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Old October 17th, 2012, 07:20 PM   #1381
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Web China: Airline cancels Japan flight promotion after uproar

SHANGHAI, Oct. 18 (Xinhua) -- Chinese budget air carrier Spring Airlines on Thursday dropped a promotion on flights to and from Japan just two days after the deal's launch, following online anger at the initiative.

Zhang Wu'an, spokesman for Spring Airlines, said the campaign was canceled mainly due to pressure from domestic netizens in the wake of Chinese protests over Japan's illegal "purchase" of the Diaoyu Islands and ensuing declines in the number of China-Japan travelers.

The promotion had been scheduled to run till Dec. 20, offering no more than 50 free tickets for each flight between Shanghai and Japan's Saga and Kagawa prefectures. Under the deal, people were only required to pay airport construction fees and fuel surcharges to fly on the routes.

According to Zhang, more than 2,000 of the tickets were booked by both Chinese and Japanese citizens during the two days that the promotion ran.

It was launched by the privately owned airline to prop up business in Japan, but was rather low profile back at home, he said.

Nevertheless, the promotion grabbed the attention of many Chinese Internet users and most of them were opposed to offering the free tickets.

Many Chinese and Japanese air carriers have announced suspensions of China-Japan services or cuts in the number of such services as the Diaoyu Islands dispute led to sharply declined demand to fly.

The dispute had slashed Spring Airlines' number of air passengers between the two Asian giants by about half, Zhang estimated, adding that the average occupancy rates of its flights between Shanghai and Saga and Kagawa were reduced by up to 40 percentage points.

The two Japanese prefectures also did not want to see flights cut or suspended as Spring Airlines is the only air carrier that links them to Shanghai, the spokesman added.

The promotion was finally launched after getting support from the two prefectures, said Zhang, without elaborating on what that involved.

The affair prompted intense debate online.

"I don't want to comment on Spring Airlines. But as a Chinese, I have my own choice and stance: I won't fly to Japan even if the tickets were free. I won't make any plans or accept any incentives to go to Japan within one to two years," wrote microblogger "Lixiafn" on Sina Weibo, the popular Twitter-like service.

However, Zhang Feng, who works for an accounting agency in Shanghai, said, "The Diaoyu Islands dispute shouldn't affect normal exchanges between the two countries.

"If an airline offers free tickets, that is a good opportunity for travel. I'll make trips to Japan if my company can approve my leave."
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China Eastern Airlines to allow mobile phone ticketing and boarding
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China Eastern airlines has launched a new application which allows passengers to book tickets from their mobile phones, reported the Shanghai Daily this past week.

This move makes China Eastern Airlines the first Chinese carrier to offer this service. The Shanghai-based airline currently serves 197 destinations around the world.

The app will also allow passengers to use their mobile phones as a boarding pass. The application, which is available in English and Chinese, will allow passengers to receive a bar code on their mobile phones following their ticket purchase, which can then be used for boarding.

In a bid to improve service quality, the airline has also created a separate new app for its flight crew to check on certain passenger information such as food preferences.

Another Chinese carrier, Air China, recently announced that it would soon launch a similar mobile phone app for ticketing without specifying dates.

This move to adopt a virtual boarding pass comes in the wake of other airlines allowing passengers to travel with mobile boarding passes including AirAsia, Cathay Pacific and Japan Airlines.

Findings released this week from the 2012 "Air Transport World Passenger Self-service Survey" by airline technology company SITA showed that airline passengers want more self-service and mobile-based offerings to reduce the stress of traveling. The study also revealed as many as 21 percent of the 2,526 respondents surveyed have used a mobile boarding pass.
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China Southern Airlines Q3 net profit drops 29 pct

BEIJING, Oct. 28 (Xinhua) -- Chinese airline giant China Southern Airlines said on Sunday its net profit tumbled 29.25 percent year on year to reach 2.22 billion yuan (352.4 million U.S. dollars) in the third quarter of this year.

The decline in the July-September period narrowed from a sharp contraction of 83.7 percent seen in the first half of 2012, according to a report the company filed with the Shanghai Stock Exchange.

Earnings per share stood at 0.23 yuan, which was also down 29.25 percent from previous year, said the report.

The carrier said in the report that its operation performance are still under apparent impact of the fluctuation of the exchange rate and the global oil prices.

The company's financial costs surged to 518 million yuan in the third quarter due to the foreign exchange loss amid the devaluation during the period, it said.
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China Southern direct flights to NZ boosts visitor numbers

WELLINGTON, Nov. 7 (Xinhua) -- Direct daily flights between China and New Zealand launched by China Southern Airlines one year ago have boosted Chinese visitor numbers to New Zealand by almost 40 percent, Auckland Airport announced Wednesday.

New Zealand's economy had reaped the benefits of the service, with increased Chinese visitor spending, airport CEO Adrian Littlewood said in a statement.

"This significant increase in visitor arrival numbers and spending is a clear indication that increasing air links between countries is an important factor in growing tourism revenue," said Littlewood.

"In September this year we saw Chinese visitor numbers leap by 74.2 percent compared with the previous September, with arrivals from the Guangdong Province, the home of China Southern, increasing by nearly 60 percent year-on-year."

China Southern Airlines and other parties, such as government agency Tourism New Zealand and Auckland Airport, had invested heavily in promoting New Zealand within China, and would continue to do so, he said.

China Southern Airlines launched its Canton route last month, connecting Australasian countries with Europe via Guangzhou, as part of its expansion plan for the region, which includes plans for a twice daily service on the Auckland to Guangzhou route.

"China Southern Airlines is committed to investing in and growing our service with New Zealand as part of our expansion plans for Australasia," China Southern Airlines New Zealand general manager Henry Dai said in the statement.

"The past year has shown us there is demand for greater travel between our two countries for both leisure and business purposes and we look forward to working with New Zealand authorities and the industry to develop our service further."

Tourism New Zealand chief executive Kevin Bowler said in the statement that the growth in visitor numbers showed the demand that existed in China for travel to countries such as New Zealand.

The 11.5-hour daily China Southern Airlines service between Auckland and Guangzhou had also helped New Zealand businesses to engage more easily with southern China, said the statement.

On Tuesday, New Zealand's Ministry of Business, Innovation and Development announced that China was officially New Zealand's second biggest tourist market, after spending by Chinese visitors jumped by 37 percent in the year to the end of September.

Chinese visitors spent 555 million NZ dollars (458.15 million U. S. dollars) in the year ending September, which put them ahead of spending by travelers from the United Kingdom (545 million NZ dollars) for the first time, according to the ministry.

However, Chinese visitors would have to more than triple their spending to overtake New Zealand's largest tourist market Australia, which is 1.7 billion NZ dollars.
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Xinhua Insight: China's progress in opening low-altitude airspace revealed

ZHUHAI, Nov. 13 (Xinhua) -- China's aviation authorities have released a roadmap for the opening-up of the country's low-altitude airspace at an ongoing international airshow.

The 9th China International Aviation & Aerospace Exhibition, which runs from Tuesday to Sunday in Zhuhai in south China's Guangdong Province , has seen top officials reveal progress toward the move, much anticipated for the extra freedom it will provide to a hungry aviation market.

China will, starting next year, comprehensively push forward construction of communications and monitoring facilities in this field and gradually form a unified national low-altitude airspace management, operational and service system, said Ma Xin, deputy director with the state air traffic control commission.

The country has made substantial achievements in infrastructure construction to ensure a controllable and safe environment for sustainable development of general aviation, according to Ma.

Ma said facilities for radio communication and low-altitude airspace surveillance have been completed in districts of Changchun, Guangzhou and on Hainan Island.

Four general aviation flight service stations have also been put to use in Shenyang, Shenzhen, Hainan and Zhuhai to provide maintenance and refueling for general aviation jets flying in low-altitude space.

"We're overhauling a series of regulations on airspace management to greatly simplify flight application procedures," Ma said.

Ma said that as the reforms forge ahead, the general aviation industry will gain momentum and become a new growth point just like the car industry.

Pilot projects have been launched in China's northeastern and central-southern regions, as well as seven cities, including Tangshan, Xi'an, Qingdao, Hangzhou, Ningbo, Kunming and Chongqing.

It was back in November 2010 that the State Council and the Central Military Commission jointly decided to gradually open up the country's low-altitude airspace to general aviation.

Pilot projects have been launched in China's northeastern and central-southern regions, as well as seven cities, including Tangshan, Xi'an, Qingdao, Hangzhou, Ningbo, Kunming and Chongqing.

In spite of the recent strong push, China's general aviation is still in an "infancy stage" with massive gaps in both software and hardware, pointed out Wu Tongshui, president with the Civil Aviation University of China.

These gaps can be seen in nearly all basic components of general aviation, including operational rules, fixed base operators, flight service stations, aviation fuel suppliers and professional crew, he added.

In such a vast country, there are only 300 airports or landing points for general aviation aircraft, which only numbered 1,198 in China in October 2012.

"It is not an unreachable dream for China's new rich to have a private jet, but it is extremely hard and complicated to actually get it up into the sky due to the application process and lack of resources for maintenance," said Chen Yilong, who owns a four-seater helicopter and an eight-seater business plane.

Nevertheless, he has pumped about one million yuan (about 160,000 U.S. dollars) into satisfying his passion for flight, and has even started his own general aviation operation company.
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Business passenger plane to make its maiden flight to SZ
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CHINA’S first business passenger plane is due to take off in Beijing and land in Shenzhen on Dec. 1, according to flight operator Hainan Airlines.

The plane will fly twice each day between Beijing and Shenzhen after the maiden trip, Shenzhen Economic Daily reported yesterday.

The Airbus 330 will be the first of its kind in the country, according to Hainan Airlines, which is the fifth airline in the world to operate the business passenger plane.

There are 116 seats on the plane, including 34 in the first-class cabin and the rest in the business cabin.

Advanced and comfortable facilities are available on the plane, including independent power sockets, video-on-demand systems and seats on which passengers can lie nearly flat, the paper said.

The video-on-demand systems offer 58 movies, 64 TV programs, 210 music albums and 15 games. Passengers can enjoy them through LCD screens on each seat.

Each seat in the business cabin has a 10.2-inch (25.9-centimeter) LCD screen and each one in the first-class cabin has a 15.4-inch LCD screen.

Airfare for the maiden flight is 2,100 yuan (US$334) for a business seat, after a 20-percent discount. First-class seats sell for 3,150 yuan after a 33-percent discount, the Economic Daily said, citing the travel Web site Ctrip.
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The test flight landed at the Daochengyading Airport in Daocheng County of the Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Garze, southwest China's Sichuan Province, Nov. 23, 2012. The first test flight of the airport successfully landed Friday. With the height of 4,411 meters above sea level, the Daochengyading Airport becomes the highest civil airport in the world. (Xinhua/Xue Yubin)
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China Air Transport Assoc. puts four logistics firms on no-fly list

BEIJING, Nov. 26 (Xinhua) -- China Air Transport Association (CATA) on Monday announced its decision to put four domestic logistics firms on its no-fly list due to security flaws.

A fire started in a storage bin of flight CZ6524 on Oct. 22 after the plane landed at Dalian Zhoushuizi Airport due to the spontaneous combustion of inflammable materials belonging to logistics firms, according to the CATA announcement posted on its official website on Monday.

Courier firms Shanghai YTO, Yunda Express, Huixing and Qihang will have to suspend their airfreight services until their business procedures improve, said CATA, an association that calls most Chinese airlines members.

According to relevant industrial rules, "all member carriers of the association should refuse to transport cargo for the four couriers during the suspension," said the announcement.

Shanghai YTO was to blame for its incorrect classification of lithium batteries, while the other logistics firms were punished for transporting the prohibited article vesuvian, which caused the fire, according to CATA.

In an online statement Sunday, Shanghai YTO admitted negligence in security checks concerning its cargo transported on flight CZ6524, claiming that the efficiency of its express deliveries will not be affected.
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Shenzhen Airlines today became the latest carrier to join the Star Alliance network. At a ceremony held at Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport, Mark Schwab, CEO Star Alliance, welcomed the airline into the family on behalf on the Alliance's Chief Executive Board (CEB).

"Shenzhen Airlines is China's fifth largest carrier and strengthens the Star Alliance presence in China and across Asia. Our customers now benefit from improved access throughout the economically important Pearl River Delta and across southern China. Shenzhen Airlines at the same time gains access to a global network with enhanced benefits for its passengers; truly a win-win situation," said Mark Schwab.

Adding Shenzhen Airlines to the network is part of Star Alliance's strategy of improving access to current and future growth markets, thus providing the international traveller with more destinations and flights. In the case of China, the foundation for this strategy was set many years ago, by those Star Alliance member carriers who have been successfully serving this market for several decades. In December 2007 the Alliance added China's Flag carrier Air China to the network.

Feng Gang, the president of Shenzhen Airlines said: "Today is filled with joy for all of us at Shenzhen Airlines. After 16 months of integration work, we have become a Star Alliance member. We know that today no single airline alone can tend to the needs of the international traveler. By joining Star Alliance we can now offer our customers global reach, while at the same time placing Shenzhen firmly on the map of world-wide air travel. We are proud to proclaim that Shenzhen Airport, serving the 4th largest city in China, is now the newest Star Alliance Hub, from which we will make our mark not only in China, but across the Asia-Pacific region."

Air China Chairman Wang Chengshun said: "As Shenzhen Airlines' mentor, we are delighted to see that Shenzhen Airlines in the last 20 years has achieved substantial growth. We believe that Shenzhen Airlines will leverage alliance resources to improve its own competitiveness, and to realise its strategic target of being a large network carrier covering Asian and intercontinental destinations with its hub in Shenzhen".

As a Star Alliance member, Shenzhen Airlines offers its customers access to a global network, along with seamless travel and enhanced frequent flyer benefits.

The airline adds some 400 daily flights to 70 destinations to the Star Alliance network. Among these are five new destinations in China: Juzhou (Zhejiang Province), Linyi, Qinhuangdao, Shijiazhuang, and Zhoushan. In addition to improving connectivity from its home base in Shenzhen, international passengers benefit from a wider choice of transfer flights in China when connection via the international airports in Beijing, Guangzhou and Shanghai - Pudong. As part of seamless travel customer promise, Shenzhen Airlines offers through check-in for passengers connecting to and from other Star Alliance member airlines flights. On a global basis, the 27 Star Alliance member carriers now offer more than 21,900 daily flights to 1,329 destinations in 194 countries.

Shenzhen Airlines' PhoenixMiles Frequent Flyer (FFP) members can now collect and redeem miles on the entire Star Alliance network. By the same token, the FFP members of all other Star Alliance member carriers now receive mileage credits for eligible flights on Shenzhen Airlines and can redeem miles for travel on the Chinese airline. In addition, miles credited for flights on Shenzhen Airlines count towards achieving Star Alliance Gold and Silver Status. This entitles customers to enhanced benefits when travelling on the Star Alliance network, which include among others, increased luggage allowance as well as access to more than 1,000 lounges for Gold Card holders.

Star Alliance offers numerous fare products for both corporate and leisure customers and Shenzhen Airlines now sells and participates in a selection of these. In view of the strong business community located in Shenzhen Airline's catchment area, the Star Alliance Corporate Plus product - which allows corporate clients to obtain corporate deals for travel on the Star Alliance network via one member airline - will enhance the carrier's proposition to this market segment.

For the Conventions and Meetings market segment, the tailor-made Star Alliance Conventions Plus and Meetings Plus products will increase in attractiveness, as organisers and delegates can now include Shenzhen Airlines in their travel planning. Moreover it allows easier access to the Pearl River Delta as a meeting and conventions location.

Flights operated by Shenzhen Airlines can now be booked as part of the following Star Alliance fares: Round-the-World, Circle Pacific, Asia Airpass and China Airpass.

About Star Alliance:

The Star Alliance network was established in 1997 as the first truly global airline alliance to offer worldwide reach, recognition and seamless service to the international traveller. Its acceptance by the market has been recognised by numerous awards, including the Air Transport World Market Leadership Award and Best Airline Alliance by both Business Traveller Magazine and Skytrax. The member airlines are: Adria Airways, Aegean Airlines, Air Canada, Air China, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian, Avianca, TACA Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Copa Airlines, Croatia Airlines, EGYPTAIR, Ethiopian Airlines, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, SWISS, TAM Airlines, TAP Portugal, Turkish Airlines, THAI, United and US Airways. EVA Air has been announced as future member. Overall, the Star Alliance network offers more than 21,900 daily flights to 1,329 airports in 194 countries.

About Shenzhen Airlines:

Shenzhen Airlines Co., Ltd, was founded in November 1992 and started operations on September 17 of the following year. With Air China and Shenzhen International Total Logistics (Shenzhen) Co, Ltd as its major shareholders, Shenzhen Airlines focuses on the business of passenger, cargo and mail transportation. Up to January 2011, Shenzhen Airlines owns a fleet of more than 100 passenger and cargo aircraft which consists of Boeing 747s and 737s, and Airbus A320s and A319s, that are flying on over 135 domestic and international routes. According to Shenzhen Airlines' development blueprint, it will expand its fleet to 170 passenger aircraft by the end of 2015. It also plans to introduce wide-body aircraft in due course. The company will forge itself into a well-known national carrier with its independent brand among competitors in Asia-Pacific region. In future, its service network will extend across Asia and other continents.
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