Air China to Take Off from D.R.?
Editor’s note: The following article originally appeared in the August 3 print edition of Caribbean Business.
By El Dinero
Trade representatives from the People’s Republic of China and Air China have expressed interest in the airline beginning operations in the Dominican Republic and visited the Dominican Civil Aviation Institute (IDAC by its Spanish acronym) to analyze the possibilities.
The IDAC’s deputy director general, Santiago Rosa Martínez, highlighted the interest manifested in this sense by the visitors, due to “the safety guarantees offered by the Dominican aeronautical system and the international prestige that the country has achieved, in tune with the certification from the International Civil Aviation Organization and Federal Aviation Administration of the United States.”
The representative of the Economic Development Office of the People’s Republic of China, Fu Xinrong; the adjunct representative of that entity, Xiaomeng Tan; and the general manager & adjunct representative of Air China, Zang Xing, expressed their interest in expanding the airline’s operations in Latin America, especially in the Caribbean.
Although they already have offices in Cuba, “they want to study and analyze the Dominican market and the operational, technical and safety requirements in the country, specifically in the areas of air transport, operational security and aviation safety,” Rosa Martínez said in a statement.
The Chinese representatives pledged to soon visit the country again, with a technical team to work on the areas mentioned above for the possible setting up of airline operations in the local market.
In addition, they scheduled a business meeting for next August to be held in Los Angeles, with the participation of IDAC’s director general, Alejandro Herrera, to continue the market study.
Air China is the flag carrier of the People’s Republic of China. The airline’s route networks include mainland China, Asia, Australia and Western Europe. In the Caribbean, Air China flies to Cuba and, in Latin America, to Brazil.