China Southern Airlines executive vice president Liu Qian confirmed the carrier will take delivery of China’s first Boeing 787 aircraft in Jul-2012 which it hopes to operate to international destinations including Europe and Australasia. According to Jinghua, the carrier is scheduled to take delivery of its second A380 on 17-Dec-2011 which it will operate on domestic services initially from 19-Dec-2011.
China Southern confirms first B787 in Jul-2012, to operate to Europe and Australasia
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The CAPA airline fleet quiz: 15 challenging questions. CAPA Summit Singapore 2/3 March
Test your knowledge of the global aircraft fleet with this CAPA Quiz. If you have access to the comprehensive CAPA Fleet Database, it should be a breeeeze.
Rank your result:
15/15 = Outstanding! – you should set up your very own aircraft leasing company.
13-14/15 = Excellent – your colleagues should say the word ‘wiki…’ in front of your first name around the office.
10-12/15 = Very good – someone should shout you several drinks at the next air finance gathering.
9 or below/15 = Time to brush up – you need to sign up for CAPA's Fleet Database immediately.
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Chinese New Year air traffic a boon to airlines but reflects challenges of year-round sustainability
The Chinese New Year travel season, billed as the world's largest migration, once again fills the headlines with astounding numbers of passenger movements. Some airlines set maximums on pricing, for fear of being seen as price gouging if revenue management systems followed their normal pricing curve upwards.
Even the most sceptical investors would be forgiving for contemplating airline ownership during the travel rush. The question, and lurking problem, is what happens the rest of the year.
China's concentrated and en masse travel periods present a challenge for sustainability. Airlines local and foreign are often reduced to hoping that routes will be annually profitable based on a few weeks of travel during Chinese New Year, the brief summer peak, and the autumn holidays. With load factors consistently high, yields are weakened, either on point-to-point traffic or as Chinese airlines aggressively discount connecting/transfer traffic.
On a volume basis, international traffic remains strong, expanding by an estimated 9.3 million passengers in 2016 for 22% growth. Chinese airlines continue to pivot to the international market, and Air China now has more capacity internationally than domestically.