China is expected to lead the global aviation recovery thanks to its dynamic domestic air travel. The country will require 3,770 new airplanes valued at 400 billion USD over the next 20 years and will remain the world’s largest commercial airplane market outside the United States, said Randy Tinseth, Boeing Commercial Airplanes’ Vice-President for marketing.
“China is the world’s most dynamic market for commercial airplanes. The strong domestic air travel growth in the country during the first half of this year gives us confidence that the world aviation industry is beginning to recover,” said Tinseth, after issuing the annual long-term China market outlook in Beijing.
Latest figures showed that China’s three largest airline groups all experienced significant year-on-year growth in passenger traffic in August.
China Main Issue Is Regulation Curb Marine Pollution
China’s State Council, or the Cabinet, issued a new regulation Wednesday targeting prevention and remedies for marine pollution caused by ships.
The regulation, which includes nine sections and 78 rules, said transportation departments under the Cabinet should compile emergency plans to deal with pollution caused by ships or related activities.
China’s transport departments and governments above city level have also been asked to establish emergency mechanisms and plans to prevent and deal with marine pollution. The regulation will take effect on March 1, 2010.
Official statistics say 733 ship pollution accidents occurred between 1998 to 2008 in sea areas in China’s jurisdiction, which led to huge economic and environmental losses. The regulations will apply to every type of shipping, except military.