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Flights Cut, MTR Trains Down, Trees Uprooted and Runner Rescued in Hong Kong

Dozens of flights in and out of Hong Kong were affected on Sunday as Typhoon Mujigae moved inland over western Guangdong. However, by Monday morning Hong Kong's Observatory cancelled all storm signals as the typhoon passed the city, warning that rainy weathy remains for the rest of the day. The No 3 strong wind signal had been in place for more than 24 hours after it was issued, as Mujig...

Wuhan Airport to Speed Up Phase-3 Project Construction

Wuhan Tianhe International Airport  (WUH)'s new air traffic control (ATC) tower has been capped the day before the National Day on Oct.1, news reported from the construction site of the airport's phase-3 project. Functioning as the airport's eye, ATC tower is responsible for directing airplanes, handling emergency situations and issuing control instructions. With 22 s...

Typhoon Roars into South China; Tens of Thousands Evacuated

A strong typhoon roared into southern China on Sunday, bringing powerful winds and heavy rain to the region after leaving one dead and 30 fishermen missing in the Philippines. Nearly 200,000 people in southern China were evacuated before Typhoon Mujigae made landfall near the city of Zhanjiang in Guangdong province just after 2 p.m., according to the National Meteorological Center. By 7:00 p...

Hengchun Airport to Face Possible Closure Next Year

The Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) is to make a decision on whether to close Hengchun Airport in Pingtung County in the second half of next year, given the airport's extremely low passenger rate, CAA Director-General Lin Tyh-ming said yesterday. Lin said the Pingtung County Government has commissioned a feasibility study to assess the possibility of using the airport for i...

Surfing in the Air

Chinese airlines are rolling out services to allow passengers to access the Internet, but concerns remain over pricing and network speeds. Are you bored with long flight without access to the Internet? This may soon be history as Chinese airlines take steps to boost their inflight Wi-Fi networks. Now passengers on some Chinese airlines' flights can send e-mail, book hotels, wat...

Three Seriously Injured As Light Plane Crashes in Central China

Three people have been seriously injured and sent to hospital after a light aircraft crashed in a scenic spot in Xinxiang, Central China's Henan Province on Friday morning, CCTV News reported. The crash happened at around 9:20 a.m. when the glider was performing a trail flight at Xiangshui River Water Park in Wulong Mountain in Huixian City, the source said via its official S...

AVIC launches seaplane conversion for Y-12

Chinese aviation manufacturer AVIC has expanded into the seaplane market, placing an order for 100 sets of floats to convert 19-seat Harbin Y-12s into amphibious transports, says a US supplier. Seattle-based Kenmore Air announced that AVIC is acquiring the floats for the Y-12 from EDO Floats, a subsidiary of the US company. The two-year conversion programme includes a plan to certi...

First Angel Jet Network Flight Carries Chinese Orphans

Angel Jet Network (AJN), a Hong Kong-based charity providing medical transportation for underprivileged patients across the Asia-Pacific region, made its first flights last week. The organization, which is inspired by the U.S.-based Corporate Angel Network (CAN), uses flights in aircraft donated by private individuals and companies. The first three flights carried three orphans from the Chunhui...

Beechcraft delivers China's first 350i to be used in a charter role

Beechcraft has handed over the first of two King Air 350is to Chinese aviation services company AVIC Hebei General Aviation (HGAC). The twin-engined turboprop will be based in Shijiazhuang City, in northern China’s Hebei province, and will be the first 350i in the country dedicated to charter services, says the Textron Aviation subsidiary of the American Textron Group which also owns Beec...

Air China to Offer Nonstop Flight from Chengdu to Paris in December

Air China (CA) is planning to launch a nonstop flight between Chengdu, the capital city of southwest China's Sichuan province and Paris, France on December 12, the airline said at a press conference on Tuesday.  This is the first nonstop service linking Chengdu and Paris, providing more travel options for people from Chengdu to Europe. 11-Hour Flight from the "Country...

China Aviation Oil shuns diversification; jet fuel focus returns

China Aviation Oil is going back to basics -- its core aviation fuel business -- after pursuing an aggressive diversification strategy over the last two years. Economic uncertainty in China and low commodity prices forced the company to rethink its strategy and it has concluded that focusing on expanding its jet fuel business is what will generate stable returns, CEO Meng Fanqiu said recently....

Spring Airlines Opens Guiyang-Nagoya Route

China's Spring Airline, with HQ in Shanghai, has opened a direct flight between Guiyang, Guizhou province and Nagoya, Japan, as of Sep. 26, the first direct flight between southwest China and Central Japan. The airline is using an airbus A320 for the route, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, departing Guiyang at 7:35 p.m. and arriving in Nagoya just after midnight, then departing Na...