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[] Despite increased security travel measures around the world, one woman managed to board the wrong plane, with the wrong airline – all under the wrong name.

Despite the fact that she was travelling under a different name, on passenger was able to board a Cathay Pacific plane.

According to The South China Morning Post, the incident happened at Taiwan Airport when a woman, known as “Ms Hong” was flying to Hong Kong.

The first error in the series of incredible events happened when she checked into the Cathay Pacific desk – instead of Hong Kong Airlines.

Despite checking in with the wrong carrier, Hong was processed. She was also holding a boarding pass that belonged to a man with the same surname, also flying to Hong Kong.

The flights had been booked by Hong’s boyfriend who was told his partner had not boarded her Hong Kong Airlines flight.

SCMP reports that the woman was furious.

“The name on the air ticket wasn’t me. Even the sex on the air ticket was not right. This is ridiculous,” she said.

Cathay Pacific and Hong Kong Airlines have since come together to ensure Hong made a safe return trip, she was also given the use of Cathay’s executive lounge.

A spokesperson for Cathay Pacific confirmed there had been an ……

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27th February, 2016

[BBC News] China has urged Malaysia to “step up its efforts” in the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane that disappeared on Saturday.

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Malaysia’s acting transport minister, Hishamuddin Hussein: Search and rescue ‘the main focus’  Photo: BBC News

Nearly three days after the jet went missing, an international effort has still not found the plane’s wreckage.

None of the debris and oil slicks spotted in the water so far have proven to be linked to the disappearance.

Flight MH370 vanished from radar almost three days ago en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur, with 239 people on board.

Relatives of the missing passengers have been told to prepare for the worst.

Search Helicopter

The area being searched by air and sea covers hundreds of kilometres. Photo: BBC News

China said the Malaysian authorities needed to “step up their efforts” to find the missing airliner, which had more than 150 Chinese nationals on board.

“We… have a responsibility to demand and urge the Malaysian side to step up [its] search efforts, start an investigation as soon as possible and provide relevant information to China correctly and in a timely manner,” said Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Qin Gang.

Patience appears to be wearing thin in the search for the missing airplane, says the BBC’s Celia Hatton in Beijing.

Earlier, the Global Times…….

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10th March, 2014

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[BBC NewsHeathrow has said that it handled 70 million passengers in 2012, the highest number on record, as the crowded airport saw bigger and fuller planes.

Heathrow is one of the busiest airports in the world.Photo: Airport Informer

Heathrow is one of the busiest airports in the world. Photo: Airport Informer

Numbers rose 0.9% from 2011, with 3.2% growth in its staple North Atlantic business, and traffic to the Far East and Brazil boosted by new routes.

December was also a record month at the airport, with China traffic up 23%.

But the growth in passenger numbers during 2012 was balanced by a 1.3% drop in cargo passing through the airport.

Heathrow has been operating close to official full capacity for several years.

Besides the spare capacity freed up by cargo, the airport said that the higher passenger numbers had been due to an increase in the aircraft load factor – a measure of how full planes are – from 75.2% to 75.6%, as well as in average aircraft size from 194.8 seats to 197.4.

It meant that the average plane flying through Heathrow was carrying almost 2% more passengers in 2012 than the year before.

The distribution of traffic across different destinations last year reflected the changing fortunes of various countries’ economies:

  • Passenger numbers to Brazil rose 21.6%, due to an increase in the number of flights
  • East Asia rose 6.2% in the year, in part due to recovery from Japan’s 2011 tsunami, and climbed by 14.8% in December from a year earlier as new routes opened
  • The recession-struck eurozone economies of Portugal, Italy, Greece and Spain saw a collective 4.5% drop in traffic in 2012
  • Middle Eastern passenger numbers rebounded 3.4% as the political situation in most of the region stabilised
  • Passenger numbers to India and Africa fell, as routes shifted away from these regions in favour of higher-growth developing economies

“The figures for 2012 show Heathrow is delivering higher passenger numbers despite a tough economic climate,” said Heathrow chief executive Colin Matthews.

“At the same time, passenger satisfaction levels reached record levels.”

he airport is due to complete the reconstruction of Terminal 2 in 2014, which will increase the number of passengers it can handle, but not…..

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15th Jan, 2013

[NPR] Right at this moment, more than two-thirds of all airport construction in the world is happening in China.

82% of Chinese people will live within 100 kilometers of an airport by 2020.

82% of Chinese people will live within 100 kilometers of an airport by 2020.  Photo Wikipedia

The total number of airports in China will be 244 airports by 2020. . This means that by then, 82% of Chinese people will live within 100 kilometers of an airport.

The country is in the first full year of a five-year plan to eventually make China the center of global aviation, and the Chinese government is pumping a quarter-trillion dollars into the project.

“From the American perspective, the whole idea of five-year plans is preposterous,” says James Fallows, author of a new book about China’s aviation boom, called China Airborne. “If you think five-year plan, you think Soviet Union, you think economic failure.”

The new plan is hugely ambitious and not at all certain to succeed, he tells NPR’s Guy Raz, but it’s a window into whether China’s overall economic strategy is actually the model for the 21st century or a cautionary tale.

“Part of the genius of the Chinese economic boom over the last couple of decades,” Fallows says, “is they have combined this large-scale government direction, which actually is important there, with this whole infinity of private, uncontrolled, very entrepreneurial activity.”

He says China’s leaders feel that if the country is ever to attain real prosperity, it needs to succeed in areas like pharmaceuticals, information technology and aerospace. “And that’s what this next push is all about,” he says.

Fallows adds that the new…….

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May 19, 2012

[Telegraph] Gatwick Airport has laid bare its ambition to rival Heathrow after announcing it had struck a deal with Air China over direct flights to Beijing.

Air China, a national flag carrier, will operate four direct flights a week between Gatwick and Beijing Photo: Bloomberg News

Air China, a national flag carrier, will operate four direct flights a week between Gatwick and Beijing Photo: Bloomberg News

Air China is the latest long-haul carrier to sign up to Gatwick, which is trying to build a reputation as an alternative gateway between the UK and emerging markets.

The airport has started flexing its muscles as Heathrow’s owner BAA battles with the Government over building a third runway.

Air China, a national flag carrier, will operate four direct flights a week between Gatwick and Beijing.

Guy Stephenson, chief commercial officer at Global Infrastructure Partners owned Gatwick, said the airport – the UK’s second largest – could serve London “just as effectively” as Heathrow, where take-off and landing slots are…….

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By Nathalie Thomas
02 May 2012

[Express & Star] Birmingham Airport is calling on the Government to  endorse its national  status as chief executive Paul Kehoe revealed talks with  Far Eastern  airlines about launching new flights from the site in the  future.

CEO Paul Kehoe revealed talks with Far Eastern airlines about launching new flights from the site in the future

CEO Paul Kehoe revealed talks with Far Eastern airlines about launching new flights from the site in the future

Mr Kehoe has returned from a trip promoting links between the West Midlands  and China.

And he has dismissed claims from airports group BAA that Heathrow Airport is  the only answer to forging new air links with the country.

He has been talking with a string of Far Eastern airlines during a three-day  visit to the Chinese city of Chengdu for the Routes Asia conference. Mr Kehoe  said feedback from the airlines was positive, with many now considering  Birmingham as a new destination once the runway extension is completed in  2014.

He said: “We hear so much from BAA about the UK losing lucrative new routes  because of the capacity constraints at Heathrow but the South East isn’t the  only solution.

“Our runway extension will allow aircraft to fly direct from China, bringing  investment to the region, and giving airlines and passengers an alternative to  battling with London’s congestion problems. We now need the UK Government to  endorse Birmingham Airport, when it releases its Aviation Policy Review later  this year, as a national airport that can offer a rapid and cost effective  solution to the aviation gap.”

Mr Kehoe and his team had the largest airport stand at the Routes Asia event,  aiming to demonstrate the strong trading links with China by showing a film  about the partnership between the airport and MG Motors, a company owned by Shanghai  Automotive.

William Wang, managing director of Longbridge-based MG Motors has said there  is serious need for direct flights between Birmingham and Shanghai for business passengers, the  region’s large Chinese community  and the thousands of students that come  to Birmingham each year.

Since 2003, after London, Birmingham has attracted more Chinese investment  projects than…..

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Monday 30th April 2012

[Reuters] China Eastern Airlines (0670.HK) is set to place a $6 billion (3.7 billion pounds) order for up to 20 Boeing 777 jets, while simultaneously emerging at the centre of an aviation row between China and the European Union by stalling a recent Airbus deal, people familiar with the matter said.

The order for wide-body 777s follows a fierce contest between Boeing and Airbus

The order for wide-body 777s follows a fierce contest between Boeing and Airbus

The order for wide-body 777s follows a fierce but discreet contest between Boeing and Airbus and allows the U.S. planemaker to bounce back after China’s third-largest airline cancelled an order for 24 of its latest flagship 787 Dreamliners last year.

Besides handing the 777 order to Boeing, China Eastern is stalling on the completion of a $3 billion order for 15 Airbus A330 aircraft announced last October, two of the people said.

Boeing, Airbus and China Eastern declined to comment.

The deals took shape at different times and for different plane types, but together they highlight the stakes involved as planemakers court the world’s fastest-growing aviation market under the shadow of a recent trade dispute between China and Europe.

China and more than 20 nations oppose EU plans to force airlines to adopt a carbon emissions-capping scheme that they say will penalise foreign long-haul carriers and infringe sovereignty. Airbus has said some…..

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Reuters: 26th April, 2012
Reporting by Tim Hepher,
Kyle Peterson, Fang Yan

[] Low-cost carriers were behind nearly all of the growth in the Philippine air travel sector over the last five years, Gokongwei-led Cebu Pacific said on Thursday.

Growth is being driven by low fares offered by low-cost carriers such as Cebu Pacific

Growth is being driven by low fares offered by low-cost carriers such as Cebu Pacific

At the Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East Asean Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) Summit held in Davao last week, Cebu Pacific vice president for marketing and distribution Candice Iyog said 96 percent of the industry’s growth could be traced to the expansion of low-cost carriers.

Full-service carriers like Philippine Airlines, meanwhile, contributed just 4 percent to the sector’s growth.

“This is mainly driven by the low fares offered by low-cost carriers’s such as Cebu Pacific. By unbundling services such as baggage and meals, customers are given the choice to buy only the services they want to pay for,” Iyog said.

“Full-service or legacy carriers continue to bundle all their services into the fare, something new air travelers have rejected. Cebu Pacific continues to remain focused on stimulating travel demand in the Philippines. We’ve seen this in every market we operate,” she said.

Despite rising fuel costs, Iyog claimed that airline tickets are now 30 percent cheaper, on average, than they were 10 years ago.

Citing government data, she said one out of every two domestic passengers flew on budget airlines’s in 2006. In 2011, budget airlines’s dominated the domestic market with 76-percent market share, or three out of every four domestic passengers.

She said the effect of budget airlines’s on……

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Chinese carriers reported a net loss of almost CNY200 million ($31.6 million) in March, reversed from a collective net profit of CNY1.71 billion in the year-ago month, due to high fuel prices and a decline in cargo traffic.

Chinese carriers at Beijing International. By Rob Finlayson

Chinese carriers at Beijing International. By Rob Finlayson

Passenger boardings increased 8.6% to 25.03 million, up 8.3% on domestic routes and 12.8% on international routes compared to the same month in 2011. Cargo traffic dipped 6.1%, up a slight 0.4% on domestic routes and plummeted 18.3% on international routes.

Industry analysts said market demand started to pick up in April with continuous domestic economic growth and slow global economic recovery but rising fuel expenses still remain a major challenge.

Fuel costs rose 16% in March, an increase of CNY1.64 billion over the same period last year. Analysts said that fuel surcharges revenue, which was CNY1.17 billion, was not enough to offset rising fuel expenses.

Earlier this month the Chinese government has raised domestic jet fuel prices to CNY8,061 ($1,275) per ton, up 4.35% from CNY7,725 per ton (ATW Daily News, April 6).

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By Katie Cantle
April 13, 2012

Boeing posted a net order loss for the 787 Dreamliner this year after the Chinese government approved a carrier’s plan to scrap an order for 24 of the composite-plastic airliners in favor of 45 single-aisle 737s.

Boeing has lost nine orders since the start of the year

The move by China Eastern Airlines Corp. (670) means Boeing has lost nine orders since the start of the year, according to a weekly update on its website. The airline, China’s second- largest, said in October it would switch to the smaller 737s because of delivery delays and slowing demand for long-haul international travel.

“This has been in the works for some time,” Doug Alder, a Boeing spokesman, said today in a telephone interview. “It was just waiting for Chinese government approval.”

Boeing’s Dreamliner was about three years behind schedule when it was delivered to its first customer in September, following struggles with new production techniques and materials. The Chicago-based planemaker delivered no 787s in February while performing inspections after finding a manufacturing error related to fuselage lamination.

Alder couldn’t immediately say how the decision by China Eastern will affect Boeing’s order backlog. Boeing had 868 Dreamliner orders outstanding at the end of February after delivering five of the planes.

The planemaker also reported two new Dreamliner orders today from Air New Zealand. The aircraft has an average list price of $210.7 million, though airlines typically negotiate discounts….

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By Frederic Tomesco