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Old April 14th, 2012, 07:54 AM   #1221
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China Eastern Airlines expects Q1 profit drop

BEIJING, April 13 (Xinhua) -- China Eastern Airlines said Friday its first quarter profit will likely fall by more than 50 percent year-on-year because of slower growth in passenger volume and higher jet fuel costs.

In a statement filed with the Shanghai Stock Exchange, the Shanghai-based airline said slower growth in passenger traffic and inadequate demand in the international cargo transport market hindered the growth of its air transportation sector.

Meanwhile, the company's operation costs jumped during the first quarter due to rising jet fuel prices, and its foreign exchange earnings plunged because of two-way fluctuations of renminbi exchange rates, according to the statement.

The company's net profits hit 1.01 billion yuan (160.32 million U.S. dollars) during the first quarter of last year, while earnings per share stood at 0.09 yuan.

The airline's shares climbed 0.26 percent to close at 3.79 yuan Friday.
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China replaces airport construction fee with civil aviation fee

BEIJING, April 17 (Xinhua) -- An airport construction fee paid by passengers who take Chinese domestic flights will be replaced by a civil aviation fee, the Ministry of Finance announced Tuesday.

The ministry said in a statement that it will no longer charge the airport construction fee and will replace it with a civil aviation fee starting from April 1. The new fee will be 50 yuan (7.94 U.S. dollars) for each domestic flight, the same amount as the previous fee.

Passengers on feeder line flights will not have to pay the fee. However, passengers on international flights will have to pay a fee of 90 yuan, of which 20 yuan will be set aside for a tourism development fund, according to the ministry.

Outbound passengers with diplomatic passports or passengers under the age of 12 will not have to pay the fee, according to the statement.

The fee will go into a civil aviation development fund after being collected by the airlines and brought under governmental budgetary management, the ministry said.

The new fee will not create an additional burden on passengers, as it is unchanged in scope and standard, according to an unnamed ministry official.

The civil aviation development fund was created by combining the previous airport construction fee and a civil aviation infrastructure construction fund levied on airlines to boost the efficiency of the two funds, the official said.

The fund will be spent on infrastructure construction, airline subsidies, energy conservation, training, equipment replacement and technological development, the ministry said, adding that the fund will not be diverted for other purposes.
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Sichuan Airlines opens flight to Vancouver

CHENGDU, April 24 (Xinhua) -- Sichuan Airlines, a major Chinese carrier, will launch new regular flights to Vancouver in June, the company announced Tuesday.

From June 22, Sichuan Airlines will launch the first flight from Chengdu, capital of southwest China's Sichuan province, to Vancouver, which will be operated three times a week. It will make a stopover in northeastern Chinese city of Shenyang.

It will be the first air route between western China and North America, said Zhang Huiyu, vice general manager of Sichuan Airlines.

Passengers in western China previously had to fly to such cities as Beijing, Shanghai or Guangzhou first before travelling to North America.

"The flights departing from Beijing, Shanghai or Guangzhou usually arrive in Vancouver at night, but our new flight will arrive in Vancouver in the morning, making it more convenient for passengers to carry out business activities," according to Zhang.

Chengdu-based Sichuan Airlines now operates more than 130 domestic air routes and 14 international routes.
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Direct flights launched between Hefei, Osaka

HEFEI, April 26 (Xinhua) -- China Eastern Airline on Thursday launched direct services between the eastern city of Hefei and Osaka, Japan.

China Eastern is offering two weekly round-trip flights on Thursdays and Saturdays, the airline said in a statement.

The first direct flights to Japan from Hefei, capital of Anhui province, will help to boost tourism, trade and investment, the statement said.

Japan is the second-largest foreign investment source for Anhui, which is home to 405 Japanese-funded businesses.
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Air China opens flight to Mumbai

CHENGDU, May 2 (Xinhua) -- Air China on Wednesday launched a new regular flight between the southwestern city of Chengdu and the Indian city of Mumbai, marking the first direct air route between the Chinese mainland and the Indian economic center.

The flight will take off every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday using an Airbus A319 aircraft, a spokesman from Air China's southwest branch said.

The flight takes about five hours, the spokesman said.

It is the second direct air route Air China has launched between Chengdu and India. The carrier opened a Chengdu-Bangalore flight in February 2010, he said.

Chengdu is the capital of Sichuan province. It is a political, economic and cultural center in western China.
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Old May 17th, 2012, 06:42 AM   #1233
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Boeing, Airbus seeks Chinese buyers for new plane models
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The two main international makers of aircraft, France-based Airbus SAS and US-based Boeing Co, plan to bring improved versions of their single-aisle aircraft to the Chinese market.

The two manufacturers are working to find their first Chinese buyers of the planes, Boeing's 737 MAX and Airbus' A320neo.


According to a Boeing market analysis, China will need 3,550 single-aisle aircraft by 2030, of which only 20 percent will be used as replacements.
Airbus also forecast in February that the Asia-Pacific region will need 5,720 single-aisle aircraft in the next 20 years and that China will be one of the main markets for those products.


"Narrow-body aircraft always do well on high-frequency short routes and there are many such routes in China," said Simon Booker, director of aviation department of the professional services firm KPMG Asia-Pacific.


The current single-aisle models produced by Boeing and Airbus were all introduced in the 1990s.


Rather than design completely new planes at a great cost, both manufacturers chose to improve the existing models, which already command a large market share.


On April 11, Boeing released its conceptual design for the 737 MAX, an improved model of the 737 Boeing's most popular line of aircraft. By January, Boeing had received 9,800 orders for 737s and had delivered more than 7,000 of them.


Compared with current 737s, the 737 MAX will contain a larger and more efficient engine built by CFM International, a joint venture formed between divisions of the US-based General Electric Co and France-based Safran Group.


With the new engine and other design changes, the 737 MAX's fuel costs will be about 11 percent lower than the current 737 NG aircraft's, said Randy Tinseth, vice-president of Boeing Commercial Airplanes' marketing department.


As the rising price of fuel and the demand for reducing emissions become more important to the aviation industry, manufacturers are working harder to make their aircraft more efficient.


"A320neo's fuel costs can be 15 percent lower than the current A320 aircraft's," said Luo Chong, director of Airbus China's airline marketing department.


A320neo - the "neo" stands for "new engine options" - will give customers a choice of two different engines. One will be the same as used in the 737 MAX and the other will be the PW1100G, which is made by the US-based Pratt & Whitney Group.


Airbus' decision to introduce the A320neo was made in 2010, almost a year earlier than Boeing released its plans to build the 737 MAX. The first A320neo will be delivered in 2015, two years before the first 737 MAX.


The schedule gives Airbus an advantage in the two companies' competition to win international orders. From the end of 2010 to the end of February, 24 airlines made 1,289 confirmed orders and 266 commitment orders for the A320neo.


Meanwhile, by the end of February, 1,000 confirmed and commitment orders had come in for the 737 MAX.


Media outlets have reported that Xiamen Airlines Co Ltd, which has a fleet composed completely of Boeing aircraft, may be the first Chinese customer to buy the 737 MAX and that the two companies discussed such a purchase when Che Shanglun, general manger of the airline, attended Boeing's annual meeting in February.


Meanwhile, Airbus introduced the A320neo to Sichuan Airlines Co Ltd, which has an all Airbus-aircraft fleet, in April.


"The A320neo is not an option that is out of the bounds of consideration for Sichuan Airlines since we are working on doubling the size of our fleet by 2015," said Zhong Bin, vice-general manager of Sichuan Airlines' technical department.


But the carrier has not ordered the plane yet and its purchasing plans for the next three years are already complete, he said.


Even so, airlines still have many outstanding orders for single-aisle aircraft and thus still have an opportunity to modify them in favor of the improved models.


Boeing is confident the 737 MAX will perform well in the market and Jim Albaugh, CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, forecast that Chinese airlines will order 200 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft this year.


Experts said manufacturers should pay more attention to Chinese airlines' special demands.


"Safety, price and after-sales services are all things Chinese airlines consider and both of the manufacturers can meet those needs of airlines," said Li Xiaojin, a professor at the Tianjin-based Civil Aviation University of China.


The list prices of the 737 MAX and A320neo are similar - about $95 million.

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Regular flights to connect Seoul, Hubei
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Jin Air, a low-cost airline of the Republic of Korea (ROK), will launch regular flights between the ROK's capital of Seoul and Shijiazhuang city in northern
China's Hebei province on June 20.


The flights will be operated every Wednesday and Sunday, using a Boeing 737 aircraft, a spokesman with the Shijiazhuang airport authorities said Thursday.


The new service will help boost economic exchanges and tourism cooperation between Hebei and the ROK, the spokesman added.



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Chongqing to invest 1 billion Yuan in support of launching international flights
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With the gradual booming demand for air travel from Central and Western China and the "legal tender in cash" support from local governments, more and more foreign airlines accelerate their layouts in second-tier cities in Central and Western China, instead of traditional first-tier coastal cities like Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, etc.


On May 10, 2012, Finnair, the fourth largest airline in Europe, launched the first direct flights linking Chongqing and Helsinki officially and became the first airline to open a direct flight route from Europe to Chongqing.


"We are also evaluating the flight opportunities of other Chinese cities such as Chengdu, Xian, Wuhan, etc.," Mika Vehvilinen, CEO of Finnair told the reporter on May 10.


In fact, there are also many other airlines with the same plans as Finnair. Since this year, several European airlines -- including Air France and Lufthansa -- have opened new flight routes to China. Besides, the flight destinations are all among second-tier cities like Wuhan, Shenyang, Qingdao, etc.


Greater stimulus comes from the local governments. "The Office of Chongqing Port Administration and Chongqing Airports Holding Company took the lead and worked together with Financial Bureau, Development and Reform Commission and Tourism Bureau to set up an International Routes Development Team to strengthen the development of international routes last year. It's planned to invest up to 1 billion yuan in the coming three years to support airlines to launch strategic long-haul international routes from Chongqing to Europe, America and Africa, etc," Wang Jiguang, Vice Director of the Office of Chongqing Port Administration, told the reporter on May 10, 2012.


To attract airlines to open more international routes, many second or third-tier cities are providing financial support during the initial stages of the opening of new routes at present, since launching air routes means the possibility of attracting more investments and developing tourism.


Even though the supporting policies from local governments are also available to domestic airlines, there are seldom domestic airlines opening long-haul international routes from second-tier cities. As to this, an executive of a state-owned airline told the reporter that because the international exploration of domestic airlines has been in their early stage, and there are considerable disparities in international sales, internet connection, etc. from foreign airlines. It may not be able to maintain the profitability of air routes even with the financial support from local governments.



Besides, the frequent moves of foreign airlines to open new direct air routes in second or third-tier cities indeed place domestic airlines under great pressures. After all, it would be much more convenient to fly directly there than to transfer flight via Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou. Foreign airlines which have been well acquainted with hub operations also enjoy the support of concentration of passengers in the air route network from multiple countries in European and American markets.
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Boeing Shanghai Completes 10th Base Maintenance for Aeroflot's Boeing 767 fleet
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Boeing Shanghai Aviation Services Co., Ltd (Boeing Shanghai) and Aeroflot Russian Airlines today celebrated the completion of the 10th base maintenance check for Aeroflot's Boeing 767 Fleet at Boeing Shanghai's hangar at Shanghai Pudong Airport.


Aeroflot and Boeing Shanghai's cooperation can be traced back to September 2010. Under the five-year maintenance agreement, Boeing Shanghai has completed C checks, pylon modifications and full painting for Aeroflot's 767s.

"As the largest 767 maintenance customer of Boeing Shanghai, we are very grateful for the confidence Aeroflot has placed in our team," said Bernard Hensey, CEO of Boeing Shanghai. "Reaching this milestone is a testament to the high quality maintenance that our customers receive. Boeing Shanghai provides exceptional value, competitive pricing and flexibility in support of Aeroflot's fleet growth and business expansion."

"Aeroflot is very satisfied that Boeing Shanghai can keep the high quality standard to deliver aircraft in time after maintenance event", said Evgeniy Kurochkin, Aeroflot representative, Fleet Management Group Team Leader.
To date, Boeing Shanghai has completed 29 base maintenance procedures on 767s for nine domestic and international customers.

Boeing Shanghai was established in June 2006 as a joint venture of Boeing, Shanghai Airport Authorities and China Eastern Airlines. Boeing Shanghai offers a broad range of services from engineering, aircraft maintenance and modification to component repair and overhaul and material management, each committed to exceed customer expectations.
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COMAC establishes finance lease company
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The Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China (COMAC) has launched an aircraft finance lease company with Pudong Development Bank and Shanghai International Group.


The new JV has a registered capital of 2.7 billion yuan (US$426 million). Pudong Development Bank is the controlling stakeholder with a 66.67% stake, COMAC holds 22.22% stake and Shanghai International Group holds 11.11% ownership.


Industry analysts say the new venture is expected to pave the way for COMAC to sell its C919 as the Chinese manufacturer explores the fast-growing domestic aircraft leasing market.


The C919 has won some orders from domestic banks' finance lease companies. Last year the Industrial & Commercial Bank of China (ICBC Leasing) placed a firm order for 45 C919s and the Bank of Communications Financial Leasing Co. ordered 30 C919s.
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Sichuan Airlines enters North American market with new Vancouver route
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VANCOUVER, May 18 (Xinhua) -- China's Sichuan Airlines announced Friday it will start flying into Vancouver three times weekly from June 22, marking the Chinese carrier's first foray into the North American market.

With the flights offering a stopover in Shenyang, the capital of the northeastern Liaoning province, Zhang Huiyu, Sichuan Airlines vice president international, said the new service would offer great choice to both Chinese and Canadian travelers as the first and only flights from North America to China's interior.

The flights will operate Tuesday, Friday and Sunday via an Airbus 330 aircraft capable of carrying 245 passengers.

"Vancouver is the Asia Pacific gateway of Canada. Shenyang is a large international metropolis in northeast China. Chengdu is the transportation hub in western China. So in June this year Sichuan Airlines will build a golden air bridge to connect these three amazing cities," said Zhang.

He added that the carrier, based in Chengdu, the provincial capital of China's southwestern Sichuan province, will considered daily flights in future based on passenger demand.

"(This route) it's not only important to Sichuan Airlines, it's also important to all the people from the western region of China. Because all the flights originate from Chengdu in the western part of China to Shenyang, which is northeast, it will provide a gateway to the students, immigrants and travelers to Canada."

The carrier is entering an already crowded Vancouver market serviced by Air China, China Eastern Airlines and China Southern Airlines. However, with Canada being granted Approved Destination Status (ADS) in June 2010 demand for flights to the country is rising.

In 2011, its first full year of ADS, 242,000 Chinese travelers visited the country. The Canadian Tourism Commission is forecasting the number of Chinese arrivals to jump 21.3 percent this year, and 25.2 percent in 2013.

James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, said aside from boosting tourism the increased flights provided greater choice for travelers and would leave a "significant impact on the economy."

"The air industry is a critical part of Canada's economic health and I think air liberalization in the future and other opportunities are certainly something I know that YVR (the Vancouver airport), the government of Canada, all of us want to see those kind of partnerships taken to their full advantage to the benefit of all travelers," he said.

"Today's announcement of Sichuan Airlines coming here with the frequency that they are, with the openness that we have, I think Approved Destination Status means that we are going to be able to create more Canadian jobs through greater tourism, greater access and more opportunities. And also I think it is important for consumers to know that air liberalization means lower prices, more competition and better services, so I think it's a win-win all around for all markets."

Liu Fei, the Consul General of China in Vancouver, said she hoped the new flight service would encourage more Canadians to visit China, adding the consulate was processing, on average, between 400 and 600 visas to the country each day.
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China Southern Airlines Co Ltd began flying between London Heathrow Airport and Guangzhou on Wednesday, the first flight to go from Britain to the capital of Guangdong province.

The company now has three direct flights to Guangzhou leaving from London Heathrow Terminal 4 on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays each week.

The new route is expected to boost trade between China and the United Kingdom.

"The launch of the Guangzhou-London air service marks a bold step forward in China Southern's development in the London marketplace," said Si Xianmin, president of China Southern Air Holding Co and chairman of China Southern Airlines.

The direct flights between Guangzhou and London also help passengers who transfer to other planes on their way to places in Europe, Australia or New Zealand.

"This new air service will serve as an air bridge that connects Europe with China and Australasia," Si said.

The company said it plans to have 110 flights a week going to Australian cities by the end of 2015, up from 42 now. China Southern carried about 600,000 passengers to Australia in 2011.

A330-200 aircraft, made by the France-based Airbus SAS, are flying the new London-Guangzhou route, offering first, business, premium economy and economy levels of service.

The new flights are expected to also prove convenient to Chinese sports fans who will fly to London for the Olympic Games this summer.

"It is great news for the UK that China Southern is opening up a new route between Heathrow and Guangzhou," said Colin Matthews, CEO of BAA Airports Ltd, which owns five airports in the UK including London Heathrow.

"We are delighted that China Southern has chosen Heathrow, and we would like to welcome more flights from China Southern and other airlines that could bring jobs and growth to the UK."

The world economy's center of gravity is shifting and Britain should forge more links with China and similar economies, Matthews said.

While Britain adds one new route to China in 2012, other European countries will have planes flying on seven additional routes to China's interior.

Other airlines in emerging economies have expressed a desire to add flights at Heathrow, but have been prevented from reaching that goal by the airport's lack of the departure and landing slots they need.

China Southern Airlines has more than 450 airplanes in its passenger and cargo operations, including US-based Boeing Co 777s, 747s, 757s, 737s and Airbus 380s, 330s, 321s and 320s.

According to company figures, the airline carried 80.7 million passengers in 2011, 5.5 percent more than a year earlier, making it the largest airline in Asia measured by passenger numbers.


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