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Airline aims global with foreign crew addition
3 July 2019
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For Peter Barbagallo, it was a major decision to move to Shanghai with his family to join China Eastern Airlines two years ago. Now, he said he is very proud of being a foreign pilot with the airline, and plans to live in Shanghai for as long as possible.

Coming from Brisbane in Australia, Barbagallo said there are a lot of differences working with the Shanghai-based carrier compared with his previous airlines in the Middle East.

"My local colleagues are friendlier, more welcoming, collaborative and inclusive ... We are like a family here. I am not a staff member ...I am Peter Barbagallo," said the 37-year-old pilot who currently flies between 70 and 80 hours a month. Most of his flights are domestic ones.

He said all the staff members look after each other, and that the environment is more personal, happy and relaxed here.

Barbagallo is one of some 70 foreign pilots working for the airline. According to Cai Hui, deputy general manager with the airline's Shanghai flight department, the foreign pilots come from 18 countries, including Brazil, Italy, Netherlands, the United States, France, Canada, Philippines, Singapore and Mongolia.

"Most of them are flying large wide-body aircraft including A330 and B777 for long haul international routes," Cai said. "In addition to their advantage with languages, foreign pilots are more familiar with the airspace, airports and flight environment of their own countries, which is another advantage when flying routes to and from their countries."

In the past few years, China Eastern has been exploring building a foreign pilot team of high quality. At the same time, the carrier is actively expanding its overseas team by employing more than 1,700 foreign staff members in 33 countries and regions.

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Does anyone who what seats China Southern are using for their New 777-300ERs?

The original set of 10 were delivered along time ago...
 

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New flights to Ireland, Iceland
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November 28, 2019

Two new flights connecting Shanghai with Dublin and Reykjavik will begin next March to meet rising demand of travelers between Europe and China.

Shanghai-based Juneyao Airlines will operate two weekly flights on Sundays and Thursdays between Shanghai and the Irish capital Dublin from March 29 along with two weekly flights on Tuesdays and Saturdays between Shanghai and Iceland’s capital from March 31.

Both routes will be operated by the airline’s Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft with a short stop in Helsinki on each leg. The airline can also sell tickets for travel between Dublin/Reykjavik and Helsinki, the carrier announced yesterday.

The two routes mark the acceleration of Juneyao’s ambition to expand to the European travel market. It opened a daily direct flight to Helsinki in June this year while announcing two other routes to Athens and Manchester.

“We see strong demand for travel between China and Europe, and passengers need more choice,” said Wang Junjin, Juneyao’s chairman.

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British Airways, China Southern expand code-sharing deal
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LONDON, Dec 17 (Reuters) - British Airways and China Southern Airlines have expanded their code-sharing deal with a view to boosting tourism between the two countries.

The two carriers said on Tuesday their new joint business agreement would enable them to cooperate more on scheduling and pricing, open up more destinations between the two countries and develop a combined route network from Beijing's new airport.

The pair, which have had a code-sharing deal since 2017, will now code-share on all direct flights operated between London and the Chinese cities of Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Sanya, Wuhan and Zhengzhou.

Code-sharing allows two or more carriers to publish and advertise tickets on the same plane under different flight numbers, helping to reduce the number of empty seats on flights.

Alex Cruz, chairman and CEO of British Airways, part of the IAG group of airlines, said the deal would benefit customers.

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China Southern Air Holding sets up 1 bln yuan cargo company
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BEIJING, Dec 26 (Reuters) - China Southern Air Holding, the parent of China Southern Airlines, has set up a cargo company with registered capital of 1 billion yuan ($143 million), as it looks to consolidate its air cargo assets through state-led reforms.

The move from December 24 was disclosed by a filing approved on the National Enterprise Credit Information Publicity System and comes as China prioritises implementing mixed ownership reforms to revamp its bloated, debt-ridden state sector.

China Southern is among 96 centrally owned companies supervised by the state assets regulator, the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission (SASAC).

As such, China Southern Airlines would offload its old freight unit to the newly registered company, according to a statement from SASAC in October. The cargo company would also take over other air cargo assets under the parent company such as belly cargo services, cargo terminals and international logistics.

The cargo business would be managed in a market-oriented way and would become a major source of profits, said the SASAC.

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China Southern, Hainan Airlines among crisis-struck mainland carriers to put all foreign pilots on unpaid leave
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Feb 6, 2020

All foreign pilots working for China Southern Airlines, Hainan Airlines, and a host of smaller mainland Chinese carriers have been placed on indefinite unpaid leave, according to multiple sources and a memo seen by the Post.

With the coronavirus crisis forcing airlines to slash flights, several hundred foreign pilots have seemingly become surplus overnight, with some telling the Post they were considering their options amid the uncertainty now facing the world’s fastest-growing air market.

“All foreign pilots, including those who have applied for leave exemption and those who have not, shall start a non-fixed term leave without pay as soon as possible,” a Tuesday memo to a batch of foreign pilots for China Southern, the country’s largest carrier, said.

Their grounding was effective that day, with the pilots told they would “return to work when [the] situation gets better.”

Xiamen Airlines along with Hainan Airlines, Tianjin Airlines and Beijing Capital Airlines (BCA) – a trio of carriers owned by debt-laden HNA Group – have also placed foreign aircrew on unpaid leave, according to multiple sources.

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China's aviation regulator says supports airline mergers amid virus outbreak
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Feb 12, 2020

BEIJING (Reuters) - China’s aviation regulator will support restructuring or mergers to help airlines cope with the coronavirus outbreak, it said on Wednesday, noting that the epidemic has hurt the bottom lines of many carriers.

The epidemic, which originated in the transportation hub city of Wuhan and quickly spread to the rest of China, has caused global airlines to cancel thousands of flights after dozen of countries imposed travel restrictions amid virus fears, dampening demand.

On Feb. 11, airlines canceled 12,662 flights in China, according to aviation data provider Variflight.

The Civil Aviation Administration of China will continue to lobby authorities to subsidize airlines hurt by travel curbs due to the coronavirus, Xiong Jie, a CAAC spokesman, told a media briefing, adding that more fees would be waived for carriers.

The regulator will also support restructuring and mergers among airlines based on their needs, and support them to optimize capacity so they can weather the difficult time and win the battle against the virus, Xiong said.

Discussions of possible mergers have swirled since conglomerate HNA, which owns Hainan Airlines, started experiencing liquidity issues, said Chinese aviation expert Li Xiaojin. Li added that small airlines such as Lucky Air and Okay Airways were looking to get acquired.

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China's big airlines resume some global flights halted by coronavirus
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BEIJING, Feb 28 (Reuters) - China’s three biggest airlines have restored a fraction of the international flights they halted in the wake of a coronavirus outbreak, heeding a call from the aviation regulator as business activity recovers slowly.

Air China resumed flying on Friday to the German commercial hub of Frankfurt from the southwestern city of Chengdu, following a 21-day suspension over the epidemic, state-run Xinhua news agency said.

China Southern Airlines had recommenced flights on Tuesday to the Kenyan capital of Nairobi from the southern city of Guangzhou as demand revived on recovering trade with the African country.

Data from industry intelligence firm CAPA showed the numbers of airline services from China to Cambodia, France, Germany, the Philippines and Thailand, were up this week from the last.

More : https://www.reuters.com/article/china-health-aviation/chinas-big-airlines-resume-some-global-flights-halted-by-coronavirus-idUSL3N2AS3AZ
 

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HNA asks China's Hainan government for help as coronavirus lifts liquidity risks
Feb 29, 2020
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BEIJING (Reuters) - HNA Group has asked the government of China’s province of Hainan to lead a work group dedicated to resolving its increasing liquidity risks after a slowdown in business caused by the coronavirus outbreak.

HNA Group is not able to thoroughly deal with liquidity risks itself, the company said in a post on its official WeChat account on Saturday.

HNA directly owns or holds stakes in a number of local Chinese carriers, including Hainan Airlines (600221.SS), and is among many companies pressured by the coronavirus outbreak that has forced widespread flight cancellations.

The work group is being led by Gu Gang, chairman of Hainan Development Holdings Co., an investment arm of the government of the southern province, the WeChat post said.

Officials from the Hainan Yangpu Economic Development Zone, the Civil Aviation Administration of China’s Central and Southern Regional Administration and China Development Bank are also involved in the work team, HNA said.

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