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Old July 2nd, 2012, 08:49 AM   #341
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Ma Xulun: Airlines facing intense pressure; improvement expected in H2 2012
(WCARN.com, June 30)

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Amid the European debt crisis and the Chinese economy slowdown, Chinese airlines that used to profit fully from the flourishing domestic market are currently under great operation pressures.

"Chinese airlines have been facing great operation pressures in 2012 while the situation is expected to improve in the second half of the year", said China Eastern Airlines Corporation Limited General Manager Ma Xulun during an interview on the sidelines of China Eastern annual general meeting.



Ma revealed that China Eastern will reasonably deploy its capacity, vigorously promote the air-railway combined transportation system and accelerate the transformations of passenger and cargo businesses to cope with the challenges.


According to Ma, China Eastern's main operation pressures in 2012 stem from the following aspects: Firstly, the decreased volume of business travelers has lowered the fare price level. Secondly, despite of the slight drop recently, the overall fuel price in the first quarter was much higher compared to the same period a year earlier. Thirdly, the less than ideal export situation is negatively affecting the air cargo business. Last but not the least, the slow appreciation (even depreciation in some months) of RMB has substantially reduced the foreign exchange gains of the airlines compared to 2011.


In fact, the grimness that China Eastern has been facing is not unique. During May, Chinese airlines once again reversed from profiting to loss-making with a total loss of 1.37 billion yuan (US$216 million).



The under-performance was mainly caused by the exchange loss due to the depreciation of RMB against U.S. dollar as well as the slacking passenger & cargo demand in the aviation market.


However, Ma also pointed out that the business situation is expected to improve in the second half of the year amid the coming traditional peak season of Chinese aviation industry from July to September, coupled with the continuously declining jet fuel price. Therefore, China Eastern will be deploying its capacity precisely based on the changing market with the main strategy of "Westward Expansion; Northward Extension".



In other words, the Shanghai-based carrier will preferentially deploy large aircraft and increase flights in Western China and Northern China regions. In addition, the Chinese government has approved that the Chinese airlines can restart fuel hedging though the hedge amount is limited to 20 percent of the total fuel consumption.



At the meantime, China Eastern is also watching closely the trend of fuel price and looking forward to restarting fuel hedging at an appropriate time.
As for the annual performance of Chinese airlines in 2012, Li Jun, an analyst with Huatai United Securities said that, after the business performance of Chinese aviation industry peaked in 2011 in the current circle, the industry profitability in 2012 will decline compared to a year ago amid the sharply reducing exchange gains and the slightly decreasing gross margin of domestic flights (in consequence of the lower passenger load factor caused by the sagging economy and the impact from the rising average jet fuel price).



However, the aviation industry is expected to be more profitable in 2013 compared with 2012 since the business of domestic routes will remain relatively stable while the performances of international routes and cargo routes are expected to firm up and rebound.



Ma further expressed that China Eastern will be focusing on a few areas of development. The first is the fast development of the air-railway combined transportation system. Since the initiation on May 5, there has been significant effect on the air-railway combined transportation system, where a continuous upward trend of passenger volume has been observed.



The second is the full expansion of the air travel tourism products. A high pace of increase in air travel demand can be foreseen from the future tourism consumptions. The third is the transformations of passenger and cargo businesses.



The passenger transportation will be gradually converted from the traditional air carrier base to the modern service provider base. The cargo business will be drifted from simple freight delivery handler to logistics integrated service provider.


Meanwhile, China Eastern has been reducing the financing costs and optimizing its debt structure through expanding financing methods. The shareholders meeting held on Jun. 28 passed China Eastern's proposals of issuing up to 10 billion yuan SCP (Super Short-term Commercial Paper) with limited period of 270 days as well as issuing up to 8.8 billion yuan corporate bonds with a time limit of 10 years. The capital raised will be mainly used for aircraft purchase and bank loan refinance.


Moreover, the shareholders meeting approved the airline's another proposal of introducing 20 Boeing 777-300ER aircraft and selling five Airbus A340-600 aircraft. In regard to the proposal, China Eastern Chairman Liu Shaoyong elaborated that, Boeing 777-300ER has been proved to be the best aircraft for transoceanic routes given its outstanding economic efficiency and safety.



Thus, it is the best choice for China Eastern to operate the international flights connecting Shanghai and America. Liu also said, "China Eastern's expansion of international routes will not stall. On the contrary, the expansion will be carried out positively, reliably and selectively."
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Old July 2nd, 2012, 11:21 AM   #342
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Zest Airways remain as attractive investment
(WCARN.com/Malaya, July 2)


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Zest Airways Inc., Philipppines' newest airline, retains its attraction to other carriers, counting as many as three suitors as movements and merger in the low cost airline industry heat up.

Zest Air chairman Donald Dee said in an interview that Singapore budget carrier Tiger Airways has expressed interest in Zest Air while China's Hainan Airlines remains keen on the local airline. The Philippine Airlines also expressed interest in Zest Air.

Zest is owned by Zest-o juice drink manufacturer Alfredo Yao. Dee said "nothing serious" has come out of the separate discussions with the three carriers but Zest Air retains its attraction as a platform for expansion in the region.

"Zest Air is very new and holds the remaining landing rights in Manila. It is one of three flag carriers and still enjoys tax breaks. It has no debt and thus has no negative carry," Dee said.

"We are always open to proposals but the offer (we will accept) has to be something that we cannot refuse," Dee added when asked about how much equity is being targeted by the investors.

In June Tiger Airways bought a 40 percent stake in another local low cost carrier South East Asian Airlines (SEAIR).

Should Tiger buy into Zest Air it will provide synergy and speed up its expansion plans in the country.

It would also be a challenge to the Philippine affiliate of AirAsia, a budget airline based in Malaysia, which has been aggressively expanding in the country from its hub in Clark.

A possible joint venture with Hainan, the largest non-state owned airline in China, will allow Zest Air to fly direct to Hainan province and extend its footprint in China. Hainan has expressed interest in Zest Air as early as October 2011 and Zest Air has reportedly signed a memorandum of understanding with the firm.

PAL, which has its own low-cost carrier Air Philippines which it pits against Gokongweis' Cebu Air. Zest Air was established by Yao's AMY Holdings Corp. in March 2008 from the former Asian Spirit.

The law pegs the limit foreign ownership of an airline to 40 percent in the case of Tiger and Hainan, but not a problem with PAL, now owned by San Miguel Corp.

But Dee said for Zest Air to have a bigger slice of the market, it has to expand. "We can't do it on our own."

Dee said the idea is to fold in the carrier with their own low-cost operations and achieve economies of scale.

As a fast-growing carrier, Zest Air now has about 17 to 20 percent market share and enjoys a high load factor of 70 percent.

Zest Air has a fleet of 11 Airbus A320s and would take in the delivery for lease of two to three more before yearend.

"We would have about 13 to 14 aircraft by the end of the year," Dee said. Among its international destinations are Malaysia, China, South Korea and Taiwan and is planning to mount flights to Singapore and Japan.

Over the medium term, Zest Air plans to fly to the Middle East. It may also resume its Hong Kong flight.

Report said Zest Air flew 2.3 million passengers last year a big majority of 2.1 million are domestic passengers.

According to Cebu Air, low-cost carriers have contributed about 96 percent of total domestic air travel market growth from 2006 to 2011 driven mainly of the low fares they offer.

Cebu Air also said today, average airline fares are now 30 percent than they were 10 years ago, ago despite the high cost of fuel. This was attributed to low-cost carriers, whose promo fares and seat sales make flying more affordable.

In 2006, only 1 out of every 2 domestic passengers used low-cost carriers. But in 2011, budget airlines cornered a 76 percent share of the domestic market or 3 out 4 domestic passengers flying on low-cost carriers, CEB said.
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Dana Air Crash: Reps give airline ultimatum to pay compensation to victims' families
(Nigerian Tribune/WCARN.com, June 29)


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The House of Representatives, on Thursday, gave the management of Dana Airline till July 3 to pay compensation to the families of the passengers of its ill-fated aircraft that crashlanded in Lagos on June 3, killing about 153.


The House also directed other airlines with history of plane crashes in the country to also pay the 30 percent required compensation, or in full where investigations have been concluded.


The House directive was sequel to a motion of urgent national importance, moved by Honourable Yakub Abiodun, asking the House to look into the delay of Dana airline management to pay compensation to the victims' families in-line with international best practices.


Leading debate on the motion, Honourable Abiodun said that the motion was predicated on the Nigerian Civil Aviation Act which, according to him, "stipulates that 30 percent of due compensation be paid to families of airborne crash victims within 30 days, while investigation into cause of such accidents lasts."


According to him, "the Convention for the Unification of Certain Rules for International Carriage by Air, simply known as the Montreal Convention, adopted by a diplomatic meeting of member states of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) in 1999, stipulated a Special Drawing Rights (SDR) for victims of air crash, which current value is put at about US$171,000 per passenger.


He equally maintained that "since section 48 of the Civil Aviation Act stipulates that an advance payment of 30 percent of the SDR be made within 30 days, it is important that the House urges the management of Dana Air to comply immediately".


The lawmakers, however, took turns to support the motion, noting that though the compensation would not bring back the dead but it would help the families of the dead to have something to fall back on.


When the Speaker, Honourable Aminu Tambuwal, who presided over the session put the motion to vote it was unanimously supported by members.
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Old July 2nd, 2012, 12:15 PM   #344
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Aussie cabin crew flew on China Southern Airlines
(WCARN.com/China Southern Airlines PR, July 2)

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The first Australian cabin crew to join China Southern's Australian services will take to the air on Sunday, July 1 as the Guangzhou-based carrier continues to expand into the Australasian market.

"Our aim is to improve communication and customer service for the growing number of English-speaking passengers on flights between Australia and Guangzhou," said the airline's Sydney-based Project Manager, Human Resources Development Australia, Jane Cen.

"Initially it will be one Aussie cabin crew member per flight from Sydney and our main hub in Guangzhou, rising to at least one in each Economy, Premium Economy, and Business and First class as new staff are recruited and trained.

"The 13 crew starting next week are very keen to get into the air full time and we are in the process of offering positions to a second group of recruits who have just completed the recruitment process jointly operated by China Southern Airlines and Melbourne-based Altara air services company.

"Our plan is to continue to recruit and train local cabin crew as long as passenger feedback indicates it improves their in-flight experience."


Experienced international flight crew member Ms Cathy Chen has been appointed to the new position of Cabin Crew Manager in Sydney to manage day-to-day operations.


Air China opens its Danish internet site
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Air China has recently opened its Danish Internet site www.airchina.dk, which keeps customers up to speed on real-time flight status, flight schedules, onboard services, promotions, admission to FFP, FFP activities and contact numbers of the carrier's representative offices worldwide.

According to a source from Air China, the carrier will use the site as an effective marketing and service platform to serve the north European region.

About Air China

Air China is China's only national flag carrier and a Star Alliance member. In addition to commercial operations, it also provides special flight services for the country's state leaders on official visit to other countries.

With a fleet of 432 Airbus and Boeing aircraft, we run 282 routes in 30 countries and regions. Thanks to our admission to the Star Alliance, our route network, with Beijing as its hub, is able to place 1,160 destinations in 181 countries within our reach.


For more information, please visit our website www.airchina.com.
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Emirates Expands into Spain, Japan and Iraq
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Emirates is expanding its flights to both the East and the West this month.


While Spain takes a run at its third consecutive major football title, Emirates will triple flights to the country, with the launch of a daily service to Barcelona from Tuesday (July 3).


The new Barcelona link comes two days after the launch of a second Emirates flight to Madrid today.


Speaking at a media gathering in Barcelona to mark the launch, Thierry Antinori, Emirates' executive vice president, passenger sales worldwide, said: "The new Barcelona flight is the culmination of a very significant increase in our services to Spain. In the space of 48 hours, we will have tripled flights to this market in a clear demonstration of our commitment to Spain."


Emirates Airlines also announced that it will now be offering daily flights to Tokyo on the Airbus A380 aircraft. The announcement was made to mark the 10th anniversary of Emirates' flights to Tokyo.


Flight TK 318 to Tokyo was greeted by a traditional water cannon salute upon its landing in Narita International Airport.



Commitment to Japan


Richard Jewsbury, Emirates' senior vice president of commercial operations for the Far East and Australasia, said that launching Airbus A380 flights to Tokyo highlights the carrier's continuous commitment towards Japan.


Emirates Airlines also announced yesterday adding three extra flights between Dubai and Basra starting August 1.


The extra flights will increase the service from four per week to a daily flight service.


Saj Ahmad, chief aviation analyst at StrategicAero Research, attributes Emirates' expansion to the Iraqi southern port city to the absence of Iraqi airlines.


"There is a massive air transport void in the country and carriers like Emirates are filling that gap," he added, "Basra is an economically strong city, linked closely with oil production and other industries and there is a growing middle class population that want to travel in and out of the surrounding areas."


Ahmad expects that until Iraqi Airways revives itself, airlines like Emirates will look forward to more expansion and increased frequencies between many cities like Erbil, Baghdad, Najaf and Basra.


"For Emirates, Iraq represents an opportunity for us to expand our business. We will continue to invest in Iraq, empowering the local economy and helping it expand its business and tourism presence," Ahmad Khoury, Emirates' senior vice president, commercial operations, Gulf, Middle East and Iran, said in a statement.
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MAS plans to use Airbus A380 for Tokyo, Beijing routes
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Malaysia Airlines (MAS) plans to fly the superjumbo Airbus A380 to Tokyo's Narita International Airport and Beijing after its maiden A380 flight to London.


The airline's second destination for the A380 will be Sydney, Australia, towards the end of November, MAS said on Monday.


The airline has ordered six A380 aircraft, four of which will be delivered by the end of 2012 and the balance in 2013.


MAS set another historic Malaysian record on Sunday with the launch of its Airbus A380 scheduled service between Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and London Heathrow Airport.


The full flight took off for London exactly 38 years after its maiden flight operations between the two cities on July 1, 1974.


The national carrier also notched several significant firsts with the A380 operations, among others, being the only airline to introduce its A380 in an exclusive new livery and also having the widest first class seats among the operators of this aircraft.


"This is a proud moment for the entire nation and we at Malaysia Airlines are glad to be part of this historic moment, which positions Malaysia in the league of the A380 operators.


"Such an advancement is our contribution towards the efforts by all to steer Malaysia towards the developed nation status by 2020. This is also in line with the government's desire to increase capacity for heightened tourist arrivals into the country," MAS Group chief executive officer Ahmad Jauhari Yahya said in the statement.


"At the corporate level, the introduction of our A380 into service will see a continuation of our refreshed brand campaign which commenced in March 2012."


"The objective will be to position ourselves as a preferred premium carrier, so that the market chooses us over others when we gradually roll out our total revamped product, which not only includes areas such as inflight but also other aspects including airport lounges and all the other stages of the passenger's journey with us," he added
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Ministry condemns hijack bid as terror
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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday called the attempted hijacking of a passenger flight in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region last week an act of terrorism.

Ministry spokesman Liu Weimin told reporters at a daily news briefing: "I need to point out that hijacking a passenger flight is a crime that should be condemned by people from anywhere in the world."

In the first official comments on the incident, a government official in Xinjiang told the Chinese language Global Times newspaper yesterday that police officers on the flight who were native Uygur language speakers were quickly able to find out what the hijackers were up to.

Six police officers, five of them from the Uygur ethnic minority, were on Tianjin Airlines' flight GS7554, the unidentified official, said to be commander of operations on the ground, told the newspaper.

The hijackers had tried to ignite explosives on board and had managed to get other banned items on the plane, such as a special walking stick and cigar lighters and matches, he said.

"One of them pretended to be a disabled man walking with a stick and passed security," he said. But when the hijacking began, witnesses saw the man separate the stick into several metal rods and give them to his accomplices. They used them as weapons to attack the passengers, cabin crew and police officers trying to stop them, the official said. "The explosive objects are the most terrible part of the hijacking plots. We are still investigating whether they are standard detonators or self-made bombs," he told the newspaper.

"The passengers, flight guards and police officers managed to stop them from being successfully ignited in time."

An investigation team is in the process of finding out whether negligence on the part of airport security staff was to blame or whether there are "some other reasons" the banned items had got onto the flight, he said.

The hijackers tried to injure themselves after they failed to set off the explosives, he said, and also when they were being held on board. But he did not reveal details of their current physical condition. All of them had been arrested after the plane landed.

The official said Liu Huijun, a passenger sitting next to the cockpit in the first-class section, was one of the first people to figure out that the hijacking was under way and he shouted out a warning to other passengers. Liu knocked an explosive device out of the hands of a hijacker but he was hit on the head.

Shouting instructions

All the hijackers suddenly jumped from seats and shouted instructions to each other in Uygur language six minutes after the plane took off from Hotan Airport at 12:41pm. They tried to pry open the cockpit door with the metal rods but were stopped.

The hijackers were from different parts of Xinjiang, aged between 20 years old and 36, he said.

Two policemen on the flight were seriously wounded while the head attendant and seven passengers received minor injuries when they fought the hijackers, Xinhua news agency reported.

There were about 92 passengers and nine crew members on board the flight when the hijacking took place.

The plane was heading for Urumqi, capital of Xinjiang, about 1,400 kilometers from Hotan.

The Xinjiang government said yesterday that each of the 10 people, including police officers, flight attendants and passengers who helped fight the hijackers, would receive a 100,000 yuan (US$15,751) reward for their bravery.

The cabin crew would also share a 500,000 yuan reward.
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Spring Airlines to launch Shanghai-Bangkok flight from August 10
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It is learned from Spring Airlines Company Limited that the low-cost carrier will launch a flight linking Shanghai, China and Bangkok, capital of Thailand from August 10.


Passengers from Shijiazhuang, Spring Airlines' biggest base in north China, and central and southern parts of Hebei province, will get access to a low-cost air route between the province and Southeast Asia.

It also marks the Spring Airlines' first international service to Southeast Asia region. It is learned that the flight is scheduled to land at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International Airport. At present, Spring Airlines has launched a Thai edition of its official site for the convenience of Thai passengers.



The preferential airfare of this soon-to-be-opened flight is not clear right now.
Shijiazhuang Zhengding International Airport is the second biggest base of Spring Airlines with three flights flying from Shijiazhuang to Shanghai Hongqiao Airport each day. Recently, the airfare of the Shijiazhuang-Shanghai flights is as low as 299 yuan.



There is no doubt that air travelers from Hebei province will be able to enjoy the preference of the low-cost flights if they choose to travel to Bangkok via Shanghai.


According to analysts, along with the opening of Shanghai-Bangkok flight, Shanghai Spring International Travel Service, Spring Airlines' parent company, will follow up and launch its new tourist products in market of Shanghai, Shijiazhuang, Shenyang and other cities.



Before this, Spring Airlines has launched three low-cost flights linking China and Japan, providing cheaper transfer choices for passengers from Hebei province to travel to Japan.
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AirAsia X plans IPO as early as 2014
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AirAsia X, the long-haul affiliate of Malaysian budget carrier AirAsia Bhd., plans to launch its initial public offering by the end of this year or early 2013 to fund its expansion, said Chief Executive Azran Osman-Rani Tuesday.

The low-cost carrier, which disclosed plans to list shares a year ago, said it isn't looking at any acquisition target and plans to grow the company organically.


"It is easier and more efficient to buy airplanes than to buy a company," he said at a press conference in Taipei, adding the company aims to add 14 new aircraft to its current fleet size of 11 aircraft by the end of 2014.


The Malaysian airline, which recently suspended services to Paris and London as demand for leisure travel dropped amid the eurozone debt crisis, is eyeing expansion of its China network to cities that appeal to tourists such as Hangzhou, Wuhan, Xian, and Chongqing, said the chief executive.


AirAsia is Southeast Asia's largest budget airline by fleet size.
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Henan Airlines to accelerate reorganization; Shenzhen Airlines to hold 30 percent equity
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An air crash in August 2010 terminated the 2102-day safe operation record of the Chinese civil aviation. Two years later, this air crash was identified as a "liability accident" with its causes and handling details disclosed to the public for the first time.


On Jun. 29, 2012, the State Administration of Work Safety released the "Aug. 24 Extremely Large Air Crash Accident Investigation Report" elaborating the immediate causes and contributing factors for the Heilongjiang Yichun air crash of Henan Airlines as well as advising meting out punishment to the relevant individuals responsible including the air carrier and the local civil aviation authorities.


Thus, a Chinese air crash investigation was released to the public for the first time since the establishment of the People's Republic of China.



Besides, it was also the first time an on-duty captain in an air crash was called for to be held criminally liable and officials at civil aviation authorities were required to accept punishment.


On the other hand, Henan Airlines which has been grounded since the air crash is currently in the process of bankruptcy reorganization. Henan Provincial Government is expected to be the new controlling shareholder of the Zhengzhou-based carrier.


At 9:38 p.m. on August 24, 2010, VD8387, a regular passenger flight operated by Henan Airlines en route from Harbin to Yichun Lindu Airport, crashed during landing. The accident killed 44 people, injured 52 others and caused direct economic losses of 308.91 million yuan.


According to the accident investigation report, the captain violated operational rules by attempting to land the plane at the airport where the visibility was below the safety standards and continued the approach in fog despite of the loss of visual ground references.



The flight crew also failed to take action to go-around when hearing the radio altitude voice prompt without seeing the runway. The mismanagements above have been found to be the immediate causes for the air crash.


In addition, some contributing factors were revealed in the report including the poor safety management of Henan Airlines, insufficient investment, ineffective administration and lack of supervision from the relevant civil aviation authorities. It is worth noting that, human errors have been considered to be the main factors.


Since the deadly air crash, the operation of Henan Airlines has been suspended with five E190 aircraft parking quietly on the ramp of Zhengzhou Airport. The carrier whose business was fatally undermined by poor management is currently one step away from rebirth.


It is learnt that, at the end of 2011, Zhengzhou Intermediate People's Court approved Henan Airlines to carry out the bankruptcy reorganization.



The second-time meeting of creditors as part of the bankruptcy reorganization procedure has been held recently while the company is waiting for the conclusive judgment from the court.
Moreover, Henan Provincial Government will participate in the bankruptcy reorganization through the state-owned enterprises.



In the middle of June, Henan Civil Aviation Development & Investment Co., Ltd., a joint venture of Henan Coal Chemical Industry Group, Henan Transport Investment Group and Zhengzhou Real Estate Group, was officially established. One of the new company's priorities in 2012 is to complete the reorganization of Henan Airlines and resume its operations.


"Through reorganization measures such as taking over debts, the government-controlled company will hold around 70 percent equity of Henan Airlines. Since about three to four hundred employees of Henan Airlines came from Shenzhen Airlines Co., Ltd. while the government prefers a company with the aviation business experience to keep certain amount of stake, Shenzhen Airlines will hold around 30 percent of the total equity through a subsidiary", said an insider in Henan Provincial Government.



By the time the reorganization is completed, Henan Airlines will accelerate the operation-resuming process.
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Boeing hikes 20-year market forecast
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U.S. planemaker Boeing hiked its 20-year market forecast, predicting demand for 34,000 new aircraft worth US$4.5 trillion, on growth in emerging regions and as airlines seek efficient new planes to counter high fuel costs.

Many airlines are facing tough conditions as consumers and businesses in austerity-hit regions cut back on travel, while high fuel prices are taking their toll on profit.


Boeing said on Tuesday the market for new planes would become more geographically balanced over the next two decades, with the Asia-Pacific region leading the way in deliveries, as markets like China and India continued to grow.


The company had last year forecast demand for 33,500 new passenger aircraft and freighters worth US$4 trillion by 2030.


"Robust growth in China, India and other emerging markets is a major factor in the increased deliveries over the next 20 years," Boeing said.
The company said airline traffic was forecast to grow at a 5 percent annual rate over the next 20 years, with cargo traffic seen growing at a rate of 5.2 percent.


It saw the world fleet doubling over the next two decades.


"Low-cost carriers, with their ability to stimulate traffic with low fares, are growing faster than the market as a whole," the company said.


Boeing said there was strong demand to replace older, less fuel-efficient aircraft, with replacement accounting for 41 percent of new deliveries in the forecast, which runs to 2031.


The Chicago-based company said it saw a market for 23,240 single-aisle aircraft over the next two decades -- a category that includes its 737 and rival Airbus's A320 -- worth US$2.03 trillion.


It predicted demand for 7,950 twin-aisle aircraft -- such as its 787 Dreamliner -- worth US$2.08 trillion and 790 large aircraft -- the Airbus A380 or Boeing 747 -- worth US$280 billion over 20 years.


Two fifths of the demand for widebody long-range aircraft would come from Asian airlines, Boeing said.


It cut its forecast for the freighter market, blaming a cargo market that remains sluggish. It said it expected the world freighter fleet to nearly double from 1,740 aircraft today to 3,200 by 2031. Last year it had forecast the fleet would reach 3,500 by 2030.
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CAAC encourages code-share cooperation between Chinese and foreign airlines
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Over the recent years, foreign airlines have been expanding their operation scales in China and an increasing number of flights are being run by foreign airlines.


In order to strengthen the management of foreign airlines, improve their service capacity, and promote communication and exchanges between the two sides, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) held the first Work Conference of Foreign Airlines Representatives in Beijing on June 26.

CAAC Deputy Chief Xia Xinghua was present at the conference, together with 73 representatives from 49 foreign airlines - including 4 airlines from Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan.


So far, Chinese government has signed bilateral air transport agreements with 114 countries and regions. Up to 106 airlines from 56 countries and regions have launched up to 2,224 cargo and passenger flight services per week to 37 cities in China.



Faced with the rapid-developing Chinese aviation market, many overseas carriers as well as some carriers in Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan are expecting to expand their businesses in mainland China.



Based on feedbacks from various aspects, there are quite a lot of foreign airlines who are eager to open Chinese routes or increase their current flights to and from China.



According to Xia, although CAAC has put enormous efforts in easing air congestion these years and made some achievements, the airspace in China still fails to meet the demand at present, especially for airports in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Hangzhou, etc., where the tight flight schedules will not see improvement in the short run.



In the first half of 2012, the passenger and cargo volumes of major airports in East China were way below the industry's average level, mainly due to the busy flight schedules. On the other hand, provinces in the Midwest China saw fast growth in terms of passenger and cargo volume, benefiting from their relatively adequate flight schedules.


On the issue of foreign airlines entering into Chinese market, China has always held a positive and open attitude. CAAC always sticks to the market opening principle while negotiating bilateral traffic rights with foreign countries and regions, said Xia. However, the limited airspace turns out to be a major restriction factor for the further opening of market.



It will have direct influence on the efficiency and quality of the to-be-launched air routes if foreign airlines cannot get appropriate schedules. Therefore, CAAC encourages foreign airlines, as well as airlines from Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan, to code share with mainland airlines, so as to further develop the Chinese aviation market.
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ARJ21-700 project enters final sprint stage
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On June 28, the ARJ21-700 aircraft, China's self-developed regional jet with independent intellectual right, finished engine inlet splash test, one of the most critical airworthiness tests, in Yanliang, Xi'an.

This is the very first time for China's airworthiness certification group to carry out the trial. The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) representatives and the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) shadow audit representatives witnessed the test.


At 2:12 p.m. the same day, the ARJ21-700 glided through a specially-built test sink of 100 meters long and 8 meters wide, with a minimum depth not less than 12.7 mm on the runway.
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China-made C919 to appear on Farnborough International Airshow 2012
WCARN.com. July 5

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The Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, Ltd. (COMAC) will participate in the Farnborough International Airshow 2012 held during July 9-15, at Farnborough Airport (FAB), UK to showcase its C919 aircraft.

At the Farnborough International Airshow 2010, COMAC displayed models of its indigenous aircraft -- ARJ21 regional jet and C919 commercial narrow-body aircraft -- for the first time.

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China Express firms conditional order for six CRJ900 NextGens, options five
WCARN.com/Airlines and Destinations, July 7

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China Express Airlines has converted a previously announced conditional order for six CRJ900 NextGen aircraft into a firm order and has taken options on an additional five of the regional jets.


As previously announced, and based on the list price of the Bombardier CRJ900 NextGen, the manufacturer values the firm order contract at approximately US$264 million. This could increase to approximately US$491 million should the airline convert its five options to firm orders.

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Airbus to offer longer-range A330 plane

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London: European planemaker Airbus will revamp its A330 wide-body passenger jet in order to boost its range, it said at the Farnborough Airshow on Monday.
Industry sources told Reuters earlier on Monday that Airbus would announce a partial redesign of the jet, increasing the maximum amount of fuel or payload at take-off to extend its range.
The 240 tonne A330-300 will now be able to fly up to 11,020km, while the new A330-200 will fly to a range of 13,060km, Airbus said.
This means, for example, that the A330-300 can now connect new city pairs like London to Tokyo, Frankfurt to Cape Town, or Beijing to Melbourne.

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COMAC presents C919 & ARJ21 at the 48th Farnborough Airshow
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Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, Ltd. (COMAC) showcases the models of its large passenger aircraft C919 and ARJ21-700 regional jet at the 48th Farnborough International Airshow running from July 9, 2012 until July 15, 2012.


At the airshow, COMAC demonstrates models of its large passenger aircraft C919 and regional jet ARJ21 at B27, Hall 3, with an area of 200 square meters. A 3-D screen has been installed to present C919's mixed and all-economy cabin layouts, as well as the new regional jet ARJ21's cabin layouts varying from mixed, all-economy, premium economy, administration to business configuration.
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Airshow: COMAC signs pact with British Airways
(WCARN.com/The Wall Street Journal, July 9)

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British Airways has expanded a pact with the manufacturer of China's planned new jetliner to include the UK carrier's parent, providing a vote of confidence for the program despite speculation that it's slipping behind schedule.

International Consolidated Airlines Group SA signed a memorandum of understanding with Commercial Aircraft of China Ltd., or COMAC, the state enterprise leading the development of the C919 jet, which is being touted as a low-cost rival to established planes made by Airbus and Boeing Co.


British Airways agreed in 2010 to cooperate with COMAC on the C919's development, and the new deal extends that to include the UK carrier's merger partner, Iberia.

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CTU signs cooperation memorandum with TPE
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Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport (CTU) formally signed cooperation memorandum with Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (TPE) on July 6, 2012. TPE is the sixth cooperating airport with whom CTU signs memorandum after it has done so with Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport, Singapore Changi Airport, Tokyo International Airport, and Melbourne Airport. The cross-regional cooperation between the airports from two regions will exert positive impacts on promoting cooperation and accelerating common developments.

CTU is the fifth largest airport in mainland China. In 2011, the airport's overall passenger throughput reached 29.074 million. Meanwhile, the cargo & mail traffic throughput reached 477.7 thousand tons. CTU now ranks the first among airports in Midwest China and the 47th in the world. At present, CTU is the base hub for four airlines including Air China Southwest Branch, Sichuan Airlines, China Eastern Airlines Sichuan Branch and Chengdu Airlines.

TPE is the largest and busiest airport in Taiwan with two runways and two terminals. It is an important air hub in the Asia-Pacific region with advanced facilities, complete service functions and intensive air network. TPE handled 24.948 million passengers in the year of 2011 and ranked 56th among all airports in the world.
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CTU becomes China's 5th busiest airport
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According to the statistics from Sichuan Airport Group Company, in the first six months of 2012, Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport (CTU) handled altogether 124,567 aircraft movements, 15,53 million passengers, and 235,231 tonnes of cargo and mail, up 10.0%, 8.3%, and 4.6% respectively over the same period last year.

In June alone, 20,946 take-offs and landings were handled, a year-on-year growth of 9.4%; passenger throughput climbed by 6.5% to 2,63 million, while cargo and mail volume rose 2.9% to 37,669 tonnes.


CTU Ranks No. 5 in Terms of Growth Rate of Passenger and Cargo Volume in H1 2012


Affected by the weak macro-economic conditions in China, the growth of demand in aviation market has slowed down compared with the past years. In the first half of 2012, the passenger volume of CTU jumped by 9.1% to 14.98 million, taking the fifth place across the country, 470,000 more than that of Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport (SZX). On the cargo side, CTU also ranked No. 5 with a year-on-year growth rate of 5.3%, or 230,000 tonnes of cargo and mail.
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China's Qingdao Liuting Int'l. Airport approved to offer fifth freedom rights to airlines
(WCARN.com, July 10)

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China's Qingdao Liuting International Airport (TAO) launched a Los Angeles-Qingdao-Seoul-Los Angeles cargo route on July 8. The flight is operated twice a week by Asiana Airlines Inc. using a Boeing 747-400 cargo plane.

The opening of this cargo route strongly makes up for the market situation that only can American goods be transported to China through the existing Guangzhou-Qingdao-Los Angeles route, while no Chinese goods can be transported to America from Qingdao.

Thus the route greatly props up the operation mode and function of the intercontinental cargo routes from Qingdao Airport to America. At the same time, it marks that Qingdao Airport strides into the list of airports that offer foreign carriers the right to exercise fifth freedom air traffic rights.
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China Southern H1 net profit expected to drop over 50 percent
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A sharp downturn in the first quarter net profit of the three major Chinese airlines may emerge again in their first-half performance reports. On Jul. 10, China Southern Airlines Company Limited, the biggest Chinese carrier by passenger volume, released a revenue decline forecast stating that the first-half shareholder net profit is expected to fall more than 50 percent year-on-year.

According to the Guangzhou-based carrier, the revenue decline is mainly caused by the slowdown of domestic economy, the sluggish demand in the aviation industry, the surging fuel price and the exchange loss due to the depreciation of renminbi against US dollar in the first half of 2012. China Southern is expecting its first-half net profit to fall more than 50 percent.

It is worth noting that, the three major Chinese airlines all experienced net profit slump in the first quarter of 2012, among which China Southern saw a year-on-year net profit decline of 74.19 percent. In addition, the net profit of Air China Limited dropped 85.7 percent year-on-year while China Eastern Airlines Corporation Limited's net profit decreased 73.68 percent from a year earlier.
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Flights three Southeast Asian cities from Dalian via Guangzhou to be increased
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To meet passengers' increasing demand for travelling and making business exchanges to Southeast Asia, starting from Sep. 21, 2012, China Southern Airlines Company Limited will add the flight frequencies on Dalian-Guangzhou-Ho Chi Minh route and Dalian-Guangzhou-Kuala Lumpur route from twice-daily to thrice-daily. The originally twice-weekly Dalian-Guangzhou-Yangon flight will be increased to four flights per week.
China Southern currently operates about 170 flights per week to Southeast Asia, covering most destinations in Southeast Asia, including Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, the Philippines, India, Nepal and Bangladesh.
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Airshow: First Delivery of Domestic-Made Regional Jet ARJ21 Postponed to 2013
(WCARN.com, July 12)

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The first delivery of domestic-made ARJ21 regional jet is likely to be postponed for 2 years till the end of 2013, Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China Ltd. (COMAC) has reconfirmed the delivery deadline at Farnborough International Airshow.

It is reported that the ARJ21 was originally scheduled to be delivered in 2007. However, the company encountered several hard problems during the aircraft research and development so they pushed the delivery deadline to the end of 2011. The second delay of delivery was also resulted from problems of aircraft certification.

Tian Min, the chief financial officer of COMAC, announced at the Farnborough Airshow that COMAC plans to hand-over the jet to its launch customer - Chengdu Airlines in the end of 2013. It is the first time that COMAC has clearly declared a target deadline since it failed to deliver the jet in 2011.
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China's C919 Aircraft Draws Attention at Farnborough Int'l Airshow 2012
(WCARN.com/CCTV News, July 11)

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The Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, or COMAC showcased its C919 aircraft at the Farnborough International Airshow 2012 - ongoing in Hampshire, UK. The plane is China's first homegrown single-aisle passenger jet.

It brings with it a lot less ... less weight, less air resistance and lower emissions. According to its designers, it will also produce up to 30 fewer decibels of noise, 50 percent less pollution and use 13 percent less fuel compared with its competitors. But it also brings more ... The C919 will be the largest commercial airliner built in China.

Tian Min, Chief Accountant of Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China, said, "It is more user-friendly. The space between the seats is widened. Doors for luggage compartments open downward, which makes it more convenient for passengers to stow their luggage. The windows on the plane are bigger to provide a better view of the scenery outside."
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You, smart people:

I'm an International Relations/Studies major and I'm starting to think what I'm going to do for grad school/career. Do you guys have any idea how I could blend IR and Aviation together?

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Shanghai to be top air cargo hub
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Shanghai is on course to become the world's top air cargo hub by 2015, according to the head of the city's airport authority. Speaking at the opening of a new $175 million North Asia hub by Germany's Deutsche Post DHL, Li Derun, president of Shanghai Airport Authority, said that investments by such global players at Shanghai Pudong International Airport are now driving air traffic into the city.

He said rival US industry giants United Parcel Service Inc and FedEx Corp are also planning to base their regional express hubs in the airport area, expanding their international transfer business. Pudong International Airport handled around 3.1 million metric tons of cargo in 2011, ranking it third globally behind Hong Kong International Airport and Memphis International Airport in the United States.

"We only lag behind our rivals by 500,000 to 600,000 tons," Li said. "International transfer business accounts for just 5 percent of our portfolio. To take the top spot, we need to lift this to 16 percent over the next three years." The new DHL facility in Shanghai - part of an overall expansion plan by the company in China over the next five years - will be its biggest express hub in Asia, and marks its largest single investment in China, said its executive officer Frank Appel.

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Hainan Airlines honored as "Best Airline in China" and "Best Staff Service in China" of 2012 SKYTRAX World Airline Awards
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Hainan Airlines Co., Ltd., the largest airline within the air transportation division of the HNA Group was awarded at the "2012 World Airline Awards" once again. SKYTRAX, a global provider of professional aviation evaluation services, announced the winners of the "2012 World Airline Awards" at the Farnborough International Airshow in London on July 12th.


Over 40 airlines from around the world assembled at the World Airline Awards to receive their accolades, which were handed out by Edward Plaisted, Chairman of SKYTRAX. Winners of all the awards, including "World's Best Airlines", are selected by more than 18.8 million air travelers from around the world.


Hainan Airlines Co., Ltd., one of the SKYTRAX Five-Star Airlines, won both the "Best Airline in China" and "Best Staff Service in China" awards, marking the fourth time that the airline has won the two awards since 2008. The airline also received the awards in 2010 and 2011.
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China Cargo codeshares with SIA Cargo
(WCARN.com, July 12)

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Recently, China Cargo Airlines Limited and Singapore Airlines Cargo signed a codeshare agreement on freight services between Shanghai and Singapore, which greatly enhances both parties' competitiveness on that route.

"The codeshare partnership enables Singapore Cargo to better take part in Chinese cargo market. Meanwhile, it will provide customers with more flexible and high-quality services; the unified interface for ordering cabin space offers more choices for customers." said the SIA Cargo president Chen Kaiping.

more: http://www.wcarn.com/cache/news/20/20279.html



Gov't seeks sonic boom for aviation industry
(WCARN.com/China Daily, July 13)

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The Chinese aviation industry plans to have 170 billion ton-kilometers of air passenger and freight transport by 2020, which is almost three times 2011's number, according to an announcement by the central government on Thursday.


The Several Opinions of the State Council on Promoting the Development of the Aviation Industry includes 19 items that set the aviation industry's development targets, missions and policies.


Business insiders said they feel encouraged by the first State-level announcement to promote the aviation industry, although the industry's growth has slowed since the end of 2010, said Zou Jianjun, professor at the Civil Aviation Management Institute of China's department of economic management.

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