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Old February 22nd, 2013, 05:06 PM   #1441
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Air China to expand European presence, further becoming largest Chinese airline on the continent
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17th February, 2013

Air China is building on its reputation as China's flag carrier with an expanded schedule to Europe, increasing frequency on existing services and also opening two new routes: Beijing-Geneva and Chengdu-Frankfurt.

Air China's service will be the first Chinese one to Geneva while Chengdu-Frankfurt represents the first route from a Chinese carrier originating in a secondary Chinese city. Several secondary Chinese cities - many of them very large - are growing faster than traditional coastal areas and have also been the expansion target – out of opportunity and necessity – of European airlines.

Air China, which of China's 'Big Three' has the largest portion of its capacity in international markets, will cement its position as the largest carrier between China and Europe, and twice that of its nearest competitor (and Star Alliance partner), Lufthansa. Air China is also the seventh largest carrier between Europe and Asia-Pacific, thanks to its service to a number of smaller European cities, where it holds market leadership, unlike in major cities where it is typically overshadowed by Europe's main hub carriers.
Air China will open new service to Geneva and the first European flight from western hub at Chengdu

Air China's announcement of new services from Beijing to Geneva from 07-May-2013 with four weekly A330-200 services and three weekly Chengdu-Frankfurt A330-200 services build on its status as the largest carrier between China and Europe. The additional services follow a number of long-haul flights into China that were announced in late 2012 and early 2013.

Air China's Beijing service is the first Asian one for Geneva, Switzerland's second city typically overshadowed by Zurich, and represents another secondary European city for Air China. Geneva will mark Air China's 12th European city (and 13th European airport; Air China serves London's Gatwick and Heathrow airports).

Air China's Chengdu-Frankfurt service is perhaps more strategically notable. Chengdu is the capital of Sichuan Province in western China and home to some of the highest growth in mainland China now that the country's traditional coastal growth areas are being relatively saturated. Etihad and KLM serve Chengdu, and in late 2012 British Airways and Qatar Airways announced they too would open flights to Chengdu. Not only is Air China tapping into growth, Chengdu's geography in western China can make connections more efficient: Frankfurt to Hangzhou, for example, via Chengdu is 450km shorter than via Beijing.

Connections are more favourable for western cities: Kunming from Frankfurt is 1,500km shorter via Chengdu than Beijing. The Chengdu-Frankfurt flight ties in to China's "Go West" economic programme.

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And what about Eastern Europe?
Guess they're trying out the larger leisure and business markets first. There might not be enough traffic to sustain a regular Eastern Europe service yet.
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Guess they're trying out the larger leisure and business markets first. There might not be enough traffic to sustain a regular Eastern Europe service yet.
Sounds reasonable. However, nowadays there are many Chinese (i) students and (ii) businessmen active in this region. It cab enough for 2x weekly flight
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Sounds reasonable. However, nowadays there are many Chinese (i) students and (ii) businessmen active in this region. It cab enough for 2x weekly flight
I don't think it's meaningful to have low frequencies such as 2x weekly. Businessmen definitely won't take it; it's too inflexible and they would rather connect out of, say, Frankfurt. Tourists will balk at that since if something happens, they could be potentially stranded for days, rather than fly out tomorrow.

I think at minimum, to give consumers confidence about the route, they need at least 4x weekly (every other day).
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China Southern Airlines flys-high in Australia

SYDNEY, Jan, 30 (Xinhua) -- China Southern Airlines' (CSA) first scheduled Cairns flight arrived in the far north Wednesday, cementing its position as Australia's key connection into China.

...Fast forward to the beginning of 2013 and Asia's largest airline has ambitions to move beyond 50 flights a week...
China Southern is the largest airline in Asia? Really?

I thought Singapore or Cathay Pacific would hold that title.
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China Southern is the largest airline in Asia? Really?

I thought Singapore or Cathay Pacific would hold that title.
Neither of those airlines have a large domestic market to cater for like CZ do.
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China Southern is the largest airline in Asia? Really?

I thought Singapore or Cathay Pacific would hold that title.
By capacity, CZ is 2nd behind Emirates : http://centreforaviation.com/blogs/a...in-march-70347
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Fog affects over 100 flights in E China

JINAN, Feb. 27 (Xinhua) -- Dense fog around the Jinan International Airport has affected over 100 flights, airport authorities said Wednesday.

The fog had forced about 90 flights to be delayed and over 10 others to be canceled as of 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, airport operators said.

The delays and cancellations have left more than 4,000 passengers stranded in Jinan, capital city of east China's Shandong Province.

The fog is expected to disperse in the afternoon.

Heavy fog also swept the northern city of Tianjin, reducing visibility to less than 1,000 meters on Tuesday night. Visibility is expected fall below 500 meters on Wednesday night.

Tianjin meteorological authorities have issued a yellow alert, and some of the city's expressways have been closed. Yellow is the second lowest level in China's four-tier color-coded weather alert system.
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Glitches force 2 flights to return to city after take-off
Shanghai Daily
Mar 4, 2013

TWO China Eastern Airlines flights that departed yesterday from Hongqiao International Airport returned after taking off because of malfunctions.

Flight MU5103 from Shanghai to Beijing took off about 9:50am from the Hongqiao airport but flew back minutes later and landed at the airport at 10:05am, China Eastern confirmed yesterday.

"The air pressure system within the cabin showed a malfunction after the aircraft took off, so the crew decided to return due to safety concerns," an official with the carrier said. The airline sent another aircraft for the passengers that took off at 12:17pm.

Shortly after that, China Eastern's flight MU567 from Shanghai to Singapore returned to the Hongqiao airport also because of a mechanical problem. Passengers were to board at 9:20am but were delayed for an hour as "mechanical glitches" were fixed, a passenger named Selin said.

After flying for an hour and a half, the captain announced that the glitch was detected again and, without elaboration, said the aircraft had to return. It landed at Hongqiao after circling for another an hour and a half, the passengers said.

"We feel our lives are at risk when being told in the air about a malfunction," Selin said. She said all the passengers applauded after the aircraft landed safely.

Passengers said they heard from crew members that the front undercarriage had problems. The airline said the case was being investigated.
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Heavy fog disrupts air traffic in NW China

URUMQI, March 7 (Xinhua) -- Heavy fog in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region forced an airport to close twice on Thursday, affecting 53 flights and leaving thousands of passengers stranded.

Thick fog blanketed Diwopu International Airport in Urumqi, capital of Xinjiang, at around 0:30 a.m. forcing it to close, the airport's operating headquarters spokesman said.

It reopened at around 9:20 a.m. as the fog began to fade. But the airport shut shortly after when fog returned at 10:40 a.m.

Forty outbound flights were delayed. They were mainly going to cities like Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou, said the spokesman.

He added that 13 flights bound for Urumqi from foreign countries and other parts of China were forced to land at other airports.

Flights resumed at 2:50 p.m. when the fog dispersed, according to the spokesman.
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Business travel by air falls amid China's frugality campaign

BEIJING, March 11 (Xinhua) -- Sales of first and business class flights have dropped as China's frugality campaign gathers pace beyond high-end dining, according to the country's civil aviation authorities.

Since December, the number of business travelers on first and business class trips fell by about 10 percent compared with the same period a year ago, the Monday edition of Beijing-based Jinghua News cited Li Jun, deputy head of Civil Aviation Administration of China, as saying.

Airport VIP lounges also received about 20 percent fewer passengers year on year, said Li, who is also a member of China's top political advisory body.

In December, the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee promulgated a package of rules calling for officials to be more frugal.

Upscale restaurants in Beijing and Shanghai saw revenues fall by 35 percent and 20 percent, respectively, year on year in January, and fewer expensive dishes were sold during the week-long Spring Festival holiday in February, the Ministry of Commerce said.

Contrary to reduced business travel is the surge in air trips by ordinary travelers. During the Spring Festival holiday, the number of air-based trips rose 18 percent year on year to 6.42 million, data from the Ministry of Transport showed.

Li suggested to further boost tourism-driven mass consumption there should be improvements in the country's system of paid vacation and levying of lower taxes on restaurants and hotels for ordinary people.

Li also urged to relax restrictions on airfares to allow for cheaper flights.
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Kangaroo Route Turns Chinese With Flights to Guangzhou
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Mar 13, 2013 6:11 PM GMT+0800

Travelers plying the Kangaroo Route between Australia and Europe have discovered the cheapest path goes through Guangzhou.

China Southern Airlines Co. (1055) is undercutting Qantas Airways Ltd. (QAN) by as much as 34 percent on the cost of Sydney-to-London tickets and from April 1 will operate more flights to Europe than the Australian carrier. The Guangzhou, China-based airline said it’s ready to sacrifice profitability as it lures traffic from Singapore and Hong Kong.

China’s three biggest carriers, including Air China Ltd. (601111) and China Eastern Airlines Corp. (670), have tripled flights from Oceania to Europe over the past five years, while upgrading services. The route will provide experience needed for further expansion into North America and Europe as annual spending by Chinese tourists exceeds $100 billion. Qantas is fighting back with discounted fares to Asia.

“The sheer volumes of travelers mean that eventually China can be the most powerful transit country in the region, probably the world,” Peter Harbison, executive chairman of CAPA Centre for Aviation, said by e-mail. “They will be able to price very, very competitively.”

The shift is squeezing carriers on the route, which started in 1935 with a 12 1/2-day trip between London and Brisbane. Stopovers once included Brisbane, Darwin, Singapore, Bangkok, Calcutta, Karachi, Cairo, Rome and Frankfurt, according to Aussieairliners.org, giving rise to the trademarked Kangaroo Route nickname.

Fare Comparison

Revenue passenger kilometers, a measure of traffic, declined for ten months at Qantas and five at Cathay (293) Pacific Airways Ltd. on reduced capacity between Europe and Oceania, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

Cathay and Singapore Airlines Ltd. stand to lose from the Chinese carriers’ growth, said K Ajith, an aviation analyst at UOB Kay Hian Holdings Ltd. Transit passengers make up about 30 percent of traffic at Singapore’s Changi Airport, spokesman Ivan Tan said by e-mail.

China Eastern shares rose 1.9 percent to HK$3.23 in Hong Kong trading. Air China fell 1.9 percent and China Southern declined 1.2 percent.

Qantas shares rose 2 percent to close at A$1.745 in Sydney trading, while Cathay fell 0.4 percent after reporting annual profit that beat analyst estimates and Singapore Air advanced 0.2 percent.

Price Comparison

China Southern’s cheapest economy-class fare between Sydney and London for a two-week trip starting May 4 was A$1,442 on travel booking website webjet.com.au yesterday.

The lowest price for a non-Chinese airline, on Malaysian Airline System Bhd. (MAS), was 19 percent more expensive at A$1,721. Emirates tickets started at A$1,896 while Singapore Air’s was at A$1,940.

The cheapest Qantas ticket was 51 percent more than China Southern, at A$2,180.

Air China and China Eastern put an inch more leg room than Qantas in economy class while China Southern leased one of Sydney Airport’s most expensive billboards for three years and put massage chairs in first-class cabins.

“At the beginning of the operation we might lose some money,” said Henry He, China Southern’s managing director for Australia and New Zealand. “The most important thing for us is experience.”

Chinese Spending

China Southern has 42 weekly flights out of Australia. Qantas will reduce its service to 28 a week as part of a tie-up with Emirates.

Every week, 74 flights travel through mainland China, up from 21 five years ago and compared with 98 each through Emirates’ Dubai hub and on Singapore Air (SIA)’s network through Changi, according to a Dec. 20 report by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. Cathay flies 70 times a week to Australia, said Dominic Perret, southwest Pacific operations general manager.

Competition on Australia-to-Europe routes will probably intensify, said Andrew Orchard, an airline analyst at CIMB Group Holdings Bhd.

Chinese tourists, who spent $105 billion overseas in 2012, are forecast to make 94 million trips this year, almost double the level in 2009, according to China Tourism Academy reports.

Qantas’s Radar

There is “huge potential” for routes to Australia, China Eastern said in a statement. It plans to “deploy better aircraft” and add flights to Melbourne and Sydney.

Still, Chinese carriers’ service falls short, said Paul Sheridan, chief Asia consultant at Ascend Worldwide Ltd. First- class passengers get on-board showers on Emirates and sheepskin mattress covers on Qantas’s beds. Singapore Air’s cabin crew train for 15 weeks.

The Chinese carriers “are on our radar,” said Simon Hickey, head of Qantas’s international unit.

The competition “keeps us on our toes,” Singapore Air spokesman Nicholas Ionides said by e-mail.

China Southern flies five Airbus A380s and has ten Boeing 787 Dreamliners on order. It’s recruited Australians as cabin crew and is setting up a school for elite stewards.

“If we want a good future, we should develop worldwide,” He said. “Napoleon said: if the soldier doesn’t want to be a general, he won’t be a good soldier.”
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China Southern opens Xinjiang-Taiwan direct route

URUMQI, March 12 (Xinhua) -- China Southern Airlines on Tuesday opened a direct air route linking the mainland's Urumqi and Taiwan's Kaohsiung City.

It is the first route linking northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region and Taiwan, and also the longest route between the Chinese mainland and Taiwan.

The maiden flight CZ6053, carrying 180 passengers, took off from Urumqi International Airport at 5:13 p.m. and will arrive in Kaohsiung five and a half hours later, according to a branch of China Southern Airlines in Xinjiang.

The return flight will depart from Kaohsiung at 11:55 p.m. with 143 Taiwanese passenger on board, the branch said.

As Xinjiang and Taiwan have made great efforts to strengthen their economic exchanges and develop tourism in recent years, the two regions have seen an increasing number of visitors and investors from each region.

It is estimated that about 30,000 people will travel from Xinjiang to Taiwan in 2013.

On April 1, China Southern Airlines will open a direct route linking Urumqi and Taipei, and tickets for this service will go on sale soon, the branch said.
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Airline sues pilot to repay 1.69m yuan for training
Shanghai Daily
Mar 19, 2013

A SUBSIDIARY of locally based China Eastern Airlines is demanding 1.69 million yuan (US$271,921) from a helicopter pilot trainee who refused to work for the airline after completing his flight training.

The company, Eastern General Aviation Corp Co, said it paid 1.3 million yuan to train the pilot, Wang Hui, to get pilot licenses for helicopters, but Wang refused to sign a labor contract as agreed in an earlier training contract, the Huangpu District People's Court heard yesterday.

Wang, a Gansu Province native in his 20s, appeared in the courtroom yesterday. He said he didn't refuse to sign but just needed more time to think about whether to take the job.

"My mom was diagnosed with terminal breast cancer. I took her to Beijing to see the doctors when the contract was mailed to my home in Gansu," Wang said. "I asked the company to give me more time so that I could go back to my home and read the terms. But they chose to file a lawsuit to press me to sign the contract."

Wang said he was unsatisfied with the salary offered, which was a monthly base salary of 5,000 yuan and allowances for every flight hour.

"The salary is far below the average standard in the flight industry," Wang said. He tried to negotiate a higher salary since his mother's daily medical bills are more than 6,000 yuan.

The company, however, said he knew what his salary would be, and in any case, Wang should work for it for at least 15 years or sign an open-ended contract, according to the training contract Wang signed before taking the flight training.

Wang signed the training contract with the company in May 2011 and started helicopter training in September 2011. He took tests for private and commercial pilot licenses in January and July 2012, respectively, and earned both licenses, the court heard.

According to the training contract, Wang should return the entire flight training fee of 1.3 million yuan and pay up to 1.5 times that amount as compensation to the company if he violated the contract.

The judge and the airline agreed to give Chen another 30 days. The airline was ordered to prove the training was actually worth 1.3 million yuan.
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