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Emirates launched early bird fares for Business Class starting from 22,508 yuan ($3,249) for round-trip tickets, and inclusive of a tax and fuel surcharge on Monday.
Source: Global Times | 2018/10/18 17:48:41

Turkey, China get closer with more flight connections

In the global aviation market, Turkish Airlines is quite special due to its geographic advantages.
Source: Global Times | 2018/10/18 17:48:40

China to launch first satellite for space-based gravitational wave detection next year

China plans to launch its first satellite to test the technologies of the space-based gravitational wave detection program "Tianqin" by the end of 2019.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/10/15 8:55:49

China's aircraft leasing sector to go from 'quantity' to 'quality' in future: expert

China's aircraft leasing industry, after a decade of explosive growth, is now reaching a turning point, as the nation is on its way toward deleveraging and as financing channels are gradually reducing, which has ramped up massive pressure on domestically owned aircraft leasing companies, industry observers said.
Source: Global Times | 2018/9/12 18:13:40

New services, deals

New aviation services, deals
Source: Global Times | 2018/8/23 18:12:19

Airbus weighs new long-range A321

Airbus is considering adding extra endurance to the longest-range version of its A321 passenger jet in a further effort to preempt a potential new mid-market jet being studied by US rival Boeing, industry sources said.
Source: Reuters-Global Times | 2018/8/23 18:08:39

New services, deals

New aviation services, deals
Source: Xinhua-Global Times | 2018/8/16 17:43:39

In-flight Wi-Fi woes: Only 3% of registered airplanes in China offer internet services due to challenges in satellite resources

In-flight internet services are expected to attract more passengers in the Asia-Pacific region amid a period of consumption upgrading, but China still has a long way to go in this regard due to challenges in satellite resources and business models, industry insiders said.
Source: Global Times | 2018/8/16 17:38:39

China designs spacecraft to extend lifespan of satellites

Chinese scientists are designing a new type of spacecraft that can move a de-orbiting satellite back into its intended orbit, thus extending its period of service, according to the China Daily Monday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/8/13 11:37:24

Chinese rockets models on display in Malaysia

Malaysian people in the northern state of Penang were able to have a close look at the models of the rockets and spacecraft used in China's space missions such as the Yutu moon rover with the opening of the Space Exploration Gallery on Saturday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/8/5 10:00:48

China to launch two BeiDou-2 backup satellites

China will launch two backup satellites for BeiDou-2 in next two years to improve its performance.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/5/25 20:34:59

China sends Su-35 fighter jets for island patrol training

The People's Liberation Army (PLA) air force conducted patrol training over China's island of Taiwan on Friday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/5/12 17:51:29

"Mars, here I come!" NASA's Mars lander lifts off

The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) sent off InSight, its robotic lander, from the central coast of California at pre-dawn on Saturday to explore the deep interior of the red planet.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/5/5 21:46:35

US InSight Mars lander lifts off

The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) lifted off InSight Mars lander on Saturday under pre-dawn skies from the central coast of California to explore the deep interior of Mars.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/5/5 19:43:16

China working on wireless charging for rockets

As wireless charging technology improves, small electronic devices such as mobile phones and electric toothbrushes can now be charged without any direct access to a power source.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/4/17 20:05:53

A luxurious encounter

More and more carriers are realizing that pleasing first and business class passengers should start from the second they enter the airport, meaning the improvement of lounge services has become an absolute must. American Airlines is one of those carriers. In January 2018, American, the largest carrier in the world in terms of fleet size, marked the opening of its refurbished flagship lounge as well as its first flagship dining facility at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). With the opening, eligible customers can now enjoy a sit-down meal before boarding their flights, the first service of its kind at LAX, with the lounge services offering passengers more food and drink options as well as a space to unwind while waiting for their flight. “Upgrading lounge products is important for our international first class and business class, and it is supporting our onboard products,” James J. Moses, managing director of Los Angeles International Airport with American Airlines, said in an interview with the Global Times on April 4. Customers should enjoy the same experience when they enter the airport as when they board the aircraft, and when we started to redesign the lounge, we wanted to ensure it would secure that experience, he added. Experience-focused American's renovations to its flagship lounges and establishment of its first flagship dining facilities are part of a $200 million investment in luxury travel experience in key US cities such as Los Angeles, New York City and Chicago. Furthermore, the airline announced in 2017 that it would be investing more than $1.5 billion in service improvements at LAX Terminals 4 and 5 for its passengers. According to Moses, the company started the initial construction of its airport lounges back in 2014 at LAX, with the recent upgrading now offering a better food menu and hiring new chefs, a total transformation compared to the company's past services. However, the lounge improvements are a small part of a bigger picture. American is the largest carrier at LAX with more than 200 flights on peak days to 70 destinations across five continents, including China. Since 2015, American has added services to 24 new destinations from LAX, including Sydney, Auckland, Hong Kong, Tokyo and, as of November 2017, nonstop services to Beijing, with Los Angeles now being regarded as “the West Coast gateway to the Asia-Pacific region.” Currently, American operates daily flights to Shanghai and to Beijing. The airline's load factor for both its business and premium economy class cabins on the routes to China is about 80 or 90 percent, better than the load factor for its economy class cabin, Moses noted. Effective cooperation In January, American announced a code-sharing partnership with China Southern Airlines, one of China's “big four” carriers, adding new momentum to the international operations of both airlines by enabling more diverse options for passengers traveling between the world's two biggest aviation markets. Thanks to a strategic partnership with China Southern, American Airlines passengers can now connect via Beijing to even more Chinese cities such as Guangzhou in South China's Guangdong Province, Shenyang in Northeast China's Liaoning Province and Changsha in Central China's Hunan Province. That strategic partnership was established in March 2017 between the two airline giants, with American investing $200 million in purchasing an H-share issued by China Southern. The cooperation shows the ambitions of the two carriers in this growing market. However, Moses said it also shows the competition between China and the US is very fierce in terms of flying capacity. According to the latest data from CADAS, a research institution operated by aviation news portal, showed that 5.3 million passengers traveled between China and the US in the first eight months of 2017, an increase of 6.3 percent year-on-year. The data also showed that Chinese carriers have grabbed 207 weekly flights among the total 350 flights per week between China and the US. In terms of capacity, the data also noted that more than 63 percent of travelers in the US fly starting from either Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago or New York City. More and more carriers are realizing that pleasing first and business class passengers should start from the second they enter the airport, meaning the improvement of lounge services has become an absolute must.
Source: Global Times | 2018/4/12 20:28:40

More airline capacity for Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region

Airline companies in Northwest China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region will greatly increase passenger capacity with the beginning of the summer-autumn aviation season, the Xinhua News Agency reported on Monday.
Source: Xinhua-Global Times | 2018/3/19 21:38:40

Cathay Pacific witnessed profit pickup in second half of 2017, but experienced a wider annual income loss

Cathay Pacific Group, a Hong Kong-headquartered debt-burden airline group, recently witnessed a slight pickup after two rocky years, as noted in its latest fiscal report released on Wednesday.
Source: Global Times | 2018/3/15 17:43:39