Singapore_Air From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 13745 posts, RR: 19 Posted (11 years 2 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 3436 times:
Air China Group aims to be the top airline in Asia by 2010.
President Li Jiaxing said that the airline will cooperate more with both international and domestic airlines to create a wider network. "Air China intends to be listed abroad when the conditions are right," he added.
Currently, Air China owns 125 aircraft and flies 386 routes. It is also looking for a chance to join an alliance.
Lufthansa From Christmas Island, joined May 1999, 3224 posts, RR: 10
Reply 1, posted (11 years 2 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 3414 times:
WEll they're smart enough to realise the importance of listing and networking, but i still find the whole thing a joke. Non-chinese don't want to use Air China....or the CAAC as some still call it. Perhaps if they build a hub in Hong Kong, trade under some more sophisticated sounding name, and employ a european graphic designer to create a new livery...something along the lines of Lan Chile, they may have a chance.
Carnoc From China, joined Oct 2001, 875 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (11 years 2 months 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 3192 times:
Well, the whole thing has been misunderstood by media.
In fact, what Air China's high-profile officials said was that Air China aims to be one of better carriers in Asia by 2010 (not necessarily top or the best or such-kind). In order to do so, the airline is going to focus more and more on customer services, with much wider network by cooperating with greater number of both foreign and local airlines, as well as to be listed aboard while it is thr right time to do so.
Nevertheless, Air China has been putting greater resources into further improvements of customer service and greater network by its recent introduction of E-ticket (currently operating for most domestic routes, foreign passengers may enjoy the service as soon as next year [if everything goes well]), heavy investment in China's regional carrier - Shandong Airlines, upgrading business class products on the B747 fleets, frequent new international cooperation agreements (such as with United Airlines & so on), introduction of Air China's FFP Credit Cards & heaps new services and many more...
Bobrayner From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2003, 2227 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (11 years 2 months 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 3166 times:
foreign passengers may enjoy the service as soon as next year [if everything goes well]
If they have a friendly consulate. It's a big if. I tried getting a Chinese visa earlier this year, and several different Chinese consulates refused my application, because a receipt and printout of eticket details wasn't sufficient proof that I'd be entering & leaving the country; they needed a physical ticket.
Eventually I got the visa by taking a daytrip to Finland, where the consulate was much more laid-back (and very quick).
Behramjee From Canada, joined Aug 2003, 4824 posts, RR: 44
Reply 6, posted (11 years 2 months 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 3084 times:
Wasnt AIR CHINA very close to STAR ALLIANCE membership?
Anyways for it to become as good as CX & SQ in the region it must :
1. Have PTVs in all seats of all its long haul and high density aircraft.
2. Replace ageing aircraft ASAP with newer BOEING or AIRBUS models
3. Become more customer oriented and give their pax more benefits/incentives for flying them.
4. Market CHINA as well as CX-EK and SQ have marketed SIN-DXB & HKG cities. I think that EMIRATES should take a lot of credit for making DUBAI what it is today! Though not all but some of it for sure. Theirs and SQs short stopover pkgs in their respective hub cities are great and v economical.
5. Modernize PVG-EK / ZBAA), China">PEK and Guangzhou airports ASAP to meet the standards of HKG-SIN-NRT-ICN etc.
6. Refurbish its premium class cabin by having sleeper seats, better meals, greater choice of movies and other programs.