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Volume 14,Issue 3 Autumn 2012

Grand China Express to open new flights in Xinjiang this April


Grand China Express Airlines is planning to add ERJ145 aircraft and open new air routes to Xinjiang beginning this April. The plan of the airline includes adding two ERJ145, 50-seat aircraft, to serve the growing air transport need of the Xinjiang regional airports. It also plans to open six new air routes in the region -- from Urumqi to Kurle, Yining, Aksu, Kuche, Aletai and Qiemo -- as well as opening other air routes within Xinjiang. The current development of Xinjiang’s economy and winter tourism boosts the autonomous region’s air transport market. The number of passengers traveling by air to Xinjiang has increased greatly due to the region’s development. The peak season of the region’s air transport was stretched to June-to-October from the previous July-to-September. The current progress of the region promoted the passenger air transport development of Xinjiang up to more than 20 percent. According to the Chief of the Xinjiang Airports Group Company, four airlines currently operate the regional air transport of Xinjiang. These include the Xinjiang Branch of China Southern and Hainan Airlines, Shanghai Airlines and Xiamen Airlines. The four airlines generally use B737 aircraft for operation during peak season, but the number and type of regional airplanes presently serving the region are not enough to satisfy the demand of the growing aviation market of Xinjiang. The plan of Grand China Express to open new routes to the autonomous region and operate ERJ145 type aircraft is expected to meet the much needed requirement of advancing Xinjiang’s regional aviation. The passenger load factor of the two new aircraft and the frequency of flight of six additional air routes will help satisfy the region’s increasing demand for air transport service.

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