China to Import More Planes to Fly China's Skies
BEIJING, July 2 -- China is planning to purchase 400
aircraft from around the world within the coming five years for
civil aviation to keep the industry growing at a quick pace.
The state civil aviation industry plans to increase its volume
of passengers to 100 million per year by the end of 2005. And its
freight service is expected to reach 2.8 million kilograms a year,
according to China Daily.
"For the coming five years, it is rational for China's civil
aviation industry to develop at a relative faster pace," said Wang
Zhi, director of the Planning Department under the Civil Aviation
Administration of China (CAAC).
In 2000, China soared to No 6 in the world in passenger
transport volume, while in 1978, it ranked 33rd. Statistics from
CAAC indicate that China's passenger transport volume in 2000 rose
to 67 million.
To date, China has 57 civil freight planes across the nation
and the passenger planes in service offer more than 92,000 seats
at any given time.
-- source: Xinhua News Agency
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