[photopress:air_US_Airways.jpg,full,alignright]US Airways has been awarded a license for a US-China air becoming the sixth US carrier to be granted the permit.
The Arizona-headquartered US Airways will be competing with American, Continental, Northwest, United and Delta Airlines.
And the competition will be tougher because the US Department of Transportation time also awarded additional US-China passenger flights to American Airlines, Continental Airlines and Northwest Airlines.
US Airways will fly between Philadelphia and Beijing, while American, Continental and Northwest each will use their new rights to add a daily flight to their existing US-China services.
American Airlines will begin a Chicago-Beijing service, while Continental will operate a new flight between Newark/New York and Shanghai, and Northwest will fly between Detroit and Shanghai.
This will all come into play relatively quickly and the number of daily flights between the United States and China will double over the next five years. The aim is to get to something like 23 passenger flights a day to China by 2012.
China is the fastest-growing aviation market in the world after passenger traffic hit 160 million in 2006, up 15% on the previous year.
CAAC estimates that passenger volumes will maintain double-digit growth up to 2010.
Source: People’s Daily Online