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Old July 28th, 2011, 08:50 PM   #1081
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Air China taps rebound in traffic
Shanghai Daily
Jul 27, 2011

WITH more passengers expected to consider air travel following last week's tragic bullet train accident and a string of mishaps in China's high-speed trains, Air China began to use the first Boeing 777-300ER China has bought on the Shanghai-Beijing service, the most profitable domestic route.

Beijing-based Air China, the country's flagship international carrier, said it will offer more comfortable services on the B777 jet, which it hopes will help the airline lure business passengers from their domestic peers and rail rivals.

The airline carried nearly 300 passengers on its B777 jet from Beijing to Shanghai's Hongqiao International Airport yesterday morning.

"We have seen a rebound in load factor on Beijing-Shanghai route since the inauguration of high-speed railway between the two cities,'' said Xu Junqing, senior marketing manager of Air China.

Xu said with rail ticket prices expected to rise further more passengers may choose to fly as a safer option after the bullet train accident last Saturday in Wenzhou in Zhejiang Province.

"Safety is the first concern when passengers choose the mode of travel," said Zhang Hongbo, an analyst at Citic Securities Co. "The recent railway accidents will lead to more rail passengers switching to other forms of transport and that in turn will benefit airlines."

Yesterday, China Eastern Airlines gained by the daily cap of 10 percent in Shanghai trading to 5.60 yuan and China Southern Airlines rose 9.2 percent to 8.68 yuan. Air China gained 7 percent to 10.37 yuan.
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Two ROK airlines to fly between Huangshan and Seoul
Updated: 2011-07-26
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HEFEI: Two Republic of Korea (ROK) airlines will offer direct flight services between Seoul and the eastern Chinese city of Huangshan later this week, Huangshan airport said Monday.

Korean Air Lines Co. will fly on Thursdays and Sundays starting July 28 and also on Wednesdays and Saturdays as of August 29, the airport said in a statement.

Asiana Airlines Inc. will fly on Wednesdays and Saturdays as of July 30 and additionally on Tuesdays as of August 29, it said.

The flights will be the first scheduled international ones to the tourist resort Huangshan, or Yellow Mountain, in Anhui province.
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Chinese airlines hike fuel surcharge to record high
Updated: 2011-08-02 15:26
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A number of Chinese airlines have raised the fuel surcharge on domestic flights to an historic high despite a drop in international oil prices, China Business News (CBN) reported Tuesday.

Air China, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines and a number of other carriers will increase the extra charge for domestic routes longer than 800 kilometers from 140 yuan ($20.82) to 150 yuan per passenger from Aug 1, reports 163.com, citing Chinese travel website ctrip.com.

The fuel charge for routes shorter than 800 kilometers will remain at 80 yuan per passenger.

The move comes after airlines were informed by the Civil Aviation Administration of China that from Aug 1, factory price of domestic oil is set at 7,725 yuan per ton and the purchase cost for domestic airliners to buy oil from China National Aviation Fuel for their domestic flights was adjusted to 7,785 yuan per ton, the report said.

This is the first-released domestic aviation fuel price after the National Development and Reform Commission published the new pricing mechanism last month.

Although oil prices in the international crude oil market decreased, domestic oil prices rose against trend. An anonymous analyst told the CBN that the CIF (cost, insurance and freight) value of imports for aviation fuel was taking Singaporean oil price as a standard, which was rising.

A senior official with an airline company told CBN that raising fuel surcharge could not fully cover the rise in fuel cost. The profit margin of airline companies would finally be decided by the market demand and ticket prices.

Wu Yunying, an analyst with Changjiang Securities pointed out that as high-speed railways are not taking as many as passengers as expected and the peak season for aviation is approaching, airliners are likely to increase both the amount of passengers and ticket prices.
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Melbourne Airport has welcomed China Southern’s announcement to double its Melbourne services by introducing twice-daily flights between Guangzhou and Melbourne from October 2011.

Melbourne Airport CEO Chris Woodruff said China Southern’s additional services would further increase the number of visitors from China to Melbourne and Victoria, as well provide more opportunities for Australians travelling to China.

“China is our number one long haul market and as Victoria’s international aviation gateway, we are pleased to be able to support the strengthening of Victoria’s tourism, education and business relationship with China,” Mr Woodruff said.

There were 386,118 passengers with Chinese passports who travelled through Melbourne Airport in 2010/11, which was a 26.2 per cent increase on the previous year.

The introduction of ‘double daily’ services comes just one year after China Southern introduced daily flights from three flights per week, underscoring the significant growth in the China market. The move also extends China Southern’s international network through their SkyTeam alliance.

“The new double daily service means that Victorians now have improved connections to the biggest domestic network in China as well as improved connections to favourite global destinations.”

Mr Woodruff said the decision by China Southern to increase flights to Melbourne reaffirmed the value of Melbourne Airport’s strategy to make Melbourne a more welcoming destination for Chinese visitors who are responsible for the highest level of expenditure of all international visitor markets for Victoria.

“Our Chinese visitor program aims to make our Chinese visitors feel respected and welcome as they arrive at Melbourne Airport, including Chinese signage and announcements. We also provide cultural training to our staff.”

“This announcement also reflects the success of our ‘Team Melbourne’ partnership approach with State Government and other key partners. We thank everyone who works with us on growing air services to Melbourne.”

“Melbourne Airport also offers our airline customers competitive operational benefits, including low aeronautical charges and high service levels. Our curfew-free, single terminal precinct also provides passengers and airlines with greater convenience and flexibility between transfers,” Mr Woodruff said.

We thank China Southern for their investment in Melbourne and support of the Melbourne-China market, and look forward to working with China Southern in making Melbourne their number one destination in Australia.”
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Hundreds of flights canceled, impact on rail services limited
Updated: 2011-08-08 07:53
By Yang Yijun (China Daily)

SHANGHAI - Typhoon Muifa, which hit the country's coastal cities over the weekend, severely affected transport in East China, especially air transport.

Hundreds of flights in the region were canceled. According to the Shanghai Airport's website, only 25 flights took off or landed at Shanghai Pudong International Airport up to 1 pm on Sunday. Traffic at the airport did not resume until 2 pm, when the effects of the typhoon began to ease.

Hongqiao International Airport, in the west of the city, was less affected by the typhoon, with 90 flights having taken off or landed at the airport by 1 pm.

On Saturday, about 260 flights were canceled at both airports because of the typhoon.

The hotlines of major airlines, including China Eastern Airlines, Air China and China Southern Airlines, were busy on Sunday as passengers inquired about flights.

The airlines regularly updated flight information on their websites. China Eastern canceled nearly 150 flights taking off and landing in Shanghai and Hangzhou on Sunday. Air China also canceled 133 flights on Saturday and 159 flights on Sunday from or to Shanghai and cities in Zhejiang province, including Hangzhou, Wenzhou, Ningbo and Taizhou.

"I booked a ticket on an Air China flight from Beijing to Shanghai this morning, but the company informed me by SMS that the flight was canceled," said a white-collar worker in Beijing surnamed Yu. "I tried China Eastern Airlines later but also failed. Now I'm on the high-speed train."

However, the typhoon's influence on railway transport was limited.

"No trains, including the high-speed trains departing from Shanghai, have been affected by typhoon Muifa so far," Chen Wanjun, spokesman with the Shanghai Railway Bureau, told China Daily on Sunday afternoon.

Shanghai Metro's official micro blog said on Sunday that all the metro lines were operating normally.

The company had said earlier that if the typhoon alert was raised to orange, it would limit the speed on above-ground lines and shorten the routes.
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Dalian Airlines established
China Daily
2011-08-10

Dalian Airlines, the first airline company based in Dalian, was established on Monday in the port city of Northeast Chinas Liaoning province.

According to Lu Lin, head of the free trade zone, Dalian Airlines was co-founded by Air China Limited and Dalian Free Trade Zone, investing 800 million yuan and 200 million yuan respectively.

The company is expected to commence business within 2011. In the beginning, three Boeing737-800 planes will be used for the domestic transport of both travelers and goods.

Air routes to Beijing, Shanghai, and other big cities will open first. Gradually, the routes will cover most of the main cities in China.
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1st direct flight from China arrives in Honolulu
10 August 2011

HONOLULU (AP) The first regularly scheduled direct flight between China and Hawaii has arrived in Honolulu.

The inaugural China Eastern Airlines flight from Shanghai arrived at Honolulu International Airport Tuesday. Passengers were greeted with flower lei, Hawaiian music and hula.

The Hawaii Tourism Authority projects that more than 91,000 visitors from China are to arrive this year. HTA President and CEO Mike McCartney says the new route comes after Hawaii tourism officials worked aggressively to secure direct air service from China. It's expected to provide up to $60 million in annual visitor expenditures and stimulate new jobs in the state.

Among the passengers were 18 members of the Chinese media who are to spend three nights on Oahu and the Big Island generating story ideas about Hawaii as a visitor destination.
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CAAC announces plans to manage flight delays
Updated: 2011-08-15 17:32
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Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has announced that flights delayed by more than two hours will be given priority to take off and it will coordinate with the military to open provisional airspace and routes during large-scale flight delays, Xinhua News Agency said.

CAAC Vice Minister Xia Xinghua told Xinhua that the Air Traffic Management Bureau will allow flights delayed by over two hours to depart first and ensure that planes take off within half an hour of door closing.

Xia also told Xinhua that recovery plans and coordination with the military to open provisional airspace and routes will be put into effect, and CAAC will work with airline operation control departments in real-time monitoring of flights.
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Policies to keep flight delays to a minimum
Updated: 2011-08-16 07:49
By Xin Dingding (China Daily)

BEIJING - Many travelers in China can remember a time when they managed to get aboard a plane for their scheduled departure only to have to wait for hours before leaving because of troubles with "air traffic control".

If the Civil Aviation Administration has its way, such delays will be a thing of the past.

In response to complaints about late departures, the civil aviation authority announced over the weekend new policies aimed at getting planes to be more punctual.

Policies to keep flight delays to a minimum

Xia Xinghua, deputy head of the Civil Aviation Administration, told Xinhua that air traffic controllers are now required to ensure that planes take off within half an hour of when their cabin doors are closed.

Those workers are also to approve the departures of flights that have already been delayed for more than two hours, he said.

In the past, traffic controllers have tended to postpone the departures of flights that are already late so that other flights can be kept on time.

The new policies will have one important exception: They will not be in effect when the weather is bad.

When a large number of delays are brought on by bad weather or other complications, traffic controllers will work with the military, which controls airspace, to temporarily open up routes along which stranded planes can fly, he said.

Airline companies are also being encouraged to communicate more with air traffic controller and to arrange proper times for passengers to get on board.

Many critics contend airlines often move passengers onto an airplane to avoid paying the compensation they would owe if a delay occurred while the passengers were still in the airport.

While trying to ensure more flights leave on time, officials have not lowered the priority they place on passenger safety, said Li Jiaxiang, chief of the Civil Aviation Administration.

The policies are in part a result of the frequent flight delays that have been caused by thunderstorms this summer, raising the ire of many passengers.

Wan Changming, spokesman for the public security bureau at the Beijing Capital International Airport, said police officers have received 253 calls in June and July from people who want them to deal with disputes stemming from flight delays. That number is up 166 percent from what it was this past year.

Most of the disputes have concerned angry passengers who beat up airline workers, broke into airport parking aprons or refused to leave a plane.

Altogether, scheduled flights in China have become less punctual in recent times, despite the measures that have been taken to prevent that from happening. In 2010, the percentage of flights that left on time dropped below 80 percent for the first time, falling to 75 percent, according to the Civil Aviation Administration.

Airline sources who requested anonymity said it will be impossible to meet the goals of the new policies, largely because the traffic at big airports is heavy and departure times are hard to predict.

Many netizens also doubted the measures will actually help to prevent flight delays and speculated that the airlines will find a way around the authority's requirements.

Jing Lei, a university student, said the new policies could make it take longer to check in luggage and board planes.

"Passengers will be kept waiting as usual, except that they now will wait outside the plane instead of inside," she said.

Zou Jianjun, an associate professor with the Civil Aviation Management Institute of China, said he believes the new measures might lead to more disputes at airports.

"Taking off 30 minutes after the cabin doors are closed is a requirement in normal conditions," he said, urging passengers to be more rational. "But many passengers could misunderstand that and use it as an excuse to seek compensation when bad weather causes delays."
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Airline adds nonstop from LAX
Updated: 2011-09-02 10:52
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LOS ANGELES - Liu Jiakun, an MBA student at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, didn't expect to be part of Air China's history making.

The airline launched its second daily nonstop flight between Beijing and Los Angeles on Thursday. Liu was one of the inaugural passengers, which he didn't know when he booked his ticket in July.

"I chose this flight because the time is convenient," Liu said. He had never taken Air China's existing nonstop flight from Los Angeles International Airport to Beijing Capital International Airport because it takes off at midnight.

"The new flight time is more humane" Liu commented. The new flight takes off in the early afternoon for Beijing.

Chi Zhihang, general manager of Air China North America, said at the inauguration ceremony held at LAX: "It is a momentous moment in Air China's history. It's the very first time we have launched a double daily flight to an international destination."

Air China is the only carrier operating nonstop flights between Los Angles and Beijing.

"Nonstop flights between Los Angles and Beijing is one of our most competitive products," said Yang Rui, deputy general manager of Air China's Los Angeles office.

Yang said as China's economy has been steadily growing for decades, the market size for Air China's international flights, especially those between China and the US, has tremendously expanded. More Chinese travel to the US as the country opened its gate wider to Chinese tourists and students.

"Though China and the US don't always see eye to eye with each other on political or ideological issues, the economic ties between them gets tighter," Yang said.

As famous as China is for its exports, it is buying more and more from the US. According to the US-China Business Council (USCBC), China is the third-largest US export market, ranking only behind US' two immediate neighbors. And, China as a buying market continues to expand rapidly.

"In 2010, exports to China rose 32 percent - faster than export growth to any of the US top five export destinations," USCBC reported in a recent study. "Taking a longer view, total US exports to China from 2000 to 2010 rose from $16.2 billion to $91.9 billion, up 468 percent. Total US exports to the rest of the world increased 55 percent during this period."

Economic exchange boosts the air traffic over the Pacific Ocean. In 2001, 7,058 nonstop flights traveled between 11 major cities in the US and three in China - Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou - according to the Air Transportation Association. These flights are operated by four US-based carriers and six China-based carriers, of which Air China plays a leading role.

Air China opened its route between Beijing and Los Angeles in 1982. Wang Yinxiang, vice-chairman of Air China, shared at the inauguration that it took 24 years to turn the flight to a daily one in 2006, but it only took five years to add another nonstop flight.

In 2008, Air China consolidated its North America offices and started a call center in Los Angeles, the airlines' North America headquarters. It's a milestone in the carrier's localization, which makes it more competitive in the US market.

Air China is proud of the call center because of the type of customer service it offers. "When customers call us, 80 percent of them don't need to wait more than 20 seconds," Yang said.

Beyond concrete statistics, the serving attitude is more impressive to Annie Ye, secretary-general of the Chinese Enterprise Council based in Los Angeles. Air China is one of its more-than-a-hundred members.

Ye recalled that Chi, the vice-president and general manager of Air China's North America operation, sometimes sees through issues reported by customers himself to make sure problems are solved. "Maybe not all of the problems can be solved, but the attitude is what matters more," said Ye, who used to be China Southern Airlines' general manager in North America.

During the inauguration, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said there is "good reason" to celebrate the new flight, from a local perspective. China is California's top trading partner. An average daily round-trip transoceanic flight at LAX contributes $623 million annually to the local economy and supports 3,120 jobs in Southern California, according to the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation.

Zhang Yesui, China's ambassador to the US, sees beyond the economic point of view.

"It is our hope that this will also serve to promote a closer exchange between the US and China, not only in trade but also among its people."

Chinese travelers now make up the majority of Air China's customer pool. To enlarge the group, the carrier has been seeking high-end, non-Chinese speaking passengers. It will fly a trade and investment mission team from the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation to Shanghai later this month. The 16 members of the team are "top notch experts and business leaders" in a variety of industries.

Yang said that hardware improvement will be a focus for next year. They will replace the four-engine Boeing 747s for Boeing 777-300ERs for its cross-Pacific flights. The new two-engine aircrafts will further reduce the operation fees of Air China, which continues to make profits while many other airlines are struggling to survive.
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