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Air China announces its 2017 annual results

Air China Boeing 777-39L ER B-2035 (msn 38674) (Smiling China) LHR (SPA). Image: 932893.

Air China Limited, together with its subsidiaries, collectively announced its full year results for the 12 months ended December 31, 2017.

Business Highlights

  • 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 unfavorable factors such as higher jet fuel prices, the Group has delivered solid results for the Period.

Financial Highlights

The  Group recorded a turnover of  RMB 124.026 billion in  2017, an increase of 7.71% from the same period last year. Air transport revenue was up 7.53% year-on year to RMB 115.380 billion. Air passenger revenue was up 6.19% while air cargo revenue was up by 23.48%. And other operating income was RMB 8.646 billion, representing an increase of 10.19% year-on-year.

Operating expenses increased by 15.02% to RMB 112.270 billion. Jet fuel cost recorded a year-on-year increase of RMB6.427 billion, up by 29.24% from the same period last year. During the period, the Group recorded an exchange gain of RMB2.938 billion.

In 2017, profit before tax was RMB11.486 billion, representing a year-on-year increase of 12.47%. Net profit was RMB8.641 billion, representing a year-on-year increase of 11.38%. The net profit attributable to shareholders of listed companies was RMB7.244 billion, up 6.39% year-on-year.

Based on the 2017 profit distribution plan of the Company, the Board recommends the appropriation of 10% of the profit after tax as statutory surplus reserve and 10% as discretionary surplus reserve and the payment of a cash dividend of RMB1.1497(including tax) for every ten shares for the year 2017. The relevant cash dividend plan will be submitted to the Company’s 2017 Annual General Meeting for consideration.

Business Review

During the Period, the Company’s capacity measured by Available Tonne Kilometers (ATK) was 35.673 billion, representing a year-on-year increase of 5.61%. Traffic measured by Revenue Tonne Kilometers (RTK) was 25.385 billion, representing a year-on-year increase of 7.12%.


During the Period, the Group carried a total of 102 million  passengers, a year-on-year increase of 5.15%. Passenger capacity, measured by Available Seat Kilometers (ASK), increased by 6.26% to 247.815 billion. Capacity for domestic and international routes rose by 5.88% and 7.80% respectively, while capacity for regional routes fell by 1.99%. Overall passenger traffic, measured by Revenue Passenger Kilometers (RPK) increased by 6.87% to 210.078 billion. Traffic on domestic, international and regional routes increased by 6.16%, 8.55% and 2.79% year-on-year respectively. Passenger load factor rose by 0.46 percentage points to 81.14%. In 2017, the Group introduced 56 aircraft, and phased out 11 aircraft. The total fleet size was 655 aircraft, with an average age of 6.53 years.

Continue to expand route network and enhance airport hub construction

In view of the national development strategies including the Belt and Road Initiative and the coordinated development of the BeijingTianjinHebei region, 49 domestic routes such as Beijing-Maotai and 12 international and regional routes such as Beijing-Astana were newly launched in 2017. The Group has also made efforts to accelerate the consolidation of layout of the global route network covering six continents, which is connected by the nodes of Beijing, Chengdu, Shanghai and Shenzhen. The flight bank structure has been under continuous optimization and the number of O&D connected reached 5,918; the transfer capacity and quality continuously increased. The interlining service revenue reached RMB5.51 billion, representing a year-on-year increase of 15.3%. Luggage checking through service is now provided to all flights from Europe, North America and Australia transferring to domestic routes via Beijing and the competitiveness of its hubs were strengthened. As of December 31, 2017,the Company’s operating air passenger routes reached 420, in which 303 are mainland routes, 101 international routes, 16 regional routes, 40 navigable countries (regions) and 185 navigable cities, among which 116 are mainland cities, 66 international cities and 3 regional cities.

Steadily improve marketing capability and accelerate business model transformation

As of the end of 2017, the Group has steadily improved its marketing capability and accelerated its business model transformation. As at the end of the reporting period, the number of frequent flyer members exceeded 50 million, contributing 43.7% of the Group’s total revenue, representing a year-on-year increase of 3.8%. Due to the continuous efforts devoted to improving mobile application platform, a turnover of RMB5.02 billion was recorded, representing a year-on-year increase of 39.4%. In-depth studies conducted by the Group on passenger demands has allowed Air China to increase its revenue contributed by first class and business class service to RMB13.11 billion, representing a year-on-year increase of 12.7%. The revenue generated from ancillary services such as paid seat selection, prepaid luggage and boarding gate upgrade recorded a year-onyear increase of 32%.

Promote high-quality brand strategy and improve service quality.

Focusing on the concept of “Internet plus convenient transportation”, the Group promoted products as self-service check-in, self-service ticket endorsement, self-print itinerary and self-service luggage check-in on all routes and established the whole-process convenient travel service mode. The Group continuously improved service hardware as infrastructure and service software such as operating codes to improve service quality. Air China has also made efforts to promote the application of big data and the construction of “mobile cabin” to realize the timely transmission of operation related information and connect the whole service information chain. As the exclusive official partner of air passenger transport for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games and the International Horticultural Exhibition 2019 Beijing China, the Group took such opportunity to promote its brand in a more innovative way and to build its brand image characterized by “the leader of civil aviation industry in China” and “international network coverage”.

Enhance cost control and maintain cost advantage

The Group devoted great energy to streamline and strengthen management, and to improve the quality and efficiency of services. Air China focused on the optimization of the operation of wide-body aircraft to improve cost management system, strengthen cost process management and improve performance. The Group actively carried out the policy of “Lower Leverage, Reduce Liability and Control Risk”. As a result, as at 31 December 2017, the gearing ratio of the Group decreased by 6.15 percentage points to 59.75% compared with last year, which is at a relatively low level in the industry. The Group promoted special projects such as “increase direct sales and reduce distribution costs”, “reduce trade receivables and inventories” and “streamline management structure”. Since 2014, the percentage of the Group’s passenger transport direct sales has increased from 26% to 50.9%, and the percentage of agency commission expense of the marketing revenue has decreased from 4.2% to 1.5%. Therefore, the cost competitiveness of Air China was continuously improved.

Cargo Business

In 2017, Air China Cargo has achieved positive operating results through exploring new business model, optimizing the arrangement of its routes and the structure of cargo sources, as well as focusing on the development and sale of high value-added services such as cold-chain logistics.

During the Period, the Available Freight Tonne Kilometers (AFTK) of Air China Cargo increased 4.57% year-on-year to 13.319 billion, while the Revenue Freight Tonne Kilometers (RFTK) increased by 7.97% year-on-year to 7.553 billion. The cargo and mail load factor increased by 1.78 percentage points to 56.70%.


2018 marks the 40th anniversary of the Reform and Opening of China, and also the first year to implement the guiding principles of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China. The Group will fully implement the guiding principles of the 19th National Congress. Guided by Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era, adhering to the development principles of “Innovation, Coordination, Green, Openness and Sharing”, Air China will focus on the reform on quality, efficiency and growth driver, carry out work in a down-to-earth manner, prevent and mitigate risks and strengthen Party building, and will take a solid step towards to strategic goal of building a world-class aviation group by achieving further spectacular performance in safety, results, service and reform.

Copyright Photo: Air China Boeing 777-39L ER B-2035 (msn 38674) (Smiling China) LHR (SPA). Image: 932893.

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Air China to launch a new Beijing-Houston-Panama City route

Air China Boeing 777-39L ER B-2089 (msn 38675) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 910763.

On April 5, 2018 Air China will launch a new route from Beijing to Panama City via Houston.

In June 2017, China and Panama signed the Joint Communique on the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations Between the People’s Republic of China and the Republic of Panama. This formal establishment of diplomatic relations carries forth a relationship that dates back more than 160 years into a new era. Chinais Panama’s second largest trading partner and the second largest user of the Panama Canal, while Panama is China’s largest trading partner in Central America. In 2017, bilateral trade amounted to nearly US $6.7 billion, while two-way passenger traffic totalled nearly 40,000, growing at an annual rate of almost 30%.

Air China currently operates over 200 weekly flights to 12 destinations in the Americas, including New York (Newark Airport and JFK Airport), Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Jose, Hawaii, Vancouver, Montreal, Havana and Sao Paulo. Moreover, its modern, airy cabins and outstanding service ensure that passengers can travel in supreme comfort.

Flight information:

Flight numbers: CA885/6 (All times below are local times) Outbound flights (Thu, Sun): Departure from Beijing at 07:40 and arrival in Houston at 08:20; Departure from Houston at 10:50 and arrival in Panama City at 14:30; Inbound flights (Thu, Sun): Departure from Panama City at 16:30 and arrival in Houston at 20:15; Departure from Houston at 01:00 the next day and arrival in Beijing at 04:50 the third day.

The BeijingHouston-Panama City route is operated by Boeing 777-300 ER (Extended Range) wide-body aircraft.

Copyright Photo: Air China Boeing 777-39L ER B-2089 (msn 38675) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 910763.

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Air China is coming back to Copenhagen

Air China Airbus A330-243 B-6505 (msn 957) LHR (SPA). Image: 936939.

Air China (Beijing) is restoring the Beijing – Copenhagen route on May 30, 2018. The restored route will be operated four days a week with Airbus A330-200s.

The airine issued this statement:

Air China Limited (Air China) will begin nonstop flights between Beijing and Copenhagen from May 30, 2018.

The new BeijingCopenhagen service will bring the total number of routes to 27, with an offering of 300 flights per week to 20 major European destinations, including London, Paris, Frankfurt, Munich, Vienna, Rome, Moscow, Barcelona, Madrid, Zurich and Stockholm, all serviced by wide-body aircraft.

Flight information:

The BeijingCopenhagen route number is CA877/8 and has four flights per week, scheduled for Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. The outbound flight departs Beijing at 02:55 and arrives in Copenhagen at 06:45; The inbound flight departs Copenhagen at 13:15 and arrives in Beijing at 04:10 (all times are local). All flights use the Airbus A330-200.

Copyright Photo: Air China Air China Airbus A330-243 B-6505 (msn 957) LHR (SPA). Image: 936939. (SPA). Image: 936939.

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Air China and Air Canada expand their strategic cooperation, strengthening Canada-China network in advance of full joint venture

Air Canada Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner C-FRTW (msn 37179) LHR (SPA). Image: 940256.

Air Canada and Air China Limited have announced 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.

Logos: Air Canada and Air China (CNW Group/Air Canada)

As a result of the codeshare expansion, Air China will place its code on Air Canada’s new daily MontrealShanghai 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 MontrealHavana, 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.


Currently, Air Canada offers its customers codeshare flights operated by Air China between Beijing and Guangzhou, Chengdu, Chongqing, Wuhan, Xi’an and Shenyang, and between Montreal and Beijing, and between Vancouver and Beijing. Similarly, Air China offers its customers codeshare flights operated by Air Canada between Vancouver and Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa and Winnipeg, and between Montreal and Ottawa, Toronto and Winnipeg, as well as Vancouver and Toronto to and from Beijing and Shanghai.

Air Canada operates up to a total of 35 flights per week between Canada and China, from Toronto, Vancouver and Montrealserving Beijing and Shanghai. Air China operates up to 11 flights per week between China and Canada, from Beijing serving Vancouver and Montreal.

Top Copyright Photo: Air Canada Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner C-FRTW (msn 37179) LHR (SPA). Image: 940256.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Air China Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner B-7898 (msn 34310) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 940236.

Air China Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner B-7898 (msn 34310) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 940236.

Air China suddenly drops the Beijing – Pyongyang (North Korea) route

Air China Boeing 737-89L WL B-5583 (msn 40016) HNL (Ivan K. Nishimura). Image: 913510.

Air China suddenly dropped the Beijing – Pyongyang, North Korea. According to Weibo and Airline Route, the last flight was operated on November 20, 2017.

Copyright Photo: Air China Boeing 737-89L WL B-5583 (msn 40016) HNL (Ivan K. Nishimura). Image: 913510.

Air China takes delivery of its first Boeing 737-8 MAX 8

Air China's first Boeing 737-8 MAX 8, delivered on November 3, 2017

Air China and Boeing on November 3, 2017 celebrated the delivery of the airline’s first 737-8 MAX 8. China’s national flag carrier is the first airline in the country to receive the 737 MAX. Customers throughout China will take delivery of nearly 100 737 MAXs by the end of next year.

Boeing’s partnership with Air China dates back to the 1970s. Air China’s fleet includes seven Boeing 747-8s, 26 777-300ERs, 11 787-9 Dreamliners and more than 140 Next-Generation 737s.

Air China will introduced the new Boeing 737 variant on the Beijing – Urumqi route once a day starting on November 11, 2017 per Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: Air China Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 B-1397 (msn 60872) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 939742.

Air China to connect the Silicon Valley with Shanghai

Air China to connect the Silicon Valley with Shanghai

Air China’s expansion in North America continues with the launch of its thrice-weekly nonstop service between San Jose, California and Shanghai starting on September 1, 2016. The new flight will be operated by Airbus A330-200 aircraft, offering business and economy class cabins.

San Jose will be Air China’s tenth gateway in North America and its first destination with direct connections to Shanghai from the Silicon Valley. The carrier’s other U.S. and Canada gateways offer nonstop services to Beijing from Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Newark, Washington Dulles, Houston, Honolulu, Vancouver and Montreal.

Copyright Photo: Air China Airbus A330-243 B-6130 (msn 930) SCL (Alvaro Romero). Image: 907463.

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