China's civil aviation industry is accelerating its advance into the digital era, with major players sending clear signals of new opportunities worldwide.
Already this year, China Southern Airlines has started online seat selection for all domestic flights and paperless e-boarding passes.
As well as being more convenient for passengers, it is a major step in responding to initiatives in environment-friendly travel. In the first week, about 75% of passengers on domestic routes opted to select their seats via digital devices, said China Southern.
Rising cost pressures and safety concerns are affecting the industry worldwide. Digitalization is seen as key to improving operational efficiency, upgrading services, and reshaping development modes.
"It is widely recognized that digitalization is a new value-growth point. Alongside dramatic growth in China's civil aviation sector, civil aviation authorities, domestic aviation manufacturers and technological giants are eying digitalization," said Xu Jun, vice president of Asia-Pacific OEMs of Honeywell Aerospace.
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