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China Eastern passengers can now use their phones in the cabin (Photo: China Eastern Airlines)

Some Chinese Airlines Now Allow Inflight Smartphone Use: A Step in the Right Direction?

For the tech-savvy traveler, taking a flight on any Chinese airline (not including carriers based in Hong Kong, Macau, or Taiwan) tends to be bothersome because these carriers don’t let you use smartphones or tablets on their airplanes, even in flight mode. That means you can’t use your phone to connect to inflight Wi-Fi, snap pictures of the flight, listen to music, or even to find something with your phone’s flashlight. Phones have to be completely switched off during any…

Emirates Faces Halted Expansion in China

Emirates has been blocked from adding any new routes to China for six months following two safety incidents involving the Dubai-based carrier. The ban, which will prevent the carrier from expanding its operations out towards the East, was laid out by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) on Wednesday.…

An Open Market for China? CAAC Administrator Releases Plans for…

The Chinese aviation market changes rapidly. More flights, a greater demand for experienced pilots, and a recent change to English as the main radio language all depict the uniqueness and size of the market. This week Wang Zhinqing, Deputy Administrator of CAAC, released several new plans. The focus of these…