number of Chinese tourists". Speaking after the meeting, the Chinese Ambassador said, "We expect for a direct air link between the two countries to be introduced this year, which, together with the abolition of visas for Chinese citizens, is the most important step towards a significant increase in the number of Chinese tourists to Serbia". Mr Ljajić noted that Serbia will present a joint product with Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Macedonia for Chinese tourists.

Sino-Serbian relations have soared since the launch of China's Belt and Road Initiative, which has seen the arrival of several large Chinese companies to Serbia and the abolition of visa requirements between the two nations. "We will launch more routes connecting China with countries and regions along these two trading routes to assist our counterparts in building and operating airports to improve local transportation services", Hainan Airlines' President, Sun Jianfeng, said. He added, "In comparison with 2016, a growing number of countries are working on simplifying visa procedures for Chinese travellers, including the introduction of digital visas, lowering of visa fees and shortening waiting periods".

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Air China: Belgrade flights "very promising"



Air China has said it is interested in launching flights to Belgrade, noting that a future service to the Serbian capital is looking "very promising". Speaking to EX-YU Aviation News, representatives from the Chinese national carrier at the Belgrade Tourism Fair said, "Air China flights to Belgrade are looking very promising at the moment. Presently, we don't exactly know the launch date or times. It all depends on an agreement between the Serbian Prime Minister and our Prime Minister. We hope to spread our wings to Belgrade very soon. That's why we are here". The Chinese carrier featured its own stand at the Tourism Fair for the first time last week, manned mostly by representatives from its Budapest office.

Last Friday, the Serbian Prime Minister said that a privately owned Chinese carrier would launch flights between Beijing and Belgrade, which would put the state-owned Air China out of contention for the service. However, state officials have previously noted that two routes out of China are currently being negotiated - one from Beijing and the other from Shanghai. The possible resumption of flights between the two countries after almost two decades is expected to be announced next month during the state visit of the outgoing Serbian President to China.

Initial discussions over a possible air link between China and Serbia began in late 2013, when the then General Manager of Belgrade Airport, Velimir Radosavljević, told China Radio International there was a possibility for the Serbian capital to be linked with Beijing through Air China. In 2014, the two countries signed an Agreement for the Establishment of Air Traffic. The following year, Air Serbia began codesharing on Air China's services between Vienna and Beijing, while the Chinese national carrier placed its code onto Air Serbia's flights between Belgrade and the Austrian capital. The last time a Chinese airline operated flights to Belgrade was prior to the collapse of the former Yugoslavia. Services were initially launched from Beijing in 1972 by Air China’s predecessor CAAC and were operated with an Ilyushin Il-62 via Karachi. Later on, the flights were upgraded to a Boeing 707 and later a B767. Services continued on to Budapest and Zurich, depending on the year of operation.

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