Spring Airlines Chairman, Wang Zhenghua, reportedly stated Air China has again expressed interest in acquiring an equity stake in the carrier (China-CBN.com, 22-Mar-2010). According to Mr Wang, Air China first expressed interest in Spring Airlines five years ago. Air China last week announced the acquisition of a majority stake in Shenzhen Airlines.
Air China expresses interest in Spring Airlines stake: report
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The second day of the CAPA Asia Aviation Summit began with a Q&A featuring AirAsia X CEO Benyamin Ismail and Spring Airlines VP Jonathan Hutt. The Chinese market dominated the conversation, particularly opportunities between China and Southeast Asia for both airlines.
The CAPA Asia Aviation Summit was held on 16-Nov-2016 and 17-Nov-2016, attracting over 300 delegates. The summit also included a gala dinner on 16-Nov-2016 featuring the CAPA Asia Pacific Aviation Awards for Excellence.
The remainder of Day 2 featured three panels: on distribution, ancillaries, and a wrap-up of the market outlook.
China-UK air service agreement permits growth as Chinese airlines constrained in most other markets
An agreement between China and the UK to more than double their air service agreement is good timing for both sides. Chinese airlines are finding an imbalance: they are taking delivery of widebody aircraft and more Chinese airlines are flying long haul but traffic rights to major markets – the US, Canada, Germany and France – are becoming depleted. Negotiations to add traffic rights have not succeeded, typically due to the foreign side being concerned about accessing Chinese slots or Russian overflight rights.
The agreement with the UK to expand the number of weekly passenger flights from each side from 40 to 100 reflects considerable pragmatism on the part of the UK: British Airways and Virgin Atlantic are not growing in China, and China is a large growth opportunity. The UK has lagged on Chinese tourism. It was only in 2015 that China became the UK's largest inbound market.