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Old May 9th, 2013, 05:33 PM   #1481
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Air China launches Geneva service

BEIJING, May 7 (Xinhua) -- Air China on Tuesday announced its launch of a service from Beijing to Geneva, marking the first direct route from Asia to the Swiss city.

The new route will further promote economic and cultural exchanges between the two cities, said Fan Cheng, general secretary of Air China's Party committee.

It will also provide more convenience for transit passengers from Tokyo, Seoul, Hong Kong, Bangkok and Manila, the company said.

Air China is China's largest airline offering flights to Europe, with 12 European cities as destinations including London, Paris, Frankfurt, Rome and Madrid.
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Some Air China aircraft I've seen lately again:

A319LR (long-range, reg. B-6216)

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A320-200, "Purple Peony" (reg. B-2376)

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A320-200, "Sky Blue Peony" (reg. B-2377)

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A330-200, "Forbidden Pavilion Liner" (reg. B-6075)

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B737-800, "Golden Peony" (reg. B-5390)

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B737-800, "Phoenix" (reg. B-5422)

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May 9, 2013, 10:19 a.m. ET
China Southern Ends Talks With Rival
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HONG KONG—Citing unresolved issues, China Southern Airlines Co. has shelved talks with flag carrier Air China Ltd. on jointly operating Airbus A380 jets on long-haul flights out of Beijing, in a sign of increasing rivalry between the two state-owned carriers.

China Southern, based in the city of Guangzhou, started taking delivery of five A380 Superjumbos in late 2011 with an eye toward expanding its foothold at the Beijing airport, the nation's main international gateway and home base of Air China. No other Chinese airline has the wide-body plane on order.

Yet its hopes to expand long-haul flights from the nation's capital was met with strong regulatory resistance, and the carrier has been unable to secure the necessary rights. The Beijing government wants to prevent direct international competition between the three main state carriers, each based in one of China's three biggest cities, though they do compete on many domestic flights. The third carrier, China Eastern Airlines Corp., is based in Shanghai.

China Southern, the nation's biggest airline by fleet size, instead entered into discussions in recent months with rival Air China over the possibility for the two airlines jointly operating the A380s on key international routes, such as Beijing-Paris and Beijing-Frankfurt. However, Air China wanted only to wet lease the planes, meaning that the flag carrier would lease the A380s and flight crew from China Southern, while it would market and sell the flights only as Air China services.

"The discussions were suspended as many issues arising during the negotiations couldn't be resolved," China Southern finance chief Xu Jiebo said Thursday. He cited one of the difficulties in jointly running the A380s is that the airlines operate from different terminals at Beijing airport, making it hard to provide seamless connections for transiting customers.

China Southern has resorted to operating its A380s on short domestic routes, and last year began flying the jets on its Guangzhou-Los Angeles service. With the Air China talks not bearing fruit, the airline will begin a trial A380 service on the Guangzhou-Sydney run in the second half of the year, the executive said.

"We don't want to go head to head with Air China on European routes, and therefore we've decided to give the Sydney market a trial with the A380," said Mr. Xu. The airline already flies to Sydney on smaller aircraft.

"If demand for flights on the Guangzhou-Sydney route turns out to be weaker than expected, we could probably try to restart talks with Air China," he said. China Southern, which also flies to London from Guangzhou, wants to become a major player on the so-called "Kangaroo route," shuttling passengers between Australia and the U.K. Air China said it didn't have an immediate comment.

Separately, Mr. Xu said he expects China Southern to take delivery of the nation's first Boeing 787 Dreamliners as early as late May after the aircraft gets approval from Chinese aviation regulators.

"We could take delivery of as many as eight Boeing 787s this year, with the remaining two on order joining the fleet next year," he said.

The carrier plans to first operate the Dreamliners on key domestic routes such as Guangzhou-Beijing and Guangzhou-Shanghai, before moving them on to international services such as Guangzhou-London and Guangzhou-Vancouver.
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San Francisco route adds wings to Wuhan's air hub dream
Updated: 2013-04-26 11:03
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An air route linking Wuhan and San Francisco in the US opened on Friday as a part of the Central China city's efforts to become the fourth-biggest air transport hub after Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou.

"The launch of the route will attract more passengers to take flights from Wuhan," said Zhu Xueqing, deputy head of Hubei Airports Group Company.

The route brings the total number of Wuhan's international air routes up to 22. The city will also launch other international flights, including those to Sydney, Dubai, Bangkok and Seoul in 2013, Zhu added.

Analysts said more international routes from the capital city of Hubei province will add to its economic influence. The city has been widely known as a "path to nine provinces" for more than two centuries.

"If you look at the data on passenger flow in the first quarter of 2013, you will see that Wuhan is playing a more significant role in the country's air traffic system," said Yang Fan, a Shanghai-based air traffic sector analyst.

In the first quarter of 2013, Wuhan's Tianhe Airport saw a 102 percent year-on-year increase in passenger flow, to 192,000 passenger trips.

The Wuhan-Shanghai-San Francisco flights will be available three times a week on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, according to the agreement signed on March 12 between Wuhan and the carrier, China Eastern Airlines Corp Ltd.

Airbus A33E aircraft, which have a capacity of 230 passengers, will be used on the service, which will take around 16 hours, including a two-hour stopover in Shanghai.
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Updated: 2013-04-26 11:03
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An air route linking Wuhan and San Francisco in the US opened on Friday as a part of the Central China city's efforts to become the fourth-biggest air transport hub after Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou.

"The launch of the route will attract more passengers to take flights from Wuhan," said Zhu Xueqing, deputy head of Hubei Airports Group Company.

The route brings the total number of Wuhan's international air routes up to 22. The city will also launch other international flights, including those to Sydney, Dubai, Bangkok and Seoul in 2013, Zhu added.

Analysts said more international routes from the capital city of Hubei province will add to its economic influence. The city has been widely known as a "path to nine provinces" for more than two centuries.

"If you look at the data on passenger flow in the first quarter of 2013, you will see that Wuhan is playing a more significant role in the country's air traffic system," said Yang Fan, a Shanghai-based air traffic sector analyst.

In the first quarter of 2013, Wuhan's Tianhe Airport saw a 102 percent year-on-year increase in passenger flow, to 192,000 passenger trips.

The Wuhan-Shanghai-San Francisco flights will be available three times a week on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, according to the agreement signed on March 12 between Wuhan and the carrier, China Eastern Airlines Corp Ltd.

Airbus A33E aircraft, which have a capacity of 230 passengers, will be used on the service, which will take around 16 hours, including a two-hour stopover in Shanghai.
I didn't know this one at all. I only know that China Eastern operates between SFO and PVG, but the flight extends to and from WUH? Very, very interesting... I wonder how many passengers continue on to or from Wuhan all the way from San Francisco. And what's more interesting: I understand that MU uses an A332, not an A330-300E.
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Bomb hoax suspect caught in S China

SHENZHEN, May 16 (Xinhua) -- A man who allegedly made false bomb threats that affected five flights was caught Thursday morning in the city of Dongguan in south China's Guangdong Province, police from the city of Shenzhen said.

In a joint operation with Dongguan law enforcement, police from Shenzhen caught a 26-year-old man surnamed Wang in a rented room in Changping Township, the Shenzhen police said.

Wang, who is currently unemployed and comes from north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, admitted to having made six phone calls claiming there were bombs on the planes, according to the police.

Police are still investigating the case.

Bomb threats were made against three Chinese airlines Wednesday morning, affecting five flights bound for Shenzhen, according to sources with the airlines.

Three of the flights were operated by Shenzhen Airlines. For security reasons, the airline ordered flight ZH9866 departing from Nanjing to return to the city after taking off, as well as directed flight ZH9243 from Xi'an to land in Guilin and flight ZH9889 from Beijing to postpone take-off. No abnormalities were found in the airplanes.

Juneyao Airlines ordered flight HO1111 bound for Shenzhen to return to Shanghai for a security. Police said later that no danger was posed to the aircraft.

China Eastern Airlines flight MU2325 from Lanzhou to Shenzhen was also safely cleared after the airline received a similar threat.

At least 10 false bomb threats were reported in China last year, creating significant losses for airlines and airports.

According to China's criminal law and civil aviation law, those who intentionally disturb flight operations by fabricating terrorist threats may receive punishments ranging from detention to a jail term of less than five years, or more than five years for those whose actions result in severe consequences.
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Air China, subsidiary to buy 100 Airbus planes for 8.85 bln USD

HONG KONG, May 24 (Xinhua) -- Air China, the country's leading carrier, and its subsidiary Shenzhen Airlines have signed deals to buy a total of 100 Airbus 320-series planes for 8.85 billion U.S. dollars, Air China announced Friday.

In a statement filed to the Hong Kong stock exchange, Air China, listed both in Hong Kong and Shanghai, said it agreed to buy 60 Airbus 320-series aircraft for 5.37 billion U.S. dollars, which would be paid by cash in installments.

It expects to take delivery of the 60 planes in stages from 2014 to 2020.

Its subsidiary Shenzhen Airlines agreed to buy 40 Airbus 320-series planes for 3.48 billion U.S. dollars, which would also be paid by cash in installments. The 40 planes are expected to be delivered in stages from 2016 to 2020.

The transaction will strengthen the fleet capacity of the Air China Group with an increase of about 15.9 percent based on the number of available tonne kilometers by the end of 2012. In particular, the deal is in line with the market requirements for Beijing-based Air China and will expand the fleet capacity of Shenzhen Airlines in south China.

The statement also said Airbus had agreed to buy back six A340-series aircraft in advance from Air China based on earlier arrangement.
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I didn't know this one at all. I only know that China Eastern operates between SFO and PVG, but the flight extends to and from WUH? Very, very interesting... I wonder how many passengers continue on to or from Wuhan all the way from San Francisco. And what's more interesting: I understand that MU uses an A332, not an A330-300E.
So what makes this flight any different from any other connecting flight? There is a two hour connection in Shanghai to a different airplane. Sounds like all they did was use the same flight number or something.

And BTW, when is San Francisco going to see non-stops to Wuhan, Chengdu, Guangzhou, ShenZhen and other 2nd tier Chinese cities? European, middle eastern and even african airlines are adding flights all over china.
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Man arrested for Kunming-Beijing flight bomb hoax

KUNMING, May 28 (Xinhua) -- A man who allegedly made a false bomb threat regarding a flight between the southwestern city of Kunming and Beijing on Tuesday has been detained, police said.

Police authorities in Kunming, capital of Yunnan Province, received a phone call on Tuesday afternoon saying there was a time bomb on an airplane of China Eastern Airlines bound for Beijing.

Local police then immediately carried out a contingency plan for major emergencies and evacuated the plane. A following check-up found no bomb onboard, the provincial public security bureau said in a statement.

The man behind the bomb hoax was detained Tuesday night in Kunming, it said. Further investigation into the hoax is under way.

Earlier on May 15, five flights bound for Shenzhen and operated by China Eastern Airlines, Juneyao Airlines and Shenzhen Airlines were targeted by bomb hoaxes.

On May 17, all flights at the Jiangbei International Airport in southwest China's Chongqing Municipality were disrupted for over one hour following a false bomb threat.
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Air China to resume Okinawa flights

BEIJING, June 8 (Xinhua) -- Air China will resume its flights from Beijing to Okinawa from July 3, the company announced on Saturday.

Air China started flying to Okinawa in January 2012, but suspended the service because of lack of passengers.

The airline will offer two flights each week with a Boeing 737-800 aircraft. Flight CA831 will leave Beijing at 1:20 p.m. and return flight CA832 will take off at 6:30 p.m. (both local time).

The service will bring the number of Japanese cities served by Air China up to 10 and the number of round-trip direct flights between the two countries to over 260 every week, according to the airline.

Known as Eastern Hawaii, Okinawa is one of the world's most visited destinations and boasts beautiful scenery, a mild climate and rich cultural heritage.
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Airbus to deliver over 100 passenger planes to China in 2013

BEIJING, June 8 (Xinhua)-- European aircraft manufacturer Airbus will deliver over 100 passenger planes to China this year, with its four-year deliveries to China totalling over 400, the company announced on Saturday.

The market share of Airbus in China's wide-bodied aircraft market has reached more than 60 percent, with over 110 Airbus A330 wide-bodied aircraft in operation, according to Airbus.

Fabrice Bregier, president and CEO of Airbus, attributed the company's achievements in China to a strategy of carrying out extensive and in-depth cooperation with China's aviation industry.

Air China, the country's leading carrier, and its subsidiary Shenzhen Airlines signed deals at the end of May to buy a total of 100 Airbus 320-series planes for 8.85 billion U.S. dollars.

The A320's high reliability and low operational cost have appealed to Chinese airlines, while the A330 offers a solution for airport congestion in large Chinese cities, as larger planes can carry more passengers with fewer flights, according to Airbus.

Airbus delivered its first aircraft to China in 1985. The number of Airbus aircraft in operation in China by the end of April stood at 914, the company said.
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China flies first civil airplane with wifi

BEIJING, July 4 (Xinhuanet) -- A trial-flight of a civil airplane with in-flight internet has taken off from Beijing. This Air China flight is open for public use. And for the first time, the public have been able to read emails during their flight.

A passenger jet with in-flight internet has taken to the skies over China for the first time. The plane is equipped with a wifi network that can connect with a communication satellite, allowing passengers to connect to the internet during the flight. Its as simple as logging on to the net when youre at home or in the office.

Zhang Yun, Director, Air China Inflight Office, said, "You can send emails to your friends, and get a reply instantly. You can check the latest news or stock prices through an app provided by the airline company."

Despite the convenience, security is a concern. Electronic devices are strictly banned during flights. The cabin communication network provider has been conducting research into connecting a base station signal on the ground with a satellite signal without threatening flight safety.

Zhang Yun, Director, Air China Inflight Office, said, "Our technology has been tested and approved by the civil airline administration authority. We passed the electromagnetic interference test, and in order to ensure full safety, our inflight internet service will open only after the flight has reached 3000 meters. "

Unlike mobile phones, the current inflight internet technology has a relatively simple electromagnetic signal. Previous tests have managed to eliminate interference to flight operating systems. But the internet service wont be used during takeoff and landing. Other airline companies such as Germanys Lufthansa, Emirates Airlines, UKs Virgin Atlantic Airways, and Southwest Airlines of the US also have this technology.

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China flies first civil airplane with wifi

BEIJING, July 4 (Xinhuanet) -- A trial-flight of a civil airplane with in-flight internet has taken off from Beijing. This Air China flight is open for public use. And for the first time, the public have been able to read emails during their flight.

A passenger jet with in-flight internet has taken to the skies over China for the first time. The plane is equipped with a wifi network that can connect with a communication satellite, allowing passengers to connect to the internet during the flight. Its as simple as logging on to the net when youre at home or in the office.

Zhang Yun, Director, Air China Inflight Office, said, "You can send emails to your friends, and get a reply instantly. You can check the latest news or stock prices through an app provided by the airline company."

Despite the convenience, security is a concern. Electronic devices are strictly banned during flights. The cabin communication network provider has been conducting research into connecting a base station signal on the ground with a satellite signal without threatening flight safety.

Zhang Yun, Director, Air China Inflight Office, said, "Our technology has been tested and approved by the civil airline administration authority. We passed the electromagnetic interference test, and in order to ensure full safety, our inflight internet service will open only after the flight has reached 3000 meters. "

Unlike mobile phones, the current inflight internet technology has a relatively simple electromagnetic signal. Previous tests have managed to eliminate interference to flight operating systems. But the internet service wont be used during takeoff and landing. Other airline companies such as Germanys Lufthansa, Emirates Airlines, UKs Virgin Atlantic Airways, and Southwest Airlines of the US also have this technology.

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I was on UA 888, PEK-SFO yesterday and they had inflight wifi working.
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