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Old September 8th, 2011, 05:51 PM   #1101
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Old September 9th, 2011, 10:39 AM   #1102
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Old October 15th, 2011, 07:27 PM   #1104
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China to 'become key market' for aviation industry
Updated: 2011-10-15 20:53
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TOULOUSE, France - China will take center stage in the development of the global aviation industry, Airbus President and CEO Thomas Enders said here Friday.

The global aviation industry would expand at an annual rate of over 5 percent in the next 20 years, Enders said at a ceremony at the Airbus Delivery Center in Toulouse marking the company's delivery of the first A380 aircraft to China Southern Airlines.

The Asian market, especially the Chinese market, might grow even faster, Enders said, adding that Airbus remains optimistic about the prospects of the industry.

The European aircraft manufacturer plans to deliver more than 110 passenger planes to China this year, accounting for one-fifth of the company's total deliveries worldwide.

Enders said the A380 was designed to suit the needs of the East Asian and Middle Eastern markets, especially the fast-growing Chinese market.

With a typical capacity for 525 passengers in a three-class layout, the super jumbo's spacious cabin could play a big role in handling the large amount of air passengers in those countries.

Airbus attaches great importance to the Chinese market, as can be seen from its having built a major final assembly line in the northern Chinese costal city of Tianjin, Enders said.

The Tianjin plant, which opened in 2008, is a joint venture between Airbus and a Chinese consortium, and is now producing around 10 percent of Airbus' A320 aircraft.

The A380 aircraft handed over Friday is the first out of five to be delivered by Airbus to China Southern Airlines, making the Chinese airlines the first operator of A380 in China and the seventh globally.
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Airline flees after 4 flights
- Exit, Hong Kong on Hainan

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Monday , October 10 , 2011

Chinese carrier Hainan has decided to pull out of Calcutta after just four flights, citing low advance bookings for its biweekly flight to Shenzhen and a free 45-minute coach transfer to holiday hotspot Hong Kong.

Hainan is not the first international airline to exit the city, but a pullout after less than a fortnight in business makes this the shortest stint by any carrier operating here. The last Calcutta-Shenzhen flight is scheduled for October 11, exactly 10 days after the inaugural one.

“Advance bookings have been extremely low, forcing us to suspend services from Calcutta,” Li Li, the general manager of Hainan Airlines in Calcutta told Metro.

So does it mean Calcutta isn’t a long-term market for international airlines despite recent signs of a resurgence?

“Hainan should have waited a few months before taking a call on whether to stay or leave. East India is a late-booking market, which means the bulk of bookings are made seven to 12 days prior to departure,” said a senior official of an international airline operating in the city.

In airline parlance, two types of fliers — VFR (visiting friends and relatives) and FIT (free individual travellers) — make advance bookings to get fare deals. “The number of such travellers to and from Calcutta is 50 per cent less than Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore’s. So we basically bank on late bookings by corporate and group travellers,” the official said.

Calcutta has been logging impressive flying miles in the international sector of late, prompting new entrant Qatar Airways to consider introducing larger aircraft and increasing its flight frequency. SilkAir started its four-days-a-week service to and from Singapore on August 1 and Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific is set to resume services in the city after 41 years.

For Hainan, morning apparently showed the day. Li Li said bookings for the Calcutta-Shenzhen flights in October were around 10 per cent of the total number of seats. Going by a circular issued by Hainan for travel operators, the decision to withdraw was taken even before the first flight took off.

“Our head office has taken a decision that it will not be commercially viable to operate flights during the off-season…. Hainan Airlines will operate flights to Calcutta only on October 1, 4, 8 and 11 and suspend operations thereafter indefinitely,” the circular states.

According to tour operators, around 20,000 fliers from the city visit Hong Kong every year. “The number would have increased had Hainan stayed put,” said Anil Punjabi, the chairman (east) of the Travel Agents’ Federation of India.
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Old October 24th, 2011, 04:13 PM   #1106
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First-class seats of Airbus A380 sold out
Updated: 2011-10-20 19:20
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GUANGZHOU - All of this month's first-class seats on China's Southern Airlines' Airbus A380 sold out within just three days of the superjumbo jet's first flight, indicating that the Chinese public is eager to try out a luxurious flight experience.

The airline said in a statement that other seats have also been popular, with more than 80 percent of the seats on some of the jet's routes already sold.

China's first A380 has 506 seats: eight first-class, 70 business and 428 economy-class seats, the airline said. A first-class ticket from Beijing to Shanghai costs 4,760 yuan ($749), about three times the price of an economy-class ticket.

The aircraft's cabin comforts and spacious interior have impressed many customers, with pictures of passengers sprawled out on spacious seats and holding glasses of champagne on the front pages of several local newspapers.

The airline said its first A380 jumbo is scheduled to fly between Beijing and Guangzhou until October 26, when it will start traveling between Beijing and Shanghai until October 29. The plane will be used on an international route after October.

China Southern, the seventh company in the world to fly an Airbus superjumbo, has ordered five more A380s, the airline said.
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Old October 28th, 2011, 12:41 PM   #1108
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Air China Q3 profits down 26.5%
Updated: 2011-10-28 15:00
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BEIJING -- Air China Ltd, China's largest airliner, said on Thursday that its net profits in the third quarter decreased 26.46 percent year-on-year due to weak international demand and investment losses.

Its Q3 net profits totaled 3.8 billion yuan ($590 million). In the first nine months its profits slumped 20.26 percent year-on-year to 7.86 billion yuan.

Its sales revenue in the third quarter rose 13.36 percent year-on-year to 28.14 billion yuan.

The company said its profits were dragged down by lower contributions from its associate airline, Hong Kong-based Cathy Pacific, following a global air traffic recession this year.

The company also suffered a decrease in its fair value of 1.02 billion yuan in the third quarter due to losses in aviation fuel hedge trading.
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China conducts its first jet biofuel trial
Updated: 2011-10-29 08:33
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BEIJING - China conducted its first demonstration flight powered partly by a biofuel on Friday, possibly paving the way for future biofuel use on commercial flights in the country.

The one-hour trial used 13.1 tons of biofuel blend - half conventional jet fuel and half China-grown, jatropha-based biofuel - to power one of four engines on an Air China 747-400 jet.

Each of the jet's other three engines was powered by conventional jet fuel to guarantee safety, said Li Jun, an expert with Air China.

The plane took off from Beijing Capital International Airport at 8:32 am and returned at 9:30 am. Six performance tests were conducted at various altitudes, with the highest at 11,900 meters.

"Everything went smoothly," Zheng Weimin, the captain of the flight, said. "I detected no obvious difference in engines powered by the biofuel blend and conventional jet fuel."

The trial was part of a Sino-US energy cooperation program and marked a milestone in the two countries' joint efforts regarding biofuel and high technology, said William Zarit, minister counselor for commercial affairs at the US embassy.

In the project, PetroChina Co Ltd, China's largest oil producer, worked with UOP LLC, a subsidiary of Honeywell's special materials section, to source and refine the biofuel. Boeing and Pratt & Whitney provided aircraft and engine technical support.

For China, the demonstration flight was a significant step in the development of the jet biofuels industry, said Shen Diancheng, deputy general manager of China National Petroleum Corporation. PetroChina is the corporation's listed arm.

However, airlines said wider use of biofuels on commercial flights in China was still a few years away.

He Li, vice-president of Air China, said that using biofuels on commercial flights required large-scale production to make the price acceptable.

Zhang Yufeng, vice-president of Honeywell's specialty materials section, said raw materials were a big problem.

"The material cost means that the price of biofuel is much higher than traditional fuel," he said.

The material cost for biofuel was about two or three times that of conventional fuel, he said.

Shen said PetroChina has grown 80,000 hectares of jatropha, a shrub, on low-quality farmland in Southwest China's Sichuan and Yunnan provinces since 2007. Oil from the seed of the shrub is extracted for the biofuel.

The company was planning to build a refinery by 2014 to produce 60,000 tons of the biofuel annually. But that amount is trivial compared to the estimated 28 million tons of biofuel China will use annually by 2015.

The company was looking for more places to grow the plant and increase output, Shen said.

Before China's first trial flight using a biofuel, airlines including Virgin Atlantic Airways, Air New Zealand, Continental Airlines and Japan Airlines, have conducted similar trials since 2008, using a variety of biofuels, including those made from coconuts, algae, waste cooking oil and jatropha.

This year, carriers including KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Lufthansa and Mexico's Interjet carried out commercial flights powered by biofuel blends.

Airlines began seriously looking at potential new fuel sources because of increasing environmental concerns and rising crude oil prices, industry observers said.

Aviation's share of greenhouse gas emissions is poised to grow, as air travel increases and ground vehicles use more alternative fuels such as ethanol and biodiesel. Aviation contributes 2 percent of global emissions.

Compared to fossil fuels, biofuels can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 85 percent, according to statistics provided by Honeywell's UOP.

The Qingdao Institute of Bioenergy and Bioprocess Technology and Boeing Co have established a joint research lab studying sustainable aviation biofuels based on algae.

On Friday, China's National Energy Administration and Boeing signed an agreement for further study of regional biofuel development. The results will help support future efforts to establish a sustainable aviation biofuels industry in China.
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Tibet Airlines starts Lhasa-Lanzhou flight
Updated: 2011-11-01 17:34
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Tibet Airlines started operating flights from Lhasa to Gansu's capital city Lanzhou on Tuesday, opening a direct winter air connection between the two cities for the first time, People's Daily Online reported.

The first 140-minute flight, a Tibet Airlines Airbus A319, landed at Lanzhou Zhongchuan Airport at 11:10 am.

The round-trip direct flight TV9827/8 will operate every Tuesday and Saturday departing Lhasa at 8:50 am and returning from Lanzhou at noon.

Tibet Airlines is the only carrier that flies this route in winter. The full-price economy class ticket of this flight is 1,560 yuan ($246).

Established in June 2010, Tibet Airlines is the first and only local airline company of the Tibet autonomous region. Its maiden flight was on July 26 this year.

The carrier's fleet includes three Airbus A319 airplanes and it operates nine domestic destinations with Lhasa and Chengdu as the main hubs. The company plans to expand the fleet size to 10 aircraft and operate flights to all civil airports in Tibet.

Following the country's efforts in recent years to promote civil aviation in Tibet, the number of civil airports in the region increased to five: Lhasa, Qamdo, Nyingchi, Xigaze and Ngari. The newest two, Xigaze and Ngari airports were just opened last year.

The country has also invested 1.8 billion yuan ($283 million) to build an airport in Tibet's Nagqu prefecture, which will be the highest airport in the world – 4,436 meters above sea level.
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New Winter-Spring Flight Schedule of China Southern Airlines (34 New Routes Set to Open)
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China Southern Airlines launches its 2011/12 Winter-Spring Flight Schedule from October 30, with over 500 scheduled routes in the new flight season. Compared to the last season, 34 new routes (26 domestic routes and 8 international/regional routes) are set to open, providing travelers with more options and convenience.

Convenient Transit Links between International Flights

The Flight Schedule will be carried out from October 30, 2011 to March 24, 2012, covering a total of 21 weeks. In the new flight season, there are more than 500 scheduled routes, including over 380 domestic routes, over 95 international routes and over 20 regional routes.

In the new flight season, China Southern Airlines will continue to make full use of its hubs and increase the proportion of international flights to promote the optimization of the overall route network. China Southern Airlines is focusing on the improvement of the transit links between the international routes, along with the enhanced transit links between domestic routes and international routes. Hub concentration reached 71.1%, up 5.7% year-on-year. For instance, Guangzhou-Osaka or Guangzhou-Seoul flight can be easily connected with flights to Southeast Asia, arriving at 11 cities including Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Manila, Jakarta, Ho Chi Minh, Hanoi, Phnom Penh, Kathmandu, Delhi and Siem Reap. In addition, the Beijing - Guangzhou - Brisbane, Beijing - Guangzhou - Perth route and Hanoi, Phnom Penh, Ho Chi Minh can also achieve a two-way link, enabling passengers to transit more conveniently.

More Options for Outbound Tour

In the new flight season, China Southern Airlines endeavors to accelerate its international development, planning to open a number of new international/regional routes and add some new international/regional flights according to the seasons and market conditions. Calculated by seat-km input, the proportion of international flights in the total flights will increase to 26.8% in the Flight Schedule.

In Oceania, spring and summer tourist season has come in the southern hemisphere. China Southern Airlines will extend the Guangzhou - Brisbane route to the Beijing - Guangzhou – Brisbane route, with four flights per week. Beijing - Guangzhou –Perth route will be added, with three flights per week. Guangzhou - Melbourne route will be adjusted to 2 flights per day during the peak season, and Guangzhou – Auckland route will also have a daily flight in the new flight season. With flights to Australia increased to a maximum of 35 flights per week and flights to New Zealand increased to 7 flights per week, the total flights of China Southern Airlines to Oceania will reach 42 flights per week, laying a solid foundation for China Southern Airlines’ Guangzhou hub as the first transit portal from China’s mainland to Oceania.

In Europe, Beijing - Urumqi - Istanbul (Turkey) route is set to open on November 22, with 3 flights per week. Guangzhou - Beijing - Amsterdam route is available with a daily flight as usual. Services are also available in Guangzhou – Paris route with a daily flight, Guangzhou - Amsterdam route with 3 flights per week and Guangzhou - Urumqi - Moscow route with a daily flight.

Meanwhile, China Southern Airlines has made adjustment on the flights to Singapore, Bangkok, Phuket, Hanoi, Siem Reap and other cities in Southeast Asia as well as Japan and Korea.

Cross-Straits Flights Increased to 54 Flights per Week

With more cross-strait economic, cultural and tourism exchanges, China Southern Airlines has increased cross-straits routes and flights in winter-spring flight season. According to the Flight Schedule, 20 flights from the major cities of China’s mainland to Taiwan will be added, along with the new Haikou – Taipei route. New flights include: Changchun – Taipei with 3 flights per week, Changsha - Taipei with 3 flights per week, Dalian - Taipei with 2 flights per week, Guilin - Taipei with 5 flights per week, Harbin - Taipei with 3 flights per week, Nanning - Taipei with 3 flights per week, Shenyang - Taipei with 3 flights per week, and Zhengzhou - Taipei with 4 flights per week. The round-trip flight from Changchun – Taichung will be operated as scheduled flight instead of seasonal charter with daily flight available.

With 54 cross-straits flights per week, China Southern Airlines flights can take passengers from Taipei directly to Pudong, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Changchun, Dalian, Harbin, Shenyang, Guiyang, Guilin, Nanning, Wuhan, Changsha, Zhengzhou, Haikou, and passengers from Taichung directly to Changchun.

Domestic Flights for Snow Tour and Warm Winter Tour

To satisfy the travelers’ need in winter and spring, China Southern Airlines has adjusted and optimized its domestic flight schedule.

Over 20 new routes are set to open: from Sanya to Shenyang, Tianjin, Zhenghzou, Yinchuan and other cities; from Urumqi to Lanzhou, Haikou, Hangzhou, Zhengzhou, Fuzhou, Sanya and other places; from Guangzhou to Xuzhou; from Shenzhen to Taiyuan, Ningbo and Harbin; from Shantou to Changsha and Chengdu; from Shenyang in Northeast China to Baotou, Taiyuan, Changzhou, Jinan, Wenzhou, Hefei, Nanning and other cities. Besides, Guangzhou – Chongqing – Jiuzhai route and Guangzhou – Zhenghou – Baotou route will be added, making it more convenient for passengers travelling from Chongqing to Jiuzhai and from Zhengzhou to Baotou, with the travel time significantly reduced.

In addition, China Southern Airlines will add flights to tourist destination cities such as Hainan and other cities in East, Central and Southwest China, with 10 round-trip Guangzhou – Hangzhou/Guangzhou – Haikou flights, 8 Guangzhou – Nanjing flights, 7 Guangzhou – Chengdu flights and 9 Guangzhou – Zhengzhou flights every day.

For more details, please call China Southern Airlines’ 24-hour sales service hotline 95539 or visit the portal website at www.csair.com.
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China Southern is now flying business travellers directly from Perth to Guangzhou and Beijing, with this week's debut of flights from WA on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.
The Guangzhou-based airline, the largest airline in Asia and the fifth-largest in the world, uses Airbus A330-300 planes on the route.


Perth airport rolled out a double water-cannon welcome for China Southern's first flight to WA.

In addition to heading to Guangzhou, passengers can continue on to Beijing aboard the direct flight.

Not 100% sure about the difference is between nonstop and direct flights? Check out our handy primer explaining how nonstops and direct flights differ, and which one you should pick.



The A330s have China Southern's new first and business class seats installed in the pointy end, and you'll see those international standard seats all the way to Beijing: another advantage of the direct flight.



In business class you'll find a 1.9m angled-flat bed in a 2-2-2 arrangement.



First class class is a more spacious 1-2-1 arrangement, but at the back of the plane is the usual Airbus 2-4-2 economy class cabin layout.

Linking into Perth is a key business route for China, with Western Australia's Deputy Premier Kim Hames highlighting that WA contributes 70% of Australia's Chinese exports, with an impressive 33% of existing passengers from Perth to China travelling on business.
China Southern now flies from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth to its hub in Guangzhou, just over 100 km from Hong Kong. Guangzhou is, of course, a key business class destination in its own right, and as China's second-busiest airport it has extensive connections to other Chinese cities.

Since China Southern is a member of the SkyTeam alliance, travellers can earn and burn frequent flyer miles across the SkyTeam network -- although we're yet to see an Australian-based SkyTeam member airline.

With Perth Airport already undergoing a three-year $515 million overhaul, China Southern could eventually use its Airbus A380 superjumbos on the route, since the airport upgrades will include A380-capable gates.
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Air China Ltd, China's largest airline, will become the first in China to provide in-flight WiFi, when it begins offering the service on a Boeing 737-800 on its Beijing to Chengdu route from Nov. 15.

A successful test of the service was conducted on a flight over Beijing on Friday.

Air China received approval from the Civil Aviation Administration of China to operate the WiFi, said Bao Lida, a spokesman for the Southwest Branch of Air China.

Access will be free, but Internet searching will be limited to certain entertainment and tourism services including shopping, room reservation and car rental. Passengers will only be allowed access while the plane is in the air.

They can use laptops and tablet computers to visit the Wireless Local Area Network, although not mobile phones, which must be turned off for safety reasons for the duration of the journey, said Bao.

Air China plans to roll out the service to other planes in its fleet.
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Airport van hits parked plane in Xiamen
Updated: 2011-11-11 17:29
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An airport van collides with a parked Shandong Airlines Boeing 737-800 at Xiamen airport, Fujian province, Nov 11, 2011. [Photo/chinanews.com]


An airport van collides with a parked Shandong Airlines Boeing 737-800 at Xiamen airport, Fujian province, Nov 11, 2011. [Photo/chinanews.com]


A Shandong Airlines van collided with a parked plane at Xiamen airport early Friday, causing the aircraft to be grounded for repairs but no injuries, Xinhua News Agency reported.

The incident happened at 7:24 am, when the van belonging to Shandong Airlines Xiamen branch hit the forward landing gear door of the carrier's Boeing 737-800 in the tarmac.

There were no passengers onboard the aircraft when the collision occurred and no one was injured, Xinhua said in its report.

The plane, which was due to carry flight CA1802 (CA is the IATA code of Air China and the company has codeshare agreement with Shandong Airlines), was scheduled to fly to Beijing at 8:15 am. The flight was canceled, and most of its passengers were put on other flights.

A picture posted on the website of China News Service shows that the right side of the van was seriously damaged in the collision, while the nose gear of the jet was pushed to the right by the hit.

The cause of the incident is still under investigation, Xinhua said.
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