Apr 7, 2008
Air China launched thrice-weekly Beijing-Pyongyang this week aboard a Boeing 737. Apr 3, 2008
Air China on Mar. 31 launched flights to North Korea, making it the world's only foreign airline to fly regularly to the country's capital, Xinhua news agency reported. The Beijing-Pyongyang air link comes as tensions have flared between North and South Korea. North Korea has threatened to attack the South in recent days and sent jet fighters to test its neighbor's air defenses as it tries to push a new government in Seoul to back off from an increasingly hard line in their bilateral relations. Analysts have said that China, one of North Korea's biggest benefactors and the closest the destitute state has to a major ally, would lean on the hermit state to prevent the situation on the Korean peninsula spinning out of control. The Beijing-Pyongyang flight route was postponed by three months after Air China said preparatory work took longer than expected. Apr 1, 2008
Air China will fly the trip three times per week, making Pyongyang a Star Alliance destination, the airline grouping led by Singapore Airlines, Lufthansa and United Airlines. Air China said previously that it saw the financial potential in the route, primarily from the Chinese tourist business. North Korea's air links have been almost entirely provided by the Russian-built aircraft of state carrier Air Koryo. Previously, China Southern Airlines had flown to Pyongyang. It stopped flights in 2006 soon after North Korea carried out a nuclear test, though it was not clear if Beijing ordered the airline to drop the route. Apr 1, 2008
All Nippon Airways
All Nippon Airways said last year that it may start a low-cost airline in a pre-emptive move to ward off potentially fierce competition from Chinese rivals. The Nikkei business daily said on Wednesday that the new airline could be established as early as the 2008 fiscal year, possibly through a joint venture with an Asian carrier or by acquiring another airline. The ANA spokesman said that the company would be opening an office in Hong Kong next month to research possibilities for such an airline, but that nothing more concrete had been decided. Mar 31, 2008
China Airlines is working with the Grand Hi-Lai Hotel in Kaohsiung, Taiwan to provide a range of international cuisines for its business class passengers[sup.1] in-flight meals, starting April 1. The new on-board menus will be available...