Aviation is the safest, fastest and most efficient form of long-distance transport. More than 40 million flights took off worldwide in 2016, ensuring that millions of passengers reached their destinations safely (source: IATA). In order to ensure aviation safety, international aviation safety standards have been established and must be properly implemented to ensure that they meet their objectives. However, in 2016, according to reports from the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the global average of implementation of international civil aviation safety standards was estimated at only 63%. These estimates illustrate a lack of international aviation security in different regions, as not all countries are able to implement sustainable safety surveillance systems without delay, in accordance with international standards. Bilateral aviation safety agreements can ensure a minimum level of safety between two countries or regions by allowing them to share airworthiness certificates for civilian aviation products. This allows them to contribute to the goal of implementing global aviation safety standards. According to the EU DECLARATION, when the agreement enters into force, European airlines will be able to travel to China from each of the 28 Member States. There is no doubt that The Chinese aviation industry will experience strong growth in the coming years and will offer foreign companies the opportunity to participate. But upon entry into China, it is essential for each brand to understand that China is a single market that requires a carefully crafted approach. Market profiling, distribution, channels, access to decision makers, after-sales service and training, pricing, trademark protection and promotion are just some of the aspects to consider for a China strategy. It is precisely for small and medium-sized enterprises that the costs and challenges of doing business in China can be easily overwhelming. Choosing the right local partner to succeed in China will be of the utmost importance.
Both agreements are an agreement on civil aviation safety between China and the European Union (EU) and an agreement between China and the EU on certain aspects of air services.