China Airborne

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

James Fallows discusses China’s plan to expand its airlines, build more airports, and jump-start its aerospace industry. In China Airborne, he shows the extraordinary scale of this project and explains why it is a crucial test case for China’s hopes for modernization and innovation in other industries.


James Fallows

Comments [3]

Tom from Port Washington

I just returned from a trip to China during which I flew on 3 Chinese airlines (Air China, June Yao, and China Southern), as well as the high speed train from Shanghai to Beijing. I was very impressed with the new planes and quality of service. The only infrastructure shortcoming I saw was the relatively old airport in Shenyang, but a lot of contruction is going on there.

Looking at the in-flight magazines, it appears that the two regional airlines I flew have ambitions to expand into foreign markets. With their new equipment and lower costs, maybe a threat to some of the smaller Western airlines?

And on the pollution: taking the train from Shanghai to Beijing, the big brown cloud begins somewhere in Shandong province and gets progressively worse towards Beijing.

May. 22 2012 12:45 PM
SKV from NYC

Really disappointed in James Fallows saying that one of the good things about flying a Chinese airline is that they can discriminate so he gets to look at only young attractive flight attendants.

What a shallow, callous, and unintelligent thing to say.

May. 22 2012 12:24 PM
greg from nyc

Can you ask James about Yuneeq aircraft - first all-electric battery powered trainer

May. 22 2012 12:20 PM

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