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Old January 14th, 2011, 06:12 AM   #861
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Everytime something Chinese is presented to be "as good as the best", there's always some backlash from the western community.

I'm not saying Skytrax isn't biased but just because you haven't heard others talk about it, or reviewed it, or it's a little known airline to your part of the world, doesn't mean it's worse than your experiences on other airlines.
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Old January 14th, 2011, 07:57 AM   #862
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Well, mainland carriers in general are notorious for bad customer service, especially with numerous delays and cancellations. It's not always the airlines' fault but the airlines are quite bad with managing people's expectations.
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Old January 14th, 2011, 08:21 AM   #863
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Carriers to expand fleets by up to 14pc despite fears of overcapacity
12 January 2011
South China Morning Post

Mainland airlines will boost their fleet sizes by up to 14 per cent this year, the country's aviation regulator, the Civil Aviation Administration of China, said yesterday.

The expansion plans coincide with rising concerns about overcapacity, with planned increases in fleet sizes outpacing projected growth in air traffic demand of 12 per cent this year, analysts said.

Air China, China Southern Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, Hainan Airlines and other mainland carriers will take delivery of 290 planes in 2011, compared with orders of fewer than 200 new airplanes in 2010. To keep the net increase in airplane numbers in check, mainland airlines will dispose of 67 old aircraft this year, paring the net increase to 223 planes. But that is still 20 per cent above the net increase of 187 aircraft last year.

As at the end of last year, there were 1,604 planes in service on the mainland.

Wang Changshun, deputy minister of the CAAC, urged airlines to keep tight control of capacity by rejuvenating their fleet and retiring old aircraft. "The increase in capacity must be reasonable to avoid a rapid increase in fleet size," he said at an annual industry conference yesterday.

The airline watchdog has forecast that total air traffic demand will increase 12 per cent to 60 billion tonnekilometres - a measure that takes into account both the tonnage and the distance carried by the airlines - with passenger volume up 13 per cent to 300 billion, and cargo volume up 11.5 per cent to 6.2 million tonnes.

The percentage of seats sold by all mainland airlines, or the load factor, is set to decline by between 1 and 2 percentage points this year, said Kelvin Lau, a transport analyst for Daiwa Capital Markets. "Airfares will be under pressure in light of the falling load factor," he said.

Last year, the mainland's aviation industry reported a combined net profit of 43.7 billion yuan (HK$51.13 billion) on the back of an increase of over 25 per cent in air traffic demand. The profit was triple the amount reported a year earlier, Wang said.

The overall outlook for mainland carriers is good for this year, but there are still some concerns, Wang said. These included uncertainty about the global economic recovery, oil prices, the consolidation under way among international airlines, and the development of low-cost carriers.

Internally, high-speed rail networks being established nationwide and a shortage of landing slots will add to the challenges, Wang said.

A further five billion yuan will be used to upgrade the nation's air traffic control systems, while another five billion yuan will be invested in security-related technology.

Shares in Air China rose 2.6 per cent to HK$9.19 yesterday. China Southern Airlines closed at HK$4.67, up 2.2 per cent, and China Eastern Airlines inched up 0.8 per cent to HK$3.99.
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Old January 14th, 2011, 12:37 PM   #864
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Everytime something Chinese is presented to be "as good as the best", there's always some backlash from the western community.

I'm not saying Skytrax isn't biased but just because you haven't heard others talk about it, or reviewed it, or it's a little known airline to your part of the world, doesn't mean it's worse than your experiences on other airlines.
For thee record, I'm Chinese myself, and like I said, I've heard many good stories about Hainan, but I'm not convinced it's a five-star airline. Though service is a huge integral part of the overall flyer experience, there are other important components.
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Old January 14th, 2011, 03:38 PM   #865
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Everytime something Chinese is presented to be "as good as the best", there's always some backlash from the western community.
Everytime someone voice a question about something Chinese that "as good as the best" it is assumed to be negative. Can't we be critical?


Anyway, Skytrax announcement of Hainan Airlines as 5* airline really surprise me. Given I've never flown with them, maybe that's the reason. But 5* Chinese Mainland airline WOW!! Congratulation for Hainan Airlines to show that it is possible.
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Boeing's reach is woven into China's aviation industry
14 January 2011
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David Langridge believes his job is taking him "around the world" without getting on board an airplane.

A driver with Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Langridge takes guests of the world's largest commercial aircraft manufacturer between their hotels and Boeing's sites in the suburban cities of Everett or Renton. There, the guests - pilots, mechanics, engineers and airline managers - work with Boeing staff to get their new aircraft inspected, receive training, improve their skills in aircraft maintenance or develop expertise in airport management.

Of his guests from around the world, many are Chinese.

"I feel like going around the world (with these guests)," Langridge said.

China is a frequent destination for Boeing's top commercial executives. Nicole Piasecki, Boeing commercial airplanes' vice president of business development and strategic integration, made her first visit to China in 1985 in an exchange program.

She remembered flying to Xi'an in an old Russian plane. The seats were not bolted down firm. "When we were taking off, our whole row went back," she recalled.

James F. Albaugh, executive vice president of the Boeing Company, has visited China three times since he also became president & CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes in September 2009.

"I'd like to think we (Boeing and China) are partners," Albaugh said recently. "We worked with China to develop its aviation industry, aviation infrastructure, and we continue to depend on them as they, I hope, depend on us."

Boeing's relationship with China covers almost all major aviation sectors, according to Boeing commercial airplanes executives.

There is the confidence in the growth of China market for Boeing's airplanes, despite competition from Airbus in Europe and China's effort to expand its high-speed railways and build its own regional and large aircraft.

"The prospects of China is very good," Albaugh said.

During his first visit to China, he was told that China needed to buy 200 airplanes a year. But Albaugh disagrees. "In my view, there is going to be a lot more than that, close to 300," he said.

Albaugh said he not only summed up the number of airports China was going to build, but also added "the size of the population, the percentage of the population that is likely to fly but hasn't flown yet, the percentage of the population that now wants to fly for leisure, travel, the number of tourists and business people that are coming to China from other countries".

In a word, "I think the opportunities are huge," Albaugh said.

Randy Tinseth, vice president of Marketing of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, had more numbers to show how China is "the market moving forward".

He said he based his analysis not only on China's present development but also on a 20-year forecast that his research team comes up every year since the 1950s, which "allows us to take a fresh look at the market and incorporate the latest thinking and analysis of the market".

Having gone through the economic cycles and business challenges over nearly six decades, Tinseth said air travel still managed to grow about 5 percent a year not only due to the strong link between air travel and the economy but also due to people's curiosities and their need to travel.

Since he visited China for the first time in the early 1990s, Tinseth has made more than 30 trips there, seeing the dramatic changes in skylines in Shanghai and experiencing "more complicated" driving on the road in Beijing.

"Putting yourself in a corner of Shanghai, you can feel the energy, with a certain smell. There is also a certain sound, like New York in similar ways, its business acumen, the banking, for instance," he said.

Today, Boeing has 31 customers in China flying about 870 Boeing airplanes. Moreover, Tinseth reckoned that about 190 million Chinese fly in Boeing airplanes. Two months ago, he announced in Beijing that his company forecasted that China would need 4,330 new commercial airplanes valued at $480 billion over the next 20 years.

In short, 20 years from now, more than 40 percent of all travel will begin and end within the Asia-Pacific market," Tinseth said, and China is about 40 percent of that demand. "This is our idea of the important role that Asia as well as China will play," he said.

By 2030, China's passenger traffic would reach 1.5 billion, Tinseth said, quoting from Boeing's 20-year forecast released recently.

"We cannot underestimate the power of tourism, both domestic and outside China. I know in the (drafted) 12th Five-Year Plan, tourism will be raised in terms of importance," he said.

Tinseth said he and his team are aware of China's ambitious plan to develop a high-speed rail system. Boeing sees it as both competition and complementing.

His research team examined the high-speed rail development plan. They concluded that high-speed rail would attract a lot more passenger flow between two cities within 800 km.

Travelers are likely to debate between whether to ride or to fly when cities are 800 to 1,200 km apart.

But they believe that most passengers would favor air travel if the distance goes beyond 1,200 km, as personal wealth grows and time becomes more important, Tinseth said.

"There are challenges in all types of transportation," he said, citing that some high speed rail terminals are located outside downtown areas. "Airlines have to work with railroads together."

But Boeing's footprints in China go far beyond selling airplanes.

"There is not a plane we built that doesn't have parts from China in it," Albaugh said.

According to Boeing, its procurement from China is "significantly greater than other aviation companies. Boeing is China's aviation manufacturing industry's largest foreign customer."

"When you look at all our joint ventures in China, we employ about 6,000 people in total," Tinseth said. Ray Conner, Boeing Commercial Airplanes' vice president and general manager of its supply chain management and operations, made his first trip to China in 1988. He was part of the Boeing team to move the production of vertical fins to Xi'an.

Conner showed a map of China marked with dots of field service, technical support, training and flight simulators across the country. Its field service reaches as far west as Ali, Tibet autonomous region; Harbin, Heilongjiang province in the northeast; and Haikou in the south. It also covers some second- or third-tier cities such as Dunhuang in Gansu, Jiuzhaigou in Sichuan, and Linzhi (Nyingchi) in Tibet.

Apart from vertical fins manufactured in Xi'an, horizontal stabilizers are made in Shanghai and a joint-venture in Tianjin produces interior component parts and nonmetallic composite work for airplanes, Conner said.

Chinese manufacturers in Shanghai, Xi'an, Tianjin as well as in Chengdu and Shenyang also contribute parts to Boeing's "next-generation" 737s, or 787 "dreamliner", or 747-8s.

"I've watched our relationship grow" and China is "participating in every one of our airplanes today," Conner said.

Emphasizing that Boeing has been a "solid, quiet and dependable" partner, Conner said his company has been "part of the fabric of the whole aviation industry in China."

Since 1993, Boeing has helped train more than 37,000 Chinese pilots, mechanics, engineers and other professionals in flight operations, maintenance, air traffic management, manufacturing, quality assurance, finance and industrial engineering, according to Boeing.

A model of a Cathay Pacific freighter stands by the door inside the office of Lou Mancini, senior vice president in charge of its commercial aviation services. An airplane piece is kept in a glass frame on a shelf on the other side of the door.

The piece was cut from a 747-400 Cathay Pacific airplane to create a cargo door when it was converted into a freighter in 2005.

It was the first conversion job done by Taeco-Taikoo (Xiamen) Aircraft Engineering Co Ltd, a joint venture in Xiamen in airplane repair, maintenance, part manufacturing, component service and conversion, with Boeing holding 9.1 percent of the shares.

The piece was cut out on April 28, 2005, and since then, Taeco has finished between 35 to 40 new 747-400 Boeing converted freighters, Mancini said.

A computer monitor in Mancini's office, which is linked to its operations center, maintains almost real-time watch over the 1,500 Boeing airplanes while they are flying. It is a "fancy prognostic forecasting system, so you can monitor your airplane and figure out what maintenance it is going to need in a next couple or three days," Mancini said.

Around the world, 40 customers, including Air China, use the systems, so that they would be serviced 24 hours, seven days a week.

"You know exactly the status of an airplane in 20 seconds," Mancini said. "I can log on at home with my iPad and watch airplanes flying."

In terms of pilot training, Boeing is moving a 787 flight simulator to Shanghai, to join five 767 simulators there, Mancini said.

Boeing is also involved in cruise scheduling in China. Before the Beijing Olympics, it worked with Beijing Capital International Airport to optimize the airspace around the airport to increase capacity.

Mancini highlighted Boeing service teams now spread across China. With the required navigation performance technology, Boeing has worked with the Chinese airlines to fly into Nyingchi, Tibet, in between the mountains on the roof of the world.

"We are very interested in air traffic management, and we would like to help China out," he said.

As Chinese airlines fly more Boeing aircrafts, its services will also grow in China.

"We are global but local," Mancini said. "I cannot imagine supporting the world without being local."

Despite a Mandarin table at the operations center, Mancini said Boeing will build a satellite facility in Beijing and have it up and running around June. It will also be connected with the computer systems at main operation center and all the telecommunication systems in the US.

"It will be connected to the operation center but it will allow us to better understand China's market and its growing needs," Mancini said.

He said Boeing is likely to employ more local people who understand the local culture.

"I will never be able to understand Chinese culture. Why don't I get more people on the team?" he said.

In a word, "you have an extremely expanding market, and we want to be part of it obviously," Mancini said. "So we think we'd better be very close to you, geographically and culturally so that we are providing such good support that you want to be our team," Mancini said.

Piasecki highlighted China's need to train young pilots who do not have enough hours like former air force pilots to make sure they are very-well trained.

Technology upgrade is also a far cry in the growing aviation industry. "The 787 dreamliner has so much technology on it that it is a completely new generation in aviation that no one has seen before," she said.

"We want to be viewed not as a company that goes to China to sell airplanes. We want to be viewed as a partner. A partner that not only sells airplanes, but buys parts of airplanes there, contributing to the infrastructure, to the future of aviation industry," Albaugh said.
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China Southern Airlines plans to add 4,557 flights during Spring Festival holiday

BEIJING, Jan. 19 (Xinhua) -- China's largest airline by fleet size China Southern Airlines (ZNH.NYSE; 01055.HK; 600029.SH) plans to add 4,557 flights on its domestic and international flight routes during the Spring Festival holidays from February 2 to February 8.

The airline firm will add 4,335 flights on its domestic flights and 222 flights on its international flights.

The air ticket reservation rate of China Southern during the Spring Festival holidays has reached 85 percent so far.
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Airbus Tianjin plant to assemble 36 A-320 planes in 2011

TIANJIN, Jan. 17 (Xinhua) -- The joint venture of Airbus in China's northern Tianjin city planed to assemble 36 A-320 aircraft in 2011, a source close to the plant said Monday.

"The plan is still in the final stages of fine-tuning," Feng Zhijiang, director of the management committee of the Tianjin Tariff-free Zone, told an annual session of the Tianjin Municipal People's Congress, the local legislature.

The Airbus Tianjin assembly plant is a tripartite joint venture set up by Airbus, the Tianjin Tariff-free Zone and Aviation Industry Corporation of China.

By the end of 2010, the assembly plant had delivered 37 A320 planes to eight Chinese airlines, since the plant began operating in September 2008.

The first Airbus A320 plane assembled in the plant was delivered to the domestic Sichuan Airlines in June 2009.

Airbus A320 series aircraft are composed of four types, the A321, A320, A319 and A318. Currently, Airbus Tianjin assembles the A319 and A320 models.
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Air China to open 2nd Los Angeles-Beijing daily flight
19 January 2011
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China's largest airline Air China will open a second daily flight between Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Beijing beginning Sept 1, generating millions of dollars annually and sustain several thousand local jobs, the airliner announced on Jan 18.

Air China will use Boeing 747-400 aircraft for the new service, which is expected to double the choices for passengers and creates excellent connections to other important Asian destinations such as India, Vietnam, the Philippines and Thailand, the airline officials said.

"Beijing and beyond will be well served by this new flight, making China's capital city a true global hub," said Zhihang Chi, Air China vice president and general manager for North America.

"Los Angeles and China have enjoyed a partnership of over 150 years based on historical, educational, cultural, business trade and investment, and tourism ties," said Los Angeles Mayor Villaraigosa.

"I am very proud that Air China's additional nonstop flight between LAX and Beijing will strengthen these long-standing ties with one of the most desirable cities in Asia and the growing markets of China."

China continues to be Los Angeles' largest trading partner, with total two-way trade valued in 2009 at $155.3 billion for the Los Angeles Customs District including the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach and LAX, a study released by the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC) said.

One average daily, round-trip, transoceanic flight of wide-body aircraft to/from LAX generates $623 million in economic output annually, and sustains 3,120 direct and indirect jobs in Southern California with annual wages of $150 million, Southern California' s premier economic development organization said.

LAX is the only US airport to offer nonstop service provided by China's three major international air carriers: Air China to Beijing, China Eastern to Shanghai and China Southern to Guangzhou.
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Chinese airline, Lambert in talks
Pick moves airport step closer to long-sought cargo service deal.

20 January 2011
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The region's bid to become an international cargo hub cleared a pivotal hurdle Wednesday as Chinese authorities designated an airline to negotiate with Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.

At a meeting in Beijing, Chinese aviation authorities instructed the freight arm of China Eastern to seek a final deal - long in the making - for regularly scheduled cargo service here. The announcement gives the clearest signal yet that Chinese-flagged cargo jets may soon start touching down at Lambert.

"This is the news we've been waiting for," said airport director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge.

Business and civic leaders believe talks will progress quickly from here. A team from China Eastern plans to come to Lambert in mid-February. And the Civil Aviation Administration of China set a goal of starting Boeing 747 flights between Lambert and Shanghai's Pudong International Airport in the first half of 2011, according to a briefing on the meeting received by Mike Jones, chairman of the Midwest China Hub Commission.

"This has been a long process," he said. "We anticipate it will be relatively short negotiations."

But the real goal - building Lambert into an international freight hub and attracting industry around it - is a decidedly long-term play. A few flights a week are just a start, Jones said.

The broader success of the hub will likely depend largely on a group of essential but low-profile companies in the shipping industry: freight forwarders.

Often described as "travel agents for cargo," freight forwarders book space on planes for companies needing to ship materials. More than manufacturers or airlines, they decide what products move where, and how things get from Point A to Point B.

Right now, they mostly move international freight through a handful of gateway airports - such as Chicago, Los Angeles and Miami - that have sophisticated ground facilities and lots of flight options. Convincing them to come to a new market like St. Louis could be a challenge, said David Harris, editor of Cargo Facts, a freight industry trade publication in Seattle.

"Airlines don't really pick destinations in freight. They fly where their customers want them to go, and their customers are mostly freight forwarders," he said. "'Build it and they will come' has been the downfall of endless cargo projects."

St. Louis officials say they are well aware of the need to woo freight forwarders and point to the region's strong network of roads and rails, along with its lower costs and congestion relative to cargo hubs like Chicago and Dallas, as key advantages.

"It's not like we're starting from scratch," said Richard Fleming, president of the St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association. "We've got the infrastructure."

Demonstrating the case with an actual cargo carrier will help, said Hamm-Niebruegge. If a few flights a week can work, more will likely follow.

"We'll start small," she said. "The forwarding will come if the product is superior."

Of course, they need the flights first.

It remains unclear what sort of facilities or incentives the Chinese might request. Lambert has relatively little in the way of advanced cargo facilities right now, though the airport has a contract with a development firm to upgrade some hangars north of the runway. Nor is it clear exactly how many flights might come or precisely what they would carry. Those issues will be hammered out in the coming months.

None of those complications hampered the cheering at Wednesday's good news. Statements hailing the deal came in from Sens. Claire McCaskill and Roy Blunt. Mayor Francis Slay called it a "very positive sign." And Jones, who has been the point man on the project for two years, allowed himself a brief moment of celebration before turning back to the big picture.

"We're all very happy we got to this point," he said. "But this is just the preseason. The real work starts now."

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WHO IS CHINA EASTERN?

The airline Lambert officials will be negotiating with is an emerging player in the air freight industry. China Eastern is one of the country's three major state-controlled carriers, and its freight arm - China Cargo Airlines - is currently buying three smaller freight airlines, which will give them a fleet of 21 cargo jets, including six brand new Boeing 777s.

"They're in the process of becoming a big player in freighter airlines," said David Harris, editor of Cargo Facts, a freight industry trade publication in Seattle.
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China Plans Joint C919 Jet Certification With FAA
21 January 2011
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China's top aviation regulator said Friday that it aimed to work jointly with U.S. authorities on certifying the planned new C919 passenger jet.

The aircraft is seen as the first shot in China's effort to break the duopoly in large civil aircraft held by Airbus and Boeing Co. (BA), and securing approval from overseas regulators will be crucial in finding customers outside the country's fast-growing domestic market.

Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, or Comac, last month lodged a formal application with its domestic regulator to assess the C919, which is due to make its first flight in 2014 and enter service in 2016.

"We are going to have joint cooperation with the [U.S. Federal Aviation Administration] on certification of the C919," said Li Jiaxiang, Administrator of the Civil Aviation Administration of China, or CAAC.

The narrow-body C919, seating up to 190 passengers, would compete with the Airbus A320 family and Boeing's 737, and the program has a slew of overseas partners, including Rockwell Collins Inc. (COL) and General Electric Co. GE).

Comac hopes to sell more than 2,000 C919s and in November secured a 100-plane launch order from a group of Chinese carriers.

Li said in an interview in Chicago that he didn't believe the rapid growth of China's domestic airline industry would be depressed by the expansion of the country's high-speed rail network.

Shares in China's three largest airlines have fallen more than 10% since Chinese official last month announced the next phase of the rail expansion.

Li, a former head of Air China Ltd. (0753.HK, AIRYY) who oversaw its initial public offering, described the networks as complementary and said he still expected passenger growth in the airline sector to outpace that in rail.

He noted that airline traffic on the Beijing-Llasa route had continued to rise despite the opening of a new high-speed rail line in 2008. He said some passengers opted to fly one way and take the train back.

However, analysts believe airline profits will be depressed by the rail expansion as fare competition intensifies.

Li said China will continue to focus on building up its aviation infrastructure, including new airports in Beijing and Shanghai.

He said Beijing's existing international gateway is congested, but said introduction of controls on takeoff and landing slots would wait until the second airport opened.
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Rumored international routines for Chinese airports this year:

Ethiopia airlines: Addis Ababa-New Delhi-Hangzhou
Hainan airlines: Beijing-Zurich
Hainan airlines: Beijing-Male-Johannesburg
Hainan airlines: Chongqing-Beijing-Boston
Hainan airlines: Beijing-Seattle-Buenos aires(extended routines,but due to transfer inconvenience in US...)
South Africa airways: Johannesburg-Bombay-Shanghai or direct
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Old January 23rd, 2011, 12:45 AM   #878
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Guangzhou #2 airport in China; China Southern serves over 90 destinations non-stop; Auckland starts in April

It may come as a surprise to know that China’s second busiest airport (after Beijing’s Capital Airport) is not in Shanghai (which is actually served by two sizable airports) but in Guangzhou, on the Pearl River Delta, less than 150 kilometres from Hong Kong. Opened in August 2004, the airport features two parallel runways, both of which are over 3,500 metres in length. In 2009, over 37 million passengers passed through the airport, up almost 11% on the previous year. The exact figure for 2010 has not yet been released, but with the help of domestic traffic in China growing by 16% between January and October, Guangzhou airport passed the 40 million mark on 23 December last year.

Domestic traffic represents around 85% of passenger movements at the airport, with some 80 domestic destinations served by 14 Chinese airlines. The four busiest domestic routes are Shanghai Hongqaio, Beijing, Chengdu and Hangzhou.

The airport is the home base of SkyTeam member China Southern Airlines, which accounts for over half of all domestic capacity at Guangzhou airport, offering non-stop flights to 64 destinations. Only Air China also has more than 10% of domestic seat capacity at the airport.

Thailand is leading country market; Australia ranks third

Although international routes account for just 15% of current scheduled seat capacity, a total of 23 countries are served non-stop from Guangzhou. Thailand and Malaysia lead the way with Australia a surprise in third place thanks to non-stop flights to Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney all operated by China Southern Airlines. Non-stop flights to Auckland in New Zealand are due to start in April. China Southern currently serves 28 international destinations non-stop from Guangzhou.

Non-stop connections to Europe are currently confined to Frankfurt (three-times weekly with Lufthansa), and Paris (served by both Air France and China Southern with a total of seven weekly frequencies). However, at the end of January, Turkish Airlines will begin thrice-weekly flights from Istanbul.

The only non-stop flights to the United States are currently offered by China Southern to Los Angeles, although Delta has sought permission to fly from Tokyo Narita, connecting with its US flights to Atlanta, Detroit, Honolulu, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St Paul, New York JFK, Portland, San Francisco and Seattle.
A few LCCs also present


Although China is not famous for encouraging low-cost airlines, Guangzhou airport welcomes regular flights from AirAsia (Kuala Lumpur), Cebu Pacific (Manila), Thai AirAsia (Bangkok) and Tiger Airways (Singapore). Two of the three ‘MEB3’ carriers are present (Emirates and Qatar Airways) but not Etihad (yet). New international routes started in 2010 include China Southern to Brisbane, China Southern to Lagos (via Dubai) and Egyptair to Cairo (which previously was served via Bangkok).
Guangzhou now home to world’s tallest TV tower

Last September, the Guangzhou Tower (also known as Canton Tower) became the world’s tallest TV tower (at 610 metres), overhauling Toronto’s CN Tower (535 metres). Designed by an Amsterdam-based architectural practice, the tower was completed in time for last year’s Asian Games, which took place in Guangzhou in November.





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Don't forget that China Southern will launch flights to Vancouver this June.
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