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Old July 13th, 2012, 10:10 AM   #361
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Could China's "gutter oil" be used to save the environment?
(WCARN.com/IBTimes.com, July 11)


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Instead of causing cancer, China's "gutter oil" may soon be getting a chance to help save the planet. Used cooking oil in China -- when collected from waste and refuse, it is known as "digou you", or literally "gutter oil" -- has created controversies in the past when sold illegally back to restaurants and companies to be used for human consumption.

However, recycled oils in China may soon be subject to a sophisticated multistep refining treatment to be turned into high-grade fuel for jet aircraft. The process emits considerably less carbon and reduces dependency on petroleum.

But it's not domestic Chinese firms that are taking this opportunity to soar from the sewers into the skies. Instead, a European aviation fuel company called SkyNRG may be making this bold step in repurposing waste into economic gains. Western and Chinese news media initially erroneously reported on Wednesday that KLM Royal Dutch Airlines would buy some 2,000 metric tons of used cooking oil from companies in Shanghai, later to be refined into aviation fuel.

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Old July 16th, 2012, 06:19 AM   #362
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VSMPO will supply parts for Chinese aircraft
(WCARN.com/RusBusiness News, July 10)

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The VSMPO-AVISMA Corporation, OJSC, and the Chinese company, Shanghai Aircraft Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (SAMC) have signed a ten-year contract for purchasing of titanium forgings for the COMAC C919 Aviation Program. The contract was signed during the Farnborough International Airshow-2012, which will work till July 15.
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Interview: Airbus sees China poised to become large aircraft market
(Xinhua/WCARN.com, July 16)

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China is sure to become the single largest market for aircraft in the world, said John Leahy, Chief Operating Officer-Customers at Airbus, at the Farnborough International Airshow which was closed in southwest of London on Sunday.

In an exclusive interview with Xinhua, Leahy, who help Airbus raise market share from 18 percent in 1995 to the present 50 percent, said: "There's no doubt in my mind that China will become the single largest economy in the world and single largest for aircraft in the world. The two goes together."
Speaking of the impact of European debt crisis, he said the crisis is over rated.


"It's a financial crisis, not-necessarily a transportation crisis, we have aircraft that help reduce the crisis to running the airline, make travel less expensive." He took Airbus' new aircraft A380 as example. It consumes only 2.9 liters per hundred kilometers. "We build a way for more people to fly, more comfortably at lower cost, that's the way for the future."
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Farnborough Airshow Wraps up with US$72 Billion Contracts
(WCARN.com/Xinhua, July 16)

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As this year's Farnborough International Airshow wrapped up on Sunday, orders and commitments have been confirmed worth a total of US$72 billion.

The figures covered 758 aircraft and represent a 53-percent increase on the 2010 show and close to the 2008 figure when sales peaked at US$8.8 billion.

Airshow organisers, Farnborough International Ltd, confirmed that the event attracted over 1500 exhibitors with representation right across the supply chain. Over 70 military delegations from 46 countries attended with a further 13 delegations from the civil sector.

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Old July 16th, 2012, 06:48 AM   #363
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Swiss/Austrian seeks ATI approval to join ANA/LH Japan-Europe JV
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All Nippon Airways (ANA) has filed an application with the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism for antitrust immunity (ATI) to add Swiss International Air Lines (LX) and Austrian Airlines (OS), both Lufthansa Group carriers, to its Japan-Europe joint venture (JV) with Lufthansa (LH).

According to ANA, the expanded bilateral JV between LH Group and ANA "will offer customers greater convenience and improved access to intra-Europe routes."
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SWISS Earns Top Honours for Its Business Class Catering
(WCARN.com, July 13)

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Swiss International Air Lines has taken first place in the "Best Business Class Catering" category in this year's Skytrax World Airline Awards. The annual industry distinctions are based on a survey of several million air travellers by the UK-based Skytrax consultancy company.

Over 18 million air travellers from more than 100 countries have voted SWISS the carrier with the best Business Class catering in the 2012 Skytrax World Airline Awards. SWISS formally received the distinction during the biennial Farnborough International Airshow in the UK.

"We are delighted to see that the high quality of our inflight product is so appreciated by our customers," says Frank Maier, Head of Product & Services at SWISS. "Our on-board cuisine and our specifically Swiss service aspirations are key elements in our overall positioning as The Airline of Switzerland. And with our 'SWISS Taste of Switzerland' inflight catering concept for First and Business Class on intercontinental routes and our 'SWISS Traditions' product for Business Class in Europe, we strive to offer our guests an optimum of culinary variety, originality and regional flair."

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Austrian Airlines begins Airbus switch from Boeing
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Austrian Airlines has begun its switch from Boeing 737 to Airbus 320 planes for medium-haul flights, it said on Friday, as it streamlines its fleet as part of an accelerated restructuring under owner Lufthansa.
The loss-making airline said it had signed a letter of intent for five A320s and had already taken delivery of another two, and expected the first of the new fleet to be in service by mid-October 2012.


Austrian Airlines is implementing deep cost cuts as the price of Lufthansa's support for its fleet upgrade, and hopes to return to profit this year.

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Old July 16th, 2012, 01:30 PM   #364
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Hainan Airlines to launch services to Seattle and Brussels
(WCARN.com, July 15)

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Hainan Airlines is planning to open two international round-trip routes -- Xi'an-Beijing-Seattle and Xi'an-Beijing-Brussels -- from mid-July this year, according to informed sources from Shaanxi Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau.
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Air China launches fast-track service on Rome and Milan
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Air China recently launched a Fast Track immigration service at the airports of Rome and Milan.

First Class/Business Class passengers and PhoenixMiles Platinum members on flights between Rome and Beijing operated by Air China as well as First Class/Business Class passengers on flights between Milan and Beijing/Shanghai operated by Air China can now head to the specified Fast Track Pass area where they must produce their valid credentials to qualify for the service.
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Int'l Flight Booking Available on China Southern Mobile App
(WCARN.com, July 16)

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Recently, China Southern Airlines has upgraded its mobile app again with a new function of international flight booking. It is the first e-commerce platform on smart phones to support international ticket booking in China, which further promotes the e-commerce internationalization process of China Southern.

The China Southern mobile app uses a third-party payment platform covering China Construction Bank, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, China Merchants Bank and other domestic major banks to meet the ticketing demand for the vast majority of credit card users.
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Old July 16th, 2012, 01:37 PM   #365
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Air Busan to launch new route between Macau and Busan on July 19th
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Air Busan held an official press conference at the Macau International Airport on July 16th, 2012 announcing the new flight service connecting Busan and Macau starting from July 19th, 2012.

The airline uses Airbus 321-200, which provides 195 seats, and Boeing 737-400 aircraft, which provides 162 seats, offering two regular flights per week. Mr. Kang kyeng Dae, General Manager of Air Busan Hong Kong Branch and Ms. Suning Liu, Executive Director of Macau International Airport Company Limited (CAM), delivered speeches and exchanged souvenirs during the press conference.
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Old July 16th, 2012, 04:16 PM   #366
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Qatar Airways chosen as 'World's Best Airline' for the second time

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Qatar Airways has won the award for the Best Airline of the World, for the second time, at the Skytrax 2012 World Airline Awards. The Best Airline of the World award, as well as the awards for best seats, best lounges and others, were announced on Thursday at the Farnborough International Airshow near London.

The World's Best Airlines 2012
1. Qatar Airways
2. Asiana Airlines
3. Singapore Airlines
4. Cathay Pacific Airways
5. ANA All Nippon Airways
6. Etihad Airways
7. Turkish Airlines
8. Emirates
9. Thai Airways
10. Malaysia Airlines
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Old July 17th, 2012, 06:24 AM   #367
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IAG "Carefully Considers" the C919
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The International Airlines Group (IAG) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China (COMAC) to "carefully consider" ordering the Chinese-produced C919 at the Farnborough Airshow.

According to the MOU, COMAC will set up a joint working group with IAG to conduct cooperation in the fields of technology and operation requirements, regulations, financing and client and product services for the C919.

According to a COMAC insider, IAG is the first non-Chinese airline to consider ordering the 150-seat aircraft. Last year, Ryanair signed a similar MOU with COMAC.
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China to Establish Flight Delay Forecast System
(People's Daily Online/WCARN.com, July 17)

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Since the Several Opinions of the State Council on Promoting the Development of the Aviation Industry was published on July 12, what will it bring to the development of the civil aviation industry of China and what influences will it bring to the lives of people? Regarding these questions, People's Daily had an interview with Li Jiaxiang, the director general of Civil Aviation Administration of China.

The level of safety ranks highest in the world, with major accident rate (per 1 million hours) less than 0.15. According to Li, the "Opinions" is the first state-level overall guideline designed and issued specifically to promote the development of the civil aviation industry. It is an all-round plan on the future development of the sector, proposing the idea of "people-oriented and safety first", putting continuous safety concept into practice and providing the public with safe and high-quality aviation services.

The "Opinions" outlines the goals and tasks of the civil aviation industry by 2020. The "Opinions" proposes that great efforts should be made to increase the flight punctuality rate in the future. The current 182 airports in China cannot meet the demand of the public so more airports will be built ahead of time. The "Opinions" defines ten tasks in the future development, among which the task of airport construction is quite eye-catching.
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Chinese travelers turn to seek experience
(China Daily USA, July 17)

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The stereotypical image of Chinese tourists abroad is of large tour groups following a guide with a red flag through sightseeing spots and shopping malls. But all that could be about to change, as the country's leading travel agencies attempt to replace traditional tour packages with high-end experiences.

On Monday, China Travel Service, a big player in the travel industry, announced it will cooperate with vacation resorts in South Korea to provide packages that appeal to well-off families, eco-golfers and winter sports enthusiasts.

"Getting in and out of a tour bus at tourist spots and being in a rush is no longer working with outbound tourists," said Zhang Ping, president of CTS. "We have to move upstream in quality and create tourism products tailored to the demands of individuals and that give people more freedom for unique experiences."

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Old July 17th, 2012, 06:38 AM   #368
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United passengers revolt after stranded for 3 days in China
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A United Airlines flight from Shanghai, China, to New Jersey should have taken just 13 hours, but it took some folks three days to make that trip, after a firestorm of protests, threats, even violence.

United Flight 87 was scheduled to leave Shanghai Wednesday and bring 225 passengers to Newark Airport in New Jersey. The flight didn't land until Saturday morning after three days of cancellations, causing tense moments between passengers and United Airlines. "You get the runaround by these airlines," said passenger Steve Borowka.

"You're so powerless, just so humiliated and frustrated and you get so upset." The flight was canceled twice because of maintenance on the Boeing 777, and a third delay came because the flight crew had been on duty too long. As passengers grew frustrated by miscommunications, tempers boiled over and a fist fight broke out.
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Chinese airlines turns profitable in June; upbeat earnings expected in Q3
(WCARN.com, July 17)

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Chinese airlines finally turned the table in June amid the summer peak travel season and the decline in fuel price. According to the internal statistics data from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), Chinese airlines turned profitable in June with a total profit of 2 billion yuan, up 10 percent year-on-year.

The Chinese aviation enterprises reported a total loss of 1.37 billion yuan in May, citing depreciation of the RMB and weak passenger & cargo demand. At that time, the jet fuel price dropped slightly on a month-on-month basis while jumped 8 percent from a year earlier.

However, the business of Chinese airlines rebounded in June amid the recovering of the passenger traffic and the sliding fuel price. According to the CAAC internal figures, the total transportation turnover volume of Chinese civil aviation industry reached 4.86 billion ton-kilometers in June, up 6.6 percent year-on-year.
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Needles found in sandwiches on 4 Delta flights

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Delta Air Lines Inc. and the FBI are trying to figure out how needles got into turkey sandwiches served aboard four flights from Amsterdam. One passenger was injured. The airline said that what appear to be sewing needles were found in six sandwiches on Sunday.

One passenger on a flight to Minneapolis was injured, but the passenger declined to get medical attention, according to Delta spokeswoman Kristin Baur. The other needles were on two flights to Atlanta and one to Seattle.

The FBI's Atlanta office has opened a criminal investigation into the matter, the agency said in a written statement. An FBI spokesman in Atlanta did not immediately return a phone message seeking comment.
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Axed BA Crew Back
(The Sun/WCARN.com, July 17)

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Five cabin crew axed by British Airways at the height of the bitter strike two years ago are back at work. BA last night confirmed a number of former rebels -- fired for criticising the business -- had been let off.

In a statement, the airline said: "British Airways has made the decision to allow some individuals the opportunity to return to work." BA have also reinstated staff discounts and loyalty bonuses for strikers.
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Hainan Airlines cleared to start Chicago flights with 787s
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China's Hainan Airlines secured approval from regulators to start its second U.S. service, and plans to launch flights from Beijing to Chicago next year with Boeing Co. 787 Dreamliners.

Hainan already flies from the Chinese capital to Seattle and Toronto, and in March signed a marketing pact with American Airlines to cross-sell each others' flights. The Chinese airline had already identified Seattle as a likely destination for its yet-to-be-delivered 787s.

It said in its application to the U.S. Department of Transportation that it would use the Dreamliner "or equivalent longhaul aircraft in its fleet" to start four weekly Chicago flights.

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Spring Airlines blacklists passengers who receives delay compensations
(WCARN.com, July 18)

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Chinese low-cost carrier Spring Airlines blacklisted passengers who claimed compensation for flight delays, the reporter learned from a customer of the airline.

"I didn't expect that I would be blacklisted by Spring Airlines, after I've received a 200 yuan delay compensation from the airline," passenger Ms Liu told the reporter.


Delays and Compensations

In mid-April, Ms Liu purchased a Spring Airlines ticket from Shanghai Pudong to Harbin -- flight 9C8511 -- which was scheduled to take off at 5:05 p.m. on April 30 and arrive in Harbin at 7:45 p.m. the same day. On that day, Ms Liu checked in at least two hours before the flight took off and waited to board the plane.
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CAAC approves two int'l cargo services
(WCARN.com, July 19)

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Recently, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has given the green light to two cargo services operated by two foreign airlines.

From August 13, 2012, U.S.-based Evergreen International Airlines will launch a New York-Hahn-Almaty-Chongqing/Chongqing-Shanghai-Nagoya-Anchorage-Chicago-New York cargo service. The cargo route will be operated once a week using a Boeing 747-200 freighter.

Besides, approved by the CAAC, Iran Air will launch a round-trip cargo flight linking Teheran, Iran and Shanghai, China from September 1, 2012. It will be operated once a week using a Boeing 747 freighter.

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Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport to be expanded
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A total of NT$300 billion (US$10 billion) will be spent on the renovation of Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, the major airport serving Taipei, Taiwan's transportation minister, Mao Chi-kuo, said July 18.

"There will be a new terminal and a new runway at the airport. The construction will be completed by 2018," Mao said.

Mao made his remarks when he was visiting the construction site at the airport, where Terminal I is being renovated. He said that it has been a difficult project because the terminal has been under construction while it has been under operation at the same time.
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Qantas Un-Australian, says Etihad boss James Hogan
(The Australian/WCARN.com, July 23)

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Etihad Airways chief executive James Hogan has blasted Qantas for being un-Australian in its campaign to undermine his airline's investment in Virgin Australia and has pledged that the Abu Dhabi-based carrier will never seek to control Virgin.

Melbourne-born Mr Hogan said Qantas's hostile reaction to Etihad's bid to increase its shareholding in Virgin to 10 percent was a ploy to distract from Qantas's own failings.

Etihad yesterday won approval from the Foreign Investment Review Board to lift its stake in Virgin from 5 percent to 10 percent. It is understood it was given the green light because 10 percent was not close to a controlling interest and was lower than the shareholdings of existing foreign shareholders Virgin Group, which has 26 percent, and Air New Zealand, with 19.9 percent.

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China edges open its low-altitude airspace
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China will further relax its ban on low-altitude airspace for private use, China's top economic planning body announced Friday. China would also boost the number of cities and facilities available for general aviation, said Huang Min, director-general of the Department of Basic Industries at the National Development and Reform Commission, at a press conference Friday, with the commission coordinating with government bureaus to achieve airspace reform.

One of the two categories of civil aviation, general aviation refers to all flights other than military and scheduled airline passenger and cargo flights. Most of the world's air traffic falls into this category. Military control of airspace below 1,000 meters has for decades stifled the general aviation market of China, slowing down development of the civil industry, experts explained.
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Taiwan, a difficult place to take-off from
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Taiwan's flag carrier, China Airlines Ltd., has struggled to clear both internal and external hurdles in its efforts to expand beyond its borders. For its part, the carrier, Taiwan's largest airline by revenue, has had a less-than-stellar safety record - four deadly accidents between the 1994 and 2002, including a crash in Nagoya, Japan, in 1994 that killed 264 people.

Further hampering growth, the airline was until recently banned from operating direct flights to mainland China, which considers the island a rogue territory. Those restrictions have eased since diplomatic relations between Beijing and Taipei began to thaw in 2008, though some limitations remain.

The airline's president, Huang-Hsiang Sun, a 64-year-old industry veteran, sat down with Joanne Chiu in Beijing to discuss how the carrier plans to rebuild its image, what its plans are for the cross-strait market, and what measures it will take to offset falling revenue contributions from its air-cargo business. The following interview has been edited.
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Boeing, Korean Air announce orders for two 777-300ERs
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Boeing and Korean Air today finalized an order for two 777-300ERs (Extended Range) airplanes. The order is valued at US$596 million at Boeing list prices.

"Korean Air has been a valued Boeing customer for over five decades and we are honored the airline has again chosen the 777-300ER to expand its long-haul fleet," said Ihssane Mounir, vice president of Sales and Marketing for Greater China and Korea, Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

"The 777-300ERs advanced technology and innovative features will continue to provide the airline with tremendous economics and reliability. Korean Air's growing fleet of Boeing twin-aisle airplanes validates its commitment to excellence in flight."
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Korean Air reports quarterly loss due to weak cargo business, currency
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Korean Air Line Co. reported a second quarter loss on Thursday as the global economic slowdown hurt its cargo business and a decline in the local currency made servicing its foreign debt more expensive.

South Korea's largest airline said its April-June net loss totaled 159 billion won (US$140 million) on revenue of 3.3 trillion won.The flag carrier said the performance of its cargo business reflected South Korea's sluggish exports.

Cargo shipments decreased by around 12 percent from the same period a year earlier due to a sharp fall in cargos bound for Europe and America. The fall in the South Korean won against the dollar increased Korean Air's interest payments on its foreign-currency debt, raising overall expenses even as fuel costs stabilized, it said.
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Changes to Qantas Executive Team
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Qantas Group Chief Executive Officer Alan Joyce announced today that, effective October 31, Brett Johnson would retire after more than 17 years as the Group's General Counsel.

"Brett has had a major impact on the success of Qantas and his sound advice to the Board and me has been invaluable over many years," Mr Joyce said. "We wish Brett well in the next stage of his career."

Mr Johnson said he was sad to leave Qantas but was excited about the next phase of his career. "Being General Counsel of this great Australian icon has been an honour and I have enjoyed working with all Qantas employees, particularly the great professionals within Qantas Legal," Mr Johnson said.
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S. Korea's air cargo traffic drops in first half of 2012
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SEOUL, July 24 (Xinhua) -- South Korea's air cargo traffic decreased 1.4 percent in the first six months of this year compared with the same period in 2011 in the face of global economic woes, the government said Tuesday.

The country's air cargo traffic stood at about 1.72 million tons in the January-June period, down 1.4 percent from 1.74 million tons a year before, according to the Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs.
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Li Jiaxiang: CAAC Encourages Development of Low-Cost Airlines
(WCARN.com, July 23)

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The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) encourages the development of low-cost airlines, which can not only reduce passengers' travel cost, but also help achieve the popularization of air travel in China, said a senior aviation official in Beijing on July 20.

Low-cost airline is a service sector that employs a strategy of taking passengers' concern over prices into account. As the nation's civil aviation watchdog, CAAC encourages the development of low-cost airline, for it can not only reduce passengers' travel cost, but also help achieve the popularization of air travel in China, said Li Jiaxiang, head of CAAC at a press conference held by the State Council Information Office (SCIO) in Beijing on July 20.

"As for government policies, we are generally open-ending to back up the development of low-cost carriers," said Li Jiaxiang. The National Development and Reform Committee (NDRC) and CAAC have related coordinating policies to encourage airlines to cut prices. Besides, CAAC always puts restriction on price rises, but not for price-cutting, since lower prices will create more convenience for air passengers.
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Lufthansa axes Jakarta and Singapore from Munich
(WCARN.com/Business Traveller Asia, July 23)

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After October 14, Lufthansa will drop its direct flight between Munich and Jakarta which stops en route in Singapore.

Currently Lufthansa serves both Asian cities five times a week from Munich with an A340-300.

"We regret that Lufthansa will no longer connect these two Asian cities with Munich," says Thomas Kluehr, the Executive Board member in charge of Munich Services.

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CAAC Dismisses Allegation of White Elephant Airports
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Responding to a recent Forbes article which claims that 82 planned Chinese airports would be an unnecessary waste of resources, the General Administration of Civil Aviation of China (CAAC) refutes the allegation, saying the airports stand as practical planning and they look forward to accommodating the country's growing air-travel needs, Global Times reports.

The CAAC announced last week that China plans to build 82 new airports and expand 101 existing ones during the 12th five-year plan, from 2011 to 2015. Citing a 2 billion yuan (US$313 million) loss from 130 existing airports in 2011, the report in the biweekly magazine cast doubts on the usefulness of new airports.

Accepting the financial loss as a fact, CAAC Director-General Li Jiaxiang, however, says the financial losses for those airports is not because there are too many of them, which would cause overcapacity and price wars among airports, but it was the shortage of them that makes running the airports exceptionally costly and air tickets so expensive that many travelers opt out of flying.
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PAL eyes $300-M savings by flying new planes
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MANILA, Philippines - Flag carrier Philippine Airlines Inc. (PAL), a unit of diversified conglomerate San Miguel Corp. (SMC), could save as much as $300 million a year from the use of new Boeing 777 aircrafts from Boeing Co. for long-haul routes while redeploying other jets to handle shorter routes and expects to breakeven for fiscal year 2012.

PAL and SMC president Ramon Ang said in an interview with reporters during the cocktail reception for its third new B777-300ER that the use of the new aircrafts would increase the airline’s efficiency and profitability.

The 370-seater B777s currently fly to Vancouver, Japan, Hong Kong, Australia and Japan via Cebu and each B777 has two of the largest and most powerful commercial jet engines – the GE90-115BL. The aircraft boasts of exceptional fuel economy, efficiency, reliability and high levels of cabin comfort for its passengers, combined with unmatched levels of payload (28 tons of cargo) and range (7,825 nautical miles).
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China Southern to launch Guangzhou-Los Angeles A380 route from Oct. 12
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China Southern Airlines will put Airbus A380 super jumbo on its Guangzhou-Los Angeles route on daily basis starting from Oct. 12, 2012, according to sources from Airline Route.

This marks the first international route for China Southern A380 super jumbo almost one year after the airline received its first A380 aircraft on Oct. 15, 2011. The A380 will replace the current Boeing 777-200ER to operate the service.

The Los Angeles-bound flight leaves Guangzhou at 21:00, with arrival in Los Angeles at 18:50, while the Guangzhou-bound flight departs from Los Angeles at 23:30, with arrival in Guangzhou at 05:50 (all local time). Reservation for the A380 flight has been available from July 26.
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Global body says Indian aviation sector "in crisis"
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India's highly competitive aviation sector is in "crisis", crippled by high costs, exorbitant airport charges and taxes, the global aviation industry's chief said on Wednesday.

India's major carriers lost close to US$2 billion in the last fiscal year to March 2012 and are carrying debts of US$20 billion, International Air Transport Association (IATA) chief Tony Tyler said.

"India's aviation is in a multi-faceted crisis. Before the aviation sector can deliver greater benefits to the Indian economy, this crisis must be resolved," Tyler told a business audience in New Delhi.
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Tibet Airlines to launch Lhasa-Chongqing-Shanghai flight from August
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Tibet Airlines, a regional subsidiary of Air China, will launch a new flight linking Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet Autonomous Region and Shanghai with a stopover in Chongqing starting from August, the reporter learned from the airline on July 25.

Tibet Airlines, the first plateau-based air transport company in China, will celebrate its 1st anniversary on July 26, 2012.
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Okay Air takes delivery of its sixth MA60
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China's regional carrier Okay Airways held a brief ceremony to welcome the arrival of its sixth MA60 at Tianjin Binhai International Airport on July 26, 2012.

Okay Airways introduced its first MA60 aircraft in 2008 and became the first customer of the MA60 aircraft in China. The airline plays a pioneer role in the commercial operation and promotion of the domestic-made aircraft.

The regional carrier continued to introduce MA60s in the past 5 years under the policy of the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) to encourage the development of regional aviation.
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Beijing Capital Airlines launches "S-class" high-end product
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Beijing Capital Airlines Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of Hainan Airlines, has launched a high-end product named "S-class", in order to meet the sales demand in summer peak season. The new product will help travelers get rid of the trouble of ticket shortage as passengers can book tickets directly from the airline's official website.
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Vietnam Airlines compensates passengers 100,000 yuan for one-day delay
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On July 22, Vietnam Airlines Corporation's flight VN553 from Chengdu to Hanoi was delayed for 24 hours due to mechanical problems. Passengers were paid 1,000 yuan each for compensation. Vietnam Airlines paid almost 100 passengers with a sum of near 100,000 yuan for delay compensation, which is the airline's biggest passenger compensation in China.

Passengers: Travel Schedules Have to Be Cut Short

It is learned that about 100 passengers were onboard, most of whom were tourists of several travel agencies, along with some individual travelers. Many of them planned to visit Vietnam for 6 days and were intended to leave Chengdu at 4:00 p.m. on July 22 and come back on July 29. However, they were informed that the flight had been delayed.

Vietnam Airlines launches flights between Chengdu and Hanoi on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays; so if passengers were not intended to come back Chengdu on July 27, they had to wait till July 29. After negotiations, passengers decided to cut short their original 6-day Vietnam travel schedule and still come back on July 27; However, they insisted the airline to compensate for delay before the aircraft took off.
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Aeromexico place historic US$11 billion Boeing order
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Mexico's largest airline Aeromexico on Wednesday placed an US$11 billion order with Boeing, in what the company said was the biggest aircraft investment by a Mexican airline in the country's history.

The order is for 90 737-8 planes and 10 Dreamliners, Aeromexico said in a statement. Aeromexico, which went public last year, said the Dreamliners will begin arriving in the summer of 2013 and the 737-8 aircraft will be delivered starting in 2018.
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IATA Says Expects India to Lead Talks on EU Airline Carbon Scheme
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The International Air Transport Association (IATA) expects India to lead global talks on the European Union's Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), Tony Tyler, the organisation's director general, said on Wednesday, adding that he felt India was not "philosophically opposed" to the scheme.
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United Airlines profit plunges 37 percent
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The parent of United Airlines, the world's biggest airline, reported Thursday a steep fall in second-quarter profit on weak revenue growth. United Continental Holdings, Inc. said it had net income of US$339 million in the April-June period, compared with US$538 million in the year-ago period.

Earnings of US$1.41 per share, excluding special items, fell far short of the US$1.70 expected by analysts. The company, known by its ticker symbol UAL, said revenues edged up 1.3 percent, to US$9.9 billion, missing estimates of US$10.0 billion.

The biggest airline by traffic also was hit by higher fuel prices, a major driver of a 4.0 percent increase in operating costs. Passenger revenue increased 2.3 percent to US$8.8 billion, while cargo revenue tumbled 16.1 percent to US$265 million.

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U.S. ups the pressure on European Union in airline row
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Washington will ratchet up the pressure next week to find a global solution to a bitter row over an EU law that makes airlines that use European airports pay for carbon emissions. In the U.S. Senate, the powerful commerce committee will hold a vote on Tuesday on a bipartisan bill that would make it illegal to comply with the EU law.

"We hope it will further signal to the EU that there continues to be deep opposition in the U.S.," said Nancy Young, vice president of environmental affairs for lobby group Airlines for America (A4A). At the same time, the U.S. State Department and Department of Transportation will hold a two-day meeting on Tuesday and Wednesday to try to accelerate efforts within the U.N.'s aviation body -- the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) -- to come up with a solution acceptable to all sides.

The meeting will bring together 17 non-EU nations opposed to the EU law, which since the start of this year requires all flights in or out of Europe to pay for their emissions, using the EU's Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS). U.S. sources said the meeting will take a different tack from previous gatherings of ETS opponents, referred to as the coalition of the unwilling, because rather than drawing up lists of retaliatory threats, it is seeking an alternative way forward.
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Routes Asia heads to Sarawak in 2014
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It was announced today that in 2014 Routes Asia will return to Malaysia when the event takes place in Kuching, the capital of the Malaysian state of Sarawak, jointly hosted by Sarawak Tourism Board and Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad.

This will be the fifth time that a Routes event has taken place in Malaysia. In 2003 the first Routes Asia event, also the first ever Routes regional event, was held in Sepang hosted by Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad who went on to host Routes Asia for the following two years and World Routes 2008 in Kuala Lumpur. Since these early days Routes Asia has gone from strength to strength welcoming 672 delegates in Chengdu earlier this year.

Sarawak, known as the Land of the Hornbills, is the largest of the Malaysian states and is situated on the island of Borneo. Home to the world's oldest tropical rainforests it is abundant in wildlife including rare and endangered species such as the orangutan and the hornbill. The historic capital city of Kuching has a population of around 600,000 and dates back hundreds of years when traders from China and the West would travel there to trade the exotic treasures of the rainforest. Today Kuching remains the central hub and gateway to Sarawak.
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I think it will be a good idea to just turn this thread into a Rankings, Figures, Statistics discussion thread. Since all this news article spam killed the discussions here.
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