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  • China Invests US$200M to Upgrade Aviation Computer Network
  • November 10, 1998 (BEIJING) -- China plans to invest up to US$200 million in the next two years to upgrade its national civil aviation computer information network, a recent report said.
    The plan is expected to play a key role in promoting the competitive potency of the civil aviation sector, said Yang Jun, director of the China Civil Aviation Computer Information Network Center.

    As the first step, the center has joined the Fast & Convenient Hotel Reservation Network Trade Center Co., Ltd. to develop a new hotel reservation computer system to go with its current air ticket booking system.

    About 50 hotels in Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing, Guangzhou and Shenzhen have been connected with the system.

    The system is ready to connect with hundreds of other hotels all around the country, according to Peng Li, general manager of Fast & Convenient.

    The system is expected to raise the profitability of hotels, Peng noted.

    Moreover, the network center is negotiating with several insurance companies to launch life insurance service for passengers through the network.

    It is also preparing to cooperate with several commercial banks to help passengers use credit cards to buy tickets.

    Established in 1985, the China Civil Aviation Computer Information Center is mainly responsible for providing information services for air companies.

    Twenty-six domestic air companies use the national information network sponsored by the center.

    More than 200 air companies abroad also are connected with the network.

    (Xinhua News Agency)

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    Updated: Mon Nov 9 17:24:44 1998 PDT