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Old July 14th, 2012, 10:20 PM   #1321
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Sounds indeed a little bit excessive, particularly when you keep in mind that they are rapidly expanding their HSR network as well.

Also, unless they overhaul their air traffic control pretty soon I just don't see how Chinese airspace will accomodate so many new jets.

I stopped counting how often I had to wait for 1-3 hours in a plane on the tarmac until it could finally start when making an inner-Chinese flight. It is almost a marvel if a flights departs on time these days.
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Old July 15th, 2012, 05:45 AM   #1322
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China to build 70 airports by 2015
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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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Old July 15th, 2012, 03:31 PM   #1323
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I don't think we're short of airports in China, but there is a huge problem with airspace corridor controls, which is causing persistent delays for both domestic and international flights alike.
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Old July 16th, 2012, 06:50 AM   #1324
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I don't think we're short of airports in China, but there is a huge problem with airspace corridor controls, which is causing persistent delays for both domestic and international flights alike.
You mean air traffic control?
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Old July 16th, 2012, 01:27 PM   #1325
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Hainan Airlines to launch services to Seattle and Brussels
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Hainan Airlines is planning to open two international round-trip routes -- Xi'an-Beijing-Seattle and Xi'an-Beijing-Brussels -- from mid-July this year, according to informed sources from Shaanxi Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau.
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Air China launches fast-track service on Rome and Milan
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Air China recently launched a Fast Track immigration service at the airports of Rome and Milan.

First Class/Business Class passengers and PhoenixMiles Platinum members on flights between Rome and Beijing operated by Air China as well as First Class/Business Class passengers on flights between Milan and Beijing/Shanghai operated by Air China can now head to the specified Fast Track Pass area where they must produce their valid credentials to qualify for the service.
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Int'l Flight Booking Available on China Southern Mobile App
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Recently, China Southern Airlines has upgraded its mobile app again with a new function of international flight booking. It is the first e-commerce platform on smart phones to support international ticket booking in China, which further promotes the e-commerce internationalization process of China Southern.

The China Southern mobile app uses a third-party payment platform covering China Construction Bank, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, China Merchants Bank and other domestic major banks to meet the ticketing demand for the vast majority of credit card users.
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Incident: China Southern B733 Near Qingdao on July 13th, 2012, Loss of Cabin Pressure
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A China Southern Boeing 737-300, flight CZ-6666 from Harbin to Hangzhou (China), was en route near Qingdao when the crew initiated an emergency descent and the passenger oxygen masks were released. The aircraft diverted to Qingdao for a safe landing.
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Old July 17th, 2012, 09:04 AM   #1326
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Chinese airlines turns profitable in June; upbeat earnings expected in Q3
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Chinese airlines finally turned the table in June amid the summer peak travel season and the decline in fuel price. According to the internal statistics data from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), Chinese airlines turned profitable in June with a total profit of 2 billion yuan, up 10 percent year-on-year.

The Chinese aviation enterprises reported a total loss of 1.37 billion yuan in May, citing depreciation of the RMB and weak passenger & cargo demand. At that time, the jet fuel price dropped slightly on a month-on-month basis while jumped 8 percent from a year earlier.

However, the business of Chinese airlines rebounded in June amid the recovering of the passenger traffic and the sliding fuel price. According to the CAAC internal figures, the total transportation turnover volume of Chinese civil aviation industry reached 4.86 billion ton-kilometers in June, up 6.6 percent year-on-year.
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Old July 17th, 2012, 07:06 PM   #1327
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Old July 18th, 2012, 11:54 AM   #1328
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China Eastern flight suffers bird strike, no injuries reported
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On July 16, a China Eastern Airbus A325, performing flight MU5396 from Zhengzhou Xinzheng International Airport (CGO) to Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport (SHA) was in the final approach to the Shanghai Hongqiao Airport when one engine of the plane was stricken by a bird; no injuries was reported.

The aircraft finally landed at Shanghai Hongqiao Airport safely; the company performed check and maintenance work immediately.
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China Southern launches air-ground seamless travel plan in PRD region
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Recently, China Southern Airlines Company Limited, the country's largest carrier by passenger numbers, officially launched the Pearl River Delta (PRD) air-ground combination program in Guangzhou.

China Southern and the ground transportation providers are teaming up to provide a complete air-ground seamless travel plan for passengers taking China Southern international flights departing from Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (CAN).

The innovative air-ground combination program allows passengers to make one reservation for both air and ground transportation tickets at lower prices. The airport shuttle bus fares and the relevant information are integrated into the air tickets. When querying China Southern CAN outbound international flight tickets, passengers will receive the prompt of the air-ground travel program sent by the reservation system automatically.
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China Southern A380 to fly abroad for the first time

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China Southern Airlines Company Limited announced to use an A380 jumbo jet as a chartered airplane for Chinese artists to participate in the "Olympic Fine Arts 2012 (London)" at the end of July. This will be the first time for the company's A380 to operate international services.
It is learned that, "Creative Cities Collection Fine Arts Exhibition London 2012", i.e. "Olympic Fine Arts 2012 (London)" is an international art exhibition which will be held during the 2012 London Olympics. At that time, famous artists from home and abroad will display over 500 original paintings (many are created for the 2012 London Olympics) to the world.



The chartered flights CZ3001/CZ3002 served by China Southern's A380 will fly between Beijing and London Gatwick Airport at the end of July, when a delegation of more than 400 leading Chinese artists will be on board to take part in the grand art exhibition.

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Old July 18th, 2012, 12:38 PM   #1329
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Technically, CZ's PEK-HKG A380 service is considered an international flight.
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Hainan Airlines to Commence Direct Shenzhen-Sydney Flight from Oct. 29
By Olivia Cao, WCARN.com | Jul. 11, 2012
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Hainan Airlines disclosed that it will launch an international flight linking Shenzhen, China and Sydney, Australia, starting from Oct. 29. The opening of the Shenzhen-Sydney flight will construct one more convenient air bridge between China and Australia and furnish passengers with more flying choices.

The Shenzhen-Sydney flight will be operated thrice a week using a luxurious and comfortable Airbus A330-300 wide-body aircraft with 30 business-class seats and 254 economy-class seats. The Sydney-bound flight HU7913 is scheduled to take off from Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport at 6:40 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays and arrive in Sydney at 7:30 a.m. And the return flight will depart from Sydney at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays and return to Shenzhen with an arrival time at 4:20 p.m. (all local time)

It is learned that Hainan Airlines has opened 19 domestic routes from Shenzhen and passengers can fly from a number of cities in China to Sydney via Shenzhen. In addition, these flights provide passengers from Beijing with convenient seamless transfer service.

The opening of the Shenzhen-Sydney flight is an important step in the process of expanding the Haikou-based carrier's route network to Australia and will lay a solid foundation for Hainan Airlines, a 5-star airline rating by Skytrax, to improve its network in Australia. Up to now, Hainan Airlines has launched more than 400 domestic and international flights covering Asia and reaching 90 cities in Europe, America, Africa and Oceania.
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Hainan Airlines cleared to start Chicago flights with 787s
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China's Hainan Airlines secured approval from regulators to start its second U.S. service, and plans to launch flights from Beijing to Chicago next year with Boeing Co. 787 Dreamliners.

Hainan already flies from the Chinese capital to Seattle and Toronto, and in March signed a marketing pact with American Airlines to cross-sell each others' flights. The Chinese airline had already identified Seattle as a likely destination for its yet-to-be-delivered 787s.


It said in its application to the U.S. Department of Transportation that it would use the Dreamliner "or equivalent longhaul aircraft in its fleet" to start four weekly Chicago flights.

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Spring Airlines blacklists passengers who receives delay compensations
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Chinese low-cost carrier Spring Airlines blacklisted passengers who claimed compensation for flight delays, the reporter learned from a customer of the airline.
"I didn't expect that I would be blacklisted by Spring Airlines, after I've received a 200 yuan delay compensation from the airline," passenger Ms Liu told the reporter.




Delays and Compensations

In mid-April, Ms Liu purchased a Spring Airlines ticket from Shanghai Pudong to Harbin -- flight 9C8511 -- which was scheduled to take off at 5:05 p.m. on April 30 and arrive in Harbin at 7:45 p.m. the same day. On that day, Ms Liu checked in at least two hours before the flight took off and waited to board the plane.

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CAAC approves two int'l cargo services
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Recently, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has given the green light to two cargo services operated by two foreign airlines.
From August 13, 2012, U.S.-based Evergreen International Airlines will launch a New York-Hahn-Almaty-Chongqing/Chongqing-Shanghai-Nagoya-Anchorage-Chicago-New York cargo service. The cargo route will be operated once a week using a Boeing 747-200 freighter.


Besides, approved by the CAAC, Iran Air will launch a round-trip cargo flight linking Teheran, Iran and Shanghai, China from September 1, 2012. It will be operated once a week using a Boeing 747 freighter.



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China will support rise of budget airlines
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CHINA will encourage the development of budget airlines to reduce flight ticket prices, the country's civil aviation regulator said yesterday.

Apart from low-cost carriers, other airlines should also cut prices by simplifying service processes and changing operational models, said Li Jiaxiang, director of the Civil Aviation Administration of China.

"The administration will limit flight ticket price increases, and there will be no set minimum price as I think the lower the better," Li told a press conference in Beijing, adding that budget airlines will have good prospects in the next few years in China because they can better meet market demand.
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You mean air traffic control?
China's flights need to strictly follow specific corridors, and there isn't enough space to handle the flight volume. Airspace is highly restricted by the military, so any solution to the airspace corridor issue needs their support.
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HNA Group to create Africa World Airlines with partners
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A cooperation agreement on the Ghanaian Africa World Airlines (AWA), a joint venture co-financed by HNA Group, China-Africa Development Fund, Ghana Social Security and National Insurance Trust, Ghana Strategic African Securities, was signed at the Fourth Conference of Chinese and African Entrepreneurs of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) on July 19, 2012.

The Ghanaian AWA program is not only the first practical investment made by HNA Group in Africa, but also the first aviation investment made by a Chinese enterprise in Africa. It is an exact embodiment of answering the national call and implementing the China civil aviation's African strategy and is in accordance with the China's African strategy of encouraging and supporting Chinese enterprises to invest there.

It has, in fact, made China's investments in Africa transform from traditional mineral exploration and project contracting into aviation servicing sector.

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Read somewhere I while ago that a Chinese carrier is looking in to launching flights to Johannesburg soon, possibly via Mauritius. Anyone have an idea which carrier, maybe Hainan with 787s? With continuous double-digit growth of Chinese travelers to South Africa over the last two years, it should be about time...back in 2006/7 China Eastern operated for a short while with A340-600, was probably too big aircraft too early.
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Read somewhere I while ago that a Chinese carrier is looking in to launching flights to Johannesburg soon, possibly via Mauritius. Anyone have an idea which carrier, maybe Hainan with 787s? With continuous double-digit growth of Chinese travelers to South Africa over the last two years, it should be about time...back in 2006/7 China Eastern operated for a short while with A340-600, was probably too big aircraft too early.
Maybe you can post the link of the article you've read...
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China's HNA eyes Saudi skies
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China's HNA Group is bidding for a new airline license in Saudi Arabia, local media reported.
According to people familiar with the matter, seven companies including Qatar Airways, Gulf Air, Bahrain Air, HNA Group, the Islamic Development Bank (IDB), Nesma Holding, and Falcon Express are bidding for licenses to operate domestic and international flights in the country.
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Li Jiaxiang: CAAC Encourages Development of Low-Cost Airlines
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The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) encourages the development of low-cost airlines, which can not only reduce passengers' travel cost, but also help achieve the popularization of air travel in China, said a senior aviation official in Beijing on July 20.

Low-cost airline is a service sector that employs a strategy of taking passengers' concern over prices into account. As the nation's civil aviation watchdog, CAAC encourages the development of low-cost airline, for it can not only reduce passengers' travel cost, but also help achieve the popularization of air travel in China, said Li Jiaxiang, head of CAAC at a press conference held by the State Council Information Office (SCIO) in Beijing on July 20.

"As for government policies, we are generally open-ending to back up the development of low-cost carriers," said Li Jiaxiang. The National Development and Reform Committee (NDRC) and CAAC have related coordinating policies to encourage airlines to cut prices. Besides, CAAC always puts restriction on price rises, but not for price-cutting, since lower prices will create more convenience for air passengers.
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China civil aviation industry to receive fiscal and taxation policy supports
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As a fundamental component of the national economy, the Chinese civil aviation industry has always been highly valued by the central fiscal authorities of China.

The newly published "Several Opinions of the State Council on Promoting the Development of the Aviation Industry" has integrated the policies of optimizing the fiscal & taxation support into the six major policy measures to boost the civil aviation industry development.

At the press conference held by the State Council Information Office (SCIO) on Jul. 20, the deputy Finance Minister Li Yong said that, the Ministry of Finance will provide China's civil aviation industry with powerful fiscal & taxation supports by improving the usage & management of the Civil Aviation Development Fund, implementing the related taxation preferential policies and assisting the establishment of the diversified investing & financing channels of the civil aviation enterprises.
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CAAC Dismisses Allegation of White Elephant Airports
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Responding to a recent Forbes article which claims that 82 planned Chinese airports would be an unnecessary waste of resources, the General Administration of Civil Aviation of China (CAAC) refutes the allegation, saying the airports stand as practical planning and they look forward to accommodating the country's growing air-travel needs, Global Times reports.

The CAAC announced last week that China plans to build 82 new airports and expand 101 existing ones during the 12th five-year plan, from 2011 to 2015. Citing a 2 billion yuan (US$313 million) loss from 130 existing airports in 2011, the report in the biweekly magazine cast doubts on the usefulness of new airports.

Accepting the financial loss as a fact, CAAC Director-General Li Jiaxiang, however, says the financial losses for those airports is not because there are too many of them, which would cause overcapacity and price wars among airports, but it was the shortage of them that makes running the airports exceptionally costly and air tickets so expensive that many travelers opt out of flying.
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