24 Aug 2020
China Aviation Industry Newsletter 24 August
Chinese domestic services almost back to pre-covid levels
Chinese domestic airline activity has virtually recovered to its 2019 levels as airlines have laid on more capacity than is profitable, in an apparent move to promote a revival in tourism and business travel.
China Eastern ranked among top global airlines in MSCI ESG rating
China Eastern Airlines has received an A rating in the latest ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) criteria, according to global index compiler MSCI. According to MSCI report, China Eastern scored higher than the industry average in terms of substantive issues such as corporate governance, carbon emission, as well as privacy and data security. China Eastern has shown the best practice among global airlines in carbon emission, privacy protection and data security.
Contactless travel starts at Beijing airport
SITA, a technology provider for the air transport industry, announced what it called its most extensive biometric deployment to date that focuses on the busiest airport in China and the second busiest in the world. Beijing Capital International Airport has completely automated the entire passenger journey using SITA technology – from check-in and bag drop through to immigration, security, and finally boarding. Passengers only need to enrol once during check-in, then experience a seamless journey through the airport enabled by facial recognition.
Emirates Airlines resumes flights to Hong Kong
Emirates Airlines is resuming its Hong Kong flights starting from 23 August. The flights between Dubai and Hong Kong will be offered daily on its Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.
Trip.com Group, JD.com form partnership on tourism, e-commerce
Online travel company Trip.com Group has partnered with e-commerce platform JD.com to expand cooperation in travel and digital commerce. The two giants projected five visions of cooperation including reaching a wider range of users, sharing channels and resources, covering online and offline transaction scenarios, cross-industry marketing and expanding cooperation on the business travel market
US and China agree to double airline flights between them
The United States and China have agreed to double the number of airline flights that each other's airlines can operate between the countries, from four to eight per week. Chinese airlines that already fly to the United States — Air China, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines and Xiamen Airlines — will be allowed to make eight weekly round-trips instead of four, the department said.
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