Showing posts with label Air China. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Air China. Show all posts

04 March, 2021

Another Airbus A320neo for Air China

BOC Aviation Limited has confirmed it has delivered the final aircraft of ten new Airbus A320neo aircraft to Air China. The aircraft is powered by Pratt & Whitney GTF™ PW1100G-JM engines.

 Mr Robert Martin, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, BOC Aviation, said, “This delivery reflects the level of cooperation that we have built with Air China, with significant teamwork on both sides needed in the delivery of all ten A320NEO aircraft.

We look forward to further developing our long and successful relationship with Air China as we continue to provide our airline customers with more fuel-efficient and technologically advanced aircraft solutions,” added Mr. Martin. 

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16 December, 2020

China Airlines Takes Delivery of First Boeing 777 Freighter

China Airlines today unveiled the first of six Boeing 777 Freighters, officially becoming the 20th operator of the world’s largest and longest range twin-aisle freighter. The 777 Freighter joins the airline amid growing demand for dedicated freighters as operators grapple with the impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Air cargo demand has risen in light of the global pandemic and has played a critical role in maintaining profitability for our airline despite the downturn in passenger traffic,” said China Airlines Chairman Hsieh Su-Chien. “The efficiency and capability of the 777 Freighter enables us to modernize our freighter fleet, while also allowing us to increase capacity and open into new markets. We look forward to delivering world-class service to our customers.”

28 June, 2020

The ARJ21 arrives for China's big three!

The Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC) has announced the delivery of three brand new ARJ21 aircraft to three of China's biggest airlines in a special joint delivery ceremony.

The ARJ21 first entered commercial operations around four years ago and is China’s first home-produced commercial passenger jet.  ARJ21 aircraft is a new turbofan regional jet independently developed by China and thus far a total of 28 ARJ21 aircraft have been delivered to and operated by three commercial customers including Chengdu Airlines, Genghis Khan Airlines and Jiangxi Air. Up to now, ARJ21 aircraft have successively operated in more than 55 routes in more than 55 cities in the regions such as North China, Northeast China and Southwest China, and carried more than 860,000 passengers.

Air China, China Eastern Airlines and China Southern Airlines have now received the aircraft, which has a seating capacity of between 78 to 90 and a range of 2,225 to 3,700 kilometres.

Earlier this month COMAC confirmed an order for 100 aircraft, split between the ARJ21 and larger C919 models from China Express Airlines, with deliveries for the smaller aircraft to start towards the end of this year.

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03 June, 2020

President Trump to ban Chinese Airlines from flying into the US

                In a move likely to cause major retaliation and tension, the US President Donald Trump has instigated a travel ban on Chinese passenger aircraft from flying to the United States from 16th June.

Tensions are simmering away to an almost boiling point between the two nations, as the US wants to put pressure on China to allow US airlines to restart air services.  The stance by the U.S. Department of Transportation under Trump's instruction is aimed at penalizing China for what the U.S. says is failing to comply with an existing agreement on flights between the two countries. 

This order applies to Sichuan Airline, Air China, China Southern Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, Hainan Airlines and  Xiamen Airlines.

The Trump administration accused the Chinese government of making it impossible for U.S. airlines to resume service to China and ordered four Chinese carriers to file flight schedules with the U.S. government.

01 March, 2020

HNA asks China's Hainan government for help

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, news agency Reuters reports. 

HNA directly owns or holds stakes in a number of local Chinese carriers, including Hainan Airlines, 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.

09 February, 2020

US flights cut by Air China as coronavirus epidemic increases

The Chinese state airline Air China has become the lastest international air carrier to axe flights between China and the US in recent days because of the ongoing coronavirus epidemic.

The airline confirmed on Saturday that it will temporarily adjust its flight schedule between China and Washington and Los Angeles. The airline has cancelled the flights between Beijing and Washington, and Shenzhen and Los Angeles.

The news comes despite China’s civil aviation authority last week urging airlines to continue operating its international routes after reports that over 25,000 domestic and international flights had been axed since the coronavirus epidemic started. 

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15 December, 2018

American planemaker Boeing delivers first new 737 from its completion and delivery centre in Zhoushan, China

The giant US planemaker Boeing and joint venture partner Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, Ltd (COMAC)  celebrated the delivery of the first aeroplane from the new 737 Completion and Delivery Center in Zhoushan, China. Air China received the first plane, marking a new era in Boeing's partnership with the Chinese aviation industry.   

First delivery, to Air China, reflects the growing importance of Chinese aviation market
New facility to support full 737 MAX family, from long-range MAX 7 to high-capacity MAX 10

02 November, 2018

Air China announces its latest results

Air China Limited announced its financial results for the first three quarters of 2018

During the first three quarters of 2018, China's economy maintained stable growth with continuous improvement. Especially benefitting from the strong demand in the summer holiday, the domestic passenger traffic grew steadily and enthusiasm for outbound travel remained high. Despite the reduced net profit as a result of the rising oil prices and depreciation of Renminbi against US dollars, the Air China still maintained a leading an advantage in the industry in terms of total revenue and traffic revenue. During the reporting the period, the Group recorded the revenue from operations of RMB102.880 billion, representing an increase of 12.09%. The total operating costs was RMB96.633 billion, representing an increase of 19.51%. The net profit attributable to shareholders decreased by 16.20% to RMB6.937 billion from RMB8.279 billion in 2017.

09 August, 2018

Air China's first A350-900.

At a special ceremony in Toulouse, France on Wednesday 8th August, Air China took delivery of its first A350-900.  The national flag carrier is the first Chinese mainland customer to order and take ownership of the world’s newest and most efficient twin-engine widebody aircraft.

13 July, 2018

E-Cig puffing first officer causes rapid descent of Air China flight.

It has been revealed that a member of the flight deck crew puffing away on an electronic cigarette caused a rapid descent of an Air China this week.

According to investigators, the co-pilot had been smoking an e-cigarette or vaping on the Air China flight from Hong Kong to the city of Dalian and had tried to cover the fact but accidentally shut off the air-conditioning in the process causing oxygen levels to fall in the cabin.

The crew on Tuesday's flight released oxygen masks and brought the aircraft more than 21.000ft lower while they tried to work out what was going on. The aircraft later returned to its cruising altitude. 

06 June, 2018

Air China and Air Canada Sign First China-North America Airline Joint Venture

Air Canada and Air China joint venture deepens longstanding partnership and provides customers with long-term benefits including an unparalleled range of flights, products and services
Today at a ceremony in Beijing attended by Jianjiang Cai, Chairman of Air China; Zhiyong Song, President of Air China; and Calin Rovinescu, President & Chief Executive Officer of Air Canada, Air China and Air Canada signed the first joint venture agreement between a Chinese and North American airline, deepening the two carriers' longstanding partnership. The joint venture enables the two countries' flag carriers and Star Alliance members to expand their existing codeshare relationship and deepen it by increasing commercial cooperation on flights between Canada and China and on key connecting domestic flights in both countries to provide customers travelling between the two countries with greater and sustainable benefits including an unparalleled range of flights, products and services.
Expanded cooperation supports the Canada-China Year of Tourism 2018, recognizing the importance of tourism and trade between the two countries

05 June, 2018

Air China restart services to North Korea

Air China have advised that they will be restarting commercial flights to Pyongyang, North Korea from Beijing.

Air China had suspended flights between the two cities back in November, at that time it said poor demand was the casue, however, there had been pressure put upon China to cut the service by the US to further isolate North Korea. It was also at a time of increasing US and UN sanctions. According to a spokesperson for Air China told the media that “market reasons” had dictated the reintroduction of the service.

Tickets for the new service which is scheduled to run on Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons were available to bookj on Air China's website. 

27 April, 2018

Air China Limited Announces 2018 First Quarter Results

Earlier this week Air China announced its first quarter results for 2018, which showed that total profit increased 66.31% year-on-year to RMB4.024 billion. 

In the first quarter of 2018, the Chinese economy developed steadily. As residents' demand for travel was strong, air passenger traffic maintained steady growth while demand in the cargo market continued to improve. During the Period, the Group recorded operating income of RMB31.607 billion, an increase of 9.11% over the same period of last year. Total operating cost was RMB 28.230 billion, an increase of 6.71% over the same period of last year. Total profit was RMB4.024 billion, an increase of 66.31% over the same period of last year, and net profit attributable to shareholders of listed companies was RMB2.628 billion, an increase of 79.23% over the same period of last year.

29 March, 2018

Profits up at Air China

Air China together with its subsidiaries,  today announced its full-year results for the 12 months ended December 31, 2017 

Turnover rose 7.71% year-on-year to RMB124.026 billion
Operating expenses increased 15.02% year-on-year to RMB112.270 billion
Profit before tax increased 12.47% year-on-year to RMB11.486 billion
Net profit increased 11.38% year-on-year to RMB8.631 billion

In 2017, China passenger aviation market continued to show strength in demand and supply while outbound travel demand continued to rise, international traffic grew steadily, and cargo business showed signs of recovery. Efficiency increased steadily against a background of aggressive capacity deployment. The Group has capitalized on market opportunities by prudently expanding its business scale, optimizing efficiency, stabilizing income level and strengthening cost management to reinforce its competitive advantage in the core business. In spite of unfavourable factors such as higher jet fuel prices, the Group has delivered solid results for the Period.

30 January, 2018

Air China launches Hangzhou - Nha Trang and Chengdu - Bangkok routes

Air China will launch a new direct route between Hangzhou and Nha Trang on February 1, 2018, and between Chengdu and Bangkok on February 12, 2018. With Air China, passengers no longer need waste time transferring between flights on their way to the sunny shores of Southeast Asia.

Nha Trang and Bangkok are famous holiday destinations in Southeast Asia, and they are becoming ever more popular with mainland China tourists. In 2017, Chinese tourists took more than 4 million trips to Vietnam and more than 9.5 million trips to Thailand. This was a rapid increase on previous years for both countries. With its turquoise sea and long sandy beach, Nha Trang has been called "one of the top 50 must-travel destinations" by National Geographic. Bangkok, meanwhile, is famed for its culinary prowess, gorgeous islands, historical pagodas and exciting nightlife, making the city a popular choice for tourists.

29 December, 2017

Air China will become international passengers' first choice for border crossings

At a recent press conference, the Beijing Municipal Government announced that, as of December 28, 2017, six points of arrival in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Region, including the Beijing Capital International Airport, Tianjin Binhai International Airport and Shijiazhuang International Airport will permit foreign persons from 53 countries including Austria to enjoy visa-free transit treatment for a period of 144 hours when they have a valid connecting flight ticket for a third country (or region).

Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Region 144-hour transit visa-free policy

This policy will be a strong driver for the tourism and aviation industry throughout the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Region. Air China Limited ("Air China") will actively facilitate the new visa-free transit policy. Putting the needs of connecting flight passengers first, Air China will improve its products and services to further enhance the quality of its operations and provide passengers with maximum convenience when they enter Beijing.

Air China has a strong network of routes and is the ideal for passengers who cross the border into Beijing.

Currently, Air China has over 420 routes of which 101 are international, with 16 regional routes, and connections to 185 cities in 40 countries and regions, covering six continents. We provide passengers over 1.66 million seats on 8,500 routes each week. Additionally, Air China's route network extends to 1,330 destinations in 192 countries through the Star Alliance. Our impressive route network meets the needs of most foreign passengers. The 144-hour visa-free policy through the Beijing, Tianjin, and Shijiazhuang airports will meet the needs of third-country tourism.

Air China will also improve the transit hub capacity at Beijing and optimize a seamless transition for visa-tree passengers.

Introducing a 144-hour visa-free transit policy will also increase the number of inbound passengers in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Region. Air China will also use this opportunity to make real-time capacity adjustments based on transit demand and provide passengers with smooth transit support through Beijing so that passengers from all over the world can make a seamless visa-free entry to Beijing. Moreover, Air China will also launch special tourism products to meet the needs of passengers in partnership with local Beijing travel agencies, and launch a series of related products to invite travelers to embark on a journey to discover the beauty of China, all while bringing a peerless service experience to passengers.

16 December, 2017

Air China and Air Canada Expand Strategic Cooperation

Air Canada and Air China  announced this week that the airlines will expand their mutual codeshare services and lounge agreement in time for the 2018 Canada-China Year of Tourism, recognizing the importance of tourism and trade between the two countries. As Air Canada and Air China work toward finalizing their planned joint venture, while satisfying both countries' applicable regulatory conditions, the two Star Alliance carriers also launched their first joint frequent flyer promotion to offer the carriers' respective Aeroplan and PhoenixMiles members up to 30 per cent bonus miles effective December 15, 2017 for eligible travel between April 1, 2018 and June 15, 2018 on all flights between Canada and China operated by Air China and Air Canada.

As a result of the codeshare expansion, Air China will place its code on Air Canada's new daily Montreal-Shanghai flight, as well as Air Canada's flights from Vancouver to Victoria, Kelowna, Saskatoon, and Regina.

In addition, Air Canada will place its code on Air China's flights between Beijing and Zhengzhou, Xiamen, Shenzhen and Nanjing as well as Air China's flight between Montreal-Havana, Cuba.  The expanded codeshare cooperation is planned to come into effect in April 2018, subject to regulatory and government approvals.

Both carriers have also implemented an expanded lounge agreement. In addition to Star Gold customers, all Air China First and Business class customers will now have access to Air Canada's recently upgraded International Maple Leaf Lounges featuring enhanced food and beverage offerings at Montreal and Vancouver airports. Air Canada's eligible customers will continue to enjoy access to Air China's lounges in Beijing, Shanghai and other airports throughout China.

13 December, 2017

Official Launch of the Air China Beijing - Brisbane Route

On 10th December 2017, Air China held a launch ceremony for the inaugural flight on its new route between Beijing and Brisbane. The ceremony was attended by a number of distinguished guests, including Andrew Hogg, Regional General Manager at North Asia at Tourism Australia; Nick Elliott, executive of Government Affairs Department at Tourism and Events Queensland; Charley Shen, director for Greater China Region at Tourism and Events Queensland; and Xulun Hou, vice president of Air China.

At the launch ceremony, Air China's vice president Xulun Hou remarked: "This new route between Beijing and Brisbane is Air China's sixth non-stop route between China and Australia. Brisbane is also Air China's third Australian destination, after Sydney and Melbourne. The establishment of this new route is part of Air China's global expansion of its route network and improvement of links between China and Australia. The launch of the route will provide a convenient transport link that should spur trade, business cooperation and tourism between Beijing and Queensland."

Leanne Coddington, CEO of Tourism and Events Queensland, stated: "This is the first ever air corridor between China's capital, Beijing, and Brisbane, the capital of Queensland state. This represents a major milestone for the state of Queensland. It is expected that the new route will carry almost 170,000 new visitors to Queensland over the next four years. The route makes it easier for Chinese tourists to reach Brisbane, which is a gateway to the Gold Coast, the Whitsunday Islands and other well-known travel destinations. Chinese visitors are now only half a day away from Queensland's mild climate, pristine beaches and jaw-dropping Great Barrier Reef."

11 December, 2017

Air China launches new non-stop service between Shenzhen and Los Angeles

The inaugural flight for Air China's non-stop route between Shenzhen and Los Angeles took place on 7th December. The new route adds to Shenzhen's growing portfolio of international long-haul routes and will help to promote economic and cultural exchange between southern China and the U.S. West Coast.

In 2016, more than 5 million tourists travelled between China and the U.S., while China became the top destination for U.S. travellers in the Asia Pacific. Los Angeles also became the first U.S. city to welcome over one million Chinese visitors in the space of a year. Air China's new non-stop route will reduce the journey time between Shenzhen and Los Angeles to just over 12 hours and provide a convenient new link for tourists and business passengers.

07 December, 2017

Air China arrives at London Gatwick - vital trade route

Minister for International Trade, Greg Hands, and UK Trade Envoy to Taiwan, Lord Faulkner, attended the launch of a vital new trade link from the UK to the Far East today - when the UK’s only direct flight to Taipei left Gatwick for the first time.

The majority of UK airfreight is exported in the hold of long-haul passenger aircraft and this four times a week China airlines service will provide both UK and Taiwanese businesses with the fastest access to both markets, in addition to carrying business and leisure passengers.

According to the UK Government, approximately 300 UK companies are currently located in Taiwan in financial and business services, ICT, telecommunications, infrastructure, environmental technology, creative industries and marine industries, with around 180 Taiwanese companies currently based in the UK. 

The UK is seen by Taiwan as a world leader in the creative industries, and cultural and educational links are growing with approximately 30% of all Taiwanese who study overseas - around 8000 students - doing so in the UK.  Taiwanese tourism to the UK has also risen sharply since the lifting of the visa regime for visits of under 6 months in 2009.

The China Airlines service is the latest in Gatwick’s flourishing 60+ strong network – the world’s largest for a single runway airport – and one that will soon be followed by new services to Buenos Aires, Chicago and Austin in the New Year.

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