China’s air industry needs talent and integrity

The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) recently released its annual report detailing developments, deficiencies and strategies going forward as the country overhauls its massive aviation sector.

But will there be enough flight crew available for all the new aircraft on order? The China Aviation Supplies Import and Export group, a quasi-government organisation, signed an agreement to purchase 110 Airbus 320s and a letter of intent was also taken out for the supply of 40 A330s.

Presently the national fleet stands at 1,134, of which 58 are freight aircraft, an increase of 136 from 2006. CAAC also continues to spend heavily on airports and equipment, with millions of yuan going out to suppliers and contractors. With subsidies totaling RMB150 million (US$22 million), 66snow blowers, 31 snow-ploughs, 63 de-icing vehicles, were purchased for62 airports.

The supplier for some of this was Oshkosh of the USA. Manufacturer Goldhofer from Germany delivered 22 pushback tractors to Air China Beijing in late 2007/early 2008, well in time for the expected competitors and spectators to the Olympics.

Growth in airports and carriers
The total number of airports in the country now reaches 152, with an average of five new airports being built each year. Again, millions of yuan have been spent and will continue to be spent on new facilities. The amount on the new Terminal 3 built at Beijing International for the opening of the Olympic Games reached the skies.