Air China Chairman Kong Dong stated he sees the nation's high-speed rail network as both a challenge and an opportunity (Reuters, 06-Mar-2011). The government plans to construct 13,000km of high-speed rail line by 2012, more than the rest of the world combined. He stated there would be opportunities to cooperate with high-speed rail, including codeshare agreements between airlines and rail.
Air China: "Airlines and high-speed railways are not like water and fire. Each has its own advantages," Kong Dong, Chairman. Source: Reuters, 06-Mar-2011.