This article provides an overview of the People's Republic's national airline. The CAAC, the Civil Aviation Administration of China, combines the functions of national airline, airport operator and control aeronautical authority. The People's Republic joined the ICAO in 1974, and currently has air agreements with more than 30 countries. China's main aviation hub is Peking, and 36 of 77 inter-province flights originate there. It is noted that China will most likely develop a more extensive international network first before expanding demestic services significantly. CAAC's international jet transport fleet consists of around 50 aircraft and it is estimated that China will have to upgrade and modernize up to 50 airports in order to develop a modern air transportation system. Navigational facilities throughout China are believed to be rather limited. There are reports of aircraft being grounded because of the weather, and there is apparently very little flying at night. China has thus far failed to produce its own jet airliner or jet engine, and its military orientation is reflected in the fact that most Chinese aircraft production is concentrated on jet fighters and bombers. China has increased its purchase of Western aircraft considerably including preliminary orders for three Concorde SST's. From recent sales to China, it would appear that availablility rather then ideology are controlling factors in CACC's purchases.

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  • Authors:
    • Szuprowicz, B O
  • Publication Date: 1978-5

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  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 38-42
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  • Accession Number: 00178258
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Air Transport World
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 29 1978 12:00AM