Air traffic and the aviation industry have grown rapidly on the Chinese mainland in the two and a half decades since China's open door policy. Accession to the WTO will further stimulate trade and foreign direct investment (FDI), intensifying the demand for air cargo services. It will also open up the Chinese economy to foreign participation in the transportation and logistics sectors, making these sectors more competitive and efficient.
This book provides a systematic and comprehensive study of China's air cargo industry as well as its policy evolution. It covers the sources and destinations of air cargo in mainland China and Hong Kong: whence it comes and where it goes to. The major hubs of the transportation network – Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Guangzhou – are discussed one by one. The virtual aspects of the network at these hubs in terms of IT applications, preparedness, and needs are examined and compared. Though the subject matter of this book is air cargo, there is considerable coverage of the aviation industry and policy on the mainland and Hong Kong. Changes have been happening so fast there are few books and publications that cover them systematically and comprehensively.
Readership includes business executives in airfreight companies, airports and airlines, logistics specialists, aviation university lecturers and students.
Contents: Introduction. Overview: An overview of air cargo flows; The mainland's aviation industry and policy. Major Hubs: Beijing; Shanghai; Hong Kong; Guangzhou. Information Technology: IT applications in the air cargo logistics industry; IT infrastructure needs of the air cargo industry. Prospect and conclusion: Further liberalization and obstacles; Looking back and looking forward; References; Index.
About the Author: Anming Zhang received his BSc from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, MSc and PhD (Economics and Management Science) from the University of British Columbia and is Director of the Centre for Transportation Studies there.
George W. L. Hui received his graduate degrees in economics from Northwestern University. He was previously a member of the Finance Department of the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He was until recently a visiting scholar at the Department of DSE of the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Lawrence C. Leung received his degrees in industrial engineering from Northeastern University (BS) and Virginia Tech (MS and PhD). He has designed distribution networks for large electric utilities and air express couriers. He now works at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Waiman Cheung is Director of the Center of Cyber Logistics in the Department of DSE, Faculty of Business Administration, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. He holds an MBA and a PhD in Decision Sciences and Engineering Systems from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Amongst others, he has done studies and consulting work for DHL and the Airport Authority of Hong Kong.
Yer Van Hui received his BSc from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, MSIE from Texas Tech and PhD from Virginia Tech. He taught at the National University of Singapore, the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the University of New South Wales before joining the City University of Hong Kong.
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