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Old November 14th, 2011, 11:51 PM   #1121
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Old November 15th, 2011, 05:20 AM   #1122
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Chopper deal in the air, but costs still high
Updated: 2011-11-15 07:56
By Zheng Xin (China Daily)

BEIJING - Emergency-response centers in the capital are in talks to improve the coverage of airlift rescue.

The 999 Emergency Center and the 120 Emergency Medical Center are both negotiating with Beijing Capital Airlines to provide a helicopter service.

"The helicopters play a significant role in search and rescue," said Li Jianren at the 120 Center. "Considering the medical insurance system and the size of the city, however, it will still take a few years before we have a free airlift rescue."

Apart from the police chopper kept by the city's public security bureau, which is used for large search and rescue operations, the only operations the public can turn to when they need an urgent airlift are commercial companies offering pleasure rides.

At more than 30,000 yuan ($4,700) an hour, the service is not an affordable option for most people. If the emergency centers cut a deal, that is likely to cut the cost, but only slightly.

"We haven't come up with a final price for an airlift rescue, but it will probably be about 20,000 to 25,000 yuan (an hour), much lower than a commercial lease," said Song Liang, a spokesman for Beijing Capital Airlines.

With maintenance fees and salaries for pilots and other personnel, he said the company will not make any profit charging 25,000 yuan an hour. "The helicopters are there. We just want to make full use of them and help more people in need."

The 120 Emergency Center is also talking to the city's public security bureau about putting medical equipment on some of its helicopters, which would go some way toward providing a free airlift service.

"We should make full use of public resources," said Ma Yanming, spokesman of the Beijing Health Bureau, although he added that the biggest obstacle is the lack of comprehensive medical- insurance system.

As no insurance companies cover helicopter rescue, the expensive service is not available to many patients, Ma said.

The health bureau and Beijing Capital Airlines are both in negotiations with insurers to expand their policies to include the cost of airlifts.

Li at the 120 Center said it is important for China to come up with a complete medical-insurance system that makes airlift rescue cheaper.

"Due to the small demand in China, to involve the insurance companies in helicopter rescue will take time," he said. "The flight restrictions enforced within the Third Ring Road also remain an obstacle."
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Old November 16th, 2011, 04:44 PM   #1123
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Old November 16th, 2011, 09:51 PM   #1124
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HNA’s global focus sets it apart from Chinese rivals

By Jeremy Lemer in New York and Simon Rabinovitch in Beijing
HNA Group, an opaque Chinese business group, is taking a path largely avoided by its compatriots by stepping up acquisitions around the world.

Within the last four months, it has agreed to buy a US shipping container leasing company, a chain of mid-range European hotels and a Turkish cargo airliner, and has made it to the shortlist of bidders for luxury hotels in Asia and airport stakes from Athens to Sydney.

Armed with a war chest of more than $6bn of credit lines from domestic banks, HNA says it is just gearing up for the big time.

“The international merger and acquisition strategy has two or three years to run,” Adam Tan, executive director of HNA Group, told the Financial Times earlier this year. “I am focused on deals outside of China because after the financial crisis some companies were hurt [and] when there is distress you can get something cheap.”
The group’s global acquisition strategy sets it apart from mainstream corporate China almost as much as does its peripheral location on the southern tropical island of Hainan. Although China has built up foreign exchange reserves of more than $3,200bn, state-owned firms have been cautious in venturing abroad, sticking mainly to the natural resources sector.

HNA’s international focus comes after years of domestic growth, during which the company turned Hainan Airlines, its flagship asset, into one of the leading carriers in China. Early investors included George Soros, the billionaire financier.

To help stimulate and support its travel business, the company bought hotels, and thanks to the booming Chinese real estate market, those investments have given the company a substantial asset base to borrow against and fund expansion.

Today, HNA says it has revenues of about $10bn and assets worth more than $30bn that span from shipping to entertainment. Finance appears to dominate the group, however, and HNA Capital says it manages Rmb170bn ($26.7bn) in assets.

Yet despite HNA’s increasingly high profile, the company remains something of a mystery, with a convoluted corporate structure. HNA’s portfolio includes a handful of public companies, 14 airlines and dozens of subsidiaries, joint ventures and holding companies.

Its ownership structure is equally opaque. For example, Hainan Airlines, HNA’s flagship asset which is listed on the Hong Kong exchange, counts Grand China Air, an HNA subsidiary, and an arm of the Hainan provincial government among its top shareholders.

Whatever the company’s background, its ambitions are impressive. In August HNA made its biggest overseas acquisition yet, agreeing to buy a container leasing business from General Electric for $2.5bn including debt.
The move attracted attention from international bankers who had previously labelled the group “tyre-kickers” – perennial lookers but never buyers – but amplified concerns about its sprawling corporate structure.
Mr Tan insists that while HNA’s interests are diverse, its approach to management, modelled on GE, ties the group together as a cohesive “catering-lodging-travelling-logistics-tourism-shopping-entertainment” service chain.

“The key is expert management. In every single division you need to have the best people managing it. I don’t know much about the logistics business but that is fine. I have hired good people who have spent many years in the sector,” Mr Tan says.

Future plans include acquisitions in the US, expansion of its air network into South America and Africa, and a strategy to use its recent $620m investment in NH Hoteles, a Spanish chain, to develop a four-star hotel chain within China.

Mr Tan says the company is mindful of the concerns of local workers and politicians and is well aware of the adverse reaction that some Chinese takeover deals have provoked in countries like the US.
“If the government is not enthusiastic that is fine. We don’t have to do anything…There is no need to do deal where the unions or the country is unhappy,” he says.

HNA also intends to bulk up in financial services. At the moment about 20 per cent of revenues come from interests in insurance and leasing, Mr Tan says, but HNA is trying to build a credit card business as well.

Mr Tan expects logistics and manufacturing to also make up an increasingly large proportion of the company’s sales. HNA purchased a Chinese shipyard during the financial crisis and recently raised capital to help it expand.

“In five years I don’t know – maybe we will be ranked 300 [in the world] maybe we will be ranked 400, maybe we will fail and we will be kicked out of the Fortune 500. We don’t know yet. But we hope at least we can be in the Fortune 300,” Mr Tan said.
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I really wonder whether if joining an alliance is HUs top-priority anymore. It seems to haven't had much luck in that regard. Despite the lack of Chinese carriers in OW, OW's entry seems to be at a standstill given CX, being one of the founders of OW, objects HU's entry (and for good reason given how close HUs hubs are to CX, plus, how Hainan owns CX/KA's competitor HX). ST is over-saturated with Asian carriers: MU and CZ are amongst the Chinese carriers of ST, and there will be little distinction between HU and other carriers if it joins. So really, what's left is *A, but even then, I'm sure CA wouldn't exactly welcome its entry either, given they have competing hubs at PEK.

And given their agressive expansion of cargo and tourist-related companies and assets (all-inclusive style?), they seem to want to model carriers in the gulf states, namely Etihad and Emirates.
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Old November 17th, 2011, 04:39 AM   #1125
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I agree that joining an alliance is not a top priority. In fact, I think they're laying seeds for the future. There will come a time when China will demand a new consolidation of airlines again, a merger between CZ and MU is just waiting to happen, and I'd imagine CA will want greater control of CX. A strong portfolio and network will allow HNA Group to survive the next round of consolidation. I'm not saying it'll happen soon, but it'll definitely happen.

I see HNA Group modeling itself after Swire, rather than the Middle East carriers actually.
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Old November 17th, 2011, 12:58 PM   #1126
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All this alliance talk is for foreigners flying into China. For ordinary Chinese, they'll still choose the big Chinese airline groups regardless of alliance unless they want to pay extra to fly a foreign carrier. Seems the alliances fail to see it from the Chinese consumer's point of view.
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Old November 18th, 2011, 09:46 PM   #1127
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See ST's press release on their forum topic.

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Xiamen Airlines to join SkyTeam

Xiamen Airlines has officially been accepted to the SkyTeam alliance, with full entry slated for the end of 2012.

The news came shortly after China Airlines joined SkyTeam in September (see story here), strengthening the alliance’s coverage of the Chinese market.

By joining SkyTeam, Xiamen Airlines will offer passengers access to the alliance’s strong network of 173 countries served by 15 member carriers.

“SkyTeam has long recognised the region’s huge economic potential. Xiamen Airlines’ membership in SkyTeam will strengthen our offer in the southeastern part of China and the cross-strait markets,” said Michael Wisbrun, managing director of SkyTeam. “While we further capitalise on the expanding network, our members in China will work together to enhance alliance-wide benefits for our customers.”

The Xiamen-based carrier operates both regional and domestic networks, but 90 per cent of its destinations are within Mainland China. It aims to launch long-haul international routes to Australia, Europe and North America in 2014.

“Membership in SkyTeam will enable us to expand our intercontinental network offering, in cooperation with our partners in the alliance,” said Che Shanglun, the president of Xiamen Airlines.

For more information, visit www.skyteam.com or www.xiamenair.com.cn (In Chinese only).

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Old November 20th, 2011, 04:22 PM   #1128
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Xinhua Insight: China to further open up its low-altitude airspace

ZHUHAI, Nov. 18 (Xinhua) -- China will further relax a ban on the use of low-altitude airspace in 2012 on a trial basis, air traffic authorities has said.

Starting from January, airspace below 1,000 meters in northeast, central and south China, as well as six pilot cities, will be open to general aviation flights, said Zhu Shicai, an official with the state air traffic control commission.

Zhu made the remarks Thursday at the International Forum on China Business/General Aviation, being held Nov. 17-18 in the city of Zhuhai in the southern province of Guangdong.

The six pilot cities are Tangshan, Xi'an, Qingdao, Hangzhou, Ningbo and Kunming.

"It is wise for China to reform its airspace management. The massive general aviation market in China will benefit the purchasers and enterprises on the industry chain home and abroad," said Steve J. Brown, senior vice president of the U.S. National Business Aviation Association Inc., at the forum.

General aviation refers to flights other than military and scheduled airline and regular cargo flights, both private and commercial.

CLEAR SIGNALS

The new policy definitely signals the determination of China to boost general aviation, which is on the list of the country's strategic emerging new industries, said an official with the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC).

A series of measures have been taken to provide a favorable environment for the development of the general aviation, said Shi Libo, director with the transportation department with the CAAC.

China's State Council and the Central Military Commission jointly released an order to open up part of the country's low-altitude airspace for the first time last year.

The central government said in its 12th Five-Year Plan for 2011-2015 period that it will promote the general aviation industry's development, reform the airspace management system as well as increase the efficiency of the allocation and utilization of airspace resources.

The low-altitude airspace over regions and cities to be open to general aviation flights on a trial basis accounts for 31.6 percent of airspace over China's total land territory, said Zhu.

By 2015, China will carry out nationwide reform on low-airspace control and management, and draw up a set of management and supervision policies, as well as create new industry standards, Zhu added.

General aviation also receives financial support from the central government, said Shi. Special projects on general aviation airport will be carried out in the near future, providing financial support to infrastructure construction as well as professional training.

"Under new policies, the general aviation industry will fuel economic growth," said Shi.

ROOM FOR GROWTH

It is estimated that by 2012, China would need 10,000 to 12,000 aircraft in the general aviation field, according to civil aviation authorities. The related industries would form a huge market valued at about 1 trillion yuan.

Due to control over low-altitude airspace, the general aviation industry has developed slowly in the country.

At present, China has only 113 registered licensed general aviation firms, compared to 3,000 in the EU.

The number of China's general aviation aircraft only accounts for three per thousand of the global total, according to Xu Zhanbin, deputy general manager of the Aviation Industry Corporation of China.

With the opening of the country's low-altitude airspace, the huge development potential and room for development of the general aviation industry is emerging, insiders said.

The China Aviation Industry General Aircraft CO., Ltd(CAIGA), a subsidiary of Aviation Industry Corporation of China started a 23.6 billion yuan GE project in Zhuhai, Guangdong Province, in 2009.

The company also has purchased the U.S.-based Cirrus Industries Inc., the world's second largest general aviation aircraft manufacturer, in this June, said Qu Jingwen, president of CAIGA.

The world is casting their focus on China's signals to boost the general aviation industry. There has been a big acceleration of general aviation in China, said Jean-Noel Robert, chairman with the Asian Business Aviation Association.

"Comparing to the amazing wealth in China, there are huge gaps between the anxious need in enjoying the flying fun and practical business need. China is such a massive expanding market that everyone can find the potentials," he said.
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Old November 20th, 2011, 09:40 PM   #1129
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Air China Launches Trial of Gogo's In-Flight Entertainment Equipment

ITASCA, Ill., Nov. 18, 2011 – Gogo, a leader of in-flight connectivity and an innovator of in-flight entertainment solutions, has reached an agreement to provide a trial of its wireless in-flight entertainment equipment on Air China. The first live trial on a commercial flight was conducted on November 15 on a Boeing 737 en route from Beijing to Chengdu. Live trials are expected to continue through the first quarter of 2012.

"We are excited to bring Gogo's wireless in-flight entertainment system to Air China and look forward to working with them on providing affordable entertainment options to their passengers," said Michael Small, Gogo's president and chief executive officer. "As the first international air carrier to offer Gogo's in-flight entertainment equipment, this represents a significant milestone for Gogo and for Air China."

"Gogo has a proven track record of providing wireless solutions to the aviation industry and currently is the only company to have a wireless IFE solution in market and available to consumers," said Zhang Yang, Air China assistant president. "We look forward to working with them as we become the first Chinese air carrier to leverage their equipment to bring a wireless entertainment option to our passengers."

Gogo's wireless in-flight entertainment system offers airlines a light weight, easy to install solution that can be installed on an aircraft overnight.

About Gogo:
By allowing travelers to get online, in air, Gogo keeps them connected to life. Using Gogo's exclusive network and services, passengers with laptops and other Wi-Fi enabled devices can get online on all domestic AirTran Airways, Virgin America and Alaska Airlines flights, on all domestic mainline Delta flights and on select Air Canada, American Airlines, United Airlines, and US Airways flights.

Back on the ground, Gogo's 350+ employees in Itasca, IL and Broomfield, CO are working to continually redefine flying as a productive, socially connected, and all-around more satisfying experience. Connect with us at www.gogoair.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/gogo and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/gogo.
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Regular direct flights launched between China's Chongqing, Maldives

CHONGQING, Nov. 25 (Xinhua) -- A regular direct route between the southwestern Chinese city of Chongqing and the Maldivian capital of Male commenced Friday, local Chinese airport authorities said.

The new round-trip route (5M162/5M163) is operated by Mega Maldives Airline every five days, using a Boeing 767-300ER with a capacity of 250 passengers, according to a spokesman with the Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport.

The 6.5-hour flight departs from Chongqing at 11 a.m. and arrives at 3 p.m. local time in Male. Passengers from the Chinese mainland will be able to apply for a visa on arrival.

The flight marks the airline's third regular service route between mainland Chinese cities and the Maldives, following flights departing from Beijing and Shanghai.

Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport has opened more than ten international air routes to date, including ones to Seoul, Tokyo, Singapore and Phuket. Next week, the airport will launch a direct flight to Doha, Qatar.
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Deep reforms called for in China's booming general aviation sector: EUCCAP official

ZHUHAI, Nov. 30 (Xinhua) -- Large-scale development in China's general aviation industry requires deep reforms in both regulations and business models, said authorities with the EU-China Civil Aviation Project (EUCCAP) on Wednesday in Zhuhai, a city in south China's Guangdong province.

With the country's policy signalling a boost for its general aviation industry, there is an urgent need to readjust its airspace and aviation safety management modes to suit booming social demand, said Frederic Campagnac, EUCCAP team leader.

Gaps in specific rules in accordance with general aviation industry standards, such as the construction and management of airports, airstrips and other infrastructures, are still waiting to be filled, he added.

Campagnac made the remark at an ongoing workshop which aims to introduce the general aviation sector of the European Union to about 100 of China's aviation specialists from Nov. 22 to Dec. 1 in both Zhuhai and Beijing.

The workshop will contribute to the design of future EU-China cooperation activities in this field, he said.

The workshop will focus on topics regarding regulations, aerodromes and air traffic management, as well as safety, maintenance and operations for aircraft and helicopters in the general aviation sector.

China has listed the general aviation sector as one of the country's emerging strategic industries and has provided a favorable environment for its development.

The State Council, or China's Cabinet, and the Central Military Commission jointly released an order last year to open up part of the country's low-altitude airspace for the first time.

The central government said in its 12th Five-Year Plan for the 2011-2015 period that it will promote the general aviation industry's development, reform the airspace management system and enhance the efficiency of the allocation and utilization of airspace resources.

"The 12th National Five-Year Plan raised a clear proposal to actively propel the development of the general aviation industry," said Meng Ping, director general of the National Defense Committee Office of the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC).

Drawing lessons from the EU's experiences and obstacles it has encountered will help China avoid detours and jump directly to the most effective development patterns in the general aviation sector, he added.

At the end of 2010, China counted just over 1,000 aircraft and 1,700 pilots in the general aviation sector. Meanwhile, the EU had 22,000 general aviation aircraft and 90,000 general aviation pilots, not including ultralight aircraft and glider activities.

EUCCAP is a three-year, 3.7-million-euro project jointly funded by the Ministry of Commerce of the People's Republic of China and the European Union, along with the CAAC.
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C919 passenger jet starts development phase
Updated: 2011-12-10 15:36
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SHANGHAI - China's homegrown C919 large passenger plane has finished its preliminary development review and entered the development phase, a senior executive of Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China Ltd (COMAC) in Shanghai said Friday.

An expert team of the C919 project has approved the overall preliminary development review (PDR) of the passenger jet, said Jin Zhuanglong, president of the Shanghai-based COMAC.

It is expected that the manufacturing process for the components of the prototype will begin by the end of 2011.

COMAC signed a deal to sell 20 C919 large passenger planes to China Aircraft Leasing Company Limited (CALC) on Thursday.

Up to now, the users of C919 large passenger planes have reached 10 and total orders amount to 215 units.

COMAC said earlier it would develop both 168-seat and 156-seat models of the jet, with more models to be developed in the future.

It also said that test flights for the single-aisle C919 were scheduled for 2014, and delivery is slated for 2016.
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If they keep to that schedule, probably with a couple of years of delays, it will be just in time to compete with 737MAX for Chinese orders. But even at 215 it'll keep COMAC busy for at least five to ten years.
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If they keep to that schedule, probably with a couple of years of delays, it will be just in time to compete with 737MAX for Chinese orders. But even at 215 it'll keep COMAC busy for at least five to ten years.
I suspect the central government will mandate mainland carriers to buy the jet so it will not be short of orders.
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