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New York (AirGuide - Airline News Asia / Pacific) Oct 16, 2011

Airline industry ramps up efforts to develop biofuels. Airlines around the world are expected to burn up to 220 million tons of fuel this year, generating 650 million tons of carbon emissions. The industry is working harder than ever to develop biofuels as the price of fuel remains persistently high and volatile, while pressure mounts to reduce emissions. Six airlines have tested biofuels on some passenger flights, and officials say that trend will continue. "The most significant leap forward in the industry's environmental performance in the coming years will be the commercial use of sustainable biofuels," predicts Tony Tyler, the former CEO of Cathay Pacific. Oct 10, 2011

Air China Air China Launches Airport Self Check-in Available at Haneda Tokyo. Since being named the pilot carrier of IATA's "Easy Travel" project in 2009, Air China had made airport self check-in available to its passengers at Tokyo Narita Airport, Hong Kong Airport and Frankfurt Airport outside Mainland China by December of this year. On November 21, 2011, Air China added Tokyo Haneda Airport to the list. The user-friendly system, which features Chinese, English and Japanese, also supports transfer to other domestic Chinese cities via Beijing. It allows passengers to select their preferred seat, accrue Air China kilometers and print boarding pass, sparing them the trouble of having to queue in front of the traditional check-in counters. Oct 12, 2011

Air China Air China to Open Rotations Beijing-Okinawa. Air China will launch 2 weekly rotations between Beijing and Okinawausing 737-800, starting January 11, 2012. The new service will bring the number of Japanese cities served by Air China up to 8 and the number of round-trip direct flights a week between the two countries up to 260. The other 7 Japanese cities are Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Fukuoka, Hiroshima, Sendai and Sapporo. Sitting on the coast of the Pacific Ocean, Okinawa is one of the world's most visited destinations that boasts beautiful sceneries, mild climate and rich cultural heritage. In addition to commercial operations, it also provides special flight services for the country's state leaders on official visit to other countries. By a fleet of 290 Airbus and Boeing aircraft (including 280 passenger airliners and 10 freighters), 1 training planes and 6business jets, we run 285routes - 72 international, 14 regional, and 199 domestic - serving a total of 137 cities, including 43 international, 4 regional and 93 domestic, in 30 countries and regions. We offer over 6,900 flights with over 1, 100,000 seats every week. Thanks to our admission to the Star Alliance, our route network, with Beijing as its hub, is able to place 1,160 destinations in 181 countries within our reach. Oct 11, 2011

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