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Old June 19th, 2012, 10:01 AM   #1261
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No, the route via Europe is geographically the shortest route and the 2 flights are non stop. Unlike the Korean Air flight that has a 3 hour stop-over in Los Angeles. This makes the route via Paris much quicker even with a 5 hour wait in Charles de Gaulle.
Air China's Beijing-Sao Paulo route usually has stop-over to Madrid-Barajas International Airport...
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Old June 19th, 2012, 10:02 AM   #1262
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No.1 Traveller teams up with Air China
11 June 2012

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No.1 Traveller has joined forced with Air China to offer business class passengers access to its award-winning No.1 Gatwick lounge, situated in Gatwick Airport’s North Terminal.

Passengers will have access to complimentary hot and cold food, a fully-tended bar, unlimited Wi-Fi, complimentary showers and stylish seating with panoramic runway views. The lounge also includes a Travel Spa offering relaxation and beauty treatments as well as a Cinema and Games Room.


The award-winning Business Centre offers private meeting rooms in addition to printing, copying, scanning and faxing capabilities. Additionally, there’s a concierge service in place to assist passengers who need to make last-minute arrangements before their flight.


Howard Ebison, head of commercial at No.1 Traveller, said, “Partnerships such as this demonstrate our continuing ambition within No.1 Traveller to work with the world’s leading airlines. We are looking forward to bringing our world-leading service and award-winning facilities to Air China’s passengers to demonstrate the best of what we have to offer.



Our Gatwick North lounge offers an all-round experience for both business and leisure travellers and we are confident our surroundings will set the perfect tone for Air China’s Business Class passengers before they board their flight.”


Mr Wu, general manager UK & Ireland for Air China, added, "Air China is delighted to partner with the No.1 Lounge at London Gatwick, especially as it won such a prestigious award from Priority Pass recently. This will give Air China business class passengers the opportunity to relax and freshen up, or simply catch up with work or email prior to boarding their flight, which is so important in the world of international air travel."
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Old June 19th, 2012, 10:18 AM   #1263
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Chinese Airlines Lose US$216 Million in May Amid Foreign Exchange Loss & Soft Demand

By Sabrina Zhang, WCARN.com


Jun. 19, 2012

Starting from May, the up-trend of the domestic fuel price has come to a halt. However, Chinese aviation enterprises are still facing tough business conditions.

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It was learnt from the internal statistics of the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) on Jun. 17 that, Chinese airlines once again reversed from profiting to loss-making in May with a total loss of 1.37 billion yuan (US$216 million). In spite of the indications of a cargo aviation business rebound, the profitability of Chinese airlines remains under pressure amid the combination of the weak passenger demand and the exchange loss caused by the depreciation of Renminbi against U.S. dollar.



In April, Chinese airlines had just turned the table with a total profit of 1.84 billion yuan after consecutive monthly losses in February and March. (The total profit in April was still down by 46 percent compared to the same period a year earlier.)


According to the statistics data of CAAC, the total turnover volume of Chinese airlines was 4.84 billion ton kilometers in May 2012, equivalent to a year-on-year growth rate of 4.7 percent; the total passenger traffic volume was 25.4 million, up by 5.5 percent compared to a year ago; the total cargo & mail traffic volume was 450 thousand tons, up by 0.6 percent year-on-year.



Despite of the year-on-year growth of the indexes above, the total turnover volume and the total passenger traffic volume both dropped compared to April 2012, though the mail & cargo traffic volume increased slightly on a month-on-month basis.


"The 6.9 percent year-on-year growth rate of the total passenger traffic volume among Chinese airlines in April was the lowest for the recent eight months. The recession trend continued in May with a year-on-year growth rate of merely 5.5 percent. In comparison, the year-on-year growth rate of the passenger traffic volume in May 2011 was as much as 11.8 percent", said an airline insider. On the other hand, the general performance of the cargo market is still lacking of upward momentum despite the improvements in some parts of the market. The cargo business is unlikely to turn profitable in the near future.


As for the current aviation market, Sun Chao, an analyst at Ping An Securities pointed out that the domestic aviation market hasn't reversed the weak pattern with all the business indicators continuously sliding and the passenger volume increase rate staying below 5 percent. It is estimated that the weak pattern of the aviation market can hardly be improved in early/middle June.



On the other hand, the continuous decrease of the passenger volume on the international routes has resulted in a year-on-year decline of the passenger load factor. In addition, the low fare levels have been persisting among international routes. As a result, the international aviation market is estimated to remain in a sluggish state before the peak season in summer.


A latest research report of Essence Securities also revealed that the aviation cargo business has been affected by the slow export growth. The current global economy is still unstable with the euro zone suffering from negative growth and the slow recovery of the U.S. economy. The emerging economies have been facing greater pressures of decline since the start of 2012. Thus, the Chinese export growth is expected to maintain at a low level in the next one or two quarters. Under the current circumstances, the aviation cargo & mail turnover demand is expected to remain weak.
It is worth noting that the domestic jet fuel price fell by 129 yuan per ton in May from April, which reduced the airlines' primary cost compared to the same period a month earlier. However, the total fuel cost still increased by 8 percent compared to the same period in 2011.



Furthermore, the pace of Renminbi appreciation has slowed in 2012 compared to 2011 which has taken its toll on the Chinese airlines benefited previously from exchange gains.


It is learnt that, Chinese airlines need to purchase a large number of aircraft from abroad that large dollar debts are thus generated. The Renminbi appreciation helps the airlines profit from exchange gains. For instance, the exchange gains in April 2012 were as much as 380 million yuan while the exchange gains in May 2011 were 350 million yuan. However, Chinese airlines experienced more than 1 billion yuan exchange loss in May 2012.



"Renminbi depreciated by 1 percent in May. This magnitude of depreciation is quite unusual in this year", said an aviation industry analyst. In the first quarter of 2012, the slowdown of the Renminbi appreciation already made a hit on the foreign exchange gains of the top three Chinese airlines whose aircraft purchases are priced in U.S. dollars
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Old June 19th, 2012, 10:22 AM   #1264
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China Airline Eyes Cairns Flights

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Powerhouse Chinese airline China Eastern is in advanced negotiations to enter the Queensland market, with plans to launch a trial of at least twice weekly services to Cairns from later this year.

The carrier, which already operates services from its base in Shanghai to Sydney and Melbourne, is understood to be in discussions with Cairns airport to operate two to three flights a week from about October.


At this stage, negotiations are believed to centre on the service being operated seasonally, during the peak season for Chinese travel to Australia, from November to March.


China Eastern chairman Liu Shaoyang met Tourism Australia chairman Geoff Dixon and chief executive Andrew McEvoy earlier this month in Shanghai.


It is also believed Tourism Australia is keen to pursue a broader alliance with the Chinese carrier, which is one of the world's biggest global carriers by capacity and China's second-largest airline.


Tourism Australia recently launched the latest version of its global advertising campaign, There's Nothing Like Australia, in China.


The new campaign included an interactive app to capitalise on the marketing potential of digital platforms and social media, especially in China. The app has already been downloaded more than 4000 times.


Cairns Airport representatives were also in Shanghai at the same time for meetings with China Eastern to discuss the plans, which are yet to be formalised.


There are currently no direct flights between China and Cairns, despite the fact that Chinese visitors to the tropical city increased by 39 percent over the past calendar year.


Cairns had more than 20,000 Chinese visitors for Chinese New Year celebrations earlier this year, brought in on 12 charter flights, including a number from Shanghai operated by China Eastern.


It comes as China's biggest airline, China Southern, has identified Australia as a key growth market after last year launching its "Canton route", allowing Australian travellers to fly through its Guangzhou hub and on to London's Heathrow Airport.


China Southern chairman Si Xianmin said last week that the airline, which has been in the Australian market for more than a decade, was looking at the possibility of new destinations in Australia.


The push by Chinese airlines into the Australian market was boosted last year by a Memorandum of Understanding between the Chinese and Australian governments to deliver thousands more seats between the two countries.


Qantas's low-cost offshoot, Jetstar is also launching a Jetstar Hong Kong venture with China Eastern and is seeking regulatory approval for the venture in Hong Kong.
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Old June 20th, 2012, 03:49 AM   #1265
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Boeing expands Flight Services business to China
(WCARN.com/Boeing PR, June 18)


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Boeing today announced it has expanded its Flight Services business in China, greatly enhancing training capacity for airlines in the region.

With the introduction of an advanced 787 Dreamliner training suite for pilot and maintenance training, and a newly-installed 747-400 full-flight simulator, the company is tripling its offerings at the Boeing Flight Services Shanghai training campus. The new training devices join an existing 757/767 full-flight simulator at the facility.

"China is one of the fastest-growing and most dynamic aviation markets in the world, and Boeing is committed to giving the Chinese airlines the competitive advantage they need to succeed as they grow," said Sherry Carbary, vice president, Boeing Flight Services.

"Providing new, world-class resources and training focused on the region's 787 and 747 fleets is one way we can bring the Boeing Edge to China."

The Boeing Pilot & Technician Outlook projects the largest demand for global pilots and maintenance technicians will be in the Asia Pacific region. China's expected requirement leads the region's demand with a need for 72,000 new commercial airline pilots and more than 108,000 maintenance technicians over the next 20 years.

"As we celebrate the 40th anniversary of Boeing in China, this is another important step forward in our long-term commitment to serving China's development of the air transport system," said Marc Allen, president of Boeing China. "There is a real need for more pilots in the region, and the expansion of the Boeing training campus in Shanghai is geared to help meet that need."

Chinese customers are already benefiting from the new Boeing training capacity in Shanghai. Crews from Yangtze River Express, Air China and China Cargo have completed 747-400 training. Several crews from Hainan Airlines have completed 787 pilot training.

"Boeing not only produces amazing airplanes, but also delivers innovative services and support throughout the lifecycle of the customer fleet," said Ihssane Mounir, vice president of Sales and Marketing for Greater China and Korea, Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

"With the expanded capability at the Boeing Flight Services Shanghai training campus, we will be able to quickly and efficiently provide our services to our customers in China and the Asia-Pacific region."


About the Boeing Edge

Boeing offers a comprehensive portfolio of commercial aviation services, collectively known as the Boeing Edge, bringing value and advantages to customers and the industry.

Boeing Flight Services provides integrated offerings to drive optimized performance, efficiency and safety through advanced flight and maintenance training as well as improved air traffic management and 24/7 flight operations support.

Flight Services provides digital tools and data to enhance overall operations, airport infrastructure, fuel efficiency, flight planning, navigation and scheduling.


(Boeing's press release)
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Old June 20th, 2012, 04:01 AM   #1266
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Spring Airlines launches Premium Economy Class in Shenyang market
(WCARN.com, June 18)


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Chinese budget carrier Spring Airlines Co., Ltd. has launched Premium Economy Class -- officially known as "Spring Plus" -- on flights from Shenyang to Shanghai and Hangzhou from June 15, to meet the demand of middle and high-end business travelers for low-cost aviation, the reporter learned from Shenyang Taoxian International Airport.

It is introduced that with the increasing proportion of business travelers and increasing favor of low-cost airline from middle and high-end business travel market, Spring Airlines tries to provide passengers with more high-performance services at low cost and create an environment more suitable for business travelers.



Spring Airlines' trial run for Premium Economy Class started from September 12, 2011 and now the service has covered more than 10 flights from Shanghai Hongqiao Airport to Beijing, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Xi'an, Xiamen and other cities.



Passengers who have booked a "Spring Plus" ticket will be able to enjoy much more convenience, for example, they can change or refund their ticket free of charge, sit in the spacious seat in the first row, as well as get many kinds of beverage and meal free of charge and enjoy private and humanized services provided by excellent flight attendants.

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Old June 20th, 2012, 06:45 AM   #1267
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It is reported that international passengers of Air China Limited transiting at Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK) and those of China Southern Airlines Co., Ltd. transiting at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (CAN) have been able to enjoy the convenience of "check-in all the way, baggage tag through" service starting from June 15, 2012.


Some of the international passengers flying to different Chinese cities transiting at these two airports only need to have their baggage checked once at the departure airports where the checked baggage will be delivered directly to the final destinations. When transiting at PEK or CAN, passengers only need to go through customs formalities without retrieving or re-checking the luggage.


On June 14, Beijing Capital Airport Customs, Beijing Capital International Airport and Air China signed a three-party cooperation memorandum to launch the "baggage tag through" service for passengers who switch from international flights to domestic flights at PEK. On the same day, Guangzhou Customs, Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, and China Southern also had the launching ceremony of a new supervision model of "tag through flights" for China Southern international passengers transiting at CAN.



The Customs, airports and airlines signed related agreements on businesses such as the procedure and baggage supervision for the "tag through check-in" and "baggage tag through" services at PEK and CAN. From now on, passengers of Air China flying from Frankfurt, Germany, Milan, Italy, and Stockholm, Sweden to Chinese cities via Beijing are able to enjoy the service.



In the meantime, part of China Southern's passengers flying from domestic airports to foreign destinations via Guangzhou, or flying from foreign airports to domestic cities via Guangzhou can experience the service at CAN as well.


Approved by the General Administration of Customs of China, the supervision model of "tag through flights" has been tried out starting from June 15 for outward passengers of Air China transiting at PEK and outward passengers of China Southern transiting at CAN.



The supervision model of "tag through flights" has also been experimented and implemented for part of inward passengers of Air China transiting at PEK and inward passengers of China Southern transiting at CAN. As for other airlines and airports, the new model is temporarily suspended while the current supervision model is still effective.


The nature of the "tag through check-in; baggage tag through" service is to transfer the passengers' work of retrieving and re-checking their baggage at transiting airports to airlines who will carry out background operations for the passengers.



Air China and China Southern will load the checked baggage of inward passengers with connecting flights on the inspection equipment provided for the Customs by the airports, and will help passengers complete a series of baggage inspections carried out by customs officers. After the customs officers grant baggage clearance, transiting passengers only need to complete the relevant quarantine inspection, frontier inspection, and customs entry formalities. Passengers will be able to board the plane after security checks.



In order to make it more convenient and smoother for passengers transiting from international to domestic flights, the customs, airports and airlines cooperate closely and seek to improve and perfect the procedures of "tag through check-in" service, and to enhance their investment in hardware facilities. This move can save time for transiting passengers, make their travel more convenient and relieve their burdens. A relevant superintendent of Air China expressed that after being implemented for a while, this service will be expanded to more cities.


As one industry insider pointed out, the airports in Beijing and Guangzhou are two important international air hubs in China. It is significant to promote the seamless transiting service and to reduce redundant services procedures, which is very helpful to improve and promote the airports' attractiveness and appeal for surrounding passengers and international transiting passengers.



The launching of this service has broken through the bottleneck of constructing the hubs, and will definitely promote the constructing course of the two large international air hubs of Beijing and Guangzhou.

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Old June 20th, 2012, 06:46 AM   #1268
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Civil aviation authorities will open a new air corridor on July 1 for flights linking airports in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou, in the hope of better coping with the delays caused by summer thunderstorms and typhoons, an official from the Shanghai-based East China Air Traffic Management Bureau confirmed to the Global Times Tuesday.


"More delays are expected this year due to a forecast of extreme weather," said a staffer surnamed Shen, who heads the flight operations and control center for China Eastern Airlines.


Eastern and southern China is typically hit by 20 storms in summer and air traffic can be disrupted even by the leading edge of storms that rage at sea.


"Eight to 10 tropical storms over the Pacific and the South China Sea will impact eastern and southern parts of China, and seven to eight storms that make land" can severely disrupt airport operations, Shen told the Global Times.


An airline official who asked not to be named told the Global Times the new air routes will allow flights to take off and fly around bad weather instead of waiting on the tarmac for bad weather on their route to clear.


The additional air routes aim to ease tarmac congestion after local bad weather has passed, said the official.


Air travelers who are affected by long weather delays will also be able to reserve seats on high-speed trains that connect Beijing and Shanghai, according to the Oriental Morning Post yesterday.


"If there are massive delays at any of the airports in Beijing, Shanghai or Guangzhou, the nation's air route network will be chaotic," a staffer from the operation and control center of China Eastern was quoted by the Oriental Morning Post as saying.
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China Eastern, Shanghai Airlines and Sabre signs new long-term, full content deal
(WCARN.com/Sabre Travel press release, June 19)


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China Eastern Airlines, a leading commercial airline in China, together with its subsidiary Shanghai Airlines, have reached a new full content agreement awarding Sabre Travel Network with preferred provider status.

Under this agreement, the airlines' fares and inventory will be made available to all Sabre travel agents worldwide through the Sabre Global Distribution System (GDS).



China Eastern Airlines and Shanghai Airlines have guaranteed their full range of fares and products to Sabre-connected travel agencies and corporations globally, including published fares the airlines sell through their own websites, third-party websites, and their own reservation offices.



"China Eastern, Shanghai Airlines and Sabre have had a very strong relationship over the years. This new agreement will not only meet our distribution needs, but will also bring about immediate benefits to us as part of our distribution strategy in our global expansion, especially in the North America region. We recognize the value of Sabre GDS and we look forward to working closely with the Sabre team to implement this agreement," said James Pu, General Manager System Development/Revenue Management Department of China Eastern Airlines.



"Sabre continues to be committed to helping the China Eastern and Shanghai Airlines maximize their reach and revenue potential," said Hans Belle, vice president of Sabre Travel Network - Asia-Pacific.



"Having the airlines give us their full content will benefit the airlines and our Sabre-connected agents. This will allow both parties to fully realize the benefits of Sabre's technology and customer reach. We applaud this partnership and look forward to seeing the growth," added Belle.


This full content agreement continues a broad relationship between China Eastern Airlines, Shanghai Airlines and Sabre Holdings. In addition to participation in the Sabre GDS, China Eastern Airlines and Shanghai Airlines also use Market Intelligence solutions and decision-support technology from Sabre Airline Solutions to optimize its flight scheduling, resource management and daily flight operations.





About Sabre Travel Network

Sabre Travel Network provides technology solutions to the global travel industry. It operates the world's largest travel marketplace, connecting travel buyers and sellers through the Sabre global distribution system (GDS).



Its innovative software connects more than 350,000 travel professionals to more than 400 airlines, 93,000 hotels, 25 car rental brands, 50 rail providers, 13 cruise lines and other global travel suppliers. More than 300 million people purchase airline tickets through this channel annually.



Sabre Travel Network is part of Sabre Holdings, a global travel technology company serving the world's largest industry-travel and tourism. Its innovative technology is used by more than a billion people around the world to plan, book and get to their destination at a time and price that's right for them. For more information, please visit: www.sabre.com.

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China Eastern to lower debt ratio to below 70 percent by the end of 2015: Chairman
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China Eastern Airlines Corporation Limited Chairman Liu Shaoyong revealed during an interview on Jun 11 that, China Eastern is striving to lower its debt ratio to below 70 percent by the end of the "12th Five-Year Plan" period (2011-2015) through a variety of measures including market financing, state-owned capital injection as well as corporate profiting.


The remarks were made by Liu Shaoyong on the sidelines of the 68th Annual General Meeting of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and World Air Transport Summit. It is learnt that the asset-liability ratio of China Eastern was 80.27 percent by the end of 2011.



However, according to Liu, China Eastern has yet to receive any new injection plan from the government, citing the state-owned capital management budget injections of around one billion each received by Air China Limited and China Southern Airlines Company Limited in 2011.



Liu further pointed out that, the current pressures faced by the aviation industry are concentrated as "three big mountains" - the cargo aviation, the surging fuel price and the downturn of global economy, especially the European economy.



From the demand perspective, the overall trend of the aviation industry can be concluded as "dark in the west, bright in the east". For instance, the number of European business travelers is decreasing while the demand of Chinese domestic market has been recovering in spite of a slow increasing rate.


Nevertheless, Liu estimated that the domestic passenger aviation market will show a better performance in the second half of this year.



As for China Eastern, larger aircraft will be gradually deployed on routes with higher growth rates while the cooperation with foreign carriers in international market will be strengthened.



Liu further revealed that, a joint-venture on the Shanghai-Paris route is currently under discussion between China Eastern and its SkyTeam partner - Air France and is expected to be launched within the year.


In the international aviation field, joint-venture, which mainly consists of revenue sharing and cost allocation, is a higher level of cooperation compared with code-share.



Previously, the joint-ventures on the Beijing-Amsterdam route as well as the Guangzhou-Paris route have already been launched by China Southern in cooperation with Air France-KLM group.
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Chinese airlines seek international cabin crews
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Chinese airlines are on a recruitment drive for international flight attendants as the country's aviation industry continues to enjoy healthy growth.

All the major airlines contacted by China Daily have confirmed growing numbers of international crew, as they expand their traffic across the country and internationally, and the trend to have a more international feel and look to the Chinese airline cabin is expected to continue.


Officials report that with a growing number of international passengers booking to travel on Chinese airlines, the number of international attendants will have to grow too, as many internationalers prefer being served by international attendants, very often from their own country.


Air China, for example, currently employs the highest number of international attendants at around 40, with an expected 50 more South Korean staff waiting for work permits, before coming to China for three months of pre-job training.


China Southern Airlines also said that flight attendants from India and Central Asia have been employed, with more to come, as well as others from Australia, France and the Netherlands.


And China Eastern Airlines said it has a target of more than 100 international flight attendants, after 20 experienced hands were taken on board from Germany and France already this year.

Shen Xiaosheng, China Eastern's deputy director of publicity, said that "many more international staff will be joining" it in future, insisting that the addition of more international faces has actually contributed to the carrier's growing international and domestic traffic.


A spokesman for Hainan Airlines, meanwhile, explained what is the common practice among other airlines too, that international flight attendants normally work on the routes between China and their own countries, improving basic communications but also proving invaluable if problems arise during flights.


Hyoen Seok, a 30-year-old South Korean male flight attendant working with Hainan, said it was a busy job, and that many of his compatriots prefer being serviced by attendants their own country, although some Chinese flight attendants on his airline also speak other languages.


"I understand more about South Korean passengers' needs," added Hyoen Seok, who works alongside 28 flight attendants at Hainan from other countries including Russia, Germany and Italy.


Across the industry, figures show that Chinese airlines are flying more international passengers as they expand their international reach.


Air China, for instance, carried 7,121,880 international passengers last year, a 2.55 percent increase on 2010, according to the company's financial report. The carrier also added eight international and inter-regional routes in 2011, up from five in 2010.


China Southern Airlines also added three new international routes in its summer-autumn flight plan (March to October), a 27.2 percent growth in international transport compared to the same period in 2011.


Globally, the international aviation market has slowed compared to the Chinese market in recent years, as Western economies continue to struggle, and this is starting to have a knock-on effect on China's airline industry too.


Major Chinese airlines' financial reports show that international routes contributed less to their total income last year than in 2010. But despite the overall industry slowdown, Chinese carriers are still looking forward to expansion internationally, said Li Lei, an aviation analyst at CITIC Securities Co Ltd.


He added that the current global slowdown in traffic and passengers is being viewed as an opportunity for Chinese airlines, as launching international routes is considered cheaper than before.


On the flipside, Li Xiaojin, a professor at Civil Aviation University of China in Tianjin, said that as well as growing their international business, Chinese carriers also need to keep a close eye on the growing competition at home from the country's newly-established high-speed train network.


"More market potential is definitely on international routes," he added.


Experts point out that employing more international flight attendants can actually save costs for Chinese airlines. Although international flight attendants' salaries can be a little higher than their Chinese counterparts, the turnover of international flight attendants is lower, meaning a saving in recruitment and training costs for airlines, added Li Xiaojin.


For international recruits, working for a Chinese employer is proving a valuable and rewarding experience.


South Korean attendant Hyoen Seok said that after fours years with Hainan Airlines he is happy and plans to stay longer as other opportunities within the company open up.


Five South Korean flight attendants at Air China were promoted to be pursers this year, including Min Seon-ah, who has worked for the airline since 2004.


"The company gives me opportunities, which makes me continue to work here for a long term," said the South Korean woman, who can speak fluent Chinese.


Like her, Hyoen plans to stay a while longer with his Chinese employer, Hainan.


"I'll maybe turn to other positions," he said.
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Xiamen Airlines makes preparations for joining Skyteam
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To speed up the benchmarking process for Xiamen Airlines joining SkyTeam for better international development, Hu Bin, General Manager of Passenger Transport Department, Xiamen Airlines, went to Amsterdam, Netherlands and carried out a series of exchange meetings with SkyTeam Management Team and alliance members.

Hu and his team paid a visit to SkyTeam Management Team and the headquarters of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. They also had meetings with 5 SkyTeam members on services promotion and marketing, flight capacity management system and frequent flyer cooperation.



Service and Marketing Exchanges

On May 10, Hu and his team visited the headquarters of the SkyTeam Alliance. SkyTeam Management Team attached great importance to the meeting. Michael Wisbrun, Managing Director of SkyTeam, met with Hu and expressed appreciation for the efforts made by Xiamen Airline for the accession.

At the meeting, Mauro Oretti, Vice President of Sales & Marketing and Director of Marketing and Customer Experience, SkyTeam, introduced the marketing management structure, business scope, and development projects of SkyTeam to Xiamen Airlines representatives.

According to the presentation, SkyTeam recently is promoting "SkyPriority" and "SkyTransfer". Other services like "redeeming award tickets online" and "going around the world" are also under construction.

Hu thanked SkyTeam for supporting the accession of Xiamen Airlines, and promised that Xiamen Airlines will actively carry out the preparatory work of SkyTeam marketing products, and enhance the airline's international service sales standards.


Frequent Flyer Cooperation

On May 8-10, Xiamen Airlines delegation had 5 meetings with Air France-KLM, Alitalia, Czech Airlines, Romania Airlines, and Kenya Airlines discussing frequent flyer cooperation in the headquarters of SkyTeam.

Through face-to-face communication, the meeting greatly narrowed the differences between Xiamen Airlines and other alliance airlines on frequent flyer cooperation, and speeded up the process of negotiations.

At the meeting, Xiamen Airlines reached agreements with Air France-KLM, Czech Airlines and Romania Air on key indicators and terms, and negotiation with Kenya Airlines and Alitalia also entered the final phase.


Capacity Management System

Xiamen Airlines will increase the proportion of medium and long-haul international routes during the "12th Five-Year" period. The scientific arrangement of flight capacity in the new situation is an issue faced by Xiamen Airlines.

On May 11, Hu and his team visited the KLM headquarters and conducted in-depth exchanges with Pieter Bootsma, Deputy General Manager of marketing, revenue and transport network.

Pieter Bootsma said KLM has a route network across the world, and 70-80% of their passengers are transit passengers, KLM's capacity management system is tightly linked to the KLM flight and passenger features.

Capacity management, operational control and revenue management system are closely connected together to provide scientific decision-making for capacity allocation.

Thereafter, KLM network capacity management team demonstrated the system in detail, and introduced the KLM capacity control mode and the flight revenue management, comprehensive presented KLM's efficient management system on resource allocation, marketing and services control.

Hu said that through this experience, he is impressed by the KLM's data collection, system integration, capacity scheduling system interface design and the concept of capacity resources allocation. It is of great reference value to Xiamen Airlines. He also hoped that there will be more bilateral exchanges to enhance the Xiamen Airlines flight capacity management level in the future.
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Shenzhen to dispose 51% stake in Henan Airlines
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Shenzhen Airlines (ZH) is expected to end its partnership with Henan Airlines (VD) by disposing of its 51% stake in the carrier, which suspended operations after a fatal crash in August 2010.

Government-controlled Henan Civil Aviation Development Investment Co. plans to take over the troubled carrier with a 70% stake through a reorganization plan, paving the way to relaunch operations by year end.


It is widely reported that after the carrier's relaunch, it will focus mainly on cargo operations, pending government approval.
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Old June 21st, 2012, 11:30 AM   #1274
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Chinese airline to begin Wuhan-Bangkok flights
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WUHAN, June 21 (Xinhua) -- China Southern Airlines will launch direct services on July 5 between the city of Wuhan in central China's Hubei Province, and Thailand's Bangkok.

Three round-trip flights will take off every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, according to a Thursday statement from the airline's Hubei branch.

The Wuhan-Bangkok flight will take off from Wuhan at 11:40 p.m. and arrive in Bangkok at 3:10 a.m. local time.

The Bangkok-Wuhan flight will take off from Bangkok at 4:10 p.m. local time and arrive in Wuhan at 7:40 a.m.

China Southern Airlines also plans to start offering five round-trip weekly flights between Wuhan and Singapore to accomodate booming outbound tourism during the summer season.
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Old June 22nd, 2012, 12:29 PM   #1275
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China Eastern Airlines Co., Ltd. and People.cn Co., Ltd. signed a strategic cooperation agreement in Beijing on June 12, reported by CAAC News.

Liu Shaoyong, General Manager of China Eastern Air Holding Company (CEA Holding) and Chairman of China Eastern Airlines Corp. Ltd. (CEA), and Ma Li, Deputy Editor-in-Chief of People's Daily and Chairperson of the Board of Directors of People.cn Co., Ltd., were present at the signing ceremony.


On behalf of each side, Li Yangmin, party committee member of CEA Holding and Party Secretary of CEA, and Liao Hong, Party Secretary, President and Editor-in-Chief of People.cn Co., Ltd., signed the "Strategic Cooperation Agreement Between China Eastern Airlines Corp. Ltd. and People's Daily Online Co., Ltd." and the "China Eastern Airlines Corp. Ltd. Group Customers Servicing Pact."


According to the agreement and the pact, both parties intend to take advantage of their respective superior capabilities to carry out deep cooperation in areas such as news information services, air services, exploration of both foreign and domestic markets, etc.



They seek to join together to form a combination among the strong ones and to be mutual beneficial. In the meantime, one civil airplane of China Eastern will be painted with the livery of "People's Daily Online" and be expected to make its inaugural flight in July.


Liu Shaoyong pointed out that it is a common consensus and agreement for both CEA and People.cn to promote the joint development of the cultural and media industry and the air services industry.



The official inauguration of "People's Daily Online" aircraft will definitely provide customers with more comprehensive and accurate information, more thoughtful and meritorious services, and more colorful and quality products through one step further joining-up and integrating of both parties' businesses and sharing and communicating of information.
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Sichuan Airlines launches inaugural flight to Vancouver, enters N. American market
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VANCOUVER, June 22 (Xinhua) -- Sichuan Airlines flew into the Vancouver market, on its inaugural flight Friday, becoming the first carrier to link western China with Canada.

For the Chengdu-based carrier, the Vancouver line designed to be three times a week, which includes a stopover in Shenyang, is its eighth international route and first foray into the North American market.

The carrier's entry into the Canadian market comes at an opportune time as Chinese visitors to the country have increased dramatically after it received Approved Destination Status (ADS) from China in June 2010.

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

With Sichuan Airlines entering a crowded Vancouver market that is already serviced by Air China, China Eastern and China Southern, in addition to Hong Kong carrier Cathay Pacific and Air Canada, the availability of more flights would only foster greater tourism and business travel, said Canadian International Trade Minister Ed Fast.

"For me as trade minister, it's really important that we allow business between Canada and China to take place in a more expedited manner," said Fast, who is also the Asia-Pacific Gateway minister.

"We want to make sure that people who are doing business between Canada and China can do so efficiently with convenient flights to and from our respective countries, and I think in the future it bodes very well for deepening our trade and investment relationship, as well as our people-to-people ties."

China is now Canada's second largest trading partner after the United States as the two countries recorded a two-way merchandise trade of 65 billion Canadian dollars (65 billion U.S. dollars) in 2011, partly fuelled by a 27 percent rise in Canadian exports to China.

"This route has real opportunity for both China and Canada," said Lan Xinguo, chairman of Sichuan Airlines, who arrived on the inaugural flight carrying 245 passengers aboard an Airbus 330 jet. The total flight time, with the Shenyang stopover, was 12 hours and 50 minutes.

"We can provide opportunities for each other in agriculture, education and tourism areas in the future," Lan said.

A report said the Vancouver airport was losing 950,000 passengers annually to airports in Seattle and Bellingham in the bordering Washington State, mainly for cheaper airfares to American destinations such as Hawaii, Las Vegas and Los Angeles, among others.

But according to the British Columbia Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation, arrivals of Chinese nationals were up 24.9 percent to 25,598 in the first quarter of 2012 compared to a year earlier. In addition, the arrivals of Chinese nationals have increased 40 percent at the Vancouver airport since the 2010 ADS approval.

"Certainly to the economy of the airport, it (the Sichuan Airlines arrival) is very important, because there's landing fees and other shopping experience that go with this," Larry Berg, president and chief executive officer of Vancouver Airport Authority, told Xinhua.

"We have 61 flights a week now between Vancouver and China, including Hong Kong, so that's probably about the most of any airport in North America."

The international trade minister also said he had been in discussion with Canadian Immigration Minister Jason Kenney about making it easier for Chinese visitors to get visas to ensure there is a "plan going forward to leverage these new flights" into significant economic growth.

He added there had also been talks of encouraging more Canadians to visit China with the increased flights.

"It should be a two-way street and so we're going to continue to work hard, especially through the Canadian Tourism Commission, to also let the public know about the opportunity to visit an incredible country, and a very diverse country that offers so much for tourists," he said.

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China Eastern to codeshare on WestJet flights in North America
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Canada's WestJet has entered into a codeshare agreement with China Eastern Airlines, one of the largest airlines in mainland China.

Tickets are available for codeshare flights from July 1.


The codeshare agreement allows China Eastern Airlines to market and distribute WestJet-operated flights by placing its "MU" flight indicator on WestJet-operated flights within North America.


"We are very pleased to announce this code-share relationship with China Eastern Airlines," said John MacLeod, WestJet's vice-president, network management and alliances. "China Eastern is a high-quality airline and this code-share is an important step in our strategy to welcome on board new guests from around the world."


In addition to China Eastern Airlines, WestJet has codeshare agreements with American Airlines, Cathay Pacific Airways, Delta Air Lines, Japan Airlines, KLM and Korean Air.


China Eastern Airlines is a member of the SkyTeam alliance and has codeshare agreements in place with several other SkyTeam members, including Delta Air Lines.
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China Eastern Airlines Co., Ltd., one of the three major airlines in China, won a 20 billion yuan credit line from Shanghai Pudong Development Bank Co. (SPD Bank). The two parties have inked a strategic cooperation agreement recently.

According to the agreement, apart from the 20 billion yuan credit line, the lender will also offer China Eastern with financial services, including project financing, bond issuance, risk management, finance consultant, offshore & onshore finance, futures clearing and so on.

It is understood that China Eastern and SPD Bank began cooperation since 2001. The Shanghai-based carrier won a 10 billion yuan credit line from the bank in early 2009. Their ordinary cooperation often includes short and medium-term floating loans, bill discounted, daily purchase & sale of foreign currency, international settlements, e-bank, etc.

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China Southern Airlines Jilin Branch announced it will resume a non-stop flight service linking Changchun, China's Jilin province and Sendai, the capital city of Miyagi Prefecture, Japan from July 30, 2012.

The flights will be offered twice a week on Monday and Friday. The Sendai-bound flight CZ621 is scheduled to depart from Changchun at 3:30 p.m. Beijing time, with arrival in Sendai at 6:40 p.m. local time, while the Changchun-bound flight CZ622 is scheduled to leave Japan at 7:40 p.m. local time and return to Changchun at 9:00 p.m. Beijing time.

Particularly, the airline said it will offer favorable prices on 14-day advance tickets. Passengers only have to pay 1,350 yuan for a single trip and 1,880 yuan for a round trip.
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