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Old October 19th, 2007, 07:31 AM   #321
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Air China chairman says company has no plans to order Airbus A380 jumbo jet
18 October 2007

BEIJING (AP) - Air China Ltd. said it has no plans to order the double-decker Airbus A380 jet because its fleet uses the rival Boeing 747, although it wouldn't rule out purchases of the big Airbus plane in the future.

Airbus executives said earlier this week that Air China was among the customers they were pursuing for the A380. But Air China Chairman Li Jixiang said late Thursday that it makes more sense for the company to use just one kind of jumbo jet.

"Usually it would be better for a carrier to stick to one type of big aircraft in its fleet and better to form a certain scale," Li told reporters. "Otherwise the costs would rise."

Airbus delivered its first A380s this week to Singapore Airlines almost two years behind schedule. Airbus Chief Operating Officer John Leahy said the plane maker expects new orders from Asia by the middle of next year.

Leahy said Airbus was trying to sell its biggest jet model to Air China and Air India and that it was in talks with Japanese carriers.

Delays to a new Boeing jet, the 787, will affect just one of the 15 models Air China has ordered, Li said Thursday. Air China is seeking compensation for the delay, he added.

Air China expects at least a 15 percent rise in passenger numbers in 2008, up from the expected 35 million to 38 million this year, Li said. The company's international routes are expected to become profitable by full-year 2008, he said.
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what? i saw on the ad of A380 says air singapore..air korea...air china..and many other chinese minor companies
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Air China has not ordered any A380s. China Southern did though.
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Hainan Airline's planes looks so cute...
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Old October 20th, 2007, 07:24 PM   #325
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Grand Air China listing looms
20 October 2007
Hong Kong Standard

Hainan Airlines Group chairman Chen Feng said the restructuring of Grand Air China, which is partly owned by Hainan Airlines, will be completed by the end of this year and a decision will be made soon about where Grand Air China will be listed.

Chen told a press briefing in Beijing that the airline has finished inviting private equity groups and international investors to be strategic partners, apart from the 15 percent stake international financier George Soros holds.

However, he declined to disclose the names of the new investors or the portion those new investors hold.

Grand Air China was founded in 2005 by Hainan Development Holdings, the parent of Hainan Airlines, Soros and three other parties, after gaining permission from the General Administration of Civil Aviation of China. Although Chen once mentioned he planned to list Grand Air China in Hong Kong, he declined on Friday to say when or where it will float, as things are at a critical stage, he said.
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China Southern Airlines to launch Guangzhou-Vientiane flight next month



New runway of Beijing airport to become operational this month

--The 3rd Runway of the would be used on Oct 29 2007.
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FAA says China jet may have been listening on wrong frequency
20 October 2007

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - An Air China jet landed without clearance at Stevens International Airport because it may have been operating on the wrong radio frequency, according to Federal Aviation Administration investigators.

To make matters worse, a union officials said a ground radar alarm that should have alerted air traffic controllers to the close call between two 747 cargo planes failed to operate.

"It could have been a lot worse. We were lucky," said Rick Thompson, Alaska vice president of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association. "The system is not properly operating. It's supposed to notify the air traffic controllers if there are two aircraft on the runway, but it didn't."

The two cargo planes came within about a mile of each other around 11 a.m. Thursday, after EVA Air flight 697 had just landed on runway 7 right. While it was still taxiing to leave the runway, Air China flight 1066 came in prematurely, FAA spokesman Ian Gregor said.

"The Air China flight landed without clearance," Gregor said. "The pilot was apparently trying to contact the tower on the wrong frequency."

At closest proximity, the planes were still about a mile apart, though they are required to be three miles apart, according to Thompson, whose union is in a protracted labor dispute with the FAA.

Gregor said there has been no indication that the Air China jet was having a communication system malfunction or emergency. The jet's pilot established radio contact with the tower after it landed, Thompson said.

A landing 747 travels at about 170 mph, according to Boeing figures, and the Anchorage runway is about two miles long, Gregor said.

"We maintain a very large safety bubble so that when somebody does make a mistake, it's not a catastrophe," Gregor said. "This was a clear violation of our safety standards."

The FAA is investigating possible violations including an error on the pilot's part, loss of required separation between the planes and a runway incursion, Gregor said. Only one plane is allowed to be on a runway at a time, he said.

Skies were clear and visibility was good at the time of the incident.

This incident is at least the third in less than a decade at the Anchorage airport involving runway mistakes.

In January 2002, a jet operated by China Airlines, which is a wholly separate company from Air China, was carrying about 250 passengers when it took off in the wrong direction from a taxiway that was only about half as long as the runway it was supposed to be on.

In November 2005, an Asia-bound EVA Air cargo jet also took off from a taxiway instead of its assigned runway. No injuries resulted from either instance.
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Air China to Expand Services to Australia

BEIJING, Oct 22 Asia Pulse - Air China (SEHK:0753, SSX:601111, LSE:AIRC) announced on Monday that it will add three new flights and restructure the seven existing weekly services between China and Australia from December 3.

The move comes after Air China reported its strongest performance to date over the first nine months of 2007, with services reaching around 90 per cent capacity range on its services between Australia and China.

The flag carrier of China and and official airline partner of the Beijing Olympic Games expects the move to expand capacity on its Australian operations by more than 40 per cent.

The airline operates daily services between Beijing and Sydney via Shanghai, with three of these services continuing to Melbourne.

The carrier will cut the daily Beijing-Shanghai-Sydney flights to four times weekly and add three weekly non-stop Beijing-Sydney services, operating overnight in both directions.

Combining the service via Shanghai and the new direct flights, and Air China will continue to provide daily services between Beijing and Sydney.

Meanwhile, Melbourne, for the first time, will receive three weekly Beijing-Shanghai-Melbourne direct services, eliminating the need for passengers to travel via Sydney en route to China or beyond.

The Melbourne-Shanghai flights will operate on the same days as the Sydney-Beijing direct flights giving the carrier daily services between Australia and Shanghai.

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Eyes on the Skies
22 October 2007
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China conquered markets for low-end manufactured goods. Now the country wants to make jets.

China's Bangda Airport in Tibet is challenging for planes as well as pilots. Tucked between mountain ranges on the Tibetan Plateau, Bangda's runway is the world's highest at 14,000 ft. (4,300 m) above sea level. Because the air is so thin there, the large Boeing and Airbus aircraft that comprise most of China's domestic fleet lack the power and lift to take off and land comfortably under certain conditions, especially in bad weather with a full load of passengers. So in 2002, the Beijing government came up with a surprising solution: China would build a small passenger jet so good that not only could it handle Bangda with ease, it would put the country on the map as a commercial aerospace manufacturer.

Five years later, a prototype of the jet sits in a nondescript hangar 30 minutes north of Shanghai. Dubbed the Advanced Regional Jet for the 21st Century--the ARJ21--the aircraft is the fruit of China's first solo commercial aircraft project in nearly 40 years, and it promises to be one of the world's most technologically sophisticated when it takes off for the first time in March 2008 Onboard are the most advanced avionics, propulsion and malfunction-monitoring systems available. With room for 90 passengers (up to 105 in a stretch version), "the ARJ21 will prove China is striving to become a world-class aircraft manufacturer," says Wang Yawei, vice president of the ARJ21's financier, the state-run China Aviation Industry Corporation I (AVIC I).

Commercial-jet manufacturing is a notoriously difficult business, yet China's boundless business ambition appears to be supported by promising markets. As worldwide air travel steadily increases, airlines will need to buy almost 29,000 planes worth $2.8 trillion over the next two decades, with nearly one-third of them destined for Asian carriers, according to Boeing, the No. 1 manufacturer of commercial jets. In China alone, domestic airlines could spend as much as $340 billion for 3,400 new aircraft--nearly quadrupling the current fleet of about 1,000--by 2026 There's also booming demand for smaller, so-called regional jets like the ARJ21, aircraft with fewer than 150 seats flown on short-haul domestic routes. At least 1,600 regional jets could be purchased between now and 2025, according to Canadian aircraft maker Bombardier. "There's never been more demand than right now," says Luo Ronghuai, president of AVIC I Commercial Aircraft Co. Ltd. (ACAC), which oversees the ARJ21 program.

Of course, rosy projections and grand national ambitions alone aren't enough to guarantee the successful launch of a new aircraft--let alone a new commercial aerospace manufacturer. The duopoly of Airbus and Boeing own the market for large jetliners; Bombardier and Brazil's Embraer are entrenched as leaders in regional jets and turboprops. Indonesia discovered just how treacherous the market can be in the 1990s when that country's government tried to bootstrap an aircraft-manufacturing industry by building 100-seat turboprop planes. The venture failed following Asia's 1997 financial crisis when it lost government funding. During the 1960s, a Japanese consortium that included Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Fuji Heavy Industries built a 60-passenger turboprop--the YS11--but the plane never found much of a market outside Japan and production was halted in 1974

China, which has years of experience making military aircraft, thinks it can succeed where others have failed. ACAC sees an opening in the market today for smaller jets. China has recently begun building more regional airports, particularly in western provinces, to allow for more point-to-point flying and ease congestion at central airports. Those routes will likely be serviced by smaller planes, according to Chinese aviation officials. "There's a hole in the market we can fill," says Luo.

That window is quickly closing. Since the ARJ21 project was announced, both Bombardier and Embraer have launched models that will rival it. To date, Embraer alone has already sold 127 of its 50- to 100-seat aircraft to Chinese airlines. Manufacturers in Japan and Russia also plan to field brand-new regional jets within the next three to five years. With the ARJ21's maiden flight set for next year, "China has a head start," says George Haley, head of the Center for International Industry Competitiveness at the University of New Haven in Connecticut. "But it won't last long."

Stiff competition is likely to come from Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, which is working toward the 2012 debut of a fuel-efficient regional jet, called the MRJ, that will be built from the same advanced composite materials Boeing is using in its upcoming 787 Dreamliner. (Mitsubishi is one of Boeing's key parts suppliers.) The Japanese government is helping to bankroll the company's comeback in commercial jets with a pledge to pay a third of the MRJ's reported $1 billion in development costs.

ACAC's venture is also dependent on government funding. Such subsidies could ultimately backfire by creating World Trade Organization disputes with private manufacturers such as Bombardier, says Paul O'Neill, an airline-industry analyst for Deloitte. But for now, "the government's probably willing to put in whatever it takes to succeed," he says. Meanwhile, ACAC is counting on another home-court advantage: a guaranteed customer base in China's state-owned airlines. The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), the country's industry regulator, announced Aug. 31 that it will block the creation of any new Chinese airlines until 2010--unless the new carrier flies the ARJ21. All of the 71 ARJ21s sold thus far have been to Chinese carriers serving the fast-growing mainland travel market. "The government still controls fleet purchases," says Richard Pinkham, an industry analyst at the Centre for Asia-Pacific Aviation, a Singapore-based consultancy. "That will provide a big boost to marketing efforts."

But ACAC still has to deliver a competitive airplane. The company is not starting from scratch. It has made parts for both Boeing and Airbus since the early 1980s. ACAC's Shanghai factory was named one of Boeing's best in 2005, and China's engineers have so far set a fast pace in the rollout of the ARJ21. "Staying on schedule is our biggest challenge," says chief engineer Jiang Liping. At full capacity, ACAC hopes to build 50 of the jets a year. The supply chain is state of the art. Fuselage sections are built at factories throughout China--located in cities including Chengdu, Xi'an, and Shenyang--and are shipped to Shanghai for final assembly. Critical components, such as advanced electronics and engines, are being sourced from 19 foreign suppliers, including the U.S.'s GE and Honeywell. "ACAC has been strong about demanding on-time delivery," says Martin Lin, Beijing representative for Rockwell Collins, which is making the ARJ21's primary avionics systems.

Meeting delivery dates will be only ACAC's first step in establishing itself as a player in the aviation trade. Potential buyers will want assurances that service and maintenance needs can be met for decades to come. "If a plane is sitting on a runway, an airline can't wait three days for a part," says John Bruns, head of Boeing's commercial operations in China. Competitors such as Bombardier have extensive global networks to ensure parts availability and to provide operators with support. China will need to build its own global support system virtually from scratch.

And then there's the little matter of getting the ARJ21 certified to fly not just in China but in other countries as well. Before it ever carries a passenger, the jet's safety will be vetted by Chinese officials and by those from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, which has an office in Shanghai to monitor the project. Beyond Asia, ACAC hopes to sell the jet in the U.S. and Europe. It's not clear if the recent spate of quality issues faced by Chinese manufacturers of low-end products, such as toys and clothing, will ultimately hurt ACACs chances. "Customers could hesitate because it's made in China," says O'Neill of Deloitte. "Airlines will be conscious of such talk."

With so much at stake, China will likely do whatever it takes to overcome concerns. After all, the ARJ21 represents only the beginning of the country's aerospace ambitions. At the Paris Air Show in June, Bombardier announced it plans to invest $100 million with ACAC in designing additional versions of the ARJ21. Ultimately, China intends to go toe-to-toe with the biggest in the business. In March, Chinese leaders pledged to invest at least $6 billion to produce a 150-seat jetliner that by 2020 could be competing with the Boeing 737 and Airbus A320. "The ARJ21 is just the start for us," says ACAC's Luo. "Really, the sky's the limit." First, though, you've got to get the plane off the ground.

ACAC ARJ21 LENGTH: 33.5 meters PASSENGER CAPACITY: 90 seats RANGE: 2,000 nautical miles

Bombardier C130 LENGTH: 38.4 meters PASSENGER CAPACITY: 130 seats RANGE: 1,800 nautical miles

Boeing 737-800 LENGTH: 39.5 meters PASSENGER CAPACITY: 162 seats RANGE: 3,060 nautical miles

Boeing 747-400 LENGTH: 70.6 meters PASSENGER CAPACITY: 416 seats RANGE: 7,260 nautical miles

Airbus A380 LENGTH: 73 meters PASSENGER CAPACITY: 525 seats RANGE: 8,200 nautical miles
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Founder of China's first Sino-foreign airline company aims high

BEIJING, Oct. 19 (Xinhua) -- Chen Feng is in the spotlight again Friday as he unraveled plans for next year's inauguration of Grand China Air, a new carrier to consolidate four domestic airlines.

The new company will consolidate operations of Hainan Airlines, Xinhua, Chang'an and Shanxi, said Chen, chairman of Hainan Airlines Co. Ltd., the parent company.

He said preparations will be finalized before the end of this year and the new carrier will be inaugurated early next year.

Hainan Airlines, based in Haikou, is China's fourth largest carrier, as well as its first ever Sino-foreign joint venture airline company, with international financier George Soros being one of its leading shareholders.

Chen is a delegate to the ongoing 17th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, representing the aviation sector.

"The congress is being held in a context where the Chinese economy is ever so closely related with the world's scenario," he said in an exclusive interview with Xinhua. "It has mapped out strategies for China's development in the coming years, and boosted Chinese businesses' confidence to merge into the globalization drive."

In five years to come, Chen said he wishes to make Hainan Airlines one of the world's top 20 carriers in terms of seat occupancy rate, revenue and profits. "Chinese entrepreneurs should face up to the globalization drive."

Chen and his colleagues are aimed at improving services "to the levels of international bignames such as Singapore Airlines and Cathay Pacific Airways".

When Chen attended the 16th Party Congress in 2002, he was struggling to make Hainan Airlines better known in China.

The past five years witnessed the company's total assets growing from 30 billion to 70 billion yuan, and its annual revenue doubling the 10 billion yuan reported in 2002. Its fleet has expanded to 130 planes and is growing by 20 to 30 a year.

In the recent two years, Hainan Airlines has opened a number of international routes linking major Chinese cities with Brussels, Osaka, Budapest and St Petersburg.

The carrier, founded in 1993, was a latecomer in China's aviation industry, compared with Air China and China Eastern Airlines. "Other carriers were already operating the more popular international routes, so we just filled in the gap," he said.

The company is also scheduled to open a new route to Angola this year, amid growing exchanges with Africa, said Chen.

Unlike most other delegates who wear suits and ties to the Party Congress, the 54-year-old Beijinger with a ready smile is dressed in a Mao's jacket. In his spare time he loves reading and calligraphy.

In his younger days Chen worked for the General Administration of Civil Aviation and studied in Germany. He moved to the southernmost island province of Hainan in 1990 to serve as Hainan governor's assistant in aviation affairs.

Hainan Airlines, upon its establishment in 1993, had only two rented Boeing 737 and 10 million yuan of total assets.
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China Southern Airlines Agrees To Buy 10 Airbus Craft
23 October 2007

SHANGHAI (Dow Jones)--China Southern Airlines Co. (ZNH) said Wednesday it has agreed to buy 10 A330-200 planes from Airbus to beef up its fleet size and sharpen its competitive edge.

The catalogue price for each plane is US$167.7 million to US$176.7 million, though the actual price will be lower than that, the Chinese carrier said, adding that it will fund the purchase with its working capital and bank loans.

The deal, however, is still subject to shareholder and regulatory approval, China Southern said.

If approved, Airbus will deliver the planes from March 2010 through August 2012, it added.

-Sun Yan contributed to this story
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China's Spring Air eyes overseas IPO in 2-3 years

SHANGHAI, Oct 25 (Reuters) - Privately owned Chinese carrier Spring Airlines plans an initial public offering (IPO) overseas as early as 2009 to raise at least 1 billion yuan ($133.7 million), its chairman said on Thursday.

"We will float shares in 2009 or 2010, most likely in Hong Kong," Wang Zhenghua told Reuters on the sidelines of a media event.

Citigroup <C.N>, which the carrier once hoped to bring in as a strategic investor, has been hired as its financial adviser for the planned IPO, another Spring Air executive said.

Proceeds would be used to fund the expansion of its fleet, which is expected to increase to 24 aircraft by 2010 and to 100 by 2015 from eight now, Wang said.

In June, Shanghai-based Spring Air, which flies 26 domestic routes, placed orders for six A320 planes from Airbus <EAD.PA>, scheduled for delivery from 2009.

Wang said he expected the firm's profits would rise to about 80 million yuan this year from some 30 million yuan in 2006, Wang said.

He did not specify whether this was net profit or operating profit.

($1=7.481 Yuan)
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U.S. and Chinese carriers launch regional airline

BEIJING (Reuters) - Kunpeng Airlines, a venture between China's Shenzhen Airlines Ltd and U.S.-based Mesa Air Group Inc has begun operating in China's northwest Shaanxi Province, Xinhua said late on Saturday.

The new airline is the first such venture by a U.S. carrier in the growing Chinese market, and hopes to expand rapidly before next year's Beijing Olympic Games.

The airline gives Mesa a foothold in one of the world's fastest growing economies at a time when expansion for regional carriers in the United States is slowing.

Kunpeng Airlines, in which the Chinese partner has a controlling stake, has three 50-seat Bombardier CRJ-200 jets, said Xinhua. The airline plans to expand its fleet to six aircraft by the year-end and to 20 before next August's Olympics.

Mesa flies regional routes for several U.S. carriers, including US Airways Group Inc and Delta Air Lines Inc . It also runs an inter-island service in Hawaii.

Shenzhen Airlines, with a fleet of 45 aircraft, flies 100 routes in China and Southeast Asia.
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China amends aviation code to allow more flights over airports

BEIJING, Oct. 30 (Xinhua) -- China's military has amended its aviation code for commercial aircraft to allow more flights in the holding spaces above airports.

Major amendments to the airspace restrictions meant the vertical bands between flights would be halved, according to the Air Traffic Control Commission under the Central Military Commission of Communist Party of China (CPC).

The airspace between the altitudes of 8,400 and 12,500 meters, frequently used by civilian flights, used to be divided into seven vertical bands, each 600 meters high. Under the amended code, the number increases to 13, each 300 meters high.

Since only one aircraft could fly in each band, more sections allowed more aircraft to fly at the same time, which would increase the efficiency of air traffic and ease flight delays, it said.

"It is also one of our efforts to come into line with international practice," the commission said in a press release.

Most nations, except Russia, Mongolia, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and some African countries, had adopted similar restrictions.

The amended code issued by the State Council and the CPC Central Military Commission will take effect on Nov. 22.

According to General Administration of Civil Aviation of China, Chinese airlines operated 1,336 scheduled routes -- 1,068 domestic and 268 international routes -- at the end of 2006 and the number is expected to increase.

Chinese airlines are the target of a rising number of complaints about frequent delays, especially in busy terminals like Beijing and Shanghai.
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Air China says 3Q net profit drops 27 percent due to 2006 sale of stake in Dragonair
31 October 2007

SHANGHAI, China (AP) - Chinese flag carrier Air China said Wednesday its third quarter net profit fell 27 percent compared with the year before due to the sale of its stake in Dragonair.

The most recent quarter suffered in comparison to a year ago due to the inclusion in third-quarter 2006 net profit of a 1.84 billion yuan ($246 million) gain from the sale of the airline's stake in Hong Kong Dragon Airlines, Air China said in a report posted on the Web site of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

Unaudited net profit, based on Chinese accounting standards, fell to 2.2 billion yuan ($293 million) in the July-September period from 2.98 billion yuan in third quarter 2006, the airline said.

Excluding the 2006 investment return from the Dragonair sale, third quarter net profit would have risen 93 percent from the same period last year, it said.

Revenue climbed 11 percent to 14.5 billion yuan ($1.94 billion) from 13 billion yuan in third quarter 2006.
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Air China says plans to sell up to 400 mln shares

HONG KONG, Oct 31 (Reuters) - Air China plans to sell up to 400 million additional shares on domestic markets to help bankroll the carrier's purchase of 30 Boeing Co and 24 Airbus aircraft.

The Chinese airline said on Wednesday it had decided to sell the yuan-denominated A shares, which are not available to most foreign investors, amounting to 5.1 percent of its existing A-share capital, to be listed in Shanghai.

The firm, which is also listed in Hong Kong, did not say how much it hoped to raise. But it added in a statement that about 1.5 billion yuan ($201 million) of the share sale proceeds would go towards replenishing working capital.

Air China has previously disclosed details of the Airbus and Boeing plane purchases, which include B787s and 737s, and A320s.

The share offering awaits government and shareholder approval.
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China Eastern 'about to sign Singapore deal

China Eastern Airlines said its Shanghai-listed A shares were suspended from today because it was about to sign a previously announced deal for Singapore Airlines to take a stake in it.

A brief statement by China Eastern did not give details of when the signing would take place or how long the shares would be suspended.

The companies announced in September that Singapore Airlines and its parent Temasek would pay $US918 million ($NZ1.21 billion) for a combined 24 per cent stake in China Eastern, in the first purchase by foreign firms of a major, strategic stake in a top Chinese airline.

Rival Air China, whose parent owns just over 11 per cent of China Eastern, and Cathay Pacific subsequently said they were interested in buying into China Eastern in order to block the Singapore Airlines deal.

But the airlines ultimately abandoned that plan. China Eastern said last month that it was leaving its options open.
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Reshuffle of China's Top Three Airlines Premature: Official

BEIJING, Nov 5 Asia Pulse - It is still premature to reshuffle the country's top three air carriers - Air China, China Southern Airlines and China Eastern Airlines - said Civil Aviation Administration of China (CACC) Director-General Yang Yuanyuan in Beijing.

Yang said the development of civil aviation industry entails complete competition and premature mergers and acquisitions won't do good to the industry.

As supervisor of the industry, CAAC should take into consideration and strike a balance between the interests of the country, the public and airline companies, Yang said, adding that the three companies are all state-owned companies and thus need approval of the State-Asset Supervision and Administration Commission (SASAC) before an industry restructure happens.

Approval of the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) is also needed since the three are all listed companies, according to Yang.

China's previous reshuffle on civil aviation industry took place in 2002, when a variety of the country's local airline companies were regrouped into today's three majors.
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China Southern opens Dalian-Amsterdam route

BEIJING, Nov. 8 (Xinhua) – China Southern Airlines (ZNH.NYSE; 1055.HK; 600029.SH) and Holland based KLY Royal Dutch Airlines Thursday jointly launched on Nov. 8 flight service between Dalian, a port city in Northeast China's Liaoning Province, and Amsterdam, Holland, with stopover in Beijing.

This is the first European route operated by the Dalian branch of China Southern Airlines, which is also operating international routes from Dalian to Tokyo, Maul and Seoul.

The new route is believed to further enhance the relationship between China’s northeastern region and Amsterdam.

China Southern is the world’s 9th largest airline and one of the top three airlines in China. The other two are Air China and China Eastern Airlines.
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Chinas regional jet sounds great. ARJ21 would be great for country under sanctions from the West and will be good in general for Asian markets and Africa.
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