US, China Sign Landmark Air Service Pact
New services linking the two countries scheduled to begin August 1
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The new agreement, which was initialed in late June in Washington, DC, will allow five additional airlines from each country to serve the US-China market over the next six years.
The US may name one additional all-cargo airline, while China may name either a passenger or cargo airline, to start service later this year.
The importance of additional air cargo services to China is illustrated by a recent Department of Transportation (DOT) study showing that the air mode of transportation is seeing the greatest percentage growth in international cargo movements.
As a result of the agreement, DOT authorized United Air Lines and Northwest Airlines to operate seven flights each per week between the US and China.
Northwest will operate a new daily flight from Detroit to Guangzhou - the first US-carrier passenger service to that city - with a stopover in Tokyo, while United will begin a new daily nonstop service between Chicago and Shanghai.
The agreement will allow a total of 195 new weekly flights for each country - 111 by all-cargo carriers and 84 by passenger airlines - growing to a total of 249 weekly flights at the end of a six-year phase-in period.
A total of 14 of these flights will be available for new US passenger services the first of August.
The signing took place during Secretary Mineta's four-day visit to China to discuss mutual cooperation on transportation issues. He is now in Bali, Indonesia, for the 4th Transportation Ministerial Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation.
While in Beijing, Mineta also announced a $500,000 grant from the US Trade and Development Agency for the US-China Aviation Cooperation Program, also known as the Wright Brothers Partnership.
This public-private program will bring together the DOT's Federal Aviation Administration and a dozen US aviation companies operating in China to increase awareness of US technology, project standards and services that will assist China in strengthening its aviation infrastructure, and improve its aviation safety.
The grant is the first installment of a total of $1 million in funding for the partnership.
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