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Air China starts to slowly rebuild passenger demand


Air China has reported some encouraging traffic developments in Oct-08, with both domestic passenger numbers and systemwide freight demand back into positive territory for the first time since Feb-08. Further international passenger weakness has however kept overall passenger numbers in negative territory year-on-year. But the bottom appears to have been reached for freight and passenger demand in Aug-08 and Sep-08, respectively. [1159 words]

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Graphs and data:

  • Air China passenger numbers growth vs cargo volume growth: Nov-07 to Oct-08
  • Air China passenger numbers growth: Nov-07 to Oct-08
  • Air China passenger capacity growth: Nov-07 to Oct-08
  • Air China passenger load factor: Nov-07 to Oct-08
  • Air China's current fleet and orders: Oct-08
  • Air China's fleet plan: 2008 (remaining to deliver) to 2016: At Oct-08
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