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In China's embryonic international aviation market, airlines jostle for slice of growing pie


The Chinese aviation market simply defies forecasting. It is possible to extrapolate on the past decade's growth. That alone produces exceptional results. But there is potentially so much more to come, as China liberalises, as its airlines take up international flying. The combination of low fares and tens of millions of people concurrently reaching the necessary economic threshold suggests that even the more extreme forecasts could be underestimating the market's real potential. [2366 words]

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  • Part 1: Small players in international aviation, with a big opportunity
  • Little hubbing by Chinese airlines
  • Mainland Chinese airlines adding more widebodies
  • Part 2: Foreign carriers ramp-up capacity to China
  • Country shares rising and falling
  • Outlook: Rise and rise?

Graphs and data:

  • Top 30 international airlines by capacity per week (ASKs)
  • Top 10 international aviation markets (seats): 2010
  • International capacity to/from China (seats): 2001 to 2010
  • Air China, China Eastern and China Southern international RPK: Jan-2007 to May-2011
  • Air China, China Eastern and China Southern international RPK growth: Jan-2007 to May-2011
  • Top Ten International carriers to/from China: 2006 to 2011 (capacity share, seats per week %)
  • Mainland China‚Äôs in service, in storage and on order fleet: Jun-2011
  • Mainland Chinese airlines' in-service and on-order by Aircraft Size: Jun-2011
  • Widebody orders by airline (China/HK): Jun-2011
  • Fastest growing carriers to China: 2006 to 2011 (seats per week)
  • Leading Long-haul carriers to/from China: 2006 to 2011 (seats per week)
  • Capacity (seats per week) by country: Jun-2006 to Jun-2011 and rankings
  • China/HK International capacity (seats) share (%): 2006-2010
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