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Old February 21st, 2011, 02:34 PM   #941
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China Eastern Airlines to open Shanghai-Rome route next month

BEIJING, Feb. 21 (Xinhua) -- The Shanghai-based Chinese airline giant China Eastern Airlines (CEA.NYSE; 00670.HK; 600115. SH) will open a direct flight route from Shanghai to Rome on March 29.

China Eastern will be the first Chinese airline firm to fly this route, on which Airbus A340-300 aircraft will be operated.

One flight is scheduled every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday from Shanghai to Rome and on the return route from Rome to Shanghai, one flight is scheduled every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday.
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Chinese Airlines To Raise Fuel Surcharge For Domestic Flights Tuesday - Xinhua
21 February 2011

BEIJING(Dow Jones)--Several domestic airlines will raise fuel surcharges for domestic flights Tuesday, the state-run Xinhua News Agency reported Monday, citing travel service website Ctrip.

Major airlines such as Air China Ltd. (0753.HK) will levy a fuel surcharge of CNY90 per passenger for routes longer than 800 kilometers, and a CNY50 surcharge for routes of 800 kilometers or less, the report said.

The National Development and Reform Commission, the country's top economic planner, said Saturday gasoline and diesel prices will increase by CNY350 per metric ton, effective Sunday. China also raised the benchmark ex-factory price of No.3 jet kerosene by CNY350 a ton to CNY6,340/ton from Sunday.
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Old February 22nd, 2011, 02:38 PM   #944
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China Marks 100 Years of Flight
22 February 2011
This story has been posted on The Wall Street Journal Online's China Real Time Report blog at blogs.wsj.com/chinarealtime.

By James T. Areddy

In aviation, China may well be the future, judging from global aircraft makers' eagerness to sell here and simultaneous discomfort with Beijing's plans to develop domestic planes.

But for one group of enthusiasts, now is the moment to consider aviation history: China's first powered flight, which happened 100 years ago this week in Shanghai.

On Feb. 21, 1911, Frenchman René Vallontook off from a racecourse and flew a Sommer Biplaneabove Shanghai to mark the birth of flight -- and aerospace marketing -- in China.

Reporting on the show, the North China News, one of the city's top English-language newspapers at the time, said the Sommer's 50 horsepower engine "cackled like a maxim" gun and that the 12-meter-long craft's 10-minute flight over north Shanghai's Jiangwan Stadium included a figure-8 maneuver. Mr. Vallon negotiated it "with consummate skill" before he worked the two control levels and brought it down lightly "like a fastidious butterfly approaching a flower," the account said.

Mr. Vallon's muscular flying wasn't mere entertainment. Like so many Boeing and Airbus executives today, he had come to China to sell planes.

The event was commemorated Monday evening by Aerospace Forum Asia and Odyssey Publications in the Peninsula Shanghai hotel's Rosamonde Aviation Lounge with a plaque unveiling. The lounge, complete with the fuselage of a full-scale model of a green 1930 Loening Amphibian seaplane, is named for the English moniker of Sun Yat-sen's second wife, and trained pilot, Soong Ching-ling.

The event included a visit to the (unused) hotel helipad, which offered unparallel views of the Bund and an opportunity for the invited aviation executives to muse about when the rich city might crack open its airspace to private helicopters.

Mr. Vallon's heroics were short lived. The 31-year-old's crash in May 1911 during another air show reportedly happened so quicklythat thousands of spectators at Jiangwan Stadium, including Mr. Vallon's wife, had barely stopped applauding his skill when "the machine began to descend head first in a graceful tragic curve," according to a newspaper account at the time. (He thus earned the distinction of being not only the first to fly, but also to crash and die, in an airplane in China.)

Flight had come relatively late to China; the Wright Brothers hoisted their controlled glider in 1903 and the first powered airplane journey was in New York in 1908.

A month or so after Mr. Vallon's flight, flying debuted in Hong Kong and Guangzhou. (The planes were transported by boat.) A Russian flew first in several other Chinese provinces in 1912, according to Hong Kong Historical Aircraft Association, including over Beijing's Forbidden City â " a milestone Aerospace Forum Asia hopes to commemorate next year.

China's first aviator, Feng Ru (aka Joe Fung), was a contemporary of France's Mr. Vallon but actually did most of his flying in the U.S. He died in a 1912 crash in Guangzhou shortly after returning to China. Like Mr. Vallon, he was trying to land airplane sales.

Shanghai is now positioning itself as a global transport hub and is the manufacturing home for Comac, the Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China, which sent a representative to Monday's event. Comac's much anticipated C919is slated to be the country's first commercial aircraft. The People's Daily saysit will be on the market in 2016 to compete with Boeing and Airbus, which have their own big ambitions in China.

In November at the Zhuhai air show, a model of China's ARJ-21 regional jet flew a test flight and reports say the first orders will be taken this year for a plane meant to compete with Brazil's Embraer and Canada's Bombardier.

Foreign companies are suppliers for the guts of the C919, but Beijing's lopsided approachto technology sharing has discomforted the international industry. Anxiety about China's modest achievement in January in flying a stealth-shaped aircraft is another story.

After Mr. Vallon's crash, the North Daily News reported China's government had abandoned plans to buy Sommer Biplanes.

Mr. Vallon, known as Huan Long (ç ¯é¾tm) in Chinese, is mostly forgotten in Shanghai: A winding road through the former French Concession, once known as Rue Vallon, is now called Nanchang Lu, while a stone dedicationwas removed from Fuxing Park in 1950.

Just over a year after Mr. Vallon's flight of "obvious amazement and excitement," as a newspaper said, Li Ruyan became the first Chinese to fly in China. Within 12 years, China could claim the first airplane designed and built in the country (with the help of three Americans contracted to work with the Chinese government, according to documents in the Rosamonde lounge) -- a small yellow bilpane aptly called China Airplane No. 1 and packing twice the horsepower of the Sommer Biplane.

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Old February 25th, 2011, 06:46 AM   #945
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CZ's new A330-200 (with PW engine) interior
featuring the new Long-Haul product (reason why it awarded to 4-star status)

Pic of the new Business Class


Pic of the Economy Class with PTVs


Rest of the Flight Report found below here on board Guangzhou-Dubai route,

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Old February 27th, 2011, 05:30 AM   #947
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China Eastern Airlines to purchase 50 Airbus airplanes for RMB21.4 bln

BEIJING, Feb. 25 (Xinhua) – The Shanghai-based Chinese airline giant China Eastern Airlines (CEA.NYSE; 00670.HK; 600115.SH) Thursday night announced that it has inked an agreement with the Airbus company on December 30 of 2010, to purchase 50 units of A320 series airplanes.

According to statistics provided by Airbus, the total value of the 50 airplanes is about 3.224 billion US dollars (about 21.4 billion yuan).

China Eastern said in the company announcement that Airbus had provided it favorable price but no more detailed information was disclosed.

All the 50 planes will be delivered to China Eastern during 2012-2015.
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Old February 27th, 2011, 02:26 PM   #948
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When will China Southern receive their first A380.?????
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Old February 27th, 2011, 05:15 PM   #949
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Sometime later this year IIRC.
Also CZ will open a new route between Beijing and Paris in August.

I remember reading or hearing somewhere that the new route might be A380. I'm not sure if the A380 will be delivered by August. Hopefully...
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Old February 28th, 2011, 06:38 PM   #950
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China’s airport overkill

Around three quarters of China’s 175 gleaming airports are losing money, many are barely used and some don’t have any flights at all.

Beijing’s solution to this problem? Accelerate the building spree with a plan to add 45 new commercial airports over the next five years, bringing the total across the country to more than 220 by 2015.

The country’s civil aviation regulator announced last week that the government plans to invest more than Rmb1,500bn ($230bn) in the aviation sector in the next five years, with the bulk of the money to be spent on new airports and new aircraft.

That compares with the roughly Rmb1,000bn spent in the sector over the last five years.

The total national aircraft fleet, operated almost entirely by state-owned carriers, will be expanded to more than 4,500 over that time from 2,600 aircraft at the end of last year.

Many of the airport projects in the works are similar to the one in the town of Jiaxing in eastern Zhejiang province, which sits roughly an hour’s drive from three of the country’s biggest international airports – two in Shanghai and one in the city of Hangzhou.

Despite a brand new high-speed rail line and numerous expressways that connect Jiaxing to Shanghai and Hangzhou the Jiaxing government is investing around Rmb300m on a commercial airport.

In private, Chinese officials outside the aviation sector say the proliferation of airports across the country is a serious concern but that the central government has trouble saying no to local officials who make the long-term economic case for improved aviation infrastructure.

Of course, the enormous opportunities for graft and skimming off the top are great incentives for the local officials to propose the projects in first place.

In the short-term most airport projects will continue to lose money in the face of growing competition from high-speed rail and lack of passenger demand for out-of-the-way destinations.

This becomes a wider economic problem when you realize that when the government says it will invest Rmb1,500bn in the aviation sector it actually means it will order state-controlled banks to lend most of that money to approved airport projects and national carriers.

In the case of Jiaxing airport, local officials say they expect to recoup all their money by 2025 but many analysts say this kind of investment will just end up as a bad loan on the books of a Chinese bank.

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China with population 4.5 times that of the US, more airports will be needed. There are more than 5 or 6 airports near the city of New York.
Shanghai has 23 million people and expanding, will need more airports near the Hangzhou, Ningbo and Suzhou area.
Tokyo has a least 2 major airports, and Osaka also, and of course they have high-speed trains between Osaka and Tokyo.

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China with population 4.5 times that of the US, more airports will be needed. There are more than 5 or 6 airports near the city of New York.
Shanghai has 23 million people and expanding, will need more airports near the Hangzhou, Ningbo and Suzhou area.
Tokyo has a least 2 major airports, and Osaka also, and of course they have high-speed trains between Osaka and Tokyo.
Well ... high-speed rail is likely a better solution since airspace is limited and even with enough airports, there isn't enough space in the sky for all the planes.
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Air China Exec: Any Yuan Rise Will Boost Cash Flow, Passenger Business
28 February 2011

BEIJING (Dow Jones)--A stronger yuan will improve Air China Ltd.'s (0753.HK) cash flow and help boost the Chinese flag carrier's passenger business, but could hurt its cargo business, Huang Bin, the company's board secretary, said in a recent interview.

Every 1% rise in the yuan will generate more than CNY600 million in foreign-exchange gains for the company due to its vast holding of foreign debt, Huang told Dow Jones Newswires on Friday. Foreign debt accounts for 80% of Air China's total borrowing because of the company's airplane financing and leasing needs, he said.

In the nine months ended Sept. 30, Air China's net exchange gains increased by CNY1 billion from the same period a year earlier, its third-quarter financial report showed.

In addition, a stronger yuan will help improve Chinese people's purchasing power, which will 'definitely have a positive impact on international air passenger traffic,' Huang said.

In 2010, the yuan gained 3.6% against the U.S. dollar. Many analysts said they expect the yuan to rise around 5% against the U.S. unit this year.

However, Huang cautioned that Air China shouldn't' rely solely on yuan appreciation to boost profitability. He said yuan appreciation is a double-edged sword as it will hurt exports, and could thus be detrimental to Air China's cargo business.

A manager at Air China's investors relationship department, who declined to be named, said the carrier's cargo business accounts for around 12%-13% of its total revenue.

Huang said the government's monetary tightening policy, including lending controls and rate hikes, may result in short-term pressure on Air China's financing. But he said the impact of tightening on the company's operation is limited, adding that the company's cash flow has been steady. The carrier raised CNY6.5 billion through private placements for its Shanghai-listed A shares and Hong Kong-listed H shares in March, he said.

China has raised the reserve requirement ratio for banks eight times and benchmark interest rates three times since the beginning of last year, as part of its effort to control the pace of bank lending.

Over the next few years, Huang said Air China aims to expand its fleet size by around 10% annually and aims to buy more wide-body airplanes to meet growing demand for international flights.

Air China expects transportation demand from the U.S. and European regions to stabilize or improve along with economic recovery in the two regions, Huang said.

As of the end of December 2009, Air China owned 262 aircraft, the company said in its annual report for the year.

Huang said Air China will continue to engage in jet fuel hedging to protect against risks from oil price fluctuations. The cost of jet fuel accounted for around 30% of Air China's overall costs in 2009, its 2009 annual report showed.

Huang said he expects crude oil prices to rise further, but said any significant rise from current levels is unlikely.

Light, sweet crude for April delivery surged to $103.41 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange Thursday, the highest level in two and a half years, before retreating below the $100 mark Friday. At 0638 GMT, front-month Nymex crude futures were trading up $1.53 at $99.41 a barrel in the Globex electronic session.

Air China will consider new fuel hedging contracts based on market movements and the trend in oil prices after the carrier's existing contacts expire around July, Huang said.

He stressed that Air China isn't seeking to profit from fuel hedging contracts, but said the carrier aims to ensure total fuel costs won't exceed the company's budget because of changes in oil prices.

Deutsche Bank estimated in a recent report that the average jet fuel price will likely rise to US$108 a barrel in 2011 from US$91 a barrel last year. The investment bank estimated that Air China currently hedges around 20%-30% of its fuel needs.

Air China, owned by state-run China National Aviation Holding Co., is the biggest airline in the world by market value. In the nine months ended Sept. 30, the company posted a unaudited net profit of CNY10.25 billion, almost triple from a year earlier, and its operational revenue during the same period rose 62.19% from a year earlier to CNY59.1 billion, the latest third-quarter financial report showed.

The company is scheduled to issue its 2010 annual report on March 30. It said in January its 2010 net profit likely more than doubled due to strong demand for passenger and cargo transportation services.
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China will not cut orders for Boeing, Airbus jets - regulator

BEIJING, Feb 28 (Reuters) - China will not cut its orders for Boeing and Airbus jets since its self-developed commercial jets not yet able to meet demand, China's top aviation regulator said on Monday.

Industry officials have been monitoring China's efforts to develop its own domestic jet manufacturing capability, raising question about whether it may eventually cut back on orders from the main jet makers at some point.

"China's own large jets are still far away from satisfying domestic needs," Li Jiaxiang, head of Civil Administration of China, said in a statement on a government website.

Air China , Chinese Eastern Airlines and other Chinese carriers had been placing multi-billion dollar orders for foreign jets to meet demand stemming from rising air travel among China's increasingly affluent people.

In November, China announced a 100-plane order for its first commercial jetliner, C919, as it moves to reduce its reliance on foreign planes and foster a domestic industry.

The order is also seen as an initial step toward Beijing's ambitions to challenge Boeing and Airbus for a slice of a global market worth $1.7 trillion.

In the coming five year, the manufacturing scale for the C919 jet, will be decided based on the test flight results and other factors, Li added.
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More routes to start between China and US
3 March 2011
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The new United Airlines, the world's largest airlines after the merger of United and Continental Airlines, plans to commence flights from Shanghai to Los Angeles on May 21 and resume services from Beijing to Washington, DC, by the end of March.

James Mueller, vice-president of Pacific, the United Airlines, said on Mar 2 in Beijing that the new routes between Shanghai and Los Angeles will connect Chinese travelers with its network services beyond the Los Angeles International Airport.

The company had operated the Beijing-Washington route a few years ago but suspended the direct flights between 2009 and 2010 due to the global financial crisis.

The latest plan is the first major move after the merger of the United Airlines and Continental Airlines to form United Continental Holdings Inc in October 2010.

United expects the merger to deliver $1.0 billion to $1.2 billion in net annual savings by 2013.

Speaking on the commercial and operational integration, Mueller said: "Being large is helpful but it is not enough to be successful. The question is what you do with the large size."

Benefits of the combined new carrier include its presence in all the key traffic routes of North America, making the new United the No 1 carrier in service across the Atlantic.

He said that with Continental's strong position in New York and United's air hub in San Francisco and Chicago, the company will be able to offer non-stop services on the West and East coasts from Beijing and Shanghai.

At present, United has 11 non-stop routes between China and the US, while Delta Airlines has five and American Airlines has three.

Chinese booming tourism market has been a stimulator to the airline businesses across the Pacific. United operated nine round-trip charter flights from Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou and Shenyang to the island of Guam during the Chinese New Year in 2011.

"Tourism travel in China is growing very quickly, creating opportunities for us. But rapid growth like this exceeds the infrastructures that support it," he said, citing the constraints on the time slots and process for Chinese travelers to get visas to the United States.

In 2010, it was estimated 720,000 Chinese visitors traveled to the US - a substantial increase from 545,000 in 2009, said United.

According to the Civil Aviation Administration of China's forecast in October, the number of Chinese to visit the US will reach 2 million by 2015. Similarly, 3 million visitors from the US are expected to visit China by 2015.

"We are excited to provide convenient schedule for the first-time Chinese travelers to the United States flying on United Airlines," Mueller said.

"Chinese tourist groups want to have multiple options, given the new United's network, we hope to take more visitors in the future."

The benefit of the combination of the fleets allows the new carrier to introduce a host of aircraft of different sizes and to open up services in more cities in China.

Li Xiaojin, a professor at the Civil Aviation University of China, said the new routes between the US and China symbolize the attraction of the Chinese market, booming from the country's growing economy, trade, exchange rate and tourism.

He said the flight fares from China to North America and Europe have surged 60 percent and traffic flow had been doubled between 2006 and 2010. "The competition of the international routes in China are going to be harsh, pressing Chinese airlines to offer more options and better services to its customers," Li said.
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Myanmar airline launches Yangon-Guangzhou direct flight service

YANGON, March 3 (Xinhua) -- Myanmar Airways International (MAI) launched its maiden flight between Yangon, Myanmar and Guangzhou, China on Thursday to boost exchange between the two cities, sources with the airline said.

Using Air Bus A-320, the flight will operate biweekly and special package tour will be planned later, it said.

The MAI represents another airline that link Yangon with the Chinese southern city after China Southern Airlines.

Another newly-bought A-320 aircraft of MAI, expected to arrive later this month, will be used to fly the routes of Yangon-New Delhi and Singapore-Jakarta-Singapore, while the A-330 aircraft, anticipated to reach by October, will be used to fly South Korea, Japan, United Arab Emirate and Qatar.

At present, MAI operates with three airbus of A-320 and one airbus of A-321 to Bangkok, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Gaya and Siem Reap (Angkor Wat).

On Feb. 23, the MAI launched its inaugural flight between Yangon and Siem Reap (Angkor Wat), an ancient city of Cambodia, offering biweekly flights on Wednesday and Saturday.

The private-run MAI was once a joint venture set up by the state-run Myanmar Airways and a Singapore-based company in 1993.

In 2007, the Region Air of China's Hong Kong took over the stake from the Singapore's with 49 percent held by it, while the remainder 51 percent possessed by the state-run Myanmar Airways.

In May 2010, a giant Myanmar private company group, Kanbawza, took over the MAI for continuous operation under the government's privatization plan, buying up 80 percent stake of the airline with the remainder continued to be held by the government.

Besides the MAI flying internationally as Myanmar's national flag carrier, there are also 13 foreign airlines flying Yangon which comprise Air China, China Southern Airline, Thai Airways International, Indian Airlines, Qatar Airways, Silk Air, Malaysian Airlines, Bangkok Airways, Mandarin, Jetstar Asia, Phuket Airline, Thai Air Asia and Vietnam Airlines.
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China's HNA says to buy aircraft from Boeing, Airbus
4 March 2011

HONG KONG, March 4 (Reuters) - HNA Group, China's fourth-largest airline group and parent of Hainan Airlines Co Ltd, said it will sign aircraft purchase orders on Tuesday with leading aircraft manufacturers, including Boeing Co and Airbus.

HNA was planning to sign an aircraft purchase agreement and a memorandum of understanding with leading aircraft makers, also including Dassault Aviation SA and Gulfstream Aerospace at the event, it said in a media invitation for the signing ceremony.

There has been speculation that the HNA orders could include Airbus' A380s as the Chinese government is calling for the purchase of more wide body planes to help ease air traffic congestion.

Airbus declined to comment.

Chinese airlines have been accelerating to expand their fleet to meet rising demand from increasingly affluent Chinese passengers.

Industry association IATA has forecast the number of international air passengers from mainland China will rise by an average of 10.8 percent per year through to 2014, making it the world's fastest-growing market.

Chinese President Hu Jintao agreed with the United States in January to buy 200 Boeing aircraft for delivery between 2011 and 2013, but it was unclear how many of these were new orders.

HNA Group has 11 airlines and also invests in airports, hotels and other businesses.
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