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Old March 19th, 2008, 07:19 AM   #441
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Air China 2007 profit up 30% as passenger numbers rise

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BEIJING, March 18 (Xinhua) -- Air China, the country's largest international carrier, said on Tuesday that its 2007 net profit rose 30.37 percent year-on-year on higher passenger traffic and improved investment returns.

Net profit was 3.88 billion yuan (547 million U.S. dollars), or0.33 yuan per share, the Beijing-based airline said in a statement to the Shanghai Stock Exchange.

It reported 1.24 billion yuan of investment returns.

It planned to offer 0.684 yuan in cash dividends per 10 shares, the statement said.

In 2006, its profit soared 65 percent to 2.98 billion yuan.

Sales last year rose 14.58 percent to 49.74 billion yuan. Costs for its core air business rose 9.7 percent to 39.9 billion yuan due to higher fuel costs -- a reflection of higher global crude oil prices -- and increased consumption as services expanded.

Fuel costs rose 9.42 percent to 16.27 billion yuan, accounting for 40.76 percent of the total. The flagship carrier noted that it had saved 236 million yuan by hedging its fuel requirements.

The airline, which is second in China by fleet size, carried 34.84 million passengers, up 10.59 percent from a year earlier. This lifted its passenger load factor to 78.6 percent from 75.9 percent in 2006.

Calculated by passenger numbers, it had 44 percent and 24 percent of the market shares in Beijing and Shanghai, respectively, last year.

It served 280 routes (72 international), with 220 passenger and cargo planes in operation as of the end of 2007.

Air traffic demand will maintain robust growth this year when Beijing hosts the Olympics, but high fuel prices and fierce competition pose challenges to profitability, the company said in the statement.

Shares in Air China plunged 5.95 percent to 13.75 yuan in Shanghai as uncertainty over tightening measures dragged down the Shanghai Composite Index by 3.96 percent to 3,668.90.
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I thought the ARJ21 was meant to be flying this month? Does anyone have the latest?
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Old March 25th, 2008, 05:38 AM   #443
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Nation to get 97 new airports to in 12 years

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A second international airport in Beijing, construction of which will begin before 2010, is just one of 97 to be built in China before 2020, the General Administration of Civil Aviation of China (CAAC) said in its latest airport development plan.

According to the plan, which covers the years up to 2020, the number of airports nationwide will increase to 192 by 2010, and to 244 by 2020. At the end of 2006, there were 147, including 45 used for both civilian and military purposes.

This means 82 in every 100 people - who contribute 96 percent of the country's gross domestic product (GDP) - will live within 100 km, or 90 minutes' drive, from an airport by 2020.

At present, only 61 percent of people - who contribute 82 percent of GDP - lives within this range, the plan said.

The CAAC said the new airports will cost an estimated total of 450 billion yuan ($64 billion).

The civil airport development plan was drafted to meet increasing demand, as the CAAC predicted passenger traffic will grow by 11.4 percent annually from now until 2020, during which time freight traffic will increase by 14 percent a year.

The 244 airports will form five groups, serving different purposes.

North and Northeast China will have 54 airports, including 24 to be built. Beijing Capital International Airport will become an international air hub. The airports will assist economic cooperation with Northeast Asia.

East China will have 49 airports, including 12 new ones. Shanghai Pudong airport is to be developed into an international hub. The airports will serve the economic development of the region and make the three direct flights across the Taiwan Straits more convenient.

South and Central China will have 39 airports, after 14 new ones are completed. Guangdong Baiyun airport will become an international hub. The airports will serve economic cooperation between China and Southeast Asia.

Southwest China will have 52 airports, including 21 to be built. Kunming airport is to be fostered as the regional gateway linking China with ASEAN members.

Northwest China will have 50 airports, with 26 new airports. Urumqi airport is to be the regional gateway linking China to Central Asia.

Under the plan, the number of airports serving more than 30 million passengers a year will increase from the current three to 13 by 2020.

Beijing Capital International Airport, which opened its third terminal last month, is currently the country's largest and busiest.

Last year it handled almost 53.5 million passengers, ranking it among the world's 10 busiest.
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Old March 26th, 2008, 10:31 AM   #444
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Shanghai officially opens China's 2nd largest air terminal

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SHANGHAI, March 26 (Xinhua) -- China's second-largest air terminal building became operational in Shanghai on Wednesday.

The T2 terminal at Pudong International Airport, opened at 6:15 a.m. Yao Mei, who checked in for her 8 a.m. Shanghai Airlines flight FM9545 to Chongqing, became its first passenger.

Consisting of three parts -- the main hall, the hallway and the lounge -- Pudong International Airport's T2 has a combined floor space of 546,000 square meters. It provides quick connections to the first terminal.

Its size is second only to the Beijing International Airport Terminal 3, which also started full service on Wednesday.

Shanghai built the new terminal to cater to the continuous growth of passenger and cargo flows in and out of the most populous city on China's east coast. The Beijing Olympics in August and the Shanghai World Expo 2010 are expected to bring large increases in air passenger traffic.

The new terminal has been designed to transport 40 million passengers annually and its tarmac can accommodate the ultra-large Airbus 380.

According to Wu Nianzu, president of the Shanghai Airport Authority, with T2 in operation, Pudong can handle 490,000 flights annually, with a passenger capacity of 60 million.

Shanghai also has a downtown airport named Hongqiao.

The two airports handled a record 51.57 million passengers last year, an 11.8 percent increase over 2006.

Pudong and Hongqiao handled 440,809 planes last year, up 7.61 percent. Pudong handled 58 percent, or 253,671 aircraft movements, while Hongqiao accommodated 42 percent, or 187,138, according to official figures.

Pudong is the only airport in the world to provide a dual presence for courier companies UPS and DHL.

Currently, 71 domestic and overseas airlines have regular service to Shanghai, linking the Chinese financial and commercial hub with 179 cities worldwide.
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Old March 27th, 2008, 07:47 AM   #445
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Tianjin Airbus FAL to begin assembly in August


Tianjin Airbus assembly factory U/C, first Airbus assembly line outside Europe. 3.25 2008

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The Tianjin Final Assembly Line (FAL) – jointly funded and constructed by Airbus and a Chinese consortium consisting of the Tianjin Free Trade Zone, China Aviation Industry Corp. I and China Aviation Industry Corp. II – will start assembling the first series of A320-aircraft in August. The FAL will produce four aircraft every month until 2011.

Mr. Bo Long, president of Airbus China, said that in recent years, the cooperation between Airbus and Chinese industries has been expanding and deepening. As of the end of 2007, Airbus's scale of subcontract production in China had already surpassed the average annual turnover of 70 million US dollars.

Up to the present, six domestic aviation enterprises have been directly involved in the production of Airbus components.

Airbus said it will continue to cooperate with Chinese aviation industries. The annual GDP, based on this cooperation, will reach 200 million US dollars by 2010; and 450 million US dollars by 2015.
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Old March 28th, 2008, 02:58 PM   #446
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GECAS to buy 5 ARJ21-700 regional jets

By Shangguan Zhoudong (chinadaily.com.cn)

Updated: 2008-03-28 14:40


AVIC I Commercial Aircraft Co Ltd announced today it has reached the memorandum of understanding (MOU) to sell five ARJ21-700 regional jets to GE Commercial Aviation Services (GECAS), a leading global player in commercial aircraft leasing and finance, Hu Wenming, vice general manager of China Aviation Industry Corporation I (AVIC I), said today in Beijing.




Hu, who was present today at the establishment ceremony of Joy Air Co Ltd, a regional airline between AVIC I and China Eastern Airlines, added GECAS also intends to buy another 20 ARJ-700 planes in the future.


"GECAS will be AVIC I Commercial's first overseas client and the first leading aircraft leasing and finance company buying ARJ21 jets among Western countries," Hu said.


"GECAS said it will buy more ARJ21 planes to strengthen its fleet," Hu said.


"This means ARJ21 planes have been accepted by the market," Hu said, adding the move signals China's civilian aviation industry has made a major step towards entering overseas markets.


GECAS has a fleet of 1,450 owned aircraft it leases to more than 230 airlines in some 70 countries, and it manages nearly 300 aircraft for others.


The aircraft leasing and finance firm established its representative office in China in 1998, providing a wide range of aircraft types and financing options. It occupies 21 percent of China's aircraft leasing market, with customers including Air China, China Southern Airlines and China Eastern Airlines.


ARJ21 is China's indigenously developed regional jet with 70 to 90 seats, it uses equipment and engines from leading companies.
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Delta Air Lines Ready to Fly to China

Shanghai and Atlanta are connected on March 30, 2008 by non-stop flight.

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Old April 4th, 2008, 08:24 AM   #448
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China Hangzhou airport mulls IPO to fund expansion-CEO

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SHANGHAI, March 31 (Reuters) - Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport Co, partly owned by the Airport Authority of Hong Kong, is considering going public to help bankroll an expansion to more than triple its capacity in four years, its chief executive said on Monday.

Hangzhou airport is building a second terminal, part of its 7 billion yuan ($998 million) expansion, which also includes a second runway and the expansion of an existing terminal, Eric Wong said.

"We are studying the possibility of raising funds through listing. The board of directors have formed a team to look at this project specifically," Wong told Reuters on the sidelines of an industry forum.

Hangzhou airport, the country's eighth-businest, handled 11.73 million passengers in 2007, up 18.3 percent from a year earlier, according to official data.

Passenger volume at the airport, a gateway to Hangzhou city, a major tourism attraction, is estimated to exceed 13 million this year, Wang said. By 2010, when the expansion project is completed, the airport, in which the Airport Authority of Hong Kong owns 35 percent, could accommodate 25 million passengers, more than triple its current capacity of 8 million.

Airports around China are rushing to expand their capacity to cater to growing demand from an increasingly mobile population as the country's economy grows at about 10 percent a year.

Two-hour's drive away, Shanghai Pudong International Airport, the country's second-busiest airport, added a second terminal and a third runway last week, part of a 19.7 billion yuan expansion plan that will boost its capacity to 80 million passengers by 2015.

But Wong said he believed there would be plenty of room for smaller airports, especially along the affluent eastern coast, where a booming economy has pushed up air traffic.

"With the growth that we are facing, my worry is that we might reach that capacity before 2012," Wong said. ($1=7.014 Yuan) (Reporting by Fang Yan)
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4.15 Wuhan Tianhe Airport T2 opens

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T2 area: 149.8 k sq meters
Airport capacity: 14 million pax



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Very Importment News from the CAAC!!!!!!!

CAAC Notice: Lighters and matches banned onboard departing China

Apr 7 2008

The General Administration of Civil Aviation of China (CAAC) announced that with immediate effect, passengers travelling from any destinations in mainland China are prohibited from carrying cigarette lighters and matches aboard civil aircraft.
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China needs 2,800 aircraft from 2007 to 2026: Airbus
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Updated: 2008-04-27 09:56


BEIJING -- Chinese mainland will need to add more than 2,800 passenger aircraft and freighters in the 20 years through 2026, European plane maker Airbus forecast.

The demand, valued $329 billion, represents 11.6 percent of the world total for more than 24,000 new aircraft during the period, it noted.

China's demand for passenger aircraft is only second to the United States in the period, said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer for Customers.

An estimated 2,670 passenger aircraft and 130 cargo planes will be added into the mainland's fleet, according to Airbus' 2007-2008 Global Market Forecast (China). The passenger fleet would triple in size by 2026.

Among the total, the mainland will need more than 1,900 single aisle aircraft, nearly 700 twin-aisles and 190 very large aircraft (VLA), it said.

The number of VLAs, such as A380, needed on the mainland is forecast to rise, as the traffic from and to China increases greatly and becomes highly concentrated in cities like Beijing and Shanghai.

The passenger and cargo traffic on the mainland is expected to grow five-fold and six-fold, respectively, in the 20 years, said Airbus.

"In terms of in-service aircraft, Airbus' market share on the mainland has increased from 7 percent in 1995 to the current 38 percent. Our aim is to reach 50 percent in 2011," Leahy noted


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Yet there are not enough pilots to man those planes.
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China Eastern pledges internal review after flight cancellations
30 April 2008
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China Eastern Airlines Corp said yesterday it would quickly address management issues raised by the government's cancellation of a number of its routes, an action that will cut 400 million yuan (HK$445.65 million) off its sales this year.

"We will seriously learn a lesson from the incident and actively react to the requirements of the regulator," the airline said in an announcement filed with Shanghai Stock Exchange yesterday.

"An application for resuming the flights will be tendered as soon as possible."

Civil Aviation Administration of China director general Wang Ronghua said yesterday that the airline's first priority was to improve its management standards.

Late last month, thousands of passengers were stranded after 18 China Eastern pilots turned back in midflight amid a dispute with the state-owned airline's management over pay raises and overtime flying. The pilots were permanently banned after the incident.

On April 16, the CAAC ordered that flights between Kunming and Dali as well as Kunming and Xishuangbanna be taken away from China Eastern effective May 4. Six routes between Kunming and other cities in Yunnan such as Lijiang and Zhongdian will be cut by two to six flights per day.

The CAAC did not say how long the suspension would last.

The company said it would try to reshuffle the extra capacity in Yunnan to other routes and aimed to increase airplane usage in response to the punishment.

The carrier forecast that the direct impact of the measures would be a 400 million yuan cut in sales over the next eight months, an amount equal to 1.52 per cent of its sales last year.

Pilots on the mainland cannot move freely between airlines. Regulators also require a mutual agreement between pilots and their employers in case of resignations.

Chinese airlines often demand more than 10 million yuan as a break-up fee from the pilots, or 30 times their annual income, in a bid to stop them from resigning.
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Old May 9th, 2008, 08:00 PM   #455
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Northwest Airlines, Hainan Airlines adding nonstop flight from Seattle to Beijing

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Northwest Airlines will start new daily nonstop service between Seattle and Beijing in March, a move that will bolster the Pacific Northwest's trade ties with China and give travelers more options for reaching key Asian cities.

Hainan Airlines, China's fourth-largest carrier, begins nonstop service from Seattle to Beijing on June 9.

"China is Washington state's Number 1 export market, with nearly limitless opportunities for growth," Gov. Christine Gregoire said at a news conference Thursday.

"Northwest Airlines' new flight will greatly expand our ability to increase trade, tourism, education and cultural exchange with China, bringing new jobs and economic development to our state," Gregoire said. "It also reinforces Seattle as the gateway to Asia and the Pacific."

The new service, departing Seattle at 4:55 p.m. and arriving in Beijing at 8:35 p.m. the next day, will use Airbus A330-200s equipped with 32 business-class seats and 211 economy-class seats.

Seattle already has nonstop service to three other Asian cities. United Airlines and Northwest fly to Tokyo. Other airlines fly to Seoul, South Korea, and Taipei, Taiwan.

"This just validates the fact that Seattle has become a major gateway to the Pacific," said Joel Chusid, North American general manager for Hainan Airlines, whose Seattle-Beijing service begins next month.

"Competition is competition, but we understand it. It just speaks to the vibrancy of the market."

While Hainan will have a nine-month head start on offering a direct flight to Beijing, it doesn't have Northwest's long-standing code-share agreements with Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air for connections throughout the U.S.

Last year, about 69,000 passengers flew between Seattle and China, not including passengers connecting through Seattle from other cities, according to Kazue Ishiwata, senior manager of air-service development at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

By 2009, that number is expected to nearly double.

More than 100,000 passengers are expected to connect to other cities through Seattle, bringing the total traffic to about 227,000 passengers.


"We are seeing the addition of the Seattle-Beijing service as very positive," said Mark Evans, Microsoft senior director, global procurement group, in a statement Northwest released Thursday.

"This will give our travelers the additional flexibility that they've been wanting and is very good news for the Seattle market," Evans said.

Northwest, which is being acquired by Delta Air Lines, already flies a daily nonstop between Seattle and Amsterdam and will start service from Seattle to London Heathrow on June 1.

The nation's fifth-largest carrier, Northwest is the major U.S. player in the Asian market, operating more than 200 nonstop flights between the United States and Asia each week.

Not all nonstops between Seattle and the Far East have lasted. Northwest started nonstop flights between Seattle and Hong Kong in 1994 but later suspended the service.

Seattle has been on a roll when it comes to picking up new nonstop international routes.

Sea-Tac gained four new international routes within the last year, bringing its number of nonstops to European destinations to six: Air France to Paris; British Airways to London; Lufthansa to Frankfurt, Germany; Northwest Airlines to Amsterdam and London; and SAS to Copenhagen, Denmark.

Other international service includes two airlines flying to Mexico, and four to Canada.
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Hey big-dog, there is something missing in the news you quote, the non-stop flight of Northwest between Seattle and Beijing will be launched on March of 2009, Hainan Airlines will kick off the direct flight between Seattle-Tacoma International and Beijing Capital International on June, 2008.
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China establishes jumbo passenger jet company
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Updated: 2008-05-11 09:37


BEIJING -- China's first ever jumbo passenger aircraft company was officially inaugurated in Shanghai on Sunday.

The company, named Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China Ltd.(CACC), will be responsible for researching, developing, manufacturing and marketing the made-in-China large passenger aircraft.

The CACC has a registered capital of 19 billion yuan (2.7 billion US dollars). The State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission alone invests 6 billion yuan, becoming the biggest shareholder.

Shareholders of the new company also include China Aviation Industry Corporation I (AVIC I), the country's largest aircraft producer, and China Aviation Industry Corporation II (AVIC II).

Zhang Qingwei, minister of then State Commission of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense, was appointed as the company's board chairman.

Establishment of the company was approved in February 2007 by the State Council, China's Cabinet. This was to make the country capable of building aircraft with a take-off weight of more than 100 tonnes, or planes with more than 150 seats.

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UPS says moving Asia hub from Philippines to China

MANILA, May 21, 2008 (AFP) - US logistics firm United Parcel Service (UPS) said Wednesday it is moving to a new Asia air operations centre in Shenzhen, China by 2010 and would scale back its current regional hub in the Philippines.

"In the past few years the increase in trend was moving towards the north of Asia. About 75 percent of the intra-Asia package volume shifted to North Asia, and the decision was made to handle the packages close to our clients," said Andy Connelly, UPS senior vice president for the region.

From 2010 the Shenzen airport will take most of the volume away from the UPS facility at Clark airport north of Manila, he told a news conference.

The 89,000 square-metre (958,000-square-foot) UPS Shenzen hub will launch 100 flights per week and its 400 staff will be capable of sorting 18,000 packages an hour, Connelly added.

He said the China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan markets now account for more than half of UPS' total intra-Asia volume, with a sizeable volume in southeast China and Hong Kong.

"Given the growth in shipping alone in southern China, it makes sense to sort and dispatch this volume from a hub closer to our customers," he added.

From the current nine aircraft daily, Connelly said UPS flights out of the 300 million-dollar, 7,000 packages per hour Clark facility would be reduced to two flights.

"We will maintain our presence in Clark on a reduced basis. Clark will continue its function as gateway to the Philippines' import and export," the official said.

The Clark staff will be reduced to 70 from 200, he added.
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United and US Airways, under pressure from high fuel costs, postpone starting new China routes
22 May 2008

NEW YORK (AP) - Two airlines that only months ago won federal approval to begin highly coveted routes to China are postponing the launch of the new services because of high fuel costs.

The requests come at a time of growing strain on the airline industry, which is anticipating multibillion dollar losses this year as it scrambles to cope with runaway oil prices and a slumping U.S. economy.

United Airlines has sought and US Airways plans to ask for one-year delays in launching the new routes, representatives from the carriers said Thursday. United won final approval and US Airways received the tentative go-ahead to launch the routes from the U.S. Department of Transportation in September.

Since then, oil prices have shot up more than 60 percent. Benchmark prices surged past $135 a barrel Thursday before settling at $130.81, down $2.36 on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

The routes in question affect planned United service between San Francisco to Guangzhou, and US Airways flights between Philadelphia and Beijing.

Access to routes between the U.S. and China is highly competitive because air service between the two countries is restricted by bilateral agreements. A July agreement between the two countries was intended to double the number of daily flights allowed between the two nations over the next five years.

United's request for a delay was approved April 25, while the request from US Airways has not yet been received, Transportation Department spokesman Bill Mosley said.

United, a division of UAL Corp., was scheduled to start its new flights in early June, but now plans to postpone the launch until June 2009. Spokeswoman Robin Urbanski said the Chicago-based carrier is scaling back plans for one new international route, San Francisco to Guangzhou, where there aren't "strong enough economics" to offset higher fuel costs.

United received final approval for its route in September, the same time Delta Air Lines Inc. won the opportunity to launch its first flights to China with a daily route between Shanghai and Atlanta. Delta's flights began March 31.

US Airways has begun sending letters to members of Congress and its employees saying it would seek to delay the launch of the new Philadelphia-Beijing route, noting that the cost for fuel would be more than $90 million (euro57.12 million) a year -- $40 million more than the original estimate of about $50 million.

"We're optimistic that economic conditions will be on the upswing in 2010, giving us a better chance of success with our first route to China," Scott Kirby, the president of Phoenix-based US Airways Group Inc., said in a letter to workers.

Sen. Bob Casey, a Democrat from Pennsylvania, said in a statement that the China route is a priority for the Philadelphia region, and that the delay was another example of how high fuel prices are hurting the economy.

"I hope this delay is only temporary because this route has the potential to be an economic boon to Philadelphia and good business for US Airways," Casey said.

Before it began the process of delaying the launch, US Airways had planned to start its new route in 2009.

US Airways received final approval for the route in December. At the same time, AMR Corp.'s American Airlines, Continental Airlines Inc. and Northwest Airlines Corp. each won awards to add a new daily flight to their existing service beginning next year.

Representatives for American, Continental and Northwest said they are not making any changes to their plans for new China passenger routes next year.

However, Northwest has applied for a waiver to suspend seven weekly roundtrip cargo flights a week between Tokyo and Guangzhou, China, spokeswoman Tammy Lee said.

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Associated Press reporters Kimberly Hefling in Washington, Dave Koenig in Dallas, Harry Weber in Atlanta and Deborah Yao in Philadelphia contributed to this report.
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Air Berlin To Reduce Shanghai Flights As Of June
27 May 2008

FRANKFURT (Dow Jones)--German discount airline Air Berlin PLC (AB1.XE) is reducing its number of flights between Duesseldorf and Shanghai, starting in June, the company said Tuesday.

As of July, there will only be three flights per week instead of five. Airplanes will fly to Shanghai once on Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday, and fly back on Wednesday, Friday and Monday.

The company cited "declining demand for the Chinese market" and high fuel prices.

It said that Peking will however remain interesting, with the upcoming Olympics, noting that there will still be five flights per week to the city.
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