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Beijing’s Daxing International Airport officially opens

Daxing International Airport, the new airport of Beijing, is now officially open for business.
This comes just in time for China’s celebrations for the 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China on October 1.
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Air China’s Airbus A330-300 B-5958 is destroyed by fire at Peking

Destroyed by fire at Peking on August 27, 2019

Air China’s pictured Airbus A330-343 B-5958 (msn 1587) was consumed and damaged beyond repair by fire that broke out reportedly in the cargo hold while parked at the Terminal 3 gate at Beijing on August 27, 2019.

The aircraft was assigned to departing flight CA 183 bound for Tokyo (Haneda).

Passengers and crew members that were boarding the aircraft when the fire erupted were able to safely evacuate the aircraft.

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Top Copyright Photo: Air China Airbus A330-343 B-5958 (msn 1587) PEK (Michael B. Ing). Image: 947418.

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4 airliners test the new Beijing Daxing International Airport

Four airliners landed today (May 13) at the new Beijing Daxing International Airport during a test of the new facilities.

The new airport is designed to someday become the world’s busiest airport.

Photos from China Southern Airlines. As the first plane of the trial flights, our  Airbus A380 took off from Beijing Capital Airport at 9:03 a.m. and successfully landed at Daxing International Airport half an hour later.

Air China made this announcement with a photo:

May 13 – An Air China  Boeing 747 -8 landed smoothly at Beijing Daxing Int’l Airport, successfully completing its first test flight at the new mega-airport. It’s an important milestone for the airport, which is set to become one of the world’s busiest. PKX , we’re ready for takeoff!

Xiamen Airlines issued this statement and photos on social media:

On May 13, the newly constructed Beijing Daxing International Airport has finished its four verification test flights. Our Boeing 787 United Dream, equipped with our best staff, landed smoothly and safely.

From Wikipedia:

Beijing Daxing International Airport (IATA: PKX; ICAO: ZBAD), located on the border of Beijing and Langfang, Hebei Province, is Beijing’s second international airport and is currently under construction.

The name of the airport was announced on September 14, 2018. The terminal building, the second-largest single-building airport terminal after Istanbul Airport, with an area of more than 1,000,000 m2 (11,000,000 sq ft), is expected to be completed on July 15, 2019, and the airport is expected to be open on September 30, 2019.

Upon completion, it will serve as a major international hub airport in Northern China. There will be 4 runways, and approximately 80 aircraft stands, most of which can be configured to handle either one twin-aisle or two single-aisle aircraft. The new airport is expecting a total of 7 runways and another terminal to the south of the current one in the future, in order to accommodate 620,000 flights and 100 million passengers each year.

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Ethiopian Airlines flight ET 302 update: All MAX aircraft grounded in Ethiopia and China along with Cayman Airways (over 100 aircraft)

Copyright Photo Above: Joe G. Walker.

Ethiopian Airlines has issued this statement:

Following the tragic accident of flight ET 302 on March 10 with Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 ET-AVJ, Ethiopian Airlines has decided to ground all Boeing 737-8 MAX fleet effective yesterday (March 10), 2019 until further notice.

Although we don’t yet know the cause of the accident, we had to decide to ground the particular fleet as extra safety precaution.

Meanwhile in China, “the Civil Aviation Administration of China ordered today (Monday, March 11), that all domestic Boeing 737 MAX 8 jets be out of the air by 6 p.m. local time, due to its principle of “zero tolerance for safety hazards.” according to CNN.

China’s airlines currently operate a total of 97 MAX aircraft.

Air China Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 B-1399 (msn 60880) PEK (Michael B. Ing). Image: 944478.

Above Copyright Photo: Air China Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 B-1399 (msn 60880) PEK (Michael B. Ing). Image: 944478.

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Cayman Airways has also grounded its new Boeing 737-8 MAX aircraft:

Cayman Airways issued this statement:

In the wake of the tragic loss of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 on March 10, 2019, which was being operated by a Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft, Cayman Airways extends its condolences to the families and loved ones of the passengers and crew on board that flight.

“While the cause of this sad loss is undetermined at this time, we stand by our commitment to putting the safety of our passengers and crew first by maintaining complete and undoubtable safe operations, and as such, we have taken the decision to suspend operations of both our new Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft, effective from Monday March 11, 2019, until more information is received,” said Cayman Airways President and CEO, Fabian Whorms.

Meanwhile, Boeing issued this statement without commenting on the grounding:
Meanwhile the FAA issued this statement:
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Air China operates its last two Boeing 777-200 scheduled revenue flights

B-2068 and B-2069 operated on the last 777-200 revenue flights on August 31, 2018

Air China on August 31, 2018 operated its last two regularly scheduled revenue flights with its last two Boeing 777-200s (B-2068 and B-2069).

B-2069 operated the last flight, flight CA 1316 from Guangzhou to Beijing.

The two aircraft are presumably available as back-up aircraft in the short term before final dispersal.

Copyright Photo: Air China Boeing 777-2J6 B-2068 (msn 29747) ARN (Stefan Sjogren). Image: 907687.

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Air China Limited announces its 2018 interim results

1st Airbus A350-900, delivered on August 8, 2018

Air China Limited, together with its subsidiaries, announced its results for the 6 months ended June 30, 2018.

Results Highlights

  • Revenue rose 11.96% year-on-year to RMB64.242 billion
  • Operating expenses increased 12.53% year-on-year to RMB59.574 billion
  • Earnings per share attributable to equity shareholders of the Company increased 4.05% year-on-year to RMB3.476 billion
  • Profit per share slightly decreased 0.04% year-on-year to RMB0.25

In the first half of 2018, China passenger aviation market grew steadily in demand and supply while outbound travel and international traffic demand continued to rise with a rapid growth, and there was a faster growth in capacity supply. The Group has capitalized on market opportunities by prudently optimizing its production organization, 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 and depreciation in exchange rates, the Group has delivered solid results for the Period.

Advance Strategic Arrangement and Continue to Expand Route Network

In the first half of 2018, the Company newly launched (resumed routes included) 28 domestic and international routes, comprising 21 domestic and 7 international routes.

As for the Beijing Hub, the Company launched international routes of BeijingBarcelona, BeijingHoustonPanama, BeijingCopenhagen, BeijingHanoi, etc.; as at the end of the Period, the Company launched around 30 direct routes from Beijing to the countries along the Belt and Road. The capacity of Beijing as one of the key bases increased by 6.8% year-on-year by optimizing the capacity deployment structure of the Beijing Hub and increasing the deployment of wide-body aircraft for key routes departing from Beijing.

The Group delivered through check-in baggage services on routes from 19 European cities to domestic destinations via Beijing. As at the end of June 2018, this service has covered 35 waypoints in Europe, America and Australia; the number of O&D connected in the Beijing Hub increased to 6,050 from 5,918 as at the end of 2017; the onward transit products of the Beijing Hub were promoted and the passengers transfer services were enhanced. The number of onward transit passengers via Beijingincreased by 25.4% year on year.

The Chengdu International Hub launched new international and domestic routes such as ChengduBangkok, Chengdu-Huai’an and Chengdu-Hotan, and the capacity contributed increased by 10.3% year-on-year. Shanghai and Shenzhen international gateways have continuously improved the planning of route network and deployment of wide-body aircraft through interconnection with surrounding areas. In addition, the quadrilateral strategic layout has been continuously optimized and the route network has been further developed as the Company launched new international and domestic routes such as HangzhouNha Trang, DalianShijiazhuang– Yinchuan, and Hangzhou-Xi’an-Karamay.

As at the end of June 2018, the Company’s passenger routes have expanded to 434 in total, across six continents of the world, comprising 308 domestic, 109 international and 17 regional routes. The Company’s network covered 42 countries and regions and 189 cities, including 69 international, 4 regional and 116 domestic cities. Through Star Alliance, the Company’s route network extended to 1,317 destinations in 193 countries.

Top Copyright Photo: Air China Airbus A350-941 B-1086 (msn 167) TLS (Marco Finelli). Image: 943021.

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Air China’s first Airbus A350-900, delivered on August 8, 2018

1st Airbus A350-900, delivered on August 8, 2018

At the Toulouse Airbus Delivery Centre, the first Airbus A350-900 was handed over to Air China on August 8, 2018. The airline has ordered a total of 10.

The date of 8-8-2018 was chosen for the handover date as 8s are considered to be a good luck sign in China.

At this event the top managers of Airbus, Air China and Rolls Royce were in attendance.

Cao Jianxiong, VP of Air China, in his speech remarked on the great steps taken by the airline in renewing the fleet and for climbing in the worldwide airline rankings.

Paul Freestone, senior VP of customers for Rolls Royce said “Rolls Royce is a partner with 45 years of continuous relations with Air China, which started with the H.S. Tridents equipped with RR Spey engines until now. The decision of Air China to select the RR Trent XWB is an important sign of this partnership”.

George Xu, CEO of Airbus China, reminded “Its so important for the strong relationship between Air China and Airbus. Air China is the first carrier to have ordered the A350 and first to take delivery.

Several hundreds of planes made by Airbus are in the fleet of Air China from the A320 family, A330s, and now the ultra modern A350s”.

1st Airbus A350-900, delivered on August 8, 2018

During this month, the new jet will be introduced between Beijing and Shanghai by August 14, 2018 and later to Chengdu. 

Air China choose to outfit the new widebody jet in a triple class layout. The 312 seats are: 32 in business class with 1-2-1 abreast, 24 in premium economy in 2-4-2 and 256 seats in economy in 3-3-3. All the seats are equipped with personal IFEs.

This year Air China will receive at least 4 A350-900s of the 10 on order. 

1st Airbus A350-900, delivered on August 8, 2018

Five European destinations will see this new twin jet in 2018 and 2019: Frankfurt, London (Heathrow), Milan (Malpensa), Munich and Paris (CDG).

Marco Finelli reporting from France. All photos by Marco Finelli.
Copyright Photos: Air China Airbus A350-941 B-1086 (msn 167) TLS (Marco Finelli). Image: 943021.

 

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