DATA SPOTLIGHT: Air China

This year The Blue Swan Daily will feature some of the leading airlines, airports and country markets for air travel. Here, using the extensive profile insights available to CAPA – Centre for Aviation members to deliver a data snapshot, we look at Air China, the state controlled flag carrier of China.

The airline is one of a few in the world right now that has been growing its operations as China appears to have effectively overcome COVID-19. This is mainly just in the domestic market currently as there are fears that nationals returning from abroad could cause another spike. As such, while Air China is reintroducing many international flights, these are operating at a restricted frequency of just weekly rotations through to the end of May-2020 to maintain connectivity, but limit the traffic flows.

ABOUT
Air China is the flag carrier of China, with main bases at Beijing Capital and Shanghai Pudong airports. Air China operates a mixed fleet of Boeing and Airbus aircraft, offering routes throughout Asia, North America, the Middle East, Europe, and Australia. Air China holds a majority stake in a number of companies including Air China Cargo, Air Macao, Shenzhen Airlines, Dalian Airlines, Beijing Airlines, Inner Mongolia Airline, Air China Import & Export, Chengdu Falcon Aircraft Engineering Services and Air China Shantou Air Supplies. In addition, Air China has interests in Cathay Pacific Airways and Shandong Airlines. The carrier is also a member of Star Alliance.

GLOBAL RANKING (as at 30-Mar-2020)

NETWORK MAP (as at 30-Mar-2020)

DESTINATIONS (as at 30-Mar-2020)

ANNUAL PASSENGER TRAFFIC (2010 – 2020YTD)

CAPACITY SNAPSHOT (versus same week last year)

ANNUAL CAPACITY (2012-2020*)(NOTE:The values for this year are at least partly predictive up to 6 months and may be subject to change)

WEEKLY DOMESTIC CAPACITY (2017 – 2020*)

WEEKLY INTERNATIONAL CAPACITY (2017 – 2020*)

CAPACITY SPLIT BETWEEN DOMESTIC AND INTERNATIONAL OPERATIONS (w/c 23-Mar-2020)

LARGEST NETWORK POINT (w/c 30-Mar-2020)

BUSIEST DOMESTIC ROUTES BY CAPACITY (w/c 30-Mar-2020)

LARGEST INTERNATIONAL MARKETS BY COUNTRY (w/c 30-Mar-2020)

BUSIEST INTERNATIONAL ROUTES BY CAPACITY (w/c 30-Mar-2020)

AVERAGE FLIGHT LENGTH (w/c 30-Mar-2020)

FLEET SUMMARY (as at 30-Mar-2020)

AVERAGE FLEET AGE (as at 30-Mar-2020)

AIRCRAFT OWNERSHIP SPLIT (as at 30-Mar-2020)

MORE INSIGHT…

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