Airbus expands global partner university network to deliver digital skills for the future

Zhuhai, 7 November 2018 – The 3-day annual meeting of the Airbus Global University Partner Programme opened in Zhuhai, China on 5 November, running alongside the International China Airshow, being held from November 6 to November 11. The annual meeting gathers over 80 university and Airbus delegates with the aim of exploring innovative ways to develop the competencies required by the aerospace industry and to build a better talent pipeline from partner universities into Airbus.

On this occasion, three universities signed a formal partnership to join the network on 7th November at the Airshow: The University of Sydney, Australia, Centrale Supelec, France and MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), USA. These leading global institutions will work with Airbus and the existing 22 partners, to share information on key competencies and the development of engineering leaders, experts and emerging technology innovators of the future.

“Technology is evolving extremely rapidly, so global cooperation and partnerships like what we have with the AGUPP are increasingly important,” said Thierry Baril, Airbus Chief Human Resources Officer, who is driving the programme. “To remain a leader in aerospace we must attract the brightest minds from the most innovative universities worldwide and we believe working closely with our partners can help us to do that.”

Airbus is always keen to attract a diverse range of individuals and competencies from around the world, and there is particular emphasis on digital skills needed for cyber security, data analytics, and the development of artificial intelligence in the company’s current recruitment plans. With over 5,000 early-career opportunities across the globe, Airbus offers a great diversity of growth opportunities to innovative students worldwide.

For more information, read about Airbus’ commitment to education online or find out more about AGUPP in the 2017 AGUPP Annual Report.


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Source : Airbus Website

Boeing Statement on China Southern Airlines

SEATTLE, Oct. 23, 2017 – We are pleased that China Southern Airlines has selected more Boeing 777-300ERs and the popular 737 MAX. This order will be posted to Boeing’s Orders & Deliveries website once all contingencies are cleared.



Source  :  Boeing Website

Chinese airlines withdraw plans for chartered flights to S. Korea

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SEOUL, Dec. 31 (Yonhap) — Chinese airlines have withdrawn plans to run chartered flights to South Korea for the busy Chinese New Year holiday season next month, the transport ministry said Saturday.

Two Chinese air carriers — China Southern Airlines and China Eastern Air — rolled back requests for the South Korean government to approve their plans to run chartered flights to South Korea a day earlier, according to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport.

The companies cited “internal Chinese environment” as reasons for the cancellation, the ministry said.

Chartered flights are operated upon government approval, usually in busy travel seasons. The latest requests were filed ahead of the Chinese New Year holiday season in late January when a great number of Chinese are expected to travel to South Korea.

The cancellation took place simultaneously as the Chinese government rejected approval for South Korean airlines’ similar requests to run non-scheduled flights between the countries in January.

The Chinese disapproval delivered to three South Korean air carriers — Korean Air Lines, Asiana Airlines and Jeju Air — on Friday was critically portrayed by the South Korean media as retaliation for Seoul’s decision to deploy the Terminal-High Altitude Area Defense, an advanced U.S. missile shield, on the Korean Peninsula.

“Usually, both countries communicate before (any decision) on the chartered flight issue, but this time we didn’t and were also given no specific reason for the disapproval,” a ministry official said.

The official said South Korean diplomats in China are contacting local airlines and trying to find out why the decision was made.


Source : Yonhap News Agency

Boeing Statement on China Southern Airlines’ Commitment for 80 737s

SEATTLE, Dec. 17, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Boeing [NYSE:BA] is pleased that China Southern Airlines has announced a commitment to purchase 80 737s. The commitment includes a combination of 30 Next-Generation 737s and 50 737 MAX airplanes, valued at $8.38 billion at current list prices.

“China Southern’s commitment is a solid endorsement of the popularity of the Next-Generation 737 and 737 MAX,” said Ihssane Mounir, senior vice president, Northeast Asia Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “We share an enduring partnership with China Southern and we are excited to see that the 737 airplanes will play an important role in their continued success.”

The order will be posted on Boeing’s Orders & Deliveries website once all contingencies are cleared.

Yukui Wang
Boeing China Communications
+86 10 5925 5505

Kevin Yoo
Boeing Commercial Airplanes
+1 206-249-6372

SOURCE : Boeing Website

Earning Qantas frequent flyer points on flights to China

Through Qantas’ web of codeshare and Oneworld airline partners, it’s incredibly easy for Aussie travellers to earn frequent flyer points when travelling to China, along with status credits in many cases.

Whether you’re visiting Shanghai on business, taking a holiday in Beijing or admiring the Terracotta Warriors in Xi’an, here’s how you can earn Qantas frequent flyer points along the way.

Non-stop flights to China

1. Qantas: Sydney to Shanghai direct

Qantas flies daily from Sydney to Shanghai with an Airbus A330: offering both economy and business class, with the latter featuring angled lie-flat beds in a 2-2-2 configuration…

… or the airline’s newer Business Suites on refurbished aircraft:

On the return journey, Qantas Frequent Flyer members would net at least 15,600 Qantas Points and 240 status credits in business class and 5,200 Qantas Points and 60 status credits in economy.

Business travellers could also earn their employer Qantas Aquire points on the same flights – atop their own personal frequent flyer haul – bringing in at least 1,560 Aquire Points in economy and at least 6,240 Aquire Points in business class.


2. China Eastern: Australia to Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing

Also with business class and economy aboard its A330s is China Eastern, offering non-stop flights to Shanghai from both Melbourne and Sydney and a Sydney-Nanjing-Beijing service for travellers headed to either city.

China Eastern flights with an MU flight number earn Qantas Points but not status credits, with a round-trip Melbourne-Shanghai trek delivering at least 4,982 Qantas Points in economy and 12,456 Qantas Points in business class.

Qantas also codeshares with China Eastern on its Melbourne-Shanghai, Sydney-Nanjing-Beijing and Shanghai-Nanjing services, on which frequent flyers can earn both points and status credits as though they were travelling on an actual Qantas aircraft.

3. China Southern: Australia to Guangzhou

As another partner of Qantas, frequent flyers can earn points and status credits on China Southern flights from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth to Guangzhou when booked on a QF flight number, with onward connections to Xiamen, Kunming, Fuzhou and Ürümqi also available by codeshare.

The airline’s A330s offer economy, fully-flat beds in business class – similar to what you’ll find in Air China’s business class cabin

… and a single row of first class at the very front of the aircraft (excludes Brisbane flights), where the well-heeled would earn 20,800 Qantas Points and 360 status credits on a return journey from Sydney:

In business class and economy, it’s the same as Qantas’ own Sydney-Shanghai flights, being at least 15,600 points and 240 status credits in business class and 5,200 points and 60 status credits down the back in economy, although Aquire Points aren’t earned on China Southern flights.


4. Jetstar: Gold Coast (Coolangatta) to Wuhan

Qantas’ low-cost offshoot begins direct Boeing 787 flights to China from later this year with the launch of non-stop services between the Gold Coast and Wuhan – central China’s most populous city.

But not every Jetstar ticket earns frequent flyer points: you’ll need to opt for a Starter Plus, Starter Max or Business Max fare, which are all pricier than the most basic seats in economy and business class, respectively, which earn nothing at all.

Frequent flyers can pocket 7,800 points and 80 status credits on return Starter Plus fares; 10,400 points and 120 status credits on Starter Max tickets and again 15,600 points and 240 status credits in Jetstar business class when booking a Max fare, mirroring the earn on Qantas’ own flights and its codeshares.


One-stop flights to China

1. Cathay Pacific, Dragonair via Hong Kong

Hop aboard Cathay Pacific’s Hong Kong flights from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Cairns – or indeed Qantas’ own services from Australia’s east coast – and then fly onwards to destinations in China with Cathay or its sister airline Dragonair.

Among your one-stop options: Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Chongqing, Guangzhou, Nanjing, Ningbo, Wuhan, Xi’an, Xiamen and Zhengzhou, with Qantas Frequent Flyers picking up both points and status credits on eligible Cathay Pacific, Dragonair and Qantas fares.

On a return trip from Brisbane to Chengdu via Hong Kong, business class travellers would collect 12,904 Qantas Points and 240 status credits when booked via Cathay Pacific (CX) or Dragonair (KA), or a higher 17,716 points and 360 status credits when swapping the Brisbane-Hong Kong leg to a Qantas flight.

But watch out down the back: Cathay Pacific and Dragonair only award Qantas Points on the most expensive economy tickets, so if booking your travel on the Cathay Pacific website, keep an eye out for fares that don’t earn Cathay Pacific Asia Miles – those don’t earn Qantas Points, either.

2. Malaysia Airlines via Kuala Lumpur

Serving Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth and Darwin – and alsoBrisbane until August 9 – from its Kuala Lumpur hub, passengers can connect onwards to Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Xiamen, earning frequent flyer points on the entire journey.

But don’t expect too many points – like Cathay Pacific, Malaysia Airlines only awards Qantas frequent flyer points (and status credits) on the higher-priced economy tickets, and even then, the earning rate is a mere 0.25 points per mile between Australia and Malaysia, while in business class it’s just 0.75 points per mile.

A return Sydney-Beijing journey via Kuala Lumpur nets 13,028 Qantas Points and 320 status credits in business class, while most points-earning economy fares serve up just 3,430 points and 80 status credits on the same.


3. Japan Airlines via Tokyo

Last but not least, Japan Airlines flies daily from Sydney to Tokyo’s Narita Airport, with onward connections available to both Beijing and Shanghai after visiting one of JAL’s flagship lounges.

Pointy end passengers can reel in at least 8,412 Qantas Points and 240 status credits round-trip, while in economy it’s at least 3,606 points and 60 status credits for the same.

That’s of course on the least-costly business class and economy fares – buy a more expensive ticket and your points haul will likewise increase.


Australian Business Traveller

China Southern boosts Perth-Guangzhou Boeing 787 flights

China Southern boosts Perth-Guangzhou Boeing 787 flights

Perth residents are in for more Dreamliner Delight with China Southern ramping up its non-stop Guangzhou flights from four to five times each week from October 25.

On Mondays, Thursdays and Sundays, CZ320 is wheels-up in Perth at 8:30am, touching down at 4:30pm in China – while on Tuesdays and Fridays it switches to an overnight service: leaving Perth at 11:40pm to reach Guangzhou at 7:40am the next morning.

Returning home, CZ319 departs Guangzhou at 10pm on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, landing in Perth at 6am the following day. On Tuesdays and Fridays, that inverts to a 2pm departure and a 10pm arrival in Perth.

Aboard the Boeing 787 Dreamliner are four suites in first class, all with direct aisle access…

… 24 fully-flat beds in business class in a 2-2-2 layout…

… and 200 seats in economy in a 3-3-3 configuration.

Perth passengers can reach cities such as London, Los Angeles and Paris with a one-stop journey via Guangzhou, with the airline’s extra Boeing 787 flights now for sale via its website:

China Southern will also return its Airbus A380s to Sydney across the 2015/16 Australian summer.

Australian Business Traveller

China Southern boosts Perth-Guangzhou Boeing 787 flights

China Southern boosts Perth-Guangzhou Boeing 787 flights

Perth residents are in for more Dreamliner Delight with China Southern ramping up its non-stop Guangzhou flights from three to four times each week.

From July 16, the airline’s Wednesday departures from Perth are replaced by flights on both Tuesdays and Thursdays, with the existing Friday and Sunday services remaining on the roster.

However, Friday’s CZ320 flight sees its current 8:30am pushback time switched to 11:30pm, with the same adopted by the new Tuesday service.

On the journey home from China, CZ319 pushes back at 2pm on Fridays and Tuesdays – aligning with the later departures from Perth – and at 10pm for an overnight flight on Wednesday and Saturday evenings.

A China Southern spokesperson confirmed the changes to Australian Business Traveller, while Perth passengers can also reach cities such as London, Los Angeles and Paris with a one-stop journey via Guangzhou.

Aboard the Boeing 787 Dreamliner are four suites in first class, all with direct aisle access…… 24 fully-flat beds in business class in a 2-2-2 layout…… and 200 seats in economy, configured as 3-3-3.China Southern will also boost its Brisbane-Guangzhou flights to daily from June 23, with Melbourne-Guangzhou going double-daily from July 1.


Source : Australian Business Traveller