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Old January 10th, 2008, 05:39 AM   #401
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But in the eyes of Beijing, Singapore is offshore, which is the type of backlash many countries are showing towards sovereign fund investments these days. For example, the Americans weren't too happy with Dubai investors buying into US ports. Even Chinese sovereign fund investments in Australian banks have been met with some skepticism this week.
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Old January 10th, 2008, 06:48 AM   #402
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United says Chinese authorities inspected plane after discovery of baby mice on board
9 January 2008

CHICAGO (AP) - Chinese officials inspected a United Airlines plane after eight baby mice were discovered on board a flight that landed in Beijing, airline officials said Wednesday.

A cleaning crew going through the empty plane found the mice in a pillowcase that was located in a bin for unused pillows, said Robin Urbanski, a spokeswoman for Chicago-based United.

"Standard operating procedure is to contact the local authorities, and that is what we did," Urbanski said.

Local authorities took the mice and "thoroughly inspected (the plane) for a little over two days," Urbanski said.

United 897 departed Washington, D.C., on Saturday and arrived in Beijing on Sunday. No passengers were on board when the crew discovered the mice, Urbanski said.

"Our customers on this flight were always safe and unaware of the situation," she said.

The plane was back in service and flew to San Francisco from Beijing on Wednesday, Urbanski said.

Chinese authorities did not impose any sanctions or fines on the airline, she said.
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Old January 10th, 2008, 12:15 PM   #403
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China says U.S. plane mice disease-free

BEIJING, Jan 10 (Reuters) - China's quarantine authority said on Thursday it had found no diseases in eight mice discovered on an United Airlines flight from Washington.

Chinese inspectors found the mice after the airline reported the stowaways to local quarantine officials upon landing on Sunday afternoon, Xinhua news agency reported.

The incident prompted an emergency team to rush to the aircraft to lay poison and traps, and send captured mice for testing at a laboratory, the agency said.

The mice posted negative results in several categories of testing including "parasites" and "bubonic plague antigens", the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) said on its Web site ( www.aqsiq.gov.cn ).

AQSIQ said United Airlines staff were present during the "entire process" of the mice hunt, which had "not harmed the plane's equipment and would not affect (its) security."
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Old January 11th, 2008, 10:30 AM   #404
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BEIJING, Jan 2, 2008 (AFP) - Flag carrier Air China said Wednesday it had delayed the launch of regular North Korea flights, insisting the move was not linked to the regime's failure to meet a deadline to disable its atomic plants.

Air China had planned to start operating the first of three weekly flights between Beijing and Pyongyang on Wednesday but has postponed the launch until March, said Han Xiao, a marketing executive with the company.

"As far as I know, it is due to a busy flight schedule during the Spring Festival," she told AFP.

Spring Festival, or Chinese New Year, is regularly marked by massive travel as Chinese head home to spend it with their families. This year it will occur in early February.

The announcement late last year that Air China would begin flying to North Korea was seen at the time as a sign of warming ties amid progress on dismantling Pyongyang's nuclear programme.

However, uncertainty has reentered the equation, as North Korea failed to complete the disablement of its nuclear plants and did not hand over a complete declaration of its nuclear activities by a December 31 deadline.

Han denied that Air China's decision to delay the flight was motivated by politics.

"I think the delay is indeed due to the organisation of the flight schedule. It's not that complicated," she said.

Air Koryo, North Korea's flag carrier, is currently the only airline plying the route.

China Southern, the nation's largest carrier by fleet size, previously also transported passengers between the two cities but later halted operations.

According to South Korean and Japanese media, this was in response to North Korea's nuclear weapons test in October 2006.

If I was flying to North Korea I'd rather fly Air Koryo anyway. How could a U.S. citizen like me purchase a ticket on Air Koryo? I know I would need to jump through authorization and visa hurdles before my dream of visiting the DPRK becomes true.....as well as money $$$$$$$.
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I don't know whether US passport holders are even allowed to enter NK.
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Old January 13th, 2008, 06:45 AM   #406
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China tells airlines to reduce delays and improve service for the Olympics
12 January 2008

BEIJING (AP) - China has ordered domestic airlines to reduce delays and improve service around August's Beijing Olympics or face penalties, the state-run China Daily reported Saturday.

Airlines that fail to improve performance could be barred from expanding services for two years among other penalties introduced by aviation regulators at a meeting Friday, the newspaper said. Scrutiny would be intensified from July to September, the report said quoting Vice Minister Yang Guoqing of the General Administration of Civil Aviation.

China's airlines and airports have struggled with soaring demand for passenger and cargo services amid the country's economic boom. Despite increases in airline fleets and new airports, air traffic corridors have become clogged around major cities and hubs.

Beijing's overcrowded airport, the world's 9th busiest, will open a new 35 billion yuan (US$4.6 billion; euro3.4 billion) terminal and runway this year to cope with the demand.

As part of the new improvement campaign, the Civil Aviation Administration has ordered airlines to stop overbooking flights and keep one or two planes on standby at six key airports in case of delays, China Daily said.

The aviation regulator has also extended a penalty measure introduced last year allowing it to cancel flights that are regularly delayed.
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Old January 14th, 2008, 01:25 PM   #407
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Jet Airways to start Mumbai-Shanghai-San Francisco filght


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Jet Airways is likely to get permission to begin its Mumbai-Shanghai-San Francisco daily flight with the Indian government clearing the proposal of China's Great Wall cargo airline to fly to Mumbai and Chennai.

"I am hopeful and optimistic that the proposal would be now cleared," Commerce and Industry Ministry Kamal Nath told journalists in the presence of Jet Airways chairman Naresh Goyal after the India-China Trade and Investment Summit at the China World Hotel.

If this happens, Jet would become the first non-Chinese airline to use a Chinese hub as a transit to a third country. Jet had been keen to make Shanghai its hub for operations in the Asia-Pacific region just as it has made Brussels its European hub.

Goyal told IANS that the airline hopes to start flights to Shanghai from New Delhi in the near future as well to take advantage of the growing traffic between the two countries.

Under the air services agreement between the countries, each country's airlines can run 42 flights a week. But while three Chinese airlines run 18 flights a week, India is just able to utilize four of the slots with Air India flying Mumbai-Shanghai four times a week.

With both governments deciding to give a push to greater people-to-people ties, flying between India and China is set to become easier.
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Old January 14th, 2008, 06:05 PM   #408
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China Govt: Airlines To Fly 210M Passengers In 2008; Up 14%
14 January 2008

BEIJING (Dow Jones)--Chinese airlines will fly an estimated 210 million passengers this year, up 14% from 2007, the General Administration of Civil Aviation of China said in a statement posted on its Web site Monday.

Chinese carriers flew an estimated 185 million passengers last year, up 15.9% from the year before, the statement said.

The administration also said it expects the airlines to transport a combined 4.45 million metric tons of cargo in 2008, 12% more than last year.

Cargo volume in 2007 rose 13.3% to 3.96 million tons.

It estimated the airlines will invest CNY36 billion in fixed assets this year, the statement said.
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Old January 14th, 2008, 06:06 PM   #409
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China to see 22 million people travel by air during Spring Festival

BEIJING, Jan. 14 (Xinhua) -- An estimated 22 million passengers are expected travel by air during the Spring Festival, 10 percent more than the same period a year ago, according to the General Administration of Civil Aviation of China (CAAC).

The seven-day Spring Festival holiday, also China's traditional lunar new year, is the busiest time for transport companies as many Chinese will go back to their hometowns for family reunions.

The administration said that temporary flights might be added to meet increasing passenger demand during the holiday, but the air traffic in major airports in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Chengdu and Kunming would be strictly controlled to ensure smooth and safe flights.

The new third terminal at the Beijing Capital International Airport, which aims to enhance transport capacity greatly, will be put into operation this February, the administration said.

It also said that it would stop taking applications for the founding of new airlines before 2010.

Li Jiaxiang, the CAAC's acting director, said the administration would strictly examine the applications it had received and approve the establishment of no more than three new airlines each year.

China's airlines need to brush up their management, attract more talent to this industry and upgrade infrastructure, Li said.

China now has more than 40 domestic airline companies, and less than 10 are state-owned.
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India, China enters bilateral air service agreement
15 January 2008
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NEW DELHI: The eastern Chinese city of Shanghai could well be developed as the second hub after Brussels by Jet Airways for its flight operations to the US and Canada.

The Chinese government is likely to allow Jet to operate to San Francisco via Shanghai in lieu of the Indian side allowing Great Wall Airlines to fly to Mumbai and Chennai. The long-standing row over Great Wall Airlines' plan to start its India operation is expected to be resolved during Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's three-day visit to China which began Sunday.

"For quite some time, we have plans to operate on Mumbai-Shanghai-San Francisco but we have so far not started it as we could not get government permission. Now we look forward to operate on this sector," Jet Airways executive director Saroj K Datta said.

"It would take two-to-three months since the date of receiving the formal permission to launch service on this sector. There is significant tourist traffic to the West Coast of the US as well as China," he added. India had earlier refused to give security clearance to the Chinese cargo airline, Great Wall, for operating to Chennai and Mumbai.

In a counter-reaction, China denied permission to Air India and Jet Airways to operate to Guangzhou and Shanghai, respectively. The air traffic on the India-China route grew at 50% last year, albeit with very small base. It is expected to move at a CAGR of 20% over the next three years.

The bilateral air service agreement between India and China allows 42 flights per week between the two countries. While India has utilised only four, China has used 18. "There has been more than 90% seat occupancy on our current flights and we expect that it would continue for the next few years," said Air China country manager for India, Zhao Quanzhen.

Even if the agreement between the two countries allows each of them to designate multiple airlines to each other's territory, only public sector Air India operates to China. Air India operates four flights a week on Mumbai-Delhi-Bangkok-Shanghai sector.

As against this, three carriers, Air China, China Eastern Airlines and China Southern Airlines, from China operate to Indian cities of Delhi and Mumbai.
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Old January 15th, 2008, 11:11 AM   #411
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China maintains clean aviation record in 2007(Xinhua)

Updated: 2008-01-15 10:50


China's civil aviation industry achieved a clean sheet in safety last year and notched up 3.7 million hours of flight, both cargo and passenger, a 15.4 percent year-on-year increase.

In 2007, 1.76 million flights were registered, a 12.7 percent year-on-year increase, the General Administration of Civil Aviation of China (CAAC) said in a circular released on its website on Monday.

The total amount of passengers handled by the aviation sector around the country in 2007 might hit 385 million, a 16 percent increase over a year ago, according to the CAAC.

With more Chinese opting for air travel rather than rail, aviation safety has drawn more attention than ever before.

In November 2004, a China Eastern plane crashed shortly after take-off, killing all 55 passengers and crew members. Since then, no severe accident had occurred.

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Old January 17th, 2008, 03:37 AM   #412
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China Eastern "willing to study" possible Air China bid: report

SHANGHAI, Jan 15, 2008 (AFP) - China Eastern is "willing to study" a possible bid by rival Air China which would dampen Singapore Airlines' hopes of taking a stake in the Chinese mainland carrier, state media said Tuesday.

China Eastern "is willing to study any sincere bid that conforms with legal procedures and is better than Singapore Airline's offer," the official Xinhua news agency said, citing a source with the board of China Eastern.

The nation's third biggest carrier previously insisted it would reject Air China as a strategic partner, but a rejection by shareholders last week of the Singapore Airlines bid has thrown the deal wide open.

SIA and Temasek, Singapore's state-linked investment firm, signed a preliminary deal in September to take a 24 percent stake in China Eastern for 923 million US dollars, or 3.80 Hong Kong dollars (0.49 US) per share.

China National Aviation Corp, parent of Air China, pledged to offer 5.00 Hong Kong dollars (64 US cents) a share within two weeks after shareholders voted down the Singapore bid on January 8.

China Eastern will "seriously consider" the bid from CNAC, according a report by the Beijing News on Tuesday.

A China Eastern spokesman was not immediately available for comment.

China Eastern accounts for 35 percent of the city's aviation market, followed by Shanghai Airlines, which holds 18 percent and Air China with 12 percent, Xinhua said.
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Holy Shit!!!!! Now if only the United States had the balls to charge penalties like that. Imagine how low our gas prices would go. MAKE MORE REFINERIES, LOWER GAS PRICES BY ONE DOLLAR BY THE SIXTH MONTH OF THIS YEAR OF 2008!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Or suffer an extreme 150% import tax. God that would be lovely.
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Old January 17th, 2008, 05:25 AM   #414
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China tells airlines to reduce delays and improve service for the Olympics
12 January 2008

BEIJING (AP) - China has ordered domestic airlines to reduce delays and improve service around August's Beijing Olympics or face penalties, the state-run China Daily reported Saturday.

Airlines that fail to improve performance could be barred from expanding services for two years among other penalties introduced by aviation regulators at a meeting Friday, the newspaper said. Scrutiny would be intensified from July to September, the report said quoting Vice Minister Yang Guoqing of the General Administration of Civil Aviation.

China's airlines and airports have struggled with soaring demand for passenger and cargo services amid the country's economic boom. Despite increases in airline fleets and new airports, air traffic corridors have become clogged around major cities and hubs.

Beijing's overcrowded airport, the world's 9th busiest, will open a new 35 billion yuan (US$4.6 billion; euro3.4 billion) terminal and runway this year to cope with the demand.

As part of the new improvement campaign, the Civil Aviation Administration has ordered airlines to stop overbooking flights and keep one or two planes on standby at six key airports in case of delays, China Daily said.

The aviation regulator has also extended a penalty measure introduced last year allowing it to cancel flights that are regularly delayed.
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Air China Parent Bids for China Eastern

HONG KONG The parent of China flag carrier Air China Ltd. offered to pay 14.9 billion Hong Kong dollars (US$1.9 billion; euro1.29 billion) for a 30 percent stake in rival China Eastern Airlines Corp., a tie-up it said would enhance both airlines' ability to compete in the international aviation market.

China National Aviation Corp. Group would buy 2.98 billion new shares in China Eastern at a price not less than HK$5.00 each, it said in a statement published Monday in Hong Kong newspapers and sent Sunday to the Shanghai Stock Exchange.

It also proposed a strategic alliance between China Eastern and its listed unit, Air China, which it said would enhance the airlines' international competitiveness.

CNAC's offer comes after minority shareholders in China Eastern rejected a bid by Singapore Airlines and its parent, government investment agency Temasek Holdings Ltd., to buy a 24 percent stake in the airline for HK$7.2 billion (US$923.8 million; euro627.5 million). Shareholders, including CNAC, said the offer price of about HK$3.80 a share was too low.

China Eastern's board had supported the Singapore bid, which would have brought the airline much needed financial capital and international expertise, and had ruled out working with Air China.

CNAC urged the board in its statement to give "serious consideration" to its proposal.

China Eastern officials did not respond to requests for comment Monday morning.

In its proposal, CNAC said it would work with China Eastern to develop its home base, Shanghai, as an aviation hub for both domestic and international routes.

The deal would also see the two airlines integrate their cargo businesses, and cooperate in areas such as code-sharing, frequent flyer programs and ground handling, the statement said.

CNAC said cooperation between the two airlines would boost their combined incomes by 4 billion Chinese yuan (US$555 million; euro378.22 million) a year, and decrease costs by 1 billion yuan (US$138 million (euro94.04 million) annually.

China Eastern's shares were suspended from trading Monday morning in Hong Kong. They closed at HK$6.73 on Friday.

Air China's shares continued to trade, sliding 10.9 percent to HK$8.80 by midmorning.

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82 pct of Chinese to live within 100 km of airports by 2020(Xinhua)
Updated: 2008-01-26 09:45


BEIJING -- Eight in every ten Chinese will live within 100 kilometers from air transport by 2020 under government plans to build more than 90 airports in the next 12 years.

China will have 192 airports by 2010 and 244 by 2020, up from 147 by the end of 2006, the General Administration of Civil Aviation said in a statement on its website.

The 97 new airports planned between 2007 and 2020 would cost an estimated 450 billion yuan (61.6 billion U.S. dollars), it said.

By 2020, 82 percent of China's population, which would contribute 96 percent of its gross domestic product (GDP), would live within 100 kilometers or a 90-minute drive from an airport. Currently, more than 60 percent of the 1.3 billion people live within the range.

China is expected to have 1.45 billion people in 2020, according to the government's population projections.

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China May Invest $62 Billion to Build 97 Airports

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Jan. 27 (Bloomberg) -- China, the world's second-largest air-travel market, plans to spend 450 billion yuan ($62 billion) building 97 more airports by 2020 to meet demand.

A civil airport layout plan aimed at improving air transport capacity has been approved the government, the General Administration of Civil Aviation said in a statement Jan. 25. The planned airports will increase the nation's total to 244 by 2020, it said.

Air travel in the world's most populous country has been boosted by rapid growth in an economy that's poised to become the biggest contributor to global expansion this year. Yet almost four out of 10 Chinese don't have an airport within 100 kilometers (62 miles) of their home, the administration said.

China's air passenger volume rose by 15.3 percent to 51.9 million in the third quarter of 2007, and air freight volume increased by 11.5 percent to 1.05 million tons, according to a separate statement from the administration.

The country had 147 airports at the end of 2006, serving 61 percent of the population, the administration said. By 2020, the 244 airports will be able to serve 82 percent of the population, who contribute 96 percent of GDP, it said.

China's economy expanded more than 11 percent for the fourth straight quarter in the three months through December, supporting global growth as a recession looms in the U.S. Gross domestic product increased by 11.2 percent in the fourth quarter last year, compared with 11.5 percent in the third quarter.

For all of 2007, China's economy grew 11.4 percent, the fastest pace in 13 years, to 24.7 trillion yuan ($3.4 trillion). The nation accounted for 17 percent of global growth, the same as the U.S., the United Nations estimates, and is poised to overtake Germany as the world's third-biggest economy this year.
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that is a ton of money!
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According to the U.S. Treasury, In $100 bills, the weight of $1
million is about 22 pounds." [that's 10 kg.]

62000*0.01=620 Tons!

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I think the biggest problem ought to be relaxing military airspace restrictions, not so much in building new airports. We shouldn't be placing airports so close to each other anyway to block everyone's flight paths.
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