In this exclusive insight we examine the internationalisation of Chinese carriers, a theme at this year’s World Routes event. The analysis covers specific carriers’ plans and their sustainability. We also look at how Chinese carriers have grown internationally and what Chinese airports are doing to plan for increased passenger capacity.
CapStats, based on FlightGlobal schedules data, shows that capacity from China to Asia, Europe, North America, Australiasia, Africa and the Middle East have all grown consistently over the last seven years. West Air, for example, says it will more than double its fleet to about 64 jets over the next five years.
However, there are questions over whether all operators will be able to sustain this growth. A leading figure in the Chinese airline industry is quoted as saying there are “too many” players.