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Old August 21st, 2013, 05:33 AM   #1521
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China Southern Plots New Routes for A380s
Carrier's Superjumbo Fleet, Confined to Domestic Flights, Has Racked Up Losses

20 August 2013
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HONG KONG—China Southern Airlines Co. is hoping to squeeze profit from its underperforming Airbus A380 fleet by expanding to more international routes, including flights to Sydney.

When China's biggest airline by fleet size bought the five A380s seven years ago, it was confident it could fill the biggest commercial planes on the market with millions of Chinese tourists wanting to see the world. But it was forced to deploy the planes on local routes instead after talks failed on operating long-distance flights out of Beijing. It remains to be seen whether the carrier's latest effort can help turn the losses around.

A China Southern executive said the airline will fly the superjumbo on its twice-daily Guangzhou-Sydney service beginning Oct. 28, replacing the Airbus 330-300s used on the route. The airline began flying A380s late last year on the less lucrative Guangzhou-Los Angeles service. The planes are made by the Airbus unit of European Aeronautic Defence & Space Co.

The Guangzhou-based carrier's overseas expansion follows a drop in domestic travel demand caused by the softening Chinese economy. China Southern, which has the largest domestic-market presence among the big three state-owned carriers, in April said its first-quarter net profit fell 82% to 57 million yuan ($9.3 million) as competition intensified.

Analysts say the carrier incurred losses of about 200 million yuan last year from its A380 fleet alone because the planes were being underutilized on domestic routes.

People familiar with the matter said China Southern also planned to use Boeing Co.'s 787 Dreamliner on the Guangzhou-London route, on which the carrier now flies Airbus 330-200 jets. The third of 10 Dreamliners will be delivered to China Southern this month. The new superjumbos in its fleet will help China Southern compete on the so-called Kangaroo Route that links Australia to destinations in Europe through the airline's Guangzhou hub.

Bonnie Chan, a transportation analyst at Macquarie, said the Sydney and Guangzhou-Los Angeles routes would help improve use of China Southern's A380s, but it would take time to ramp up operations and the fleet is still likely to contribute another loss for the year.

China Southern and rivals Air China Ltd. and China Eastern Airlines Corp. in recent years have been hoping to deploy more state-of-the-art planes to fly long-distance routes. But there is strong competition not just from airlines in neighboring Hong Kong but also those from the Middle East, which are able to cut fares significantly and still remain profitable.

On the Kangaroo Route, China Southern has a long way to go, Ms. Chan said. "It will take time for China Southern to build strong product offerings and service standards on par with many of its Western rivals, which are already well-established on the Kangaroo route, putting it at a competitive disadvantage at the start," she said.
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Old August 25th, 2013, 07:42 AM   #1523
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China's Xiamen to buy 6 Boeing 787s to launch long-haul flights

SINGAPORE, Aug 23 (Reuters) - Chinese carrier Xiamen Airlines has finalised a long-awaited deal for six Boeing 787 aircraft worth $1.27 billion at list prices, allowing it to begin long-haul services to the United States and Europe in 2014.

The airline's parent, China Southern Airlines Co Ltd , said in May 2011 that it had signed a letter of agreement for the six aircraft, but the deal was held up pending approval from the Chinese government. That came this week, according to sources familiar with the deal.

"We've confirmed the order. The first jet will be delivered on July 25 next year," said Xiamen Airlines spokeswoman Shen Zikun. Boeing Co declined to comment.

Xiamen, which is a member of the SkyTeam alliance, is one of only a handful of all-Boeing aircraft operators. It flies its Boeing 737s and 757s on domestic routes and regional services to Northeast and Southeast Asia.

It plans to use the 787s to launch long-haul services from its home in Xiamen in the southeastern Fujian province which is one of China's fastest growing economic zones. It has not yet confirmed the U.S. and European destinations it will serve.

Most flights from China to Europe and the United States go through one of the three main hubs of Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou, and passengers normally get connecting flights from there to their final destinations.

The country's big four carriers - Air China Ltd, China Eastern Airlines Corp Ltd, China Southern and Hainan Airlines Co Ltd - dominate these long-haul routes.

But airport congestion and increasing demand for point-to-point connections mean that these airlines and their subsidiaries are looking at other cities to serve as ports of entry into China.

This makes China a highly lucrative market for larger twin-aisle passenger aircraft like the Boeing 777 and 787 and the Airbus A330 and A350, that can cover the long distances, according to officials from both aircraft makers.
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Old August 26th, 2013, 02:34 PM   #1526
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China Southern Airlines First-Half Net Profit Falls 19% to CNY344M
26 August 2013
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HONG KONG--China Southern Airlines Co. (1055.HK) said Monday that first-half net profit fell 19% from a year earlier because of softening domestic demand for air travel.

The Guangzhou-based carrier said net profit for the six months ended June 30 was 344 million yuan ($55.8 million), according to international accounting standards, down from a net profit of CNY424 million. The results were lower than an average forecast of CNY405 million in a poll of six analysts.

The carrier's revenue fell 1.6% to CNY46.21 billion from CNY46.95 billion, it added.

The weak results come despite the carrier booking a net foreign-exchange gain of CNY1.52 billion for the first half, as the Chinese currency appreciated against the greenback during the period. It reported a CNY314 million foreign-exchange loss a year earlier.

As it did last year, the carrier didn't recommend a first-half dividend.
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Old August 26th, 2013, 08:23 PM   #1527
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Old August 27th, 2013, 06:28 PM   #1528
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Fire spotted on Shenzhen Airlines plane, 12 injured in evacuation

SHENZHEN, Aug. 25 (Xinhua) -- Smoke was spotted on a plane of Shenzhen Airlines on Sunday before it took off at Shenzhen airport that serves China's first special economic zone, according to the company.

Twelve passengers boarding on the ZH9969 flight suffered minor injuries while being evacuated, company sources said.

An investigation into the accident, which occurred at around 6:10 p.m., is under way.

"We're not sure if the plane had caught a flame," said Yue Fanglin, an employee at the division managing the airlines' communication.

Yue said the passengers got bruises because they wore summer attire and the evacuation slide was long.

By 10:10 p.m., 67 passengers of the ZH9969 left Shenzhen on a new flight, while 15 others either rescheduled or canceled their journey.

The incident did not disrupt the flight schedules of Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport.
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China Eastern flight heads back to Melbourne after boy injures finger
Shanghai Daily
August 29, 2013

A FLIGHT from Australia to Shanghai turned back early into its flight yesterday after a toddler from the city was seriously injured.

The two-year-old boy had got his finger stuck under the TV screen on the back of a seat in front of him about an hour after China Eastern Airlines’ flight MU738 had taken off from Melbourne at around 10am.

His mother failed to notice and when she lifted the boy up his finger was almost torn apart and he screamed in agony, Jason Lu, an official at China Eastern’s Australia office said.

“The bone did not fracture but the skin was pulled apart and the bone could be seen,” Lu said.

The captain decided to return to Melbourne because the Airbus 330-300E aircraft was still in Australian airspace and it would have been another 10 hours before it arrived at Shanghai’s Pudong International Airport, he said.

A passenger, Xu Yangdong, said: “The 300-plus passengers were all calm and supportive of the decision.”

The plane landed at 11:50am and the boy and his mother were escorted off the plane by members of the crew to a waiting ambulance. The boy was in stable condition after his finger was sewn up and bandaged at a nearby hospital, Lu said.

Lu said the decision to turn the plane around had cost the airline some 3 million yuan (US$490,200).

The plane had to release some 60 tons of fuel before landing in Melbourne to avoid damage to the undercarriage as the fully fuelled aircraft would have been too heavy to land.

China Eastern headquarters in Shanghai issued a statement late yesterday to thank all the passengers onboard for their support and understanding.

The plane left Melbourne again for Shanghai at around 2pm without the mother and son.

The boy is under observation at a hospital in Melbourne.
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Economic slowdown, railways hold back airlines

BEIJING, Aug. 31 (Xinhuanet) -- Slower economic growth and competition from high-speed railways were a drag on the first-half performance of domestic airlines, though there was wide divergence in the sector, the carriers' interim reports show.

On Monday, China Southern Airlines Co Ltd became the first carrier among the nation's top three to report first-half results.

The Guangzhou-based carrier saw revenue slip 4.2 percent year-on-year to 46 billion yuan ($7.5 billion), while net profit tumbled 32.7 percent to 302 million yuan, the third decline in a row.

In contrast, Beijing-based Air China Ltd, which released its interim report a day later, said net profit rose 7.31 percent to 1.1 billion yuan, ending a two-year decline. Revenue, however, fell 3.58 percent to 45.9 billion yuan.

Both airlines benefited from the yuan's appreciation against the dollar, which yielded foreign-exchange gains of 1.44 billion yuan for China Southern and 1.12 billion yuan for Air China.

Cheaper jet fuel saved money for both, cutting fuel costs for China Southern by 7.6 percent and for Air China by 8.1 percent.

But the shift from the business tax to the value-added tax offset lower fuel costs, pushing up both carriers' overall fuel cost a bit.

According to Li Xiaojin, a professor at the Civil Aviation University of China, China Southern didn't see the returns that had been expected for international flights, and the rising cost of introducing the A380 superjumbo also eroded its profit margin.

Hainan Airlines Co Ltd, the nation's fourth-largest carrier, reported robust profitability. It said on Thursday that revenue grew 3.83 percent to 14.4 billion yuan, with net profit soaring 29.28 percent to 645 million yuan.

Hainan Airlines credited the growth to an enlarged fleet, which expanded to 120 planes from 109, as well as increasing passenger traffic. In the first half, the airline carried 12.46 million passengers, up 13.38 percent.

China Eastern Co Ltd posted 41.48 billion yuan in revenue, up 2.66 percent year-on-year, and 763 million yuan in net profit. But analysts were downbeat about its performance.

"We can tell the Shanghai-based carrier's performance from the published results of Shanghai International Airport Co Ltd," said Sun Hongzhan, an industrial analyst with Minsheng Securities Co Ltd.

Shanghai International Airport, which operates Pudong International Airport and the smaller Hongqiao International Airport, generated 2.47 billion yuan in first-half revenue, up 8.68 percent year-on-year. Net profit rose 18.29 percent to 893 million yuan.

Sun said the profit mainly came from non-core operations, implying the airport company performed badly in the passenger and cargo transport businesses.

"The aviation industry globally has the lowest gross profit, at about 3 percent, among all industries, and China's ongoing economic restructuring means domestic demand will get weaker for airlines," said Sun, adding that the next two to three years will be a severe test for aviation companies that are not well prepared.

(Source: China Daily)
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Chinese airline to start daily flights to Brisbane this year
24 August 2013
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CHINA Southern Airlines will increase its Guangzhou-Brisbane route to a daily service from November 21.

Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games Jann Stuckey welcomed the news, which represented a 75% increase in the route’s current capacity.

“This is fantastic news for Queensland and a show of confidence in our tourism industry,” Ms Stuckey said. “The new daily service will add more than 33,000 available seats for Chinese visitors to access Queensland each year.”

Ms Stuckey said China was now Queensland’s second largest international market and one of its fastest growing.

China Southern regional general manager Henry He said the airline was pleased with the positive response to its Queensland flights.

“Queensland offers wonderful natural attractions and great shopping and nightlife experiences that appeal to Chinese travellers,” Mr He said.
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Economic slowdown, railways hold back airlines

BEIJING, Aug. 31 (Xinhuanet) -- Slower economic growth and competition from high-speed railways were a drag on the first-half performance of domestic airlines, though there was wide divergence in the sector, the carriers' interim reports show.

On Monday, China Southern Airlines Co Ltd became the first carrier among the nation's top three to report first-half results.

The Guangzhou-based carrier saw revenue slip 4.2 percent year-on-year to 46 billion yuan ($7.5 billion), while net profit tumbled 32.7 percent to 302 million yuan, the third decline in a row.

In contrast, Beijing-based Air China Ltd, which released its interim report a day later, said net profit rose 7.31 percent to 1.1 billion yuan, ending a two-year decline. Revenue, however, fell 3.58 percent to 45.9 billion yuan.

Both airlines benefited from the yuan's appreciation against the dollar, which yielded foreign-exchange gains of 1.44 billion yuan for China Southern and 1.12 billion yuan for Air China.

Cheaper jet fuel saved money for both, cutting fuel costs for China Southern by 7.6 percent and for Air China by 8.1 percent.

But the shift from the business tax to the value-added tax offset lower fuel costs, pushing up both carriers' overall fuel cost a bit.

According to Li Xiaojin, a professor at the Civil Aviation University of China, China Southern didn't see the returns that had been expected for international flights, and the rising cost of introducing the A380 superjumbo also eroded its profit margin.

Hainan Airlines Co Ltd, the nation's fourth-largest carrier, reported robust profitability. It said on Thursday that revenue grew 3.83 percent to 14.4 billion yuan, with net ń soaring 29.28 percent to 645 million yuan.

Hainan Airlines credited the growth to an enlarged fleet, which expanded to 120 planes from 109, as well as increasing passenger traffic. In the first half, the airline carried 12.46 million passengers, up 13.38z

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"The aviation industry globally has the lowest gross profit, at about 3 percent, among all industries, and China's ongoing economic restructuring means domestic demand will get weaker for airlines," said Sun, adding that the next two to three years will be a severe test for aviation companies that are not well prepared.

(Source: China Daily)
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Chinese Pilots Press Government for More Mobility
2 September 2013
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HONG KONG—Hundreds of pilots at China's state airlines have signed a petition urging the government to remove barriers that restrict them from being poached, as an acute shortage of experienced flight crews threatens to stunt growth in the nation's booming aviation sector.

The petition campaign, which was published in several Chinese newspapers and media sites over the weekend, is a rare display of public discontent among some of the highest-paid employees at state-owned enterprises. It also underscores some of the problems China faces as it transforms many of its service industries into commercially oriented structures.

Chinese carriers have been on a hiring spree for senior foreign pilots, offering annual salaries of up to $270,000, or roughly double the average wage of a U.S. airline captain, as a shortage of locally trained crews has failed to keep pace with demand.

Robust demand for air travel has helped propel China's rise as the world's second-largest airline market in terms of passenger traffic after the U.S. It now plans to expand the industry by promoting budget airlines, which have transformed travel in parts of the Asian-Pacific region.

Yet airlines in China are still catching up to hire and train enough captains—who serve as the pilot in command of each flight—to fly the hundreds of new commercial jetliners they have on order. Though the number of local commercial pilots has quadrupled since the start of the last decade to roughly 33,000, the bulk of new pilots haven't yet made it to captain.

The shortage of senior crews is more problematic at upstart carriers, which don't usually have an established pipeline of pilots. Many of these new airlines, such as Spring Airlines Co. and Juneyao Airlines, have sought to poach captains from state-run carriers by offering salaries of as much as 40% above the market rate.

But many of the pilots wanting to jump ship have found themselves in a state of employment limbo, citing the difficulties in negotiating a way out of their contracts with the state airlines, which in some cases have withheld their licenses for several years while suspending their flying duties and pay. More than 1,000 lawsuits linked to pilot resignations have been processed since 2005, according to China's state media.

The concern for state carriers is that the tens of thousands of dollars they have invested in each pilot for training would transfer to benefit their smaller competitors. China's civil-aviation regulator in 2005 enacted compensation rules that impede the mobility of pilots, while an absence of standardized procedures to deal with pilot resignations further complicates the process for pilots. China's aviation regulator didn't respond to several requests to comment.

"It took nearly three years of court battles and mediation to end my contract with Air China," said Zhao Hong, a former captain at flag carrier Air China Ltd. who was one of the initiators of the petition campaign. Despite the settlement with the airline, Mr. Zhao said he still hasn't been able to join another carrier as his personnel records are held up by the airline because of disagreements over some pension payment issues.

Mr. Zhao urged the nation's civil-aviation regulator to set new and reasonable regulations on pilot mobility. The majority of the 430 airline pilots who have signed the petition so far hail from the nation's three main state airlines: Air China, China Southern Airlines Co. and China Eastern Airlines Corp., which together account for around 80% of the nation's passenger traffic capacity.

Some pilots are also complaining of long and irregular working hours at the state airlines, contributing to a desire to move to other companies. Chen Likun, another former Air China captain who resigned in April last year, said he had many administrative duties and meetings he had to attend under the state-owned structure, and felt they were "very time-consuming and annoying."

Mr. Chen joins a group of more than a dozen former Air China pilots based in the eastern Zhejiang province in a lawsuit against the Beijing-based airline over their plans to work at another carrier. He said his annual salary rose to around 500,000 yuan, or nearly $82,000, when he was promoted to captain in 2011, but says his pay could go up 30%-40% if he joined a privately owned airline.

When questioned about the pilots' protests, Air China Executive Director Fan Cheng declined to comment on specific cases. "We're always open and willing to listen to the views of our staff whenever they have complaints and suggestions," he said.

China Southern Airlines declined to comment, while China Eastern couldn't be reached to comment.
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China to Deregulate Its Aviation Market
5 September 2013
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CHICAGO -- China is taking steps to deregulate its domestic and international aviation market, and may amend its closely watched air-transport treaty with the U.S., according to a senior Chinese airline executive.

Flag carrier Air China Ltd. could lose its effective monopoly on some prime international routes within a year while regulators are opening the door to new up carriers in the country's interior for the first time after half-a-decade of breakneck growth, according to Wei Hou, vice president of Hainan Airlines Co., the country's fourth-largest by traffic.

Hainan's international expansion has been restricted to flights to smaller destinations such as Brussels, Berlin and Seattle by a Chinese government policy that allows only one Chinese carrier on each route.

"There's been serious discussions to lift the ban" between the country's airlines and the Civil Aviation Administration of China, Mr. Wei said in an interview after Hainan this week launched flights from its Beijing hub to Chicago.

While Hainan's larger rivals -- Air China, China Southern Airlines Co. and China Eastern Airlines Corp. -- don't operate the route, Chicago is viewed by the airline as a precursor to relaxation of the rules, which Mr. Wei said could come within a year.

Hainan is also taking advantage of Chinese government steps to encourage new up carriers after a decade of consolidation, and is investing in a domestic up in partnership with the city of Urumqi, in the country's northwest.

Mr. Wei said the potential loosening of restrictions on international flying is being driven by Chinese cities in the country's interior eager to capitalize on their growth, while overseas carriers are also targeting the regions, in part because of intensifying congestion at big airports in Beijing and Shanghai.

British Airways is due this month to start flights from London to Chengdu -- which has a metro population of more than 30 million -- following in the footsteps of alliance partner Finnair.

International flights from such "secondary" cities are being aided by the arrival of new, fuel-efficient aircraft such as the Boeing Co. 787 Dreamliner.

Hainan received its second 787 last month, with two more expected this year and another six in 2014. It plans to use the planes on the Chicago service from early November, said Mr. Wei, having launched the flights this week with an Airbus A340-600.

While China Southern also has 787s, Hainan is expected to be the first Chinese carrier to use them on trans-Pacific routes, said Mr. Wei. He said the airline is awaiting so-called ETOPS certification from the Civil Aviation Administration of China, which permits the twin-engine 787 to fly long overwater routes.

The CAAC first required 787 operators to use the aircraft on domestic routes, and took a year before allowing China Southern to fly its Airbus A380s beyond China. However, Mr. Wei expects the Dreamliners -- like the Airbus A330s and A340s before it -- to be restricted to domestic routes for only about three months.

The U.S. and China have been in protracted discussions about amending their existing aviation agreement, which governs which airlines can fly to which cities, and how often.

Any new deal is seen by analysts as stopping short of an "open skies" treaty, which the U.S. has with more than 100 countries and removing all such restrictions. However, it would likely free passenger and cargo airlines from both countries to open more routes.
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Whats the difference with the red plane for Shenzhen airline, and the green color airline. Is the green an older version or newer, because I usually see red ones, first time seeing greens.
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Whats the difference with the red plane for Shenzhen airline, and the green color airline. Is the green an older version or newer, because I usually see red ones, first time seeing greens.
The green livery is the old one, so should be very rare these days.
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