China's civil aviation 70 years on
Over the past seven decades, China's civil aviation industry has made remarkable progress in terms of connectivity, transport capacity, safety, and accessibility.
Now, Chinese airlines can easily carry their passengers to over 150 cities around the world.
Chinese airlines' destinations
(Scheduled flights as of 2017)
China's civil aviation
China, who is leading Asia's aviation boom, now owns about 3,700 civil airplanes, with around 300 new planes – equivalent to a major airline – added to the fleet each year.
Its reform and opening-up policy adopted in 1978 ushered in the rapid development of air travel. In 2005, China became the second largest aviation market, only behind the United States.
Meanwhile, the safety of air travel has been given special focus. Chinese airlines have flown safely for 100* consecutive months, with an accident rate** that is one tenth of the world average.
China is on course to become the world’s largest civil aviation market by the mid-2020s.
The state-of-the-art Daxing airport is sure to give it a boost.
Transport capacity & Rank
* Starting from August 25, 2010
** Rolling 10-year accident rate per
one million flight hours in civil
Sources: CAAC, The Chronicle of China's Civil Aviation,
Statistical Data on Civil Aviation of China (2018)