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China's aviation market is well-positioned to lead a transformation
in air traffic management (ATM) according to a Boeing expert who
addressed the 2011 China Civil Aviation Development Forum in Beijing
on 12 May.
"China is not burdened by the fragmentation of the European
Union or by the dated infrastructure of the US," said Neil Planzer,
Boeing Commercial Airplanes' vice-president of ATM. "China
has the opportunity to demonstrate strong leadership and create
transformational system design, development and implementation
through its five-year planning cycle."
The Forum was organised by the Civil Aviation Administration of
China (CAAC) as a gathering place for regulators, airlines, aircraft
manufacturers and suppliers from around the world to discuss new
concepts, technologies and practices to accelerate the transformation
of global civil aviation.
Boeing says China's "continued economic transformation is pushing
its commercial aviation sector to grow at an unprecedented rate". The
US manufacturer has forecast that Chinese airlines will need to buy
an additional 4,330 aircraft by 2029 to meet market demand. China's
aircraft fleet, which has more than doubled in size since 2000, is now
one of the newest and most efficient in the world -- "a trend that will
continue", according to Boeing.
Planzer said that the fact that China has such a young air fleet, will
help the country address the challenge of managing its increased
capacity to operate safely and efficiently, while limiting environmental
"Boeing has pioneered innovative air traffic management concepts
such as Required Navigation Performance and Tailored Arrivals. We
look forward to expanding our cooperation with the CAAC and Air
Traffic Management Bureau to help China advance its ATM system,"
Planzer said, adding that advances toward the future can begin
"Programme investment decisions for the system should be based
on the synergy of the whole, not on individual subsystem choices," he
said. "But even now, the system can start with tactical improvements
that can be accomplished in the short term and still would be
transitional toward a transformational system. Such new approaches
would enhance safety as well as efficiency and capacity." -- Andrzej
China poised to lead ATM
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Air China, Dalian JV on hold
Air China's plan to set up a new joint-venture airline with the
Dalian municipal government is on hold as the partners await word
on their 11-month old application for an air operating certificate
Air China has yet to be notified of the status of its application,
submitted to the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) in
June 2010. The new, Dalian-based carrier is to be known as Dalian
Airlines and will operate domestic and international services to
South Korea and Japan.
Hainan Airlines, based at Haikou Meilan International Airport
on Hainan island, had a similar agreement with the Dalian
government in 2009 as part of its expansion plans. However, that
project failed to take flight after the Dalian government objected
to some conditions laid down by Hainan Airlines, prompting Air
China to step in.
According to a CAAC official in Beijing, Air China's application
has been put on hold as the regulatory body has suspended issuing
AOCs to new airlines due to safety concerns. The concerns have
arisen in the wake of the crash on 24 August last year of a Henan
Airlines Embraer E-190 that was attempting to land on a fog-
shrouded runway at Yichun Shi Lindu Airport in Yichun city.
The crash killed 42 out of 96 people on board. -- William Dennis
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