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China Aviation Industry Newsletter 17 September

China Aviation Industry Newsletter 17 September

Airbus launches competition to inspire innovative ideas, solutions

Airbus on launched its 2018 Fly Your Ideas global competition for the China region, encouraging young Chinese innovators to come up with unique ideas and solutions for the future aerospace industry. The launch ceremony was held in Civil Aviation University of China (CAUC) in north China’s Tianjin, also the home of one of the final assembly lines of the Airbus A320 aircraft family. Airbus China CEO George Xu said “Airbus is seeking innovative ideas and digital solutions that could change aerospace in the decades to come and create a safer, cleaner and better-connected world.”

Boeing says China will need around 7,700 new aircraft over the next twenty year

The Boeing Company revised its estimate of the number of new aircraft it expects Chinese airlines to buy between now and 2038. In the next 20 years, Chinese airlines will spend about $1.2 trillion on around 7,690 new aircraft. The current prediction is about 6% higher than the previous forecast of only 7,240 aircraft. “The growth in China can be attributed to the country’s growing middle class, which has more than tripled in the last 10 years and is expected to double again in the next 10,” said Boeing Commercial Airplanes’ vice president of marketing Randy Tinseth in a statement.

COMAC, HNA join to tap African market

China’s homemade ARJ21 regional jets are expected to enter the African market, according to a memorandum of understanding between Hainan Airlines (HNA) and the Commercial Aircraft Corp of China (COMAC) that was signed last Friday. HNA will deliver ARJ21 regional jets into some African countries based on its global airline network and partnerships with African airliners such as Ghana-based AWA. HNA and COMAC will take an active role to assist African countries in building regional airline networks and carrying out cooperation in areas including aircraft maintenance, aviation materials supply and personnel training.

Ethiopian Airlines App Adds Alipay Through CellPoint Mobile Payment Platform

Ethiopian Airlines, the largest aviation group in Africa and SkyTrax Four Star Airline, has partnered with CellPoint Mobile a leading provider of sales and payment-side technology solutions for the worldwide travel sector, to accept payments via Alipay – China’s leading alternative payment method (APM), in the mobile app of Ethiopian Airlines. This is the first APM integration for CellPoint Mobile as part of an ongoing partnership with the flag carrier of Ethiopia. With 100 million Chinese traveling abroad every year, more merchants in Southeast Asia, Western Europe, North America – and now Ethiopia – are investing in mobile solutions to support Alipay for Chinese visitors and tourists, as well as foreign expats living in China.

Guangzhou hosts aviation and globalization dialogue at 2018 World Routes 2018 Development Forum

The World Route Development Forum has been held in major international cities like London, Berlin, Dubai. Guangzhou is the third Chinese city to host the event after Beijing and Chengdu. The number of participants this year is expected to hit a record high. According to Zhang Kejian, president of Guangdong Airport Authority, organizer of the event, more than 3,200 representatives from airlines, airport administrative organizations, government and tourism agencies across some 110 countries, will gather in the city to discuss on ways to formulate a new blueprint for the global aviation industry. As one of China´s three largest international aviation hubs, it is designated as an integral part for the Belt and Road Initiative, connecting to 48 cities in 29 countries along the routes.

Heathrow passenger growth fueled by new China routes

Heathrow said new services from Hainan Airlines, Tianjin Airlines and Beijing Capital contributed to the spike in August traffic. John Holland-Kaye, Heathrow chief executive, said: “August has been another stellar month for Heathrow with passenger numbers and freight volumes continuing to reach unprecedented heights. “It’s brilliant to see consumers and cargo making their way through the UK’s largest port to these new Chinese destinations. With expansion, we’ll be able to connect more points of the UK to global growth.”

YTO Airlines launches Zhengzhou-Tokyo cargo route

China’s YTO Airlines today launched a new route linking Zhengzhou, capital of central China’s Henan Province, and Tokyo. This is the first all-freighter route between Tokyo and Zhengzhou, a major transportation and logistics junction in China, according to YTO Airlines. The service will be operated by a B757 cargo aircraft running five round-trips weekly.

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