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China Southern's first 787-8 B-2725 arrives at Guangzhou Baiyun Airport. Image: China Southern Airlines.

China Southern: The blue dragon has risen.

Today, after years of production and bureaucratic delays, China Southern marked a significant milestone with the arrival of its first Boeing 787-8 in Guangzhou. The airline having taken delivery of the aircraft registered B-2725 on May 31. The 787 delivery marks the next chapter in the transformation of China Southern. B-2725 will enter revenue service […]

Australia’s obsession with engaging Asia: Can aviation play a role?

It’s been awhile since I’ve written a post, and to kick things off again I thought I’d take a look at Australia’s renewed obsession with Asia, triggered by the Australian Government’s recently released Asian White Paper. I went to a fascinating forum last week on Australia’s Engagement in Asia through Future Foreign Policy. Hosted by […]

Beijing Daxing Airport will have 2 concourses, and 2 satellite terminals; 8 runways, 6 parallel alligned north-south, and 2 alligned east-west. Image: NACO

Beijing and the world’s biggest airport complex.

Airports and airlines are fast replacing the bicycle as a symbol of China’s transformation. In the 1980s, China had a single airline Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) operated and branded airline with over 20 types of aircraft. Many airports were little more than a landing strips, with ad hoc ticketing, chaotic boarding and restrictions […]