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Old June 27th, 2012, 05:48 AM   #1281
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Old June 27th, 2012, 08:12 AM   #1282
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Airlines add flights to London
(China Daily/WCARN.com, June 27)


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China's major airlines are grabbing their own share of the expected influx to London for the Olympic Games, adding new routes to the UK capital in the run up to the event.
But travel experts are warning that demand for tickets is huge, and prices are already increasing rapidly as the opening ceremony approaches.


The third London Olympics starts on July 27 and runs until Aug 12, bringing thousands of competitors and visitors to the city.


With 30 days to go, a recent survey of more than 365,000 taxi passengers in China's five biggest cities, by the Chinese taxi media company Touchmedia, revealed that 12 percent of the respondents said they plan to fly to London for the Games.


Other statistics from Forward Data SL, the tourist industry data specialist, showed an expected 13 percent rise in the number of arrivals to London during the event, comparing with the same period last year.


The greatest number of visitors will arrive on the day before the opening ceremony, with a 72 percent increase comparing with the previous year, and according to the figures, Asia will be the third largest source of visitors.


Wu Xiaoming, general manager for Air China Ltd in the UK, said that it had added a new route between Beijing and London Gatwick Airport, the UK's second-largest airport, to meet the added demand, on top of the 11 flights it already operates weekly to the city's Heathrow Airport.

China Southern Airlines Co Ltd has just added its first route from Guangzhou to London from June 6, to coincide with the Olympic rush.
It reports flights to the UK capital since have been 90 percent full, against a normal average of 80 percent to the UK.

Both Air China and China Southern use A330-200 aircraft on their new routes, which can carry more than 200 passengers, and the former already says it is considering putting larger aircraft on its London routes between July 27 and Aug. 12, if demand continues at current high levels.

Chinese passengers have several route choices to London, including the three main Chinese airlines and some European airlines, if they want to fly direct. But passengers are being warned that prices will rise as the event nears, as well as this being a peak period anyway for traveling to Europe.


Ticket prices from Beijing to London in July are reported to be 43 percent higher than in May, and from other major cities including Shanghai and Guangzhou as much as 50 percent higher, according to Ctrip.com International Ltd, the travel information website.


Willie Walsh, chief executive of International Airlines Group, the parent company of British Airways, has confirmed that his airlines doesn't offer any discounts during the annual peak summer season, but added that unlike Chinese airlines, British Airways does not expect to earn more money throughout the Olympics, because it doesn't plan to open any new routes during the period.


BA's rival Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd, also based in the UK, which runs a route between Shanghai and London, is also refusing to add any flights during the Olympics.


Julie Southern, its chief commercial officer, told the Sydney Morning Herald, that in fact the airlines expects to lose money, with more British people choosing to stay at home this summer.

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Old June 27th, 2012, 08:18 AM   #1283
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Shandong Airlines to buy two CRJ700s
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Air China subsidiary Shandong Airlines (SC) plans to purchase two leased Bombardier CRJ700s that have been part of its fleet for eight years.

The Jinan-based carrier said in a statement released by the Shenzhen Stock Exchange that leases on the two aircraft with the China Development Bank Leasing Co. will expire this month, enabling SC to purchase the aircraft for no more than 246.44 million yuan (US$38.9 million).

SC operates a fleet of 59 aircraft on over 110 routes, including 60 domestic destinations, with more than 2,000 weekly departures. Due to fast-growing domestic demand, the carrier plans to expand its fleet to 100 aircraft by the end of 2015.

It is scheduled to take delivery of nine Boeing 737-800s through a combination of purchases and leases.

SC, which was launched in March 1994, has achieved six consecutive years of profit since 2006. It reported first-quarter net income of 62.9 million yuan, down nearly 63 percent compared to 169.5 million yuan in the year-ago period.
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Old June 28th, 2012, 08:46 AM   #1285
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Old June 28th, 2012, 10:32 AM   #1286
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was that a test flight for Modern Ark (MA) 600 turboprop?


Amid turbulence, China offers hope
(Today Online/WCARN.com, June 28)

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At the recent International Air Transport Association (IATA) summit in Beijing, China announced plans to build 70 airports within the next three years and expand 100 existing airports.

If this is a sign of the upbeat state of the travel industry, the sanguinity is hardly shared by other players.

The IATA has forecast net post-tax profits for the industry to fall from US$7.9 billion (S$10.1 billion) last year to US$3 billion this year, even as passenger volumes continue to expand. It does not look like the euro zone crisis is abating and there are concerns about sanctions on Iran disrupting oil supply and spiking the prices anew.

Qatar Airways Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker said in jest: "When we meet again next year, there will be far fewer of you sitting there."

IATA CEO Tony Tyler concurred. Carriers in Europe may be the most vulnerable, but some others outside the region said to be already teetering may also not be spared.

Qantas CEO Alan Joyce reasoned: "The number of airlines in the industry is too many. It's too fragmented and consolidation is a good thing."


Opting for Joint Ventures

A likely case for natural attrition, as it were. Yet, consolidation is not new. It was the buzzword two to three decades ago, when airlines banked on size that came with extended networks to better compete.

It has resulted in the mergers of some of the world's biggest airlines, such as the International Airlines Group (comprising British Airways and Iberia Airlines), Air France-KLM, Continental-United, Delta-Northwest Airlines and the LATAM Airlines Group (comprising Chile's LAN and Brazil's TAM airlines).

Indeed, airline alliances of sorts have become a dominant industry feature. Not all marriages work out, but that has not stopped new tie-ups.

Some airlines prefer a less binding collaborative relationship, especially when one airline alone may not be able to fulfil the network demands of customers, such as the agreement between Singapore Airlines (SIA) and Virgin Australia.

However, going forward, there may be more mergers on weakness than on strength, as more airlines increasingly look to joint ventures to share costs and risks.

Since announcing plans to launch an Asia-based premium carrier last year, Qantas is still shopping for a joint-venture partner. LAN's takeover of TAM is expected to save US$700 million in operating costs over four years.


Rise of Budget Offshoots

The growing number of low-cost operators has changed the aviation landscape considerably in the last 10 years, no doubt encouraged by the global economic crisis as travellers downgrade their preferences and become more cost than brand-conscious.

The newcomers have encroached upon the turf of the more established airlines, forcing them to react to protect their markets.

Hence, the frenzy for budget offshoots such as SIA's Scoot and for joint ventures such as AirAsia Japan (All Nippon Airways/AirAsia), Jetstar Japan (Qantas/Japan Airlines) and Jetstar Hong Kong (Qantas/China Eastern Airlines).

Yet, it is not incomprehensible why China should be so upbeat about its aviation future in spite of the gloom painted by the IATA. Asia continues to be aviation's most profitable region, which is why many airlines outside the region are looking east for their pot of gold.

Air Canada, which operates flights from faraway North America to Asian destinations, is considering replacing its full-service operations with a joint-venture budget set-up.

Mentioned all too often is the potential offered by China and India, with populations of 1.33 billion and 1.17 billion respectively, although the growth engines in these two countries have begun to slow down.

Particularly in China, the growth of the nouveau riche and the relaxation of rules for travel overseas to satisfy the pent-up appetite will continue to sustain the business.


Symbiotic Relationship

But 70 new airports within the next three years? An obvious case of supply and demand. As Chinese carriers expand and grow, so will the airports serving them.

There is clearly a symbiotic and dependent relationship between airlines and airports. Yet, while airlines may be losing money on weaker yield even though the travel volumes go up, larger numbers are always good news for airports, especially hub airports such as Singapore's Changi Airport.

In fact, according to the IATA, the global volume of passengers carried by airlines expanded at 6 percent above trend during the first part of the year, and is unlikely to dip.

Asia, together with the Middle East and South America, were largely responsible for this. It may be difficult to share China's optimism at a time when the industry is caught in a web of uncertainties. In reality, not all Chinese airports are profitable.

Last year, more than half of the 180 domestic airports reported losses. Chinese carriers also face increased pressure on margins.

But China's bold initiative underscores the importance of sustaining the stimulus for growth, while the rest of the world, it seems, waits in resignation for more carriers to join the ranks of Spain's Spanair and Hungary's Malev, which went bust earlier in the year.

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Old June 28th, 2012, 10:36 AM   #1287
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was thata test flight for Modern Ark (MA) 600 turboprop?
Yes - the AVIC Xian MA-600
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Old June 28th, 2012, 10:39 AM   #1288
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Yes - the AVIC Xian MA-600
Seems that the plane's ready for CAAC/FAA/EASA certification...

Can I cross-post that one on the Mainland China subforums?
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Cross-posted already, although I try not to just duplicate material in the subforum, but bring something different so there's a bit of variety and an incentive to visit both threads.

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Old June 29th, 2012, 04:17 AM   #1290
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80% of Chinese captains are from CAFUC
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Wu Xuyong, vice president of Civil Aviation Flight University of China (CAFUC), said that CAFUC is now world's largest flight training institution. It is a world famous school with 240,000 flight training hours annually, while the world's second largest flight training institution only has some two thirds training hours compared to CAFUC.

There are over 100 aircraft performing flight training every day. Compared to domestic transportation enterprises, it has the highest flight hours other than Air China, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Hainan Airlines and Shenzhen Airlines.

CAFUC also develops and delivers world-class training quality. Students are recruited directly by airlines after graduation from CAFUC. In 2011, CAFUC enrolled 1,500 student pilots, after some of whom being eliminated, about 1,000 will graduate from CAFUC under domestic training program, and 300 to 400 of them will be sent abroad for flight training due to the saturated training capacity in CAFUC.

At present, approximately 80% of Chinese captains graduated from CAFUC. The number was even higher before 2004, up to 90%. Today, due to big shortage of pilots, 3,000 pilots are needed annually. Currently, CAFUC only delivers 1,000 pilots per year while another 2,000 pilots are provided through overseas training.


Airspace Issues Restrict Flight Training Program

CAFUC established the "6321" project for the "12th Five-Year Plan" period. The figure "6" means CAFUC will increase two new flight branches in Suining and Langzhong on the basis of the existing 4 flight branches in Mianyang, Luoyang, Guanghan and Xinjin. So there will be 6 flight training institutions.

Nevertheless, the capacity of CAFUC still cannot meet the growing pilot demand of China's civil aviation, which is a situation that cannot be avoided. Wu also admitted that it is not an easy project to establish a flight training school in China.

You first need a network of airspace. Apart from restrictions from civil aviation and military aviation, you need at least two airports with a distance about 200 km from each other to build a training network. However, areas in accordance with those requirements are not easy to find. That's why it is so hard for a lot of private enterprises or institutions to start their own flight training.

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Old July 2nd, 2012, 08:38 AM   #1291
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Hainan Airlines launches Beijing-Zurich route; celebrates 1st anniversary of its Beijing-Busan flight

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(China Daily/WCARN.com, July 1)

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Beijing-Busan/Zurich: Hainan Airlines is offering a discount on roundtrip flights from Beijing to Busan to mark its one-year opening of the route. The offer coincides with the 2012 World Expo, which runs until Aug. 12 in Yeosu, South Korea.


The discount continues through Sep. 20: a round-trip flight costs 1,000 yuan (US$157) for economy class and 2,900 yuan for business class. A bigger discount will be given for advance bookings.


The airline also opened a new direct flight from Beijing to Zurich, Switzerland, on May 31, with a round-trip costing 2,990 yuan for economy class. The flight departs from Beijing at 1:50 a.m. Beijing time every Tue, Thu and Sun, and arrives at Zurich at 6:30 a.m. local time. The plane returns to Beijing six hours later at 12:20 a.m. Zurich time and arrives at Beijing at 5:20 a.m. the following day. More information on www.hnair.com.
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Old July 2nd, 2012, 08:48 AM   #1292
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Ma Xulun: Airlines facing intense pressure; improvement expected in H2 2012
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Amid the European debt crisis and the Chinese economy slowdown, Chinese airlines that used to profit fully from the flourishing domestic market are currently under great operation pressures.

"Chinese airlines have been facing great operation pressures in 2012 while the situation is expected to improve in the second half of the year", said China Eastern Airlines Corporation Limited General Manager Ma Xulun during an interview on the sidelines of China Eastern annual general meeting.



Ma revealed that China Eastern will reasonably deploy its capacity, vigorously promote the air-railway combined transportation system and accelerate the transformations of passenger and cargo businesses to cope with the challenges.


According to Ma, China Eastern's main operation pressures in 2012 stem from the following aspects: Firstly, the decreased volume of business travelers has lowered the fare price level. Secondly, despite of the slight drop recently, the overall fuel price in the first quarter was much higher compared to the same period a year earlier. Thirdly, the less than ideal export situation is negatively affecting the air cargo business. Last but not the least, the slow appreciation (even depreciation in some months) of RMB has substantially reduced the foreign exchange gains of the airlines compared to 2011.


In fact, the grimness that China Eastern has been facing is not unique. During May, Chinese airlines once again reversed from profiting to loss-making with a total loss of 1.37 billion yuan (US$216 million).



The under-performance was mainly caused by the exchange loss due to the depreciation of RMB against U.S. dollar as well as the slacking passenger & cargo demand in the aviation market.


However, Ma also pointed out that the business situation is expected to improve in the second half of the year amid the coming traditional peak season of Chinese aviation industry from July to September, coupled with the continuously declining jet fuel price. Therefore, China Eastern will be deploying its capacity precisely based on the changing market with the main strategy of "Westward Expansion; Northward Extension".



In other words, the Shanghai-based carrier will preferentially deploy large aircraft and increase flights in Western China and Northern China regions. In addition, the Chinese government has approved that the Chinese airlines can restart fuel hedging though the hedge amount is limited to 20 percent of the total fuel consumption.



At the meantime, China Eastern is also watching closely the trend of fuel price and looking forward to restarting fuel hedging at an appropriate time.
As for the annual performance of Chinese airlines in 2012, Li Jun, an analyst with Huatai United Securities said that, after the business performance of Chinese aviation industry peaked in 2011 in the current circle, the industry profitability in 2012 will decline compared to a year ago amid the sharply reducing exchange gains and the slightly decreasing gross margin of domestic flights (in consequence of the lower passenger load factor caused by the sagging economy and the impact from the rising average jet fuel price).



However, the aviation industry is expected to be more profitable in 2013 compared with 2012 since the business of domestic routes will remain relatively stable while the performances of international routes and cargo routes are expected to firm up and rebound.



Ma further expressed that China Eastern will be focusing on a few areas of development. The first is the fast development of the air-railway combined transportation system. Since the initiation on May 5, there has been significant effect on the air-railway combined transportation system, where a continuous upward trend of passenger volume has been observed.



The second is the full expansion of the air travel tourism products. A high pace of increase in air travel demand can be foreseen from the future tourism consumptions. The third is the transformations of passenger and cargo businesses.



The passenger transportation will be gradually converted from the traditional air carrier base to the modern service provider base. The cargo business will be drifted from simple freight delivery handler to logistics integrated service provider.


Meanwhile, China Eastern has been reducing the financing costs and optimizing its debt structure through expanding financing methods. The shareholders meeting held on Jun. 28 passed China Eastern's proposals of issuing up to 10 billion yuan SCP (Super Short-term Commercial Paper) with limited period of 270 days as well as issuing up to 8.8 billion yuan corporate bonds with a time limit of 10 years. The capital raised will be mainly used for aircraft purchase and bank loan refinance.


Moreover, the shareholders meeting approved the airline's another proposal of introducing 20 Boeing 777-300ER aircraft and selling five Airbus A340-600 aircraft. In regard to the proposal, China Eastern Chairman Liu Shaoyong elaborated that, Boeing 777-300ER has been proved to be the best aircraft for transoceanic routes given its outstanding economic efficiency and safety.



Thus, it is the best choice for China Eastern to operate the international flights connecting Shanghai and America. Liu also said, "China Eastern's expansion of international routes will not stall. On the contrary, the expansion will be carried out positively, reliably and selectively."
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Aussie cabin crew flew on China Southern Airlines
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The first Australian cabin crew to join China Southern's Australian services will take to the air on Sunday, July 1 as the Guangzhou-based carrier continues to expand into the Australasian market.


"Our aim is to improve communication and customer service for the growing number of English-speaking passengers on flights between Australia and Guangzhou," said the airline's Sydney-based Project Manager, Human Resources Development Australia, Jane Cen.


"Initially it will be one Aussie cabin crew member per flight from Sydney and our main hub in Guangzhou, rising to at least one in each Economy, Premium Economy, and Business and First class as new staff are recruited and trained.


"The 13 crew starting next week are very keen to get into the air full time and we are in the process of offering positions to a second group of recruits who have just completed the recruitment process jointly operated by China Southern Airlines and Melbourne-based Altara air services company.


"Our plan is to continue to recruit and train local cabin crew as long as passenger feedback indicates it improves their in-flight experience."


Experienced international flight crew member Ms Cathy Chen has been appointed to the new position of Cabin Crew Manager in Sydney to manage day-to-day operations.

Air China opens its Danish internet site
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Air China has recently opened its Danish Internet site www.airchina.dk, which keeps customers up to speed on real-time flight status, flight schedules, onboard services, promotions, admission to FFP, FFP activities and contact numbers of the carrier's representative offices worldwide.

According to a source from Air China, the carrier will use the site as an effective marketing and service platform to serve the north European region.

About Air China
Air China is China's only national flag carrier and a Star Alliance member. In addition to commercial operations, it also provides special flight services for the country's state leaders on official visit to other countries.



With a fleet of 432 Airbus and Boeing aircraft, we run 282 routes in 30 countries and regions. Thanks to our admission to the Star Alliance, our route network, with Beijing as its hub, is able to place 1,160 destinations in 181 countries within our reach.



For more information, please visit our website www.airchina.com.
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Ministry condemns hijack bid as terror
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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday called the attempted hijacking of a passenger flight in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region last week an act of terrorism.

Ministry spokesman Liu Weimin told reporters at a daily news briefing: "I need to point out that hijacking a passenger flight is a crime that should be condemned by people from anywhere in the world."

In the first official comments on the incident, a government official in Xinjiang told the Chinese language Global Times newspaper yesterday that police officers on the flight who were native Uygur language speakers were quickly able to find out what the hijackers were up to.

Six police officers, five of them from the Uygur ethnic minority, were on Tianjin Airlines' flight GS7554, the unidentified official, said to be commander of operations on the ground, told the newspaper.

The hijackers had tried to ignite explosives on board and had managed to get other banned items on the plane, such as a special walking stick and cigar lighters and matches, he said.

"One of them pretended to be a disabled man walking with a stick and passed security," he said. But when the hijacking began, witnesses saw the man separate the stick into several metal rods and give them to his accomplices. They used them as weapons to attack the passengers, cabin crew and police officers trying to stop them, the official said. "The explosive objects are the most terrible part of the hijacking plots. We are still investigating whether they are standard detonators or self-made bombs," he told the newspaper.

"The passengers, flight guards and police officers managed to stop them from being successfully ignited in time."

An investigation team is in the process of finding out whether negligence on the part of airport security staff was to blame or whether there are "some other reasons" the banned items had got onto the flight, he said.

The hijackers tried to injure themselves after they failed to set off the explosives, he said, and also when they were being held on board. But he did not reveal details of their current physical condition. All of them had been arrested after the plane landed.

The official said Liu Huijun, a passenger sitting next to the cockpit in the first-class section, was one of the first people to figure out that the hijacking was under way and he shouted out a warning to other passengers. Liu knocked an explosive device out of the hands of a hijacker but he was hit on the head.

Shouting instructions

All the hijackers suddenly jumped from seats and shouted instructions to each other in Uygur language six minutes after the plane took off from Hotan Airport at 12:41pm. They tried to pry open the cockpit door with the metal rods but were stopped.

The hijackers were from different parts of Xinjiang, aged between 20 years old and 36, he said.

Two policemen on the flight were seriously wounded while the head attendant and seven passengers received minor injuries when they fought the hijackers, Xinhua news agency reported.

There were about 92 passengers and nine crew members on board the flight when the hijacking took place.

The plane was heading for Urumqi, capital of Xinjiang, about 1,400 kilometers from Hotan.

The Xinjiang government said yesterday that each of the 10 people, including police officers, flight attendants and passengers who helped fight the hijackers, would receive a 100,000 yuan (US$15,751) reward for their bravery.

The cabin crew would also share a 500,000 yuan reward.
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This probably wouldn't be accurate, but it seems like one has a higher chance of surviving a hijack in China than anywhere else. I mean, it seems like the Uighurs do this from time to time, and each time, they're overpowered by crew and passengers.
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Spring Airlines to launch Shanghai-Bangkok flight from August 10
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It is learned from Spring Airlines Company Limited that the low-cost carrier will launch a flight linking Shanghai, China and Bangkok, capital of Thailand from August 10.


Passengers from Shijiazhuang, Spring Airlines' biggest base in north China, and central and southern parts of Hebei province, will get access to a low-cost air route between the province and Southeast Asia.

It also marks the Spring Airlines' first international service to Southeast Asia region. It is learned that the flight is scheduled to land at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International Airport. At present, Spring Airlines has launched a Thai edition of its official site for the convenience of Thai passengers.



The preferential airfare of this soon-to-be-opened flight is not clear right now.
Shijiazhuang Zhengding International Airport is the second biggest base of Spring Airlines with three flights flying from Shijiazhuang to Shanghai Hongqiao Airport each day. Recently, the airfare of the Shijiazhuang-Shanghai flights is as low as 299 yuan.



There is no doubt that air travelers from Hebei province will be able to enjoy the preference of the low-cost flights if they choose to travel to Bangkok via Shanghai.


According to analysts, along with the opening of Shanghai-Bangkok flight, Shanghai Spring International Travel Service, Spring Airlines' parent company, will follow up and launch its new tourist products in market of Shanghai, Shijiazhuang, Shenyang and other cities.



Before this, Spring Airlines has launched three low-cost flights linking China and Japan, providing cheaper transfer choices for passengers from Hebei province to travel to Japan.
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Henan Airlines to accelerate reorganization; Shenzhen Airlines to hold 30 percent equity
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An air crash in August 2010 terminated the 2102-day safe operation record of the Chinese civil aviation. Two years later, this air crash was identified as a "liability accident" with its causes and handling details disclosed to the public for the first time.


On Jun. 29, 2012, the State Administration of Work Safety released the "Aug. 24 Extremely Large Air Crash Accident Investigation Report" elaborating the immediate causes and contributing factors for the Heilongjiang Yichun air crash of Henan Airlines as well as advising meting out punishment to the relevant individuals responsible including the air carrier and the local civil aviation authorities.


Thus, a Chinese air crash investigation was released to the public for the first time since the establishment of the People's Republic of China.



Besides, it was also the first time an on-duty captain in an air crash was called for to be held criminally liable and officials at civil aviation authorities were required to accept punishment.


On the other hand, Henan Airlines which has been grounded since the air crash is currently in the process of bankruptcy reorganization. Henan Provincial Government is expected to be the new controlling shareholder of the Zhengzhou-based carrier.


At 9:38 p.m. on August 24, 2010, VD8387, a regular passenger flight operated by Henan Airlines en route from Harbin to Yichun Lindu Airport, crashed during landing. The accident killed 44 people, injured 52 others and caused direct economic losses of 308.91 million yuan.


According to the accident investigation report, the captain violated operational rules by attempting to land the plane at the airport where the visibility was below the safety standards and continued the approach in fog despite of the loss of visual ground references.



The flight crew also failed to take action to go-around when hearing the radio altitude voice prompt without seeing the runway. The mismanagements above have been found to be the immediate causes for the air crash.


In addition, some contributing factors were revealed in the report including the poor safety management of Henan Airlines, insufficient investment, ineffective administration and lack of supervision from the relevant civil aviation authorities. It is worth noting that, human errors have been considered to be the main factors.


Since the deadly air crash, the operation of Henan Airlines has been suspended with five E190 aircraft parking quietly on the ramp of Zhengzhou Airport. The carrier whose business was fatally undermined by poor management is currently one step away from rebirth.


It is learnt that, at the end of 2011, Zhengzhou Intermediate People's Court approved Henan Airlines to carry out the bankruptcy reorganization.



The second-time meeting of creditors as part of the bankruptcy reorganization procedure has been held recently while the company is waiting for the conclusive judgment from the court.
Moreover, Henan Provincial Government will participate in the bankruptcy reorganization through the state-owned enterprises.



In the middle of June, Henan Civil Aviation Development & Investment Co., Ltd., a joint venture of Henan Coal Chemical Industry Group, Henan Transport Investment Group and Zhengzhou Real Estate Group, was officially established. One of the new company's priorities in 2012 is to complete the reorganization of Henan Airlines and resume its operations.


"Through reorganization measures such as taking over debts, the government-controlled company will hold around 70 percent equity of Henan Airlines. Since about three to four hundred employees of Henan Airlines came from Shenzhen Airlines Co., Ltd. while the government prefers a company with the aviation business experience to keep certain amount of stake, Shenzhen Airlines will hold around 30 percent of the total equity through a subsidiary", said an insider in Henan Provincial Government.



By the time the reorganization is completed, Henan Airlines will accelerate the operation-resuming process.
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CAAC encourages code-share cooperation between Chinese and foreign airlines
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Over the recent years, foreign airlines have been expanding their operation scales in China and an increasing number of flights are being run by foreign airlines.


In order to strengthen the management of foreign airlines, improve their service capacity, and promote communication and exchanges between the two sides, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) held the first Work Conference of Foreign Airlines Representatives in Beijing on June 26.

CAAC Deputy Chief Xia Xinghua was present at the conference, together with 73 representatives from 49 foreign airlines - including 4 airlines from Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan.


So far, Chinese government has signed bilateral air transport agreements with 114 countries and regions. Up to 106 airlines from 56 countries and regions have launched up to 2,224 cargo and passenger flight services per week to 37 cities in China.



Faced with the rapid-developing Chinese aviation market, many overseas carriers as well as some carriers in Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan are expecting to expand their businesses in mainland China.



Based on feedbacks from various aspects, there are quite a lot of foreign airlines who are eager to open Chinese routes or increase their current flights to and from China.



According to Xia, although CAAC has put enormous efforts in easing air congestion these years and made some achievements, the airspace in China still fails to meet the demand at present, especially for airports in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Hangzhou, etc., where the tight flight schedules will not see improvement in the short run.



In the first half of 2012, the passenger and cargo volumes of major airports in East China were way below the industry's average level, mainly due to the busy flight schedules. On the other hand, provinces in the Midwest China saw fast growth in terms of passenger and cargo volume, benefiting from their relatively adequate flight schedules.


On the issue of foreign airlines entering into Chinese market, China has always held a positive and open attitude. CAAC always sticks to the market opening principle while negotiating bilateral traffic rights with foreign countries and regions, said Xia. However, the limited airspace turns out to be a major restriction factor for the further opening of market.



It will have direct influence on the efficiency and quality of the to-be-launched air routes if foreign airlines cannot get appropriate schedules. Therefore, CAAC encourages foreign airlines, as well as airlines from Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan, to code share with mainland airlines, so as to further develop the Chinese aviation market.
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Chinese domestic air fuel surcharges down

BEIJING, July 2 (Xinhua) -- Xiamen Airlines said Monday that it will lower fuel surcharges on its domestic routes from Thursday on, as aviation fuel costs have fallen.

Fuel surcharges for routes of shorter than 800 km will drop from 70 yuan (11.11 U.S. dollars) to 50 yuan, while surcharges for routes exceeding 800 km will decrease from 130 yuan to 100 yuan, Xiamen Airlines said in a statement on its website.

The carrier's announcement came after the country's domestic aviation fuel prices were lowered to 6,724 yuan per ton on Monday from 7,464 yuan per ton.

Industry insiders said other airlines will likely cut fuel surcharges by the same amount as Xiamen Airlines has announced.

Fuel expenses account for more than 40 percent of domestic carriers' total operating costs. The country's aviation industry relies on the global fuel supply.

Crude oil prices may climb slightly in the short term, but will resume a downward trajectory during the second half of the year to below 80 U.S. dollars per ton, Sun Chao, an analyst at Ping An Securities, said.

Large-scale development of shale gas in the United States and global economic uncertainties have dampened demand for crude oil, Sun said.

Sun, however, warned that a growth pact worth 120 billion euros (149.8 billion U.S. dollars) unveiled by EU leaders last week will help lift global crude demand, and an embargo on Iranian crude oil exports will lead to reduced supplies and higher prices.
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