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Old August 16th, 2012, 01:43 PM   #1361
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Air China Upgrades Boeing 777-200 Fleet to Improve Service
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Recently, Air China Limited maintenance staff are redoubling their efforts on a Boeing 777 aircraft cabin upgrade program in Ameco Beijing's 4-bay hangar. The retrofit program focuses on improving passenger comfort by adding a premium economy class and updating business class seats as well as in-flight entertainment equipment. Air China plans to upgrade the entire fleet of 10 Boeing 777-200s to enhance the overall service quality and to improve its maintenance strength.

Air China attached great importance to the cabin upgrade and set up a special working group to operate the redesigning work. It is the first time for the Air China maintenance staff to upgrade Boeing 777-200 aircraft cabin. However, its successful experience of upgrading the A340 first class and business class seats makes them confident to take the challenge.

According to a staff in charge of the program, the upgrade mainly concerns the aircraft cabin and entertainment system, requiring cooperations from all the engineering, technical and construction staff of electronics, electrical engineering, mechanics, cabin and structure. The task is difficult and heavy and will take a long time. To this end, the company carefully made preparations and arrangements.
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China Eastern Retires One More A340-300 from Service
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Recently, an Airbus A340-300 aircraft, registration B-2381, took off from Shanghai Pudong International Airport and arrived at Tarbes-Lourdes-Pyrnes Airport in France. Finally, the second A340-300 aircraft sold by China Eastern Airlines Co., Ltd. completed its ultimate ferry flying. It also means that B-2381 has ended its service in China Eastern.
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China Southern to Launch Non-Stop Service from Guangzhou to Sabah
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China Southern Airlines announced on August 16 that it will launch a non-stop service from its hub Guangzhou to Kota Kinabalu, the capital of Malaysia's State of Sabah starting from Oct. 31 and increase its flights between Guangzhou and Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia starting from Sep. 21.

Beginning from Oct. 31, 2012, China Southern will open twice-weekly flights from Guangzhou to Kota Kinabalu, using a B737 aircraft, according to Li Yidong, general manager of China Southern's Representative Office in Kuala Lumpur.
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China Southern Considers A380 for Sydney-Guangzhou-London
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China Southern Airlines (CZ) is considering operating an Airbus A380 on its Sydney-Guangzhou (CAN)-London route, dubbed the "canton route."

"China Southern does have a plan to use the A380 on the canton route. On our current Sydney route we operate [a] double daily using our A330 aircraft and the load factor has been very satisfying. We are now exploring the possibility of operating the A380 on this route, which means we can operate a triple-daily service. But we have to study if the market will be big enough to digest this capacity," CZ CEO Tan Wangeng said at a media briefing in Guangzhou.
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Low-altitude airspace to open up across China from 2013

SHENYANG, Aug. 23 (Xinhua) -- China will relax a ban on the use of low-altitude airspace across the country starting 2013, air traffic authorities said Thursday.

A series of reforms will be carried out in the coming 5 to 10 years to create an independent airspace market with some government guidance, said Zhu Shicai, an official with the state air traffic control commission.

Zhu made the remarks at the 2012 China Low-altitude Economy Summit, a two-day event that opened Thursday in Shenyang, capital of northeast China's Liaoning province.

"The upcoming reforms will clear some major obstacles in the opening up of China's low-altitude airspace," Zhu said. "In particular, it will simplify application procedures for the use of low-altitude airspace by general aviation flights, including private jets."

China has launched related pilot projects in its northeastern and central-southern regions, as well as seven pilot cities, including Tangshan near Beijing, Xi'an, Qingdao, Hangzhou, Ningbo, Kunming and Chongqing, where airspace below 1,000 meters is open to general aviation flights.

The country will further open up its low-altitude airspace nationwide in the coming decade in order to stimulate the growth of the fledgling general aviation industry, said Zhu.

Zhu said new regulations concerning airspace planning and management, as well as simplified application procedures for general aviation flights, will be issued this year.

China's low-altitude airspace is controlled by the Air Force and the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC). Private flights currently need to go through time-consuming and complicated procedures to fly in low-altitude airspace, which has hampered demand for private jets.

In case of an emergency, many private jet owners prefer to take civil aviation flights or fly illegally rather than wait for their applications to be approved -- which often comes far too late.

In November 2010, the State Council and the Central Military Commission jointly decided to open up part of the country's low-altitude airspace for the first time.

The central government said in its 12th Five-Year Plan for the 2011-2015 period that it will promote the general aviation industry's development and reform the airspace management system, as well as increase the efficiency of the allocation and utilization of airspace resources.

"The new policies will make it easier and faster for general aviation flights to get the green light to use low-altitude airspace," Zhu said.

The move will hopefully bring about a boom in China's general aviation industry, which could in turn fuel the country's economic growth, he said.

However, general aviation is a highly specialized industry involving hefty investment and high risks, said Yang Fengtian, an academic at the Chinese Academy of Engineering and president of Shenyang Aerospace University.

"The government should play a leading role in policy-making and industry regulation," said Yang. "In the meantime, it should draw diverse capital to foster the industry and build a sound industrial chain to ensure its sustained growth."

By so doing, the government will "pave the back roads" for general aviation and connect all of the country's large and small cities, said Craig Spence, secretary general of the International Council of Aircraft Owner and Pilot Associations.

China had about 1,100 aircraft used for general aviation purposes as of the end of last year.

By 2020, however, the country will need 10,000 to 12,000 general aviation aircraft, according to China's civil aviation authorities. Related industries will form a huge market valued at about 1 trillion yuan.
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Old August 28th, 2012, 04:30 PM   #1368
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Denmark tourism delegation attempts to lure Chinese visitors

BEIJING, Aug. 28 (Xinhua) -- The number of Chinese visitors to Denmark will grow at an annual rate of 20 to 30 percent over the next few years, Ole Sohn, Danish minister for business and growth, has predicted during a visit to Beijing.

Sohn is leading a delegation consisting of officials from Danish tourism associations, airlines, hotels and travel agencies on a week-long burst of tourism promotion.

Chinese tourists spent 83,000 nights in Denmark last year, up 18 percent year on year, show figures from the Danish embassy in Beijing.

The growth has been helped by a new direct flight launched between Shanghai and Copenhagen earlier this year, as well as Denmark's many attractions.

"Touring Copenhagen on a bicycle is a great way to discover its beautiful scenery," said Sonh of a city in which more than a third of inhabitants use bicycles to commute every day.

"Dedicated bicycle lanes can take tourists to every part of the city," he added. "We even have a Cycle Super Highway, which provides a unique, safer and faster biking experience."

Flemming Bruhn, director of the Danish Official Tourism Organization, said Denmark is a good destination for trade visits -- labelled "Mice" tourism, short for Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions.

"Several thousand Chinese technical groups visit Denmark each year," according to Bruhn. The groups mainly study farming, the dairy industry, green technology, city planning and environmental protection.

For travelers with kids, the official recommended a one-day tour of Legoland, a theme park in which children can play with millions of Lego building bricks in Billund, near the original Lego factory.

The Danish delegation will travel to Tianjin and Shanghai after the Beijing leg, meeting with Chinese tourism industry insiders to discuss cooperation opportunities.

More and more countries are eyeing China to increase their share of the international tourism market. France recently launched a campaign to promote wine tours. Scotland invited Chinese travelers to play golf and drink the country's celebrated whisky. The United States and Canada eased visa rules in the beginning of this year to boost tourism.

China's outbound tourism has grown quickly in recent years. In 2011, Chinese people made 70.25 million overseas trips, up 22 percent year on year, making the country Asia's largest source of outbound tourists.
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Direct flights connect Urumqi, Astana

URUMQI, Aug. 27 (Xinhua) -- A direct air route opened on Monday between Urumqi, capital of northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, and Kazakhstan's capital Astana.

The flight will be operated by China Southern Airlines on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, according to the Xinjiang branch of the airline.

China Southern Airlines is the only domestic airline company that offers direct flight services from China to Astana, according to the company.

Before the creation of the new route, the airline had already established a route connecting Urumqi and the Kazakh city of Almaty, with seven scheduled round-trip flights each week.

Plus the new route, China Southern Airlines operates 15 international air routes connecting Xinjiang with central and western Asian countries and European countries.
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Old August 29th, 2012, 09:41 AM   #1370
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Air China H1 profits tumble 74 pct

BEIJING, Aug. 29 (Xinhua) -- China's flagship carrier Air China said late Tuesday that its net profits dropped 74 percent to 1.06 billion yuan (168 million U.S. dollars) in the first half due to weak market demand and higher operating costs.

The airline's revenues rose 5.38 percent to 47.56 billion yuan, with a gain of 0.09 yuan per share, according to a statement the company filed to the Shanghai Stock Exchange.

Air China carried more than 34 million passengers in the first six months of the year, up more than three percent from the same period last year.

The company said it expects a grim operating environment for the second half of the year, citing fuel costs and exchange rate fluctuations. In the first half, its fuel spending rose 12.8 percent year on year.

From January to August, the company recorded foreign exchange losses totaling 341 million yuan, compared with a gain of 1.48 billion yuan for the same period last year, said the statement.
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Shenzhen Airlines bombing hoaxer under Wuhan detention

WUHAN, Sept. 2 (Xinhua) -- A Chinese man whose hoax bomb warning caused the diversion of a domestic flight on Thursday was escorted by police to a detention center in central China on Sunday morning.

Xiong Yi, a 29-year-old male resident of Shiyan City in Hubei Province, was taken by plane to provincial capital Wuhan, according to Hubei police.

"I was wrong, and I feel regret," he said after arriving at Wuhan Tianhe International Airport.

Xiong was caught on Saturday afternoon in a hotel in Dongguan City in the southern province of Guangdong.

He confessed that he fabricated the information and threatened to bomb the plane, according to police.

He said that he made an anonymous phone call to an airport in Shenzhen, Guangdong, at 10:43 p.m. on Thursday, claiming that explosives had been planted on Shenzhen Airlines Flight ZH9706, which was in mid-air, bound for Shenzhen from Xiangyang in Hubei.

Xiong said over the phone that the explosives would be detonated 45 minutes after the flight's take-off.

The plane made an emergency landing at an airport in Wuhan at 11:24 p.m. out of concerns for passenger safety.

Police conducted a thorough inspection but found no dangerous items on the aircraft or in passengers' belongings.

Xiong has now been placed under further investigation.

Besides criminal liabilities, Xiong will likely be subjected to civil prosecution, according to sources with Wuhan Tianhe Airport.

The airport and Shenzhen Airlines are calculating the financial losses caused by the incident.

On Thursday evening, Wuan Tianhe Airport started an emergency response plan.

And over 30 vehicles and 200 people including public security officials, firefighters, medical staff, flight managers and armed police were dispatched to deal with the incident.

"It was quite an unexpected experience for me, with the announcement of the 'possibility of explosives on the plane'," said Peng Ruojie, a passenger on the ZH9706 flight, on Sina Weibo, China's equivalent of Twitter.

"All the passengers got off the plane. We were surrounded. The security check was super-careful, with each piece of clothing checked," he said.

This actually follows a similar incident to hit China's civil aviation industry earlier in the week.

An Air China flight from Beijing to New York returned to Beijing Capital International Airport after a threatening message concerning the flight was received on Wednesday evening.

No abnormalities were detected on the plane, which departed for New York hours later.
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I've never seen thermos products on sale at the airport. People just bring their own from home. The water machines had paper cups though.
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China's jet set grounded by lack of pilots, paperwork
Sun, 9 Sep, 2012

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Bombardier Inc , the world's No. 3 aircraft maker, thinks Chinese executive jet buyers will take delivery of 2,400 new planes in the next 20 years. All China needs now is pilots to fly them, mechanics to fix them, and airports to land them.

With fewer than 200 private jets for a population of 1.3 billion people, China's growth potential is huge. But reams of red tape, snarled-up air space and a shortage of trained pilots suggest it won't live up to the promise any time soon.

The private jet potential has caught the attention of some big-name investors. Warren Buffett's NetJets made the world's largest order of executive jets in June in a deal worth $9.6 billion, months after it announced a China venture with private equity firm Hony Capital.

China is forecast to take delivery of about 100 business jets this year. Before they can fly, buyers need to secure an Air Operator's Certificate from the country's aviation regulator or a management company that has already been granted one. Then the jet owner has to wait for an import license.

"The process you have to go through to get the importation approval has to be signed off by nine departments," said Jeffrey Lowe, general manager of Asian Sky Group, a business aviation consulting firm.

Private jet ownership was illegal in China until 2003, and the aviation regulator has been slow to process paperwork for new operators. About 80 are awaiting certificates, with only up to 20 expected to get one in the next three years, taking the total number of business jet operator certificates in China to 30 by the end of 2015, under the regulator's working plan.

The Civil Aviation Administration of China, or CAAC, has also capped at 12 the number of jets that can be imported annually by each certificate holder. Most of the existing 10-12 holders are new to the industry and lack sufficient skilled staff to take their full quota.

China had just 180 airports as of the end of 2011, and the powerful military controls 70 percent of its air space, leaving limited room to navigate and land planes.

Then there is the matter of finding people trained to fly and maintain them. Boeing Co estimates China will need 71,300 pilots and 99,400 technicians in the next 20 years to handle a growing commercial fleet.

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Boeing said on Wednesday that China would need 5,260 new airplanes by 2031, although that figure covers larger aircraft normally flown by commercial airlines.

For the business jet market alone, Bombardier expects China will take delivery of 1,000 aircraft from 2012-2021 and a further 1,400 in the following decade.

Another airplane maker, Embraer SA , thinks China will need 635, or $21 billion worth, of new executive jets over the next 10 years.

Swiss-based Vistajet, which signed a deal in March with Air China Ltd's <601111.SS> <0753.HK> private jet arm, Beijing Airlines, hopes to get approval to fly one of its jets from China in the first half of 2013 on its Chinese partner's certificate.

NetJets, which is owned by Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc , did not respond to requests for comment on this story.

But some industry analysts think expectations are running a bit too high because of the shortage of skilled staff, slow development of infrastructure and the government's reluctance to hand out operator certificates.

"The giddy aviation-company lemmings who rushed into China should now trim their near-term expectations," said business aviation market analyst Brian Foley, of Brian Foley Associates.

"Although the China region provided a steady sales stream of large and expensive jets at the height of the world economic downturn, we see that trend rapidly losing steam."

Foley expects China will account for 3-4 percent of global business jet deliveries over the next decade, or less than half of the more than 10 percent forecast by Canada's Bombardier.

A slowing economy also casts doubt on short-term growth prospects.

Zhou Xiaozhou, marketing manager of Shenzhen-based business jet operator Donghai Jet Co Ltd, said corporate clients were cutting back on overseas trips.

"Our business has slowed a lot this year and (is) likely to be just half of that in 2011, due to the weak global economy and increased competition," Zhou said.

At least one industry executive welcomes a bit of doubt about China's potential.

"Sure there is skepticism and I think it's helpful because it brings sanity to projections," said Ernest Edwards, the head of Embraer's executive aviation division.
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Chinese airlines raise fuel surcharges for domestic routes

BEIJING, Sept. 5 (Xinhua) -- Chinese airlines Wednesday increased fuel surcharges on their domestic routes, due to rising aviation fuel costs.

Fuel surcharges for routes shorter than 800 km rose from 50 yuan (7.94 U.S. dollars) to 70 yuan, while surcharges for routes exceeding 800 km increased from 100 yuan to 130 yuan.

The hike in costs came after airline companies raised fuel surcharges for their international routes on Saturday, the first increase since June.

Rising global aviation fuel prices were the major reason behind the increases, analysts said. The country's domestic jet fuel prices have risen by more than 700 yuan per tonne since Saturday, data showed.

Soaring jet fuel prices have been wiping out profits at the nation's airline companies, as fuel expenses account for more than 40 percent of their total operating costs.

Air China, the country's flagship airline, posted a 73.87-percent drop in its first-half profit and its fuel costs gained 12.8 percent.

China Southern Airlines, the nation's largest airline in terms of fleet size, reported a 83.7-percent decline in its first-half profit after its fuel bill jumped 26.6 percent.

With high fuel costs and foreign exchange losses, the country's airlines will see their profits down by 40 percent from the previous year in 2012, analysts said.
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Historic city invites SZ travelers
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QUZHOU, a historic and cultural city in western Zhejiang Province, is expecting more travelers from Shenzhen and other Pearl River Delta cities with the opening of more flights to the city starting Oct. 28.

Shenzhen Airlines flights from Shenzhen to Quzhou will increase to one flight per day, from the current four flights per week.

The daily flight will leave Shenzhen at 7:05 p.m. and arrive at Quzhou at 8:40 p.m. It will return at 9:40 p.m. and arrive at Shenzhen at 11:20 p.m.

We have prepared many itineraries for tourists from Shenzhen, including a classic three-day and two-night itinerary to see Jianglang Mountain, a world nature heritage site and the shrine of the Southern Division of the Confucius Family, Zheng Bing, vice chief of Quzhou Citys tourism bureau, said at a briefing in Shenzhen on Saturday.

Quzhou, a city with more than 1,800 years of history, neighbors Jiangxi, Anhui and Fujian provinces. Travelers can visit 10 world nature and cultural heritage sites within 200 kilometers, Zheng said.

In a drive of less than two hours, travelers can visit Sanqingshan Mountain and Wuyuan, one of the most beautiful country villages in China, in Jiangxi, along with Huangshan Mountain in Anhui and Qiandaohu Lake, and Hangzhous West Lake in Zhejiang Province.

Quzhou was established during the Eastern Han Dynasty (25-220). With a population of 2.52 million, its now a State-level historic and cultural city. Its airport handles around 180,000 passengers a year.
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