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Old November 16th, 2006, 07:55 AM   #181
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Old November 16th, 2006, 08:01 AM   #182
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Old November 16th, 2006, 08:08 AM   #183
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They spend billions on the Olympics and this is what they came up with for publicity?

Come on, they can do better than that! No offense but that plane looks more like a kids coloring book to me. And use the jumbo for crying out loud.
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Old November 16th, 2006, 08:22 PM   #184
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Old November 16th, 2006, 09:01 PM   #185
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I bet theyre going to paint a whole lot more planes with olympic plublicity
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Old November 18th, 2006, 12:42 AM   #186
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Weird. China and Brazil--2 very different countries !
Whats weird about it?
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Old November 18th, 2006, 08:58 PM   #187
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Old November 22nd, 2006, 12:45 AM   #188
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This is a nice one and will tighten relations between these countries.
I have also read that another chinese carrier, China Southern, will start flying to Lagos from Beijing as a consequence of bilateral agreements following the Sino-African forum just held in China.If I am not mistaken this should be the first direct flight between China and Africa.
I doubt it will be non-stop, there is not enough demand.
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Old November 22nd, 2006, 04:01 AM   #189
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Are there any flights from Africa to HK right now?
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Old November 22nd, 2006, 07:21 AM   #190
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Kenya airways and South african airways fly to HK from Nairobi and Johannesburg
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Old November 24th, 2006, 02:15 PM   #191
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SO CUTEE!!! all of them look so cute!
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Old November 25th, 2006, 04:27 AM   #192
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What ARE the Beijing mascots? They look like a cross between panda bears and the Powerpuff Girls.
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Old November 25th, 2006, 05:33 AM   #193
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the livery its kind of OK,,, but come on, only a 737 for the olympic games,, at least a widebody airplane should have the livery,
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Old November 27th, 2006, 03:04 PM   #194
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Old December 2nd, 2006, 03:40 AM   #195
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Massive Shanghai flight delays due to military exercises: staff

SHANGHAI, Dec 1, 2006 (AFP) - Shanghai's two major airports, Hongqiao and Pudong, experienced massive flight delays and cancellations Friday, with staff at one airport saying the hold-ups were due to military exercises.

"There were military exercises happening," a member of the information staff at the Pudong airport, who declined to give her name, told AFP.

"Control of traffic flow started this afternoon, we have not been informed when it would finish yet," she said.

Information staff at the Hongqiao airport refused to give a reason for the chaos, but said the airport needed to control its traffic flow.

An official at the Beijing-based Civil Aviation Administration of China said earlier in the day that the delays were due to excessive traffic at Pudong, but refused to link the hold-ups to possible military exercises.

"I can tell you that there has been no terrorist incident and there are no air safety problems," said Yu Dekang, an administration official.

"I can only tell you that services are resuming and the airport will be back to normal soon," he added.

Some planes were diverted, including to the cities of Nanjing and Hangzhou, air officials said.
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Old December 3rd, 2006, 04:55 AM   #196
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Continental pilots union endorse service between Newark, N.J., and Shanghai, China
1 December 2006

HOUSTON (AP) - The pilots union at Continental Airlines Inc. said Friday it has endorsed the carrier's proposed service between Newark, N.J., and Shanghai, China.

Continental is competing against three other carriers for new flights to China beginning next spring.

Union leader Dave Earnest, a Continental pilot based in Houston, said winning the new routes to China would help Continental keep growing and justify wage and benefit concessions the pilots made last year.

"We made a huge investment in this enterprise back in March 2005, and it is gratifying to see the airline carrying through on its promise to use that investment to provide future growth," Earnest said.

Earnest is chairman of a unit of the Air Line Pilots Association that represents 4,600 pilots at Houston-based Continental.

The cooperation at Continental contrasts with tension at American Airlines, where the company and its pilots disagree over conditions for operating the long flights to China. American's pilots want concessions for operating the 16-hour flights.

American, a unit of Fort Worth-based AMR Corp., UAL Corp.'s United Airlines and Northwest Airlines Corp. are all seeking approval from the U.S. Transportation Department to operate several new weekly nonstop flights to China. The agency is expected to make a decision in the next few weeks.

Northwest and United dominate U.S.-China service. Northwest, based in Eagan, Minn., announced last month that its pilots were willing to operate the carrier's proposed nonstop service between Detroit and Shanghai.

A union leader said Northwest pilots didn't see any problem operating the long flights, since the airline has been flying from the United States to China since 1947.

United proposes to expand its current service by operating flights between Washington and Beijing. United's unions said in early November that they supported the company's bid.
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Old December 7th, 2006, 03:21 AM   #197
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World's highest airport marks passenger milestone

BEIJING, Dec 6 (Reuters Life!) - The world's highest airport, which serves Tibetan capital Lhasa, has for the first time handled more than one million passengers in a year, China's official Xinhua news agency said on Wednesday. The one millionth passenger through the airport this year departed on an Air China flight to the southwestern city of Chengdu just before 0300 GMT, the report said.

That represented a rise of about a fifth over last year, mainly attributable to growing numbers of tourists despite the competition from the Qinghai-Tibet railway, which opened over the summer, Xinhua said.

The railway competition has caused air ticket prices to fall, encouraging more people to visit the Himalayan region, it added.

China opened the third civilian airport in Tibet in June, and is planning to build a fourth in Ngari, in western Tibet.

Lhasa's Gonggar airport sits 3,650 metres (11,970 ft) above sea level. The second highest in the world is also in Tibet, in the eastern part at Qamdo.

Beijing says the new railway and airports will help develop the poor and remote region, but Tibet activists say it will speed up the pace of Chinese migration there and dilute Tibetan Buddhist culture.

The Dalai Lama fled Lhasa in 1959 after a failed uprising against Chinese rule, nine years after Communist troops invaded the remote, mountainous area now known as the Tibetan Autonomous Region.
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Old December 9th, 2006, 01:19 PM   #198
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Saturday December 9, 1:32 PM
American Proposes Chicago-Beijing Route
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American Airlines is tinkering with its bid for new service to China, proposing that flights from Dallas stop in Chicago en route to Beijing, to get around objections from pilots. The airline said Friday it has asked to amend its plan now pending before the U.S. Transportation Department.

Return flights would operate directly from Beijing to Dallas because tail winds reduce their time, the airline said.

American, the nation's largest airline, and three other carriers submitted proposals in October for seven new weekly round-trip slots between the United States and China.

American said it was changing is proposal because nonstop Dallas-Beijing westbound flights are 15 minutes longer than allowed under the airline's contract with its pilots. The company and the pilots' union have failed to reach a side deal that would allow longer flights to China.

The Chicago-Beijing leg would squeeze in under the current rules. American would change crews in Chicago to comply with limits on pilots' work days, spokesman Charley Wilson said.

For passengers who board in Dallas, however, the flight to Chicago and a stopover at O'Hare Airport would add about four hours to their trip.

Wilson said the change in the company's proposal was unprecedented in the airline industry. He said American didn't know how it would affect its chances of winning the route.

Officials with the Allied Pilots Association didn't return calls for comment, but the union issued a statement supporting the changed proposal. "Expanding American Airlines' international reach is in the long-term best interests of our airline, its employees and our passengers," the union said.

Last month, the union conditioned its support on concessions including pay for canceled flights. The company answered that the union request should be part of regular contract negotiations, which are likely to last into 2008.

American had based its proposal on becoming the first airline to serve China from a Southern state. The mayors of Dallas and Fort Worth and officials at DFW Airport said they supported the stopover in Chicago, saying the service would still benefit Texas and other states.

United plans to fly from Washington to Beijing, Northwest wants to add service from Detroit to Shanghai, and Houston-based Continental proposes to fly from Newark, N.J., to Shanghai.

Michael Boyd, an aviation consultant who has worked recently for both American and the union, said United will probably win the competition because it would link the two capitals. Still, he faulted American for changing its plan, which highlighted tense labor-management relations.

"This one was dead in the water anyway, but everybody should have kept their mouths shut about any arguments in the cockpit," he said.

Leaders of the pilots' union have been angry at the company since early this year, when it gave bonuses to about 1,000 executives and managers, with a few topping $1 million. Pilots are still living under wage concessions they approved in 2003, when American was near bankruptcy.

Northwest asked the Transportation Department to disqualify American from the competition for making a "radical change" after the bidding deadline. United said American's new route would be "even more inconvenient" for customers.

Each of the airlines competing for the China routes has recruited politicians and the flying public to woo the Transportation Department.

Northwest gathered 168,000 letters of support, while United lined up 110 congressional backers and hired the nation's former top aviation regulator to lead its campaign. American, a unit of Fort Worth-based AMR Corp., said 108 members of Congress and 15 governors supported its bid.
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Friday December 8, 4:33 PM
DHL shortlists Shanghai, Incheon for air hub

CEBU, Philippines (AFP) - Express delivery firm DHL has shortlisted Shanghai and Incheon as locations for a North Pacific air hub to service the booming economies of the region.

Germany-based DHL will announce its choice between the Chinese and South Korean airports in the first quarter of 2007, said the company's chief executive for the Asia-Pacific, Scott Price.

In addition to a potential Shanghai hub for China, the company will also make a major investment in its Hong Kong hub.

"We're doubling the size of it," Price said, without giving exact figures or timetables.

He said company investments in the region are driven primarily by its phenomenal export-led growth, which has drawn hundreds of billions of dollars in foreign direct investment (FDI).

"We're also looking to increase our flight infrastructure," he said.

FDI levels are "so massive that there's going to be inefficiencies if we don't have interconnectivity in the North Pacific," Price said. "We have to invest in infrastructure in China merely in order to keep up."

The Asia projects involve several hundred million dollars and the amount devoted to the North Pacific hub project alone "would be a sizeable investment," Price said.
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HK-listed China Southern Airlines Nov passengers 4.1 mln, up 12.5 pct yr-on-yr
11 December 2006

BEIJING (XFN-ASIA) - China Southern Airlines, China's largest carrier by fleet size, said it carried 4.1 mln passengers in November, up 12.5 pct year-on-year.

The airline said it also carried 72,010 tons of cargo last month, up 4.1 pct year-on-year.

The passenger load factor was 71.2 pct, up 1.6 percentage points, while the overall load factor was also up 0.8 percentage point at 64.3 pct, the airline said.

For the 11 months to November, the airline carried 45.49 mln passengers, up 11.7 pct year-on-year, and 742,150 tons of cargo, up 5.6 pct year-on-year.
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