China books massive Boeing order

November 10, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, North Asia

BEIJING, 10 November 2017: China signed an agreement Thursday to buy 300 airplanes from US aerospace giant Boeing valued over USD37 billion, as part of a multi-billion dollar raft of deals announced during President Donald Trump’s visit to Beijing.

The agreement for China Aviation Suppliers Holding Co (CASC) to buy the single-aisle and twin-aisle aircraft was among the more than USD250 billion in agreements announced at a ceremony attended by Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping.

A Boeing statement said the agreement includes “orders and commitments” to buy the aircraft, but it did not give a further breakdown. Read more

Hainan launches flights to Laos

November 3, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Laos PDR, North Asia

VIENTIANE, 3 November 2017: Luang Prabang will welcome more Chinese visitors during the cool season  months following Hainan Airlines launch of twice weekly flights from Shenzhen.

The services to Luang Prabang started 26 October and are provisionally set to run through to March next year.

According to timetable information from Airlineroute, the flight will depart Shenzhen at 0855 every Wednesday and Sunday, arriving in Luang Prabang at 1000. Read more

Adventure cruises appeal to Chinese

November 2, 2017 by  
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Hong Kong 2 November 2017: Hurtigruten, an exploration travel specialist, has extended its partnership with Fliggy, the tourism brand of Alibaba.

The companies will offer five Antarctica voyages exclusively for the China market in 2019.

“Expedition cruising is one of the fastest growing segments in the travel industry and China is one of the most dynamic travel markets in the world,” says Hurtigruten CEO Daniel Skjeldam. Read more

China’s big three profits rise

November 1, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, East Asia, News

SHANGHAI, 1 November 2017: China’s three biggest airlines have reported a rise in third-quarter net profit on strong domestic travel demand.

China Southern, Asia’s biggest carrier, saw its net profit for July-September surge 29.40% year-on-year to 4.28 billion yuan (USD643.7 million), according to a stock exchange statement Monday.

Flag carrier Air China said its third-quarter net profit surged 31.39% year-on-year to 4.95 billion yuan, according to a statement late last week to the Hong Kong exchange, where it is listed. Read more

Thai Lion serves up China charters

October 5, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 5 October 2017: Thai Lion Air is adding more flights to China, but they  are not open for bookings here in Thailand.

The flights are technically scheduled charters; cheap deals for Chinese tour operators who bulk-purchase seat allotments at below market fares. They  are  bundled into holiday packages sold to Chinese tourists through retail travel and online outlets.

For the airline, which has poor aircraft utilisation, offering them to Chinese tour operators keeps planes in the air earning revenue. Read more

Dragons banish the stars

October 5, 2017 by  
Filed under News, North Asia

BANGKOK, 5 October, 2017: If tourism and hotel operators want to capture the attention of China’s traveller they should think dragons rather than stars, or so a new website portal, Feel Like Home, would have us believe.

The brand new website is promoting its “Five Dragons” rating system that is supposed to help Chinese travellers identify their preferred restaurants or hotels when overseas.

Its core message runs along the lines of we need to have our dragons stacked up if we want to be China friendly. Read more

No holding Ho back

October 5, 2017 by  
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HONG KONG, 5 October 2017: Casino magnate Lawrence Ho –  son of Macau gaming legend Stanley Ho –  is eyeing a major foray into Japan as he seeks to broaden his family’s reach beyond the world’s biggest gambling hub.

His father was credited with transforming Macau from a sleepy Portuguese outpost to a gaming boomtown boasting revenues surpassing Las Vegas.

With its myriad shimmering palaces to fortune and fantasy, the city is the only part of China where casino gambling is legal and has become a favourite haunt of mainland high rollers. Read more

Nok boosts network with charters

October 3, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 3 October 2017: Nok Air has started flight operations from U-tapao airport, 30 km south of Pattaya resort.

The low-cost airline marked the first flight from the airport with a celebratory water spray arch to welcome the aircraft that flew from Nanchang.

The airline is contracted to offer four weekly charter flights from Nanchang, China, that arrive at 1600 at U-tapao International Airport. Read more

Golden Week travel stays close to home

October 2, 2017 by  
Filed under News, North Asia

SHANGHAI, 2 October 2017: China’s Golden Week’s holiday season got underway at the weekend, promising a major boost for destinations in Asia that are now almost totally reliant on the Chinese holiday makers to keep their tourist industries afloat.

But a report by Reuters, Sunday, noted that a cooling economy is keeping more Chinese tourists closer to home than in previous holiday seasons.

Europe, the US, Australia and New Zealand are likely to be the losers when the Golden Week’s tourists data comes under review. Read more

UnionPay: Must-have card for China’s travellers

October 2, 2017 by  
Filed under News, North Asia

SHANGHAI, 2 October 201: China’s outbound tourism reaches its peak during this National Day and mid-Autumn festival, China’s National Tourism Administration reported on Sunday.

Of the long-haul destinations where Chinese are heading the USA, Canada, Australia, France and Egypt were identified as top attractions for UnionPay cards holders.

More than 21 million merchants and 1.5 million ATMs outside the Chinese Mainland accept UnionPay cards. Read more

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