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Old July 25th, 2010, 06:02 PM   #761
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very strong rumours from reliable sources here that Hainan Airlines will be starting Beijing-Toronto (YYZ) very soon......
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Old July 25th, 2010, 08:07 PM   #762
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They said August 7th --- maybe too soon?
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Old July 26th, 2010, 04:37 PM   #763
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Yea .. I doubt they can sell enough tickets now for a launch that is only a few weeks away.
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Old July 26th, 2010, 05:48 PM   #764
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here are the tentative arrival and departure times at YYZ (unofficial)...they will be using terminal 3.....

operate 3x weekly (Mon, Wed, Sat) ...equipment type A340-600...

Arrive from PEK at 1420 hrs(CHH 7975)
Depart to PEK at 1600 hrs (CHH 7976)
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High-speed rail stations urged for airports
16 July 2010
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China is not doing enough to prevent high-speed trains killing off domestic intercity flights, transport executives said yesterday in Hong Kong.

One way to diminish the impact of the country's growing express-rail network would be to locate high-speed train stations at airports, the executives said at the High Speed Rail Asia 2010 Conference.

"Rail and air can co-operate or compete," said Andrew Sharp, director general of the International Air Rail Organisation.

"High-speed rail stations at airports can capture traffic on a route and high-speed rail stations at airports are essential."

He said passengers interconnecting to at least three cities were more likely to take high-speed trains if a station was located at the airport where they were making connections.

"China can do more to connect its airports to its high-speed rail network," said Sharp, noting that almost none of the country's airports have high-speed rail stations.

One rare exception is the Hongqiao high-speed railway station at Hongqiao International Airport in Shanghai, which opened on July 1.

Not all airports would be suited, for example, it might not be a good idea to locate a high-speed train station at Chek Lap Kok airport, he said. A high-speed station at Hong Kong airport would encourage passengers to take the railway to Shenzhen airport, where they will connect to domestic mainland flights, hurting Hong Kong airport's mainland connections, he said.

Mainland airlines are nervously eyeing the roll out of high-speed railways across the country.

Since the Wuhan-Guangzhou high-speed railway opened at the end of last year, passenger numbers for China Southern Airlines on that route have fallen.

Since a high-speed rail link between Zhengzhou and Xian started operation in February, all flights between the two cities have ceased.

High-speed railways could take up to 90 per cent of the high-end market for trips under two hours and 50 to 70 per cent of journeys under four hours, according to a study by carnoc.com, a website run by the Civil Aviation Administration of China.

The country has the world's most extensive high-speed rail network at 6,920 kilometres and plans to extend that to 13,000 kilometres within two years.

While high-speed railways are hurting flights in China, Europe has far better co-operation between high-speed railway and air travel, Sharp said.

Europe has about half a dozen airports with long-distance high-speed train stations, including Amsterdam, Paris, Lyons and Zurich. Many more airports have short-distance high-speed rail connections.

Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport has a high-speed rail station connecting it to at least 20 European cities. In Switzerland, passengers could check in their baggage at a high-speed train station, take a train to Zurich Airport and connect to a flight without rechecking baggage.

On crowded air corridors, high-speed railway can be a help instead of a threat to air travel, said Bryan Nye, chief executive of the Australasian Railway Association, which represents the railway industry in Australia and New Zealand.

For instance, the Sydney-Melbourne route is the third busiest air corridor in the world, Nye said.

The Australian government is currently considering an east coast high-speed railway linking Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne.
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Old July 31st, 2010, 08:38 AM   #766
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Airlines raise price of premium seats
28 July 2010
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CHINA'S three largest airlines raised ticket prices for premium passengers this month, confident that business travel is rebounding in the world's second-largest aviation market.

The fare rises come on the heels of further industry deregulation allowing domestic carriers to determine their own first-class and business-class ticket prices on domestic routes.

"Many rising countries, such as China, have implemented stimulus plans and loose monetary policies to spur their economies, which boosted trade and business travel," said the Montreal-based International Air Transport Association, which has about 230 members.

In the first five months of the year, premium travel worldwide has grown by 10.8 percent as business confidence and world trade recover, the association said in its latest monthly report.

In May, premium travel was up 18.7 percent from a year earlier, compared with a 10.2 percent rise in economy-class travel. The May increase followed a limp 1.1 percent gain in premium travel in April, the transport association said.

Routes linking to Asia and the North and Mid-Pacific regions showed growth rates of more than 20 percent in May.

Taking advantage of the rising demand, China Southern Airlines, China Eastern Airlines and Air China all raised prices of first-class and business-class seats on popular routes, such as Beijing to Shanghai.

They set first-class fares as high as 2.8 times full-fare economy prices and business-class price at as high as 2 times. Previously, first-class fares were set at a multiple of about 1.5 times.

Even with the changes, the premium fares are still relatively low.

"Overseas rivals set their premium ticket price at about 10 times an economy ticket," said Li Lifang, an analyst at Sinolink Securities Co.

Many business travelers, whose fares are paid by their companies, prefer the comfort, flight schedules and services of premium seats.

"The domestic aviation market is booming this year. Flights on some unpopular routes have been fully booked, let alone hot routes such as Beijing-Shanghai, so premium cabins are much more sought after than before," said an official from a domestic carrier, who asked to remain anonymous.

Some smaller carriers, such as Shenzhen Airlines and Shandong Airlines, followed their state-owned rivals in raising premium ticket rates.

The higher fares for such luxuries aren't expected to trigger a price war among airlines.

"We don't change airlines if they raise ticket prices," said an administrative official, surnamed Yuan, who is in charge of booking flights for staff at a financial institution in Shanghai.

"It seems that our boss isn't concerned about the extra cost."

The load factor in the premium classes of China's domestic carriers grew to about 50 percent last year from 15 percent in 2006.

Normally, premium fares account for 10 percent of total passengers but contribute 30 percent of revenue. But for domestic carriers, premium passengers contribute only 10 percent of revenue.

"If Air China and China Southern raise their first-class ticket prices by 20 percent, their revenues are estimated to grow by 500 million yuan (US$73.7 million) annually," Li said.

In the first half of this year, profits in China's aviation industry soared 174 percent from a year earlier to 13.3 billion yuan, according to the Civil Aviation Administration of China.

However, airlines now can also choose to reduce ticket prices in the off-season and on unpopular routes.

A marketing official at China Eastern also said the carrier will adjust fares to reflect demand.

"We also offer some discounts for premium passengers," said Zhou Enyong, marketing manager of Air China. "The flexible-pricing mechanism allows us to diversify our options for passengers and help us increase efficiency."

The market-oriented pricing mechanism is also expected to propel domestic carriers to improve in-flight services to compete with their overseas rivals.
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Old July 31st, 2010, 05:34 PM   #767
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Shenzhen Airlines To Buy 10 Airbus 320 Series Aircraft
30 July 2010

LONDON (Dow Jones)--Air China Ltd. (AIRC.LN) said Friday its units Shenzhen Airlines and Air China Import and Export Co. Ltd entered into the Airbus Aircraft Purchase Agreement with Airbus Company, pursuant to which Shenzhen Airlines has agreed to purchase 10 Airbus 320-series aircraft from Airbus Company.

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-The aircraft basic price of the Airbus Aircraft in aggregate is U.S.$814 million

-The aggregate consideration for the acquisition of Airbus Aircraft is payable by cash in installments; Shenzhen Airlines is expecting to take delivery of the Airbus Aircraft in stages from 2012 to 2013.

-The transaction will be funded through cash generated from Shenzhen Airlines' business operations, commercial bank loans and other financing instruments of Shenzhen Airlines.

-Shares of Air China at 1410 GMT unchanged at 360 pence.
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Australia's Qantas says looking at China expansion

SYDNEY, Aug 12 (Reuters) - Australia's largest airline Qantas Airways Ltd said on Thursday the airline was actively looking at opportunities to grow its low-cost subsidiary Jetstar's operations in China.

Jetstar's Asia business grew capacity by 46 percent in the region in the financial year 2010, Qantas Chief Executive Alan Joyce told reporters on a conference call.

Qantas earlier reported a 4.3 percent fall in its full-year net profit but said conditions were improving.
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Air China in talks with Beijing about new airline company
20 August 2010

BEIJING, Aug.20 (Xinhua) -- Air China (601111.SH), China's top air carrier, is talking with the local government of Beijing on establishing a new airline company in a bid to enter the business aircraft market, according to a report by China Business News on Friday.

The two sides are expected to sign a framework agreement on a joint venture in near future, and Air China wants to hold a controlling stake in the new company, the report said.

The move will help expand Air China's fledgling business aircraft services.
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Illegal Flights Cause Confusion in China's Skies
By CHENGCHENG JIANG / BEIJING
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On a recent summer's evening, a shimmering metallic object appeared in the skies above the city of Hangzhou in eastern China. Gliding across the dusky sky, the craft startled locals and panicked air traffic controllers, who promptly closed Hangzhou's busy airport and locked down the city's airspace for more than an hour. News of the Hangzhou UFO even made the national news.

But when amateur pictures of the craft were splashed across Chinese newspapers the following morning, experts quickly determined that Hangzhou was not under threat of imminent alien invasion. Rather, this flying object was identified as most likely being another example of an increasingly common nuisance in China's airspace - off-the-grid, short-hop flights by local private plane owners. China's airspace is tightly controlled by the government, and access for anything other than commercial or military aircraft is strictly limited. But as planes and helicopters become the new playthings of China's wealthy elite, private plane owners are agitating for more freedom to fly, and hei fei, or black flights, are becoming a headache for the nation's air traffic controllers.

It was not until 2003, when the General Aviation Flight Control Ordinance was issued, that individuals and private companies were even allowed to own private aircraft. China now has around 200 aircraft in private hands, according to some estimates - impossibly low when compared to the U.S., where the General Aviation Manufacturers Association estimates that there are some 231,000 privately owned airplanes. How many of China's private fleet are airborne on a regular basis remains unclear. Currently, private aircraft owners need to jump through a myriad of regulatory hoops if they want to fly their planes or helicopters. Would-be flyers need to apply to several different local and national ministries and departments to get the appropriate licenses, and need to submit their detailed flight plans to the local air traffic control department at least seven working days in advance.

Rather than wade through this bureaucratic minefield, some simply choose to fly "off the grid" by not submitting flight plans or checking in with nearby air traffic controllers before taking off. Though illegal, flying under the radar has a distinct advantage: according to China's civil aviation laws, the fine for illegal flying is between 10,000 RMB to 100,000 RMB, while an application for official flight path approval can cost anything from 50,000 RMB to 100,000 RMB. Many choose to simply pay the fine, but their flights can cause pandemonium when they crop up on airport radar screens. In April, some flights into Shanghai were briefly diverted to other nearby cities when an unregistered helicopter strayed into the city's airspace.

In a country that had 1,900 billionaires last year, aircraft makers and sellers are betting on private flying taking off. This week at Shanghai's Hongqiao Airport, the country's first "Jet Expo" gets underway, showcasing 10 private jets worth a total of 1 billion RMB. "There are two kinds of people who come to our exhibition: people who are fond of flying, and very wealthy men," says Wei Gong, the director of the Asia-pacific area of CELINK Limited, the organizer of the Jet Expo. "We have a cocktail party in the evening where we've invited 80 people with a net worth of more than $50 million to attend."

But as the market grows, so does pressure to relax regulations on private flights, and there are signs that the government is starting to respond. Owners of larger jet planes, for example, need only submit their flight plan 24 hours in advance - as opposed to weeks in advance for smaller craft like single-engine planes. In Guangdong province and certain areas of the northeast, local governments have allowed single engine planes to fly at low altitudes. Analysts - and people in the aviation business - believe that such test schemes presage a larger-scale opening of airspace sooner rather than later. "[Restrictions on airspace] have very little impact on our business, because everybody sees that the government is trying to loosen their control over the airspace," Gong says. He's advising potential customers to buy now, so that they'll be ready when the regulations are relaxed. "It takes at least half a year from the time you order your plane to delivery. So maybe in six months the policy will be changed already and private planes can fly without too much hassle."

Plane owners, meanwhile, are also working to improve their image as wealthy fly-boys who ignore the rules. In July, Liu Boquan, a prominent hotel owner in Dongguan, garnered plenty of praise - and plenty of headlines - when he took to the skies in his helicopter to apprehend a band of thieves. The bandits had apparently made off with his Porsche, but Liu was able to track them from his chopper, cornering them at a nearby fish farm - where, in a Bond-esque plot twist, one made a getaway and Liu took to his speedboat to round him up. Using his helicopter may have been a hei fei, but even the local government had to acknowledge that Liu's illegal flight was not without benefit. He was later given an award for outstanding behaviour for his role in capturing the thieves.
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China Airlines: To Sell 25% Yangtze River Express Stake To HNA Group
23 August 2010

TAIPEI (Dow Jones)--China Airlines Ltd. (2610.TW) will sell its 25% stake in Chinese regional air cargo carrier Yangtze River Express Airlines back to HNA Group Co., China's fourth-largest airline group, the Taiwanese company said in a statement Monday.

China Airlines, Taiwan's largest airline by revenue, said in a statement the transaction is valued at CNY312.5 million (US$46 million), unchanged from the price China Airlines paid when it acquired the 25% stake in Yangtze River Express in 2006.

The Taiwanese airline said HNA sought to buy back the stake in July, but didn't provide a reason for HNA's decision. HNA Group is the parent of Shanghai-listed Hainan Airlines Co. (600221.SH).

Two Taiwan shipping companies, Yang Ming Marine Transport Corp. (2609.TW) and Wan Hai Lines (2615.TW), which joined China Airlines in buying stakes in Yangtze River Express in 2006, will also sell their stakes back to HNA Group.

China Airlines said it had acquired the stake in Yangtze River Express to secure revenue from China's rapidly expanding air cargo market.

'We wanted to enter the Chinese market via Yangtze River Express before the direct (air) links (between Taiwan and China),' China Airlines spokesman Hamilton Lieu said, adding the acquisition has helped China Airlines complete its strategic goal.

Taiwan and China allowed direct cross-strait flights in 2008.
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TIBET AIRLINES EYES EUROPE
25 August 2010
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First carrier based in autonomous region hopes to build aviation hub

LHASA - Tibet Airlines is planning to launch routes to Europe within five years and expand its fleet to 50 by 2020.

Liu Yanping, general manager of the State-owned airline, told China Daily that the carrier plans to build Lhasa Gonggar Airport, where it is based, "into an aviation center that not only links various parts of the autonomous region but also Tibet and other areas".

He said that the carrier plans to make Lhasa, capital of the Tibet autonomous region, western China's "air hub".

The carrier is a 280-million-yuan ($41 million) joint venture between Tibet Autonomous Region Investment Co Ltd, holding a 51 percent stake, and Tibet Sanli Investment and Tibet Ruiyi Investment, owning 39 and 10 percent stakes.

It will make its maiden flight next August, when three Airbus A319s ordered this month arrive. "We plan to have 20 aircraft by 2015," Liu said.

As the first Tibet-based carrier, the airline plans to have routes serving the autonomous region and key cities across the nation by 2012.

Flights to South Asia and Southeast Asia are expected by 2013.

"We hope to have direct routes to European nations in 2015 or 2016," said Liu, who has worked in the civil aviation industry for 25 years and used to be employed by Air China's southwestern branch.

"We will help relieve long-existing transport capacity pressures in Tibet, said Liu. He added that the problems presented by slack off-season demand "will be resolved with the development of Tibet's tourism industry".

So far, six airlines operate 16 routes in Tibet, according to the Civil Aviation Administration of China.

Air China has a more than 50 percent market share, followed by Sichuan Airlines with 30 percent. The balance is shared between China Southern, China Eastern, Shenzhen Airlines and Hainan Airlines.

The autonomous region has five airports in Lhasa, Qamdo, Nyingchi, Ngari and Xigaze. A new one is under construction in Nagqu.

"In the peak season, normally from June to October, nearly all flights are full. Local airports' passenger handling capacity has increased at a double-digit rate annually on average, highlighting the industry's huge growth potential," said Wu Yunying, an aviation industry analyst at Changjiang Securities.

Last year 5.61 million tourists visited Tibet and the region earned 5.6 billion yuan in tourism revenue, both up nearly 150 percent year-on-year, according to the local tourism administration.

"Actually, the gap between the peak season and off-season is narrowing. We are cooperating with Tibet Tourism Administration to develop off-season travel products to further promote travel between the end of October and June," said Liu.

The profit margin of flights to Tibet is bigger than other areas. The operational cost of a high-plateau flight is about between 50,000 yuan and 60,000 yuan per hour. But the ticket price for high-altitude flights is double that in other areas with a comparable distance.
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China says it will inspect airline safety measures in wake of crash that killed 42
27 August 2010

BEIJING (AP) - China will inspect airline safety measures nationwide in the wake of a crash that killed 42 people at a small airport in the northeast, the country's civil aviation body said Friday.

Tuesday's crash also injured 52, including 15 who are in critical condition. The Brazilian-made Embraer 190 plane belonging to Henan Airlines crashed during a nighttime landing at Yichun in Heilongjiang province.

It was China's worst commercial airline disaster in nearly six years. Officials have yet to announce the cause of the crash but initial probes and survivors' accounts indicate the plane missed the runway and crashed on the ground.

The Civil Aviation Authority of China said in a statement Friday that it had dispatched six teams to supervise the inspection work but didn't specify where they had gone. They will look at safety awareness, training of personnel, implementation of regulations, equipment and accountability systems, it said.

China's aviation industry has expanded rapidly in recent years and regulators have struggled to keep up. Airports have proliferated as have small regional airlines, reaching into remote cities like Yichun -- 90 miles (150 kilometers) from the Russian border -- that are eager to develop tourism and other industries to catch up with the country's economic boom.

Henan's board of directors fired the airline's general manager, Li Qiang, and appointed an acting manager to replace him. Cao Bo, Li's replacement, served as the chief pilot of Shenzhen Airlines, the parent company of Henan Airlines.
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Hainan Airlines Starting Beijing-Toronto (YYZ)

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Hainan Airlines To Open Beijing-Toronto Route

Posted By China Travel Editor On September 1, 2010 @ 5:31 am In News | Comments Disabled

Hainan Airlines Company, the largest independently-owned carrier in China, is scheduled to launch non-stop flights on the Beijing to Toronto route on November 27, 2010.

The new service is Hainan Airlines' first route linking China and Canada.

Flights on the Beijing to Toronto route will be operated three times per week, using Airbus A340 aircraft. Outbound flights will depart every Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday at 13:00 local time and will arrive in Toronto at 13:40 local time. Return flights will leave Toronto at 15:40 local time, arriving in Beijing the following day at 18:55 local time.

The travel time between the two cities will be about 13 hours.
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200 China pilots 'falsified resumes'

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China said on Monday it is investigating the qualifications of the nation's commercial pilots after revelations that more than 200 of them had falsified their resumes.

The probe comes after 42 people died on August 24 when a Brazilian-made regional jet flown by Henan Airlines crashed at a small airport in northeastern China's Heilongjiang province.

Fifty-four passengers and crew survived the crash, in which the plane missed the runway, sparking speculation that pilot error was to blame.....(more)
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