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Old February 4th, 2008, 07:44 AM   #421
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China Eastern, AVIC I To Set Up Regional Airlines JV -Report
3 February 2008

SHANGHAI (Dow Jones)-- China Eastern Airlines Corp. (CEA) has agreed to set up a regional airline joint venture with state-run aircraft maker China Aviation Industry Corp. I (AVIC I), the China Business News reported, citing people close to AVIC I.

China Eastern plans to take a 40% stake in the planned joint venture which will have a registered capital of CNY1 billion ($139 million), the paper said in an advanced copy of its Monday issue.

The deal is subject to approval from China's aviation regulator.

The move by China Eastern comes just days after it signed a cooperation agreement with China Southern Airlines Co., a step that may complicate a bid by China National Aviation Holding Co. to take a stake in China Eastern.

Shanghai-based China Eastern is one of the country's three major air carriers, along with China Southern and Air China, the unit of China National Aviation Holding.
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Old February 6th, 2008, 07:50 AM   #422
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Hainan Airlines starts Seattle-Beijing flights in June
5 February 2008

SEATTLE (AP) - China's largest privately owned airline, Hainan (HY-non) Airlines, says it will begin nonstop Seattle-Beijing flights on June 9.

It will be the airline's first service to North America.

Hainan is a launch customer for the Boeing 787 and will use it on the Seattle-Beijing route when the new plane becomes available. Initial flights will be on Airbus A330 aircraft.

There will be four flights a week. It's an 11.5-hour trip from Seattle to Beijing but an hour shorter from Beijing to Seattle, because of prevailing winds.

Among it services for passengers, Hainan offers seated in-flight yoga.
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Old February 7th, 2008, 09:54 PM   #423
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It will be interesting to know if they are going to have the same strategy in Europe, operating to airports that are more off the beaten path such as SEA (and HAM for Shanghai Airlines). It'd love to see Hainan Airlines or FM at CPH some day!
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Old February 8th, 2008, 05:45 AM   #424
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It will be interesting to know if they are going to have the same strategy in Europe, operating to airports that are more off the beaten path such as SEA (and HAM for Shanghai Airlines). It'd love to see Hainan Airlines or FM at CPH some day!
I don't think the government will let them loose for now. The tourist markets are still weak since there are so many visa restrictions in place, although I do see eventually potential that secondary cities will be served by these secondary airlines, but it won't likely come until the main-line carriers gobble up the large centres.
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Old February 21st, 2008, 10:59 AM   #425
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Terminal 3 of BJ airport to open Feb. 29

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Terminal 3 of the Beijing Capital International Airport is scheduled to begin operation on February 29th. And 25 airlines including China Airlines and British Airways will move into the new terminal in three batches.


Terminal 3 of the Beijing Capital International Airport is
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According to Capital International Airport, on February 29, six airlines will begin using Terminal 3 including Quantas Airlines, Qatar Airways, British Airways and Israeli Airlines and two Chinese airlines. On March 26, an additional 19 airlines will move in. All other airlines will stay put.

With the opening of Terminal 3, the airport shuttles will stop at all three terminals of the airport. For other passengers who drive cars or take the taxi, the southern lane of the airport expressway leads directly to Terminal 3. Furthermore, the airport rail will be complete and put into operation before the Olympics to provide a convenient way for passengers to get to the airport.

Guan Yin, Spokesman of Police Station of BCIA said "There is a connecting road between T3 and the other two terminals, which is about 7 kilometers long. Passengers should get to the airport ahead of time to avoid missing their flight."

BCIA will arrange transfer buses connecting each terminal.

Terminal 3 consists of three functional areas of Zone C,D and E. And Zone D will be temporarily used for charter flights during the Olympics and Paralympics.
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Old February 29th, 2008, 05:05 PM   #426
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New airline to be set up by China Eastern Airlines and AVIC I

Feb 29, 2008 (AIRLINE INDUSTRY INFORMATION via COMTEX) -- CEA | news | PowerRating | PR Charts -- China Eastern Airlines Corp, in conjunction with aircraft manufacturer China Aviation Industry Corp I (AVIC I) have announced that they have been granted approval to launch a new airline company.

The new joint venture, Xingfu Airlines Co Ltd, will be based in Xi'an Xianyang International Airport and will commence operations with a fleet of 100 short-haul aircraft for regional services.

According to XFN-Asia, China Eastern is investing CNY400m for a 40% stake in the new airline, whilst AVIC I will contribute CNY600m for a 60% share.

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Old March 1st, 2008, 05:42 PM   #427
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Wow. Not many orders for ARJ21 so setup a new airline to create the market for these aircraft.

I hope it flies one day and becomes reasonably efficient.. Seeing just Airbus and Boeing can get alittle boring.
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Old March 1st, 2008, 07:14 PM   #428
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Well, Bombardier and Embraer are also major players in the market.
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Old March 4th, 2008, 05:31 AM   #429
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China Southern Airlines to offer non-stop Beijing-Tehran flights

BEIJING, March 4 (Xinhua) -- China Southern Airlines (CSA) announced on Monday that it will launch non-stop direct flights from Beijing to Tehran and double the frequency to four flights per week, starting on March 31.

CSA has been running Beijing-Tehran flights on Wednesday and Saturday, with a stop at Urumqi, which take 10 hours. The new flights will only take eight hours and will also run on Monday and Friday.

The route will be served by Airbus A330-200 aircraft, CSA said.

The flight will leave Beijing at 15:10 and arrive in Tehran at 18: 40 local time. The return flight will leave Tehran at 20:20 local time and arrive in Beijing at 7:50 the next morning.

The expansion of trade and tourism and expanded cultural exchanges have increased demand for China-Iran service, the airline said.
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Old March 4th, 2008, 07:35 AM   #430
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Emirates Airline to launch service to China's Guangzhou

ABU DHABI, March 3 (Xinhua) -- The Dubai-based Emirates Airline announced on Monday that it will launch a new non-stop service to Chinese southern city of Guangzhou on July 1, Emirates News Agency reported.

Guangzhou, capital city of China's Guangdong Province, will be Emirates Airline's fourth destination in China after Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong.

Initially, Emirates Airline will provide four flights per week from Dubai to Guangzhou and vice versa.

The airline will increase the frequency of flights to five per week from Oct. 1 and will fly daily to Guangzhou from Dec. 1.

"Guangzhou is a vital link in our strategic plans for both China and the Asia-Pacific region," the airline's chairman and CEO Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum said.

"The city has been on our radar for some time as it is the heartbeat of the Guangdong Province and hums with its political, socio-economic, scientific, educational and cultural life," he added.
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Old March 5th, 2008, 03:11 PM   #431
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Old March 6th, 2008, 11:13 AM   #432
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China Southern Airlines to offer non-stop Beijing-Tehran flights

BEIJING, March 4 (Xinhua) -- China Southern Airlines (CSA) announced on Monday that it will launch non-stop direct flights from Beijing to Tehran and double the frequency to four flights per week, starting on March 31.

CSA has been running Beijing-Tehran flights on Wednesday and Saturday, with a stop at Urumqi, which take 10 hours. The new flights will only take eight hours and will also run on Monday and Friday.

The route will be served by Airbus A330-200 aircraft, CSA said.

The flight will leave Beijing at 15:10 and arrive in Tehran at 18: 40 local time. The return flight will leave Tehran at 20:20 local time and arrive in Beijing at 7:50 the next morning.

The expansion of trade and tourism and expanded cultural exchanges have increased demand for China-Iran service, the airline said.
I really wouldn't have expected any need for a route like this. I guess this is because most flights leaving Tehran head to Dubai, and Beijing will be a good hub for people heading East?
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Old March 7th, 2008, 03:08 PM   #433
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Chinese airports handle nearly 17% more passengers in 2007


2008-03-07 18:07:52

BEIJING, March 7 (Xinhua) -- China's airports handled 387.59 million passengers last year, a growth of 16.8 percent on the previous year, a source with the General Administration of Civil Aviation said on Friday.

Regular flight services covered 148 airports and 146 cities nationwide.

The total passenger number included 349.25 million passengers handled for domestic flights, up 16.7 percent, and 38.33 million for international flights, up 17.5 percent.

According to industry observers, it was noteworthy that the growth rate for international flights outdid that for domestic flights in 2007.They believed the continuous appreciation of Chinese currency contributed to the impressive growth for international flight services last year.

Last year also saw Chinese airports handle 8.61 million tons of cargo and mail, up 14.3 percent.

The growth rate was lower than the 2006 level of 19 percent. The observers said the slowdown was due largely to price rises for oil and the rapid expansion of oceanic shipping worldwide.

The total cargo and mail transport volume included 5.54 million tons for domestic flights, up 9.9 percent, and 3.07 million tons for international flights, up 23.3 percent.


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Old March 7th, 2008, 06:33 PM   #434
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Emirates Airline to launch service to China's Guangzhou

ABU DHABI, March 3 (Xinhua) -- The Dubai-based Emirates Airline announced on Monday that it will launch a new non-stop service to Chinese southern city of Guangzhou on July 1, Emirates News Agency reported.

Guangzhou, capital city of China's Guangdong Province, will be Emirates Airline's fourth destination in China after Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong.

Initially, Emirates Airline will provide four flights per week from Dubai to Guangzhou and vice versa.

The airline will increase the frequency of flights to five per week from Oct. 1 and will fly daily to Guangzhou from Dec. 1.

"Guangzhou is a vital link in our strategic plans for both China and the Asia-Pacific region," the airline's chairman and CEO Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum said.

"The city has been on our radar for some time as it is the heartbeat of the Guangdong Province and hums with its political, socio-economic, scientific, educational and cultural life," he added.

Emirates is going to be at every large airport in the world pretty soon it seems. I can't wait to fly them.
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Old March 10th, 2008, 09:07 AM   #435
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China air passenger traffic up 16.8 percent in 2007: state media

BEIJING, March 7, 2008 (AFP) - China's air traffic continued to soar in 2007 hitting 387.6 million passenger trips, up 16.8 percent from the previous year, state media reported Friday.

International passenger traffic jumped by 17.5 percent to 38.3 million in 2007, while trips on domestic flights rose by 16.7 percent to 349.3 million, Xinhua news agency said, citing the General Administration of Civil Aviation.

Overall passenger traffic increased 16.7 percent in 2006, previous figures showed.

Rises in oil prices and the rapid expansion of the shipping industry led to a slowing of growth in cargo and mail last year, which registered a 14.3 percent rise to 8.6 million tons, compared to 2006's 19 percent rise, Xinhua said.

International journeys have become more attractive for Chinese travellers because of the appreciation of the yuan, the report said.

China moved the yuan away from a pegged exchange rate to the US dollar in July 2005, and has since allowed its currency to strengthen by about 15 percent.

The spectacular growth in air travel has fueled a similar boom in airport construction to meet the demand, with around 100 new airports planned by 2020 at a cost of 60 billion dollars, previous reports have said.

Last month, Beijing opened its giant Terminal Three to cope with the soaring traffic, which is expected to be further boosted by visitors during the Olympics this August.
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Official: work to start soon on 3rd Hainan airport

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HAIKOU, March 11 (Xinhua) -- The feasibility study for an airport in Boao, the venue of the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) located on the east coast of Hainan Province, has been completed, according to a provincial official.

Li Lifeng, deputy chief of the communications and energy section with Hainan Provincial Development and Reform Department, said that his office would work closely with the General Administration of Civil Aviation of China (CAAC) to get construction started as soon as possible.

Under the national plan for civilian airports, which has been approved by the State Council, China is to build 97 new airports by 2020. It will have 192 airports by 2010 and 244 by 2020, up from 147 at the end of 2006.

Three of these airports will be in Hainan, which used to be a part of Guangdong Province but became a province in its own right in April 1988.

According to Li, the Boao airport will have a 3,600-meter runway and be able to accommodate three Boeing 737s a time. The first phase of the airport will have an annual passenger capacity of 100,000, with a long-dated goal of 300,000 passengers. The budget is 1.15 billion yuan (about 160 million U.S. dollars).

The two other airports planned for Hainan will be in Wuzhishan city, in the central part of the province, and Dongfang city on the southwest coast.

Hainan, which is separated from the Chinese landmass by the Qiongzhou Strait, has somewhat limited access. At present, Hainan relies on air and ferry services, including train ferries plying the Qiongzhou Strait.

It already has two airports: one in Haikou, the provincial capital, on the northern end of the province, and the other in Sanya, a popular seaside resort on the southern end of the island. Participants in the BFA annual meetings usually fly to Haikou and then take a 90-minute express bus to Boao

The BFA was launched in 2001 as a platform for high-level international leaders. Its annual meeting is scheduled for April 11-13. According to Long Yongtu, the forum's secretary-general and former Chinese World Trade Organization trade negotiator, the conference this year will focus on environmental issues and a "sustainable Asia."
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Wow. Not many orders for ARJ21 so setup a new airline to create the market for these aircraft.

I hope it flies one day and becomes reasonably efficient.. Seeing just Airbus and Boeing can get alittle boring.
The only reason I really like the ARJ21 is that it looks like a real DC9/MD80/90/Boeing 717 replacement. I wish Boeing kept the MD90 and 717 line open. What a sound sitting in the back of these MD planes.

As for China's airlines I love all the classic liveries they have except for the recently changed ones (Hainan and Shezhen Airlines). Taiwan has some beautiful looking liveries for their domestic airlines as well.
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Air China's new Olympic mascot livery (beijingupdates.com)

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Air China ups capex, adds 24 new planes in 2008

HONG KONG, March 18 (Reuters) - Chinese flag carrier Air China , which posted a better-than-expected 57 percent rise in annual net profit on Monday, will boost its capital expenditure by 6 percent to 17.97 billion yuan ($2.54 billion) in 2008, an executive said on Tuesday.

The company will have 24 new aircraft come into service this year and at least 20 in 2009 and 20 in 2010, Chief Finanical Officer Fan Cheng told analysts in a briefing.

He also said Air China is expected to share 900 million yuan revenue from its membership of Star Alliance in 2008.

Air China joined Star Alliance, the largest airline alliance, covering 155 countries and regions and 855 destinations, in December 2007. Joining the alliance allows Air China to extend its global reach by connecting to its partners, which include Singapore Airlines, Air Canada and Poland's LOT, Fan said.

"We will code-share on routes such as Warsaw-Beijing," he said. ($1=7.081 Yuan)
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