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Old July 7th, 2012, 04:42 PM   #1302
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Chinese plane in 'major incident'
Shanghai Daily
2012-7-7

China Eastern Airlines are investigating claims that one of its planes entered a runway without permission at Naha Airport in Okinawa, Japan.

A Japan Asia Airways plane which was two minutes away had to abort its landing, the Japan Land, Infrastructure and Transport Ministry said. Several ministry officials were onboard the Japanese plane.

The Japan Transport Safety Board has defined the case as a "major incident," meaning that it could have led to casualties.

The board sent three officials to the airport to interview the Chinese pilots.

China Eastern has been in touch with the Japanese air controllers as part of its investigation, the Shanghai-based airlines said in an online statement.

"We still know little about the case and are investigating with the Japanese side to find out the truth," a spokesman for the airline told Shanghai Daily yesterday.

Ordered to wait

On Thursday, China Eastern's MU2046 flight with 27 passengers and crew onboard was due to take off from Naha Airport at 1:30pm and land at Pudong International Airport at 3:15pm.

Japanese air controllers ordered the Airbus A319 to wait on the taxiway at around 1:25pm, but the pilots ignored the instruction and kept moving onto the runway, the ministry said.

The controllers then had to ask the Asia Airways plane, which was 5.6 kilometers away, to ascend again and delay its landing.

When the Chinese plane stopped, the front part of its body was on the runway, the ministry said.

It took off shortly after the incident and landed at Pudong at around 3pm.

The Asia Airways Airbus A320 was on a test flight of a new route between Narita and Naha airports to be opened next month, which was why Japanese officials were among the 38 passengers onboard.

"The Chinese pilot might have failed to understand the English orders from the Japanese air controller," said Zhou Jisheng, a civil aviation expert.

Zhou said that pilots are told to strictly follow instructions from air controllers, so it was unlikely for the China Eastern pilots to have ignored them deliberately.
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Old July 9th, 2012, 04:55 AM   #1303
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China Express firms conditional order for six CRJ900 NextGens, options five
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China Express Airlines has converted a previously announced conditional order for six CRJ900 NextGen aircraft into a firm order and has taken options on an additional five of the regional jets.
As previously announced, and based on the list price of the Bombardier CRJ900 NextGen, the manufacturer values the firm order contract at approximately US$264 million. This could increase to approximately US$491 million should the airline convert its five options to firm orders.


Bombardier announced on Oct. 26, 2011 that a Chinese airline, which at that time wished to be unidentified, had placed a conditional order for CRJ900 NextGens. On Feb. 9 this year Bombardier Aerospace confirmed that the conditional order had been placed by China Express Airlines.


"Our five 50-seat CRJ200 regional jets have served us very well since we started operations in 2006, and we are confident that the CRJ900 NextGen aircraft, which offers excellent economics, will support the growing passenger demand on our larger routes," says Hu Xiaojun, chairman of China Express Airlines.


China Express, which is China's first private regional airline, is based in Guiyang in Guizhou province and provides regional passenger service with its fleet of five Bombardier CRJ200s. The airline will be the first to launch CRJ900 service in China.


"As the only aircraft manufacturer with three distinct and optimized families of aircraft in the 60-to-149-seat market segment, Bombardier is well positioned to support the growth of China's air transport network, and we are delighted that China Express has firmed up its order for six CRJ900 NextGen aircraft and will introduce the aircraft to China," says Mike Arcamone, president of Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.


"Currently more than 100 Bombardier-produced commercial and business aircraft are operating in China and we look forward to welcoming many more operators in the country," adds Arcamone.


"In our market forecast for 2012 to 2031 that was released on Jun. 19 this year, Bombardier predicts a demand for approximately 2,200 commercial aircraft in the 60-to-149-seat segment in China," says Andy Solem, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft's vice president, sales, China and North Asia.


"We are working closely with local airlines, suppliers and stakeholders to assist in fleet and infrastructure expansion to support the development of China's fleet of commercial aircraft as it grows to become the world's second largest market for new aircraft deliveries, following closely behind the United States," says Solem.


Including the order from China Express announced on Jul. 7, Bombardier has recorded firm orders for 1,735 CRJ-series aircraft, including 274 CRJ900 and CRJ900 NextGen regional jets.


Worldwide, Bombardier CRJ-series aircraft are in service with more than 60 airlines and more than 30 customers operate corporate variants of the aircraft. The aircraft are operating in more than 50 countries on six continents, and on average, a CRJ aircraft takes off every 10 seconds somewhere in the world.


CRJ-series aircraft have transported more than 1.2 billion passengers and have logged more than 33 million flight hours and over 28 million take-offs and landings.

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Old July 9th, 2012, 11:07 AM   #1304
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China airline crew rewarded with cars and cash for foiling hijack

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Xinjiang 'hijack attempt foiled'
A Chinese airline has given cash rewards and gifts to crew members who helped foil a hijack attempt on an internal flight, state media say.

Hainan Airlines Group gave nine crew members Audi cars, cash and property.

Two safety officers and the chief purser got cash and property worth 4m yuan ($628,500; 406,200) each. The rest got assets worth 2.5m yuan each.

China said the incident on a flight from Hotan in Xinjiang province on 29 June was "a serious crime of violence".

A ceremony was held on Monday in Haikou, the provincial capital of Hainan, to give the awards to the "heroic crew members".

The crew also received rewards from Xinjiang and Hainan governments.

The plane - operated by Tianjin Airlines, a subsidiary of Hainan Airlines Group - had just taken off from Hotan and was bound for Urumqi when the incident occurred.

Officials have said six men tried to break into the cockpit using a broken aluminium crutch as a weapon, but were overpowered by passengers and crew.

The plane landed safely back in Hotan. All the suspects were detained. Officials said they were ethnic Uighurs.

The hijack attempt took place just days before the third anniversary of the July 2009 anti-Han Chinese riots that saw almost 200 people killed.

Zhang Chunxian, Communist Party chief for Xinjiang, vowed last week to use "iron fists" on "separatist forces" in the region.
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Old July 11th, 2012, 07:14 AM   #1307
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Hope Springs eternal for this private airline
Shanghai Daily
2012-7-11

WANG Zhenghua employs a simple philosophy for surviving as a private airline in China's state-dominated aviation sector.

"You have to take it a bit slowly, rather than being too aggressive and making enemies everywhere," says Wang, founder and chairman of Shanghai-based Spring Airlines, of the approach that has enabled him to successfully carve out a piece of the US$56 billion-a-year Chinese airline industry.

Wang has come a long way since his start in 1981 running a tiny tourist agency in central Shanghai, beating the odds to build up not just one of the country's most prominent travel agencies but also its biggest private budget carrier, with nearly 60 routes in China and seven overseas.

His tale underscores the challenges private Chinese companies face, even as China pushes for them to play a bigger role in driving growth in the world's second-largest economy.

For Wang, one of the biggest obstacles to expanding has been resistance to his opening new routes from state-owned airlines. "Whenever we open a new route they get tense, and sometimes they take an unfriendly approach," he said inside the mock-up airplane fuselage that staff at his spartan headquarters use to train new flight attendants. "The approving authorities are also in a tough position - they're afraid of the big companies."

In some cases, aviation regulators have held up applications for prized routes for years on end, Wang said. He is still waiting for permission to fly to Taipei, for instance.

In others, they have given him only unenviable time slots, such as his Shanghai-Beijing route, for which his flights arrive in Beijing after midnight and leave again before 7am.

And at times, officials squeezed between the lobbying by state carriers and a desire to offer passengers more options have suggested that Wang fly to his destination via a smaller city that is otherwise not served, adding to his costs.

Having learned from difficult experiences in the past - he was famously threatened with a 150,000 yuan (US$23,500) fine in 2006 by a regulator in Shandong Province for supposedly disrupting market order with promotional tickets selling for 1 yuan each - Wang now takes a more conciliatory approach.

"Whenever we want to fly somewhere new, we first get in touch with the big companies flying there, tell them we're starting flights, explain that we have a different segment of the market ... and ask for their support and guidance," he said.

That strategy, and synergies between Wang's travel agency and airline, have helped Spring stand out in a field littered with other private airlines that have tried and failed.

Spring Airlines, launched in 2005, made 470 million yuan in profit in 2010. It has not disclosed 2011 results because it is currently applying for an initial public offering in Shanghai.

Wang's experience is shared by many private and foreign companies in various industries, which face an uphill battle against dominant state-owned enterprises but find ways to work around those obstacles, said Kent Kedl, managing director of Greater China and North Asia for Control Risks.

"There are some companies that are finding it profitable to be working at the edges. You don't necessarily have to be in the scrum, in the center, to make money in China," he said.

As such, players such as Spring are unlikely to pose a serious threat to the likes of Air China, China Southern and China Eastern Airlines anytime soon, industry players say.

China has one of the world's fastest growing aviation markets, although its top three state-owned airlines are currently suffering from a slowdown in the domestic economy and uncertainty overseas that is leading their parents to line up massive cash injections. China Southern and Air China are set to receive a combined 3.05 billion yuan from their parent companies, while aid is also on the way for China Eastern.

Despite the hurdles for Spring to expand, which also include a dearth of trained pilots in China, Wang is optimistic about the company's future growth.
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Other than its Shanghai IPO, are there any plans for Spring Airlines to be listed in HK as well to fuel her expansion efforts?
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China Southern H1 net profit expected to drop over 50 percent
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A sharp downturn in the first quarter net profit of the three major Chinese airlines may emerge again in their first-half performance reports. On Jul. 10, China Southern Airlines Company Limited, the biggest Chinese carrier by passenger volume, released a revenue decline forecast stating that the first-half shareholder net profit is expected to fall more than 50 percent year-on-year.

According to the Guangzhou-based carrier, the revenue decline is mainly caused by the slowdown of domestic economy, the sluggish demand in the aviation industry, the surging fuel price and the exchange loss due to the depreciation of renminbi against US dollar in the first half of 2012. China Southern is expecting its first-half net profit to fall more than 50 percent.

It is worth noting that, the three major Chinese airlines all experienced net profit slump in the first quarter of 2012, among which China Southern saw a year-on-year net profit decline of 74.19 percent. In addition, the net profit of Air China Limited dropped 85.7 percent year-on-year while China Eastern Airlines Corporation Limited's net profit decreased 73.68 percent from a year earlier.
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Other than its Shanghai IPO, are there any plans for Spring Airlines to be listed in HK as well to fuel her expansion efforts?
Not that I'm aware of.
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Flights three Southeast Asian cities from Dalian via Guangzhou to be increased
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To meet passengers' increasing demand for travelling and making business exchanges to Southeast Asia, starting from Sep. 21, 2012, China Southern Airlines Company Limited will add the flight frequencies on Dalian-Guangzhou-Ho Chi Minh route and Dalian-Guangzhou-Kuala Lumpur route from twice-daily to thrice-daily. The originally twice-weekly Dalian-Guangzhou-Yangon flight will be increased to four flights per week.

China Southern currently operates about 170 flights per week to Southeast Asia, covering most destinations in Southeast Asia, including Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, the Philippines, India, Nepal and Bangladesh.
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CAAC: Chinese airlines handled 151 million passengers in H1 2012, up 8.7 percent
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On July 10, National Civil Aviation Mid-Year Work Conference was held in Beijing. Li Jiaxiang, chief of Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), made a report on the whole industry's operation performance in the first half of 2012.

According to the statistics, as of June 30, the whole industry has realized 2.998 million flight hours operating 1.34 million aircraft movements in the first half of 2012, up 11.2% and 9.1% year on year respectively, with no accident reported.
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Hainan Airlines honored as "Best Airline in China" and "Best Staff Service in China" of 2012 SKYTRAX World Airline Awards
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Hainan Airlines Co., Ltd., the largest airline within the air transportation division of the HNA Group was awarded at the "2012 World Airline Awards" once again. SKYTRAX, a global provider of professional aviation evaluation services, announced the winners of the "2012 World Airline Awards" at the Farnborough International Airshow in London on July 12th.


Over 40 airlines from around the world assembled at the World Airline Awards to receive their accolades, which were handed out by Edward Plaisted, Chairman of SKYTRAX. Winners of all the awards, including "World's Best Airlines", are selected by more than 18.8 million air travelers from around the world.


Hainan Airlines Co., Ltd., one of the SKYTRAX Five-Star Airlines, won both the "Best Airline in China" and "Best Staff Service in China" awards, marking the fourth time that the airline has won the two awards since 2008. The airline also received the awards in 2010 and 2011.
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China Cargo codeshares with SIA Cargo
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Recently, China Cargo Airlines Limited and Singapore Airlines Cargo signed a codeshare agreement on freight services between Shanghai and Singapore, which greatly enhances both parties' competitiveness on that route.

"The codeshare partnership enables Singapore Cargo to better take part in Chinese cargo market. Meanwhile, it will provide customers with more flexible and high-quality services; the unified interface for ordering cabin space offers more choices for customers." said the SIA Cargo president Chen Kaiping.

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Full set of Skytrax rankings : http://www.worldairlineawards.com/
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And most of this year's awardees are airlines from the Asia-Pacific and the Middle East.
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And most of this year's awardees are airlines from the Asia-Pacific and the Middle East.
That's the typical pattern historically.
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hey guys there a news on our national paper that china will build another 70 airport for the future is it true
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hey guys there a news on our national paper that china will build another 70 airport for the future is it true
Do you have a link? I didn't pick up anything today in the local press about it. 70 seems excessive given many large cities already have international airports and high-speed rail.
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it on the newspaper and in serbian language
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it on the newspaper and in serbian language
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China to build 70 airports by 2015
The Telegraph
11 Jun 2012

Li Jiaxiang said that Chinese airlines will also buy an average of 300 planes a year until 2015.

The ambitious blueprint for aviation, contained in the country's five-year plan has remained intact despite the economic slowdown in recent years.

Beijing, whose main airport already houses a terminal bigger than all five at Heathrow, is set to get an even bigger one with up to seven runways.

It is seen as necessary, even though the existing airport is capable of handling 100m passengers a year.

Such is the growth in demand that slots are hard to come by apart from in the early hours of the morning.

The pace of China's expansion comes as the UK Government has found itself facing increasing criticism over its failure to tackle capacity shortages, especially in London and the South East.

"China plans to build 70 new airports in the next few years and to expand 100 existing airports," he told delegates in Beijing at the global summit of the International Air Transport Association.

He added that the number of airports would reach more than 230 by the end of 2015, when the total fleet operated by Chinese airlines would reach 4,700 planes.

His bullishness was in contrast to the pessimism expressed by Tony Tyler, Iata's director general. He said global airline profits were likely to halve this year with European carriers likely to make a loss because of the banking crisis and economic slowdown.

Even in the Asia pacific region, which remains healthy compared to the rest of the world, airline profits are likely to be half the 2011 figure. It is still expected to make a $2bn profit, despite the slowdown in the Chinese and Indian economies.

Iata did not provide specific projections for the China market, which has so far experienced booming growth due to rising demand for air travel as increasingly affluent Chinese people travel more frequently.

Ma Kai, a state councillor in charge of economic development, said that China's aviation market had the "biggest growth potential" in the world, having realised annual growth of 17.5pc since 2005 . "Ever since 2005, the industry has realised an annual growth rate of 17.5pc. "We have contributed to the current development of growth in the global civil aviation industry and will continue to do so for the time to come."
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